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Meet The Mutts!

The appeal of the mutt is undeniable, and in practical concerns such as cost and health, they often come out ahead of purebreds.

You won't see a single one in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show but then again, you will seldom see any two that are exactly the same.

Talking about mutts here, people.

"Mutt" is another term for mongrel, or mixed-breed dog. Mutts include many favorite family pets and some well-known movie stars as well. Old Yeller was a mutt, as was Benji and Bingo. Even Pluto, the famous Disney cartoon character, is a mutt.

LifeLine Animal Project has seen their share of mutts and the staff there sing their praises as special and highly adoptable dogs.

"We have some in our no-kill shelter right now," said Debbie Setzer, LifeLine's community outreach director. "They are happy and completely ready to take home. Mutts often have fewer health problems than purebreds, they are more flexible and they are totally unique."

Here's an introduction to a few of LifeLine's adorable, adoptable mutts.

Guiness is a special mutt among mutts that lives in LifeLine's Dog House. He's a shepherd mix and fully housetrained. He's full of life and at a compact 35 pounds would also make a great dog for someone who lives in an apartment.

Tira was, sadly, tossed out of a car during a domestic dispute, but it hasn't dampened her enthusiasm for people. This healthy labrador mix loves adults, kids, and other dogs and cats.

Harrison is a beautiful male dog (and "an extremely nice" one, says Setzer) but there's a chance he might only be masquerading as a mutt. He's probably a full-blooded Leonberger. That's a not very well known, but highly valued giant breed of dog from Leonberg in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. They are known to make wonderful family pets.

Danika, Cookie, Waffle and Dory are also among the marvelous mutts up for adoption through LifeLine. Collectively they have everything from beagle to pit pull in their DNA.

Mutts are known to be smart, they are not excluded from competing in agility competitions and many make great service or therapy dogs. Most importantly, they make great and faithful companions.

Want a fun, new family member to play with, walk for exercise, enjoy for friendship? Then get your "mutt" in gear and adopt a mixed-breed dog.

To learn more contact adoptions@LifeLineAnimal.org.

Do you own a mixed breed dog -- a.k.a. mutt -- and do you like him better than a purebred?

Ralph Ellis July 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Do you like mutts better than purebreds?
Barbara Barth July 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM
All my dogs are mutts! My first rescue dog came from LifeLine via a rescue group who found him for me. People who see my dogs ask, "What are they?" Each has a unique coloring pattern. "Mutts!" I proudly answer. Then follow up with "Rescue dogs." Love is just around the corner at your local shelter!
Therra C. Gwyn July 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Barbara, that is so cool. Fantastic.
carla lichter August 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
BUT OF COURSE! And don't forget that so many pure bred dogs are raised in puppy mills, in conditions which are TERRIBLE! Many animals are used only as puppy factories and are condemned to live in tiny cages, wallowing in feces and urine, and are never touched or petted. Go online and read all about it--NEVER buy a pure bred puppy from a pet store. Why not save a life instead?
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