At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: Varies

Height: Varies

Life Span: Varies

Mixed Dog

Also know as: Mixed Breed, Random-Bred, Mongrel, Mutt

Group: Miscellaneous

Origin: Varies

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts:

Temperament / Behavior
Keep in mind that a mixed breed can also mean a mixed bag of temperament and emotions. If a mixed breed was born from two varying pure bred parents, you can get an idea of what to expect by researching the behavioral tendencies of each contributing breed. Mixed dogs of unknown origin can have any type of temperament. Most mixes can be socialized well with strangers, children and other pets if raised from puppyhood to do so. However, adult dogs acquired from shelters or breeders ("accidents") may come with some emotional baggage. These dogs may feel abandoned or show fear if mistreated in the past. Patience and consistency are required to help these pets adjust to a new home. It will take these dogs time to realize that they are loved and will not be abandoned again. Early environment, more than genetics, plays a role in the development of a mixed dog's behavior. Many people consider mixed breed puppies to be the best bet because they can be socialized at an early age. However, older mixes also make great pets and should always be considered as an option. Just be sure to spend some time with rescue animals before adopting one. Look for one that will be a good fit for your family.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Depends on bloodlines in the mixed breed. Generally mixed dogs are healthier than pure bred counterparts because they were procreated from a wider gene pool -- cutting down on hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: All breeds should get exercise of some kind to maintain healthy mind and body.

Grooming: Varies


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