Celebrate Mutt’s Day in July with Your Mixed Breed
Sometimes mutts get a bad rap. Sure, they may not have distinguished marks and the perfect genes like purebreds, but the combination of traits a mutt has can be quite astonishing. When you mix dog breeds, a non-purebred pooch can turn out to be a valuable hunter, guard dog, or herder, or all three! Plus, it’s really not that hard to train any dog, mutt or otherwise, some simple obedience commands. So why not give mutts the attention they deserve!
July 31st marks Mutt’s Day; a day dedicated to the greatness of mutts and all the wonderful attributes they have. Even though mutts are great, for personality purposes, it is important to know a little something about your mutt’s background. If you are a mutt owner, you want your dog to be happy in his or her surroundings. However, it’s also important to make sure your personalities match. So how can you determine what traits your mutt may have?
Interestingly enough, the AKC has determined that many mixed breeds have the same 10 purebred genes in them. The list includes: Labrador Retriever (#1 most popular breed), German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Boxer, Rottweiler, Poodle, American Staffordshire Terrier, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, and Siberian Husky. All of these dogs are great companions, and yet they all have different traits. Of course now there is a DNA test you can give your pet that many pet owners find helpful. Also, if you adopted your pet, sometimes the staff at the shelter can give you some insight as to what your dog may be. Even a vet could tell you something about your dog’s breed.
Lastly, research shows that the so-called mutt makes up about 58% of all the dogs in the U.S. That’s a lot of mutts! With mutts having that high of a percentage in the “dog world”, are pet owners looking past pure breed dogs and going toward mixed breeds? Maybe – because any pet owner can see that it doesn’t take the perfect genes to be a loyal friend.