December 2 is #NationalMuttDay, and canine advocates are using it to promote adoption rather than breeding. "Mutt" has had negative connotations in the past, and celebrating the positive characteristics of mixed breed dogs is a way to combat that. And many argue that mutts are healthier than purebred dogs:
Breeding for a certain look has caused damage to the health of dogs, the golden retriever being the prime example of choosing from a small gene pool. The result has been that about 60 percent of golden retrievers now die of cancer in the United States.
The advantage of purebred dogs is that they provide us with some level of predictability. You can know in advance the size, activity level, and general working and personality characteristics of the dog that you are choosing for your family. A random-bred dog may become a fine companion, but it can also turn out to be a dog that does not fit your lifestyle, and thus becomes one of the 40 percent who end up abandoned or in shelters. A purebred dog allows you to know some of its character and personality traits in advance.
Why would you pay someone to create a dog for you when there are so many animals who need homes? And if you're really attached to a breed, more than 25% of shelter dogs are purebreds.
Purebred fans are tired of the guilt trip. They're sick of being basically accused of murder by the #AdoptDon'tShop crowd. Adopting from a shelter doesn't make you a saint.
I’m not the person who adopted a dog from a shelter that I knew nothing about, then it turned out s/he was just too much to handle — so I’m exchanging this dog for the other dog in the shelter that I know nothing about, and wouldn’t you know, that dog poops too much, so I’m going to just leave it outside for the rest of its life.