Before we start the list, let's first define the terms "purebred", "mixed breed" and "hybrid" dogs. A mixed breed is a dog that has more than three different breeds in its DNA and is mostly not bred on purpose. My dog is also a mixed breed and is a border collie, labrador retriever and german shepherd mix. A purebred dog, on the other hand, has two parents who belong to the same breed. For example, a purebred Labrador Retriever has a purebred Labrador mom and a purebred Labrador dad. A hybrid dog is a dog that has two parents who are each purebred but are not of the same breed. The two parents are specifically bred in such a way that they usually pass on their best qualities to their puppies. For example, a Goldendoodle is a hybrid dog made up of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
As you can probably already guess, there are endless combinations of mixed breed and hybrid dogs, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. In this article, we give you an overview of the most popular mixed breed and hybrid dog breeds.
The Puggle (a pug/beagle hybrid dog)
One of the friendliest hybrid dogs, the Puggle is characterized by its polite and obedient nature towards people, children and other dogs or animals. The qualities of the Beagle part give the Puggle an excellent sense of smell, while the Pug part brings excellent family qualities. The Puggle is the ideal family dog and has a short coat that is very easy to care for.
Warning: Puggles tend to be overweight due to genetics and gain weight very quickly, which is why you should pay attention to their diet.
2. The Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel Poodle Mix Dog)
The Cockapoo is characterized above all by its fluffy fur and is therefore often referred to as the "teddy bear" among dogs. The Poodle mix in his DNA gives him an intelligent character while his temperament stems from the Cocker Spaniel in him. Dogs of this breed are loyal, affectionate and also suitable as apartment dogs in big cities.
3. The Labradoodle
Labradors are wonderful, but they also shed a lot of hair. How could this problem be solved? It's simple- Mix a Labrador with a Poodle that rarely sheds hair and you have a fluffy, intelligent, family-friendly Labradoodle that sheds very little. A little bonus, you can also get a Labradoodle that was bred with a Toy Poodle, so your Labradoodle will be a lot smaller.
4. The Goldendoodle
Just like the Labradoodle, the Poodle gives the Golden Retriever a thick coat that rarely sheds hair. The Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever/Poodle hybrid dog and is considered hypoallergenic thanks to its coat. A small bonus: the Goldendoodle has a beautiful golden coat.
You would like to have a poodle, but you also spend a lot of time in nature and like to hike? The Aussiedoodle is the perfect choice for you! Aussiedoodles are energetic and quick to learn what they inherited from their Australian Shepherd parent. The Poodle parent gives the Aussiedoodle an intelligent, family-friendly personality.
6. The Frenchton (French Bulldog Boston Terrier Mix Dog)
The Frenchton is a mix of dog breeds that often suffer from respiratory problems. As such, this breed of dog is not suited to living in humid, hot climates. The Frenchton is a social, family-friendly dog that is good with children and loves attention.
7. Goldador (Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever Mix Dog)
What would happen if the two most popular dog breeds in the world had a baby? A fluffy, energetic and trainable pup who would make an excellent service dog. But always have a vacuum cleaner at hand, because the Goldador sheds a lot.
8. Chug (Pug and Chihuahua mix)
He actually exists - a small, long-nosed, pug-like dog. Like its pug parent, the Chug is a little prankster who never fails to make you laugh. But if you leave him alone for a longer period of time, he likes to take his boredom out on your furniture.
We hope you enjoyed this article. Of course, the nature of each dog is different, but certain characteristics are also genetically predetermined. If you want to learn more about different dog breeds, check out our blog about 7 Groups of Dog Breeds.