It’s National Mutt Day! 5 Reasons These Dogs Rule

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

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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Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

Mauvette Joesephine
Catherine Fisher3 years ago

I would call them a mongrel.

John chapman
John chapman3 years ago

One size doesn't fit all.

Hent Catalina-Maria

Wonderful article!Thank You!

C H.
C H3 years ago

I am proud to say that ALL of my dogs are MUTTS - and that is what makes them so special. Every one of them has been saved - adopted and given a second chance at life. And i do whatever I can to make sure it is the best :)

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K3 years ago

I've never bought a pet in my life. All my animals have been rescued from the street.

Joanna M.
Joanna M3 years ago

Rescued pets are the best! I adopted my mini poodle Charlie three years ago, and have never regretted it a single moment.

Now I urge others to do the same...

Pledge to adopt at least one rescued dog or cat in your lifetime; imagine how different the world would be if we all did just this much??

Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

Not just mutts, but all shelter animals rule!

Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLover3 years ago

One of my favorite articles I've ever read on Care2 :) :) Dogs & cats are my entire life!!!!!

Joy S.
Joy s3 years ago

Our poor old dog( Australian Shepherd) is 17 years old and on her last legs. We will probably get a shelter dog next time.