Written by PETA
Pusuke, who held the Guinness World
Record for being the oldest
living dog, died in Japan on December
5, 2011. He was 26 years and 9 months old. He was also a mutt. Coincidence? Not
Mixed-breed dogs like Pusuke tend
to be healthier than their "purebred" cousins, because purebreds are often inbred and bred for certain unnatural and exaggerated physical traits. These harmful
practices cause many purebred animals to suffer painful and life-threatening
genetic defects, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart
defects, skin problems, epilepsy, and others.
to give an animal a long, happy life? Increase the odds that your animal companion
will be part of your family for many, many years and save a life by adopting a lovable, healthy mutt
from your local animal shelter.
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