This day only comes around twice a year

July 31st and December 2nd are two days that we celebrate the dogs that are called mutts. Here are a few details about this great day!

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. The biggest percentage of dogs abandoned and euthanized is due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals.

I was wondering exactly what is considered a '"mutt" since there are so many "designer breeds" that take different breeds and make one special pup; i.e a labradoodle or a puggle. According to sprucepets.com...

Mixed breed or a designer dog is a different name for what is essentially a mutt. While the word mutt can have a negative connotation, it simply means that the dog's parents were not registered and both parents are not of the same breed. These types of dogs come in a variety of coat types and colors, shapes, and sizes that rival any purebred dog.

Knowing that information, it just makes since to save a ton of pocket change and adopt from the SPCA of Southwest Michigan, in fact rover.com noted that...

Sometimes overlooked, mixed-breed dogs can offer a host of advantages over their purebred counterparts; they often live longer with fewer health problems and can be easier to train.

So maybe you are not looking to adopt a dog at this time, there are wonderful different ways to celebrate the day and support out local animal shelters that are in need of care.

Our SPCA of Southwest Michigan does an incredible job of taking care of displaced pets and they could use our help!

  • A finical donation is ALWAYS welcomed
  • Blankets
  • Gently used blankets
  • Towels
  • Gently used towels
  • Kitty Litter
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Bleach
  • Pet toys
  • Pet treats
  • And your time (volunteers to walk the animals, feed them, clean cages and love on them is ALWAYS welcomed and needed.

And the best way to celebrate this national holiday is to kiss your mutt and give them a little extra love because they are so special!