We've said it before, and we'll say it again — we have seriously never met a dog we didn't like. That being said, we kinda have to admit that when it comes naming favorites, mixed-breed mutts are slowly winning over our hearts.
Not only is it popular belief that mixed-breed dogs are healthier than purebred dogs (which may or may not be true), but it's also hard to argue the fact that mixed breeds are freaking adorable. Here are some of the cutest ones out there.
A Cheagle is a cross between a beagle and a Chihuahua. Cheagles often have beagle-like heads with the smaller Chihuahua snout and don't grow to be much over 12 pounds. Beagles tend to have happy, outgoing personalities and to get along with other animals as well as people. Chihuahuas are alert, bright little dogs requiring little exercise. The Cheagle is generally friendly, although it can be aggressive in play.
Corgidors are a mix between Labrador retrievers and Cardigan Welsh corgis. They tend to be medium-size dogs and should be alert, cheerful, independent, loyal, social and responsive. As both parent breeds are good with children, these hybrids will follow the same trend.
Goldendoodles are hybrids of golden retrievers and poodle purebreds. They tend to be intelligent and obedient family companions. They like to be around people and are extremely friendly. They're known for being good with children, other dogs and other pets in the family. These dogs are eager to please and love to learn, which makes them very trainable. They're good family pets with adorable faces and easy dispositions.
The Golden dox is a mix between a golden retriever and a dachshund. Golden doxes are good with all family members and make good watchdogs, so they tend to be in love with all family members but wary of strangers. They're friendly, intelligent, gentle, alert, loyal and cheerful. These dogs get along well with children and other dogs and pets in the family. They're also easy to socialize. This makes them unsuitable as guard dogs, but they will alert the family of an approaching stranger and can be good watchdogs. They tend to be high-energy and do require lots of mental and physical stimulation. They're generally eager to play with their owners and easy to train. They make great family pets.
The Labradoodle is a cross between a purebred Labrador retriever and a purebred poodle. These hybrids are friendly, loving, cheerful and social. They're suitable for all members of the family, from children to seniors. Labradoodles are very intelligent and can learn and perform simple and complex tricks. They're very active and need lots of physical activity to stay in shape and to relieve their excess energy. Labradoodles are alert and make good watchdogs. These dogs are very family oriented and don't like to be left alone for long. They're excellent dogs to have as family pets.
The Malti-poo is a cross between a purebred poodle and a purebred Maltese. These dogs are very gentle and have a sweet disposition. They're intelligent, loyal and affectionate. They're known to be very good with children as they're gentle and patient with them. They love to spend time with their family. These dogs like to play as much as they like to cuddle. They will signal the arrival of a stranger, but they're not very good guard dogs. Malti-poos are highly energetic and lively dogs, but indoor play will take care of most of their exercise needs. They do, however, love to be walked.
The puggle is the result of a cross between the pug and the beagle. This small dog will have the sweet and gentle temperament of its parents and will make good companions for any age. The beagle is noted for its stable temperament and passivity, as well as for its ability to track a scent. And the pug is well-liked for its outgoing personality and confidence, although it's largely bred for indoor companionship and is not suited for work or sport. The puggle will have an adorable mixture of its parent breeds' more outstanding characteristics, such as long, droopy ears, wrinkles on the face, short legs and a compact, muscled body.
Puggles seek human contact and have been known to tag along from one part of the house to another. Owner approval and affection can make the puggle's day, while separation means that a puggle will always be at the front door awaiting the owner's return, sometimes anxiously. Fairly intelligent, the puggle adores play and seeks to please. It's not generally aggressive toward strangers but does have a tendency to bark in alarm at the approach of someone it doesn't know or in catching unfamiliar scents. They're easy to befriend and win over, however, so they're not great guard dogs.
Shih-poos are cross-breeds between poodles and shih tzus. They make great family dogs with their great personalities. They're smart, friendly and affectionate and are known to be adorable, sweet and playful. They make a great companion dog and are fun to be with. They have a great personality and get along well with children and other dogs.
A Saint Berdoodle is a cross between a Saint Bernard and a poodle. They are lovable and energetic yet mostly quiet, smart dogs. They're enthusiastic and very playful. They also make good watchdogs. Saint Berdoodles are also really affectionate dogs, nonaggressive and über smart. This loyal mixed breed gets along well with its people and animal family members and absolutely loves to play around. These large dogs love daily walks or running around a large yard as their exercise.
A Yorkipoo is a cross between a poodle and a Yorkshire terrier. Yorkipoos can be friendly with other dogs but may not be outgoing with children. Yorkipoos are full of energy and love to play. They have a sweet and gentle disposition, which makes them great companions. These dogs can be trained with a firm and consistent owner. They do love to bark and to run around and are absolutely loving and tender.
Originally published April 2014. Updated May 2017.
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