While I’m not really big into celebrating “national” days, National Mutt Day was started to raise awareness of all the mix breeds that are in shelters and rescues that need loving homes. So, I do recognize the need to promote adopting mutts from shelters and rescues. Yes, pure breed dogs can also be found in shelters or breed-specific rescues, but according to the National Mutt Day website, “approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds”.
We actually have a mutt, Ginger, and a pure breed yellow lab, Bear. We adopted Bear from a family that realized they didn’t have the time, space or capability to train a 90 lb. lab. Both dogs are awesome in their own unique ways and I wouldn’t trade either one for anything.
What is important to me is saving a dog’s life, and we have saved many dogs by adopting and fostering. I’ve never purchased a dog from a breeder, although I am not against it… reputable breeders have their place in the dog world. Personally, it’s just not for me, but that’s an entirely another topic.
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For me, I feel pure breed dogs are all about predictability. If you really want a specific type of dog and want to adopt a puppy, then maybe purchasing a purebred puppy is right for you.
I truly believe that mutts are healthier. 4 out 6 of our dogs have been mutts, and the first purebred yellow lab, Abby, had terrible health issues and passed away much too young. Now, this could have been because of bad breeding or just bad luck. So far so good with our yellow lab, Bear. But as stated above, the studies have backed up what I felt all along.
The downside of adopting a young mixed breed puppy is not knowing what he will look like when he becomes an adult. So if you want certain characteristics and more predictability, then maybe consider adopting a mutt that is 1 year or older. Read why adopting a senior dog may be a perfect choice!
If knowing how big your puppy will be or what he will look like as an adult, then adopting a mixed breed puppy is the right decision. Just remember, all puppies are cute, mixed or pure… but they all grow up to be adult dogs and just may have the face only a mother could love.
So what do you think? Is your dog a pure breed or mutt?
Comment below with why you decided either way…
Debi McKee is a life-long dog lover and owner, volunteers for Fetch WI, fostering rescue dogs, performing home visits and more. She also attends every dog training seminar available to her, and is continually looking for ways to build her knowledge of dog adoption, health and training. Her goal is to guide you through every step of your dog journey. Read her story and learn about the dogs behind Rescue Dogs 101. If you have a question, please feel free to send Debi a message here.