Mixed breed dog breeders

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Added during update Beta v.1.7.12, Dogs are the first companion animal in the game.

During the Chinese New Year 2018 event, Lonely Elder’s dog was the first dog seen in the game, leads you to the Silent abode leave dog footprints.

During the Christmas 2018 event, Husky was shown in Snowy Race Track, and later it was added in the game.

Corgi, Rottweiler and Bulldog are the new breeds would be added in game in future updates.


Player-owned Dogs in the game are only found as Puppies, never as full-grown adults. The first two puppies are guaranteed to spawn in all locations, and after that they can spawn in at the Red Resource Zone, Airdrop areas, and Floppy with coordinates locations. In an recent update Beta v.1.11.1, you can also obtain two puppies from the event Hunters’ Camp. They can also be purchased in the in-app store or from the Dealer at great expense in materials and items.

You need to build a Dog Crate to house the Dog. After placing, you will need to feed your dogs with: Raw Meat, Raw Turkey, Dry Food. Your dogs will be inactive and stop growing until you feed them.

Upon maturation to adulthood, the Dog will also show its Rank (I – IV) and generate its skill Traits. With each rank, the Dog will have an equal number of Traits, whether common, rare, or very rare. Dogs can be released or leave after breeding but cannot die permanently. Although they can be killed temporarily, they respawn intact at your home base.


Adult Dogs eat the same food at the same rate as Puppies, including:

  • Raw Meat from deer, wolves, foxes, etc., @ 2.4 hrs each, per Puppy or Dog
  • Raw Turkey from Wild Turkey, @ 12 hrs each, per Puppy or Dog
  • Dry Food, currently only available in the in-app store, also provides a breeding buff
  • Dog Treats, also currently only available in the in-app store, refill a True Friend’s energy

When food in the Dog Crate’s bowl runs out, they don’t die or run away, but you’ll see a message in the Kennel Management menu: “No food: dogs are inactive, puppies aren’t growing.” Without food, dogs that have the trait “True Friend” cannot go with you.


There are four rank levels for Adult Dogs: I, II, III, IV. With each level, Dogs get that number of skill traits. Dogs retain the rank they had as puppies; individual dogs cannot gain ranks.

You can only breed dogs of the same rank. While two Rank I parents will produce a Rank II puppy, the odds of getting a puppy of higher rank than the parents decreases as the ranks increase. (See Tips and Tricks, below.)


There are nine possible skills or Traits for Dogs. These buffs are active when the Dog(s) possessing them (Max: 3) are “equipped” to the “Walking on Base” task in the Kennel Management menu at the Dog Crate. The buffs of a fourth Dog can be active when a Rank IV Dog with the True Friend Trait is equipped to the applicable slot.

These Traits will supply buffs at a noted percentage that varies by individual and rank.

When food in the Dog Crate’s bowl runs out, you see this message in the Kennel Management menu: “No food: dogs are inactive, puppies aren’t growing.” Until food is added again, any buffs supplied by equipped Dogs are paused.


Common Traits

  • COMPANION: Increases the experience gained
  • CAREFUL: Increases puppies’ growth speed
  • WELL-STOCKED: Decreases the need for food for the dog crate
  • HUNTER: Increases the chance of meeting a rare animal


  • COMPANION: Increases the experience gained
  • CAREFUL: Increases puppies’ growth speed
  • WELL-STOCKED: Decreases the need for food for the dog crate

Very Rare Traits

  • BLOODHOUND: Increases the chance of finding rare items


  • COMPANION: Increases the experience gained
  • GUARD: Can attack the Horde
  • HUNTER: Increases the chance of meeting a rare animal

Rare Traits

  • WITTY: Increases the chance of getting a high rank when crossbreeding
  • LEADER: Increases the damage done by all dogs


  • COMPANION: Increases the experience gained
  • WELL-STOCKED: Decreases the need for food for the dog crate
  • CAREFUL: Increases puppies’ growth speed
  • TRUE FRIEND: Can be taken with you
    • Only Dogs with this trait can be “equipped” to be taken with you in the Kennel Management menu at the Dog Crate.
    • This is the skill needed for accessing the doggy doors in Bunker Alfa (lobby and Floor 4).


The male and female dogs you choose to breed at the Dog Crate must be of equal rank, and the puppy produced will be of equal or higher rank.

Before choosing to “Crossbreed,” you have the option to “Inherit traits” to ensure the parent passes their specific traits to the offspring. When you breed a Puppy from a Dog with a rare color/markings, you have the option to keep that appearance for the Puppy.

(Note: When you breed Dogs, you gain 1 Puppy but lose both parents. “After crossbreeding you’ll get a puppy but its parents will run away.”)


In update Beta v.1.8.1, emotes for dog interaction were added, only for use with True Friend dogs.

These include:

  • Sit
  • Roll over
  • Bark


  • Introduced in Beta v.1.7.12
  • Husky was showed in Beta v.1.11 at Snowy Race Track
  • Husky was introduced in Beta v.1.12
  • Corgi was introduced in Beta v.1.14

Tips and Tricks

Jugando Con Fuerza (JCF) created a really detailed assessment of the best strategy for getting high-rank dogs.

The fastest way to get Rank 4 dogs in Last Day on Earth (v.1.7.12) (Vid-121)

Credits: JCF

This is the biggest takeaway (but do watch and give credit where due):

via Jugando Con Fuerza

Also via JCF (edited for grammar and clarity/format):

  • When you breed a pair of Rank I dogs…100% chance their puppy will be a Rank II dog.
  • When you breed a pair of Rank II dogs…60% chance their puppy will be a Rank III dog (without Dry Food buff).
  • When you breed a pair of Rank III dogs…25 – 30% chance of getting a Rank IV dog (without Dry Food buff).
  • When you breed a pair of Rank IV dogs…5 – 10% chance you’ll get a dog with the True Friend trait.

This means on average you will need to breed 360 to 940 Rank I puppies to get one dog with the True Friend trait. (Also depends on your luck)

Your terrier mix puppy may inherit a strong prey drive from their terrier parent, work on a strong recall with them from day one.

If your terrier mix puppy combines too very small breeds like the Chihuahua and the Yorkie, they might also have trouble holding their bladder and potty training. This guide might help.

Do Terrier Mix Dogs Bark A Lot?

Many terrier breeds have a reputation for being vocal.

Crossing them with a quieter breed doesn’t necessarily guarantee a quieter dog – their offspring are just as likely to inherit a terrier’s tendency to bark.

Bear in mind that some of the crosses we’ve met here include two parents who like to make themselves heard – Dachshunds and Schnauzers are famously vocal.

And of course the Beagle is a pack dog who loves using a long loud bay to communicate with his brothers and sisters. So a Beagle terrier mix might do the same!

In short, if you live in an apartment, a terrier mix puppy might not be the most sociable choice.

However, you might be able to find an older, rescue dog who’s proven to be quieter.

Is a Terrier Mix Right For Me?

In the right home, a terrier mix can make a wonderful pet.

Do your homework on both parent breeds, and confirm that a breeder has conducted health tests before you meet their litter.

It’s far easier to walk away from an irresponsible breeder before you have their puppy in your lap.

Since you can’t guarantee which temperament a mixed breed puppy will most take after, consider whether you’d be happy with any outcome.

Do You Already Share You Life With a Terrier Mix?

What mix are they, and which parent do they most take after?

Please share your experience in the comments box!

References and Further Reading

OFA Canine Health Information Center

Carlstrom et al, “Inadvertent Propagation of Factor VII Deficiency in a Canine Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I Research Breeding Colony”, Comparative Medicine, 2009.

Oberbauer et al, “Ten inherited disorders in purebred dogs by functional breed groupings.” Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2015.

Farrell et al, “The challenges of pedigree dog health: approaches to combating inherited disease.” Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 2015.

Lappalainen et al, “Estimate of heritability and genetic trend of intervertebral disc calcification in Dachshunds in Finland.” Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 2015.

O’Neill et al, “Longevity and Mortality of Owned Dogs in England”, The Veterinary Journal, 2013.

This article has been revised and updated for 2019.

Terriers are not a breed of dog, but rather a group of closely related dog breeds. In fact, there are roughly 30 unique dog breeds in this category. It’s so significant that the American Kennel Club has recognized these dogs as an official dog group.

Some of the most popular dog breeds in the world are Terriers. Some of which, include the Airedale Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier, among many others.

With such a large following and a wide selection of Terriers, it’s no surprise they’re frequently part of many amazing mixed breeds.

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What’s a Terrier Dog?

For the past hundreds of years, Terriers have been tirelessly working with farmers around the world, hunting and killing pesty vermin and rats. It’s what they were originally bred for.

With this skillset alone, they became widely popular and eventually made it far outside the farming industry and onto the international dog scene.

After these dogs reached the height of their popularity, breeders began to take notice. They were soon bred for other specific jobs.

For example, the Kelly Blue Terrier and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier were bred to herd, hunt and protect.

Terrier Traits

Despite the variety of Terriers in existence today, they all share a few common traits. Unlike dogs from the hound group, Terriers hunt to kill. They won’t simply chase and alert owners like many dogs in other groups.

As a result, Terriers were bred to have extremely powerful jaws and sharp teeth. Don’t mistaken their small size for weakness, as they are to be feared in the animal kingdom.

Terrier Temperament

A Terrier’s personality is a relatively consistent and predictable thing. Although there are exceptions, most Terriers are highly energetic and playful. By nature, they’re independent dogs with a lot of pride.

Some owners go as far as saying Terriers are stubborn. And because of the stubbornness, they may be harder to train than other dog breeds.

In addition, Terriers don’t always play nice with other animals. Even with a lot of socialization, there’s no guarantee they’ll get along with other dogs. They’re notoriously feisty dogs.

Like any other dog, Terriers have their flaws. But with one, you know you’ll get an affectionate and loyal dog. Even though they don’t like to cuddle, they make fantastic companions.

Most Interesting Terrier Mixes

Here are 19 unusual and wacky Terrier mixed dog breeds that you must see! Did we miss a good one? Let us know in the comments section below. Well try to add it on this list.

1. Whoodle

Parent Breeds: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle.

via Instagram: @ruby_the_whoodle

The Whoodle is a Terrier mix as fun as it’s name. They’re also called the Sweatenpoo or Wheaten-doodle, both of which are equally as amusing.

In the last decade the Whoodle has exploded in popularity. However, as with relatively new mixed breeds, there isn’t a mixed breed standard for personality and temperament.

Most owners will tell you that their Whoodle is energetic and lively, as with both parents. But depending on which side they take more form, they can range quite a bit in size, coat and shape.

Both parents are intelligent dogs. In fact, the Poodle is ranked as the most intelligent dog breed according to Stanley Coren. You can expect a smart Whoodle, especially if they inherit the brains from the Poodle side.

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2. Jack Chi

Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua.

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The Jack Chi is the Chihuahua Jack Russell Terrier mix and is perhaps one of the most popular mixes – for good reason! Though small, these dogs have a ton of energy and a feisty attitude.

At times, it may seem like the Jack Chi has an unlimited supply of energy. So owners expecting a lazy lap dog, look elsewhere! This Terrier mix requires a ton of physical activity and mental stimulation.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that these dogs aren’t friendly or affectionate. They can be very loyal and loving dogs. And it’s not unordinary that they come snug up with you too!

If you live a physical lifestyle and you’re looking for a small fun-loving dog, I’d highly recommend the Jack Chi mix. There’s a lot to love with this little mix dog.

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3. Yorkipoo

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle.

via Instagram: @astros_w_o_r_l_d_

When I think of the term “designer dog,” the Yorkipoo first comes to mind. They’re a cross between two widely popular toy breeds: the Yorkie and Toy Poodle. Was there any doubt these dogs would be popular too?

Yorkipoos are generally fun-loving and happy all the time. They’ll gladly shower their owners with true affection and can be perfectly content from the lap of a loved one. Not your typical Terrier temperament.

However, it’s worth noting that these dogs love to yap. If you’re not a fan of barking, you may want to reconsider. Personally, I’d take bad with the good for such an adorable and sweet-natured dog.

As for exercise, these dogs love to play and they play hard. You’ll want to make sure they get enough daily physical exercise or the barking may get out of hand.

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4. Scoland Terrier

Parent Breeds: Scottish Terrier and Westie.

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The Scoland is the hybrid of the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier – or “Westie” for short. Who says you can’t crossbreed two Terriers together? The result is amazing.

Both these breeds originate from Scotland and they’re often called the “ultimate Terrier.” The Scoland is the embodiment of all Terriers. They’re lively, energetic, playful and loyal.

This mix is the perfect amount of stubbornness, which is almost inevitable with these dogs. But they make up for it in affection, as they’ll protect you and entertain you every chance they get.

As for physical appearance, you’ll likely get the head of a Westie with the body of a Scottish Terrier. Coats can come in black with white highlights, or wheaten.

They’ll have big black eyes with their signature “scissor bite.” Expect a wiry and dense coat, like with both parents.

5. Frenchton

Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and French Bulldog.

via Instagram: @franco.thefrenchton

As cool and amazing as the French Bulldog is, the Frenchton is cooler. By crossbreeding the ever-so popular Frenchie with the equally stunning Boston Terrier gives you the Frenchton.

What’s unusual is that both parent breeds look similar. In fact, often times it’s difficult to tell apart puppies from either side. The same can be said for Frenchton puppies.

However, the Frenchton has all the colors of a Boston Terrier, often coming in the signature black coat with white markings (or vice versa). The face may resemble the French Bulldog slightly more.

Both Terriers and the Frenchie are a little stubborn by nature, so this Terrier mix will often be the same. With that said, they can be a little difficult to train.

Still, the Frenchton is truly an affectionate and loyal dog. They’re both energetic and intelligent, which makes sense given their popularity.

6. Jack-A-Bee

Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Beagle.

via Instagram: @ashboandizzy

The Jack-A-Bee is certainly an odd combination that somehow works, and works great! This Jack Russell Beagle mix combines two of the most iconic dog breeds from the Terrier and Hound groups.

The result: a friendly, calm, intelligent and loyal Terrier mix. Sometimes, they can be quite independent, even for a Terrier. However, their sweet-nature demeanor when playing with people will make up for it.

At first glance, they look like a Beagle with a different coat. But the Jack-A-Bee usually takes the body of the Jack Russell, while maintaining the face shape of a Beagle.

As a relatively new breed, their coat colors can vary quite a bit. Though they’ll usually be cream, tan, tricolor, white with beige highlights or a combination.

The best part is that they’re one of the best dogs to care for when it comes to grooming! They’re considered a low-shedding hypoallergenic dog.

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7. Bugg

Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Pug.

via Instagram: @olive_beebee

Any dog mixed with a pug is an awesome breed. The Bugg is no exception. The personalities of the Pug and Boston Terrier go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Pugs are charming, affectionate and a little bit mischievous. On the other hand, Boston Terriers are friendly and a little bit humorous. The Bugg gives you the best of both worlds.

Boston Terriers can be active, although it varies from dog to dog. Meanwhile, the pugs are not so active and can be perfect potato couch buddies with you. The Bugg, however, will certainly depend on the parentage.

Whether you’re just looking for a cute playmate to snuggle with or a companion to stay entertained, the Bugg should be at the top of your Terrier mix list!

8. Toxirn

Parent Breeds: Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua.

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The Toxirn is not as complicated as it’s name. They’re delightful toy dogs developed through the crossbreeding of the Cairn Terrier and Chihuahua. Both iconic toy breeds in their respective countries (Scotland and Mexico).

Though small, they’re courageous and confident. They don’t scare very easily and will do what it takes to protect the owners. The downside is that they can be a little overprotective, which means showing aggression towards strangers.

Toxirns are deceivingly athletic with a muscular build. Surprisingly, they’re quite sturdy dogs with a decent frame for it’s small size. Their coats are wiry but not as long as other Terrier mixes.

Overall, the Toxirn is perfect for anyone looking for a small loyal dog with a lot of spunk. They’re as they say, “little dog with a big personality.”

9. Jacairn

Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Cairn Terrier.

via Instagram: @judithrbrown

The Jacairn combines two fan favorites from the Terrier group – the Jack Russell and Cairn Terrier. These hybrid dogs are not your typical Terrier, as they are very eager to please.

Not only are they intelligent, but highly trainable. They’re perfect for novice dog trainers. However, they do have a ton of energy and require plenty of run daily.

If you don’t have an active lifestyle, it’ll be tough to get along with a Jacairn. They’ll demand a lot of physical activity or potentially exhibit destructive behavior.

On the flip side, they love playing with children and get along great with humans. And if you have a large backyard, they’ll likely dig some holes and climb some trees!

10. Scottish Cocker

Parent Breeds: Scottish Terrier and Cocker Spaniel.

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The Scottish Cocker is part Cocker Spaniel and part Scottish Terrier. They’re one of the least common Terrier mixes, but slowly growing in popularity.

In essence, they’re the opposite of the Jacairn. In other words, they’re laid back and mellow dogs that’ll happily lounge around with you. Moreover, they’re extremely social dogs, which probably comes from the Cocker Spaniel side.

The Scottish Terrier side is credited for their courageousness and alertness. They can be aggressive when the situation calls for it. However, most of the time they’ll chilling.

These hybrid dogs have been known to vary greatly with physical appearance. Depending on the parents, they can look more like a Scottish Terrier or Cocker Spaniel. But they’ll always be medium in size.

11. Schnocker

Parent Breeds: Mini Schnauzer and Cocker Spaniel.

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Indeed the Miniature Schnauzer is part of the Terrier group. Just because their name doesn’t end with “terrier” doesn’t mean they’re not.

There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the origins of this designer breed, but most people believe they originated from the United States in the 1990’s. Regardless, the Schnocker was bred to be the ultimate companion lap dog.

These dogs are a great balance, which explains their growing popularity. They’re moderately active and will happily go on adventures with you. Likewise, they’ll always come in for a nice cuddle whenever they get the chance.

Like with many mixed dogs, the Schnocker can vary in appearance. Though, they usually come with a slim frame, long legs and floppy ears. Coat colors, highlights and length can also vary depending on the parents.

In a nutshell. the Schnocker is the ultimate designer dog for those with a balanced lifestyle.

12. Dorkie

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshund.

via Instagram: @bigbabygrundy

As a cross between the Yorkie and Dachshund, the Dorkie has the best name among all Terrier mixes. It perfectly describes the personality of these hybrid dogs – little cute dorks.

They get along great with all people and especially loves playing with children. But because of how small and fragile they are, children must be supervised during playtime. They may unintentionally hurt them.

Dorkies will have the big floppy ears of a Dachshund but their coat resembles a Yorkie. Their coat colors will be more in-line with Yorkies as well, coming in black/brown, red/black or a solid brown.

Although they’re relatively new, originally crossbred in the 1990’s, Dorkies have been winning over the hearts of people all around the world.

13. Pit Heeler

Parent Breeds: Pit Bull Terrier and Australian Cattle Dog.

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The popular nickname for the Australian Cattle Dog is the Blue Heeler, hence the name: Pit Heeler. Many Australian dog breeds are fantastic herders, and this mix may certainly inherit those instincts as well.

The American Pit Bull Terriers are often labeled as the most dangerous dogs, but there’s no guarantee that the Pit Heeler will inherit the same aggressiveness.

Not much is known about the Pit Heeler in terms of temperament and there is no standard for this designer breed. However, we know that they can’t stand extreme heat due to their thick coats.

Though they may be dominant dogs with independence, socialization and obedience training is key to raising a happy and healthy Pit Heeler.

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14. Schnairedale

Parent Breeds: Schnauzer and Airedale Terrier.

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The Schnairedale is the cross between a Standard Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier. They’re one of the rarest Terrier mixes and relatively difficult to find on the market.

Those that own a Schnairedale will tell you they’re fun-loving dogs that very much enjoy the company of loved ones. Furthermore, they’re playful by nature and get along great with other dogs.

Schnairedales are very confident and independent. As a result, they often assume the leadership role among the pack. You must be consistent and firm and establish dominance before they do.

Although they require quite extensive training, they are eager to learn from the owner. They also need a lot of activity, as they are energetic dogs by nature.

15. Rat Cha

Parent Breeds: Rat Terrier and Chihuahua.

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The Rat Cha is the popular crossbreed of the Chihuahua and Rat Terrier. They’re small in size, but have a playful attitude and charming demeanor that few people can resist.

Unlike other small dog breeds, the Rat Cha is relatively independent. Plus, they don’t require much care at all. In return, they only need love and affection for a happy life.

Most Rat Cha dogs will inherit the short coat from the Chihuahua. However, there are cases where they take on the long Rat Terrier coat. Ears could be erect or curled – it really depends on genetics and their parents.

Any chance they get, they’ll curl up next to you and lounge around on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If this is what you’re looking for and you can provide them the love, consider the Rat Cha.

16. Airedoodle

Parent Breeds: Airedale Terrier and Poodle.

via Instagram: @houston_airedoodles

The Airedoodle is truly an interesting mix that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This Poodle Airedale Terrier mix combines the most intelligent dog breed in the world with the “King of Terriers.”

Unsurprisingly, the result is an intelligent and athletic hybrid dog with an outstanding work ethic. Airedoodles have all the qualities and traits that you’d want in your family companion dog.

They’re fairly easy to take care of and are highly trainable, but the best part is their eagerness to please. They love people and are very social around both humans and dogs. Kids do very well with the Airedoodle.

The only concern is their high prey-drive, which can pose a problem for families with small pets, like guinea pigs or cats. Otherwise, they’re a top choice for a Terrier mix.

17. Boston Boxer

Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Boxer.

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The Boston Boxer can be a handful at times, but their fantastic temperaments more than make up for it. The Boxer Boston Terrier mix is full of energy and demands a lot from owners.

In terms of physical appearance, they look very much like a small boxer. In fact, some people call this mixed breed the miniature Boxer.

Although they’ve been around for a few decades already, the Boston Boxer still vary quite a bit in personality. But for the most part, you can expect a friendly, intelligent and devoted dog.

With all that energy, you can already guess they’re very playful dogs. Given the right environment and plenty of physical stimulation, a Boston Boxer can thrive in any family.

18. Jack Rat

Parent Breeds: Rat Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier.

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This Terrier mix is also called the Jersey Terrier for whatever reason. They may be small in size, but their attitude is far from small. Jack Rats are feisty little dogs with a lot of personality.

They’re vigilant and alert by nature, but also possess a high level of energy that needs to be expended. Moreover, Jack Rats are courageous and brave. They won’t likely back down in the face of a threat.

Grooming can be time-consuming with these dogs. Although they have a short hair, Jack Rats have a double coat that sheds quite often. Daily brushing is a must to keep their coat in check.

Jack Rats play well with children, however, they have a high-prey drive. If you own any other small animals, including dogs, it’s a good idea to provide heavy socialization early on.

19. Snorkie

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Mini Schnauzer.

via Instagram: @grand_master_fluff

Most Snorkies are mixed with the Miniature Schnauzer, as well as the Yorkie. Both are widely popular toy Terrier breeds with a huge following. It’s expected the Snorkie would be popular too.

This Terrier mix is truly a people-loving dog. In fact, they tend to develop close bonds and relationships with their owner(s). They’re not as energetic as other dogs, so they’re a great candidate for an awesome lap dog.

It’s still important to help them get their daily dose of exercise, as they’re prone to become a bit overweight in the later years. Grooming is important because of the texture of the hair. Daily brushing is recommended to prevent any tangles on the coat.

If you’re looking for a somewhat calm and affectionate lap dog, the Snorkie is one of the best.

Why Get a Terrier Mix?

You already know Terriers provide some of the best and most unique mixes in the dogdom. But why get a Terrier mix instead of the thousands of other variations out there?

Terriers all have a unique attitude to them. They’re all confident and energetic to a certain degree, which I think is important for any dog. Big personalities make for better, or at least more interesting, pets.

Mixing a Terrier with a dog breed that has other outstanding qualities can give you a very balanced and unique dog. More often than not, mixed dogs inherit temperaments of the parents.

Plus, mixed dog breeds are generally healthier and more intelligent than their purebred counterparts.

Did I mention you can literally save a dog? The vast majority of shelters carry mixed dog breeds. And, I’m willing to bet that there will be plenty of Terrier mixes.

Where to Find Terrier Mixes

Finding a mixed dog breed can sometimes be a more difficult task than finding a purebred. There simply aren’t enough professional breeders that specializes in mutts unless they’re extremely popular designer dogs.

However, with a little time and patience, it is possible to find the Terrier mix you’re looking for. You just need to look in all the right places.

Pet Finder

PetFinder.com is a unique marketplace where potential owners can look for nearby dogs to adopt from real people. They have a great search filter if you’re looking for a specific color, breed, size, age range or temperament.

The best part is that Pet Finder is filled with tons of mixed dog breeds, including Terrier mixes. Keep an eye out for the mix of your choice, they’re bound to pop up.

Adopt A Pet

Adoptapet.com is similar to Pet Finder, in the sense that it’s a marketplace you can search for dogs to adopt. However, they’re almost like an “inventory database” for local animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Local animal shelters are a great way to find Terrier mixes, as most dogs are mutts. This tool can save you a great deal of time by showing you exactly what dogs are available.

Select your area and look at what these organizations have to offer.

Terrier Mix Breeders

My last suggestion is to find a specialized breeder for your specific Terrier mix. Sure, it may be difficult as there are way less breeders for mixed dogs. However, it’s not impossible.

The best tools to find mutt breeders is to dig a little online. Do a Google search for “dog name” + “location.” You can also check Yelp to see if there are nearby breeders.

Since Terrier mix breeders are relatively rare, you may need to drive out a little bit if this is the route you want to go.

Did we miss an Terrier mix that deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comments section. Also, what’s your favorite Terrier mix? Let us know.

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Terriers 101: A Guide to the Terrier Breeds

Updated July 10, 2019 Reading Time: 4 minutes

There’s nothing quite like Terrier pups. With their distinct features, unique personality and impressive history, this breed will keep you on your toes. Expect never to have a dull moment in your life with Terrier breeds by your side!

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What’s in a Name? Defining Terrier Breeds!

The name “Terrier” is a Latin word for ‘terra’, meaning ‘earth’. The Terrier Group was bred to hunt and kill vermin, badgers, moles, and foxes. This feisty breed would dig underground dens, burrow, then bark incessantly until the creatures they were hunting emerged.

The name can be misleading in this age of classifying breeds and grouping them. Most breeds with “Terrier” in their name belong to this group, but there are quite a few exceptions. A Miniature Schnauzer, for example, belongs to this group, whereas the American Kennel Club (AKC) has added the Yorkshire Terrier to the Toy Group, and the Boston Terrier to the Non-Sporting Group. It can all be rather confusing!

They Come in All Shapes and Sizes!

When you hear “Terrier”, it’s easy to jump to an image of a Norfolk or a Jack Russell, which are relatively small sized dogs. But let’s not forget that the group includes bigger breeds such as the Staffies and Airedales.

Average Weight and Size of Small Terrier Breeds

Small breeds generally weigh less than 22 pounds and are shorter than 16 inches.

Average Weight and Size of Medium Terrier Breeds

Medium breeds typically to weigh between 25-50 pounds are 18-25 inches in height.

Average Weight and Size of Large Terrier Breeds

Large breed pups weigh between 35-65 pounds and can be as tall as 30-32 inches!

The Coats and Colors of These Doggos!

So many breeds, so many coats and colors! Many Terrier breeds have short and smooth coats (such as the Jack Russell), and others, such as the Schnauzer, have a longer coat. What sets some Terrier breeds apart, however, is that infamous wire-haired coat.

The Wirehaired Terrier is Hard to Miss!

Wiry outer coats with dense, soft undercoats are common among this group. Often referred to as the “broken coat”, Wirehaired Terriers are quite easy to groom and require minimal brushing.

Pulling the fur from the undercoat – also known as “hand-stripping” – will help keep this breed from looking shaggy. The Border-, Welsh -, Norfolk-, and Norwich Terriers all have wirehaired coats.

-Some pups in this group have a long, soft, and shiny coat. The soft-coated Wheaton, for example, has a distinct coat that features a single coat of wavy wheat-colored hair – as opposed to the double-coat of most Terrier breeds.

On the other end of the spectrum, Staffies, as well as the Foxies sport short coats. These maintenance-free coats are the easiest of the Group – requiring minimal care apart from regular baths and occasional brushing.

These Dogs Have Character!

These dogs are firecrackers. Doggy dynamite! Many of them go from zero to a hundred with very little room for “chill” in between!

Temperament and Personality!

These doggos are famous – or infamous – for their sassy personalities and spirited natures. They are known to pick fights with dogs three times their size – they are fearless.

Thanks to their origin, this dog breed can become territorial of things they consider “theirs” – whether that is their favorite toy, the yard, or food. This translates to strangers, too. They are known for their barking at anyone or anything they come across – especially when it comes to ‘their’ home.

Furthermore, since this group was bred to chase, they make an ideal single-pet. They treat cats or other small pets as prey and will chase them nonstop. But, if raised from a young age with another fur companion, they will get along just fine.

Children can be an issue for these breeds since they are not very patient and prefer the spotlight shines only on them. They generally don’t give the ‘sharing is caring’ sentiment much thought!

Training these breeds can be difficult. They are stubborn and have a mind of their own. To train these dogs, you will always need to keep it fun and exciting. Make sure to keep training sessions short and full of rewards and praise.

These dogs have a lot of energy and require daily exercise. They bored easily and can become destructive without daily exercise. Exercise keeps both their body and mind active and helps prevent obesity – a common trait in smaller breeds.

Despite their oddities, these dogs make exceptional companions. They are loyal, fun-loving, and silly – often ‘performing’ for their owners for attention.

Types of Terriers! Here is a List of the Most Common Breeds of This Group:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Fox Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Rat Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Terrier Mix Puppies are Bound to Result in Bundles of Fun!

Yes, owning a purebred dog has its advantages. You know what you’re in for and what to expect in terms of looks and temperament. But there is a lot to be said for the benefits of adding some TerrOr genes so the mix!

Poodle Terrier Mix

The appearance and size are relative to which Terrier the Poodle is mixed with, but since the Poodle is the second most intelligent pup, expect a fearless, smart, and active dog!

Boglen Terrier

A Boglen is a mix between a Boston Terrier and Beagle. They have muscular yet small bodies along with square-shaped heads and floppy ears.

Boglen’s are known to be smart and active with a kind disposition towards their humans. They are confident, loyal, and like to be active. Boglen’s are also known for their affection for children as well as friendliness towards other family pets.

Schnauzer Terrier Mix

The Schnauzer-Terrier mix is often attentive and energetic. Terriers mixed with a Giant Schnauzer are calmer than their smaller counterparts. Those mixed with a Standard Schnauzer are smart and lively, while Miniature Schnauzer-Terrier mixes are playful and perky.

Some common breeds mixed with Schnauzer’s are Cairn Terriers (Carnauzer), Airedale’s (Schnairedale), and the Kerry Blue Terrier.

Chihuahua Terrier Mix

A common mixed breed, the Chihuahua-Terrier mixes are mostly bred as companion animals. A popular mix is the Ratchi: A Chihuahua – Rat Terrier mix.

Ratchis are short-haired and small with bat-like ears and an alert face. They tend to form a close bond with their human but are wary of strangers.

Terrier Puppies for Sale!

Are you ready to bring a Terrier home and turn the energy levels up a couple of notches? Here are a few things to consider when looking for a puppy:

How Much do These Bundles of Energy Cost?

The cost of a puppy depends on the specific breed, the breeder, and location. Expect to spend around $1,000 or more for a purebred puppy. This doesn’t include any additional costs such as food, toys, treats, and vet bills.

Not Looking for a Terrier Puppy?

With thousands of adult dogs in dire need of homes, why not consider adopting an adult or senior?

Your Local Animal Shelter Can Answer All Terrier Rescue Questions!

Contact a few of your local animal shelters to see if they have any Terrier or Terrier mixes available for adoption. The shelter will have adoption counselors that can answer questions you have about the dog you are interested in adopting.

Do keep in mind, though, that animal shelters will not always have the complete history of the dog – especially if they were strays. But, the shelter and veterinary staff are aware of the physical and personality traits of different breeds, so they will be able to provide general information about the dog you are interested in adopting!

Whether you’re looking to add a purebred doggo or mixed breed to your home, be ready for endless fun, entertainment and most of all, a whole lot of love.

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Designer dogs, designer crossbreed or designer breed is a crossbred dog that has purebred parents. There are different generations and hybrids (F1,F1b,F2,F2b,F3,etc) in designer dogs. These dogs are the result of a deliberate decision to create a specific hybrid dog.

How to predict a designer dog’s temperament?

The best way to determine the temperament of a designer dog breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed.

Here is a list of the most popular designer dog breeds:

Goldendoodle = Golden Retriever + Poodle

This is the most famous breed in our designer dog breeds list. Goldendoodles have been used as guide dogs, therapy dogs, diabetic dogs, search dogs and rescue dogs, as they have inherited the poodle’s intelligence and the golden retriever’s ease of training. Goldendoodles have also become increasingly used as domestic pets due to their affection towards families, as well as their friendliness and patience with kids and strangers.

Labradoodle = Labrador Retriever + Poodle

Like most Labrador Retrievers and poodles, Labradoodles are generally friendly, energetic and good with families and children. Labradoodles often display an affinity for water and strong swimming ability from their parent breeds.

Cavachon = Cavalier King Charles Spaniel + Bichon Frise

Cavachon is one of the cutest designer dog breeds with the gentleness and charm of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the playful friendliness of the Bichon. Cavachons are suitable for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets.

Maltipoo = Maltese + Poodle

With the intelligence of the Poodle and the sweetness of the Maltese, the Maltipoo breed makes a smart, darling designer dog and a loving companion. These hybrid dogs are cute and one of the smallest designer dogs on the list.

Schnoodle = Schnauzer + Poodle

Schnoodles may inherit any combination of intelligence, personality, temper and protective nature of the parent breeds. These designer dogs make good pets and are often devoted and affectionate to their family. Like both parent breeds, Schnoodles are usually active dogs and are impressive runners and jumpers.

Cockapoo = Cocker Spaniel + Poodle

Cockapoos have become a popular designer breed because they generally combine the outgoing, loving personality of the Cocker Spaniel with the low-shedding, low-dander qualities of the Poodle.

Yorkipoo = Yorkshire Terrier + Poodle

Yorkipoos are little hybrid dogs who are social, smart and trainable. For their size, Yorkipoos are rather energetic and get enough exercise running around the house. Yorkipoos are one of the smallest hybrid mixes on this list.

Puggle = Pug + Beagle

This hybrid mix has become quite common. Puggles are intelligent and playful. They don’t like being left alone for long periods of time and will greet you joyously when you return home.

Goldador = Golden Retriever + Labrador Retriever

Goldadors were bred to capture the sensitivity of the Golden Retriever and the tolerance of the Labrador Retriever in one hybrid designer dog breed. Its parents are the two most famous breeds in the world and their combination makes a unique designer dog.

Peekapoo = Pekingese + Poodle

Peekapoos make good watchdogs as they are not too comfortable with strangers. Like their Pekingese parent, they would try to protect their family members and would even growl or warn-bark at strangers, strange noises, and other dogs.

Lhasapoo = Lhasa Apso + Poodle

Lhasapoo designer breed makes a great apartment watchdog. They are miniature sized, hardy and healthy. Neither too small nor too big – this designer breed is just the right size for an apartment dog.

Pomsky = Pomeranian + Siberian Husky

This relatively new designer breed tends to be of the fluffy, cuddly variety, but there’s a lot of variation in Pomsky dogs. The Pomsky tends to be good natured and playful, gentle with kids and very lively.

Chorkie = Chihuahua + Yorkshire Terrier

Chorkies are a delightful cross between a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire Terrier with some dogs being tiny whereas other are small in size. Chorkies are very cute little dogs and since they first appeared on the scene, they have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people.

Pomapoo = Pomeranian + Poodle

Pomapoo hybrid is sometimes outgoing and friendly like the Poodle or can be of a more reserved nature like the Pomeranian. His coat and personality vary, depending on which breed ends up being dominant in his genetic makeup.

Terripoo = Australian Terrier + Poodle

The Terripoo, developed from an Australian Terrier and a Poodle, is a breed of small designer dogs characterized by an intelligent behavior, agile nature, and well-proportioned body.

Pugapoo = Pug + Poodle

Pugapoos are not very consistent in looks and can have a curly Poodle coat, a short Pug coat, or anything in between.

Sheepadoodle = Old English Sheepdog + Poodle

Sheepadoodle designer dog is a very calm, sweet and well-behaved family dog who is very loving and affectionate.

Mal-Shi = Maltese + Shih Tzu

One of the cutest designer dogs in the list, the Malshi is good natured, calm, hypoallergenic and good with kids.

Chiweenie = Chihuahua + Dachshund

Yappy miniature sized designer dog, the Chiweenie is small and long. While this hybrid dog is great with older children, it is not ideal for smaller children.

Frenchie Pug = French Bulldog + Pug

The Frenchie Pug is a medium cross breed known for being alert, cheerful, curious, gentle, intelligent, lively, loving, loyal, playful, and stubborn. It is the cross of the French Bulldog and Pug.

Doxiepoo = Dachshund + Poodle

The Doxiepoo is one of the most unpredictable crossbreeds, which means they could have the long body of the Dachshund and curly coat of a Poodle, or, he might have a Poodle’s body and Dachshund’s fur. There’s no way to predict which you’ll get!

Chug dog = Chihuahua + Pug

This designer breed can have a wide range of personalities, depending on whether he takes after his somewhat suspicious and imperious Chihuahua side or the sweetly comic Pug.

Pitsky = Pit Bull + Siberian Husky

The Pitsky is a handsome, muscular cross between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Siberian or Alaskan Husky. These dogs take on the traits of the parent breeds to make a great hiking companion.

Shihpoo = Shih Tzu + Poodle

This hybrid designer dog breed seems to have a way of cheering people up and making even the saddest person smile. He has a magnetic personality and people of all ages are drawn to him. Definitely one of the cutest designer dog breed in the list.

Poochin = Poodle + Japanese Chin

Perky, proud, and playful, the elegant Poochin is less hyperactive and less noisy than many other small designer dog breeds. This designer breed is also peaceful with other pets. Though this cross has an aristocratic demeanor and definite likes and dislikes, the Poochin is also bright, sensitive, and responsive.

What does f1, f1b, f2, f2b mean in designer dog breeding?

Crossbred dogs and designer dogs are often referred to as F1, F2, or F3, or even F1b or F2b. It is just the accepted nomenclature in which we can distinguish hybrid dog breeds between the different generations.

F1 dogs are the result of the breeding of two purebred dogs of different breeds. F2 dogs are the offsets resulting from the mating of two F1 hybrids.

What is the difference between F1 and F1b designer dogs?

F1 dogs are the result of the breeding of two purebred dogs of different breeds. F1b dogs are the result of backcrossing. i.e. breeding F1 with one purebred to enhance the characteristics of that breed in the designer dog.

Are designer dogs healthier than purebred dogs?

According to conventional wisdom, mixed-breed dogs are healthier than their purebred counterparts. On the surface, it makes sense: Dip too often into a shallow gene pool and the pet is more likely to inherit health problems.

The main problem with purebreds stems from the simple fact that to create a purebred puppy, breeders need two dogs from the exact same gene pool. This gene pool is already limited, but many dog breeders will use dogs from the same family gene pool to create more dogs (inbreeding).

While breeding designer dogs, when dog breeders mix two or more separate gene pools, the recessive genes that carry the health problems are buried. As a result, a healthier animal is born. Simply put, mixed-breed dogs are, in general, healthier than their purebred cousins and typically require fewer visits to the veterinarian.

Goldendoodle, Jackabee, and Raggle. At first glance, these names sound like they might be recently released Crayola crayon colors…right? Wrong! Those are actually the registered names of designer dog breeds as given by the International Designer Canine Registry.

You might be wondering if a designer dog is just an over-priced canine that you can find in the “fancy” section of the pet store. Yes, you’re likely to pay a higher price for one of these breeds, but a designer dog is much more complex than just a mixed breed dog—they’re a cross between two purebred dogs, meaning they’re from the first generation of offspring.

Typically, designer dogs are given a name that combines the two purebred parents’ breeds. Take a goldendoodle, for example. A goldendoodle is a mix of a golden retriever and a poodle—both purebred dogs with sought-after qualities.

People often purchase designer dogs when looking for certain qualities from different breeds. A goldendoodle sheds significantly less than a golden retriever, due to the poodle gene, but often has the family-friendly disposition of a golden retriever.

Wondering if you have a designer breed on your hands? Or perhaps you’d just like to learn which parent your mixed breed inherited the most traits from. Dog DNA tests can provide valuable insight into your dog’s genetics. This test, in particular, receives high marks for accuracy.

Read below to see some of today’s most popular designer dog breeds.

1. Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever + Poodle)

These hybrid dogs are intelligent, friendly, and affectionate, with moderate activity levels requiring daily exercise. Just like their parent breeds, goldendoodles are fast learners and great companion dogs who love to be around their favorite people. Their friendly disposition makes them excellent therapy dogs.

Like many hybrid breeds, these dogs are considered hypoallergenic, which potentially makes them a better option for people with dog allergies.

2. Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever + Poodle)

This hybrid dog is a cross between two intelligent and friendly breeds—the Labrador retriever and the poodle. They sport shaggy, curly coats that require routine maintenance. This designer breed is often available for adoption in shelters, so check out your local rescue if you’re interested in a labradoodle.

3. Puggle (Pug + Beagle)

This darling designer crossbreed likes to be around children. Their beagle characteristics include speed and energetic activity, while their pug traits manifest as affection and cuddliness. On average, a puggle will live between 10-15 years.

They can inherit the trademark “squished mug” look from their pug parent, or they can have a longer beagle-esque snout. If they inherit the shortened pug nose, they might suffer from breathing problems common to pugs.

4. Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle)

This scruffy-coated designer dog is a cross between two intelligent and loveable dog breeds—the cocker spaniel and the poodle. Their look can vary widely, with a weight range of 6 to 30 pounds, and a coat that can have a kaleidoscope of colors and markings and sometimes appears curly.

The cockapoo is people-oriented, friendly, and charming. They also need to exercise frequently.

5. Schnoodle (Poodle + Schnauzer)

The Schnoodle is a smart and attentive designer dog, deriving these traits from both of their parent breeds. These qualities make them exceptional watchdogs.

They have a curly coat of hair that requires regular trimming and maintenance.

6. Goldador (Golden Retriever + Labrador Retriever)

Due to the traits inherited from their retriever parents, the goldador is an easily trained designer dog, making them the perfect candidate for a variety of roles. They excel as guide dogs, on search and rescue teams, and with drug searches.

The goldador is a large and athletic breed, with an average weight between 60-80 pounds.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these hybrids to inherit some of the health problems found in retrievers, such as hip dysplasia.

7. Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier + Poodle)

Hardly tipping the scale at 4-14 pounds, the yorkipoo is an energetic and playful crossbreed. These dogs like to be around people, but they’re not particularly cuddly. They can also be “barky.” They’re an intelligent hybrid, but they usually respond better to positive reinforcement.

8. Pomsky (Pomeranian + Husky)

A relatively new crossbreed, the pomsky looks like a miniature version of the Siberian husky—incredibly adorable and very popular. These are extremely small dogs, so pet owners with younger children need to practice caution.

The pomsky has a moderate activity level. They come in a variety of colors and have a double coat that needs to be brushed regularly.

9. Maltipoo (Maltese + Miniature Poodle)

It’s no wonder the maltipoo is such a popular designer breed. This adorably tiny hybrid dog keeps their sweet puppy look into adulthood. They tend to bark a lot, but if you work to curb this behavior immediately, it shouldn’t be a major issue.

Make sure to get your maltipoo from a reputable breeder to ensure he isn’t at risk for certain health issues or prone to undesirable behaviors.

10. Chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkshire Terrier)

Another tiny crossbreed, the chorkie typically clocks in at a whopping eight to ten pounds, making them more suitable for families with older children who will handle them gently.

Usually, chorkies have long silky hair that doesn’t shed terribly but does need to be brushed regularly. Like their parent breeds, chorkies are intelligent and trainable, but they can also be spirited and stubborn. They’re a bundle of energy, too—so be prepared for regular playtime!

11. Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel + Bichon Frise)

This sweet-natured designer dog is friendly, playful, and usually gets along well with children. Their silky, wavy coat can be on the longer side and can be a variety of colors. They’re also smart and eager to learn.

Finding a Reputable Designer Dog Breeder

Step number one: do your research. Sadly, there are many puppy mills posing as reputable breeders along with a lot of online scams. Be aware of these, and reach out to different online forums for conversations about getting your future furry family member.

Be sure to ask questions, make arrangements to meet the parent dogs, and ultimately—follow your gut. If something seems off when you visit a breeder, or a puppy seems too good to be true, there’s likely something fishy going on. The American Kennel Club also offers resources for finding a breeder, with strict guidelines on who they let participate.

From goldendoodles to cavachons, designer dogs are becoming more and more popular. Just a few years ago, “designer dog” wasn’t even a widely used term. Now, according to Pet Care RX, there are over 500 designer dog breeds, and the list is still growing! That’s another 500+ dogs to love!

Do you have a designer dog breed that you adore? Tell us about it below!

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The internet is full of a lot of bad things, but it’s also full of adorable images and videos of our beloved pets. There’s nothing that cheers you up quite as fast as a cute dog doing something peculiar. In case you need a little cheering up, we’ve collected the cutest small dog breeds to lift your mood.

You’re not the only one with an affection for cute small dog breeds. The AKC’s most popular breeds for 2016 included Pomeranians, Yorkies and miniature schnauzers. Uh, yeah, because they’re adorable. Take a look at these popular small dog breeds.

1. Yorkshire terrier

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Lovingly referred to as the “Yorkie,” the Yorkshire terrier is the ultimate cutie in small breeds. Not only are they tiny (some are even “teacup”!), but the Yorkshire terrier is a small breed with a big personality and perfect as a companion on the go. Yorkies have been a “fashionable” pet since the late Victorian era.

2. Papillon

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Another breed that makes an excellent companion, the papillon is a loyal and loving friend. Great with kids and families, this pint-size pup makes an excellent watchdog. Calm but alert, it is extremely protective of its master. A papillon’s most distinctive feature is its large butterfly ears.

3. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

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Not only is the Cavalier King Charles spaniel adorable, but it loves to cuddle, too! A member of the toy group, this pup is gentle and extremely caring of its family. These dogs are considered to be very elegant, possibly the reason Charlotte York from Sex and the City had one. One of the most popular in small breeds, it’s a dog worthy of all of your love.

4. Brussels griffon

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Some may think that the Brussels griffon isn’t the most attractive dog on the planet, but it sure is cute. A bit awkward looking, Brussels griffons are smart, adaptable and cat-friendly. What they lack in appearance they make up for with their ability to perform a variety of tricks. Not great with kids, it’ll make a single owner a very happy one.

Up next: Boston terrier

A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.

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When a pure-bred dog is bred with a pure-bred from a different breed the result is a distinctive crossbreed or mixed breed pup which combines the most notable properties of both. The debate about whether mixed breeds or pure-bred dogs are better has raged for many years but of late mixed breed dogs have become fashionable. Sometimes called designer dogs, fans claim that crossbreeding results in adorable puppies that combine the best characteristics of both breeds.

It is true that pure-bred dogs possess a set of predictable characteristics including temperament, size and color. To a very great extent, the dog owner knows what kind of dog their puppy will grow into and can determine what kind of breed will best suit their home and lifestyle. However, pedigree dogs are frequently susceptible to genetic disease. While all puppies are vulnerable to defective genes, a pedigree pup is at a higher risk of inheriting genetic conditions because of the potential that its parents, belonging to the same breed, share many of the same genes including the faulty ones.

Mixed breed dogs or mutts tend to be healthier and have a longer lifespan because of this. However, they can be prone to behavioral issues and if you get a mixed bred puppy there’s no telling what size he will grow to. When one adorable breed is crossed with another adorable breed the result is simply adorable. And the hybrid names are adorable too.

Here’s a list of our picks for the top 20 and most popular mixed breed dogs:

20. Pitsky: Pitbull & Husky

A cross between a Pitbull and a Husky, the Pitsky is a loyal companion with boundless energy. They carry characteristics of both parent breeds but each one looks different. They are strong, stocky and solidly built and can have the short hair, characteristic of the pitbull, or a longer coat which would be associated with the husky. They come in a range of colors. Many can present with the characteristic Huskey blue eyes. Pitskies are great dogs for warmer climates, which Huskies don’t thrive in. They are a terrific companion for a very active owner. They’re incredibly active dogs and so require an enormous amount of exercise like hiking, running and carrying a load. They’re unsuited to apartment living or sedentary owners and an unhappy Pitsky can be destructive. Pitskies are sociable creatures and experience anxiety if left on their own for long hours.

19. Chusky: Chow Chow & Husky

The Chusky is a cross between a Husky and a Chow Chow and have only recently been recognized as a designer breed. Chuskies are cute fluffy balls of pure affection. They’re great dogs with children. They look like a cuddly bear and often have beautiful furry coats, a sweet and gentle temperament and a playful nature. They don’t usually enjoy a great rapport with other dogs but they bond ferociously with their owners and can be very protective of those they love. They inherit high energy levels from their Husky genes and need heaps of exercise and skillful training.

18. Labsky: Labrador & Husky

Labskies, also known as Siberian Retrievers, unsurprisingly thrive in an energetic outdoorsy household. They inherit a love of water from their Labrador genetic heritage and are as much fun as they are good-looking. They’re intelligent and easily learn tricks. They are patient pets and are usually very calm. Like many Husky mixed breeds, they are not suitable for inactive families.
Labskies are big dogs and they can often have distinguishing, stunning blue eyes. It’s not unusual for them to have enchanting multi-colored eyes. Because they tend to shed they do need regular brushing.

17. Chug: Pug & Chihuahua

Pug and Chihuahua mixed breeds are adorable small dogs. What they lack in stature, they make up for in self-esteem which they inherit from both sides. This can make them aggressive and challenging to bigger dogs. Because they present little threat, larger dogs mostly ignore their preposterous stance. At their best, they inherit the endearing cuteness of their Chihuahua parentage and are affectionate and friendly. They require less exercise than other breeds and readily adapt to their owner’s lifestyle. If they have a lot of Pug genetic material they can enjoy their food a little too much and owners need to take care that they don’t become overweight.

16. Beagleman: Beagle & Doberman Pinscher.

Beaglemans are designer dogs which combine Beagles and Doberman Pinschers. They are medium sized dogs and usually inherit the beautiful Beagle large eyes. The mixed breed dogs inherit traits from both parents and are intelligent, loyal and energetic. They fare well with other dogs and pets and are really sharp learners and can learn tricks making them entertaining companions. And don’t forget about their guard dog abilities.

15. Cocker-Pei: Shar-pei & Cocker Spaniel

These adorable pooches are the result of breeding a Cocker Spaniel and a Shar-pei. Their characteristic wrinkles and gentle nature make them almost impossible to resist. They thrive with moderate to light levels of exercise and enjoy the company of humans and other dogs. They are real pleasers making them first-rate canine companions. But remember, these are part Cocker Spaniel so they can be a little rambunctious at times.

14. Pomsky: Pomeranian & Husky

Pomskies are almost too cute to behold. The furry puppies which are produced when a Pomeranian is crossed with a Husky will melt even the hardest heart. Think beautiful Husky look but in miniature. They are small and incredibly sweet. However some controversy has surrounded these mixed breed dogs as they have an unpredictable temperament. They are therefore not suited to families with small children, especially as they can be very jealous of the children.

13. German Sherpei: German Shepherd & Shar-pei

German Sherpei’s are one of the tallest mixed breeds around it have long legs and usually a short coat. Both breeds are calm and intelligent and they make excellent working dogs and the cross bred German Sherpei inherits these traits. If there’s one thing that owners can also agree on with this mix, it’s that they are visually one of the most stunning mixed breeds around. Long legs aside, the traits passed from Shepherd and Shar-Pei blend extremely well.

12. Horgi: Corgi & Husky

The Husky and Corgi hybrid is unlikely to succeed in a role as a watchdog. They warm quickly to strangers and are not known for a territorial temperament. They inherit friendly natures from both sides of their lineage and have a fabulously friendly disposition. Their size is somewhat unpredictable and depends whether their Corgi or Husky genes are dominant. If they lean more towards the Husky side than can grow to be very large. Fully-grown Horgis can weigh between 20 and 50 pounds.

11. Bullpug: Pug & English Bulldog

Bullpugs, also known as Mini Bulldogs, are produced when Pugs are bred with Bulldogs. The result is implausibly charming as they usually weigh less than 30 pounds. Their tiny size makes them suitable for apartment and small home living and they do not require heaps of exercise. They are fragile little dogs and need plenty of affection and care and make ideal and delightful lapdogs.

10. Shepherd Chow: Chow Chow & German Shepherd

The Shepard Chow is a fusion of German Shepherd and Chow Chow and they inherit terrific traits from both sides of their lineage. This is a smart dog that needs to be stimulated so as not to become bored. Shepherd Chows make excellent watchdogs as they are loyal and sharp witted but they are not naturally inclined get along well with children and other animals.

9. Shorgi: Corgi & Shih Tzu

When breeders mix Corgis and Shih Tzus they produce Shorgis. They are obedient little dogs who tend towards the territorial traits of their parents. Although they are suspicious of strangers they have a fun-loving nature. They need moderate exercise and require regular grooming. Also, don’t fall into the trap of doing what these little guys want! Often times they are just too cute to refuse anything but remember you need to establish dominance early with these guys.

8. Puggle: Beagle & Pug

With cute looks and a fun-loving personality, this Beagle–Pug combination is a robust little dog with a playful spirit. A Puggle is curious mix of lapdog, which ist inherited from the Pug roots and independence, from the Beagle genes. They are incredibly child friendly pooches. If it takes after the Pug side of the family, Puggles tend to sniffle and snore but their pleasing natures and cute looks make them a favorite designer mix.

7. Corgipoo: Toy Poodle & Corgi

If a Corgipoo doesn’t melt your heart, nothing will. They are an amalgam of a Welsh Corgi and a Toy Poodle and are stubby-legged little pooches. They are mischievous, gentle and hypoallergenic which makes them an ideal pet for children. Corgipoos have sweet faces and are full of energy and fun. They are quick to tire which means they thrive on a few short walks a day. These lively and affectionate mixed breeds adapt well to most households.

6. Goberian: Siberian Husky & Golden Retriever

Goberians are very popular hybrid breeds that combine Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky. They may look more like a Husky than a Retriever depending on which genes are more dominant. Goberians inherit good temperament traits from both sides of the family tree. This medium size dog is known for its intelligence, loyalty and sociability. They are keen to please and very sharp which makes them easy to train. They thrive when they are outdoors in the company of people and are an excellent playmate for older children. Goberians can be very independent and because they have a tendency to roam they require a secure enclosure.

5. Maltipoo: Poodle & Maltese

One part Maltese, one part Poodle, Maltipoos are highly adaptable and can fit into many different home environments. This is dog with a fun-loving and affectionate nature. These darling little dogs often have curly or scruffy coats and maintain their puppy good looks and puppy outlook as adult dogs. Although they are bred to be hypo-allergenic not all Maltipoos are. They are very cuddly, outgoing and optimistic in outlook. While they can be mischievous little imps it is impossible to be cross with them because of their tiny cute faces and loving personalities.

4. Yorkipoo: Yorkshire Terrier and Miniature Poodle

A cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Poodle yields a dog that is especially suited to smaller homes and apartment life. These charming little scamps are entertainers at heart. They are wonderfully playful and affectionate. You will fall in love with their lively antics and teaching them new tricks. Depending on which side of the genes are stronger Yorkipoos can be hypoallergenic and they fit into many different kinds of lifestyles. Yorkipoos are a perfect buddy for young children or empty nesters. Although they don’t tend towards aggression they are very confident and tend to bark and yap a great deal especially at bigger dogs.

3. Peekapoo: Pekingese & Poodle.

The hilariously named Peekapoo is a loyal and loving little dog who forms strong bonds with its owner. This Pekingese–Poodle hybrid makes an excellent companion that can be quite overprotective of the people it loves. Peekapoos can inherit the poodle genes which make them hypoallergenic and therefore suitable for people who suffer from allergies.
They are smart little dogs and a joy to train. They crave affection and are happiest cuddled up on their owners lap. Because they are such loving and social little creatures they do tend to experience anxiety if left alone for long periods.

2. Schnoodle: Schnauzer & Poodle

The Schnauzer-Poodle mix is an alert, fun-loving and loyal little dog. They could scarcely be any cuter but they inherit strongly protective genes from the Schnauzer side. Although their size is not predictable they tend towards being smaller. Like all the best designer dogs they combine the best temperament and personality traits of both parent breeds. Like the Poodle they are joyful and even roguish but a wonderful willingness to please. From the Schnauzer side of the family they inherit a sturdiness not found in other cute hybrid dog breeds. They are very active dogs and thrive when given a lot of exercise. They make great jogging partners love playing fetch and chase. They adore company and novelty and travel very well in a vehicle which makes them easily portable on a family vacation.

1. Labradoodle: Labrador & Poodle.

Its no surprise that the previous first family’s dog comes top of our list of mixed breed dogs. This intelligent and friendly dog combines all the best of both popular breeds. They are level-headed and affectionate dogs that have an adorable scruffy or curly coat and usually come in the typical Labrador colors of blond, black or brown. They are wonderfully self-confident and get along with people and other animals alike. Their easy going and playful natures make them the choice best friend for many families young and old.

One of the most fulfilling things you can do is to raise a dog. Many owners will agree. In fact, the dog ownership has steadily been rising in the last few decades. From the year 2000 to 2017, pet dogs in the United States have increased from 68 million to 90 million dogs.

However, most people that I talk to who are looking to raising a dog are looking specifically at purebred dogs. Whether its because they want a “guaranteed look” or think less of mutts, this unfortunate phenomenon is happening.

But here’s the truth. Other than certain physical characteristics, there is absolutely no difference between a purebred and mutt dog. Rather, i’d argue it may be better to get a mixed breed.

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Why Get a Mixed Dog Breed?

There are way too many reasons why you should get a mixed dog breed instead. I don’t want to spend too much time here making my case, but here are my three favorite reasons.

1. Mutt Dogs are (Often) Healthier

This is a long-standing argument among scientists, researchers and veterinarians. However, the theory is simple. More gene diversity in mutt dogs means they’re less likely to develop hereditary diseases and disorders.

The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association did a study in 2013, involving roughly 90,000 dogs. What they found was that purebred dogs were more likely to develop 10 different genetic disorders compared to mutts. These disorders ranged anywhere from cataracts to hypothyroidism.

On the other hand, it can be argued that most of these genetic disorders are caused by recessive genes. This means that both parents would need the rarer recessive gene for the offspring to develop these disorders.

2. You Can Literally Rescue a Dog

According to the ASPCA, roughly 70 – 75% of all dogs in shelters are mutt dogs. If you don’t give these mixed dogs a chance, then you’re essentially eliminating the vast majority of dogs in shelters.

Needless to say, all dogs need a loving family. Often times, they need a better situation even more. There’s nothing better than bringing home a dog you had just rescued from a difficult situation. They could have been abused, abandoned or severely neglected.

Whatever the reason, you will be providing the rescue dog with another chance. And, you can bet they’ll love you even more for rescuing them.

3. Mixed Dogs are Smarter

Surprise, surprise! Despite popular belief, mixed dog breeds are considered more intelligent than their purebred counterparts. At least, according to the scientific study conducted by Aberdeen University.

Researchers tested 100 dogs, both mutts and purebreds, through seven intelligence and psychology tests.

These trials included complex mazes, spatial awareness tests and various problem solving tests. In the end, mutt dogs performed much better on these tests.

However, the breeds in the mutt were a significant factor. The best performing mutt was a collie-spaniel mix. Both of which, are highly intelligent dog breeds on their own.

The Best Mixed Dogs

There are almost an infinite number of mixed dog breeds. However, these are our favorite mixes. Everything from the Gerberian Shepsky to the Yorkipoo – we think you should really see these 21 dogs!

1. Horgi

Parent Breeds: Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Siberian Husky.

The Corgi and Husky are perhaps two of the most popular dog breeds, at least among internet dog jokes and dog puns. It only makes sense to crossbreed the two, right? Call them the Horgi, Siborgi or the Corgsky – whatever you prefer.

They’re energetic, affectionate and have lively personalities. There is never a dull moment with a Horgi. They can be a bit difficult to train, but novice owners should have no problem with firm positive reinforcement.

A Horgi often has the body shape of the corgi – short legs and long body – but have facial features of the Husky. The most notable husky characteristic is the unique colored eyes, which appear in some Horgis, but not all.

What makes this crossbred so popular is that they retain most of the best physical characteristics from both breeds. The iconic short stature and legs of the corgi paired with the fluffy curly tail and coat, make this mutt such an adorable dog.

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2. Pitsky

Parent Breeds: Pit Bull and Siberian Husky.

Pit Bulls are often listed on top of the most dangerous dogs list. On the other hand, Huskies are perceived as ridiculously humorous dogs. What a combination of dog breeds.

So, the logical reasoning was to crossbreed the two and get a less serious Pit Bull mix. Surely enough, the Pitsky is the combination of these two popular dog breeds and achieves just that.

These mutt dogs retain the head shape, body physique and tail of the Pit Bull. However, the most noticeable husky features are the long propped ears and blue-ish white husky eyes. The ears may vary from dog to dog, but the eyes are usually noticeably unique.

Pitskies aren’t recommended for non-active owners. With their intense energy levels, expect to play play play with them. And despite all the talk of the “dangerous Pit Bulls,” Pitskies are more loving than you think.

READ MORE: The Energetic and Playful Pitsky

3. Gerberian Shepsky

Parent Breeds: German Shepherd and Siberian Husky.

The Gerberian Shepsky combines two of the hardest working dog breeds: the German Shepherd and Husky. So it’s safe to say the Gerberian inherits this characteristic as well.

Gerberians are highly intelligent dogs that can thrive with a variety of roles. They have a sturdy frame with lightning-quick agility, making them excellent police dogs or companions for those with active lifestyles.

Despite their fierce looks, they’re quite affectionate, loyal and sociable. A Gerberian is an outstanding family dog and can even do well in an environment with children.

However, owning a Gerberian Shepsky is no easy task. Be ready to exercise as these dogs require a ton of physical and mental stimulation. You can try obedience training and fun dog games, such as frisbee.

They’re great pets for large families because everyone can participate in the responsibilities of these wonderful dogs. It makes keeping one much easier and manageable.

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4. Cavachon

Parent Breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise.

Among all mixed dog breeds, the Cavachon is by far the most sweet-tempered. A crossbreed of the Cavalier King Charles and Bichon Frise, the Cavachon is happiest in the lap of a loving owner. They are the ultimate lap dogs.

For owners that just want to cuddle all day with their dog, the Cavachon is for you. Highly adaptable, these dogs can thrive in any environment. The only thing they need is love and attention.

In recent years, Cavachons have quickly become one of the most popular mixed dog breeds. It’s because living with a Cavachon can be a life full of rewarding moments. They’re calm, quiet, sensible and optimistic – all the right traits for the ultimate companion dog.

Cavachons get along great with both children and adults. There’s not a single aggressive bone in these dogs. In fact, i’d probably worry more about the kids mistreating this dog than the other way around.

READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to the Cavachon

5. Goberian

Parent Breeds: Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky.

Combining two of the most popular family dog breeds gives you a Goberian – the Golden Retriever Husky mix. They’re highly intelligent, extremely friendly and a little wacky. There’s just so much to love with a Goberian.

However, there are a few things to consider with the Goberian. Because of their double coat, a hot climate is not ideal for these mixed dogs. Plus, they need a good amount of exercise on the daily basis with a decently large backyard.

There can be a lot of variations in mixed dog breeds, including the Goberian. But one thing that is certain is their immense loyalty. They love their family and will always have their back.

Goberians are some of the best family dogs – mixed or purebred. If you’re looking for a companion dog, they can literally fit perfectly into any family.

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6. Chiweenie

Parent Breeds: Chihuahua and Dachshund.

The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed in the world. In addition, the Dachshund isn’t much bigger. As a result, this awesome mixed breed weighs just 5 to 10 pounds and stands 12 inches tall at most.

If size is what you’re looking for in your mutt dog, the Chiweenie is not the way to go. However, if you’re looking for a lap dog with a bright personality, consider the Chiweenie.

When playing with kids, keep in mind how fragile the Chiweenie actually is. They’re small, so they may not appreciate playing with rowdy kids. Younger children that don’t understand how to interact with animals may not be best interacting with these dogs.

A Chiweenie is protective by nature. With that said, it’s especially important to provide socialization at an early age. Without any, they can develop into an aggressive dog in adulthood.

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7. Pomsky

Parent Breeds: Pomeranian and Siberian Husky.

There’s a lot to love with the Pomeranian Husky mix, or the “Pomsky” for short. They’re adorable, playful and a little bit silly. But most importantly, they love to be around people. Pomskies are the happiest with family and in the center of attention.

The one drawback of the Pomsky mix is grooming. You see that fluffy glamorous coat? Well, it takes quite a bit of time to groom as they shed like no other. Expect locks of fur around the house, especially during shedding season (spring, fall).

On the plus side, they highly adaptable. In fact, they’re perfect for apartment living given their small size. Obviously they’ll do fine in cold weather but they can also tolerate warm climate better than you think.

With a Pomsky, early socialization and obedience training is necessary. They can be aloof with strangers and may even develop aggression towards them without socialization. They aren’t the best with children, but can manage with proper training.

Still, the Pomsky is one of the best and most popular mixed dog breeds. With a fluffy coat and an affectionate temperament, it’s easy to see why.

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8. Yorkipoo

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle

The Yorkipoo is truly a designer dog with some of the best qualities. A cross between two of the most beloved toy dog breeds, the Yorkie Poodle mix is a fun-loving and affectionate dog perfect for nearly any situation.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in an apartment or a large house, the key to a Yorkipoo’s happiness is a loving family/owner. They love to play and will play hard. On the other hand, they’ll be perfectly content relaxing from the comfort of your lap.

The only downside of this mixed dog breed is its tendency to bark. A Yorkipoo will often bark at anything and anyone. If you can’t stand this, then this breed may not be for you.

For those that don’t mind the barking, you’ll need the energy to match these dogs. Though small, Yorkipoos seem as if they have unlimited energy.

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9. Border Aussie

Parent Breeds: Border Collie and Australian Shepherd.

What happens when you mix two of the best herding dogs in the world? You get the Border Aussie – the ultimate mixed breed for herding. Lazy owners be wary, this is one of the hardest dog breed you’ll ever meet.

Unless you have a very active style or live on a farm with livestock, the Border Aussie is not recommended. They require a huge amount of daily exercise, which may not be easy for the average owner. And don’t even think about sticking them in an apartment!

Border Aussies are social dogs and are very affectionate with people. They’re the best versions of themselves when they have a specific task to do.

This can be herding (duh) or even obedience training. As long as they’re stimulated mentally and physically, they’ll be happy. However they really get more joy when they’re doing the activity with the owner.

Still, I wouldn’t recommend this mixed breed for first time owners or novice trainers.

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10. Bernedoodle

Parent Breeds: Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle.

Big and fluffy, the Bernedoodle is one of the most loving companion dogs with a goofy personality. Not only are they intelligent and clever, but also calm. As a result, they’ve become popular mutt dogs among families all over the world.

The best part of these dogs is their ability to befriend anyone. They’ll be cautious around new strangers, but in no time, they’ll be playing with any friendly human. Bernedoodles are perfect for both children and elders, as they have a gentle side to them.

As for dog training, the Bernedoodle is easy to deal with, even for new and inexperienced owners. The Poodle side is probably where they get their smarts. However, the Bernese Mountain Dog side makes them very eager to please and learn.

Considering how much hair they have, they don’t really shed much. However, they still do especially during shedding season. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog, the purebred Poodle may be a better option.

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11. Boxador

Parent Breeds: Labrador Retriever and Boxer.

The Boxador is truly a unique blend, combining two very different yet amazing dog breeds. On one hand, the Boxer is playful and full of energy. On the other, the Labrador Retriever is loyal and affectionate. The Boxador gives you the best of both worlds.

It’s no surprise the Boxador is one of the most popular designer dogs in the world. In fact, both parent breeds consistently make the list of top ten most popular dog breeds.

Though athletic and energetic, the Boxadors are extremely friendly and affectionate towards people. Like many breeds, they love to be the center of attention and appreciate being involved with family activities.

Despite their friendly temperaments, the Boxadors play best with older children. They’re not aggressive by nature but their excitement can lead them into unintentionally knocking over a small child. Always supervise your kid’s play time with them.

For a family, Boxadors are some of the best mixed dog breeds on the market. You can’t go wrong and you’ll be lucky to own such a caring dog.

12. Morkie

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese.

The Morkie mix breed is a combination of two very popular toy dog breeds – the Yorkie and Maltese. The combination of the two gives you a small dog with a huge personality.

Originating from the United States, this mixed breed can vary greatly in appearance. Some may look more like the Maltese, while others more like a Yorkie. In addition, ears can be erect or floppy depending on which side the dog takes more from.

Despite the variance in looks, majority of Morkies come in a brown, black or white coat. Plus, they all have long, curly and soft hair. With that in mind, a Morkie requires daily brushing and it’s recommended they get a haircut every 2 months or so.

If you’re okay with grooming, a Morkie is a top choice for a designer toy dog. They tend to get attached to the owner(s) and have a playful and affectionate personality. They’re a little bundle of joy.

However, they can be a little stubborn at times, which is common among dogs in the Terrier group (Yorkshire Terrier side).

13. Bullmatian

Parent Breeds: Dalmatian and Bulldog.

It’s not every day you run into one of these. The Bullmatian is the uncommon mix between a Dalmatian and Bulldog. Although rare, the Bullmatian deserves more popularity than they actually get.

As you can see, the Bullmatian takes the physical body shape of a Bulldog. However, their coats are usually always spotted like a Dalmatian. They’re easy to identify if you ever come across one.

The best thing about these mixed dogs is their temperaments. They’re less aggressive than you think and have a charming personality once you get to know them. They can be loving and social creatures as well.

For some owners, the amount of energy they come with may be a turn off. Bullmatians are always filled with enthusiasm and demand a lot of attention from the owner.

However, if you can provide affection and plenty of play time, the Bullmatian is an excellent choice for a companion and family dog. They do great with both individual owners and families.

14. Corgidor

Parent Breeds: Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Labrador.

The Corgidor combines America’s most popular dog, the Labrador, with one of the internet’s most popular dog breed – the Corgi. What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing!

Corgidors have an unusual physical appearance. They’re not as small as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, but often retain their signature short and stumpy legs. But everything about the head, from the droopy ears to the snout, resembles that of a Labrador Retriever.

The Corgidor is an excellent worker and often needs an active lifestyle to stay happy. Don’t mistake their short legs for lack of athleticism. They can run and jump with great agility.

Personality can vary and depends on how you train them, especially in puppyhood. Corgis tend to be a little protective and territorial, whereas Labs are affectionate and friendly to a fault. It’s likely a Corgidor will be somewhere in between.

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15. Beagador

Parent Breeds: Labrador Retriever and Beagle.

The Beagador is a hybrid of the Labrador and Beagle. For the most part, they look similar to a normal Lab. However, they tend to have larger ears, which is inherited from the Beagle side. In addition, they’re slightly smaller than purebred Labradors.

The “special skill” of the Beagle is tracking with its keen nose. And according to owners, that nose tend to carry over to the Beagador in most cases. Likewise, the friendliness and charm of a Labrador is usually seen with this mixed breed.

Beagles are often listed as one of the 10 least intelligent dog breeds. However, they’re just misunderstood because they’re so caught up with their sense of smell. The Beagador, on the other hand, is a bit more balanced.

Beagadors can be very affectionate and eager to please. For this reason, they’re usually much easier to train than a purebred Beagle.

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16. ShiChi

Parent Breeds: Shih Tzu and Chihuahua.

A hybrid of the Shih Tzu and Chihuahua, the ShiChi has quietly become one of the most popular designer dogs in America. With its adorable looks and bright personality, the ShiChi has been winning the hearts of people all over the world.

Bred from two toy dogs, the ShiChi weighs between 5 and 12 pounds and stands no more than 11 inches tall. They have round heads with large almond-shaped eyes that’ll make any dog lover fall in love.

These dogs can vary in coat colors, as they come in black, white, cream, fawn, brown or a combination. In addition, length of the coat will depend on the parentage – some will have long hair and others short. As for long hair ShiChis, double coats with curly hair are typical.

Due to their small size, they are fragile dogs. And although they’re always down to play, small children can unintentionally hurt these dogs. Constant rough play can mentally affect these dogs, as they tend to have low tolerance for such play.

With proper socialization and obedience training, the ShiChi will be the perfect complement to any family.

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17. Corgimatian

Parent Breeds: Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Dalmatian.

Of the all the hybrid dog breeds on this list, the Corgimatian may take the cake for the rarest. Blending the Dalmatian with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi will get you an unusual looking spotted Corgi. Still cute as any other mixed dog.

Because there are so few Corgimatians, there is little information on these dogs. However, we do know that the Corgi Dalmatian mix is good-natured with a playful attitude. In other words, they can make fantastic companions for households.

These dogs are brimming with energy and eagerness to play. Depending on the parentage, the Corgimatian can have herding instincts, coming from the Corgi side. If that’s the case, small kids should not be allowed to play with this dog unsupervised.

If you’re lucky enough to find this unique mixed dog, consider the Corgimatian.

18. Chusky

Parent Breeds: Chow Chow and Siberian Husky.

Often referred to as the Chowski, the Chow Chow Husky mix is one of the most unusual crosses in the dogdom. But similar to the savory sweet taste of peanut butter and jelly, it just somehow works.

The Chusky weighs up to 65 pounds and can be as tall as 23 inches. A large fluffy mixed dog is not a big surprise as both parents are the same. The main difference is the coat color, as the Chusky can come in brown, red, white, pied, cream or a combination.

Chuskies are also fantastic companions because they tend to develop a strong bond with the owner(s). Plus, they play well with older kids, especially those in the family. The downfall of their affection is their tendency to be overly protective.

To prevent an aggressive adult Chusky, make sure you provide a ton of socialization with both people and other dogs at an early age. They’ll grow up to be a much more balanced dog.

Like the parent Husky, this mixed dog breed has a ton of energy. Make sure you have the time to provide daily exercise for these dogs. Without sufficient play, they can become destructive.

19. Chug

Parent Breeds: Chihuahua and Pug.

The Chug is a hybrid of two of the most amusing small dog breeds – the Chinese Pug and the Chihuahua. Both parent dogs are a little quirky in their own right, but shower the owners with a ton of love. The same can be said about the Chug.

Temperament and personality with this mutt can vary depending on factors, such as parents’ temperaments and socialization. For the most part, these dogs can be a little hostile towards larger dogs (small dog syndrome). But with people, they’re fantastic companions.

Depending on parentage, a Chug can be a little stubborn when it comes to training. Still, it’s extremely important you properly train this dog. If they take more from a Chihuahua side, you could potentially experience an aggressive dog in adulthood.

Chugs don’t require as much physical activity as other mixed dogs. Instead, they’ll be perfectly fine on an owner’s lap. However, they are playful by nature and would appreciate daily playtime.

If Pugs are your thing, the Chug is a nice twist from your typical purebred Pug.

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20. Golden Dox

Parent Breeds: Golden Retriever and Dachshund.

Energetic and playful, the Golden Dox is the odd combination of the Golden Retriever with the German Dachshund. By crossbreeding a small dog with a large dog, you end up with huge variations in physical appearance.

For instance, a Golden Dox can be anywhere between 10 and 23 inches tall. Furthermore, they can weigh 30 to 60 pounds. It really depends on which side the mixed dog takes more from.

Regardless, these designer dogs are crazy active and demand a lot of physical activity and play time. But with their good-natured and spirited temperaments, it’s easy to find time to play with these dogs.

Although Golden Retrievers are furious shedders year round, the Golden Dox isn’t so bad. Grooming won’t take up too much time as daily brushing with occasional trimming is enough.

When you’re with a Golden Dox, it’s easy to fall in love at first sight. They’re adorable with a even more attractive personality.

21. Chow Shepherd

Parent Breeds: German Shepherd and Chow Chow.

Despite being a mixed breed, the Chow Chow German Shepherd mix does not vary as much in appearance as other mutt dogs. However, the weight can range anywhere from 45 to 90 pounds depending on gender and parentage.

In almost all cases, the Chow Shepherd will inherit the coat from the Chow Chow. This means the fluffiness and dense hair on a Chow Chow. On the other hand, the tail, ears and body shape tend to be more like a German Shepherd.

Like the parents, the Chow Shepherd has a dominant personality and requires firm and consistent training in the household. For this reason, they aren’t suited to play with smaller dogs (or pets) and kids.

They can be aloof at times and will be cautious around unfamiliar people because of their protective instincts. In other words, they make amazing guard dogs for your home.

These dogs can be wonderful companions, but it takes a certain type of person to keep a happy Chow Shepherd. You’ll need a strong personality to keep up with them.

Where to Find a Mixed Dog

Are you convinced yet? As mentioned, the best place to find a mixed dog breed is probably at your local animal shelter. More than half of dogs held in those facilities are mutts!

Still, with animal shelters you may be limited on choice. Not to worry, there are other ways to find mixed dog breeds.

1. PetFinder

PetFinder is one of the largest dog adoption platforms (they have cats and other animals too!) on the internet. The best part is that most of the dogs on PetFinder are mixed dogs.

Easily sort by location and breed – including mixed breeds. The benefit of being one of the top pet adoption platforms on the internet means they’ll provide a huge selection of dogs. There’s much more than you’ll find at your local shelter.

2. PetCo Foundation

Live near a PetCo store? The PetCo Foundation is a non-profit organization that regularly organizes adoption events at local PetCo stores. Sure, it’s similar to local shelters and you’re limited on choices, but if you’ve already checked the shelter then this is another option.

Currently, there are roughly 1,500 PetCo stores across the country, so you’re more than likely to find one near you. Also, check their website for adoption event schedules.

3. Adopt a Pet

Adopt a Pet is an online listing / database for pets (especially dogs) in both rescue groups and local shelters. It’s an easy and convenient way to look for dogs before driving to their temporary home.

This platform is highly reputable and big enough where you’ll find a great selection of dogs. Best of all, it’s filled with beautiful mixed dog breeds waiting for you to take them home.

Did we miss any great mixed breeds? Leave your favorite mutt dog in the comments section below!

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While many attempts to rate the strengths and weaknesses of different types of purebred dogs, many owners would prefer to obtain mixed breed dogs.

And, while mutts often make excellent pets, they occasionally exhibit more positive traits than their purebred counterparts do. Some also do tend to be healthier overall, and you must still select one that is well-suited for your family and lifestyle.

It is vital that before you choose between a mixed breed dog and a purebred that you know you are able to offer them what they need to be happiest.

This list will provide you with 8 of our choices for the best mixed breed dogs out there. Hopefully, you can compare this list to your personal circumstances and find out which dog would be the best companion for you.

Best Large Mixed Breed Dogs

Below, you’ll find a list detailing eight of the best mixed breeds, which are deserving of consideration when selecting your new pet.

Typically, these canines will exhibit some of the characteristics of each parent breed. But, because each dog is an individual, you’ll want to spend some time with any canine you are considering before making your choice.

As you can imagine, there are many factors to consider; from the dog’s health, to temperament, to the dog’s diet, to specific personality traits. This list will be a great starting point for you to identify which dog most closely suits your lifestyle and preferences.

Note that some breed combinations are more common than others, so you may not be able to find each one of those listed below at your local animal shelter.

Some of the most popular mixtures enjoy a well-established name (for example, Labradoodles), while others do not, and are simply referred to by their parent breeds. There are many types of mutts out there, but here are some of the best:

1. Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix)

One of the most popular mixed breeds in the world, the Labradoodle is fun-loving, intelligent and adorable. Often cloaked in a curly coat, Labradoodles are often a bit more reserved than typical labs are, yet they have a warmth that some poodles lack.

This dog is often a mix of a Labrador with a standard poodle, but they can vary in size if they are mixed with a medium-sized or even a toy poodle.

Unlike many other mixed-breed dogs, which are the product of inadvertent, one-off matings between two dogs, Labradoodles are often deliberately produced in an effort to combine the hypoallergenic-like qualities of poodles with the rough-and-tumble personality of labs.

These are very popular types of mixed breeds, and sometimes certain mixes become this popular for a very good reason!

2. Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle mix)

Like Labradoodles, Goldendoodles are often deliberately created by breeders who want to combine the family-friendly qualities of golden retrievers with the low-shedding coats of poodles.

This, it is often hoped, will result in an excellent family pet, which does not cause the allergy problems that Golden Retrievers do.

Aside from their appearance, which is sometimes characterized by a slightly longer coat, Goldendoodles are relatively similar to Labradoodles.

READ MORE: Goldendoodle Grooming: Best Brushes and Coat Care Tips

3. Rottweiler Doberman Mixed Breed

Aside from the differences in their builds, Dobermans and Rottweilers are relatively similar dogs, who tend to be loving, loyal, intelligent and brave. And as you’d expect, mixes of the two typically embody these same personality traits.

They are typically clad in black-and-tan colors like their parent breeds, and their build is usually intermediate between the long and lean body type of Dobermans and the stocky builds of Rottweilers.

In many cases, these sweet-natured mutts could be mistaken for either of their parent breeds.

So although many people sometimes fear the temperament of these strong, loyal dogs, you will likely find them to be an excellent companion if they are trained properly and socialized from a young age.

READ MORE: Rottweiler Temperament: Often Misunderstood

4. Pit Bull Labrador Retriever Mix

If you are looking for one of the friendliest mixed breed dogs possible, you may want to consider a Pitbull Lab Mix. These dogs are bred to combine the best qualities of both breeds and create the perfect mixed-breed pup.

Labs are widely known for their good-natured personality and friendly demeanor, and pits – despite notions to the contrary – are typically just as friendly toward people when properly raised and socialized.

Additionally, the Labrador Retriever’s influence can help temper some of the problems pits may experience with dog aggression. If you are interested in one of the most unique combinations on this list, this dog could truly provide the best of both worlds to you.

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5. Husky Mixed with German Shepherd

Both Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds exhibit plenty of wolf-like traits, so it shouldn’t be surprising that mixes of the two often resemble small wolves.

Like both of their parent breeds, this mixed dog breed typically has a relatively fluffy coat, which can make them appear larger than they are, but they usually only reach about 75 pounds or so in weight.

Just be sure that shedding hair isn’t a problem for your family before adopting one of these dogs, as they can quickly coat your entire home in a layer of fur.

These dogs are bred to be loyal and strong, with a temperament to match. They are not low maintenance dogs, but with proper socialization and obedience training, they could become a great companion for your family. So do your research and be sure you can provide them what they need before adopting one of these energetic pups!

READ MORE: German Shepherd Husky Mix: 15 Key Facts About ‘Gerberian Shepskies’

6. German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever Mix

Two of the most popular breeds in the world, German Shepherds and Labs both make excellent pets; so, it makes sense that mixes of the two breeds are often lovely and loving dogs.

Like any German-Shepherd-based mix, you’ll have to deal with plenty of shed hair. But thanks to the influence of the Labrador Retriever parent, these mutts are often friendlier to strangers than some German shepherds (who are occasionally aloof around those they’ve not yet met) are.

Most of these hybrid mixes bond strongly with their families and do not appreciate being left alone for long periods of time. So if you are thinking of adopting a German Shepherd Lab Mix, be sure you can give them the attention and exercise that they require.

SEE ALSO: Do Labs Shed? How Much and When?

7. Boxer Mixed with Pit Bull

Poorly raised Pit Bulls are sometimes implicated in attacks on children but properly raised individuals can be some of the best playmates for older kids (pit bulls can be too rambunctious and playful for their size to be trusted around young children) among all breeds.

So, when you combine them with boxers (who are famous for their child-friendly ways), you often get a beloved playmate that follows the kids everywhere they go.

Just be sure to teach these dogs the proper ways to behave around children, as they are exceptionally enthusiastic and playful with their families, and you’ll want to prevent accidental injuries.

Therefore, it is quite important that before you adopt one of these dogs, you carefully examine whether their unique traits are a proper match for your personal situation. They can be great large dogs to own, but they are certainly not for everyone.

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8. Goldador (Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever)

Most Golden Retrievers and labs make fantastic family pets, and they are two of the most popular breeds in the world. So, it should come as no surprise that combinations of the two often make great pets too.

Goldadors often have longer hair than Labs, so shedding problems can be a concern, but they exhibit few other problems for owners.

However, like both Golden Retrievers and Labradors, Goldadors require plenty of exercise to prevent the development of destructive behaviors. If you like these two breeds, then this could be the perfect combination for your family, just be sure you can keep up with such a high energy pooch.

READ MORE: The Friendly Goldador: All About the Golden Retriever Labrador Mix

The Problem with Identifying Mixed-Breed Dogs

It is important to realize that many mixed-breed dogs are likely improperly identified by a shelter and by owners who offer them for sale or adoption.

This is rarely the result of malice or a deliberate attempt to defraud prospective owners; instead, it reflects the fact that dogs do not always resemble their parents – even among purebred animals.

Additionally, many mixed-breed dogs that populate shelters and rescues are the offspring of other mixed breed dogs, rather than two purebred canines.

In other words, a given mutt may be the result of a male Labrador retriever and Golden Retriever mix, and a female Husky mixed with a German shepherd. This makes it more difficult to identify the dog in question and predict its likely personality and temperament.

Accordingly, it often makes the most sense to seek out mixed breed pups that were produced by known parents. This way, you’ll have the best chance of obtaining a dog that will fit in well with your family.

It is understandable that it may not be always possible to get this information, and a dog that was intentionally bred also often comes with an additional expense.

However, if having a dog whose personality traits are predictable is of great importance to you, then it would be worth buying from a source that can identify the parent breeds.

Wrapping Up Popular Mixed Dog Breeds

Picking a dog breed is understandably a big decision! We hope this list has provided you some clarity in what to expect from some of the most popular mixed breeds.

However, as with any decision, it really comes down to what you can provide and what your preferences are. But if one of these 8 hybrid dogs seems like it would be good for you, don’t hesitate to check out a shelter or a breeder for more info.

What kinds of mixed breed dogs have you spent time with? We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Be sure to tell us about the various pros and cons of the mixture you noticed, as well as the source from which you obtained the dog. Your stories may just help another dog lover to choose the best mixed dog breed for their family.

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Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix

The Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Border Collie and the Shih Tzu. This is of course accomplished by breeding the male Shih Tzu with the Female Border Collie, typically via IVF. This is also, of course, a very unique hybrid. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Border Collie or the Shih Tzu? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Border Collie Shih Tzu or Mix.

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix puppies for sale.

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Here are some pictures of the Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix

Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. Please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Border Collie History:

The Border Collie was bred to gather and control sheep in the hilly border country between Scotland and England. He is known for his intense stare, or “eye,” with which he controls his flock. He’s a dog with unlimited energy, stamina, and working drive, all of which make him a premier herding dog; he’s still used today to herd sheep on farms and ranches around the world. They were bred to literally run 15-20 miles a day for days on end all while moving sheep. They were also bred to withstand harsh weather. You might want to keep this in mind when you are looking for a companion and if you have the stamina to keep up with them.

Shih Tzu History:

The origin of the Shih Tzu dates back many centuries to ancient China and Tibet. It is thought that the breed developed by crossing miniature Chinese breeds with small Tibetan breeds – in particular, Lhasa Apsos with the Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was always a favorite of the Emperors of China. During the Tang Dynasty, a pair of these dogs were said to be given to the Chinese court by the king of Vigur. More were sent later by the people of the Ho Chou. In the mid-1600s, small dogs which resembled lions were brought from Tibet to China, and these dogs were used to develop the Shih Tzu breed we know today. The Shih Tzu was popular during the Ming Dynasty as well, favored by royalty and commoners alike.

Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix Size and Weight

Border Collie

Height: 19 – 22 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 30 – 50 lb.

Lifespan: 10-17 years

Shih Tzu

Height: 8 – 11 inches at the shoulder

Weight: 9 – 16 lb.

Lifespan: 10 – 16 years

Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix Personality

This mix is a very intelligent, devoted and loyal companion. Both of these dogs are very friendly and loving dogs. There will be a unique offset of the two energy levels. She is calm, intelligent, confident and eager to please. While friendly she is wary of strangers and alert making a good watchdog. She gets along well with everyone and is quite a well mannered dog! She loves to have fun and play too and will need some outdoor space to do this in. She is loving, reliable, brave and warm.

Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Shih Tzu mixed with the Border Collie might be prone to skin problems, allergies, joint dysplasia

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.

Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix Care

What are the grooming requirements?

The Shih Tzu should take away some of the more aggressive shedding tendencies from the Border Collie. They will need routine grooming and baths as needed, depending on how they feel.

What are the exercise requirements?

This is a high energy dog that will need that from an owner. As I stated previously, they were bred to work and run all day so they will not be content just laying around. Don’t push them too hard as the Shih Tzu might offset some of the Border Collie energy and it won’t be good for them! Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. Don’t be surprised if it starts to herd you as the Border Collie has a very strong herding instinct. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside – that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an extremely intelligent dog that will be easy to train, however, it might be extremely stubborn. It will need a strong, firm handler that is consistent and won’t let this dog take advantage of them. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.

Shih Tzu Border Collie Mix Feeding

A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

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When it comes to Chinese dog breeds, few stand out. You have the Chinese Pug, the Shar-Pei, but most notably – the Shih Tzu. And according to the AKC, the Shih Tzu is the most popular Chinese breed in America (followed by the Pug).

There are many reasons why the Shih Tzu ranked the 20th most popular dog breed in 2018. For instance, they’re affectionate and loving lap dogs. They have a playful and outgoing demeanor that people can’t help but love. Plus, they have one of the coolest nicknames: “little lion dogs.”

Wherever the Shih Tzu goes, you can expect a little mischief and a lot of entertainment. But because they’re such highly sough-after dogs, there are a ton of Shih Tzu mixes available too.

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Shih Tzu Mixed Breeds

Though there is what seems like an infinite combination of Shih Tzu mixes, we’ve identified the most common and most unique mixes.

There are many more, but these are our favorites. Here’s our list of the most interesting (and a little bit silly) Shih Tzu mixes you’ve never heard of.

1. Shih-Poo

Parent Breeds: Poodle and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @bodhi_the_shihpoo

The Shih-Poo is a gorgeous hybrid of two elegant dog breeds: the Miniature Poodle and Shih Tzu. Though petite, the Shih-Poo has a big and attractive personality. They’re friendly, loving and most importantly, obedient dogs.

Courtesy of the Poodle parent, Shih-Poos are extremely intelligent designer dogs who would love nothing more than to please their owners. They’re social by nature but can take a while to warm up to a stranger.

Not only are they easy to train, but also have temperaments that fit well with households with children or other pets. These dogs will shower you with love, but expect affection in return.

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2. Affen Tzu

Parent Breeds: Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @ted_honey_poppy

When you cross two adorable small dog breeds, such as the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu, you get an equally adorable hybrid dog. This designer dog is the ultimate lap dog companion, as expected considering the parents.

This cross is relatively new, so there isn’t a standard on temperament and looks yet. However, they usually retrain the intelligence, docile demeanor and playfulness of both parents.

Most likely, you’ll need to spend a great deal of time grooming these dogs. They can enter a stubborn streak and cause some difficulties while training as well. But with socialization and patience, they make wonderful companions.

3. Auss-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Mini Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @tyoftheday

A hybrid of the Mini Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu, the Auss-Tzu is a petite friendly dog with a good-natured personality. Though they’re small, they can produce an unreal amount of fur. Daily grooming is 100% necessary with these dogs.

Because of the workaholic parent that is the Australian Shepherd, the Auss-Tzu is undeniably very active. This means they require a high fat and protein diet and a ton of daily exercise. Don’t let their small size deceive you. They can run and will run.

Although they aren’t very bark-y, they do need sufficient space to get some run in. They’re small dogs, but would much prefer at least a small house with a small yard. If you can handle the Auss-Tzu, they’re some of the best Shih Tzu mixes.

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4. Shih Mo

Parent Breeds: American Eskimo Dog and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @arlothegoodboy

The Shih Mo is an unusual hybrid of the Shih Tzu and American Eskimo Dog. It’s not an obvious cross, but it works well. And as a result, they’ve been one of the most popular Shih Tzu mixes in the past few decades.

Depending on the parents and gender, they can range in size. However, they’re generally under 25 pounds and 18 inches in height. Shih Mo dogs have a long silky coat that looks more like the Shih Tzu than the American Eskimo.

But the best part about these dogs is their calm and affectionate demeanor. They play well with small children, but also make a fantastic companion for an elder. A Shih Mo would like nothing more than to be your lap dog.

5. ShiChi

Parent Breeds: Chihuahua and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @ollie_bubs813

When you cross the spunky Chihuahua and the elegant Shih Tzu, you get the amazing ShiChi. They’re extremely popular designer dogs and have a plethora of nicknames: Chi-Tzu, ChiShi, among many others.

In fact, they’re so popular they’ve been recognized by many different dog registries. Some of which, include the International Designer Canine Registry, American Canine Hybrid Club and even the Dog Registry of America.

But what makes the ShiChi so popular? They’re little dogs, but have a huge personality – in a good way. These dogs are bold and courageous, but have an affectionate and loving side to them too. They’ll stand by your side through the thick and thin.

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6. Silky Tzu

Parent Breeds: Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @lulamaemiller

By crossbreeding a Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu, you’ll produce none other than the Silky Tzu. Though they’re small and adorable designer dogs, they have lively and outgoing personalities as expected from a Terrier.

The Silky Tzu was originally bred to be the ultimate companion family dog. And as a result, they are some of the best in this category. They can play well with children, but also thrive in a family environment.

Even though they have an upbeat personality, they don’t require an outrageous amount of exercise. Giving them their daily walks will suffice.

A Silky Tzu will need regular brushing and grooming. However, most of the time, they are hypoallergenic dogs, which is great news for sensitive dog owners.

7. Bea-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Beagle and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @lifeofbayley

Though Bea-Tzu mixes may not retain the amazing sense of smell from the Beagle parent, they are still fantastic hybrids with a lovable demeanor. They can range in size and appearance, but their wonderful temperaments are almost guaranteed.

The Bea-Tzu is one of the best companion dogs available on the market. In fact, it’s what they were bred for. Not for hunting and not for tracking. They can be great watchdogs too, as they’re quite protective by nature.

When you get a Bea-Tzu, you can expect a loyal and affectionate dog. They’re quite playful and enjoy an afternoon playing with children. Just make sure they get enough exercise as they require a good amount.

With these hybrids, it’s important to give them socialization training early on. Without it, their protective instincts may translate into aggression in adulthood.

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8. Mal-Shi

Parent Breeds: Maltese and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @oreonak

The Mal-Shi, or the Maltese Shih Tzu mix, is a top choice for owners that suffer from dog allergies. Though no more than 12 pounds, the Mal-Shi is a very playful and active dog.

Unlike other active breeds, the Mal-Shi is perfectly fine as a lapdog. They don’t necessarily need a huge amount of exercise – just a daily stroll through the neighborhood is good.

They’re always happy and loving with a tendency to befriend anyone and anything that they encounter. In other words, they’re not the greatest watchdogs.

However, if you’re looking for a great Shih Tzu mix that has a loving personality, look no further than the Mal-Shi.

9. Jack Tzu

Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @millieanddenver

Crossbreeding the Jack Russell and Shih Tzu gives you the Jack Tzu – a small designer dog that’s quite a handful. They’re certainly great dogs, but require a lot of patience and experience to bring out the best in them.

They can be as stubborn as any other dog breed. For this reason, they aren’t the easiest to train and could pose a problem for novice dog owners.

Another thing to note is that the Jack Tzu requires a lot of physical activity on a daily basis. Exercise is extremely important for these dogs (as with the Jack Russell).

On the bright side, they’re very independent dogs and don’t mind being left along for periods of time. Just make sure you’re back to give them their exercise! If you can handle the Jack Tzu, you’ll have a well-balanced and fun companion for years to come.

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10. Havashu

Parent Breeds: Havanese and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @theothehavashu

The Havashu is a cross between two of my favorite small dog breeds. Both parents, the Havanese and Shih Tzu, are very similar in many aspects. They’re both affectionate and social with a lively and charming personality.

It’s no mistake that the Havashu is the same. They’re not the best watchdogs, as they’ll great every person with a huge smile and lots of tail wags. But that’s what makes them fantastic companions. They’re the friendliest little Shih Tzu mixes.

It won’t take long before a Havashu fits right in with your family. And if you have children, they’re wonderful playmates for them (with supervision).

They’re also highly adaptable dogs. Whether you live in an apartment or a farm, the Havashu will be comfortable. They also don’t need too much exercise, so expect a lot of days when they just hang out on your lap.

11. French Bull Tzu

Parent Breeds: French Bulldog and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @aicila.lina

The French Bull Tzu is a cross between two very popular dog breeds from different sides of the world. Though they’re very different by nature, the combination is a truly wonderful thing.

Depending on parentage, this hybrid can be a small or medium sized Shih Tzu mix. They can come in a variety of colors, but usually pick up the long haired coat of the Shih Tzu. Though, it varies by dog.

You can expect a pleasant and cheerful personality with an eagerness to please and spend time with the owner. They love people and are comfortable playing with small children. Just make sure you provide them with socialization as a puppy.

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12. Shorkie Tzu

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @hunter_the_shorkie

If I had to pick the cutest Shih Tzu mix, it would probably be the Shorkie Tzu. Part Shih Tzu and Yorkie, the Shorkie is a modern designer dog that has been picking up a lot of steam as of late.

People pick these dogs because they require little maintenance and are easy to take care of. Docile and good-natured, the Shorkie is an excellent choice for novice dog owners. They’re also relatively easy to train, as they are eager to please the owners.

But because they’re still new, the appearance of the Shorkie can range. Sometimes they’ll have the long silky coat of the Shih Tzu, while other times they’ll retain the wiry coat of the Terrier. Either way, you’ll get an adorable dog with a cheerful personality.

13. Cava-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @notorious_oreo

Though the Cava-Tzu is a cross of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu, their appearance can vary. Most of the time, they’ll look more like the Shih Tzu. However, they can resemble the spaniel in rarer cases.

They can come in a huge range of colors, such as tan, black, brown, white or a combination. It really depends on the parent for these new designer dogs.

What we do know for sure is that the Cava-Tzu is a very playful and energetic dog breed – much like the Cavachon. They’re intelligent too, meaning they can be easily trained. Despite their active personality, they don’t need a large amount of exercise.

14. Pin-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @pandorapintzu

The Pin-Tzu crosses two well known toy breeds: the Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu. As a result, you’ll get a petite designer dog no more than 15 pounds. But don’t let their small stature fool you – they’re brave and courageous little dogs.

Though they’re generally very friendly with people and other dogs, they do not enjoy rough play from small children. Rather, they tend to snap back when dealing with unpredictable rowdy kids. A ton of socialization as a puppy should help.

For the most part, the Pin-Tzu is a well balanced toy dog. They’ll enjoy going out for fun and play, but also don’t mind lounging around in the house.

If you’re looking for an adaptable dog with a stable lifestyle, I’d take a long hard look at the Pin-Tzu.

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15. Weshi

Parent Breeds: West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @gusforward

The Weshi is a loving small dog, bred from a West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu. Though they’re a hybrid, they tend to resemble more of the West Highland White Terrier. And often times, they’ll be mistaken for them.

Not only do they look like terriers, but they retain the prey instincts from them too. The Westie is known to be an excellent vermin hunter. Likewise, the Weshi is highly capable of hunting down foxes and rodents too.

You probably don’t have a vermin problem, so it’s important you keep these dogs occupied with physical activity. If provided, they make some of the best companions for city-dwellers and farmers alike.

16. Schnau-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Miniature Schnauzer and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @pepper_051110

The Schnau-Tzu is a hybrid combining the Miniature Schnauzer with the Shih Tzu. For the most part, they look very much like a Schnauzer with the rugged shaggy coat. However, they seem to retain the floppy ears of the Shih Tzu.

They get along with everyone – from dogs, to other pets and humans. The Schnau-Tzu is highly intelligent and can pick up commands with ease. In fact, they very much enjoy obedience training with their owners.

These hybrids need a fair amount of exercise and moderate grooming as well. They’re not too much to deal with. But even so, they’re worth it.

17. Blue Tzu Heeler

Parent Breeds: Australian Cattle Dog and Shih Tzu mix.

via Instagram: @_._t.a.s.h_._

The Blue Tzu is a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and Shih Tzu. They’re called the Blue Tzu Heeler because the widely popular nickname for the Australian Cattle Dog is the “Blue Heeler.”

Though the Heeler is highly active with strong herding instincts, the Blue Tzu is much more balanced. Yes they’re energetic, but they don’t need as much run as their Australian parent. Still, moderate exercise and grooming is necessary.

They’re friendly, loving, cheerful and demand a lot of attention. They can be a handful at times so it’s no surprise why these Shih Tzu mixes are fairly rare.

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18. Shiranian

Parent Breeds: Pomeranian and Shih Tzu mix.

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There’s a lot of love with a Shiranian, which crossbreeds two of the most lovable and popular small dogs. Shiranians are small, but also come with a huge heart and bright personality. They’re the perfect mix for children and elders.

Originally bred to be companions, the Shiranians do just that. They absolutely love their families, which can often lead to separation anxiety in these dogs. If you are a busy person that needs to frequently leave the house, these are not the dogs for you.

But if you can provide this Shih Tzu mix with the love and attention it craves, they become extremely playful and optimistic dogs. When you play with a Shiranian, you can’t help but smile!

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19. Coton-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Coton De Tulear and Shih Tzu mix.

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The Coton-Tzu, or Coton De Tulear Shih Tzu mix, isn’t a very popular hybrid. However, I would argue they’re quite underrated designer dogs!

Their coats are absolutely beautiful, coming in an array of colors, such as black, cream, brindle, gold, brown or a mix. They have medium or long coats with a silky and/or fluffy texture. Despite all this, they actually do not require much grooming! But daily brushing is still recommended.

The Coton-Tzu has a mild temperament and a friendly attitude. They’ll get along with other dogs or children in no time. The only downside is that they can be stubborn at times, which means you’ll have to be patient with them.

20. Bolo-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Bolognese and Shih Tzu mix.

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Because both the Bolognese and Shih Tzu are adorable little toy dogs, it made a lot of sense to cross these two breeds. The result is the Bolo-Tzu – a true toy companion dog with a great temperament.

Though they’re great lap dogs, they’re still very new and not well known at all. In fact, it’s rare to come across one of these designer dogs. Part of it is because the Bolognese is also a relatively rare pure breed.

However, I’m confident if more people knew about them, this would change. If you can find one, I’d highly suggest keeping one of these gems.

21. Boshih

Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

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The Boshih is a combination of a Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier. Both are very different dog breeds, but the cross has all the best traits from both sides.

For example, these dogs are intelligent, lively and energetic – much like the Boston Terrier. On the other hand, they’re alert, affectionate and dignified like the Shih Tzu. Thanks to the Boston Terrier parent, these dogs can be a little stubborn at times.

Furthermore, they’re not easy to train and require an experienced owner that can quickly establish dominance in the “pack.” If you fail to do so, you can bet this dog will attempt to assume the leadership role.

22. Crested-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Chinese Crested and Shih Tzu mix.

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The Crested-Tzu is a hybrid of two of China’s finest and most iconic dog breeds: the Chinese Crested and Shih Tzu. They’re both very different dogs, even with the roles they served in Imperial China.

On one hand, the Shih Tzu were companions to Chinese royalty, whereas the Chinese Crested were sailor dogs that served as vermin control on ships.

However, the Crested-Tzu is a nice blend of the two personalities. They’re affectionate, docile, good-natured and don’t really bark as much as other dogs.

They appreciate exercise but can be perfectly fine lounging around with you on a lazy afternoon. This makes them highly adaptable dogs that’ll do well in various households.

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23. Sheltie Tzu

Parent Breeds: Shetland Sheepdog and Shih Tzu mix.

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The Sheltie Tzu is the ultimate fluff ball. They’re a designer dog that combines a Shetland Sheepdog with a Shih Tzu. Both of which, are great family dogs.

They can range in size depending on parentage, but expect them to be around 20 pounds and 14 inches tall. As for Shih Tzu mixes, they may be the friendliest dog. They get along with small children, other dogs, strangers and even cats.

When it comes to housetraining, they may require a little more patience. However, they are eager to please and tend to thrive in obedience training. Just make sure you use positive reinforcement.

The downside is that they do need moderate grooming. Though they don’t shed much, their long fur can get tangled easily. So, daily brushing is necessary to prevent any matting.

24. Care-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Cairn Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.

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As a hybrid that’s been steadily increasing in popularity, the Care-Tzu (Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mix), is known for its friendly demeanor and social personality. They’re small, but there’s so much to love.

They were bred to be a fantastic companion dog for all families. As a result, they are affectionate dogs with a lot of love for its family. They don’t really bark for attention, but they’ll be cuddling next to you instead.

The downside is they do require moderate grooming and care. Their straight hair can easily get tangled, especially if they play often. And trust me, they’ll want to play often. Regular brushing is necessary to prevent any unnecessarily injuries for these small dogs.

They also require a moderate amount of exercise. Nothing significant, but a nice stroll through the neighborhood will do.

25. Cock-A-Tzu

Parent Breeds: Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix.

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The Cock-A-Tzu is truly a unique blend of the Cocker Spaniel and the Shih Tzu. They are highly intelligent, but require a ton of attention. For this reason, only the most dedicated owner should keep a Cock-A-Tzu.

What’s great about these dogs is their eagerness to please. They demand a lot of attention, but they also give a lot too. Combine this with their smarts and you have yourself a highly trainable Shih Tzu mix.

Another reason why they require dedication is the need for daily grooming. The Cock-A-Tzu has soft curly fur, so brushing is necessary to prevent matting.

On the bright side, they’re calm dogs and don’t really need a lot of physical activity.

Did we miss a Shih Tzu mix that deserves to be on this list? If so, let us know in the comments section below. So tell us, which is your favorite Shih Tzu mixed breed?

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Posted Breed: Border Collie / Shih Tzu / Mixed (medium coat). Brodie is a handsome young guy. We had DNA testing on him and it came back Golden Retriever mix/Shih Tzu mix. That just doesn’t look right at all. We did some research on our own had he looks like some of the pictures we have seen of Border Collie/Shih Tzu mixes. He is about seven months old and weighs 32 pounds. He has very soft fluffy hair and he does appear to shed some. Brodie is very happy, he loves other dogs and will play until he is exhausted. We believe he would be best in a home with another dog to play with. He is way too playful and rough for cats, they would not like him. He is still considered a puppy which means he has lots of energy and goofiness, may be too much for really small children. He loves big dog beds and he loves being close to people. He has been neutered, current on vaccines, microchipped, and dewormed. WE ARE IN ABILENE, TEXAS. WE DO NOT SHIP OR TRANSPORT OUR PETS, WE REQUIRE ADOPTERS MEET THE DOG TO MAKE SURE IT IS A GOOD FIT. NOTE: We are a rescue, the dogs are in foster homes. WE DO NOT HAVE A FACILITY THAT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC. We require an application BEFORE a potential adopter will be introduced to one of our pets. We contact vets to ensure that pets already in the adoptive home are current on vaccines, heartworm prevention and sterilized. We have gotten to know the pet and our goal is to make the best match, between pet and people. PLEASE be aware, we do not adopt out to a home that has an animal which has not been spayed or neutered. Please email us at [email protected] to receive an Adoption Application or for more information on our Adoption process. Please take the time to visit our website www.pawedsquad.com for additional information. We represent the pet to the best of our ability, they are rescue dogs and we don’t always get their history.

Border Collie-Shih Tzu Mix Dogs For Adoption in Abilene, TX, USA

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