Have you been considering adding a dog to your family, and wondering whether a mixed breed might be the right pet for you? In terms of companionship, mixed breeds can make wonderful pets. The American Temperament Testing Society’s evaluated several key personality traits such as stability, friendliness, aggressiveness, and shyness; 85.4-percent of mixed breeds passed, well above the percentage of some popular purebreeds. Healthwise, mixed breeds tend to live longer and healthier lives than many purebreeds who suffer from the problems of inbreeding. For example, Dachshund dogs tend to have back problems and German Shepherds often suffer from hip deformities.
Mixed breed dogs may not be as predictable as their purebred cousins, but there is something to be said for being unique! And many mixed-breed dogs are as intelligent and attractive as purebred dogs. Just ask Josie's new family (renamed J-J). Josie's owner, Sevi, has taught her to shake hands with both paws, sit up, "dance" on her hind legs, and several other tricks. Josie is fully kennel trained, has excellent leash manners, and rides well in a car. She is full of love and a desire to please... who could ask for a better companion?
Our featured pet this week is Marsha, a snow-white, Domestic Shorthair-mix who has been recovering from a string of bad luck. In addition to being a victim of the recent flooding, she was also attacked by a dog, and gave birth to 4 beautiful kittens - all whom died. Despite her misfortunes, Marsha has retained her good spirits and sparkling personality. This pretty lady is very sweet, craves attention and lets you know she is content with a resounding purr. She also has excellent manners; she would make a wonderful addition to any home.