Adopting or buying a dog can be one of the most rewarding choices you can make. Dogs are called "man's best friend" for a reason, and they can fill your family life with utter joy. But purebred dogs can have a lot of medical issues due to the constant inbreeding. And untraced mutts can have personality traits or caring needs that you can't prepare for because you don't know their genealogy. When you already have a family to care for, you don't want to worry about these issues too.
Mixed breed dogs are the best of both worlds. They are mixed enough to reduce their hereditary illnesses but known enough to prepare for their hair care routines. But which mixed breed should you get?
German Shepherd Husky Mix
Anyone who sets their eyes on a husky instantly falls in love. They are large dogs with wolf-like physical features but the softest mind you could hope for. Huskies come from cold climates and are very effective sled dogs which mean they are perfect for cold countries and jobs which require endurance.
German Shepherds, on the other hand, are more smart than enduring. The police and the military often use them for hunting down suspects. The hardworking breed isn't aggressive despite their antisocial personality and loves to show affection to their family.
Bred to two together, and you get a husky German Shepherd mix! When it comes to appearance, it will be a gamble if the puppy looks more like a husky than a German Shepherd, but one thing is for sure - your dog will be smart.
Husky German Shepherds can handle hotter climates than a purebred husky, but they still need to live in cooler temperatures. They need a lot of grooming due to their husky nature, but you know teaching them will be easy due to their German shepherd minds.
In the end, you will get a beautiful and smart puppy who can handle warmer temperatures but still needs a heavy grooming routine.
Pug and Beagle Mix
The pug and beagle mix (also known as a puggle) is an amazing pet for a friendly and welcoming family.
Their beagle side will show you a fun-loving nature that is both gentle and boisterous. Beagles were bred to be hunting dogs, and even though the practice is largely disbanded, you can still see the pooches using their nose as their guide.
Pugs, however, are known as the original lap dog. They love people and want to be near you at all times. They can be playful pups and don't require a lot of exercise. Taking a pug's flat nose into account, too, their body just can't handle too much activity.
The puggle is the best of both worlds! Puggles have the energy and curiosity of a beagle but the social temperament and cuddly nature of a pug. And as a bonus, their snout will be longer, which means fewer breathing issues as the puppy grows up.
Cocker Spaniel and Poodle Mix
One of the most famous crossbreds is the cockapoo. It is a walking teddy bear and the cutest animal you can own.
Cocker Spaniels are known as a lively but sweet-natured animal that is easy to train. Their primary medical issue is epilepsy.
Poodles are also known to be high energy and intelligent but can easily develop eye and hip problems.
The main reason why people buy a cockapoo is due to its adorable appearance, but it should be mentioned that these beautiful dogs are just as easy to train as their parents.
They don't require as much grooming as poodles and aren't shedders like cocker spaniels. Although they can still develop hip problems, cockapoos are simply the easiest version of their parents when it comes to caring.
Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever Mix
Without getting technical, the main difference between a golden retriever and a labrador is the length of their coat. Labs are short-haired, whereas goldies are long-haired.
Both breeds are smart, loving, and energetic puppies which are perfect for families.
Mixing the breed together will create a genetically healthier retriever who is just as hungry, smart, and loveable as its parents.
French Bulldog and Boston Terrier Mix
French bulldogs are goofy followers who will waddle to the park or sit on your lap as you watch TV. They are easygoing, smart dogs that are prone to hyperthermia due to their inability to breathe properly.
Boston terriers are just as cuddly and just as energetic, but they don't have the goofy nature that we love about bulldogs.
Mix the two together, and you get a healthy puppy who can breathe easily, run as much as they like, and will still cuddle on the couch with you.
The best dog for you and your family is the one that bonds with you. But it can be easier to raise a mixed-breed dog who is smart, social, and healthy.
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