Certain pet owners feel that owning a rare and exotic purebred is unique, or even a symbol of status. Others feel the opposite is true. "Rather than one particular breed, you can get the benefits of many breeds," says Tom Colvin, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. "I have adopted many wonderful pets, in part because they have genetics of several breeds in them. That's a real value."
And today, with more and more people adopting from shelters, the status once associated with purebred is shifting to mixed breeds from shelters, says Colvin. "People generally feel adopting pets is a status symbol," he said. "People like the fact they have rescued an animal."