Mutts definitely hold a special place in my heart. My own dog, Chilly, looks like a mini-labrador, but we found out after we did a canine DNA test that he’s really a mix of Dalmatian, Boxer, Alaskan Malamute, and Australian Shepherd! I’ve learned from the many dogs in my life that mutts are every bit as loving and loyal as any pure-bred pooch.
Twice every year, on July 31 and December 2, dog lovers observe National Mutt Day. Specially set aside to celebrate and save mixed breed dogs, this day is all about raising awareness to the plight of mutts in shelters and educating people about the large number of these dogs who are anxiously awaiting their fur-ever homes. If you’re thinking of adopting, there are actually a lot of fur-bulous reasons to seriously consider bringing home a mutt.
Why Adopt a Mutt
You’ll be saving a life.
An incredible 75% of shelter dogs are mixed breeds. When you bring home one of these mutts instead of shopping for a purebred, you’ll be saving the life of the pup you adopt, and you’ll be freeing up much needed space for other animals in need.
Mutts are totally unique.
While there can only be so much variation within any specific breed, mixed breed dogs can have a fun set of one-of-a-kind characteristics that you just won’t find on any other dog. If you’re looking for a dog with unusual coloring or an interesting combination of other physical characteristics, a mutt may be the perfect pup for you!
Mutts may be healthier.
Mutts tend to live a little longer than mixed breed dogs. As a general rule they are also healthier. Many breeds are at a higher risk for developing specific debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Because they are less likely to have the defective genes responsible for these conditions, many mutts avoid health problems that are more common in their purebred cousins.
Mutts are adaptable.
Purebred dogs were bred with specific abilities (such as retrieving or herding) in mind. Mutts may have ancestors who were bred for several different skill sets, so they are frequently easy to train. Mutts can even be trained as service dogs! Many mutts are also quite easy going and adapt well to a variety of lifestyles.
Mutts cost less.
There are many noble reasons to adopt a mutt, but there are practical ones too! Mutts are frequently a much more affordable option than shopping for a purebred. Adoption fees at shelters are typically considerably less than the cost of purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder. Add to this the fact that your mutt will probably already be spayed or neutered and have been given routine vaccinations, and your wallet will be thanking you!
No bones about it – mutts are amazing. If you open your home to one of these pups, you’ll be rescuing an animal in need and setting yourself up for a lifetime of love.
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