National Mutt Census: What breeds make up a mutt?
More than half of the dogs in the U.S. are mutts, and yet, many of us can only guess at what breeds are in their make up. A story ( First mutt census reveals strong dog DNA trends, ) first published last year on the Today Show may provide us some clues as to what breeds are more common in today’s mixed-breed dogs.
According to the story, Mars Veterinary, a division of Mars, Incorporated, conducted the first ever National Mutt Census to find out what breeds make up today’s mutts. Using an online survey, they collected information from pet owners from across the United States regarding their dog’s size, weight, place of origin, feeding and exercise habits, and health. In addition, they collected DNA samples from over 36,000 dogs to see what breeds would be most prevalent.
The results shared in the story were fascinating.
The dog most commonly found at the grandparent or great-grandparent level is the Chow Chow
American Staffordshire terrier mixes are becoming much more common
Large breeds (over 80 lbs.) were less likely to appear in mixed-breed dogs ( only 11%)
German Shepherds are a popular breed found in many mutts and are also a popular AKC breed
The 10 most popular breeds found in mixed dogs are:
1) German Shepherds
2) Labrador Retriever
3) Chow Chow
7) American Staffordshire Terrier
8) Golden Retriever
9) Cocker Spaniel
10) Siberian Husky
The Today Show also reported that Mars had discovered:
Most mixed-breed dogs are adopted from a shelter (46%)
Most people feed their dogs kibble (65%)
48% of us let our dogs sleep on our beds with us
89% of mutts are spayed or neutered
I encourage you to read the full story, and even though the National Mutt census is over (it was conducted in 2010), you can find out more about the survey and the at http://www.muttcensus.com/, including what breeds are most common in the mixed-breed dogs in your state.
In Minnesota, the following breeds were more frequently detected in our mutts:
What breeds are most common in yours?