July 31st is World Mutt Day (alongside December 2nd)! It’s a day to celebrate all the mixed breed dogs out there! Most people think that with mixed breeds, come complications which can be true in a sense, making them less likely to be adopted. However pedigree dogs can have just as much a health issue, and “mutts” can be amazing pets too, just like my Sox!
We’ve had Sox for over a year now, and it is seriously insane how time has flown! He’s now over 1 year old but still a little baby to our family. Sox is a miniature spoodle (springer spaniel x toy poodle). He’s not the average size of a spoodle (has more springer spaniel in his blood). At the time, we were looking for a hypoallergenic dog, as most in my family suffer from asthma, and a dog that malts wasn’t good for hygiene reasons. The minute we saw Sox we just knew he was meant to be in our family although we didn’t adopt. No, this doesn’t mean I’m encouraging buying over adopting, it was just fate for Sox to be with us.
“This special day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year, to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation, as approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. Most pure breeds that end up in the shelter are generally rescued quickly by either the public wanting a “less expensive” pure bred dog or by a pure breed rescue” – Holiday Guild
Has Sox had health issues? Yes of course he has. He has floppy ears, meaning he’s more prone to ear infections. When he was a pup, he had a lot of UTIs. And don’t even get me started on his “mental” health, as he has separation anxiety alongside PTSD. But any dog can get these sorts of issues. He’s happy, loves kids, adores his life here and it is just the same as having a baby.
How to help:
- Check out your local shelters! If you can adopt, why not check out some mutts? And check out #NationalMuttDay on Twitter.
- Talk about your own pets. Even pedigree!
- Do your research on breeds, even your own dogs. If you have their family history, have a read!
- Donate to/Volunteer at your local shelters.