Doesn’t it seem like every mixed breed dog you meet these days is a Schnoodle, Whoodle, or Bernedoodle?
We thought it’d be fun to highlight some interesting dog pairings you may never have even thought of.
Crossing two purebred dogs of different breeds will never have completely predictable results (that’s the big deal in the “purebred-vs.-mutt” debate) but we can take some educated guesses as to what these crosses will result in, generally speaking. Everything from temperament to color and final size will be an exciting roll of the dice when you adopt a mixed breed puppy.
Training and socialization will also play a huge role in how a dog’s personality is formed, so getting your new puppy into an exercise and training regimen as soon as possible will ensure your dog gets the benefit of the best traits available, instead of the reputation of the worst.
The Australian Shepherd and Labrador cross is a smart, beautiful, medium-size dog with more than enough energy to go all day long.
The Border Collie and Husky cross has boundless energy, herding instincts, prey drive, and high intelligence wrapped up into one fuzzy medium-sized package. Strictly a mix for experienced and highly active families, a Borsky will test even the most seasoned of dog lovers. The reward, of course, for taming this noble critter, is equally high—a loving, loyal and comical family member.
The Boxer and Labrador combination makes for the perfect family companion. Playful, sturdy, and friendly with a short-haired coat and happy attitude.
A Pitbull and Boxer cross, the Bullboxer is a large, strong, energetic, and protective combination that needs great training fundamentals and lots of exercise to thrive. May not be best for families with small pets.
The adorable offspring of a Beagle and a Chihuahua, the energetic and independent Cheagle requires firm and consistent training and socialization to blossom.
A Corgi and Labrador Retriever mix is a loving, loyal family dog. Always short-legged, the face shape, coat color, and coat length can vary greatly.
A Corgi and Siberian Husky mix can be referred to as a Corgski, Corgsky, Horgi, or even Siborgi! They are double-coated and will shed year-round. Horgis will always be short-legged, but can vary greatly in size depending on their Husky half.
A Boston Terrier crossed with a French Bulldog is known as a Frenchton or Frenchbo. A Frenchton crossed again to a French Bulldog is known as a Faux Frenchie: 75% Frenchie and 25% Boston. This mix came about to try and quell some of the breathing issues of the French Bulldog without losing the general size and shape of the breed altogether. The Boston Terrier side lends more athleticism to the crossing, with longer legs and snouts, making a Frenchie mix a more active companion than a purebred.
The Golden Retriever and German Shepherd dog cross is a fuzzy family dog. More protective than a Golden and more easygoing than a Shepherd, this is a wonderful companion dog for older kids.
The Beagle and Labrador cross is known as a Labbe or Beagador. Shorthaired coat, great nose, may inherit the beagle’s baying bark. They all seem to inherit the beautiful beagle ears.
Labsky and Shepsky
Labrador and Husky mixes are known as a Labsky or Huskador. Labrador and German Shepherd can be called a Shepsky or Siberian Retriever if you’re feeling fancy. Great family pets who may need frequent grooming. Beware of the piercing and irresistible eyes.
A Pitbull and Husky cross is known as a Pitsky. Powerful with lots of endurance, this intelligent and people-focused dog will benefit from early socialization with other animals to keep their prey drive in check around small pets. Their looks can vary widely based on the parents, but alert piercing eyes are a definite quality.
A Rat Terrier and Chihuahua cross is an energetic and playful small dog, indeed! Both breeds are known for their loyalty to their people.
A Rottweiler and Labrador cross is known as a Labweiler or Rottador. More muscular than a Lab, with a wider head and chest, they can be any Lab color or the classic Rottweiler black and tan. Loyal and protective, a Rottador needs a good obedience foundation and plenty of socialization with people and other animals to become the perfect companion.
A Shih Tzu and Chihuahua cross or Shichi is a small, playful dog with a longer coat. Though wary of strangers, they are devoted to their family. This adorable toy dog is an active and fun companion in a convenient travel size.
A German Shepherd and Border Collie mix is suitable for any type of adventurous lifestyle. Smart, active, and trainable, they benefit from having a daily job with lots of exercise.
The crossing of a Weimaraner and a Labrador Retriever is known as a Labmaraner or Weimador. Chock full of excellent hunting instincts, this large, high energy dog will need a lot of exercise to be a happy member of your family— a dog in need of a job, like hunting, hiking, jogging, agility, or flyball. Wonderful companion for bigger kids.