Are you more of a Mutt lover than a Pedigree person? How about a mixed-breed dog? Any dog descending from two or more different breeds are referred to as mixed breed. If it’s Mother Nature, it’s a mutt. If it’s done intentionally, it’s a crossbreed. Generally mixed-breed dogs are healthier and have longer life spans than pedigree dogs and the wider gene pool is beneficial for the overall health of the dog.
Dog breeders create hybrids between specific breeds, to achieve certain personality and physical qualities.
Here Are Some of the Most Popular Mixed Breed Dogs Available.
A cross between the Beagle and the Chihuahua, this active, amicable and fun-loving dog is a great choice for families with older children and active singles and couples. Its convenient size means it is suited to apartment living as long as it gets plenty of exercise. Outgoing like the Chihuahua and loving like the Beagle, it tends to be a barker and is better suited to older kids who already know about dogs.
The mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle is very popular, and for good reason. One of the oldest hybrids, they are easy going and don’t shed a lot so are a good choice for people with allergies. Sociable like the Cocker Spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander coats of the Poodle, this loyal breed are great for “fetch”, love swimming and need regular exercise. They can be needy and hate being left alone for too long.
Mixing the Labrador and the Poodle results in a clever, friendly dog that love playing and make first-rate additions to an active family. They also make excellent companion for the elderly providing a calm, therapeutic presence. Hypoallergenic fur from the Poodle and the intelligent, easily trainable qualities from the Labrador bring about praiseworthy guide dogs… more
The Bulldog and Dalmatian mix creates a charming dog with a distinctive appearance. Ideal for singles or families with experience training dogs and who have spacious living arrangements, preferably with a yard. Bullmatians are friendly, social and lively. They can have a stubborn streak, can be tricky to train, and need a lot of exercise, but with loving perseverance, they make attentive, joyful pets.
Breeding the Poodle with the Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle is a gentle, affectionate dog that is ideal for families. Many a Goldendoodle has been trained as a service dog, sniffer dog or therapy dog. Good for colder climes, they come in a variety of sizes depending on the type of Poodle that the Golden Retriever is crossed with. It is one of the most beloved mixed-breed dogs. Agile and sporty, it is an outstanding choice for active families, known for their affection and goofiness. Left alone for too long can stress out these lovely dogs.
A cross between the Beagle and the Pug, this dog has an easy-going nature and is playful and lovable. Small and stocky, they are a little more robust that other small dogs – a very good choice for a family with many children. Its playful spirit will keep you entertained. They can, on occasion, be a little stubborn and uncooperative. Puggles can be barkers if they take after the Beagle side, and might need some training to stop it. Not a big fan of cats, the Puggle’s Beagle instinct may take over and cause problems with any feline friends.
Sweet-natured and affectionate dogs – the cross between the Poodle and the Schnauzer gives rise to a spritely family dog, or a therapy dog. Bright and on-the-ball, Schnoodles are easy to train and like to try to communicate. Their coats won’t shed as much, from the Poodle side and they have the sturdiness and liveliness of the Schnauzer. Often small, they make superb jogging companions and are quintessentially happy dogs.
The mix of two of the most popular dog breeds, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, results in friendly, pleasing dogs with good and gentle natures. Goldadors are often trained as working dogs and make excellent bomb detection, search and rescue, therapy and guide dogs. They are fun-loving and active, needing a lot of play and exercise to develop well. With the sensitivity of the Golden Retriever and the tolerance of the Labrador Retriever they are loving, loyal and cheerful companions. Goldadors are active and need daily exercise and a large living space. Hiking, swimming and “fetch” are firm favorites.
Mix-breed Labrador and Siberian Husky puppies are loyal and intelligent dogs that were originally bred to help hunters. They make lively and playful pets who cohabitate and collaborate well with people. Great with children and adults alike, the Labsky is also a watchful guard dog. They are energetic, highly trainable, and great swimmers who need to be active and have substantial space. Lack of exercise can cause obesity in these lovely animals and can make them unhappy, so be sure that you have the time and energy to keep up with them. They also shed a lot of fur. Be prepared for a touch of stubbornness from the Husky side.
Yorkipoos are a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Poodle and are a bundle of fun! The size of this dog makes it especially suited to apartment life. A sweet, affectionate and attention-loving lapdog with hypoallergenic fur, it often delights its owners. A tendency to yap can come through from the Yorkshire Terrier side and they will definitely need training, but make sure it is gentle, as they have a stubborn streak. They are energetic, too, so need a walk at least once a day.
If you are thinking of getting a dog, consider one of these popular mixed-breeds. As always make sure the breeders are ethical and check the shelters for a rescue dogs. Generally healthier and reasonably priced with many advantages over pedigreed breeds – they make fantastic pets!