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.