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Dog Blog 5 Sep 2013

Heinz '57'

Mutt, mongrel, mix, cross-breed, Heinz 57...whatever you want to call them, dogs with mixed or unknown parentage make up the largest population of animal shelters across thr world.

Often they are puppies where careless owners have allowed their female dog to have an unplanned litter, or un-neutered street dogs who produce endless litters.

Mixed-breed dogs can actually inherit the best parts of the mixed genes, less prone to inherited diseases which some 'designer breeds' can suffer from. Usually with a great temperament and easy to train. Real characters can be found amongst mixed breed dogs and they are always inherantly cute.

Mixed breed dogs have become so popular in the UK that leading dog show Crufts now has a special category known as Scruffts! The Scruffts category is getting bigger each year and regional heats will take place throughput the UK until the end of the year.

Mixed breeds come in all shapes and sizes from tiny balls of fur to big lumbering softies. Our mixed breed dog Indie came from a local shelter, we adopted her when she was about 4 months old, she is a real joy, super intelligent, loving, funny and lots of fun. She is seven-years-old now but shows no sign of slowing down. Our younger dog Frazier the Boxer looks up to her like she is the best thing ever and although Indie pretends not to be interested in him, we find them playing and teasing each other for hours.

APSA has a big selection of gorgeous mixed breed dogs all looking for a loving home, why not come and meet them and invite a new friend into your life.

This week's dog quote: A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, smart or dumb. Give him your heart.. and he'll give you his. ― Milo Gathema

Indie in her favourite lazy spot!

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