Best Mixed Dog Breeds: Top 5 Blended Pups Most Recommended By Pet Experts

We all know and love the retrievers, terriers, and hounds of the dog world. These breeds have been around for years, and dog lovers are very familiar with the temperament, skills, and advantages of owning one of these pups. But believe it or not, the purebred dogs you see in movies aren’t the beginning and end of the options out there. The best mixed dog breeds open up a whole new world of pups, and these “mutts” are often highly intelligent, sociable, and healthy pets.

It’s no secret that most people tend to have a pretty intense love for their pets. Especially when it comes to man’s best friend, pet owners are more than willing to make major sacrifices to provide the best life for their furry family members. In fact, research reports that over half of Americans agree their soulmate is their pet. A poll of 2,000 U.S. pet owners revealed that 53 percent believe their pet knows them better than anyone else in their life, including their best friends, family members or even their significant others.

Yet another survey finds that if it came down to it, one-third of Americans would choose their pet over their house! A panel of 2,000 dog and cat owners reveals that 33 percent would choose their four-legged friend instead of their house, and another 33 percent would choose their pet over their significant other. Another 31 percent say that the possibility of their pet’s death keeps them up at night — even more so than the death of a family member (28%), being the victim of a crime (18%), or going through a divorce (14%).

With such a strong connection between humans and their hounds, there’s no need to limit the options to only purebred pooches. Mixing breeds widens the possibilities, and may just help you find the perfect blend of characteristics to fit your lifestyle and preferences. But of course, so many options can also make things more confusing. That’s why StudyFinds did the research for you to find five of the best mixed dog breeds out there. This list includes the most frequent expert recommendations, but be sure to let us know in the comments if you have a favorite we missed!

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Dogs sitting on a log (Photo by Bruce Warrington on Unsplash)

The List: Best Mixed Dog Breeds, According to Canine Experts

1. Cockapoo

This fluffy pup closely resembles a teddy bear come to life. Even better, they come with a lovable and friendly personality to match. As Good Housekeeping explains, “the Cockapoo (part cocker spaniel, part poodle) is one of the most popular mixed-breed dogs. They aren’t prone to shedding and can be easily trained, making them a great choice for families.”

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Cockapoo (Photo by Nick Fewin on Unsplash)

“Mixed-breed dogs often go by a couple of monikers, and the Cockapoo is no exception. In Australia, people call this cocker spaniel and poodle mix a Spoodle,” notes Reader’s Digest. “We just know it’s an adorable combo of wavy poodle hair and dreamy cocker spaniel eyes. Usually, the Cockapoo is bred with a miniature poodle, so it will be around 30 pounds—small enough for sofa snuggling yet big enough to get rough and rowdy in the backyard. Poodles and cocker spaniels are happy-go-lucky aspiring athletes who love to frolic and play with the entire family. When you add it all up, Cockapoos are one of the best dogs for kids and families.”

As is the case with many mixed breeds, the best traits of the parents often come out in the offspring. Even the less desirable traits of a breed can be balanced out when mixed with the strengths of another, experts suggest. “Cocker spaniels tend to have ear and skin problems, but the poodle mix makes these less prevalent in a cockapoo,” notes Daily Paws. “The poodle also brings intelligence to the mix, making them easy to train. Plus, they’re easy to love.”

2. Chiweenie

Both parents of this pup pack a whole lot of cuteness into one petite package. A cross between the loyal and smart chihuahua and the outgoing and distinctive Dachshund, this mix is a great fit for those who want an extra small dog with a big personality. And as Good Housekeeping puts it, “the only thing cuter than the name is the actual dog itself. This pint-size hybrid has the intelligence of a chihuahua and the spirited nature of a Dachshund.”

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Chiweenie dog (Photo by Cheryl Senko on Unsplash)

“The best way to describe a Chiweenie? A firecracker, because their spunky confidence will definitely keep their owner on their toes,” claims Daily Paws. “These dogs do well in apartment living, but it’s essential to keep a pulse on the noise level since they tend to bark frequently. Chiweenies don’t need a ton of exercise but do have energy to burn, so daily walks, playtime, and positive reinforcement when learning new skills are important for your dog’s overall health and happiness.”

These pups are a particularly great match for city dwellers thanks to their lower exercise requirements and signature short stature. And unlike many long-haired pups, they require very little upkeep to maintain a healthy coat. As Parade Pets says, “compact is the perfect word to describe this Chihuahua and Dachshund mixed-breed dog. They make great apartment dogs due to their small size and the fact that they are especially easy to groom.”

3. Goldendoodle

If you’ve walked past any dog park in recent years, you’ve surely seen plenty of these curly-coated beauties. This cross between the beloved golden retriever and the brilliant (and non-shedding!) poodle has captivated dog owners everywhere in recent years, making it one of the most popular mixes around. “Much like the Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle is a perfect family pet for those with allergies. This time, a Poodle is crossed with a Golden Retriever, resulting in a dog who is a playful, intelligent companion,” explains PitPat. “They inherit a golden curly coat that can have hypoallergenic properties and love their family to bits.”

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Goldendoodle (Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash)

“Ladies and gentlemen, we present the CEO of cuteness: the goldendoodle. The proud parents are the golden retriever and standard poodle. You might have also seen the ultra-cute golden minidoodle, a mix of golden retriever and miniature poodle. In both types of ‘doodle,’ the poodle’s curly hair is dominant. The retriever genes are evident in the broader face, round head, and of course, the friendly yet soulful ‘puppy eyes,'” explains Reader’s Digest. “Individually, poodles and golden retrievers are considered two of the best dogs for first-time pet parents because they’re easy to train and groom and are oh-so lovable. When you combine the two, you have the makings of the ultimate doggo.”

Whether you’re looking for your first dog or your fifth, the goldendoodle is worth considering. Depending on the size of the parents, these pups can be a wide range of weights, meaning you can find the size that suits your lifestyle. And thanks to the characteristics of both poodles and goldens, you’re in for a new best friend that’s equal parts smart and sweet. As PetHelpful says, “this Golden Retriever and Poodle hybrid is sweet and curious. They can be bred in a variety of sizes and are good family dogs. Their gentle disposition makes them lovable, and with consistency, they are easy to train.”

4. Pomsky

The Siberian Husky is a strikingly beautiful dog, but it’s also an undeniably large one. For dog owners who’d prefer a more moderately sized pup, there’s the Pomsky. As Good Housekeeping says, “while they can vary within the same litter, think of Pomskies as smaller, fluffier Siberian Huskies thanks to their Pomeranian DNA. These little guys usually weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.”

A woman holding Pomsky puppies
A woman holding Pomsky puppies (Photo by Victor Ataide on Unsplash)

“You love the regal appearance of a husky—but you prefer a smaller pup. A Pomsky has the best of both worlds! Thanks to the Pomeranian, a Pomsky is not only more petite but also brings the character of a bonded companion dog who wants to stay with their owner,” explains Daily Paws. “This is unlike a husky, who tends to be a bit more independent. Also, be mindful of your neighbors since the Pomeranian and husky are both more ‘talkative’ breeds.”

If you want a dog that’s always happy to be hanging out with the family, the Pomsky is a great pick. Blending the energy of a husky with the relational nature of a Pomeranian makes for a personable and affectionate pup. “There’s a lot to love with the Pomeranian Husky mix. They’re adorable, playful and a little bit silly,” lists The Smart Canine. “But most importantly, they love to be around people. Pomskies are the happiest with family and in the center of attention.”

5. Puggle

If you love pugs but aren’t prepared to handle the health issues that often come along with the breed, the puggle may just be your new best friend. By crossing the pug with the hearty beagle, you get a pup that often enjoys the best of both worlds (and is just as adorable as either parent!). “The puggle is a healthy alternative to the pug,” notes AZ Animals. “Beagles are medium-sized dogs with few health issues, especially working-line beagles. On the other hand, pugs are known for being great family dogs, but they are unhealthy. Therefore, mixing these two breeds together gives you a people-oriented dog with fewer health issues – usually.”

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Puggle (Photo by Tom Hills on Unsplash)

“Love the wanderlust of a beagle and the playful antics of a pug? The puggle could be the dog for you,” says Reader’s Digest. “The mug on this pooch is undeniably a pug, from the furrowed face to the black-rimmed eyes and dark muzzle. But the length of the muzzle points to the beagle, as do the ears and longer body. As for the fawn color and curvy tail high on the rear, that’s all pug. Just how big this pug mix will grow depends on the size of the beagle parent. Smaller and shorter ones are under 15 inches and less than 20 pounds, while others range from 13 to 15 inches and 20 to 30 pounds.”

As with any mixed breed, you roll the dice on the qualities of each parent your dog will inherit. For the puggle, this means a variety of breed-specific personality traits to look out for. Depending on the mix your specific pup displays, you may need to tailor your training strategy for the best results. Either way, you’ll quickly find yourself with a new best friend. “The two very different parent breeds mean that your Puggle’s personality could vary wildly,” explains PitPat. “Many inherit a stubborn streak from their independent Beagle parent, but the gentle Pug nature often tempers this trait.”

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  1. They picked these because the name of the breed sounds cute and they can charge a lot of money for them but if they are not 100% one breed they are a mutt. I’ve had dogs that were mutts and pure breed if you treat the animal right they will love you.

      1. All dogs are Great and will love you Unconditionally! But proper training in the beginning is the key to having a Wonderful pet and companion for years!

    1. I COMPLETEY AGRÉÉ. IVE HAD 4 cockapoos in my 50 years. My last ,Chloe , lived to 17 yrs. Perfect size(for traveling, gentle with all ages. And such unconditional love. I haven’t been the same since having to put Chloe down. I’m now trying to search for another, but difficult because I feel like I’m replacing her and I hate that.

  2. I have a Shi ffon. A Shih Tzu and Brussels Griffon mix! He is thee smartest dog! The brains of a Brussels with the snuggles of the Shih Tzu. The perfect combination of both of their fur textures. An absolutely amazing mixed breed! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this mix.

  3. I love my standard black F1 golden doodle! Yes, he’ll bark at a falling leaf, but he’s the smartest, friendliest, most empathetic dog I’ve ever had. Although not trained as a support dog, he always knows if I’m sick or feeling low. Then, he stays by me, and won’t bark at a thing! When he sheds his hair comes off in a clump, which I just pick up by hand. No constant vacuuming. He’s also the most intelligent dog I’ve ever had. As a puppy he was so easy to train! He picked up on what I was commanding him to do quickly, and at 6, loves learning new tricks. He’s a fantastic dog, and a joy to have.

  4. We have had both a Puggle and Chug. Both were rescues. While obviously they varied in size amazingly their fur color and pattern were identical. Great dogs

  5. We have 2 Daxijacks. Full of fun, affectionate and such characters! Very pretty dogs too !!!
    Jack Russell dad and dapple dachshund mum so you can imagine the beautiful markings!!

  6. The Pomsky’s are adorable but how do you breed a small dog with a big? I have 3 Poms. Don’t get it.

  7. Another good cross breed is the jack Russell/king Charles cavalere. Smart, smart,and smart. They learn quick, great companions, love finding things you hide. Train very quickly

  8. I have a a MaltiPou across between a Maltese& a Poodle he is very smart, quick to learn, very sweet and loving. He is always by my side and sleeps in the bed with me. He adores my Shitzu and cuddles with her in the bed, she mothers him . Bella loves him and they are always together. Bella is a pure breed she is 14 years old and Benson is 2 . I have had both pups since they were 6 weeks old.

    1. I was surprised the Maltipoo wasn’t included in this list. They seem to be pretty popular.

  9. I couldn’t disagree more. These are designer dogs. Ask vets/assistants which dogs they would never own and most of these are among the them. Golden doodles in particular need a lot of training

  10. I have had poodles, mixed breeds, a puggle and a Yorkie.
    Each was loving, gentle and my family’s beloved pet.
    It is extremely important to get dogs as puppies to ensure complete house training.

  11. I wish you had added the Cavachon. They are the sweetest and cutest and pretty darn smart. Cross between Cavalier King Charles and Bichon. Just a bundle of love.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. My cavachon, Precious, is such a special little girl. She is nearly 12 now, and has had a couple of rough years, but she is still my favorite companion. To me all dogs are special.

  12. I have a shorkie, a shitzhu Yorkie mix. He is a rescue. He was taken from a home because of abuse by the children. He is a lap dog 90% of the time but just enough terrier so I am unable to take him off leash. He is a great dog. I only wish I had him as a puppy so I could have socialized him. Once he gets over the initial fear, he is extremely friendly.

  13. The cockapoo has been around for 25years. It is the first of what they now call designer breeds. They are the best dogs I have ever had!!! Smart, sweet and sassy. My oldest boy is still with me he is 18 1/2 years old . His son also. He is 15. Sadly we lost our Mama Bear 6 weeks ago. She was 16 1/2. She was the love of my life and I will miss her forever. Again, this is the BEAT breed ever!!!
    Thanks for listening ❤️

  14. I got a very expensive Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles/poodle) at 14 weeks. I got curious and ran a DNA test on him. Spaniel, American Eskimo, bishop Frise, poodle. He is adorable, loving, is a really good puppy, but dumb as a box of rocks. Flunked puppy school. I paid a ridiculous amount of money to a local pet store and got a full fledged mongrel. ( who by the way, was very I’ll when I brought him home, with a crack in his from paw. He had a cast for 5 weeks. Be careful who you buy from. Pet stores are notoriousl for getting shelter dogs and passing them off.

  15. I have a chiweenie and was not expensive. She’s so smart since a tiny puppy! At 9 weeks she was retrieving and hose broken. Like that one lady that says they are mutts, who cares! Mixed breeds are often smarter than a pure bred dog. Everyone loves my Izzy! Pure black and so adorable! 🩷

  16. Dachshund Poodles are great we’ve adopted two. Very smart and they don’t shed. Grooming is required but that’s shaving and a Mohawk.

  17. Articles like this encourage back yard breeders. There are many many beautiful dogs in shelters. Adopt don’t shop.

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