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Pet360.com Lists the Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Nov. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunday, December 2nd is National Mutt Day, a time to celebrate the awesomeness of mixed breed dogs. According to NationalMuttDay.com, "The biggest percentage of dogs euthanized in shelters each year are unwanted, medium to large mixed breed dogs." To help lower this statistic and raise awareness of our mixed breed companions, Pet360.com has pulled together the top ten reasons to adopt a mutt.

  1. Mutts Are Unique: Parents of mixed-breed dogs know the number one question people ask is "what kind of dog is that?" This is usually followed by lots of admiring and cuddling and conjecture. And even though the question may go unanswered, one-of-a-kind mixed breed dogs love the attention.
  2. Mutts Are More Flexible: It is generally believed that mutts are more adaptable to situations than purebred dogs. This makes them perfect pets as they can easily adjust to lifestyle changes such as moving into a new environment or bringing home a baby.
  3. Mutts Can Still Compete: Think you need a purebred in order to enter dog competitions? Think again! Mixed breed dogs can compete in a variety of agility contests and dog shows, and may even have a slight advantage over their purebred cousins.
  4. Mutts Can Be Trained as Service Dogs: Few things are more awesome than being a service dog, except the fact that mixed breed dogs can now be trained as service pets, too.
  5. Mutts Usually Come Home Housetrained: Mutts end up in shelters for a variety of reasons. As a result, many mutts available for adoption will be potty-trained when you bring them into your home.
  6. You Can Skip the Puppy Stage: Puppies are cute, but they are a lot more work than an already developed young adult or adult dog. For pet parents who don't have time to train a little one not to eat their shoes, the coffee table or paper towels, adopting an older mutt is the perfect alternative.
  7. Mutts Have Fewer Health Issues: Although it hasn't been proven, mixed breed dogs do tend to be healthier than purebred dogs that are often susceptible to breed-specific diseases. A mutt's immune system is comprised of multiple breeds' immune systems, which can give the mutt a stronger immune defense.
  8. Mutts Have Cheaper Start-up Costs: Adopting a mutt from a shelter can cost pet parents significantly less than buying a dog from a purebred breeder. Many mutts who are adopted from shelters are also already neutered or spayed and are usually up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  9. You're Saving a Life: A mixed breed dog living at a shelter has a high chance of being euthanized. Adopting one means you are directly saving a life, a fact your grateful new dog will not soon forget.
  10. A Mutt's Awesomeness is Contagious: Purebred dogs are bred to have the same coloring, temperament, and even personality; however, mutts are wildcards. They take on different attributes from each of their parents, so no two mutts are exactly the same.

Media Contact: Kelly Lange, 610-234-4114, klange@pet360.com

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