National Mutt Day is July 31st! Quite a few of our canine patients are mutts. While we love pups of any breed, sometimes mutts really are the ‘goodest’ dogs, with the best mix of traits. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, a Cy-Fair, TX vet discusses these lovable pups.
There definitely is no shortage of mutts out there. In fact, one study revealed that as many as 95 percent of the dogs in participating shelters were mutts. The American Humane Society estimates that, overall, over half of our canine pals are mutts. It does make sense that there would be a higher percentage in shelters. Purebreds are much more expensive, and are more likely to live the lives of pampered pets, rather than ending up homeless. Of course, if you think about it, all breeds originated as mutts. Breeders would select dogs with specific traits, and deliberately keep breeding the pups with those traits.
Benefits of Having A Mutt
There are some great perks to having a mutt. While this varies from dog to dog, mutts are often hardier than purebreds, and may be less prone to specific health issues. Fido will also cost less than a purebred. Plus, many mutts have very unique appearances, which can be very appealing. Some people really enjoy having a pooch that looks nothing like any other dog!
Identifying Fido’s Breeds
Nowadays, mutt identities don’t have to remain secret. You can actually get doggy DNA tests done, which will tell you exactly what breeds your canine companion’s ancestors were. This is actually a really good idea, and not just because it will satisfy your curiosity. Since some breeds can be prone to specific health issues, this can give you valuable insight to your furry friend’s health and care needs.
So how does one celebrate this auspicious occasion? Muttloaf is a pretty good bet! Fido’s version is very much like the one you may make for yourself, except that you’ll omit garlic and onions, and anything else that could be harmful to your pup. Mix minced beef with parmesan cheese, tomato paste, shredded carrots, peas, egg, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes at 375. Done!
Do you have questions about your mutt’s health or care? Contact us here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX animal clinic, today! We’re always here to help!