I posted the original query "looking for a smaller breed". Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. What are your thoughts about choosing a pure vs mixed breed? I would like to rescue a dog from the local pound if possible. Almost all the dogs there are mixed breeds. We are not looking for a show dog but rather just a good companion. I loved my poi (cannot see any particular breed in the dog) dog, which looked more like a calico cat. I assume that the pound makes sure that the dogs have their shots and are relatively healthy. Thanks for any suggestions.
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I would like to rescue a dog from the local pound if possible. Almost all the dogs there are mixed breeds.

Actually I've seen stats that suggest otherwise. A surprisingly large number of dogs in "pounds" are pure-bred.
Looking into a rescue for a dog is a good idea. We got our one baby from a rescue and our other is purebred. The lab mix is as sweet as can be and we helped the rescue out in taking her in.
I posted the original query "looking for a smaller breed". Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. What are your thoughts ... assume that the pound makes sure that the dogs have their shots and are relatively healthy. Thanks for any suggestions.

I think mixes are wonderful. At least my personal experience of them, and that of everyone else I know with them, has been great. As for what the shelter will do, each is different. Most of them will vaccinate and spay/neuter the dog prior to adoption. That's not a guarantee of a full physical though. If you want to be relatively certain of the dog's current health then you will likely want to consider going to an all-breed rescue group. Check www.petfinder.org

Tara
I would like to rescue a dog from the local pound if possible. Almost all the dogs there are mixed breeds.

Actually I've seen stats that suggest otherwise. A surprisingly largenumber of dogs in "pounds" are pure-bred. Looking into a rescue ... purebred. The lab mix is as sweet as can be and we helped the rescue out in taking her in.

I think it depends on the area. I hear there are many more mixes & fewer purebreds and very rural areas. That would make sense since rural areas tend to have the roaming dogs. I've noted that most urband shelters (in my region) have lots of purebreds to go along with lots of mixes.

Tara
I posted the original query "looking for a smaller breed". Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. What are your thoughts ... assume that the pound makes sure that the dogs have their shots and are relatively healthy. Thanks for any suggestions.

i'd go to the pound and meet some dogs, see what you think. each dog will have their own individual personality, so i can't say one is better than the other. some rescue groups will take information about what you're looking for in a dog and try to match you up with a good fit, maybe that will work for you?
i have one mix and one that's probably purebred, both from shelters/rescue, and i love them both very much.
-kelly
I posted the original query "looking for a smaller breed". Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. What are your thoughts about choosing a pure vs mixed breed? I would like to rescue a dog from the local pound if possible.

After reading your previous posts, an older (one year or more) dog from the pound would be a great choice. When you meet an older dog, you'll have a pretty good idea as to her eventual size and demeanor. If you're still not sure, ask your shelter about local rescue groups - while shelters don't have the time to evaluate each dog, private rescue groups often do.

As to mixed versus pure - I like both, so I take turns. Temperament is most important to me, so shelter/rescue is probably the way I'll go next time, too.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Mixes are often healthier.
Mixes are often healthier.

Cites?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Mixes are often healthier.

A common self-fulfilling fallacy.
Well bred pure breds are by far more health because you know what you're getting genetically on many fronts. Mixed breeds are the opposite. That said, there's a lot of poorly bred purebreds, and a poorly bred dog (regardless of breed or mix) is a poorly bred dog.
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