Mayday For Mutts

Is your pup a mixed breed? If so, you’ll want to get Fido a special toy or a yummy treat this week: May 3rd is Mayday For Mutts. We love all of our canine companions, but we have to admit that some of our most lovable patients are mutts. A Des Moines, IA vet discusses mixed breed dogs in this article.

Pawesome Holiday

Mayday for Mutts was started by Karen Derrico, author of the 1999 book Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart Not of Breed. While mutts—also called mongrels or mixed breeds—have been charming us for centuries, this was definitely a turning point for them, as people started to realize that they had some pretty wonderful traits. In the end, Fido’s heart and personality matter more than his pedigree.

Mayday to Heyday

Mixed breed pups definitely could use some good PR, but, more importantly, many of them need loving homes. Studies  have shown that the vast majority of dogs in shelters are mutts. The actual estimates vary from 75 percent to 95 percent. Regardless of what that number actually is, that is a lot of sweet, lovable dogs in desperate need of good homes, belly rubs, and ear scritches.

DNA Tests

One thing that makes mutts so much fun is how unique they all are. There are some interesting combinations out there, such as Chihuahua/Husky, for instance. Some also have some pretty fun names, such as the Bospin (Boston Terrier/Min Pinscher); the Pithuahua (Pit Bull/Chihuahua); Beabull (Beagle/Bulldog); and Puginese (Pug/Pekingese). These ‘designer’ breeds are not legitimate, so these cute pups are basically purebred mutts. There are also many pooches out there with a rather random assortment of traits. If you aren’t sure what your furry buddy is, consider getting a DNA test. This can also be beneficial for health reasons. Because certain breeds are prone to specific health problems, it can be very helpful to find out what Fido’s family tree looks like.

Helping Mutts

How do you help mutts? The best option is of course to adopt one, but that isn’t going to be a viable option for everyone. You can also help by spreading the word on social media. After all, Maydays are meant to be broadcast as far as possible!

Do you have questions about your canine buddy’s health or care? Contact us, your Des Moines, IA pet hospital, today!

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