National Mutt Day


National Mutt Day celebrates mixed breed dogs, and was created by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, who also created days such as National Dog Day, National Puppy Day, and National Cat Day. The goal of the day is to embrace, save, and celebrate mixed breed dogs by creating awareness about the great numbers of them in animal shelters that are in need of a home. Mixed breed dogs make up the largest percentage of dogs that are abandoned and euthanized, and make up about 80% of dogs in shelters. In an effort to further raise awareness, National Mutt Day takes place on two days during the year. The hoped for result of the day is that people visit animal shelters and adopt a mixed breed dog, or possibly donate their time and money to shelters.

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, is observed next on Friday, July 31st, 2020. It has been observed annually on July 31st since 2005. It has been observed annually on December 2nd since 2005.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by going to an animal shelter and adopting a mixed breed dog. If you can't adopt a dog at this time, volunteer at a shelter, or donate food, money, or other supplies to one. You could also celebrate the day by watching Benji, or learning about other famous mixed breed dogs:

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on July 31st2005-
annually on December 2nd2005-



Alternate Names

  • National Mixed Breed Dog Day


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