Fun Mongrel Facts For Kids

Divya Raghav
Nov 01, 2022 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
Fact-checked by Shreya Yadav
Discover mongrel facts about this dog type that is also known as a mutt.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 7.6 Min

If we try to define 'mongrel', we can say that mongrels are mixed-breed dogs that are not purebred. They are also known as mutts and are unlike other ‘designer’ breeds like Golden Doodles, Cockapoos, or Puggles.

A mongrel is a result of the unintentional breeding of two dogs. Alongside the many different dogs and dog breeds, mongrels are the most preferred pet dogs for many!

Many people would rather adopt a mongrel dog than buy purebred dogs from a breeder as they are less expensive than purebred dogs and often have fewer health issues thanks to less inbreeding. Mongrels or mutts are great family dogs as they are easy to train and are often gentler than most purebreds.

Depending on their genetic makeup, their personality and temperament can vary a lot.

If you have no information about your mongrel’s bloodlines, it can become challenging to determine their temperament and behavior. Many mixed breed dogs are bred for their appearance, and some for their temperament, but mongrels are inexpensive and have fewer health concerns so are a great choice for any prospective dog owner!

It is believed that there are approximately 150 million mongrels all around the globe. Though they are Not Listed in the IUCN's red list, it is believed that mongrels still face many threats due to humans.

Also, slaughterhouses, puppy mills, and dog meat markets are threats faced by these dogs worldwide. They are found across the world as they're adaptable to any climate and, originally, they are thought to originate from the golden shepherd as they share similar traits.

It is generally easier to care for a mongrel dog than it is for a mixed breed. If you like reading these mongrel dog facts, you can also check some facts about the Pocket Pitbull or Lab Chow mix to find out the origin, traits, and more of these mixed-breed and purebred animals.

Mongrel Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a mongrel?

A mongrel definition describes a type of dog that has come to existence through the unintentional breeding of two dogs. Due to this, their genetic composition may vary a lot.

Due to many different genetic variations, with the mongrel, we get a breed of dog that is not only inexpensive also one that has a number of different traits and appearances.

What class of animal does a mongrel belong to?

Being viviparous animals, they belong to the Mammalia class. Their litter generally consists of between six and eight pups, but this can vary.

Taking care of mongrel puppies can be difficult as they are small, have much smaller stomachs, and have to be fed small meals multiple times a day. Also, getting them vaccinated at a young age is important for their health.

How many mongrels are there in the world?

There are approximately 150 million mongrels worldwide, though they face the threat of a decline in their numbers due to puppies being abandoned on the streets, and the existence of puppy mills and dog meat markets.

Where does a mongrel live?

Since mongrels are generally pet dogs, they are mostly found in houses worldwide, and depending on their genetic factors, they tend to have a good temperament. They are also known to often be friendly with children and can be fiercely protective of their homes and territory.

What is a mongrel's habitat?

Due to being a dog that's the result of two different breeds, they are different all around the globe. You can find them in many different climates and habitats. As their weight, appearance, and height are all varied, these dogs can be found around the world.

Who do mongrels live with?

Mongrels in the wild are dogs that mostly survive in pacts, but when they are adopted into a home, they start seeing that house as their pact and they are very protective of them. Having a lively family with other dogs is really beneficial for them.

How long does a mongrel live?

They live for between 11 to 15 years. Their lifespan mainly depends upon the environment they live in, the vaccination and treatments they get, and the food they eat. Generally, a healthy mongrel is known to live for around 13 years, and a very healthy mongrel can live up to 18 years.

How do they reproduce?

Mongrels are not officially recognized as a breed as they are a result of the unintentional mix breeding of two different breeds and, due to this, they don't form an official breed. Despite this, being a dog, their way of reproduction is similar to that of other dogs. They reproduce sexually, through the fusion of male and female gametes.

What is their conservation status?

As mongrels or mutts are not an officially recognized breed, their conservation status is Not Listed. But even without this, we can see their numbers are at risk of declining due to puppy mills, slaughterhouses, and the dog meat market.

Mongrel Fun Facts

What do mongrels look like?

Just like any other canine, this crossbred dog, the mongrel is a super-cute pet.

Mongrels are mixed breed dogs that are a result of the unintentional breeding of two different dogs, so they generally have multicolored coats varying from black, to white, and golden, sometimes having different orange undertones to them.

They come in various weights and sizes depending on the parent breeds, but they generally are medium-sized dogs that are widely loved as pets.

How cute are they?

Now we know that every owner thinks that their dog is the cutest animal to ever exist! In the same way, mongrels, especially when they are puppies are super cute.

Their appearance and personality will just melt your heart. Their wagging tails and puppy dog eyes are what makes them so irresistible and they are cute enough to win any heart over!

How do they communicate?

Like other dogs, they communicate through barking. While meeting another dog they can get quite protective of their human and their territory, which can result in them growling and barking. If they want a bite of your food though, they might try to win you over by making cute whining sounds that can literally tug at your heartstrings.

How big is a mongrel?

Coming in various sizes and shapes, an average mongrel can be 32 in (81.2 cm) long and 50-110 in (127 -279.4 cm) tall which makes them two times smaller than a German Shepherd and six times smaller than a Great Dane.

How fast can a mongrel run?

Their speed varies depending upon their mix and genetic composition. Some dogs can run as fast as 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour)  and some are limited to 13 miles per hour (21 km per hour) so determining their average speed can be a challenge.

How much does a mongrel weigh?

Again just like their speed, their weight can vary depending on the parent breeds but on average their weight can be anywhere from 30.9-44 lb (14-20 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

A male mongrel is generally called a 'dog' while a female is called a 'bitch'.

What would you call a baby mongrel?

A baby mongrel, like any other dog, would be called a pup or puppy and puppies as a plural.

What do they eat?

Even though dogs are generally carnivorous, mongrels have evolved to become omnivorous animals, and their diet varies majorly from meat and fish like chicken to fruits like apples and bananas.

Are they slobbery?

Any dog can be slobbery if they are around their favorite food but compared to other huge slobbery dogs, mongrels mostly are not. They don't make a huge mess, unlike some other dogs.

Would they make a good pet?

As an animal that historically lives in pacts, mongrels are a great addition to have in the family, not only are normally they gentle with kids but are very protective of their home and territory, making them the perfect pet for your family to have.

Did you know...

Since mongrels are descendants of multiple mixed breeds it is very difficult to trace their ancestry. Due to years of breeding (and sometimes inbreeding), their genetic composition is now so different that scientists aren't able to pinpoint their ancestors.

This gives them many different traits from different breeds and their personality and temperament vary hugely depending on which breed's genetic composition is the most dominant among the rest.

Characteristics and health issues

Compared to other purebreds and mixed breeds mongrels have very good resistance and have fewer health issues than your average dogs. Despite this, they can still suffer from more common dog ailments such as heartworm, kennel cough, and cancer.

Getting your own mongrel

When compared with pure breeds and mixed breeds, mongrels are generally inexpensive. Not only are they easy to adopt but they are really loving family-friendly dogs who will make a great addition to your house.

Training them and taking care of them is relatively easy.

They may shed a little bit, but compared to the love and affection they give, it's all worth it.

Being a dog that is used to living in pacts in the wild, they will see you as their family and their pact and will be very protective of you, doing anything to make sure you're safe.

Whenever you adopt a mongrel, always remember that it might only be in your life for few years but for them, you're their entire life so give them lots of love, cuddles and belly rubs because they 100% deserve it!

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the Pitbull Chihuahua mix, or the Cheagle.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our mongrel coloring pages.

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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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Divya RaghavBachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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