May 7th is Mayday for Mutts. That comes exactly one week after Purebred Dog Day, which happens to be today. There’s a lot to be said for both purebreds and mutts, but we’re putting the spotlight on the latter today! Here, a Carolina Forest, SC vet lists some benefits of adopting mutts.
One Of A Kind Pup
There are almost 400 different dog breeds out there, which makes for a nearly endless list of possible mixes. And while many mutts just look like, well, pretty standard dogs, others are definitely very unique. You may find that you love having a pooch that doesn’t look like any other dog out there.
Rescues Melt Hearts
The vast majority of shelter dogs are mixed breeds. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favorite breed: you may very well be able to find one that is at least partly descended from your top choices. There’s a lot to be said for giving a sweet, homeless pet a second chance at happiness. Talk about the best of both worlds! An additional benefit of adopting a mutt: it also helps promote good animal welfare, both by clearing room at the shelter and supporting them financially, making room for the next adorable pooch … who will probably also be a mutt.
This is actually a big one. We love purebreds, but there is a definite drawback to getting a pedigree pup: many of them are predisposed to certain health conditions. For example, German Shepherds have elevated risks of developing hip dysplasia, while brachycephalic pups, such as pugs, often struggle with respiratory issues. Mutts tend to be healthier and hardier, just because they have a wider gene pool.
No Mystery Required
Technology has been moving really fast lately. While there are pros and cons to that, one thing we’re thrilled about is the fact that doggy DNA testing is now readily available. You don’t have to wonder why your canine pal has the ears of a Beagle and the tail of a Pomeranian: you can find out exactly what parts your Mr. Potatohead pup was assembled from. This isn’t just about satisfying curiosity: it can also be helpful for finding out if Fido is predisposed to any medical conditions.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Carolina Forest, SC animal clinic, today!