National Mutt Day a Reminder That Love Comes in All Shapes, Sizes, and Breeds
National Mutt Day, a holiday created by animal activist, Colleen Paige, happens twice a year – once on July 31st and again on December 2nd. According to its creator, National Mutt Day’s purpose is to embrace the beauty of all canines, to save the lives of unwanted animals, and to celebrate the love of pets - whatever breed they happen to come in. The need for this specialized holiday was determined after decades of favoritism going towards purebred dogs only. Unfortunately, mixed breed canines are often overlooked, although “mutts” comprise a surprisingly large part of the modern pet population. As it stands today, “mutts” are the most commonly euthanized pet on the planet. What’s popular isn’t always right, and what’s right isn’t always popular.
Mutts Need Love Too
Designer dogs are all the rage, but mutts make terrific pets as well, and at the very least deserve to keep their lives. In fact, many mixed breed owners say that their mutt exhibits the various character traits of each species running through its veins, with the best attributes being the most noticeable. Mutts make friendly, loyal, and well-mannered companions despite their not-so-fashionable reputation. Moreover, mixed breed dogs tend to suffer from fewer diseases, have longer lifespans, and are healthier animals overall. These days, fewer people are opting for the designer dog and instead are choosing a malleable mutt to add to the family.
According to Dog Time Magazine, the following mixed breeds are the most popular:
1. Cockapoo: This is a cross between a poodle and a cocker spaniel, known for its happy-go-lucky attitude.
2. Peekapoo: This is a mixture of poodle and Pekingese, characterized by its loyal, protective, and affectionate disposition.
3. Maltipoo: This is a cross between a poodle and a Maltese, mostly popular because of how loving and cuddly it tends to be.
4. Labradoodle: This is a sweet mix of Labrador and poodle, known for its high level of intelligence.
5. Goldendoodle: This is a breed comprised of poodle and golden retriever, identified primarily by its playful, kid-friendly demeanor.
6. Schnoodle: This creative blend of breeds includes poodle and schnauzer, making it the perfect family, therapy, or performance companion.
7. Yorkipoo: This mutt is a mix of miniature poodle and Yorkshire terrier, most suitable for dog owners with small dwellings due to its low-key personality.
8. Puggle: This is a cross between a pug and beagle, if you could think of anything more adorable; and, its energetic, fun-loving attitude are the perfect match.
9. Goldador: This marvelous mutt is a mix of golden retriever and Labrador retriever, known for its high energy and compatibility with other animals.
10. Maltese Shih Tzu – This fine blend of breeds ends up being very loyal and protective, ideal for pet owners with large or unsecured property. Getting a new addition to the family is always exciting, but are you making the right choice? Mutt adoption can be extremely rewarding for both you and the dog in question. By choosing a mutt over a designer dog, you give an innocent animal a second chance at life – the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be loved. You also do your part to put an end to the unethical business practices of the nation’s many puppy mills. For best results with your new furry friend, and to end the vicious cycle of animal abuse and exploitation, be sure to have him/her examined by a local vet.