Pet Calendar: National Mutt Day

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Pet Calendar: National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige and is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd.

Watch the video we made when we celebrated in July!

National Mutt Day is focused on raising awareness, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. The reason most dogs are abandoned, surrendered or euthanized is because of over-breeding and puppy mills. National Mutt Day is celebrated as a way to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs. Did you know that more than eighty percent of the dogs in shelters are mixed breeds? We find that startling. Many purebred dogs in shelters are quickly adopted, while mixed breeds languish.

Why should you adopt a mutt or mixed breed dog? Here are some reasons:

  • Mutts tend to be healthier
  • Mutts are better behaved
  • Mutts live longer
  • Mutts love you just as much as a purebred dog will
  • Mutts are just as smart as purebred dogs

Millions of loving mutts have been trained as bomb and drug sniffing dogs and for search and rescue and as guide dogs for the blind.

Who is one of the most famous mixed breed movie dogs? Benji! He’s a mixed breed Terrier.

If you aren’t in a position to adopt a dog, adopt a shelter — volunteer to clean kennels or walk the dogs, donate time or products that the shelter has its wish list.

 

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.