By Kim Campbell Thornton, Elite Fear Free® Certified Professional, in Partnership with BISSELL®
Whether you call them mutts, mixed breeds, Heinz 57s or some other moniker, who doesn’t love a canine cocktail? It’s no wonder that we have a special day to celebrate them: National Mutt Day, which falls on July 31 this year.
Whether you are looking for a dog who will love everyone, alert you to visitors (or intruders), will enjoy running with you, or share some sofa time in the evening, there is a mixed breed who is just right for you and your family.
Even better, there’s a lot to be thankful for when it comes to our mutt-tastic friends. Here are 10 traits that make them so special.
1. Mutts are unique. Like snowflakes and fingerprints, each one is different. Sometimes they’re so unusual that people stop in their tracks to give them a second glance, rewarding us with the same thing that dogs love: attention!
2. Mutts are malleable. Whatever you’re looking for in a dog, you can find a mutt of a particular size, color or coat type. Floppy ears, pleading eyes, long nose, or flat face: mutts have it all, sometimes in a single package.
3. Mutts are everywhere. You might find one in the litter next door, at your local shelter or through a rescue group. When you want a mutt, it’s not hard to find one.
4. Mutts can be anything you want them to be. Invent your own creative moniker: a smooth So-Cal surf dog, a curly-tailed chi-wienie or a pointy-faced Pomillon. The possibilities are endless.
5. Mutts don’t cost big bucks. Adoption fees can be as little as $50 and even when they are higher, they often include spay/neuter surgery, microchip identification, up-to-date vaccinations, and the license fee.
6. Mutts have, well, “mutt-sonality”. They’re lovable, goofy, charming, smart: everything you could ever want in a dog—and then some.
7. Mutts are athletes. They can compete in any dog sport: agility, dock diving, flyball, freestyle, lure coursing, nose work, obedience, and rally. You name it, they can do it—except win Best in Show at Westminster. But they’re always first place in your heart.
8. Mutts are living history. Many of them resemble what we know the earliest domesticated dogs looked like. That’s just cool.
9. Mutts are healthy. They can have long lifespans, giving them plenty of time to be your best friend.
10. Mutts make up approximately 75 percent of the shelter population. When you give one a home, you’re welcoming a whole lot of love on four paws into your family. And that’s the best! Can’t adopt? Try fostering, volunteering, or donating money, food, or toys. You also help each time you buy a BISSELL® product! BISSELL® proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation® and its mission to help save homeless pets. That’s why ever purchase of a BISSELL® product helps save pets.
About Kim: Kim Campbell Thornton is content manager for Fear Free Pets and is an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional. She has been writing about dogs, cats, wildlife, and marine life since 1985 and is a recipient of multiple awards from the Cat Writers Association, Dog Writers Association of America, and American Society of Journalists and Authors. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s competing in nose work trials with Harper and Keeper, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.