Every dog has his day and Sunday, July 31 is Mutt’s Day.
A mutt by definition is a mixed-breed dog, and according to the National Mutt Census, more than half of the dogs in the U.S. are mutts.
Best described as a pet-friendly version of the U.S. census, the Mutt Census is conducted by the dog DNA analysis group Mars Veterinary, which is affiliated with the Pedigree brand.
Mars Veterinary collected DNA samples from more than 36,000 mixed-breed dogs. This data was combined with more than 16,000 web survey responses to come up with the final results.
Top 10 Mutt Breeds Include:
- German Shepherd
- Chow Chow
- Labrador Retriever
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Miniature Poodle
- Golden Retriever
- Siberian Husky
- Cocker Spaniel
The Mutt Census website also has an interactive map, which provides a breakdown by state. The top mutt breeds for Pennsylvania are Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Boxer, Beagle and Rottweiler.
But whatever the breed of your favorite mutt, today is a day to celebrate them for their uniqueness. And if you’re looking for a new companion, remember to stop by your local shelter or visit Petfinder.com.
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