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 youíd 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 couldnít 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 isnít 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 donít 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 dogís 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 doesnít 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, youíre 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 youíve chosen to adopt.

Image Credit:†Mike Baird / via Flickr

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Top Reasons Mutts Are Awesome originally appeared on petMD.com


Richard A
Richard Aabout a year ago

Thank you for this article. Mutts are great. Most people I know are mutts.

Tania N
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing

Kay B
Kay Babout a year ago

As someone who has been in pet rescue for more than 25 years, I can vouch for all the reasons in the article. The best pets are the ones you learn to love for themselves and not for a breed profile that you want them to conform to. Sort of like how when you are young and you say I want my husband/wife to be this this and this but when you actually meet that perfect person they are worlds from your planned profile. I have fostered dogs that I initially thought I would never in a million years adopt but then they turned out to be just wonderful pets that I could never part with. Just commit yourself to them and they will be your best friend forever.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

When I was younger and dumber, I would pay crazy amounts of money to breeders for my dogs. Then, a couple of dogs that were abandoned and I took them in until I could find homes for them (little did I know that they already had a home with me!) taught me that there is so much love, loyalty, companionship, personality, etc. available at the nearest animal shelter. Now, I will never buy from a breeder when there are so many furry kid rescues that are waiting to be loved.

Valentina R.
Valentina R2 years ago

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

Mary Cromley
.3 years ago

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.

Debbie Tate
Debra Tate4 years ago

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!

tin leng lim
tin leng lim4 years ago

Thank you. I love my mutts.

Amandine S.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Charles W.
Charles W4 years ago

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