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Are mixed breeds healthier than purebreds?   Health, Nutrition and Exercise

Started Jun-30 by DW (GSDogwalker); 179 views.
DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Jun-30

We know the answer, although my rescue mix has fewer conditions than my purebred.  However she has had cancer, and two surgeries, and now needs a biopsy.

Kazell

From: Kazell

Jul-1

It’s a good article. I agree mutts aren’t magically healthier. That said certain breeds and breeding practices are causing issues specifically in purebreds. 

Mutts are just a random mixed basket often without a good predictor of what health issues to watch out for. Purebreds you at least generally have a good idea of what health issues are likely to be a problem.

Several breeds though are in real trouble without something changing and others will be in the future. When going to a responsible breeder doesn’t really help much and plenty of byb dogs are doing better than those from considered reputable breeders something ain’t right.

I’m not saying byb breeders are good or breeder. Just trying to highlight that certain breeding strategies aren’t eliciting good outcomes 

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Kazell

From: Kazell

Jul-1

For example I highly doubt roughly 50% of mixed breed (or even most purebred dog breeds) are coming down with heart disease by 5 years, yet that is the current case in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Along with the breed wife struggles of syringomyelia. And in many small breeds the normalization  of horrible teeth with 2 year old dogs already needing teeth pulled. Heck the genes causing hairlessness in some breeds is also associated with poor teeth 

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DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Jul-1

I thought of Cavs right away when I read your previous post.  My friend had four.  There are heart specialists that mainly see Cavs because it’s so prevalent anyone who buys one will get the dog checked.  She ended up going into Cav rescue which wasn’t even possible 20 years ago because they never landed in rescues.  No one ever gave one up.  The dogs she fosters are always mixed, like Cocker Cavalier, and always have some kind of health problems.  One male was pure but had inflamed testicles and had to be neutered.  Unfortunately it was so bad by the time he got to her, he lived for a while but then died. The one she has now and kept is a mix and is blind as she had very bad cataracts.

Kazell

From: Kazell

Jul-2

That’s a shame. Spaniels in general aren’t as common as they could be. But certain traits make me reluctant to suggest them. Not even the major health issues but ear issues and coat maintenance can be high up there to not have a matted up pup.

I know there are some breeders doing outcross programs with CKCS and some ideas in the works. I doubt if they’re approved by the parent club though 

  • Edited July 2, 2021 8:49 am  by  Kazell
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DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Jul-2

When I was a child everyone warned a spaniel.  Now they all have default pits or pit mixes.

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