My mutt Ace is a big, drooly black Lab mix with long legs and a blocky head.
Most people think he’s some sort of great dane or hound mix, but all his mixed-breed DNA test could tell me was “50 percent Labrador.”
When I adopted my dog, I wasn’t set on any particular breed or mixed breed, but I did know I wanted to adopt a dog in need.
This allowed me to choose a dog based on personality, temperament and energy vs. the dog’s appearance, which is the best advice I can give anyone when choosing a dog.
I have to admit, I will have a much harder time ignoring a dog’s appearance the next time I head out to adopt. Like most of us, I’m now drawn to all the dogs that look like my current dog – the big, shorthaired, black dogs.
And while I love purebred dogs, mutts will always be special because of my first dog Ace.
In my opinion, here are some of the perks to owning a mutt: