09/12/2012 09:05 am ET Updated Sep 12, 2012

Mixed Breed Dog Adoption: Reasons To Love A Mutt

From Vetstreet's Kim Campbell Thornton:

Dream dogs can take many forms, such as regal sighthounds, playful spaniels, watchful guardian breeds and companionable retrievers.

And, sometimes, they can be a unique blend of many breeds.

Affectionately called a mutt, a mongrel, a Heinz 57 or an all-American, a dog of mixed or unknown heritage is in no way a lesser breed. He can be just as smart, friendly, loving and trainable as any purebred — and he comes with the added advantage of a unique appearance.
“For people, just like for dogs, attention is rewarding,” says Dr. Stanley Coren, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and the author of "Do Dogs Dream? Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know". “If you have a dog who causes people to stop and look, that’s rewarding.”

Thinking about adopting? We've compiled 10 good reasons why you should consider taking in a mixed breed.

List and captions courtesy of Vetstreet

10 Reasons To Love A Mutt

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