July 31st is National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day. It has also been celebrated on December 2nd of every year since 2005. Colleen Paige, an advocate for the Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare, established these dates to embrace and save our mixed breed furry friends.
Any dog owner is aware of the ongoing debate on whether purebreds or mutts are healthier. Many breeders would claim coupling the best and strongest from each generation makes purebreds healthier. A great number of dog owners as well as veterinarians believe that selective breeding also magnifies dogs’ weaknesses from one generation to the next, and a good crossbreed is healthier and heartier.
In the end, not enough research has been done on the subject to say for sure. Regardless, we love these furry babies all the same. Some of the most awesome dogs in history are mutt dogs. Such as Bobbie, Laika, and Sinbad.
On this particular day, we want to celebrate and love all mutt dogs and share our top 10 reasons why.
1. They’re One-of-a-Kind. Every mutt is different. They take on different features, personalities, and other characteristics based on their genetic backgrounds. No one else has a mutt quite like yours.
2. They’re Adaptable. That blend of characteristics allows mutts to adapt to their surroundings—and your family’s needs—more easily than many purebreds, which are specialized for specific situations.
3. They’re Affordable. Buying a purebred can cost thousands of dollars. Adopting a mutt from a shelter is much cheaper—some shelters ask for donations of around $50 or so, and most won’t go higher than $200. And in the end, a mutt will love you just as much.
4. They May Live Longer. While it’s true no studies have shown whether mutts or purebreds are healthier, some indicate that mutts may have longer lifespans.
5. They’re Winners! Many people think that if they want to put their dog in shows and competitions, they need a purebred. Not true. There are plenty of competitions where your mutt can shine with the Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America being the primary organization.
6. They Make Great Service Dogs. Training dogs as service or therapy animals use to be limited to purebreds. But now, mutts can go through the process too, and learn to meet your needs, both physically and emotionally.
7. They May Already Be Trained. If you’re adopting a mutt from a shelter, they’ve probably had a previous owner. That means they may already be house trained, and may have other types of training as well. They may even be spayed or neutered!
8. They’re Social. Mutts are great at socializing, both with people and with other dogs. They’re super friendly and fun to play with!
9. They Need You. Adopting a mutt from a shelter means rescuing them from abandonment and giving them a good, loving home. Many shelters are full or overflowing, and 75% of the dogs there are mutts. By adopting one, you’re helping much more than if you simply bought a purebred from a pet store.
10. They’re Family. Once you’ve rescued a mutt, they’ll be a loyal friend and loving companion to you, hopefully for years to come. They’re a part of your family, and they always will be.
They may not seem as glamorous as purebreds, but mutts make amazing companions and friends that will love you unconditionally. When you think about adding a fur baby to your family, you’re missing out if you don’t consider going to a shelter and finding the perfect mutt to fill your home with love and fun!