Set your watches and mark your calendars! July 31 is National “Mutt” (or, mixed breed) day! Celebrate yours and others’ mixed breed doggies on the 31st with some fun facts about “mutts” in Canada!
Crossbreeds are healthier!
Because there is no inbreeding involved, crossbreed dogs are less likely to develop some of the less wanted hereditary traits of their parents, such as some pretty serious genetic disorders that ruin a dog’s life. This phenomenon is called “hybrid vigor”, and it simply means that, due to a richer genetic pool, mutts are usually stronger, hardier, and live longer than purebred dogs.
Crossbreeds have longer lives!
Naturally, if mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebred ones, they end up living longer than them. Some statistics have been done, the numbers have been counted (counted? Do we say that about numbers? Man, I haven’t studied mathematics since high school, so please excuse my general lack of knowledge in this area), and, as it turns out, mixed breed dogs live way longer than purebred ones, sometimes up to 18 or 20 years.
Their physicality is always a surprise!
Because a mixed breed dog is the result of a cross between two purebred dogs, there is no saying on how cute or scary looking he’ll end up being. Crossbreed dogs are a mix of both their parents, genetically speaking, which makes it fun to watch them grow up from puppies to dogs, because you never know how small or big they will be.
You won’t be able to predict their temperament.
Well, of course, if your mutt is a mix between two purebreds that are similar in temperament (such as the Pomsky, the mix between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky), you might be able to predict how he’s going to behave while growing up. But sometimes, your baby best friend can be a combination of two completely different dogs, and it’s going to be all about your luck and your training skills if your dog ends up being a friendly, sociable one, or a calm and reserved one.
They are cheaper to adopt
First of all, let’s get one thing out of the way: only acquire a crossbreed dog if you know for a fact that the breeder is trustworthy, and you have all the information about the purebred parents.
Well, now that this is out of the way, you should know that, naturally, mutts are cheaper to purchase than purebreds. But not only that, even when you are adopting a dog from a shelter, you still have to donate an amount of money. This amount usually varies between 20$ and 500$ if you are adopting a mixed breed dog, but if you are going for a purebred, you might have to donate up to a thousand dollars, which is still quite an important amount of money.
You should never look down on a mutt. Just because they don’t come from a pure line of dogs doesn’t mean he is not worth your love!