25 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt from 25 Reasons You Should Adopt a Mutt
25 Reasons You Should Adopt a Mutt
25 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt
Are you preparing to get a new dog after the loss of a pet? Are you thinking of getting a dog for the first time? No matter the reason, buying a dog requires serious considerations. From age to breed and personality to behavior, there are plenty of characteristics to ponder. Plus, you have to think about the seller of the dog, the cost to buy and care for the dog, and what’s best for you and your family overall.
It sets a good example
Adopting a mutt that needs a home shows friends, family (especially children), and neighbors the importance of caring for animals otherwise looked at as throwaways. Others can see you’re truly making a difference.
You just want a family dog
If you’re not looking for a working pet (a service dog, a police dog, a livestock herder, etc.), a mutt is the pup for you. Mutts can have similar traits as working dogs, but those characteristics are more manageable (e.g., around young kids) in a mutt compared to a purebred.
They’re one of a kind
No one will ever have a dog exactly like yours! You’d be hard-pressed to even find two completely identical mixed-breed dogs in the same litter.
Mixed-breed dogs have lots of personality. Even better, many are easy to train because they have a blend of characteristics rather than all of their traits from a single breed.
No preconceived notions about behavior
Some people see a German shepherd and think: strong, muscular, and fierce. They see a Boston terrier and think: quick, charming, and stubborn. With a mutt, the general public will have no preconceived notion about your dog’s personality. Your mutt always gets a clean slate!
Fewer genetic risks
According to Scientific American magazine, “Most purebred dogs today are at a high risk for numerous inherited diseases.” A mutt will have a mix of genes, thereby being less prone to the same health risks that purebreds face.
Raising awareness for adoption and rescue
Dogs are conversation starters, especially when family and friends come to visit, you take the dog out for a walk, or you head to the nearby dog park so your mutt can play with other pups. So each time somebody asks you about your mutt, you'll have the opportunity to rave about the benefits of adoption/rescue.
Low-maintenance mutts don’t care if you had a bad day or if you aren’t in a pampering mood. They just want to welcome you home with a wagging tail and perhaps some sloppy kisses.
A literal source of warmth
If you’re like a lot of dog owners who don’t mind their pets on the bed, you’re in luck. Your mutt likely won’t leave your side, cozying up to you on those crisp winter nights.
A dog can help you stay healthy
You have to get off the couch to let the dog out anyway, so why not enjoy life with a new workout companion? Playing fetch and going for long walks benefits both the dog and you.
Most mutts end up in shelters through no fault of their own, and unless they’re lucky enough to be adopted quickly or dropped off at a no-kill shelter, it’s sadly the end of the road for some of them. By adopting a mutt, you’re giving the pup a fully deserved second chance at a happy life.
You help reduce overpopulation
Millions of animals regularly enter shelters across the country. The more people turn to mills and pet shops for new litters from particular breeds, the more crowded the shelters get. Adopting mutts decreases the demand for new dogs and helps alleviate the large population at shelters.
It’s a mood booster
Adopting a mutt can change your life in more ways than one. Cuddling can reduce anxiety, simply being around them can ease loneliness, and they love you unconditionally without judgement.
Saving a life
Not all mutts benefit from being housed in a no-kill shelter. That means that oftentimes when you adopt a mutt you are literally saving a life.