Did you know that December 2nd is Mutt Day? Actually, we celebrate mutts twice a year: Fido will also be in the spotlight on July 31st. That’s fine with us! The majority of our canine companions—including most of the dogs in shelters—are mutts. A San Diego, CA veterinarian puts mixed breeds in the spotlight in this article.
As it turns out, many of our favorite celebrepups are mutts. The list of mixed breed doggy stars include Benji, Old Yeller, and Murray from Mad About You. Many animated mutts have also stolen our hearts. These include Mickey Mouse’s pup Pluto; Clifford, the beloved big red dog; and, of course, Tramp from Lady And The Tramp.
Both the July and December National Mutt Days—which are also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Days—were created back in 2005 by Colleen Paige, Paige, a celebrity pet expert and animal welfare advocate, had one simple but noble goal in mind: to spread awareness and support for rescuing, celebrating, and pampering mixed breed dogs.
Want to get your own mutt’s cute tail wagging? Make him a celebratory muttloaf! These are almost the same as a meatloaf you would make for people, except you’d leave out things like garlic and onions, which aren’t safe for Fido.
Mutts may not come with fancy papers, but there is a lot to love about them. For one thing, they all look unique. You may find that you get the best of both worlds in a pup that mixes two or more breeds. Mutts also tend to be a bit hardier than purebreds, because of that wider genepool. Plus, they’re also cheaper!
Have you always wondered exactly what your canine buddy is? Does your pooch look like a pug from one angle and a poodle from another? There is something to be said for getting your furry pal’s DNA tested. Not only can this make for a fun wager with the family, there are also some more pragmatic reasons. Knowing Fido’s breeds can give you valuable insight into his behavior. It can also be helpful from a health care standpoint, as you’ll be able to find out if your pooch is at elevated risk of developing any specific medical issues.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local San Diego, CA animal clinic, today!