Each breed is descended from a limited number of dogs. Because breeders have sought to create animals that have certain fixed attributes, many purebred dogs today are inbred. Genetically this means that, while not all purebreds have significant health problems, they are predisposed to a range of hereditary and congenital diseases, including skin and eye conditions, allergies, various cancers, cardiac problems, and abnormalities in the kidneys and other organs.
Before You Adopt
Before you adopt, it’s always a good idea to do your research and find out more about the tendencies and personality traits of any dog or cat that interests you. Every animal is an individual, but there are general breed characteristics that may influence how that animal behaves. You should also consider the age, size, exercise requirements, grooming needs and potential health concerns of each breed. Click on any link to read more about the topic. And be sure to review our adoption process. There's more helpful information on that page.