20 Mixed Dog Breeds and Everything You Need to Know About Them

Humans have been designing dog breeds since, well, as far back as we go. We’ve molded certain breeds, like collies, into proud, confident dogs who can effectively herd sheep. Others, like Chihuahuas, we’ve bred as companion animals who don’t need to take orders as seriously. In recent decades, though, we’ve tried to combine breeds in an intentional effort to subdue health or personality concerns and highlight positive traits. This process has resulted in tons of mixed dog breeds with unique looks, healthier systems and bizarre—albeit fun–—names.

(It’s worth mentioning that no matter the breeder’s success rate, mixed breed dogs are still at-risk for disease; simply quieting a gene common among purebred dogs does not mean it can’t surface down the line.)

One truly beautiful aspect of mixed breeds? Each looks and acts differently than its purebred parents, and it’s nearly impossible to pin down exactly what you’ll get if you adopt one. Some traits are more present than others, but it all boils down to the genes and which ones shine through. Have a look—we dare you not to fall in love with these one-of-a-kind pups.

20 Quiet Dog Breeds to Consider If Noise Is a No-Go

mixed dog breeds pomsky
MirasWonderland/Getty Images

1. Pomsky: Pomeranian + Husky

Height: 10 - 15 inches
Weight: 7 - 38 pounds
Lifespan: 13 - 15 years

Personality: Note the dramatic difference in size possibilities! Pomsky puppies (like all mixed or designer breeds) can end up looking more like one of their purebred parents than the other, especially when it comes to size, since Pomeranians are so much smaller than huskies. In high demand in the past few years, these dogs do well as city dwellers. Sure, they’re high energy and could display some stubborn independence from their husky line, but they usually train easily and have a friendly demeanor.

Potential Health Issues: Watch out for hip dysplasia (in all husky blends), knee dislocation and eye ailments.

2. Pitsky: American Pitbull Terrier + Alaskan Or Siberian Husky

Height: 20 - 24 inches
Weight: 30 - 70 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: A gorgeous mix that only recently became popular, this dog takes on the friendliness of the pitbull and the stubbornness of the husky (i.e., training can be difficult, but it will be fun). Get ready for a high energy pup who may forget how big he actually is. Huskies are big howlers, so if your pitsky is very vocal, you’ve got his Alaskan or Siberian roots to thank. Overall, this is a playful, loving and loyal dog.

Potential Health Issues: Huskies are prone to hip dysplasia and both breeds have been known to develop hyperthyroidism later in life.

mixed dog breeds alusky
DejaVu Designs/Getty Images

3. Alusky: Alaskan Malamute + Husky

Height: 26 - 28 inches
Weight: 60 - 100 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years

Personality: Large and outgoing, Aluskies require disciplined, yet positive, training regimens. You’ve got to establish yourself as the leader of their pack to tackle that headstrong streak (though with a pack mentality, they are incredibly social and loyal companions). They have tons of energy and need regular spurts of playtime. That stubborn husky streak makes these dogs a tough choice for brand-new dog owners.

Potential Health Issues: Hip dysplasia and ear infections, due to thick fur surrounding the ears, are health hazards for Aluskies.

mixed dog breeds labsky

4. Labsky / Siberian Retriever: Labrador Retriever + Husky

Height: 20 - 28 inches
Weight: 35 - 80 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years

Personality: A perfect combination of intelligence and charm, Labskies are great family dogs. They love their people! They also love getting up and doing things, so be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for activity and adventure. Where huskies can bore easily during training sessions, Labs are eager to please; hopefully your pup inherits that Lab mentality, but if not, be ready to dig in your heels and establish yourself as the alpha dog (with plenty of love, of course). Also, get ready to take a lint roller to your entire home because these pups shed like no one’s business.

Potential Health Issues: That dreaded husky hip dysplasia, along with eye conditions and allergies can plague these pups.

mixed dog breeds goberian
Mike Linnane / 500px/Getty Images

5. Goberian: Golden Retriever + Siberian Husky

Height: 22 - 24 inches
Weight: 50 - 90 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years

Personality: Similar to the Labsky, the Goberian is a big, cuddly canine who displays loyalty to his pack. Typically, that famously friendly golden temperament takes over, and even if an independent streak rears its head, these dogs default to pure affection. They want to be close to their humans (sometimes they think they’re lap dogs) and aren’t afraid to protect you.

Potential Health Issues: Purebred goldens frequently develop cancer in some form or another later in life. Hopefully this tendency is muted by the husky genes.

mixed dog breeds cockapoo
Winslow Productions/Getty Images

6. Cockapoo: Cocker Spaniel + Poodle

Height: 12 - 15 inches
Weight: 6 - 30 pounds (19 on average)
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: You’ll notice tons of poodle combination breeds on our list because they are highly intelligent, social and hypoallergenic—three huge plusses when it comes to generating a new breed. Cockapoos first gained popularity back in the 1960s. With an energetic disposition, a manageable size and an obedient personality, these pups make great playmates for new dog owners and families.

Potential Health Issues: Purebred poodles and cocker spaniels have been known to develop luxating patellas (basically, loose kneecaps). Beware of joint health and eye infections.

mixed dog breeds bernedoodle
Philip Steury/Getty Images

7. Bernedoodle: Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle

Height: 18 - 29 inches
Weight: 25 - 90 pounds (depending on the poodle parent)
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: The Bernedoodle first emerged in the early 2000s, a sweet combination of the sensitive Bernese mountain dog and the cunning poodle. Both breeds tend to be loyal, gentle souls, but will require a firmer approach to obedience training if it seems the dog inherited more of the Bernese’s nervous energy. This is a great choice for people with allergies as shedding is minimal.

Potential Health Issues: Both hip and elbow dysplasia are possibilities with Bernedoodles.

8. Corgipoo: Corgi + Poodle

Height: 10 - 12 inches
Weight: 12 - 40 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - 14 years

Personality: More often than not, toy, rather than standard, poodles are bred with corgis. This makes for a smart, cheerful combination of small stature. Harness the intelligence of the poodle line to train the stubborn corgi side of the dog not to destroy everything in site. Leaving a corgipoo alone for extended periods of time isn’t a great idea, as these energetic pups can get bored and take it out on your stuff. This is a good dog to consider if you’ve already got a pet at home and are looking to expand the family because they are friendly, social creatures who like company.

Potential Health Issues: Some corgipoos develop Addison’s Disease, an adrenal and hormonal disorder. Others have been known to have hip issues.

mixed dog breeds yorkiepoo
Renphoto/Getty Images

9. Yorkiepoo: Yorkie + Poodle

Height: 7 - 10 inches
Weight: 3 - 14 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: Combine the energy of a Yorkshire terrier and the brilliance of a poodle, and you’ve set yourself up for an obedient, confident dog who likes being in on the action but doesn’t necessarily need to be the center of attention. Yorkiepoos require just as much mental exercise as they do physical exercise. Adaptable to just about any lifestyle, these are great options for first-time dog owners.

Potential Health Issues: Liver and breathing issues have been known to develop in Yorkiepoos, as has knee joint pain.

mixed dog breeds double doodle

10. Double Doodle: Goldendoodle + Labradoodle

Height: 20 - 29 inches
Weight: 50 - 80 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: When you combine a Goldendoodle (a golden retriever-poodle mix) with a Labradoodle (a Labrador retriever-poodle mix), you get an overload of sweet, curly and friendly. These high-energy dogs are terrific animals for families, social butterflies or people who already own a pet or two. Obedience comes naturally and you might even toss a fancy trick or two into the mix. Give a lot of love and you’ll get a lot in return.

Potential Health Issues: Knee, elbow and hip dysplasia aren’t uncommon in Double Doodles.

11. Corgidor: Corgi + Labrador Retriever

Height: 12 - 23 inches
Weight: 35 - 60 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 13 years

Personality: Laid-back when you’re ready to wind down, and up for anything when you’re ready for adventure, Corgidors love to please and tag along. Both alert and attentive, these pups definitely consider themselves members of the family and guardians of their people. They’re patient (great with kids), but they also shed a lot (not great for allergy sufferers).

Potential Health Issues: Back pain and herniated discs tend to be common among Corgidors, along with occasional instances of hip dysplasia.

12. Cavador: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel + Labrador Retriever

Height: 18 - 25 inches
Weight: 22 - 55 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 14 years

Personality: You’d be hard-pressed to find a more amiable hybrid breed than the Cavador. Since the 1990s, this breed has been very popular among families due to its gentle, protective demeanor. They’ve got tons of playful energy (so get outdoors with a Cavador whenever you can) and more than enough affection to go around.

Potential Health Issues: Spinal issues also show up in Cavadors; sometimes brain and spinal cavities fill with fluid and can cause severe pain.

mixed dog breeds puggle
Image Source/Getty Images

13. Puggle: Beagle + Pug

Height: 7 - 15 inches
Weight: 14 - 29 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years

Personality: Any beagle hybrid will likely display some hound instincts at some point (think: howling and following her nose wherever it takes her). This hybrid breed, which initially emerged in the 1980s, delivers the signature curlicue tail and excitability of a pug without the respiratory issues pugs often experience. Puggles are known to be sweet and playful and always up for public displays of affection.

Potential Health Issues: Just because their noses aren’t as short as purebred pugs doesn’t mean respiratory issues aren’t a possibility. Puggles can also suffer from congenital heart defects and spinal swelling.

mixed dog breeds prenchie pug
Lozhoyle/Getty Images

14. Frenchie Pug / Frug: French Bulldog + Pug

Height: 10 - 12 inches
Weight: 15 - 20 pounds
Lifespan: 9 - 15 years

Personality: The name Frug sounds more amphibious than canine, but these feisty creatures are 100 percent puppy. One of the older combinations on our list, this breed is said to be over 100 years old and absolutely spoiled when it comes to demanding attention. These big personalities require a lot of dedication during training, as they tend to want to live life on their own terms even though they love making you happy. Since both pugs and French bulldogs have respiratory trouble and aren’t great swimmers, it’s important not to overexert them or leave them unattended around water.

Potential Health Issues: The same breathing difficulties purebred pugs and French bulldogs experience are possible in Frugs, as are joint issues typical of these breeds.

15. Aussiepom: Australian Shepherd + Pomeranian

Height: 12 - 17 inches
Weight: 10 - 30 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: Word of warning: Don’t expect to leave your Aussiepom home alone for extended periods of time. They not only love human companions; they’ve got tons of energy and want to be involved. If you ignore them too much, they could become destructive. The shepherd side of these dogs is keen on alerting its owners to intruders or strangers. Above all else, they tend to be friendly cuddlers who display lots of affection.

Potential Health Issues: While overall fairly healthy, Aussiepoms can develop knee and joint ailments and often experience poor eyesight and hearing in their older years.

Vanessa McCauley/Getty Images

16. Chiweenie: Chihuahua + Dachshund

Height: 8 - 12 inches
Weight: 5 - 10 pounds
Lifespan: 13 - 16 years

Personality: Take two small breeds and put them together for a cuteness overload! The Chiweenie is a versatile creature who works well in single-parent apartments or big family compounds. These are brave little dogs who serve up steadfast loyalty and exuberant companionship. Not afraid to bark warnings to potential threats, they may be stubborn during training because they think they know best. So, have patience and focus on the cuddles if you get frustrated.

Potential Health Issues: Poor Chihuahuas often suffer from allergies, which tends to trickle down into Chiweenie pups.

17. Bojack: Boston Terrier + Jack Russell Terrier

Height: 13 to 15 inches
Weight: 10 to 20 pounds
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Personality: Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it keeps this lively canine going all day—and then some. Constantly on the lookout for something to do or someone to play with, BoJacks require tons of exercise to let off steam. At their best, these dogs are playful sprites; at their worst, they can be slightly aggressive, needy pooches.

Potential Health Issues: Joint problems—especially when it comes to knees and kneecaps­—can plague BoJacks. They also may go deaf as they age.

mixed dog breeds border sheepdog
Pyrat Wesly/Flickr

18. Border Sheepdog: Border Collie + Shetland Sheepdog

Height: 16 - 22 inches
Weight: 25 - 42 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 17 years

Personality: Border sheepdogs love to have a job to do! Make sure they get lots of exercise (a yard is best for these pups) and mental activity. Sometimes, they take it upon themselves to be valiant guard dogs, which is great, but can lead to barking excessively at strangers and exhibiting signs of separation anxiety if left alone too long. Be ready for lots of quality time together, especially in the early years when training and socialization is crucial. Not that you’d complain about cuddling with one of these pooches.

Potential Health Issues: Border sheepdogs can develop heart valve defects and a condition that causes ineffective blood clotting.

mixed dog breeds beaglier
Robbie Goodall/Getty Images

19. Beaglier: Beagle + Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Height: 12 - 16 inches
Weight: 10 - 25 pounds
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years

Personality: Originally bred in Australia in the 1990s, Beagliers have easy-going spaniel personalities and affectionate beagle tendencies. While energetic, they aren’t so independent that training is hard. In fact, they like pleasing their owners and tend to pick up on obedience cues quickly. They may be more sensitive to alone time (a beagle trait) but are definitely down for quiet time (Cavalier King Charles trait) as long as you’re around.

Potential Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia can affect Beagliers, as can epilepsy and poor eyesight (especially in older dogs).

20. Papitese: Papillon + Maltese

Height: 8 - 10 inches
Weight: 6 - 10 pounds
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years

Personality: Smush two of the cutest, friendliest toy breeds together and of course you’re going to get a people-loving, obedient little canine. Yes, Papitese puppies love laps, but only after running around for a bit to exhaust themselves. Be sure to use positive training methods and be aware of their sensitive dispositions; generalized and separation anxiety can occur if they feel you’re too harsh or leave them alone too long.

Potential Health Issues: High blood pressure and heart issues have popped up in Papitese dogs.

SAshley Headshot PureWow

Freelance Writer

Sarah Ashley is a Chicago-based freelance journalist. She has covered pets for PureWow for six years and tackles everything from dog training tips to the best litter boxes. Her...