National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was started in 2005 in the US by Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige and is celebrated on both July 31 and December 2.
National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs.
Mixed breed dogs tend to make up a large percentage of the shelter population.
These dogs are often physically more robust and are even tempered, as so often, unscrupulous backyard breeders and puppy mills produce pure breed dogs that are interbred, resulting in dogs that are highly strung and plagued by health problems.
According to www.dogtime.com ‘combining breeds allows for a bit more mixing. So some of the recessive disorders of certain breeds are drowned out by the dominant genes of other breeds. This means your mutt is more likely to escape the hereditary conditions of their parents, so they’ll be healthier for longer’.
Here in SA we often refer to mutts as ‘pavement specials’ or ‘braks’.
So let’s celebrate our pavement specials and always remember our pet companions are part of the family and so must be treated as such!