Mixed dogs are often seen as mangy and wild-eyed mutts who aren’t so easy on the eyes. The idea that mixed dogs aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as their purebred counterparts is simply ludicrous. In no particular order of cuteness, here are ten mixed dog breeds that are sure to pull at your heartstrings.
10)Pomsky: Pomeranian and Husky Mix
The Pomsky or the “mini husky” is a fairly new mixed breed that is gaining popularity in North America and Europe. Like any other mixed breed, a Pomsky’stemperament will depend on the genetic contribution of each parent. Overall, Pomskies are known for their friendly, playful, energetic and loving disposition. As of now, a full grown Pomsky is expected to weigh around 15 pounds but can grow to be 10 to 15 pounds larger.
Pomskies, like their parents, need plenty of exercises to ensure that they don’t become destructive and develop serious behavioral problems. Since the Pomsky is a small dog breed, it is also important that their owner is calm and assertive. The lack of calm and assertive leadership can result in small dog syndrome. Pomskies are ideal for families, seniors, and those who live in apartments or houses.
9)Cockapoo: Cocker Spaniel and Poodle Mix
The Cockapoo is a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. This ball of fluff is a great addition to any home, especially those with allergy sufferers. The Cockapoo is a hypoallergenic dog. This means that their non-shedding coat will produce less dander, making it the ideal pet for those with allergies. With that said, it is important to know that their coats will need to be brushed often and trimmed occasionally.
Cockapoos are known for their intelligent, loving, and affectionate disposition If you are looking for a guard dog, this is not the breed for you. While the Cockapoo will alert you when people are around, they are more than likely to greet an intruder with a smile. Cockapoos come in three sizes.
A Toy Cockapoo normally weighs under 12 pounds; a Mini Cockapoo weighs around 12 to 20 pounds, and a Standard Cockapoo can way a little over 20 pounds. Like the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, a Cockapoo needs a moderate amount of exercise and training to ensure they keep their level temperament. Cockapoos are the ideal pet for families with children, and those who live in apartments or houses.
8)Labsky: Labrador and HuskyMix
The Labsky or the Siberian Retriever captures the best qualities found in the Labrador Retriever and the Siberian Husky. Both are known for their outgoing and active personality, so it’s important that Labskies get plenty of exercises. Since Siberian Huskies are famous for being mischievous, it’s also important for Labskies to be properly trained to ensure no behavior problems develop.
Taking after their parents, Labskies need their coat brushed quite often to keep their coats healthy. On average, a Labsky can weigh anywhere between 40 to 60 pounds. While this is the estimated weight, it is good to remember that any mixed dog can weigh as much as their heaviest ancestor (the Labrador can weigh up to 80 pounds).
Due to their friendly, playful, and gentle personality, Labskies would be a great addition to any active household.
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7)Corgi Shepherd: Corgi and German Shepherd Mix
This gorgeous mixed dog is a cross between a Corgi and a German Shepherd. Thanks to their parents, Corgi Shepherds are known for being loyal, intelligent, and good tempered. Most Corgi Shepherds take the coat of the German Shepherd, and are sometimes referred to as “mini shepherds”.
Although the Corgi Shepherds are small dogs, due to their high activity level it’s extremely important that they have plenty of exercises and receive the proper training. Like any other mixed dog, its physical appearance will be determined by what traits they inherited from each parent. Overall, they are expected to weigh anywhere between 20 to 70 pounds.
Most Corgi Shepherds have a low-set frame like a Corgi. Corgi Shepherds are medium to high shedders, so it is important to make sure that they are brushed accordingly. This lively breed would be a great pet for those who are willing to socialize their dog properly to ensure no behavior problems arise.
6)Shorkie: Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier Mix
This teddy bear like mixed dog breed is the result of the crossbreeding of a Shih-Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier. With a bigger than life attitude and the mentality of a Great Dane, Shorkies are known for their dedicated, loyal, caring, and playful temperament. While the Shorkie isn’t a guard dog, it will alert you to any danger that may arise.
The expected weight for the Shorkie is between 7 to 15 pounds, making it a perfect companion for those who live in an apartment. When it comes to training, it is important that Shorkies are trained by a calm and assertive leader.
Shorkies are known to develop undesired behavior or social anxiety due to social isolation and a lack of leadership. These little balls of fur are very energetic and love to play with their toys. The Shorkie would make a great addition to any home.
5)Schnoodle: Schnauzer and PoodleMix
This fairly new and sophisticated mixed breed is gaining popularity around the U.S.The Schnoodle, a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, is a loyal, loving, obedient, clever, and playful breed. These traits make the Schnoodle a great option for those in need of a therapy dog.
Since Schnoodles can grow to be different sizes, they are expected to weigh anywhere from 10 to 60 pounds. Due to its hypoallergenic coat, a trait they get from their Poodle parent, Schnoodles are the ideal dog for allergy sufferers.
Although Schnoodles are known for their obedient and friendly nature, it is important that they have proper training and daily exercise. This will ensure that they do not exhibit bad behavior or develop separation anxiety. The Schnoodlewould make a perfect companion for any family, including those with children.
4)Cheagle: Chihuahua and Beagle Mix
This adorable floppy eared mixed dog breed is making its way into America’s heart. The Cheagle is a hybrid of the Chihuahua and the Beagle. Like other small dogs, the Cheagle has a fun, loving, and outgoing personality. Along with these desirable traits, the Cheagle has also known for its gentle nature and high energy thanks to its Beagle parent.
Although Cheagles can be difficult to train, it’s important that they have a calm and assertive owner who will train them properly to make sure they don’t develop small dog syndrome. This big at heart hybrid breed is expected to weigh between 9 and 20 pounds.
Cheagles are prone to shedding, so it is important that they are brushed regularly to keep their coat healthy. This mixed breed is ideal for families with older children, and those who like to stay active.
3)Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever and PoodleMix
If you are thinking about becoming a first time dog owner, the Goldendoodle is the right dog for you! This popular hypoallergenic dog is mixed with two of America’s favorite dog breeds, the Golden Retriever and the Poodle. Due to their intelligence and eagerness to please their owners, Goldendoodles are highly trainable.
They are also known for their fun-loving, playful, friendly disposition. Goldendoodles are extremely friendly. If you are looking for a guard dog, this is not the right dog for the job. They will more than likely become friends with an intruder and try to share their toys with them.
Although they make lousy guard dogs, Goldendoodles are the perfect match for families, especially those with children. On average, Goldendoodles are expected to weigh anywhere between 50 and 90 pounds. The lack of a calm and assertive owner can cause this lovable breed to develop separation anxiety and certain destructive behavior. A Goldendoodle’s ideal living space is a house with a fence.
2)Puggle: Pug and Beagle Mix
When one adorable breed mates with another adorable breed they make undeniably adorable puppies. This fact of science held true for the Puggle. Puggles are known for their spunky attitudes and playful temperament. They love to spend time running around and playing with their toys.
Since Puggles can be energetic, they should regularly be exercised to decrease the chance of developing unwanted behavior. These tiny loyal companions crave the attention of their owners and love to spend the day cuddling with someone they love. Puggles are prone to separation anxiety and spend time barking and howling if left alone for long periods of time.
Due to this, it is important that they receive training from a calm and assertive leader. On average, Puggles weigh between 15 to 30 pounds and possess characteristics from both the Pug and the Beagle. While this particular mixed breed of dog is a minimal shedder, it is important that they are occasionally brushed. Puggles are great for families with children, and those who live in an apartment or house.
1)Pitsky: American Pitbull and Siberian or Alaskan Husky Mix
If you are an active, high-energy family, the Pitsky is the perfect dog for you. Like both of its parents, it is important that the Pitsky gets plenty of exercises. This breed is extremely active.They love to spend time hiking, running, and playing with their toys. A full grown Pitsky is expected to weigh between 35 and 80 pounds.
Due to their short coat, this hybrid breed is perfect for those who want a Husky but live in a warm climate. Like any other dog, it is best to start socializing and training them at a young age. Due to their high energy personality, Pitskies are not suited for apartment living, those who aren’t highly active, or those who work long hours.
All dogs are gorgeous, and mixed dogs are no exception. If you are looking for a new furry family member, please remember to check your local animal shelters first. Feel free to tell us your favorite mixed breed in the comment section below!