Tuesday Top Ten: Results from the Mutt Census

More than half of our nation’s dogs are of mixed parentage, or as I like to say, mutt-i-grees.  This is about 38 million dogs.    So, Mars Veterinary (makers of Pedigree brand dog food) recently asked people to participate in the first-ever Mutt Census to find out which pure-bred breeds are most often identified in mixed breed dogs.  Here are the top ten:

10. Cocker Spaniel
9. Siberian Husky
8. Golden Retriever
7. Miniature Poodle
6. American Staffordshire Terrier
5. Rottweiller
4. Boxer
3. Labrador Retriever
2. Chow Chow
1. German Shepherd Dog

Why so few small dogs? Mars Veterinary suggests it is because many mutts come from shelters, and there are more large dogs in shelters than small dogs. Small dogs are easier (and cheaper) to keep, so they don’t often get relinquished to shelters.

Verrrry interesting. (Anyone old enough to remember that from “Laugh-in”?)

If you’ve had your dog’s DNA tested (see my Kayla’s results), you can participate in the census.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Top Ten: Results from the Mutt Census”

  1. I would never give up my 90 lb dog. I’d rather lower my own standards and give up my daily coffee or soda putchase then my dog he gives me so much more then that. His love is without and boundries and his loyalty can be seen in his bright eyes and wagging tail

  2. Well, the first thing is, if one loves one’s dog – or cat – big or small. . . . one can’t even THINK of parting from it. When the budget shrinks during hard times, pet lovers would prefer to strike off the new pair of shoes, or a favourite perfume from the shopping list. Movies every two weeks instead of once a week? Less beer consumption (better for the figure), and so forth and so on.

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