A pedigree dog refers to a dog that has purebred parents of the same breed. They will often be registered with a pedigree dog authority, usually the Kennel Club.
A Puli with a dreadlocked black corded coat
The range in pedigree dogs is immense. Just compare the Puli with the Maltese and you will see how far selective breeding has come to produce animals that are worlds apart in appearance, size and temperament.
An incredible little Maltese with a white curly coat
Advantages Of Owning A Pedigree Dog
One of the key advantages of owning a pedigree dog is that traits for each breed including temperament, behaviour and health risks are very predictable. This means you can choose a breed based on what you want from your dog, whether that be an excellent retriever, herder, or even a dog known for it's low energy levels. The size and coat type of pedigree dogs is predictable, so you can choose a breed suitable for your current living situation. Information and guidance regarding how to care for pedigree breeds is also more readily available.
A wonderful pedigree Labrador
Disadvantages Of Owning A Pedigree Dog
The main disadvantage of owning a pedigree dog is that due to years of selective breeding and a reduced genetic diversity, many breeds have hereditary diseases that are usually associated with a desired physical trait of the breed. For example Welsh Springer Spaniels are prone to glaucoma and hip dysplasia. It is important that you research breeds so that you are aware of the associated hereditary diseases.
Pedigree dogs also tend to be more expensive than mixed breed dogs, with the price varying by breed. Due to the associated hereditary diseases vet bills can also be more expensive. The most expensive dog in the world was a Tibetan Mastiff who was bought by a Chinese man for £945,000 or 10,000,000 yuan!
A Tibetan Mastiff, the most expensive dog every sold
Finally, it is worth noting that some behavioural traits can be a nuisance, so make sure that you have done lots of research on the breed you want before you commit to buying it. Our dog directory can help you with this.