5 Irresistible Benefits of Adopting a Mutt

Growing up, we called them Heinz 57. The American Kennel Club calls them All American Dogs. Other people know them as mutts. No matter their name, mixed-breed dogs are finally getting the attention they deserve. Mutts are being invited to participate in sporting events where purebreds were only allowed in the past.

They also have two holidays to honor them thanks to animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige. In honor of National Mutt Day, celebrated on both December 2 and July 31, here are a few irresistible benefits to adopting a mixed-breed dog.

1. Your mutt will live longer.  

In general, smaller dogs live longer than large ones – and mutts live longer than purebreds. As WebMD reports, “On average, mixed-breed dogs live 14 years while purebreds make it to 10 years.” Purebreds sometimes pass along genetic problems, while the diverse gene pool found in mixed-breeds can minimize the health issues common in purebreds.

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2. You’ll save money. 

In addition to possible lower veterinary visits, it is much less expensive to adopt a mutt from your local shelter than to buy a pure-bred from a breeder. And, you’ll know for certain that you aren’t supporting puppy mills.

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3. You’ll get more attention. 

People will be clamoring to know what kind of dog you have, because she will look so unique. Even you may never know exactly what mix of breeds your new 4-legged friend is, but she’ll be introducing you to new friends and fans.

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4. You’ll be in a class of your own.

If you compete in agility, dock diving, musical canine freestyle, obedience, rally and more, you may be in a class of your own. At the AKC Agility Invitationals, the top five dogs in each breed and height level are invited to compete in the nationals. All American Dogs have their own class. So, if you have a Border Collie Cross, your dog will be more likely to receive an invitation to the All American Dog class than the highly competitive Border Collie class.

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5. You’ll be saving a life. 

About 75 percent of dogs in shelters are mutts. There is no shortage of them at your local shelter. Think how much fun you’ll have looking for one that often gets passed up by others because they can’t tell what it is.

Of course, your lifestyle should always play the biggest factor in your pet adoptions. If you’re an apartment dweller, you want to think twice about bringing any active large dog into your pet home. No matter your lifestyle, there is always a mixed-breed with the perfect temperament for your forever home.

Have you adopted a mutt? Thanks for sharing your stories in a comment below.

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Peggy B
Peggy Babout a year ago

hey are unique.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

C H.
C H3 years ago

Mutts are *M*A*G*I*C*
My mutts rescue me every day & give me so much purpose :)

Jeanne M.
Jeanne M3 years ago

All of ours were rescues - loved them all. In our elder years, after our last old boy left us (Merlin, terrier-very-mixed, 12 pounds of attitude and valour), we took in the stray cats who came to the step for food. Love them too.

Tetyana Doyun
Tetyana D3 years ago

Rescue is the best breed.

Kathleen F.
Kathleen F3 years ago

No such thing as a bad dog, but mutts are my favorites. I too have always had adopted mixed breeds and when the people I know with pedigree dogs were dealing with their dogs' allergies and so many other ailments, my mutts just sailed along happy and healthy! I have a shaggy little mixed breed now, and he is my joy! Go mutts! And with over 6 million homeless animals at any given time, is there really any reason to buy a dog or breed more?

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney3 years ago

Beautiful dogs, beautiful pictures, beautiful article. thank you for caring and sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney3 years ago

All my dogs have been mutts, hand me downs, they were all adorable. Thank you for caring and sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney3 years ago

Just love all mutts, thank you for caring and sharing.