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Not everybody wants or needs a pedigree dog. That's one of the reasons why mixed breed dogs have always been (and most likely will remain) so popular among dog lovers. These dogs are truly one-of-a-kind with individual markings, personalities and qualities all their own.
When it comes to loyal companionship, the mixed breed dog is practically an American legend. Perhaps the most important thing to remember if you're considering a mixed breed puppy is that it may be difficult to determine its full-grown size. On the other hand, mixed breed puppies and dogs typically cost much less initially than a purebred.
Every dog breed carries a distinct set of genetic advantages and health risk factors. The most common diseases found in mixed breeds, as well as problems that can affect all breeds, both mixed and pure, are listed below. Hopefully, your dog will not face these problems. However, early detection and preventive healthcare can make all the difference in helping your dog live a longer, happier life.
Puppy (birth to 1 year)
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Adult (1 to 6 years)
Anal sac disease
Cruciate ligament injury
Senior (7 years and older)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (large breeds)
Valvular heart disease (small breeds)