A lovable mutt can make one of the best companion animals around. Read below to find out why you should consider adopting a mixed breed shelter dog for your next pet!
Some people are wary of getting an unknown mixed breed or mutt because they believe that getting a purebred dog allows them to get a predictable temperament and characteristic. In reality, individual dogs (even among the same breed) are very unique and can have widely differing temperaments and physical traits. You may have more luck actually going into a shelter and judging an individual mixed breed dog’s character in person or by asking a shelter employee rather than going to a breeder and simply depending on a boilerplate description of an entire breed’s temperament when choosing your next pet.
Mixed breed dogs come in huge amounts of variety. With patience and a little effort on the part of a potential owner, it’s possible to find one that makes the perfect match with anyone’s situation.
Mixed breed dogs can be a more moderate or even a “best of both worlds” type of companion. Many purebred dogs were bred with very specific jobs or attributes in mind. Very few of these jobs exist nowadays and dogs are usually used instead as companion members for a family. A mixed breed dog isn’t bred for one of these very specific situations. In reality, they have traits that allows them to adapt to many situations and in turn are more flexible!
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.
Mutts are cheaper to purchase than purebreds and are in need of adopting at many shelters across the country. You will have the choice between many individual dogs and if you are not drawn into looking for a specific breed, you can instead look for specific characteristics that match your ideal companion.
Getting a mutt from a shelter helps to save a life. Many purebred animals come from reputable sources, but oftentimes they can also come from puppymills or breeders that don’t have the animal’s well-being as a priority. The next time you want to take home a canine companion, consider adopting a lovable mutt from a shelter!