When a pure-bred dog is bred with a pure-bred from a different breed the result is a distinctive crossbreed or mixed breed pup which combines the most notable properties of both.
The debate about whether mixed breeds or pure-bred dogs are better has raged for many years but of late mixed breed dogs have become fashionable. Sometimes called designer dogs, fans claim that crossbreeding results in adorable puppies that combine the best characteristics of both breeds.
It is true that pure-bred dogs possess a set of predictable characteristics including temperament, size and color. To a very great extent, the dog owner knows what kind of dog their puppy will grow into and can determine what kind of breed will best suit their home and lifestyle. However, pedigree dogs are frequently susceptible to genetic disease.
While all puppies are vulnerable to defective genes, a pedigree pup is at a higher risk of inheriting genetic conditions because of the potential that its parents, belonging to the same breed, share many of the same genes including the faulty ones.
Mixed breed dogs or mutts tend to be healthier and have a longer lifespan because of this. However, they can be prone to behavioral issues and if you get a mixed bred puppy there’s no telling what size he will grow to. When one adorable breed is crossed with another adorable breed the result is simply adorable. And the hybrid names are adorable too.
Here’s a list of our picks for the top 20 and most popular mixed breed dogs:
20. Pitsky: Pitbull Husky Mix
A cross between a Pitbull and a Husky, the Pitsky is a loyal companion with boundless energy. Pitskies carry characteristics of both parent breeds but each one looks different. They are strong, stocky and solidly built and can have the short hair, characteristic of the pitbull, or a longer coat which would be associated with the husky. They come in a range of colors.
Many can present with the characteristic Huskey blue eyes. Pitskies are great dogs for warmer climates, which Huskies don’t thrive in. They are a terrific companion for a very active owner.
They’re incredibly active dogs and so require an enormous amount of exercise like hiking, running and carrying a load. They’re unsuited to apartment living or sedentary owners and an unhappy Pitsky can be destructive. Pitskies are sociable creatures and experience anxiety if left on their own for long hours.
19. Chusky: Chow Chow Husky Mix
The Chusky is a cross between a Husky and a Chow Chow and have only recently been recognized as a designer breed. Chuskies are cute fluffy balls of pure affection. They’re great dogs with children.
They look like a cuddly bear and often have beautiful furry coats, a sweet and gentle temperament and a playful nature. Chuskies don’t usually enjoy a great rapport with other dogs but they bond ferociously with their owners and can be very protective of those they love. They inherit high energy levels from their Husky genes and need heaps of exercise and skillful training.
18. Labsky: Labrador Husky Mix
Labskies, also known as Siberian Retrievers, unsurprisingly thrive in an energetic outdoorsy household. They inherit a love of water from their Labrador genetic heritage and are as much fun as they are good-looking. They’re intelligent and easily learn tricks.
They are patient pets and are usually very calm. Like many Husky mixed breeds, they are not suitable for inactive families. Labskies are big dogs and they can often have distinguishing, stunning blue eyes. It’s not unusual for them to have enchanting multi-colored eyes. Because they tend to shed they do need regular brushing.
17. Chug: Pug Chihuahua Mix
Pug and Chihuahua mixed breeds are adorable small dogs. What they lack in stature, they make up for in self-esteem which they inherit from both sides. This can make them aggressive and challenging to bigger dogs.
Because they present little threat, larger dogs mostly ignore their preposterous stance. At their best, they inherit the endearing cuteness of their Chihuahua parentage and are affectionate and friendly.
They require less exercise than other breeds and readily adapt to their owner’s lifestyle. If they have a lot of Pug genetic material they can enjoy their food a little too much and owners need to take care that they don’t become overweight.
16. Beagleman: Beagle Doberman Pinscher Mix
Beaglemans are designer dogs which combine Beagles and Doberman Pinschers. They are medium sized dogs and usually inherit the beautiful Beagle large eyes. The mixed breed dogs inherit traits from both parents and are intelligent, loyal and energetic. They fare well with other dogs and pets and are really sharp learners and can learn tricks making them entertaining companions. And don’t forget about their guard dog abilities.
15. Cocker-Pei: Shar-pei Cocker Spaniel Mix
These adorable pooches are the result of breeding a Cocker Spaniel and a Shar-pei. Their characteristic wrinkles and gentle nature make them almost impossible to resist.
They thrive with moderate to light levels of exercise and enjoy the company of humans and other dogs. They are real pleasers making them first-rate canine companions. But remember, these are part Cocker Spaniel so they can be a little rambunctious at times.
14. Pomsky: Pomeranian Husky Mix
They are small and incredibly sweet. However some controversy has surrounded these mixed breed dogs as they have an unpredictable temperament. They are therefore not suited to families with small children, especially as they can be very jealous of the children.
13. German Sherpei: German Shepherd Shar-pei Mix
German Sherpei’s are one of the tallest mixed breeds around it have long legs and usually a short coat. Both breeds are calm and intelligent and they make excellent working dogs and the cross bred German Sherpei inherits these traits.
If there’s one thing that owners can also agree on with this mix, it’s that they are visually one of the most stunning mixed breeds around. Long legs aside, the traits passed from Shepherd and Shar-Pei blend extremely well.
12. Horgi: Corgi Husky Mix
The Husky and Corgi hybrid is unlikely to succeed in a role as a watchdog. They warm quickly to strangers and are not known for a territorial temperament. They inherit friendly natures from both sides of their lineage and have a fabulously friendly disposition.
Their size is somewhat unpredictable and depends whether their Corgi or Husky genes are dominant. If they lean more towards the Husky side than can grow to be very large. Fully-grown Horgis can weigh between 20 and 50 pounds.
11. Bullpug: Pug English Bulldog Mix
Bullpugs, also known as Mini Bulldogs, are produced when Pugs are bred with Bulldogs. The result is implausibly charming as they usually weigh less than 30 pounds. Their tiny size makes them suitable for apartment and small home living and they do not require heaps of exercise. They are fragile little dogs and need plenty of affection and care and make ideal and delightful lapdogs.
10. Shepherd Chow: Chow Chow German Shepherd Mix
The Shepard Chow is a fusion of German Shepherd and Chow Chow and they inherit terrific traits from both sides of their lineage. This is a smart dog that needs to be stimulated so as not to become bored. Shepherd Chows make excellent watchdogs as they are loyal and sharp witted but they are not naturally inclined get along well with children and other animals.
9. Shorgi: Corgi Shih Tzu Mix
When breeders mix Corgis and Shih Tzus they produce Shorgis. They are obedient little dogs who tend towards the territorial traits of their parents. Although they are suspicious of strangers they have a fun-loving nature. They need moderate exercise and require regular grooming. Also, don’t fall into the trap of doing what these little guys want! Often times they are just too cute to refuse anything but remember you need to establish dominance early with these guys.
8. Puggle: Beagle Pug Mix
With cute looks and a fun-loving personality, this Beagle–Pug combination is a robust little dog with a playful spirit. A Puggle is curious mix of lapdog, which ist inherited from the Pug roots and independence, from the Beagle genes. They are incredibly child friendly pooches. If it takes after the Pug side of the family, Puggles tend to sniffle and snore but their pleasing natures and cute looks make them a favorite designer mix.
7. Corgipoo: Toy Poodle Corgi Mix
If a Corgipoo doesn’t melt your heart, nothing will. They are an amalgam of a Welsh Corgi and a Toy Poodle and are stubby-legged little pooches. They are mischievous, gentle and hypoallergenic which makes them an ideal pet for children. Corgipoos have sweet faces and are full of energy and fun. They are quick to tire which means they thrive on a few short walks a day. These lively and affectionate mixed breeds adapt well to most households.
6. Goberian: Siberian Husky Golden Retriever Mix
Goberians are very popular hybrid breeds that combine Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky. They may look more like a Husky than a Retriever depending on which genes are more dominant. Goberians inherit good temperament traits from both sides of the family tree. This medium size dog is known for its intelligence, loyalty and sociability. They are keen to please and very sharp which makes them easy to train. They thrive when they are outdoors in the company of people and are an excellent playmate for older children. Goberians can be very independent and because they have a tendency to roam they require a secure enclosure.
5. Maltipoo: Poodle Maltese Mix
One part Maltese, one part Poodle, Maltipoos are highly adaptable and can fit into many different home environments. This is dog with a fun-loving and affectionate nature. These darling little dogs often have curly or scruffy coats and maintain their puppy good looks and puppy outlook as adult dogs. Although they are bred to be hypo-allergenic not all Maltipoos are. They are very cuddly, outgoing and optimistic in outlook. While they can be mischievous little imps it is impossible to be cross with them because of their tiny cute faces and loving personalities.
4. Yorkipoo: Yorkshire Terrier Miniature Poodle Mix
A cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Poodle yields a dog that is especially suited to smaller homes and apartment life. These charming little scamps are entertainers at heart. They are wonderfully playful and affectionate. You will fall in love with their lively antics and teaching them new tricks. Depending on which side of the genes are stronger Yorkipoos can be hypoallergenic and they fit into many different kinds of lifestyles. Yorkipoos are a perfect buddy for young children or empty nesters. Although they don’t tend towards aggression they are very confident and tend to bark and yap a great deal especially at bigger dogs.
3. Peekapoo: Pekingese Poodle Mix
The hilariously named Peekapoo is a loyal and loving little dog who forms strong bonds with its owner. This Pekingese–Poodle hybrid makes an excellent companion that can be quite overprotective of the people it loves. Peekapoos can inherit the poodle genes which make them hypoallergenic and therefore suitable for people who suffer from allergies.
They are smart little dogs and a joy to train. They crave affection and are happiest cuddled up on their owners lap. Because they are such loving and social little creatures they do tend to experience anxiety if left alone for long periods.
2. Schnoodle: Schnauzer Poodle Mix
The Schnauzer-Poodle mix is an alert, fun-loving and loyal little dog. They could scarcely be any cuter but they inherit strongly protective genes from the Schnauzer side. Although their size is not predictable they tend towards being smaller. Like all the best designer dogs they combine the best temperament and personality traits of both parent breeds.
Like the Poodle they are joyful and even roguish but a wonderful willingness to please. From the Schnauzer side of the family they inherit a sturdiness not found in other cute hybrid dog breeds. They are very active dogs and thrive when given a lot of exercise. Schnoodles make great jogging partners love playing fetch and chase. They adore company and novelty and travel very well in a vehicle which makes them easily portable on a family vacation.
1. Labradoodle: Labrador Poodle Mix
Its no surprise that the previous first family’s dog comes top of our list of mixed breed dogs. This intelligent and friendly dog combines all the best of both popular breeds. They are level-headed and affectionate dogs that have an adorable scruffy or curly coat and usually come in the typical Labrador colors of blond, black or brown.
They are wonderfully self-confident and get along with people and other animals alike. Their easy going and playful natures make them the choice best friend for many families young and old.
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