All dogs are the best dogs but if you're looking to get one soon (or if you need more reason to love your pup now), there are incredible benefits to getting a mutt over a purebred dog. They live longer and they connect with you better - but don't take our word for it. Let Jared Cotter's friend Michael Morefield from the Arizona Animal Welfare League explain:
1. Mutts Are Healthier
Because purebred dogs have been bred for certain characteristics, they've taken on some negative genes that can cause health issues. As purebred dogs mix with other dog breeds, the puppies get the better of the two dogs' health and the chances of the pups having major health issues tend to go down. Not to mention that hybrid pups tend to be smarter than purebred pups.
2. Mutts Are One of a Kind
Designer dogs can be a dime a dozen - we all know a family that only has Golden Retrievers or Black Labs. But mutts, even mutts of the same litter, can have different talents, preferences, and behaviors. The fun of having a mutt is not being told what the dog should and will do, and has for hundreds of years - it's discovering what's different about your special pet.
3. Mutts Have Personalities - Like You!
With purebred dogs, their personalities can be very locked in - German Shepherds are energetic and protective; Bulldogs aren't into too much moving - but with a mutt, you'll get a dog that can do just about anything. They adapt to new activities because they don't have as many physical limitations as some purebreds might have. They also tend to have a greater range of personalities: silly dogs, trick dogs, 0-60 in 2 seconds.
Whatever your lifestyle, whatever your interests, a mutt will have an easier time getting to know you because it'll be as varied in its personality as you are! Adopt don't shop! Make a new friend at a shelter near you!
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