National Mutt Day

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It's a paw-fect day for a celebration! Or... should we say celebrations? Well, there's no typo here, folks. National Mutt Day, the day set aside to honor our furry friends of various pedigrees, is usually doubly celebrated each year. Could there be a more 'tail-wagging' tribute than that?

When is Mutt Day?

It's national mutt day on the 31st July.

A Glimpse Into the Dog-tastic Day

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, is recognized twice annually - on July 31st and December 2nd. The day was established in 2005 by pet expert Colleen Paige in an effort to raise awareness about the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the country. Mutts make up the majority of the shelter population and sadly, they're often the last to be adopted.

Going Viral - Woof Style!

Our data vaults show a surge in online mentions for National Mutt Day in recent years, with a peak of 18896 mentions happening on July 31, 2015. It seems like this woof-tastic day has caught the public's imagination, inviting them to not only acknowledge but celebrate the unique qualities of their mixed breed canine companions.

Pawsome Ways to Celebrate

Wondering how to celebrate National Mutt Day? It could be as simple as taking your mixed breed buddy for an extra-long walk or doling out some special treats. If you don't own a pet, consider volunteering at your local shelter or making a donation - every little bit helps.

Why Go Mutt?

Mutts are special because they carry a mix of genetic traits, making them less prone to health issues compared to purebred dogs. Plus, their diverse DNA makes them uniquely charming. You never really know what you're getting with a mutt - and that's a big part of their appeal!

History behind the term 'Mutt'


Origin of the term 'mutt'

The term 'mutt' first originated in the early 16th century, around the year 1520. It is derived from the Middle English word 'mot', which means 'ugly' or 'dirty'. At this time, the term was primarily used to describe a mongrel or mixed-breed dog, suggesting a certain level of inferiority or unworthiness.


Evolution of 'mutt' in American English

During the 1800s, the term 'mutt' gained popularity in American English. It was commonly used to refer to a mixed-breed dog of unknown ancestry. However, the meaning started to shift, and 'mutt' began to be associated with affection and friendliness. This change in perception can be attributed to the growing appreciation for unique and diverse canine companions.


Positive connotations of 'mutt'

By the 1920s, 'mutt' had become a term of endearment for mixed-breed dogs. It was often used to describe dogs that were lovable, loyal, and full of character. This positive connotation reflected a shift in societal attitudes towards mixed-breed dogs, emphasizing their individuality and charm over concerns about purebred status.


'Mutt' as a metaphor for individuals

In 1987, the term 'mutt' began to transcend its original canine context and started being used metaphorically to describe people. It came to represent individuals who defy easy categorization or traditional social boundaries. 'Mutt' evolved into a celebration of diversity and uniqueness, emphasizing the richness that comes from blending different backgrounds, talents, and perspectives.


Embracing the term 'mutt'

Today, 'mutt' continues to be used as a positive and inclusive term. It emphasizes the beauty of being a mix, whether referring to mixed-breed dogs or individuals with diverse heritages. 'Mutt' serves as a reminder that our differences should be celebrated and valued, as they contribute to the richness and vibrancy of our communities and cultures.

Did you know?

Did you know that studies suggest mutts often have longer lifespans than purebred dogs? Their mixed heritage can make them healthier, leading to fewer genetic health issues compared to their purebred pals.


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First identified

4th June 2015

Most mentioned on

31st July 2015

Total mentions


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