While often used as a derogatory term (think “mangy mutt”), the truth is that mutts are a much-loved pet in the United States. In fact, according to the 2010 National Mutt Census over half the dogs in America are mixed breeds! Mixed breed dogs make great pets, with most having every bit as much love and enthusiasm for life as their purebred counterparts. Most of them have been “rescued”, which means adopting a mutt can also help you to do a good thing for dogs and shelters everywhere. Don’t forget as well that because they have a more diverse genetic makeup, mutts often have a lower incidence of inheritable problems such as hip dysplasia and cancer. Mixed breed dogs can make great family pets, guard dogs, hunting dogs, or agility dogs. They are just as good at snuggling on the couch or going for a jog as their purebred counterparts. There is a good reason that they are the most popular “breed” in America! Tell us about your special mutt in the comments section below!