Most purebred dogs are prone to breed-specific diseases, for example, hip dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers.
Mixed-breed (mongrel) dogs are said to be less prone to genetic diseases than purebred dogs due to higher genetic diversity.
- Does this also hold true for crossbred dogs?
- How likely are crossbred dogs (aka "designer" or "hybrid" dogs) to inherit breed-specific diseases of either or both parent breeds?
- Are crossbred dogs healthier in general, compared to their parents?