The mutt, or mixed breed dog, is an often overlooked American staple. They can be just as cute, cuddly, and loving as their purebred counterparts and are every bit as capable. Some even suggest that their diverse genetics allow them to have a lower incidence of inherited problems and diseases such as cancer, hip dysplasia, allergies, and heart problems. Recently, the American Kennel Club has even opted to allow mutts to compete in obedience, agility, and rally competitions, proving that mutts can do it all! Mixed breed dogs often make great family pets as well, deriving a balance of personality and traits from several breeds. There is no doubt that a mutt can wiggle its way into our hearts every bit as effectively as a pure breed. Next time you are looking to add a dog to your family, consider “mutt shopping” at your local shelter or rescue. You may just find the next true love of your life!