National Mutt Day

There’s a very special—if perhaps unknown—holiday coming up. Tomorrow, December 2nd, is National Mutt Day! Did you know that the majority of our canine companions are actually mutts? IN fact, a 2016 survey by the APPA found that almost half of our furry pals are mongrels. A Michigan City, IN vet lists some reasons to love mixed breed dogs in this article.

Fewer Health Issues

You may have heard that purebred dogs tend to be more prone to health issues than mutts are. This makes sense: purebreds are often matched with very similar dogs, which can sometimes result in dogs with unwanted recessive traits, some of which cause health problems. 

Promote Good Animal Welfare

There are many responsible, ethical breeders out there. Unfortunately, there are also some very unscrupulous ones. Laws in many places are starting to crack down on puppy mills, but many of them still find buyers. When you get a mutt, you’ll know you didn’t contribute to this issue.

Less Expensive

If you want a true purebred, you may be in for some sticker shock. Pups with pedigrees can cost thousands of dollars! Mutts, however, rarely come with that sort of exorbitant price tag. That means more money for treats and toys!

They Look Unique

One great thing about mutts is that they don’t look like any other dog. (Some pups look like they pulled their features randomly from a veritable grab bag of styles for ears, faces, coats, and legs, but that’s another topic.) There’s a lot to be said for having a furry best friend that’s one-of-a-kind!

Love, Tail Wags, And Puppy Smooches

Last but not least, mutts have the same great qualities as any other dog. Fido is adorable, playful, affectionate, and loyal. He’s also extremely dedicated, and just wants someone to pet him, play with him, and offer bacon and belly rubs. What’s not to love? 


Are you at a loss when it comes to sorting out what breed or breeds your canine buddy is? You can actually have a doggy DNA test done on him. This can actually be quite helpful. Once you know what breeds Fido is, you’ll be able to do some research, and learn more about potential health issues he may develop.

Please contact us, your local Michigan City, IN  pet hospital, with any questions about your mutt’s health or care. We’re here to help!  

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