First, we must define purebred, mixed breed and mutt. A mutt is a dog that has a diverse gene pool with 3 or more breeds in its DNA. A pure bred dog is one that has two purebred parents of the same breed. So a pure bred Labrador has a purebred Labrador mum and a pure labrador dad. A mixed breed has two pure bred parents from different breeds. A labradoodle for example, could have a pure bred Labrador mum, and a pure bred labrador mum. A lot of mixed breeds are popular because they tend to have the best of both worlds - inheriting the positive characteristics from each of their parents. While there are endless breed combinations with different advantages and disadvantages, there are a few stand out ones. This article highlights some of the most popular ones.
Puggle (Pug and Beagle Mix)
One of the friendliest mixtures, these dogs are polite to humans, children, other dogs, and other small animals such as cats. Because they are part beagle, they have a great sense of smell, and because they are part pug, they are an incredible family companion. They have short coats requiring little grooming BUT they are prone to obesity as both parent breeds gain weight quickly.
Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle Mix)
One of the fluffiest, cutest dogs, the cockapoo is often known as a ‘teddy bear’. They get a whole lot of intelligence from their poodle parent and a great temperament from their spaniel parent. They are loyal, affectionate and ideal for big cities and apartment living.
Labradors are great, but they shed a lot. How to solve the problem? Mix Labrador with poodle and you get a fluffy, intelligent, family friendly Labradoodle that does not shed as much. As a bonus, you can get a Labradoodle that is crossed with a toy poodle, making it a much smaller dog.
Just like the Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle is a Golden retriever that sheds less and has a hypoallergenic coat. As a bonus, the golden doodle comes with a sleek golden coat.
Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd and Poodle Mix)
Do you want a poodle, but you also have a very active lifestyle and want a dog that loves the outdoors? Well the Aussiedoodle is highly energetic and easy to train because of its Australian Shephered parent, and incredibly intelligent and great as a family companion thanks to its Poodle parent.
Frenchton (French Bulldog and Boston Terrier Mix)
Ok so unfortunately, this dog is a mix of two breeds that have respiratory problems - so may not be ideal for hot climates. They are sociable, great with children and love attention.
Goldador (Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever Mix)
What would you get if the world’s two most popular dog breeds had a baby? You would get a fluffy, energetic, trainable pup that makes a phenomenal service dog. Be ready to use your vacuum cleaner often though as these dogs shed excessively.
Chug (Pug and Chihuahua Mix)
Yes, such a thing exists. They are really adorable, with a longer nose thanks to the Chihuahua parent. The Chug is, much like its pug parent, full of mischief and will keep you laughing. This mix does however become destructive when bored so be sure to keep it entertained.