We have different names for them. Mutts. Mixed-breed. Heinz 57. But no matter what you call them, they’re fantastic, and we’re celebrating them today. Why should you adopt a mutt?
1. Adopt a mutt, raise awareness.
While it’s true that purebred dogs do end up in the shelter, the truth is that 3/4 of dogs in shelters are mixed-breed, languishing because people consider them an unknown. But by adopting a lovable mutt from your local shelter, not only are you changning that dog’s life forever, not only are you creating space for another dog, but you’re showing the world that mutt is a synonym for wonderful.
2. There can be only one.
Mutts are unique. Unlike purebred dogs, which are born to be as close to the breed standard as possible, a mutt is like a little mystery box. You don’t always know what you’re getting, but that becomes part of the fun as your new friend grows and relaxes into their new environment. Learning about each other is part of the fun.
3. The money factor
Purebred dogs cost a lot. You’re paying for the expertise of the breeder (with reputable breeders), as well as the time, energy, and expense that they put in (plus a little on top for profit). Mutts? They’re everywhere. And adoption fees are far more reasonable at your local shelter or from a rescue group than at a breeder’s.
Does this mean we don’t like purebred dogs? No, of course not. We love all kinds of dogs. But there’s something we should talk about.
4. Health Issues
The general consensus is that the inbreeding and selective breeding that brings about certain characteristics actually ends up passing along unwanted traits as well. That’s why certain breeds are prone to certain problems. German shepherds and golden retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia, for example.
Mutts, though they certainly can have some of the same issues that are tied to certain breeds, tend to be a little tougher. Part of that is just “survival of the fittest.” Natural selection generally doesn’t go for smushed faces or early disability. If we’re talking about a mixed breed dog that was born on the street from two other mixed breed dogs, well, you’re talking about a lot of possibilities. But you’re also talking about two dogs with better genetic diversity than a purebred dog that are passing along their survivor genes to the next generation.
In the end what it means is a less likely chance of the kinds of debilitating problems that can affect purebred dogs. Tying that back into #3, that generally means spending less on chronic or long-term problems.
5. They’re just great.
The truth is that mutts are just as awesome as any other dog. Just because you don’t always know their parentage, don’t let that dissuade you. We talk to clients all the time who can’t imagine their life without their mutt. Because in the end, what does breeding matter? When we see loving families together with their pets, it never matters if they’re purebred. All that matters is love, and mutts have that in abundance.