They are flexible
Mixed breeds tend to be more flexible and more middle-of-the-road because they may not beas strongly programmed as purebreds. Mixed breeds are thought to adjust more easily to a variety of households and living conditions, whereas purebreds tend to be bred with a specific skill set in mind, such as herding or hunting.
They are one of a kind
The standard for breeding purebreds calls for breeding puppies whose appearance and temperament aims to be of exactly the same quality every time. A mixed breed dog is awesome because without these standards, the dog is more unique. Plus, when visiting a shelter to adopt a mutt, the selection of choices is a rainbow of varieties, more than you’d find at a breeder.
They can compete
Think you need to purchase a purebred in order to enter dog competitions? Think again! Mixed breeds can compete in agility competitions through groups like the NADAC. And did you hear? Westminster Kennel Club dog show added mixed breed competitions this year! The prize for the Best All-American (mixed breed) dog was won by Roo!, a 6 1/2 year-old Husky mix owned and handled by Stacey Campbell of San Francisco. Mutts are where its at!
They can be trained as service dogs
Being trained as a service or therapy dog is no longer limited to just purebreds. Mixed breeds are now considered equally as awesome and capable in this regard. The Toronto K9 Unit often recruits pound dogs, particularly for their search and rescue teams, cause all it takes is a great nose and a lot of drive to make the team!
Housetraining is often a done deal
Many mixed breeds found in shelters and with rescue groups did belong to someone in their first life. Their people may not have been able to keep them due to allergies, or moving homes, or for some other reason. Because of this, many mixed breed shelter dogs come already potty- and housetrained. A definite plus towards their awesomeness!
With age comes wisdom
While many pet owners cherish the puppy stage, there are others who just don’t have the time and patience to train a new puppy. With a mutt from a rescue group or the shelter, you have the choice of adopting a young dog, an adult dog, or a senior dog for companionship. In these cases, the dog’s size and temperament will already be pretty set, too, so there will be no surprises in the future, especially if you adopt from a rescue group where the dog has been part of the family for a little while.
They have cheaper start-up costs
Money is never the first concern for committed dog owners, but some dog owners have lots of love and manage their budgets too. Many shelters only require a $50 to $200 donation to adopt a dog. Purebred dogs when purchased from a breeder can be over $1,000, even $2,500. Plus, a mixed breed from a rescue group is always spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, throughly vet-checked, and often micro-chipped, which will save you even more money right out of the gate.
Their awesomeness is contagious
When purchasing a purebred dog, you’re buying a specific temperament that has been honed through strict breeding practices over a long period of time. With a mixed breed, a puppy especially, the unknown genetic line leaves all that up in the air. Appreciate the spontaneity behind this and that makes you awesome by association with the awesome mutt you’ve chosen to adopt. A mixed breed dog is for the adventurer in all of us.
And the number 1 reason rescue mutts rule …
You’re saving a life or two!
Even if a purebred puppy doesn’t get purchased, the puppy is likely already living in the home of a breeder, probably even still with at least one of its parents. A mixed breed dog living at a shelter, however, has a higher chance of being euthanized. Volunteers at independent rescue groups use foster homes, and can only take in as many dogs as they have available foster caregivers. Adopting a rescue mutt means you are directly saving a life, a fact your grateful new dog will not soon forget. Plus you are saving the life of the next dog that is now able to come into rescue or shelter.
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