If you are purchasing a dog for breeding, then a purebred dog is the only choice. However, for most people, there are more choices. Purebred dogs are bred to a certain breed standard that defines approximate size, weight, coat type and other factors related to the look of the dog. General temperament is hardwired in purebred dogs but can be altered somewhat depending on training, treatment and environmental factors. However, any genetic and health issues specific to a breed is exacerbated in purebred dogs as well. Mixed breed dogs are less likely to have the concentration of any of these genetic issues but the look and temperament of these dogs is more in question. Try to get a look at the dog’s parents if possible. Check the general stature and temperament of the dog you are considering. And of course, start obedience training right away. Learn more from your London, ON veterinary clinic.