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11/17/2014 01:09 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2014

These Mutts Show Us That Amazing Dogs Come In All Shapes And Sizes

There are many dog breeds out there, and then there are the mutts. We're talking about those that are part retriever, part poodle, part German shepherd and part mystery pup. Though mutts can sometimes get a bad rap, these mixed breeds are just as smart, playful and lovable as pure bred dogs. In fact, there are tons of reasons to adopt a mutt instead of buying a pure bred puppy.

According to the ASPCA, around 75 percent of shelter dogs are mixed breed. So it's easy to find the perfect mutt for you -- whether they're big or small, sleek or fluffy, energetic or mellow.

We asked our Instagram followers to share pictures of their beloved mixed breed dogs tagged with #MuttPride. We got more than a thousand submissions of adorable mutts playing or just chilling with their pals. You can continue to share photos of your favorite mutt by tagging them with #MuttPride. If you're ready to take on the responsibility of a new canine family member, check out Petfinder.com to search adoptable pets, or visit your local animal shelter.

Mixed breed dogs unite!

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