In this day and age, anything can happen. If we were able to create human babies from scientific test tubes, then it was just a matter of time before we turned our attention to man’s best friend. Guess what? We did! There is a new type of dog that is surprisingly flooding the market due to demand. This new breed is called the “hybrid dog”. What is all about? What are the risks? What are the pros and cons? Let’s take a look…
Sometime in the new millennia, a genius decided to mix breeds of dogs. It was assumed that if two dogs of two different breeds would mate together, then we could harness the best aspects of each and create a super-breed. There is actually a point here. It has been noted that hybrid dogs on an average live longer than their purebred counterparts. But there is a catch.
Just like with your own human offspring, no two children are the same. It cannot be decided which parts of whose DNA goes into the hybrid puppy. If you have two purebred parents mating, you also need to look into both their ancestry to see if there has been disease or shortcomings with the grandparents or great-grandparents. Sometimes a lost trait may appear in the newborn puppy which cannot be reversed. Also, there is no guarantee that only the strongest traits of the parents will get into the puppy’s genes. Having said that, with experiments and thousands of hybrid puppies already being born, it seems that things are working out. But, there are definitely some shortfalls.
Any puppy that you bring into your home needs to be taken to a specialist like a vet to get a general exam done as well as regular check-ups. Now if you take a hybrid, what is the vet going to examine it against? For example, if you took along a Cockapoo – the hybrid of a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle – will the vet be able to advise you about the former or the latter? Hence, it is difficult to come up with a sorted medical plan, mostly because all of this is new. Once there are specific experiments successfully completed, maybe then everything will be seen in black and white.
One of the greatest benefits of getting a hybrid puppy is that in all probability it will have the best characteristics of both parents. That is exactly what scientists were looking at when they came up with this idea. By connecting the DNA of two very different breeds, they can put together a pup that will grow up with a strong bone structure AND live a longer life. A perfect example would be the Jack-A-Bee (a hybrid of a Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle). They have the energy and the playfulness of a Jack while their intelligence and sniffing abilities match that of a Beagle. The important thing to remember is to get two healthy breeds together and allow them to mate. This will increase the chances of getting the hybrid puppy of your dreams.
For those who are traditionalists, it is difficult for them to come to terms with a mixed breed because some of them are pretty weird tbh. Nevertheless, if one wants to change with the times and be a little adventurous, then a “designer” dog would be just the puppy for you!
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