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The Cutest Mixed Breed Dogs You’ll Want to Bring Home

We're just gonna be upfront with you—these mixed breeds are so stinkin' cute, you'll want one of each.

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Portrait of a pair of Bernedoodles sitting by a pool on a lounge chairMaria Bell/Shutterstock

What’s in the mix?

Cute mixed breeds are born of two purebred parents. For example, the Bernedoodle has one Bernese Mountain dog parent and one Poodle parent. The result of two purebreds is mostly unpredictable though; the puppies can inherit a number of characteristics, including size, color, coat, temperament, and health when two purebreds mate. Even puppies in the same litter can be different. One may have features dominant of the mom, while another puppy may have a more balanced set of both parents. Imagine the possibilities if the litter comes from a cross between a small dog breed and a large dog breed! However, some mixes are more predictable when the parents are already similar in looks and size. Whether you’re searching for the smartest dog breeds, the most affectionate dog breeds, or the cutest dog breeds, these mixed breed dogs will surely steal your heart.

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Dog on the lakeKatherine Jianas/Shutterstock


What do you get when you combine the chill and dedicated Bernese Mountain dog with a highly intelligent poodle that was popular in circus shows? A Bernedoodle! It flaunts an irresistibly curly or wavy coat in a limitless variety of coat colors but most often seen in tri-colors of black-brown-white or black and white or black and browns. Yet, with all that hair, they rarely shed. Mixed breed dogs of this nature widely vary in size, depending on the size of the parent poodle. A Bernedoodle could be as small as 10 pounds or as large as 90 pounds. See more medium dog breeds that you may just feel tempted enough to bring home.

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Fluffy Redhead Bichon Poodle Bichpoo Dog on a Girly Floral BackdropUrsula Page/Shutterstock


Also known as the Bichpoo, this cute and fluffy designer breed is a mix of miniature or toy poodle and Bichon Frise. Believe it or not, both breeds have roots in water-hunting, are extremely playful, affectionate, and are all around happy-go-lucky pups. Mixed breed dogs with a similar parent mix, such as the Poochon don’t display a lot of drastic differences so you’ll likely get a smooth blend of both breeds instead of a pup with a strong trait toward one breed or the other. For more fluffy dogs, check out these adorable dogs that look like a mop.

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Yorkie Pomeranian mix (Porkie)Michael Boudreau/Shutterstock


We’re not sure if the Porkie likes its given name since it’s on the tiny side—weighing just 7 pounds all grown up—but we’re sure we love this little pup tart combo of a Yorkshire terrier and Pomeranian. In this pup you see the Yorkie in the tri-color of the coat and the cute fluffy beard. The pom genes are seen in the fuller, cobby rounded body. If you think this mixed breed dog is cute, wait till you see these adorable pug mixes. And if you need more pug cuteness in your life, these precious pug pictures will do jus the trick.

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Pomsky (Husky Pomeranian Mix) Running with Tongue OutJonathan Byrne/Shutterstock


No doubt you’ve seen mixed breed dogs that come from drastically different size parents and wonder how breeding the two is even possible. The answer is artificial insemination—at least in this Siberian Husky and Pomeranian hybrid. The result is a Pomsky, a hunk of burning love with the fox-like face of a Pomeranian and the mask of a husky. It’s interesting how a lap dog and athletic type came to be, but the one thing both breeds have in common is their talkative nature. Poms are known for being yappy and husky’s have that trademark howl. If you can’t get enough of huskies, you’ll love these adorable husky pictures!

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hairy dog. Puppy of the cockapoo is breeding mixed with american cocker spaniel and poodle. Small doggie. Decorative thoroughbred dog. on natural daylight.MT.PHOTOSTOCK/Shutterstock


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. We just think it’s an adorable pup tart of wavy poodle hair and dreamy cocker spaniel eyes. Usually, the cockapoo is bred with a miniature poodle, so it will around be around 30 pounds—small enough for sofa snuggling yet big enough to get rough and rowdy in the backyard.  Don’t miss these best dogs for kids that your family will just love.

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Action shot of a Boxer-Labrador mix, also known as a "Boxador" wearing a bow tie. Room frame right for text and/or graphic. This dog is just "Boxadorable."Phil Lowe/Shutterstock


There’s no mistaking the Boxer influence in the fawn-colored coat and masked face of this pup, but the width of the face, drop ears and longing eyes suggest Labrador Retriever. Of course, the coat can be a variety of colors, depending on the parent, but its size is pretty standard, up to 80 pounds full grown. Both breeds prefer an athletic and social lifestyle, so be prepared to play hard in the yard—just keep him away from these doggie hazards.

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Beautiful brown crossbreed dog Husky and Shepherd.Evdoha_spb/Shutterstock

Gerberian Shepsky

Some parts of mixed breed dog names are hard to figure out. “Oodle” for poodle is a gimme. But what breeds are in a Gerberian Shepsky? It’s a little more difficult because each breed has two names. Give up? It’s a German Shepherd-Siberian Husky mix. The clues are in its face. The German Shepherd is evident in the erect ears, keen eyes, and color of the coat, but the Husky influence shows up in the thicker coat and slightly broader face with the hallmark Husky mask. Check out the fastest dog breeds in the world that will just zip right by you.

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Aussiedoodle puppy playing on beach. Aussiedoodle is a designer dog mix between purebred poodle and Australian Shepard. They are companion dogs.Steve Bruckmann/Shutterstock


Standing proud, this dreamboat mix is an energetic mix of an Australian Shepherd and poodle. The poodle influence is striking with the curly hair, especially when you compare the coat to a standard poodle with a modern cut. But some Aussiedoodles have straight, wiry hair. Underneath the curls lies a typical Australian Shepherd mottled pattern of contrasting shades of blues and silver. This Aussiedoodle doesn’t have ghostly blue eyes of his parent, but some do—or have one blue and one brown! Your Aussiedoodle would love to go to one of these dog-friendly beaches.

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Chihuahua mixed yorkshire terrier standing on the grass in the garden.Mali lucky/Shutterstock


This Chorkie is a cute little muffin with the “ingredients” of a Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier. Both breeds are similar in size, weighing between 6 to 10 pounds and a petite 9 inches in height. At first glance, you notice the trademarks of Yorkie in the tri-color coat and dreamy eyes. But check out the head and the Chihuahua’s influence is visible in the perky ears atop a round, dome-like head. Learn which hypoallergenic dog breeds are best for people with allergies.

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French bulldog mix boston terrier dogXiao Zhou/Shutterstock


When two mighty companion breeds like the independent French bulldog and the accommodating Boston terrier get together, a Frenchton is born. This robust pup with a happy smile is sporting the tuxedo-style markings of a Boston terrier on the body and face, but it doesn’t have the buggy eyes of the Boston terrier. The Frenchie side is unmistakable in the muscular and stocky build and bat-like ears. Just don’t make these puppy training mistakes, especially if you have an independent breed like a Frenchie.

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Dogs, Cross breed Rottweiler - German ShepherdMuuo/Shutterstock


Well hello, good lookin’, what breeds you got cookin’ under that gorgeous coat? If this working/herding variety of mixed breed dogs could talk, it would tell you it’s a German Shepherd-Rottweiler mix. Speaking of that coat, the black, tan, and white nod to the shepherd as the Rottie has a black-based coat. Both breeds are muscle dogs, but the shepherd has leaner muscular and the Rottie a densely packed muscular body and broad chest seen here. The broadhead and mask around the eyes are clearly Rottie also, while the triangular muzzle point to the shepherd. See if your breed is on our list of the dogs with the longest life spans.

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A springer spaniel beagle cross bread dog lying down pantingAndy Ginns/Shutterstock


Mixed breed dogs that contain the best of both hunting worlds are evident in this Spreagle—a Springer Spaniel and beagle mix. Both are medium-sized dogs, but the beagle brings its super sniffing skills to the table, while the springer spaniel boasts an accomplished flush and retrieve skillset. Roll those up together, and you get the rugged good looks of the outdoorsy type. The eyes, dark mask, and ticking belong to the spaniel, but those larger spots also point to the beagle, along with the broadhead and darling drop ears. Once hunting dogs like the Beagle and Springer Spaniel get on a scent they follow it anywhere it takes them, so you’ll want to know how to find your lost dog if she wanders away.

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Puggle dog outdoor portrait everydoghasastory/Shutterstock


Love the wanderlust of a beagle and the playful antics of a pug? Then the puggle could be for you! The mug on this pug is undeniable, from the furrowed face, black-rimmed eyes, and dark muzzle, although the length of the muzzle points to the beagle. The ears, however, are definitely from beagle genes as is the longer body, but the fawn color suggests pug. And don’t forget that curvy tail high on the rear. That belongs to the pug. Stumped on what to name your Puggle? One of these 100 dog names is sure to inspire you.

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Cute Female Schnoodle SittingClaire McAdams/Shutterstock


This little sweetie is a champion snuggler with all that fluffy goodness. The poodle influence is clear with the ears and a curly solid base color coat but the peppering of black and silver framing the arched eyebrows and bristly whiskers suggest Schnauzer. The sizes vary greatly (as in 6 to 70 pounds) since poodles and schnauzer’s come in three sizes, and if the parents are the Giant Schnauzer and the Standard poodle, you’ll need to buy a lot of dog food. Here’s what vets feed their own dogs.

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A white male Maltipom (Maltese and Pomeranian crossing) laying on the road enjoy relaxing, Winter in GA USA.Ancha Chiangmai/Shutterstock


Waves on fluff and foxy face, this Maltipom is exhibiting the hallmark trait of a Pomeranian parent with its stunning fox-like face with almond eyes and soft ears mounted high on the head. The longer mostly white coat and plume tail is courtesy of the Maltese parent. The Maltese and Pomeranian come from the toy group, and both breeds are fantastic lap dogs that don’t require a lot of exercise. But that doesn’t mean you can snuggle and bypass formal exercise altogether—here’s how much exercise dogs need every day.

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Our Flat Coated Retriever back in 2015FrankFotoFilm/Shutterstock


If this mix had a dating profile it might read—”Hey there, I’m kind of a deal with my fetching good looks and an easy-going personality. I love to swim and fetch balls on the beach. But I’m not just good-looking and sporty, I’m also brainy and learn new tricks quickly. I got all these traits from my parents—the Labrador retriever and English Springer spaniel. The Lab in me is fairly dominant. Just look at my broad face and well-balanced muzzle and drop ears (the springer side has much longer ears). But the feathering on my coat and wavy feathering in my tail is all springer.” Have a cat at home? These dogs that are good with cats will make the perfect pairing with your kitty.

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Goldendoodle puppy on pier in Florida 4 month old cute dogMatthew Yoder/Shutterstock


Ladies and gentlemen, we present you the C.E.O. of cuteness—the Goldendoodle. The proud parents are a golden retriever and a poodle. By the way, mixed breed dogs that have one parent as a poodle can vary in size depending on the size of the poodle. For example, there are mini-golden doodles too. The curly hair is all poodle. The retriever genes are evident in the broader face and round head, and of course, the friendly yet soulful “puppy eyes” of the retriever. You might not be able to tell if your dog is depressed by looking into her eyes, but if you notice one of these signs, your furbaby could be blue.

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White Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese smiling near flowersAli Peterson/Shutterstock


First of all, how cute is the name? It would suit as the perfect name for this little darling nugget. The Maltese and Yorkshire terrier have no issues owning up to their contributions of adorableness. The Maltese is generally all white but Yorkies can be a combo of colors, generally tan, black, and white so this Morkie has a delightful combo. The sparkly and friendly peepers with a hint of feistiness are Yorkie but the sweet gumdrop nose belongs to the Maltese. If you love astrology, check out the zodiac signs as dogs.

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Rottweiler cross DobermanGem Russan/shutterstock


Heads up, this brawny play-it-cool breed is available for guard duty and companionship. Mixed breed dogs such as this are a powerhouse, weighing between 65 to 120 pounds and standing about 26 inches high; not a shock since the parents are a Rottweiler and Doberman pinscher. The strong and broad chest of the Rottweiler balances out the leaner legs from the Doberman. A Rotterman could take on the broad mask face of a Rottweiler like this guy or the muzzle could be longer and leaner like the Doberman.

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Young cute Chihuahua and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixed breed dog looking up towards cameraClaudiu Alin/Shutterstock


Get lost in this little sweetie pies eyes, it won’t mind. The pint-size breeds responsible for this bombshell of cuteness are the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Chihuahua. Both parent breeds have large round eyes, but this Chilier leans a little to the Cavalier side with the expressive eyes versus the saucier of the Chihuahua. But the mask and tan highlight around the eyes is a trait of both parents. Ears on the Chihuahua are erect, but depending on the coat, may also have fringes around the ear. This Chilier has the Cavalier side when it comes to the drop-shaped ears and the Chihuahua with the fringe. Head’s up—one of the health issues of a Cavalier is degenerative heart disease and this type of dog food could be to blame.

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A cute dachshund mix dog out for a walk in the city. His owner's legs are reflected in a window behind.Page Light Studios/Shutterstock


The parents of some mixed breed dogs are easier to spot. You spot the similarities of a Dachshund and Pembroke Corgi with the longer body, but the face is tapered like a Dachshund as are the fluffy rounded ears. Look closely at the paws which are bent at the wrist like a Dachshund too. The coat certainly resembles the fawn color in a Pembroke (not to be confused with the Cardigan Corgi) as does the fluffy tail. By the way, your dog uses its tail to communicate these things to you. And bookmark these adorable corgi pictures for when you need a smile!

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Havanese and Poodle crossbreed puppy sitting against a white backdropSusan Schmitz/shutterstock


You probably don’t even care what mixed breed dog this, you just want to take this curly little muffin home—no questions asked. But if you were to guess poodle as some portion you would be right. The other adorable features are courtesy of the Havanese genes, which are most evident in the facial features of the full and rectangular muzzle and the broad, folded over ears. And as mixed breed dogs go, they often have a few monikers. Take your pick—the Poovanese or Havapoo.

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cute baby pug chihuahua mix called a chug playing on a green lawnAnnette Shaff/Shutterstock


This cute and spunky charm bomb is a mix of a pug and Chihuahua. Both breeds like to be the center of your world, and with this mixed breed dog’s huggable good looks, it’s easy to shower the Chug with lots of attention. This pup has the soft, folded ears and short, wrinkly face of a pug, with the big, round eyes and long body of a Chihuahua. Those innocent puppy eyes aren’t so angelic when they’re tearing up your sofa pillows while you’re at work, so you’ll want to invest in some of these strategies to keep your furbaby busy while you’re away.

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Great Pyrenees crossed with a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog female sitting. Off-leash dog park in Northern California.yhelfman/shutterstock


When it comes to mixed breed dogs, this one takes the cake for the humongous hugger award. The parents, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and the Great Pyrenees are big dogs, upwards of 120 pounds and 30 inches tall. That’s a lot of love and loyalty to go around. The coat is definitely a combo of the two as the Pyrenees is white and the Swiss is a combo of black, tan, and white. The fluffy coat points to the Pyrenees. The ears and eyes in both breeds are the same type, but the leaner body resembles the strong muscular side of the Swiss. Next, learn why mixed breed dogs are considered some of the healthiest dog breeds.

Lisa Marie Conklin
Lisa Marie Conklin is a Baltimore-based writer who writes regularly about pets and home improvement for Reader's Digest. Her work has also been published in The Healthy, HealthiNation, The Family Handyman, Taste of Home, and, among other outlets. She's also a certified personal trainer and walking coach for a local senior center. Follow her on Instagram @lisamariewrites4food and Twitter @cornish_conklin.

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