While some people prefer their dogs purebred, there's a lot to be said for mixed breeds. For a start, mutts are often healthier than purebred dogs; their greater gene diversity means that they aren't as likely to experience hereditary diseases and disorders. Mixed breeds are also overrepresented in shelters — an estimated 75% of dogs needing rescue are mixed breeds. Plus, they're just plain cute! Mixed breed dogs are true individuals, and these ones, in particular, will always stand out from the crowd.
A Cavalier King Charles spaniel and bichon frise cross, the Cavachon is an increasingly popular mixed breed. It's no wonder — Cavachons are affectionate and good-tempered, inheriting the sweet nature of their parent breeds. Cavachons need plenty of love and affection and will reward you with ample cuddles in return. Their calm temperament makes them ideal for families with children, and they thrive as lap dogs.
Many people are wary of pit bulls, which are often cited as one of the most dangerous dog breeds. Huskies, on the other hand, are good-natured and sometimes even goofy. That contrast makes the pitsky an exercise in contradictions, much like a pit bull in appearance but with the more laid-back personality of a husky. Pitskies retain the head, body, and tail shape of the pit bull, but with the ears and — most strikingly — the pale blue eyes of the husky. Like both its parents, the pitsky is an energetic dog that needs lots of exercise.
Another husky cross, the Pomsky is a hybrid of the husky and Pomeranian. Just like you'd think, the Pomsky is a happy, loving, and energetic mixed breed. Pomskies need plenty of attention, including proper exercise and grooming — and yes, they'll definitely shed that gorgeous fur. They also need early socialization and training; otherwise, they can be prone to aloofness and even aggression; this is particularly important if you're planning to keep them around children. On the plus side, they're highly adaptable, adjusting to both hot and cold weather, and their small size makes them ideal for apartments and indoor living.
This border collie and Australian shepherd cross isn't for novice dog owners. As a cross between two great herding dogs, the border Aussie is a working dog through and through. That means they need lots of exercise, plenty of training, and wide-open spaces — this definitely isn't a breed that likes to be kept indoors. They're happiest when given a job to do and are social dogs who love to be around people; as long as you keep them stimulated, they'll be ready to shower you with plenty of affection.
If you're a fan of small dog breeds, this Chihuahua and pug hybrid might be for you. Inheriting the quirky nature of its parent breeds, the Chug is playful and affectionate but can be hostile toward larger dogs. Their temperament can depend quite heavily on their parents — Chugs with a little more Chihuahua in them, in particular, can tend to be a little more aggressive — but with proper training and socialization, they make fantastic companions. Chugs love daily play, but don't need a lot of exercise, and make fantastic lap dogs.
Another popular toy dog mixed breed, the Morkie is a hybrid of a Maltese and Yorkshire terrier. Morkies can take their appearance from either their Maltese or Yorkie parents; their fur can be black, brown, or white, while their ears can be straight or floppy. Whatever their mix, Morkies have long, curly coats that need frequent grooming. If you're okay with their high-maintenance style, Morkies are playful and affectionate pets who'll form strong attachments to their owners.
An increasingly popular designer mixed breed, the ShiChi is a cross between a Shih Tzu and Chihuahua. It's also extremely small — less than a foot tall. This makes them quite fragile, and as such, they aren't recommended for families with very small children. For gentle owners, however, the ShiChi is a bright and playful dog that benefits from early training and socialization. ShiChis can have either short or long hair, and their coats can come in any combination of black, brown, white, cream, and fawn.
The Bernedoodle is an adorable mix between a Bernese mountain dog and a poodle. Taking its size from the Bernese mountain dog and its trademark curly hair from the poodle, the Bernedoodle is friendly, loving, and intelligent. Their gentleness makes them perfect for families with children, while their cleverness makes them easy to train.
Individually, the Yorkshire terrier and poodle are two of the most popular toy dog breeds. It's no wonder, then, that the Yorkipoo is quickly becoming an equally popular mixed breed. Yorkipoos need lots of attention and play time, as they're extremely high energy, but your reward will be lots of affection. Yorkipoos love to be around people and will be happy as lap dogs. They don't need a lot of space, but if you live in an apartment, be aware that they do bark.
The corgidor combines two of the best-loved dog breeds, the Labrador retriever and the Welsh corgi. The result is a dog with a larger body than a corgi, but which retains that breed's signature short legs. The corgidor otherwise resembles its Labrador parent in appearance, with a temperament somewhere between the laid-back Labrador and more assertive corgi.
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