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Mutts, or mixed breed dogs, are dogs that aren’t purebred; their ancestry is unknown and their parentage is questionable. Mutts are different from hybrid dogs like Labradoodles, which are the offspring of two deliberately selected breeds.

Long considered the third world citizens of the canine world, mutts got their shot in 2014, when the prestigious Westminster Dog Show included them for the first time in the competition. True to their name, these dogs run the gamut in size, coat, appearance, and disposition. Perennial and literal underdogs, mutts can make lovable and loyal companions. Sadly, many end up in shelters, but many a mutt owner will tell you that they’d take their dog over any purebred.


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