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Five Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Mutt

Five Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Mutt

All dogs are wonderful, but December 2 is a day dedicated to the special mixed-breed pups of the world. Mutts make up the majority of domesticated dogs in the world and the vast majority of dogs in shelters. They can be amazing additions to any family and deserve to be adopted into loving homes.

If their adorable faces alone aren’t enough to convince you, here are five reasons why mutts are great dogs to adopt.

They’re adaptable.

Because mutts don’t have rigid purposes engrained in their DNA like purebreds, they can more easily adapt to a variety of environments and jobs. They can go with the flow of your lifestyle with more ease than purebreds, as long as you get them the exercise and excitement every dog needs.

They make wonderful service dogs.

Service dog training used to be limited to only purebreds, but it has since opened up to all dogs with the right intelligence and patience. Mutts have combinations of the best qualities of multiple breeds, so they bring unique talents and skills to their service.

They have fewer health problems than other dogs.

Purebreds are more prone to health issues because genetic disorders stay in their bloodline. Mutts have more diverse genes, which lowers their chances of developing the ailments common in their purebred ancestors.

Adopting a mutt is more affordable.

When you adopt from a shelter, you could pay a fee of up to $200 for  your dog. This is significantly cheaper than buying a dog from a breeder who may charge more than $1,000. Plus, shelter dogs typically are already spayed or neutered, which saves you on veterinary costs. 

You’ll be giving your new best friend an amazing life.

Every shelter mutt deserves caring owners, personalized attention and space to run around. No matter what dog you choose to adopt, you’ll be giving it a better life and your new companion will bring you so much joy in return.