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Dream dogs can take many forms, such as regal sighthounds, playful spaniels, watchful guardian breeds and companionable retrievers.
And, sometimes, they can be a unique blend of many breeds.
Affectionately called a mutt, a mongrel, a Heinz 57 or an all-American, a dog of mixed or unknown heritage is in no way a lesser breed. He can be just as smart, friendly, loving and trainable as any purebred — and he comes with the added advantage of a unique appearance.
“For people, just like for dogs, attention is rewarding,” says Dr. Stanley Coren, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and the author of Do Dogs Dream? Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know. “If you have a dog who causes people to stop and look, that’s rewarding.”
Thinking about adopting? We've compiled 10 good reasons why you should consider taking in a mixed breed:
You can find a mutt who is small, medium or large; a dog with a short, long, curly or wiry coat; a pup with prick or floppy ears; and a mixed-breed dog with a short nose or a long snout. Whatever you're looking for in a dog, a mixed breed can meet your needs in a one-of-a-kind package.
Whether you're looking for a dog who's friendly to everybody, one who will enjoy relaxing with you on the couch, or a pup who will eagerly accompany you on a run, there's a mixed breed who's just right for you and your family.
Your local shelter or rescue group has many wonderful mixes of all kinds ready for adoption.
Don’t say that you have a mutt. Instead, come up with your own distinctive description for your dog: a Malibu chi-wienie, a wirehaired Golden Gate griffon or a North American calico shepherd.
Depending on where you live, the adoption fees at shelters usually range from $150 to $300. If that includes spay/neuter surgery, microchip implantation, vaccinations and the license fee, it’s a great deal.
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