Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
My brother and his wife have two French bulldogs, one of which's name is Stella. Unfortunately they did not name it based on On the Waterfront.
You mean A Streetcar Named Desire
(That's okay. Recently in another thread, I got Leonardo da Vinci mixed up with Michelangelo.)
. . . As a general rule mixes between different breeds are much healthier and longer lived than pure-bred ones. Often more intelligent, too.
Purebred dogs are inclined to suffer all sorts of genetic defects due to inbreeding. Musculoskeletal disorders like hip dysplasia are especially common in large breeds like German shepherds and Dobermans. If you want a happy, healthy pet, you're better off getting a mutt.