Lots of purebred dogs get attention from fan clubs and websites. Their lineages can be traced back generation after generation, and they can even go to dog shows in order to show off how perfect and special they are.
While that’s all well and good, there’s another type of dog that doesn’t get quite as much fawning attention. That dog is the mutt! Mixed breed dogs actually make up the majority of dogs owned by Americans, but they definitely don’t get the same amount of official adulation.
National Mutt Day was designed to change that. National Mutt Day is held twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd in order to help give mutts the attention they deserve. In order to help observe the upcoming Mutt Day, here are several things you should know about the differences between purebred dogs and mutts.
Having a Healthy Dog
When you’re thinking about bringing a dog home to be part of your family, you’re going to want to make sure that you do everything you can do keep that dog healthy. Knowing what kind of dog you’re getting is part of ensuring your dog’s health from the beginning.
Many purebred dogs have health issues due to these dogs being bred as a business. Dog breeders that don’t care about the health of their dogs enough will often breed their animals to the point that they become inbred and prone to sickness.
Mutts, on the other hand, benefit from a variety of genes. Having parents of different breeds leads to these dogs often staying healthier than their purebred peers. The downside, though, is that you might not have much of an idea of what breeds of dogs came together to make your mutt.
Even with the various problems that purebreds can suffer from, you will at least know what general health problems those breeds tend to have.
Knowing What You’re Getting Into
In the same vein as knowing what kind of health problems your dog might have, getting a purebred can also help you understand the temperament and potential personality of your new dog. Lots of information is available on the quirks of individual dog breeds. If you want to know how much energy your dog will have or if it plays well with children, you can learn a lot about that breed by consulting dog books or even just doing a Google search.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t learn a lot about a mutt, too. Sometimes all it takes is spending time with the individual dog to learn what it is like. There are hundreds of thousands of mutts in animal shelters all around the country, and these dogs are ready to get to know you. Shelter staff are often more than willing to let you come in and play with the dogs they have so that you can get to know them.
Who Needs Adopting?
If you’re trying to decide between buying a purebred dog or adopting a mutt, one of the most important pieces of information to consider is the fact that dog breeders are intentionally creating more animals that will need families when there are already so many mutts looking for homes.
In the end, your choice can come down to picking a loving pet from the population of dogs that already exists, or giving your money to someone that is creating more dogs unnecessarily. In honor of National Mutt Day, we think the choice is clear! Head to your local shelter and meet some mutts today.