National Mutt Day is a day for us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs. It’s celebrated twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd but should be on many more days because there seems to be no day that our mutts don’t embrace, save and celebrate our human lives!
What is a Mutt: A mutt, also known as a mongrel, or mixed-breed dog, is a dog that does not belong to one officially recognized breed and is generally not the result of intentional breeding. Although the term "mixed-breed dog" is preferred by some, many mutts have no known purebred ancestors.
Mutts are also known by these additional names – crossbreeds, hybrids, Heinz 57s, half-breeds – but these lovable mixes often make wonderful additions to the family. Mixed breeds come with a unique look and personality all their own. Many say that mutts can make for friendlier, healthier and longer living dogs than purebreds.
The mutts that have been a part of our family have ranged in sizes from huge, 110 pounds, to tiny little 7 pound pups, and have included mixes of Labrador, Australian Shepherd, Silky Terrier, Poodle, and...many guesses. All of those found in our house today are all rescues too. Rescue shelters are the best place to find a great mutt for a family.
We are celebrating National Mutt Day by caring and loving all of our critters, no matter their mix or breed, with as much kindness and love as we can because they give us more than that back!