In the past 30 years, hybrid dogs have risen in popularity. These designer dogs are born from two different purebreds through controlled cross-breeding. As a result, animal-lovers get to pet dogs they didn’t know were possible. How else can you cuddle a dog who looks like a wolf? Or hold a living cotton ball? There are hundreds of mixed dog breeds, but these are the most recent and surprising additions to the family. And believe us; they’re all good boys.
Gollie–It’s A Gollie!
Gollies inherit their cuteness from some of the most affectionate dog breeds: the Golden Retriever and the Collie. This lively, energetic designer breed came into the public eye within the last 20 years. Gollies are always fun–if you can keep an eye on them!
Beware: Gollies may “attack” strangers with many licks and nuzzles. Although they can act aloof at first, they make great companions for active families. Like their parents, they’re heavy shedders.
Teddy Bear, Or Cockapoo?
Like other furry mixes, the Cockapoo stems from a Poodle, although their other parent is a Cocker Spaniel. This is one of the older breeds on the list, dating back to 1960. Depending on the mix, Cockapoos could either be large or small dogs.
These snuggly dogs have big personalities, with a zest for life that’s hard to ignore. They learn tricks quickly and hardly shed any fur. Like a teddy bear, they’ll cuddle with anyone.
Tiny And Mighty: The Golden Dox
Many people love Golden Retrievers. If you’re a small dog person, would you like a tiny Golden Retriever? That’s what you’ll get with a Golden Dox, an adorable mix between a Golden Retriever and Dachshund.
Golden Doxes are less than two feet high and make playful family dogs. They combine the feisty attitude of the Dachshund with the gentle loyalty of the Retriever. This pooch might be stubborn in training, but they’re naturally friendly and energetic.
No, This Isn’t A Wolf. It’s A Wolfdog
In 1955, the Czech Republic bred German Shepherds with a Carpathian wolf (yes, a wild wolf) and created the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. This breed was originally trained to hunt, rescue, and search for the military. Now, they’re the national dog of Czechoslovakia.
Czech Wolfdogs fulfill pet owners’ dreams of taming a wolf. If you train these dogs well, they’ll remain calm and clean. Fearless and suspicious, they make powerful guard dogs who enjoy strenuous exercise. Since they’re independent, Czech Wolfdogs require strict training.
This Cotton Ball Is A Chineranian
Also called a Chim Pom or Pom Chin, a Chineranian combines a Japanese Chin with a Pomeranian. Some of these mixes look like fluffies Chins; others are straight-up cotton balls. However they appear, they’re all low-energy cuddly dogs.
Chineranians have long fur that needs to be brushed daily and groomed often. But when it comes to exercise, they’re low-maintenance. They’re sensitive dogs who grow close to people and pets of all ages.
The French Pin, A Lap Bulldog
How cute is this pup? This is a French Pin, a mix between a Mini Pinscher and a French Bulldog. This mutt has the pinched face of a Bulldog with the big Pinscher ears, creating an adorable puppy face that most people haven’t seen before.
This mix only developed in the past 20 years. Although the French Pin is low-maintenance, it can be spunky and a bit of a barker. They’re great apartment dogs if you monitor them around children.
These Perky Ears Belong To A Taco Terrier
This tiny breed is as recent as the early 2000s. Taco Terriers get their name from their two parent breeds: Chihuahuas and Toy Fox Terriers. The “Taco” references the Chihuahua in Taco Bell commercials.
Despite being small, Taco Terriers have big personalities. These brave pups will defend their owners from anything. Since they love to smother their owners, Taco Terriers sometimes need firm training. They make amazingly affectionate lapdogs and exercise partners.
Chuskies Are The Ultimate Big Floof
If you want a medium-to-large fluffy dog, there’s a mix out there for you. A Chusky combines two big furry breeds: the Siberian Husky and the Chow Chow. Although their coats require high maintenance, Chuskies are great dogs to have around children and other pets.
Because this breed inherits a loud-mouthed stubbornness from both parents, they need an experienced dog owner to handle. They’re incredibly active and need plenty of room to play.
Dalcorgis, a mix between a Dalmatian and a Corgi, are so new that they’re hard to find. If you do find one, you’ll encounter a personality that’s between amiable and obstinate. They’re vivacious and bubbly, but also independent and sassy.
Dalcorgis vary in appearance, but like most Corgi mixes, they usually look like tiny Dalmatians. They’re quite dynamic and keep their owners busy, especially since they prefer to play with people. Dalcorgis will definitely keep their owners laughing and happy!
Eskland’s Snoot Is To Die For
Like many modern designer breeds, Esklands are bred to be family companions. These pups come from Shetland Sheepdog and American Eskimo parents. Depending on their parents, Esklands will vary in size, although they’re usually medium dogs.
Esklands are smart pooches who need plenty of mental stimulation. While they can adapt to apartment living, they prefer a small yard. Like their parents, Esklands’ big coats can heat them up in the summer, so make sure they stay cool.
Aussie Poms Are The Bomb
Although Aussie Poms aren’t yet recognized by the American Kennel Club roster, this recent breed is becoming popular in Europe and the U.S. As their name implies, Aussie Poms merge Australian Shepherds and Pomeranians. These pups are amicable and very social.
The size of an Aussie Pom varies depending on their Shepherd parent, but most look like tiny Australian Shepherds with Pomeranian features. Since they don’t like to be alone for long, make sure to give them plenty of pets!
Too Cute! It’s The Jack-A-Poo!
If the name of this breed doesn’t tickle your cute senses, its appearance will. The Jack-A-Poo combines the stout figure of a Jack Russell Terrier with the floof of a Miniature Poodle. Picture an incredibly fluffy Russell Terrier, and you have a Jack-A-Poo.
This new hybrid first arose in the 1990s. They come in a variety of colors, features, and fur thickness. But all Jack-A-Poo’s cheerful and intelligence, even if they seem wary at first.
Oodles Of Saint Berdoodles
Saint Berdoodles have a face as adorable as their breed name. These Saint Bernard-Poodle mixes are giant fluffballs of joy. Because of their large size, Saint Berdoodles are often the center of attention–which they adore!
Maintenance of Saint Berdoodles depends on the coat they inherit. Generally, these pups want to spend as much time with people as possible. They’re also very clever, so give them plenty of games to play.
The Bull-Boxer (No, Not The Shoe)
How cute are Bull-Boxers? No, not the shoe. The mix between a Pitbull and a Boxer. These mutts were developed in the 1990s and have since become a family favorite. Bull-Boxers love spending time with people and other dogs.
Brave and lively, Bull-Boxers make wonderful watchdogs if they’re trained well. They require low maintenance other than their medium-to-high energy levels. During downtime, they’re happy to lay quietly beside you.
How Can You Say No To This Miniature Bulldog?
A Miniature Bulldog, also called a Bull-Pug or Toy Bulldog, is a cross-breed between a Pug and an English Bulldog. These mutts tend to be a bit furrier than an average Pug and have the English Bulldog’s precious droopy eyes.
Miniature Bulldogs are peaceful and dignified, ready to get along with just about anyone. Although some males become territorial, most Bull-Pugs end up overprotective. They can be difficult to train at first, but they learn quickly.
Rottadors Are Never A Bore
Rottadors, also called Labrotties, combine the strength of a Rottweiler with the loyalty of a Labrador. As a descendant of both a herding dog and a sporting dog, Rottadors cherish time with others. You’ll often find them joining you wherever you are in your house.
As you may have guessed, Rottadors are active dogs. They’re smart, confident people-pleasers who are protective while not being aggressive. And they look like extra fluffy Rottweilers! What’s not to love?
Would You Have Guessed That A Maltipoo Is A Mix?
A Maltipoo is one of those mixes that doesn’t look like a mutt, but its own breed. In reality, this dog stems from Poodles and Malteses. They bring in all the furriness of the poodle while remaining hypoallergenic with limited shedding.
Maltipoos have expressive eyes and an even more expressive personality. If you want a cuddly lapdog, this is the mix for you. They love to play outdoors, so give them plenty of walks!
Cheagle, The Cutest Tiny Dog Mix
Also called a Chi-Bea or Chibeagle, the Cheagle is a combination of a Beagle and a Chihuahua. Like other mixes on this list, the Cheagle is new and less well-known. But its adorable face is to die for.
The Cheagle is too small to follow the hunting footsteps of the Beagle. Because they’re low-maintenance, they make great apartment companions. This one-foot-tall pup tends to be playful when they’re socialized well.
Schnoodles Look Like A Beanie Baby
First introduced in the 1980s, a Schnoodle comes from Schnauzer and Poodle parents. Not only are they a furry bundle of joy, but Schnoodles are also flexible, easy-to-handle pups. They like big families and small families, yard or no yard. And they’re hypoallergenic!
Schnoodles make great therapy dogs, but you might notice them favoring one person (a trait they adopted from Schnauzers). Although these designer dogs have varying types of fur, they usually require professional grooming.
Gotta Adore The Boxador
Guard dogs with puppy faces are a hard find, but there’s one mutt that fits the bill. Boxador inherits the intelligence of a Boxer with the eager-to-please attitude of a Labrador Retriever. Although it’s unknown when this mix came to be, it has recently grown in popularity.
As long as you train Boxadors well, they’ll make perfect companion dogs. Like their parents, they require lots of exercise and moderate grooming, especially during shedding season.