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5 Things Data Can Tell Us About Mutts

Little or large, shaggy or smooth, ears pricked or floppy, our love of mixed-breed dogs knows no bounds. Mutts make great pets, they provide emotional support, help fight loneliness and help keep us more active. It’s undeniable that pets (including our beloved mutts) make the world a better place, and that’s why we work to make the world a better place for them.  

Data is changing the way we approach pet care and here are some fun facts about our four-legged friends! 

1. What are the 5 most popular mutt names? 

  1. Max
  2. Buddy 
  3. Bella
  4. Daisy 
  5. Lucky

2. What 5 U.S. states have the most mixed-breed dogs?

  1. Maine
  2. Vermont
  3. Arkansas
  4. Alabama
  5. Oklahoma

3. How many mixed-breed dogs live with other mutts? 

And if you own a mixed-breed dog and have another pet, it’s most commonly another mixed breed dog! In fact, 7% of mutt parents own more than one marvelous mutt.

4. How popular are mutts?

Our data also shows that ownership of mixed-breed dogs has grown by 65% over the last three years (between 2015 and 2019), which is nothing but good news for our mutt population. Sadly, it’s well reported our shelters are overpopulated with mixed-breed dogs, with some studies reporting that mixed breed dogs make up over 95% of shelter populations. We’re committed to doing all we can to help mutts, and all other pets in shelters, find their forever homes. In these uncertain times this is a challenge we’re facing head on. 

Mars Petcare donated $1 million to support the great work of Humane Society International and kick-started a number of pet adoption initiatives to drive pet adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FOSTER TO FOREVER™ program encourages adoption and supports pet foster parents who permanently adopt, while our Dogs on Zoom initiative allows people to meet and adopt shelter dogs online.

5. What are the top 5 colors for mixed-breed dogs? 

  1. Black
  2. Brown
  3. White
  4. Tan
  5. Black and white

Do you know what makes your mutt that color? It’s all in their genes. There are several genes that contribute to a mutt’s appearance, and their color comes from cells that produce pigment. Black and red are the basic foundations of color, and white spots occur when a dog doesn’t have enough pigment cells to cover its entire body. The pigment cells start out down the middle of a dog’s back and spread down its body during development, which explains why so many dogs have white on their stomachs, legs and tails, or a blaze down the middle of the face and muzzle — these are the places where the pigment cells did not reach.

Whatever their shape or size, it’s no secret we love mutts. They’re one of a kind, and you can learn more about what makes your mutt unique with Wisdom Panel. It's simple: Swab. Send. Smile.

Check out how our data helps us learn more about mixed-breed dogs.

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