Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Breed of the Week - Mutt/Mixed Breed - Kansas City Dog Photography

*Below information from dogbreedinfo.com*

What Makes a Mutt?
The terms "random breed" and "mixed breed" usually refer to a dog of unknown gene pool. A "cross breed" is a dog whose parents were purebreds. If two cross breeds mate, their offspring are also mixed breeds. By the time four different breeds combine in one dog, there's little chance to predict what breed traits, if any, will dominate in the dog. The common belief that mutts are superior has some truth to it. Over generations, unscrupulous breeders have perpetuated and magnified genetic flaws in many of the most popular purebreds.

Origin
Originally it was thought that dogs came from a cross between the Jackal or Jackal/Wolf. Scientists now believe that dogs first originated in Eurasia, between 12000-14000 year ago, from a smaller southern strain of a Gray Wolf called, Canis Lupus Pallipes, which can still be found in India today. It is known for certain that all domestic dogs first originated from one or a combination of these sources. The domestic dog is not genetically connected with any other species. From the beginning of the Bronze Age, circa 4500 BC, five distinct types of dog have been identified from fossil remains. Among them were Mastiff, wolf-like dogs, Greyhounds, Pointer-type and Sheepdogs.

Temperament
Widely varies. One way to determine what a mutt's traits may be like is to look at what kind of dogs the parents are. There are many different types of dogs, from guard, hunters, herders, sighthounds to those bred only to be a companion. When you have a mixed breed you can have a combination of a lot of different traits. Although it may help you in some ways, it is not super important that you know exactly what breeds are in your dog's mix. What is very important is that you understand what the dog as the canine animal needs. Dogs are pack animals who thrive on structure and knowing exactly where they fit into it. Taking the time to learn dog psychology and giving your dog what he instinctually needs as that animal will be the difference between your success and your failure with your canine pet.

Height/ Weight
Widely varies

Health Problems
Widely varies, although often mutts are generally healthier than a purebred dog, simply because the lines are wider spread.

Exercise
Energy levels widely vary from dog to dog. One thing that does not vary however is, all dogs have a migration instinct the humans must fulfill in order for the dog to be stable minded.

Life Expectancy
Widely varies

Grooming
Widely varies, although all dogs will benefit from at least an occasional brushing. Ears should be checked on a regular basis and the nails should be kept short.

Below are just a few of the wonderful dogs still up for adoption at KC P.A.W.S. and they are all mixed breeds!

Sophie - Boxer Mix!


Opie - Basset/English Bulldog!


Lucy - Beagle Mix!


Missy - Lab/Corgi!

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