14Mixed Breeds Aren't Reliable

Even if you plan on purchasing a common mixed breed dog, like a Goldendoodle or a Shih-tzu mix, know that the dog's traits are highly unpredictable compared to the traits of a purebred dog. A Goldendoodle may end up with the high-strung hunting instincts of a Poodle, when you thought

you were getting the good-nature of the Golden.

In the case of a mixed breed you'll want to meet both of the parents of the dog, and observe their behavior around children. Of course, this is important for any prospective dog, but it is particularly essential for mixed breeds where you have few clues as to the dog's potential personality.

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