Growing up, we called them Heinz 57. The American Kennel Club calls them All-American Dogs. No matter what your preferred name is for mixed breed dogs, people who have adopted mutts all agree that there are a multitude of benefits.
1. They are unique in personality and appearance.
My friend Tama Kieves adopted a dog who looks looks like a cross between a Labrador and a Dachshund. Emerson’s adorable short legs and big, long body make you laugh every time you look at him. He’s all love like a Lab, with all the benefits of a small dog that can be easily picked up.
2. Shelters and rescue organizations have a multitude of mixed breeds available.
While shelters and rescues also have many purebreds for adoption, there is never a shortage of mixed breeds waiting for their forever home. To view adoptable dogs near you online, visit Petfinder and Adopt-A-Pet.com.
3. Mutts are more affordable than purebreds.
While bringing home a dog of any sort is always the least expensive part of owning a dog, adopting a mixed breed dog is much less expensive than purchasing from a breeder. Adoption fees range from $100 to $300 at a shelter or up to $500 at a rescue organization. A purebred from a reputable breeder can cost well over $1,000.
4. You won’t be supporting puppy mills.
While there are many responsible breeders, there are also many puppy mills who come well disguised. Remember that cute toy poodle that made your heart skip a beat in the pet store? If he wasn’t from a shelter or rescue, he most likely came from a puppy mill. Yes, he needs a home. But, purchase him and you are contributing to the perpetuation of dogs suffering in wire cages and never seeing the day of light.
5. You’ll be saving a life.
Think how good you feel as a pet parent when you not only bring home the most adorable dog on your street, but he has the most unique personality, you’ve helped take a stance against puppy mills, you’ve saved a few bucks, and you’ve saved a life. Your new forever furry friend has found his forever home and won’t have to spend one more night wondering if he’ll ever have a human who will take him in and love him forever.
Have you adopted a mutt? Thanks for sharing your stories in a comment below. July 31 is National Mutt Day! Celebrate by sharing this post with other dog lovers.
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