Wonderful, deserving mixed breeds make up the vast majority of adoptable dogs – about 75 percent — at animal shelters, humane societies and rescue facilities across the nation. When a shelter dog is adopted by a loving, responsible owner, that’s one less dog institutionalized and/or euthanized. Everyone wins! Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you are hoping for a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
1. You’re saving a life
A mixed breed dog living at a shelter has a high chance of being euthanized. One of the best things about adopting a rescued pet is the knowledge you are saving a deserving dog or cat from languishing in a shelter or being put to death. Adopting one means you are directly saving a life, a fact your grateful new dog will not soon forget. Bonus: Adopting a dog or cat from a no-kill shelter can free up space for older or special needs pets that may not find new homes before the end of their natural lives.
2. They have cheaper start-up costs
Many shelters only require a $50 to $200 donation in order for you to adopt a dog. Purebred dogs can run up to and over $1,000. Plus, a mixed breed from the shelter is likely spayed or neutered and is up-to-date on vaccinations, which will save you even more money.
3. They are generally healthier
There are some people who claim mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebreds. While this isn’t proven, and every dog is an individual with his own needs and strengths, it is known that certain purebreds are more prone to specific illnesses. Mixed breed dogs are thought to be less likely to develop hereditary illnesses, due to gene variation.
4. Housetraining is standard
Many mixed breeds found in shelters did belong to someone before – people who couldn’t keep them due to allergies, or moving homes, or for some other reason. Because of this, many mixed breed shelter dogs come already potty- and housetrained. A definite plus towards their awesomeness!
5. You can find a mixed breed to fit any lifestyle
You might be looking for a very friendly dog, or one who’s security conscious. Perhaps you want a four-legged workout partner or a snuggler who enjoys long naps on the couch. Whatever your lifestyle, there’s a dog out there who will fit right in.
6. They are unique beings
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, cuddling, and conjecture. And even though the question may go unanswered, one-of-a-kind mixed breed dogs love the attention.
7. They are more flexible
Because they are not bred with a specific skill set in mind, such as herding or hunting, mixed breeds are though to adjust easily to to a variety of households and living conditions. They’re the jacks of all trades!
8. Their gratitude is contagious
A mixed breed dog is for the adventurer in all of us. They don’t have a specific temperament that has been honed through strict breeding practices over a long period of time. With a mixed breed, a puppy especially, you can appreciate the spontaneity and grow with your new pet. You’ll see the world through their eyes and it may even make you feel more gratitude for being alive!
9. You can skip the puppy stage
While many pet owners cherish the puppy stage, there are others who just don’t have the time and patience to train a new puppy. With a mutt from the shelter, you have the choice of adopting a young or adult dog over a baby. In these cases, the dog’s size and temperament will already be pretty set, too, so there will be no surprises in that regard.