In the pet world, purebred dogs are often showcased in pet shows and esteemed for their pedigree or the pureness of their lineage. While purebreds are often seen as the best of the best, mixed breeds don’t really fall back when it comes to being high-quality companions, especially when it comes to health and personality. Because mixed breed dogs come from two different breed lines, they inherit the best qualities of both breeds but with a lower chance of suffering from breed predispositions, or diseases that plague purebred dogs, like hip dysplasia for retrievers and breathing difficulties for pugs and other brachycephalic breeds.
Mixed breeds also tend to inherit the positive physical attributes of both parent breeds, making them some of the most adorable pets you can ever have.
If you’re planning on getting a pet, mixed breeds are great options if you’re looking for family pets or companions for your children. To help you with the difficult decision of which breed to adopt, here are 10 mixed breed dogs that should be on the top of your list:
The Cavoodle is also commonly called the Cavapoo or Cavadoodle and is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the miniature or toy poodle. Cavoodles are popular due to their adorably friendly and affectionate disposition, as well as their adaptability to different lifestyles. They’re also hypoallergenic, which means people with pet allergies can safely adopt a cavoodle puppy without the fear of getting allergy attacks due to fur.
Cavachons are a mix between the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and are well-known as fun-loving, intelligent, and athletic dogs. Because of their compact build, Cavachons make perfect pets for people who live in apartments or small houses. They can thrive in houses without yards — but make sure you still give them adequate exercise by taking them on regular walks.
If you’re looking for a loyal and spunky companion, Shorkies may be the perfect pet for you. A cross between the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire Terrier, these dogs adore their families and would make perfect companions for people who like doting on their pets. As for appearance, because both Shih Tzus and Yorkies have long, silky hair, you can rest assured that your Shorkie will inherit this trait.
One of the most popular mixed breeds, Pomskies offers pet owners a smaller version of the Siberian Husky. Basically, Pomskies are the fluffier and tinier versions of full-grown Siberian Huskies. Because of their smaller stature, Pomskies don’t need that much exercise, and they may even thrive in smaller apartments.
They’re also well-suitable for colder weather because of their fluffy coats. However, Pomskies are extremely vocal and will bark excessively if not trained. So if you think you’re not quite ready for a pet who speaks (or barks) their mind, you may need to go back to the drawing board.
These puppies resemble teddy bears the most, with their fluffy ears and expressive eyes. A cross between the Yorkie and Maltese, Morkies come in small, compact sizes and may fit in your carrier bags with relative ease.
But one thing you should know about Morkies is that they can be extremely stubborn and overly confident, which means they probably need you to look after them to make sure they’re always on their best behavior. Morkies make great pets for children, but because of their relatively small sizes, younger children may hurt them unintentionally during rough play.
More commonly referred to as the Maltipoo, Moodles are a relatively new mixed breed. Affectionate and friendly, Moodles mix well with children because they lack aggression. They also make for great watchdogs as they’re very attentive to strangers and changes to their environments. However, if you’re planning on adopting a Moodle; consider training them from a young age so they won’t get into the habit of barking too much.
7. Maltese Shih Tzu
This mix between the Maltese and Shih Tzu is well known for being low-maintenance puppies who jive well with families, be it laid-back or active families. Maltese Shih Tzus are bred to be small, making them good companions for people who prefer miniature pets. While they can be active when they want to, Maltese Shih Tzus also make good lap dogs and cuddle buddies.
As a mix of two incredibly intelligent breeds; Labradoodles are perfect for you if you’re looking for smart and affectionate pets. Labradoodles make excellent guide dogs due to their loyalty, gentleness, and inherent attentiveness.
However, these dogs often have high energies, so they require constant exercise. So if you’re planning on adopting a Labradoodle; you should keep them as active as possible, especially if you live in apartments or houses without yards.
Known for their headstrong personalities, Shmoodles know what they want. If you’re looking for independent but affectionate pets, go for this type of mixed breed. They’re playful and fun-loving when they want to be, but they also know when not to be overly energetic.
Because they’re a mix between the Maltese Shih Tzu and the Toy Poodle, Shmoodles may look different from each other. Some puppies may inherit the long, soft hair of the Shih Tzu, or the curly, fluffy coat of the Toy Poodle.
Similar to the Bernedoodle, the Goldendoodle’s brown fluffy coat is often seen in thousands of pictures on the internet. One of the most beloved mixed breeds, Goldendoodles are extremely affectionate, easy-to-train, and incredibly loyal.
They make for good family pets because of their gentle and laid-back nature. However, they still need regular exercise and grooming. Before adopting a Goldendoodle, determine whether you’ll have the time to give them daily walks and playtime so they can expend their energies.
Remember This Before Adopting a Puppy
If you’re reading this, you’re probably deciding which puppy you should be getting for your home. Adopting a puppy is probably one of the best decisions you’re going to make due to the unlimited fun and affection you’ll receive. However, you should also keep in mind that adopting a puppy is a lifetime commitment.
Puppies and dogs deserve permanent, caring homes for the rest of their lives; not only when they’re small and easy to take care of. Before deciding, make sure that you’ll be able to provide pets with a safe, nurturing environment, as well as support if they would need extra attention from their veterinarians.