In celebration of National Mutt Day we’re throwing down some of our favorite reasons why mutts are the best!
They Are Unique
Purebreds are born from two parents that have similar physical characteristics as well as temperaments. Mixed breeds are great because their genetic make up is well, mixed up! This means that there is a greater variety of temperaments, personalities, and physical characteristics than with purebred dogs. In fact, no two mutts are the same!
They Are More Flexible
Mixed breeds tend to be more flexible and are thought to adjust more easily to a variety of households and living conditions than purebreds. Purebreed dogs are often bred with specific characteristics in mind such as herding, hunting, and retrieving.
They Can Compete!
A lot of times people have the impression that only purebreed dogs are permitted to compete in national and international dog competitions. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Mixed breeds can compete in a variety of competitions from agility to fly ball.
They Can Be Service Dogs
Believe it or not purebreeds do not have a monopoly on the service dog market. Nowadays mixed breeds are increasingly being trained to be service or therapy dogs to perform specific tasks for their handlers. In fact, many trainers consider them equally capable as the pure breed service dogs.
They Have Fewer Health Issues
There are those that claim mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebreds due to a greater mixing of their genetics. Although this has yet to be scientifically proven we do know that some purebreds are prone to certain inherited illnesses such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and cataracts.
You Won’t Be Supporting Puppy Mills
We’re very lucky here in the state of California with the ban of puppy and kitten sales in pet stores. This in theory will help discourage commercial dog-breeding operations. If they don’t have clients to sell these dogs to then they won’t make money. But even better, when you adopt a mutt from your local shelter you won’t inadvertently be supporting a puppy mill. Instead, your adoption fee will go directly to other dogs in need. And the cherry on top. You’ll pay a lot less for your new best friend!
You’ll Help Reduce Pet Overpopulation
Instead of purchasing from a breeder consider adopting a mutt and you’ll have so much more impact. When you adopt a mutt at your local shelter you’ll also be helping to combat pet overpopulation. In fact, three-fourths of the millions of pets in shelters in the US are mutts waiting for their furever homes. By adopting you’ll be giving one more shelter dog his/her forever home.
*The Woof Warehouse is not a specialist or expert in the health of dogs. We always recommend seeing your personal vet for any and all health related issues and concerns.