Pure Or Not Pure, That Is The Question

Monday Morning: A Bird’s and Dog’s Eye View


Leo: Hey, Bentley, I just read an article about whether purebred dogs are better than mixed breeds. You said you’re a mix, right?

Bentley: I am! We thought I was a maltipoo but when we had my DNA tested, it turns out I’m a cavapoo instead! That’s a cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Both mixes look similar, but they’re not quite the same.

Leo: This article said that depending on the physical issue, it’s better if you’re a purebred or a mix, one or the other. For example, elbow dysplasia occurs in dogs descended from mastiff-like ancestors, like the Newfoundland and Rottweiler.

Bentley: Do I look like a mastiff, Leo? Ah….no. So I doubt I’ll have any worries about that.

Leo: But there might be research you can do about conditions that affect the breeds you are descended from. If you’re ahead of the game, and something happens later, you and your human people can be prepared.

Bentley: Great idea! I’ll tell them. However, I doubt I’ll have many troubles at all due to my lineage. The DNA test lists a lot of conditions I’ve tested clear for. I won’t tell you what they are, as I can’t pronounce any of them! But 160 genetic conditions were tested for altogether.

Leo: Well. I’m glad you’ll be around a while. We can continue to have all these chats.

Bentley: Exactly. In the meantime, where is this article?

Leo: Right here.