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The Good and the Bad of Mutt Dogs

Updated on June 27, 2017

What Are Mutt Dogs?

Otherwise commonly known as just mutts or mongrels, mixed-breed dogs are just that- a mixture of purebred or mixed breed dogs. If you know the two purebred breeds that make up your mutt, you may call him a German Shephard- Border Collie mix, not a mutt. However, most the time, most people prefer to call their lovable mixes mutts. As stated before, mutts are simply mixtures of differnet breeds, most often the result of feral or lost or wandering dogs who meet up and mate. Sometimes owners will breed their two purebreds, but this is not usually recommended.

Lola the mutt. She's a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier/ Beagle mix. And now you see why it's easier to say, "mutt".
Lola the mutt. She's a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier/ Beagle mix. And now you see why it's easier to say, "mutt".

The Bad

Well, for one, you never know about how big your mutt will get. He may get as big as his Saint Bernard father, or as small as his Cocker Spaniel mother. It depends on the genes, mostly, and if you don't know his heritage, there is no telling how big or small or what health problems he will have in future, or how old he will live.

You also will never know what behavioral problems he may have. These are usually inherited, and if you don't know the parents, you won't know the kin well until he's older.

Everyone also knows this: you can't compete in shows with a mutt (Unlike mixed breed cats!).



The Good

Your dog won't inherit all of the parents' conditions, for one thing. Your dog will also be more mellow, and adjustable. They will be the best of both (parents) worlds. You also won't get the strange things pruebreds sometimes get!

For example, my mother had a Dalmatian called Tori. Tori was a great pup and all that for a while, until Lily, the golden retriever, came into my mother's life. Tori was aggressive towards Lily and the family, biting people and attacking Lily, until one day she bit my mother. That was it, the end of the line. Everyone knows that when the dog bites her own owner, it's time.

My mother put her down and buried her in the mountains. And now, years later, she told me the story and I came up with the assumption that Tori has inherited some senile-ness because she was a purebred. Purebreds have a rep for that crazy madness.

Another reason for you to adopt a mutt.

More Good!

Your mutt will also be more accepting. Most the time. It's varies for some animals. But, anyway, mutts are also wonderful animals because they are mostly the ones left behind and/of dropped off in shelters. So you have a pretty good chance of getting one, and they all need a forever home.

"We are soooo not mutt rats. We are magical rats." -Picture of Teddy (R.I.P), Scabbers, and Templeton
"We are soooo not mutt rats. We are magical rats." -Picture of Teddy (R.I.P), Scabbers, and Templeton

How About Other Mutt Animals?

Cats, being on the same paw, also aligns with this statement on dogs. They are commonly called alley cats and are just as good as any cat. Also for horses and ponies and fish. But, with rodents, they haven't been domesticated long enough to be different breeds, so you will almost always have a classified type of color (if you don't, you've found a new color!).

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      GalaxyRat 7 weeks ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Thank you Kiss andTales!

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      GalaxyRat 7 weeks ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      That is very kind of you, Flourish. Animals should be fixed, because their kin is always busy making babies anyway and they don't need to be. Thanks for reading.

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      Kiss andTales 7 weeks ago

      Very good picture and expression .

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      FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA

      I stay away from pure breds for ethical reasons unless they are homeless (about 9ne-quarter of relinquished dogs are pure breds). There are already too many homeless animals and I'm a huge advocate of spay neuter. I tell my daughter (an only child) not to expect much of an inheritance because I plan to neuter a bunch of cats off that money. I've already neutered a small army of cats (and dogs too) in my area by helping to pay for their surgery and even transporting them if their owners were old or more disabled than me.