Cross breed dogs, or as other people call them, mutts, are quite a mystery, even today. You never know how they are going to end up looking when they are fully grown, and no matter what happens, you are always in for a surprise with them.
So, if you are thinking about adopting a cross breed dog, but don’t know much about these beautiful creatures, consider yourself lucky. Today, you are going to discover with us some amazing facts about mutts. Some of these facts are obvious, but others are definitely mind-blowing! So, keep on reading, folks.
You will never know what your dog will look like until he is fully grown
This is one of the most specific facts about cross breed dogs. You can never guarantee what your dog will look like, because he’s not purebred. Your cross breed best friend’s traits will be a combination of his parent dogs’ traits. His coat might be a combination of colors that you have never seen, his size might be bigger or smaller than what you expected, and his appearance will definitely be a gamble, since you will never truly know what you will end up with. So, if you adopt a crossbred puppy, don’t be disappointed when he ends up growing up looking nothing like you expected, that’s just how these things work.
You won’t be able to predict his temperament either
Adopting a crossbreed dog is always a gamble, because you never know what you will end up with. Each breed of dogs has their own personality traits and mixing two of those can either create the nicest, friendliest dog in the universe, or a four-pawed creature who likes snapping at people for no reason other than to assert their dominance (a Chihuahua Dachshund Mix (Chiweenie) is a good example of this).
Also, always remember: training and socializing is important, even if your dog’s both purebred parents are known for being docile dogs that get along with people and other animals.
Crossbreed dogs have a longer lifespan
Believe it or not, crossbreed dogs actually live longer than purebreds. This is all because of genetic diversity, which sometimes allows them to live up to 18 or 20 years (which is quite long in dog years). This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since some mixed breeds only get the best qualities from their purebred parents, and thus, avoid some health problems that might cause early death.
Mixed bred dogs also have a better health
Due to inbreeding, pure bred dogs suffer a multitude of health problems. Since their genetic traits are not diverse, they keep inheriting their dog parents’ health problems, which makes their lifespan shorter as well (as we already mentioned in the previous points). Of course, most mixed breeds don’t suffer from that, due to a phenomenon called “hybrid vigor”. Basically, hybrid vigor is the fact that animals that have a diverse gene pool are usually stronger and hardier than purebreds.
They are easier to train
Because they are not purebreds, mixed breed dogs are actually more flexible and more prone to be easily trained. They are not as strongly programmed as their purebred parents, which means they won’t be as stubborn, and will be able to adjust to every kind of household, as long as they are socialized enough.
They can actually be trained as service dogs
Before, purebred dogs were the only ones that were trained as service dogs. But now, since everyone has discovered how awesome they are, they can work as service dogs as well. They can be therapy dogs, walking dogs for blind people. Today, they can work with the police, with firefighters, and everything in between.
They are cheaper to acquire
Even when you adopt a dog from a shelter, you have to donate at least 50$ to 200$, but only if it’s a mixed breed. If it’s a purebred dog, the donation can go up to 1000$, which is quite expensive, even for a dog.
Finally, mutts are just as wonderful as purebred dogs
Some people have this pretentious idea that if their dog isn’t a purebred one, then he’s not worth being adopted. But, all dogs are equal, and mixed breed dog will love you just as much as a purebred will. In the end, a Morkie (Maltese Yorkie crossbreed) is just as loveable as any purebred dog. So, don’t be afraid to love a mutt, because he will love you to the grave and beyond!