Definition of purebred in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpyo͝orˌbred/ /ˈpjʊrˌbrɛd/

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  • (of an animal) bred from parents of the same breed or variety.

    ‘The offspring of a mating between two purebred dogs of different breeds is a mongrel, a mutt.’
    • ‘Because of the way dogs have been breed, there is little genetic variation within purebred dogs and many breeds of dogs began with a very small number of dogs, so they had little genetic variation to begin with.’
    • ‘Three of 15 cooperators were purebred cattle operations, one cooperator was already retaining ownership to the feedyard, and six cooperators failed to participate in the feedout program.’
    • ‘In central Iowa, purebred bucks and does cost $500 or more per animal.’
    • ‘Thus, to ensure the Akita a permanent place among the purebred dogs of Japan, breed advocates began working to eliminate the superaggressive tendencies required in the times of war.’
    • ‘In all, 118 purebred kittens (offspring of two native Florida panther parents) and 54 hybrid kittens were born.’
    • ‘They also scouted numerous dog shows to take cheek-swab DNA samples from five purebred dogs of each of the 85 common breeds they tested.’
    • ‘Until recently, the breed was considered a common domestic in Japan, much like our American shorthair was considered a domestic here for many years, rather than a purebred cat.’
    • ‘Sometimes a tiger cub sells for less than the cost of a purebred puppy - under U.S. $400.’
    • ‘The top ten diseases among purebred dogs include several that afflict humans, including cancer, epilepsy, heart disease, allergy, retinal disease and cataracts.’
    • ‘The ten purebred dogs, most of them Labrador retrievers, were rescued about a year ago when U.S. law-enforcement officers raided a rural Colombia veterinary clinic.’
    • ‘Most dog breeds are highly inbred and therefore the level of homogeneity is greater in purebred dogs than in mutts.’
    • ‘Having a purebred human baby is like having a purebred dog; it's nothing but vanity, human vanity.’
    • ‘To find a purebred cat, you may start with the Cat Fancier's Association.’
    • ‘If everyone has a purebred dog that does not even belong to our country, then what do we do to our poor Indian mongrels who are as healthy and loyal as the so called pedigree dogs?’
    • ‘The project will also hire 200 vets to assist the process of breeding purebred horses.’
    • ‘The majority of purebred dogs are not show dogs.’
    • ‘Dingoes are the oldest purebred dog in the world and were isolated from other dogs for 5000 years until the arrival of Europeans and their dogs.’
    • ‘He's kept and shown his own purebred birds since 1958, when he was just 5 years old, following in the footsteps of his father, grandmother and great-grandmother be fore him.’
    • ‘When you look at his herd now, you see reds, blacks, browns, a few obvious Holsteins and a very few purebred Jerseys.’


  • An animal bred from parents of the same breed or variety.

    ‘In my experience purebreds seem to have more health problems due to overbreeding.’
    • ‘When I asked the owner he said this is a genetic problem with purebreds.’
    • ‘Their dairy cattle were never the best in Middlesex County, but during World War I George Bogue began to improve the dairy herd with the purchase of Holstein-Friesan purebreds.’
    • ‘I'll also point out that unethical breeding isn't limited to breeding mutts, there are all too many unethical breeders of purebreds out there too, which is why doing your homework is vital.’
    • ‘The top ten diseases in purebreds include several that are major health concerns to humans, including cancer, epilepsy, retinal disease, cataracts, and heart disease.’
    • ‘The purebreds that competed in Best In Show last year are widely acknowledged among fanciers to be the greatest single lineup in Westminster history, according to Frei.’
    • ‘Take canines, for example - mate two purebreds from the same lineage and you're far more likely to win Best in Show.’
    • ‘Crossbreeds and mongrels are generally physically healthier than purebreds, more psychologically stable and invariably live longer.’
    • ‘We frequented local shelters for two months, then began researching purebreds.’
    • ‘In all the other cases, hybrids fared at least as well as the purebreds, and sometimes even better.’
    • ‘By all measures, the beef from these cross-pollinated calves is ‘substantially equivalent’ to that of my purebreds.’
    • ‘In fact the Report says that registered purebreds accounted for less than 1% of our national pig herd two years ago.’
    • ‘Calf survival rates are better in crossbreds than purebreds.’
    • ‘Probably the most challenging type of sheep farming is the breeding of purebreds to produce foundation breeding stock.’
    • ‘The Lusitano is a breed of horse that dates back to around 1700BC, which makes it one of the earliest equine purebreds still in existence today.’
    • ‘Breeds were predominantly British purebreds or British crossbreds.’
    • ‘Something in my memories hints that there were rumors that the Hellhound was mixing his purebreds with wolves or coyotes.’
    • ‘The researchers found more than three times as many hybrid kittens reached adulthood than purebreds.’
    • ‘If most dog guide books are purebreds, then this one is a mutt.’
    • ‘The researchers revealed distinct DNA blueprints for each of the 85 varieties of purebreds that were analyzed as well as similarities between certain breeds.’