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9 Reasons to Love Mutts

9 Reasons to Love Mutts


The largest percentage of dogs euthanized in shelters is medium to large mixed-breed dogs – a ridiculous statistic, since we all know that mutts are awesome! Here are the top nine reasons why mixed-breed dogs rule.

They’re unique

The standard for breeding purebreds calls for breeding puppies whose appearance and temperament are of exactly the same quality every time. A mixed-breed dog is awesome because without these standards, the dog is more unique. Plus, when visiting a shelter to adopt a mutt, the selection of choices is more varied and unique than you’d find at a breeder.

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They’re more flexible

Mixed breeds tend to be more flexible and more middle-of-the-road because they are not as strongly programmed as purebreds. Mixed-breeds are thought to adjust more easily to a variety of households and living conditions, whereas purebreds tend to be bred with a specific skill set in mind, such as herding or hunting.

Housetraining is provided

Many mixed-breeds found in shelters did belong to someone before – people who couldn’t keep them due to allergies, or moving homes, or for some other reason. Because of this, many mixed breed shelter dogs come already potty-and-housetrained. A definite plus towards their awesomeness!

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They have fewer health issues

There are some people who claim mixed-breed dogs are healthier than purebreds. While this isn’t proven, it is known that certain purebreds are more prone to specific illnesses. Mixed-breed dogs are thought to be less likely to develop these illnesses because even if they are part, say, Golden Retriever, they have fewer Golden Retriever genes than a purebred one.

You can skip the puppy stage

While many pet owners cherish the puppy stage, there are others who just don’t have the time and patience to train a new puppy. With a mutt from the shelter, you have the choice of adopting a young or adult dog over a baby. In these cases, the dog’s size and temperament will already be pretty set, too, so there will be no surprises in the future.

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They have cheaper start-up costs

Many shelters only require a $50 to $200 donation in order for you to adopt a dog. Purebred dogs can run up to and over $1,000. Plus, a mixed-breed from the shelter is likely spayed or neutered and is up-to-date on vaccinations, which will save you even more money.

They can still be trained as service dogs

Being trained as a service or therapy dog is no longer limited to just purebreds. Mixed-breeds are now considered equally as awesome and capable in this regard.


You’re saving a life

Even if a purebred puppy doesn’t get adopted (highly unlikely in and of itself), the puppy is already living in the home of a breeder, probably even still with its parents. A mixed breed dog living at a shelter, however, has a high chance of being euthanized. Adopting one means you are directly saving a life, a fact your grateful new dog will not soon forget.

Their awesomeness will rub off on you

A mixed breed dog is for the adventurer in all of us. When purchasing a purebred dog, you’re buying a specific temperament that has been honed through strict breeding practices over a long period of time. With a mixed breed, a puppy especially, the unknown genetic line leaves all that up in the air. Appreciate the spontaneity behind this and that makes you awesome by association with the awesome mutt you’ve chosen to adopt.

Image Credit: Mike Baird / via Flickr

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8:53AM PDT on Jun 7, 2015

Mutts are the best. Only true dog lovers adopt, the others buy.

8:18AM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Thank you to everyone who adopts a dog (or cat) from a Shelter. You get a good friend who will be grateful and love you no matter what.

5:12AM PST on Dec 25, 2013

Great article. They are also less temperamental than pure breeds. I have had both in my life and will take the mutts any day!
Merry Christmas to all!

4:46PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you. I love my mutts.

5:18AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

I love mutts ! My two dogs are mixed breed :) Great article, thank you !

5:04AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Good argument ... Good article ... Thanks for the information ...

6:31PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

I'll be honest. I much prefer purebreds. Just because they're bred and claim to have certain qualities doesn't mean that's true. Dogs vary just as humans do. Plus I honestly think purebreds tend to be cuter than their mutt relatives.

4:46PM PDT on May 18, 2013

daww. I love dogs. I love ANIMALS

1:03AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Love All Dogs! Thanks for sharing.

7:20AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Thank you Nicolas, for Sharing this!

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