National Mutt Day - July 31st
Began in 2005 and recognized twice a year on July 31 and December 2, National Mutt Day is a day that celebrates the many various mixed breeds. Colleen Paige, a celebrity pet, family lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate created National Mutt Day along with other recognized pet holidays including National Dog Day, National Cat Day, National Puppy Day and others.
According to HelpAMutt.com, 75% of dogs that are brought to a shelter are mutts, so that makes it that much easier to find a new family member! There are many reasons to adopt a mutt, but one of the main ones is longevity, because mutts tend to have a longer life than purebreds due to their genetic make up. While some purebred breeds may be known to be susceptible to a certain kind of ailment, mixed breeds are often healthier because genes from one breed can counteract the disease-causing genes in another.
Mutts can be found at humane societies nationwide, and come in many different shapes, sizes, coat colors and patterns. A potential pet owner can even look for specific characteristics for their pet to have, such as short or droopy ears, long or short legs and a long fluffy tail or no tail at all. Likewise, mutts are also known to be easy-going and to score higher than purebred dogs in stability, friendliness, shyness, aggression and protectiveness. If a mutt is active and healthy, pet parents can even check into classes for their mutt to be involved in agility, obedience and freestyle. If a pet parent is interested in the genetics of their pet, they can ask their vet to give their pet a DNA test.
Mixed breeds that have become mainstream in the U.S., include the Labradoodle, Cockapoo, Morkie and Puggle. In honor of National Mutt Day, consider making a financial or supply donation to a local animal shelter, whom can continue to help mixed breed pets find loving homes. With more understanding of the lovability of mutts, people can adopt a new friend and spread the word of how great mutts can be.