More than 150 dog breeds are recognized in the United States. While some pet lovers are drawn to specific breeds for their unique characteristics, there are many reasons to consider a mutt when you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to the family.

National Mutt Day is this Monday, July 31, and the Humane Society of Missouri (H.S.M.) has plenty of one-of-a-kind mixed breed pups to choose from! Here are a few reasons why the H.S.M. thinks a mutt might be the perfect pup for you:

Health: Mutts often have a much lower chance of inheriting genetic diseases. According to Vetstreet, mixed breed dogs likely have less risk of developing certain bone diseases, cancers and many heart diseases.

Lifestyle: Mixed breed dogs have the traits and temperaments of multiple breeds, which can allow them to more easily adjust to a variety of households.

Price: Mutts tend to be less expensive than purebreds. While the price for a purebred dog can be $1,000 or more, pet adopters at the Humane Society of Missouri pay a small fee, which includes daily care while at the shelter, vaccinations, de-worming, flea treatment, a nail trim, spay/neuter surgery and a microchip!

Intelligence: Mutts are just as trainable and willing to learn, and their performance in obedience, agility and other activities can be equal to that of purebreds.

You can meet a lovable mutt today at the Humane Society.

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