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18 Gorgeous Mixed Dog Breeds (with Pictures)
If you are a dog owner or someone planning on adding a four-legged friend to your family, you are probably familiar with the most common breeds. Labradors, Pit Bulls, and Golden Retrievers are widely known, and for good reason. They make good family pets. However, many mixed dog breeds are less well known. These 18 mixed breeds are beautiful pups that can also make the perfect pet for the right family.
These adorable little pups are a mix of a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier. Their hair is soft and silky with low dander and low shedding. This makes them a good choice for allergy sufferers. Their small size contains a big personality. They are intelligent and friendly. They love to perform tricks and play with their family. At the end of a long day, the Yorkipoo is happy to cuddle on the couch with you. One thing to be aware of is Yorkipoos are frequent barkers. This may make them not ideal for apartment living.
The Whoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Because they are part Poodle, the Whoodle doesn’t shed very much. They have a silky, soft, curly coat that can come in a variety of colors. The Whoodle is a very active dog and will need plenty of daily exercise. They love attention and need plenty of it. If you are willing and able to spend plenty of time with them, they make wonderful companions. The Whoodle is intelligent and responds well to regular and consistent training to challenge them physically and mentally.
The Weimador is a mix of a Weimaraner and Labrador Retriever. Their short coats can be grey, brown, silver, or black. They also sometimes have the bright blue eyes typical of Weimaraners. Both breeds have hunting backgrounds so the Weimador may have a high prey drive and will need to be watched with smaller pets. The Weimador is generally a friendly and social dog who loves outdoor adventures with its family. Because of their social nature, they do not do well when left alone for long periods.
4. Siberian Retriever
The Siberian Retriever is a mix of a Labrador Retriever and a Siberian Husky. If you are familiar with either breed, you know they are both full of energy and love to be outside with their owners. The Siberian Retriever is no different. They make good pets for active families who are willing to commit the time and energy to train them properly. Their intelligent and social nature makes the Siberian Retriever very trainable. They like to please their owners and are good working dogs. You can find Siberian Retrievers in a variety of colors, including cream, black, brown, grey, and white.
These adorable little dogs are a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Shih Tzu. Like the Yorkipoo, the Shorkie is very vocal and can be a problem in apartments. However, they do make great, active little companions for families who can devote time to their care. They are very smart and love to play with puzzle toys. Because of their long, silky hair, the Shorkie needs to be brushed daily. They are considered to be hypoallergenic, however, which is beneficial for allergy sufferers.
The Shih-Poo is a mix of a Toy Poodle and a Shih Tzu. Unlike the Shorkie and Yorkipoo, the Shih-Poo is not known as a frequent barker, so they make great apartment-dwelling pets. Their coats can be curly like a Poodle or straight like a Shih Tzu and come in a variety of colors. The Shih-Poo is a wonderful companion dog. They are adaptable to most living situations and are content with short walks and play sessions. The Shih-Poo loves to cuddle with its owner and can be very friendly and affectionate.
A mix of a Schnauzer and a Poodle, the Schnoodle can range widely in size from 20 pounds to 75 pounds. They are very intelligent and loyal. These traits make them great candidates for therapy dogs. As a family pet, the Schnoodle is an active, friendly, and cheerful companion. They also have a low dander coat, like many Poodle mixes. If you are thinking about bringing a Schnoodle into your home, it is important to keep in mind that they need a lot of exercise and firm, consistent training.
The Pomsky is an adorable cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. Unlike some other Husky mixes, the Pomsky has a low to moderate exercise requirement. Their Pomeranian roots also mean they are smaller, ranging from 6 to 35 pounds. The Pomsky loves to entertain their family and is intelligent and trainable. They also have thicker coats than most small dogs, thus are better suited for cold weather. The Pomsky can be very vocal so may not be best suited for an apartment environment.
The Morkie is a mix of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese. They have a long, silky coat that can be white, tan, black, or a mix of colors. Morkies are high maintenance when it comes to grooming and need to be brushed and bathed frequently. They do make wonderful little companions. The Morkie is friendly, spirited, and has a ton of energy. They love to run and play fetch. The Morkie will follow their favorite person around all day, and they love to cuddle.
Another Poodle mix, the Maltipoo crosses a Poodle with a Maltese. They are generally very affectionate and adaptable to most living situations. They do not shed very much, due to their Poodle heritage. The Maltipoo makes a good therapy dog due to its intelligence and gentle nature. They do get very attached to their family and should not be left alone for long periods as they will become distressed. They are also sensitive and do best in a calm environment where they receive frequent praise and affection.
The Goldendoodle is one of the more well-known mixed breed dogs. A cross between a Poodle and a Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle is a large, friendly, and intelligent dog. They have a curly coat that requires regular grooming and clipping. The Goldendoodle is considered to be one of the easiest dogs to train. They don’t have aggressive characteristics and tend to be friendly and affectionate to everyone. Because of this, they do not make good watchdogs. However, they do make wonderful therapy dogs and family pets.
A Docker is a mix of a Cocker Spaniel and a Dachshund. Their coats are generally medium length and silky, so the Docker needs frequent brushing. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes training a cinch. A Docker also loves to be around its people. Because of this, they make great pets for families who have plenty of time to spend with them. The Docker is not a good choice if you are away from home for long stretches. They are also instinctive hunters so you may want to avoid the breed if you have cats or other small pets.
This medium-sized pup is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Corgi. This interesting mix of parentage can produce puppies that are anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds when fully grown. The Corgidor’s coat can be tan, red, black, or brown. They often look like Labradors with short legs. As you might imagine, they are very friendly and affectionate, but also protective. This makes them wonderful family pets and watchdogs. The Corgidor is an active dog that loves spending time exploring outside with its family.
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This Poodle and Cocker Spaniel mix is one of the earliest “designer dogs”. The Cockapoo has a low-shedding coat, but they do require regular grooming and trimming of their coat. They are friendly, happy dogs who love to cuddle and play. The Cockapoo tends to like everyone, and they do not bark excessively as long as they are not left alone for a long time. They also get along well with other pets as long as they have been socialized from an early age.
This tiny, cute cross between a Pug and Chihuahua is an energetic dog who often thinks they are bigger than they are. The Chug often looks more like a Pug or more like a Chihuahua, depending on the dominant features. Even though they are small, the Chug has a huge personality and is not fearful of larger dogs. They can be territorial and should be watched carefully so they do not get hurt. With proper training, however, the Chug can be a fun-loving, and playful pet.
A Chiweenie is a mix of a Dachshund and a Chihuahua. Their coats are short and usually a mix of brown, black, or white. They are a high energy dog who loves to play. Unlike many other small dogs, the Chiweenie is more interested in running and playing than settling in your lap. They are also stubborn and can be difficult to train. However, they do become attached to their favorite person in the household and can be demanding of that person’s attention. Because of this, they do best when they are the only animal in the household.
If you struggle with allergies, the Cavachon might be a good choice. A cross of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise, the Cavachon is a low-shedding, small dog. They are friendly, social, and adaptable to most living situations. The Cavachon loves to play and gets along well with children and other dogs. They also enjoy learning and attention and will stop to greet everyone they meet when out on walks.
18. Border Sheepdog
The last dog on our list is a cross between a Border Collie and a Shetland Sheepdog. They are energetic and yappy. Because of this, they need plenty of room to run and play. The Border Sheepdog is also very intelligent and loves to have a job to do. They are affectionate with their family and can spend hours happily outside with you. Sometimes they do best when they are the only animal in the house, as they don’t particularly like other animals.
There are many mixed-breed dogs out there. You should always do your research so that you end up with the best dog for your family situation. Whether you are looking for a cuddly lap dog or a new running partner, you can find the perfect furry companion.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.