Washington, DC (WUSA9) — If you're thinking about getting your family a dog for the holidays, there are many factors to consider. Different breeds work best for different lifestyles. But mixed-breed dogs are in special need of love. Dr. Christine Klippen of Friendship Hospital for Animals explains why you should consider adding a lovable mutt to your family.

  1. You're saving a life. Most dogs at shelters are mutts. These dogs are often at risk of being euthanized if they're not adopted. You'd be giving a loving home to a deserving pup.
  2. They have personality in spades. Purebred and designer dogs have often been bred to act a certain way. Breeders are typically concerned with herding abilities and obedience. Mixed-breed dogs are less predictable and full of fun traits.
  3. Adoption saves money. Designer dogs come at a designer cost. Also if you go through a breeder, you'll have to pay to get your new puppy spayed, neutered, and get their first set of vaccines. Most shelter dogs have already had these procedures done.
  4. You can find the right fit for your family. Most shelters in the Washington, DC area perform personality assessments. They strive to ensure the dog they rescued will be placed in a forever home, and not put up for adoption again. Find the right fit for your family at a nearby shelter, and give everyone the perfect gift this holiday season.

This article is sponsored by Friendship Hospital for Animals.

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