July 31 is National Mutt Day (also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day)! There’s a reason this holiday is celebrated in July. Each summer after Independence Day, our shelters are filled to capacity after a loud night of fireworks on July 4. Some of these animals will be picked up by their owners, but many unlucky animals will be destroyed. July 31 is usually the last day to bail out the dogs that haven’t been claimed.

This year, we decided to take a fun look at how you can tell if you have a mutt. Each of these is meant to be fun, so don’t take offense if you’re a fan of purebred dogs.

Your Dog Might Be A Mutt If…

  • If your dog can run circles around purebreds, but will be disqualified at the Westminster dog show for doing so, you might have a mutt.
  • If your dog is spayed or neutered, you might have a mutt.
  • If people at the dog park always ask you what breed of dog you have, you might have a mutt.
  • If you adopted your dog from the back of a car in a Costco parking lot, you might have a mutt.
  • If your purebred Golden Retriever has a black tongue and brindle coat, you might have a mutt.
  • If your full-grown husky weighs in at a whopping 13 pounds, you might have a mutt.
  • If you’ve only needed to visit the veterinarian for vaccinations, you might have a mutt.
  • If your full-grown Rottweiler only short legs and different colored eyes, you might have a mutt.
  • If your German shepherd doesn’t have to visit the veterinarian for dysplasia, you might have a mutt.
  • If your dog can sit in a row of other breeds, but look nothing like them, you might have a mutt.
  • If you consider your $250 adoption fee a bargain, you might have a mutt.
  • Your dog is priceless in your eyes, but cost less than $250, you might have a mutt.
  • If you adopted your dog at the local animal shelter, you might have a mutt.
  • If you have the best dog in the world, you might have a mutt. Who are we kidding, every dog parent has the best dog in the world!

National Mutt Day is the perfect day to visit your local animal shelter. This is especially true if you’ve been thinking about bringing a new best friend into your life. Mutts tend to be healthier, live longer and are much less expensive!

If you’re not in a position to adopt, that’s fine too! Consider making a donation to your local no-kill animal shelter. They are in dire straights right now and it’s important we work together to get these dogs networked and adopted.

Share a rescue or lost dog post, make a donation, volunteer or offer your professional services in marketing, accounting or writing.

The bottom line is that animal rescues need all the help they can get this time of year, so take a few minutes to lend a helping paw!

Keep your dog entertained when he is home alone with a free trial subscription of DOGTV. Shelter operators, sign up for a free subscription and let the dogs in your care watch the programming — it just might help them relax.