My mommy let me write the blog today and it's my very first one!
I don't know if I'm more excited about this or that mommy was on KUSI this morning to talk about mutts, or that it's almost National Mutt Day!
National Mutt day is July 31st and right around the corner! I am so excited to celebrate these PAWsome pups too because you know what? I know I look like just like a Chihuahua, (and mommy tells everyone I am), but we do not know who my real daddy is. My brothers and sisters are all different but I look most like a Deer Head Chihuahua!
So, what is a mutt you ask?
A mutt is considered a dog that is crossed between two breeds, or even more breeds further down the line. A mutt like me, is truly a one-of-a-kind dog because when there are different breeds mixed in, you just never know what appearances your pup will take on from one of its parents! It is very obvious that I look more like a Chihuahua like my "other" mom.
So why adopt a mutt over buying a purebred doggy?
Mutts tend to have less health conditions, better temperaments, and can be less expensive too!
Many purebred dogs are known to have numerous inherited health conditions from “over breeding”.
These genetic conditions can be passed down from purebred litter to purebred litter but every time a different breed of dog is mixed in, those mutts are actually less likely to inherit one or more of those conditions...it only gets better with each generation to come.
So thankfully, this means your mutt has a much greater chance of not having these conditions, which could range from heart conditions to hip dysplasia and ultimately, suffer great pain and an early death. I have been really lucky to not have any problems with my knees, a lot of Chihuahuas suffer from luxating patellas and many of them need surgery to fix it.
When dogs are purebred, it’s generally for their appearance, temperament, and ability. When we bring up how the inherited health issues are less likely to be passed down to mutts, so are some of the specific temperaments of particular breeds and you have more chances of getting a mutt that has a moderate temperament.
I like to say it's going to be a laid-back Jack, ha ha!
Wow, did you know that some purebred dogs can cost more than $10,000? That’s just to buy one, and doesn’t even include the many trips to the vet to address its potential health issues. That's crazy!
But, if you adopt a mutt from the shelter or a local rescue, you will probably only spend a few hundred dollars, and the vet bills should be moderate.
Besides, adopting saves lives and is the best thing ever!
That's what mommy always says!
So how can you celebrate National Mutt Day on July 31st?
Glad you asked! If you are ready to adopt, National Mutt Day is a perfect day to adopt! There are so many mutts in local shelters and rescues that are just waiting to go home to a new family like yours! If there is a greater demand for adopting mutts, there will be less dogs in shelters and rescues, and less need for purebred dogs which will help reduce the number of puppy mills and backyard breeders!!
But only adopt if you are really ready and your entire family & pets are ready too! Mommy also always says that, too ha ha!
Ok, so do you already have a mutt? If so, that’s PAWfect! You can celebrate by throwing a little doggy party at home or going to a community party like our monthly Paws Parties we have! They're so much fun and we celebrate all the doggies in our neighborhood!
I hope you are just as excited about mutts like me and all of us at Traci's Paws! If you want to share pictures of your mutts on Instagram or Facebook, tag @tracispaws and we will pick some to share later!
Also, please let mommy know if you like my blog so I can write it again!!
Emee the MUTTchi!
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