Different dog breeds are known for specific temperaments and skills sets. This is why it’s important to contact a purebred puppy adoption center when looking for a dog that needs to be trained to complete a specific task. Not only do professional dog breeders specialize in specific breeds, but they also evaluate puppies from the same litter to determine differences in personality. When adopting a purebred puppy you can feel confident that they will present the personality traits and skills most common to their breed.
What is purpose breeding?
If a dog has been purpose bred, this means that they meet the standards in health, temperament, and training to become a service dog or perform other specific tasks. Different dog breeds have different temperaments. For example, Golden Retrievers have the genetic potential for being loyal and obedient. These are good qualities for Seeing Eye dogs or other types of service dogs.
Why is purpose breeding important for service dogs?
Since service dogs often have to cope with unfamiliar situations, purpose breeding helps us make the best prediction for how they will react. For example, a calm dog breed is best suited for people who need mobility assistance.
Even within an individual litter, a reputable dog breeder will evaluate the puppies’ personalities to determine the best choice for a specific occupation. For example, a puppy with a strong sense of smell who likes to jump on people can be trained to nudge an owner repeatedly when they’re about to have a seizure. Medical alert dogs must also want to constantly be around their owner without much encouragement.
While shelter or rescue dogscan make excellent family pets, their unknown heritage makes them unreliable for service dog training. It’s impossible to know how different dog breed characteristics will present in a mixed puppy. Shelter dogs may also have histories of trauma, which would affect their ability to reliably help humans. Before pairing a service dog with a client, it’s important to know that they will still be a dependable companion in the event of an emergency.
Besides for training service dogs, why else are dogs purpose bred?
Purebred dogscan be bred to perform a specific task that comes naturally to their breed. For example, Labrador Retrievers make excellent hunting dogs and are perfect for people who lead active lifestyles. Labrador Retrievers also possess traits that make them great swimmers.
Purebred dogs have a specific set of skills to benefit humans. For example, did you know that Chihuahuas were used in Mexico to safeguard homes from tarantulas? Likewise, Shetland Sheepdogs are prized for their natural ability to herd livestock. Purpose breeding dogs is a strategy that helps us predict how a dog will react in different situations, according to the temperament and skill set of that breed.
If you are interested in our purebred puppy adoption services, please feel free to call us at (616) 446-6766. The Barking Boutique is a Grand Rapids purebred puppy adoption center dedicated to helping puppies find loving homes.