July 31st is National Mutt Day. By definition a "mutt" is a dog of mixed breed with genetic makeup that might come from two breeds or many. While some people view them as inferior in many ways, we mutt lovers know better. Here are my top three reasons to love and adopt a mutt dog:
- They inspire creativity: A purebred dog looks much like any other dog of its breed. But a mutt dog can look like anything, which means you can make up fun names for your mutt's mixed breed. Like a chi-wienie (chihuahua + daschund) or a bocker (cocker spaniel + beagle.)
- Excellent roots: Forget those ancestry sites. You can tell by looking if your mutt is descended from the earliest domestic dogs. For example: a small- to medium-sized mutt with a short, light-colored coat and prick ears resembles its early ancestors much more than most purebreds.
- They live longer: This is the best reason of all to love a mutt. Many purebreds today are victims of inbreeding, which is detrimental to their health and longevity. But most mutts are born of pure canine passion, which ensures the genetic diversity that leads to better health and longer life spans and makes them the true love children of the dog world.
There are many more reasons to love mutts, including the fact that they're cheaper to own and easier to find - your local shelter is full of mutts just waiting for someone to notice their special qualities. But if you already have a mutt (or three, or four) and can't adopt even one more, here are fifty ways to celebrate your loving mutt(s) on their special day.
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