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Considering a Mixed Breed Dog? Fun Mixed Breeds + Test Your Dog Breed Knowledge

We love mixed breed dogs or as some call them All American Dogs since it means that perhaps you are considering a rescue dog or it just means that you have an imagination and are considering all of the fun dog breed traits that can be combined to make your dream doggie pal.    

What is a Mixed Breed Dog?

A mixed breed dog is any dog breed that is mixed with one or more other breeds to create genetic diversity.  Many people think of the designer mixed breed dogs that are purposefully bred for genetic diversity like the poodle crosses.  However, a mixed breed has infinite possibilities and many dogs you know are mixed breeds. Some refer to mixed breeds as All American Dogs and praise them for their genetic diversity and individuality, the AKC is even letting All American Dogs compete in certain events as part of their Canine Partners Program.

For instance, a lab crossed with a heeler, boxer or anything you can possibly imagine is a mixed breed!

Beige Mini Goldendoodle peeking out of a wooden bucket.

The Benefits of a Mixed Breed Dog 

If you are considering mixed breed dog you may want to consider some of these benefits of a mixed breed dog which may include improved traits, temperament and less genetic disease.  

Added bonus is the induced intrigue.  Many will ask about your pet as some mixes are not discernable.  

Small puppy in white and brown in the grass with mouth open.
Many mixes like this adorable puppy are indiscernible and provide a sense of intrigue.

Temperament of Mixed Breed Dogs

Some experts say that the extremes of temperament and behavior often seen in purebreds are less common in mixed breeds. This is often thought due to the fact that purebreds are by their nature bred to have a particular trait. 

For instance, working dogs like Weimaraner’s and Pointers are trained to hunt and for their energy to hunt.   Whereas once a purebred is mixed, those traits are less deliberate lending to more of a middle of the road temperament which may allow for a more moderate personality allowing them to adjust to a greater variety of households and lifestyles.

I have fallen in love with the Great Pyrenees but also learned that Great Pyrenees love to stray.  So I found an amazing Great Pyrenees cross that may reduce their desire to stray in a Bernese Mountain Dog/Great Pyrenees cross while at the same time adding the loyalty and intelligence of Great Pyrenees to the Bernese Mountain Dog. How fun to imagine all of the possibilities of mixed breed dogs.

Imagine the possibilities in our mixed breed mashups @popularpetpals and all of the possibilities in our Mixed Breed Ultimutt Dog Quiz.

Overall Health of Mixed Breed Dogs  

Although we know it is a risk of making a complete and utter over generalization mixed breed dogs do tend to be healthier in general terms due to their good genetic diversity. The typical mixed breed maybe won’t be at risk of the eye issues common to pugs or the overheating of a purebred bulldog.  

Things to Watch Out for with Mixed Breed Dogs 

On the other hand mixed breed dogs may have issues of their own.  The parents of a mixed breed puppy may have not been medically screened for inherited health problems. Added to that some mixed breed dogs are blends of purebreds that share similar health problems means the same bad genes could easily come over from both parents and pair up in their puppies.

A careful search may uncover a mixed breed breeder that has done the proper tests on the parents. Whereas with a mixed breed dog, you have to put your faith in his genetic diversity, rather than in medical testing.

Mixed Breed Dogs the Lowdown

There is a lot of talk of mixed breed dogs bred purposefully by breeders but we all know that the world is full of unplanned births of gorgeous puppies that need us.  Most are mixed breed and healthy pets that will fit in nicely with our families and amazingly enough due to the prevalence of dog DNA testing we never have to go without knowing what breed our dog is.  

As an ode to our Motherpuppin Adorable: What to do when your dog is better than everyone else’s available at your favorite booksellers which contains special challenging dog quizzes here is a short quiz of some Adorable mixed breed dogs.

Can you guess these designer mixed breeds?

A small brown and white Bernandoodle looking at the camera looking cute with words over the picture "Can you guess what breed am I?"
A small brown puppy with long hair looking into the camera with the phrase "what mixed breed am I?"
A small brown and grey  puppy with long hair looking into the camera with the phrase "what mixed breed am I?"
A small brown and white dog with long hair looking into the camera with the phrase "what mixed breed am I?"

Give a comment below if you got them all and tell us what your favorite mixed breed dog is!


If you were considering a mixed breed dog we hope you do and don’t forget about the mixed breed at your local shelter.  Many make amazing family pets.  


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Answers:  Bernadoodle, Weimerdoodle, Chorkie, Bernese/Great Pyrenees