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Top Ten Reasons Mutts are Awesome

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Bring on the mixed breeds ...

Why wait until National Mutt Day on Dec. 2 to celebrate, and hopefully save the lives, of the many homeless mixed breed dogs out there. The largest percentage of dogs euthanized in shelters is medium to large mixed breed dogs - a ridiculous figure, since we all know that mutts are awesome! Here are the top ten reasons why mixed breed dogs rule.

#10 They are 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.

#9 They are 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.

#8 They can still compete

Think you need to purchase a purebred in order to enter dog competitions? Think again! Mixed breeds can compete in agility competitions through groups like the NADAC, amongst others.

#7 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.

#6 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!

#5 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.

#4 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.

#3 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.

#2 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.

#1 Their awesomeness is contagious

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.

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  • One pic is not a mutt
    02/13/2014 09:29am

    The agility shot is not a mixed breed. It's a Belgian Malinois!!!

  • Ok, my bad. Many PB pics
    02/13/2014 09:33am

    oops, scanned rest of pics...as many PB pics as pics of mutts....unfortunate to tout the best things about mutts and show pics of purebred dogs....talk about how unique they are....and no multitude of pics of them.....:-(

  • NEEDS OF ANIMALS
    07/29/2014 11:05pm

    Why wait until National Mutt Day on Dec. 2 to celebrate, and hopefully save the lives, of the many homeless mixed breed dogs out there. The largest percentage of dogs euthanized in shelters is medium to large mixed breed dogs - a ridiculous figure, since we all know that mutts are awesome! Here are the top ten reasons why mixed breed dogs rule.
    #10 They are 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.

    #9 They are 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.
    #8 They can still compete

    Think you need to purchase a purebred in order to enter dog competitions? Think again! Mixed breeds can compete in agility competitions through groups like the NADAC, amongst others.
    #7 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.
    #6 House-training 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!
    #5 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.
    #4 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.
    #3 They have cheaper start-up costs

    Many shelters only require a $50 to $200 donation in order for you to adopt a dog. 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.
    #2 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.
    #1 Their awesomeness is contagious

    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.
    AS FOR INFORMATION FROM ME, SOME SHELTERS HAVE SALES WHEN THEY HAVE TOO MANY ANIMALS AT THE SHELTER. IT IS REALLY STUPID FOR A SHELTER TO EUTHANIZE THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE TOO MANY ANIMALS, BEFORE TRYING A SALE FIRST. AT LEAST WITH A SALE THEY DO GET SOME MONEY OUT OF THEIR INVESTMENT AND DON'T HAVE TO SPEND THE MONEY TO EUTHANIZE THE ANIMAL, SAVING THEM MONEY. MY SON AND HIS WIFE HAVE 4 CATS, BUT WANTED A DOG. IF THE SHELTER DID NOT HAVE THE SALE MY SON WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN
    ABLE TO AFFORD THE SHELTER'S PRICE. THE DOG THEY CHOSE HAD BEEN A STREET DOG, BUT HE WAS CLEANED UP AND GIVEN LOTS, AND LOTS OF LOVE BECAUSE STREET DOGS ARE SO SCARED OF HUMANS. WHETHER IT WAS BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT BEEN WITH HUMANS OR BECAUSE IT WAS A HUMAN WHO ABANDON THEM.
    HE IS A GREAT DOG SINCE THE SHELTER HELPED HIM SO MUCH.

    BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THE PRICE THEY ASK FOR PETS IS NOT TOO MUCH CONSIDERING ALL THE TIME & MONEY. THEY PUT INTO ANIMALS. ALSO AN OLDER PET IS THE BEST THING FOR AN OLDER PERSON (I'M OLD). THE PETS ARE MORE SEDENTARY THAN YOUNGER CATS AND YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOUR LIFE SPAN WILL BE AND PETS CAN LIVE FOR MANY YEARS. PARENTS NEED TO REALIZE WHEN THEY BUY A PET FOR YOUR KIDS THAT THE PET WILL PROBABLY BE AT YOUR HOME AFTER THE KIDS HAVE GROWN UP AND LEFT HOME. BE PREPARED FOR THAT. ADOPTING AN OLDER CAT OR DOG IS MANY TIMES BETTER THAN ADOPTING A KITTEN OR PUPPY. KITTENS ARE ALWAYS UNDERFOOT AND SOME PEOPLE I KNOW ABOUT AND PROBABLY MORE HAVE ACCIDENTALLY CRUSHED KITTENS, THAT ARE UNDERFOOT. YOU JUST DON'T NOTICE THEM AS MUCH AS OLDER CATS (ONE OR TWO YEARS OLD.) KITTENS AND PUPPIES NEED A LOT MORE INTERACTION AND PLAY TIME. THE BEST REASON TO ADOPTED AN OLDER CAT IS THAT YOU WILL SEE WHAT THEIR PERSONALITY IS LIKE. YOU RARELY CAN TELL WHAT THEIR PERSONALITY WILL BE LIKE IF IT IS A KITTEN OR PUPPY. BEFORE ANYONE GETS A PETS THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT EXPENSES THEY WILL HAVE BEFORE THEY DECIDE. DO THEY HAVE THE MONEY TO FEED THE PET ESPECIALLY IF THE DOG IS GOING TO BE A LARGE DOG. MOST PET FOODS ARE VERY LOW QUALITY AND I HAVE NEVER SEE ANY GOOD PET FOODS IN A GROCERY STORE. MOST OF THEM HAVE GRAINS IN THEM AND ANIMALS DON'T NEED GRAIN. ONLY BUY THOSE THAT SAY GRAIN FREE. BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS IS THE BEST PET FOOD I HAVE SEEN ON THE MARKET. NEVER FEED A PET FOODS THAT INCLUDE CORN, WHEAT, OR SOY ESP. BECAUSE THEY CAN CAUSE ALLERGIES AND CORN GOES IN AND RIGHT OUT
    LEAVING YOUR PET HUNGRY AFTER A SHORT WHILE. DON'T BE FOOLED ABOUT WHAT THE PET FOOD SAYS ON THE FRONT OF THE PACKAGE. READ THE ACTUAL INGREDIENTS ON THE BACK OR SIDE OF THE PACKAGE. NATURAL MEANS NOTHING. A ROCK IS NATURAL. DON'T FORGET ABOUT VET BILLS. ANY DOG OR CAT WILL HAVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE ( MALE OR FEMALE) IF THEY ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED. MALE CATS CAN PICK UP THE ODOR OF A FEMALE CAT IN HEAT FOR BLOCKS WHICH DOESN'T MAKE THEM OR YOU VERY HAPPY IF THEY ARE INSIDE. IF MALES ARE OUT FIGHTING OTHER MALES FOR THE FEMALE THEY MAY COME HOME NEEDING A VET. ONE OF MINE DID. FEMALE DOGS WILL COME INTO HEAT MAYBE TWICE A YEAR, BUT FEMALE CATS (IF THEY DON'T BECOME PREGNANT) WILL COME INTO HEAT IN ABOUT SIX WEEKS OR SOONER AND BELIEVE ME YOU DO NOT WANT A FEMALE CAT IN YOUR HOUSE THAT IS IN HEAT. THERE ARE TOO MANY CATS AND DOGS IN THE WORLD ALREADY TO ALLOW YOUR FEMALE TO BECOME PREGNANT. SOME PEOPLE DO NOT GET THEIR FEMALES SPAYED AND THEY MAY ALLOW THEM OUTSIDE, JUST READY FOR A NON-NEUTERED MALE TO FIND HER. MALE CATS ARE A BIGGER PROBLEM FOR OUR SOCIETY THAN NON-SPAYED FEMALES. WHILE THE FEMALE IS TAKING CARE OF HER KITTENS, SHE IS OUT OF COMMISSION FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. THE MALES HOWEVER CAN KEEP SERVICING MANY, MANY FEMALES ALL THE TIME. FIND A CLINIC THAT THE GOVERNMENT SPONSORS TO PREFORM VERY CHEAP SPAYS AND NEUTERS IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD GOING TO A VET. I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THESE CLINICS IN LARGE CITIES HOWEVER SMALL CITIES DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE THEM. WHERE I LIVE IS A DECENT SMALL CITY WITH NO CLINICS LIKE THAT, HOWEVER IN A TOWN MUCH SMALLER NEARBY THEY DO HAVE A VERY LOW COST CLINIC. IT IS A LOT EASIER TO AFFORD THE GAS AND SPAYING/ NEUTERING THAN TO TAKE IT TO A VET.
    IF YOU DECIDE TO ADOPT A PUPPY READ THESE WAYS TO FIND OUT POSSIBILITIES TO FIGURE OUT HOW LARGE THE DOG WILL BECOME.
    THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF PURE BREED DOGS AT SHELTERS AND THEY WILL BE A LOT CHEAPER THAN TRYING TO BUY ONE. FOR SOME REASON A LOT OF PURE BRED DOGS AT SHELTERS, AT LEAST WHERE I LIVE. THE MOST COMMON ARE LABRADORS. I HAVE KNOW OF SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT HAVE SAVED PURE BRED LABS AND THEY ARE WONDERFUL. PUREBREDS ARE NOT THAT MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE DEPENDING ON WHAT CITY YOU LIVE IN.
    Paws Can Suggest Adult Size

    A puppy's feet can be a good indicator of her adult size, particularly if they are especially large or small. As with people, big feet on a puppy often correlate with greater height and weight as an adult. After all, tiny dachshund feet could not hold up a 100-pound dog like a mastiff. Similarly, the long, heavy paws of a Newfoundland would not suit a fully grown teacup Yorkie.
    But Not Always

    Though paw size can suggest whether you will have a large or tiny best friend one day, it is not a foolproof indicator of adult size. Some larger dogs, such as collies, do have smaller feet than other dogs their size. And some smaller dogs, such as bulldogs, have larger feet than other dogs their size. Extrapolating adult size based on paw size also is far more accurate for purebred dogs than for mixed breeds.
    16 Weeks Times 2

    Typically, a puppy paws tend to be proportional to his overall size, though it might not seem so at first. Some newborn puppies have especially large-or small-looking feet until they reach 14 to 16 weeks. At this point, the general proportions of the dog are largely set, including the paws. At 16 weeks, double the size of your puppy. This should be a good indicator of his fully grown size.
    More Reliable Indicators

    If you have a purebred, it's generally easy to know what you're getting into. Mixed breeds can be trickier, unless you know the size of the parents. Most dogs grow no bigger than the larger parent. For rescue pups of unknown ancestry and mixed breeding, loose skin into which he can grow often suggests that he could be a sizable adult. Also, dogs are generally 75 percent of their height by 6 months of age, maybe a little later for larger breeds.
    ONE OF THE WORSE SINS POSSIBLE IS TO ABANDON A PETS AS WELL AS CHAINING DOGS UP BECAUSE THE ANIMAL IS NO LONGER THE CUTE PUPPY THEY USE TO BE, AND THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO FIND THE TIME TO LOVE THEM AND TAKE THEM ON WALKS. DOGS HAVE TO BE WALKED OR HAVE A YARD LARGE YARD ENOUGH TO RUN AROUND, IN ORDER TO HAVE BOWEL MOVEMENTS. I CAN ONLY ASSUME THE DOGS THAT ARE CHAINED UP HAVE A HARD TIME DOING THAT. DON'T GET A CAT JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK THEY DON'T NEED TO BE GIVEN ANY ATTENTION.
    DOGS DO NEED A LOT OF INTER-ACTION AND I BELIEVE THAT DOGS NEED A LOT OF ATTENTION BUT CATS NEED THE SAME THING.

 
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