Mutt versus Pure Bred There is a long standing debate among dog lovers and breeders; who is better, the mutt or the pure bred? (Pure bred dogs include designer dogs like Puggles and Labradoodles). There hasn’t been much study on the subject – so really there’s no definitive answer. What we do know is that mutts tend to get the short end of the stick. Mixed breed dogs make up the majority of shelter dogs and are euthanized far more often than their designer counter parts. Mutts are great dogs and make amazing pets. There are some upsides to mutts – a more diverse genetic background generally means that the pup will not suffer from congenital diseases. Also, mutts don’t suffer from breed-specific health problems. Mutts are also able to perform any task a pure bred can including search and rescue. So how do we get the word out about our mixed breed friends? The answer is National Mutt Day. What is National Mutt Day? National Mutt Day is a 2 day campaign to raise awareness about mixed breed dogs. Did you know that mixed breed dogs are euthanized far more than pure bred dogs? Due to the popularity and demand for designer and pure bred puppies mutts are neglected and often end up in shelters. National Mutt Day is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd. The extra day helps increase awareness about mixed breed dogs that need and deserve a good home. The Goal The ultimate goal of National Mutt Day to get 10,000 mutts adopted on July 31st and December 2nd. How Can You Help? Why adopt a mutt of course. But if you can’t adopt a mutt there are other ways to help. The following have been suggested by Mutt Day founder Colleen Paige:
- Donate $5 to a local animal shelter
- Donate other items needed by shelters (food, toys, beds, poop bags)
- Volunteer at a shelter
To find out more about National Mutt Day check out their website and Facebook page: http://www.nationalmuttday.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/NationalMuttDay?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser Is your pup mixed breed? Share a picture of your mutt with us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl Post your mutt’s picture before August 5th for a chance to win a pack of doo-n-go poop bags.