Mixed breed dogs have increased in popularity over the past two decades. This may be in part to more people choosing to adopt pets from animal shelters where many of the dogs are mixed breeds.
Here are the 10 most popular mixed breed dogs.
- Cockapoo - A popular mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, Cockapoos were first bred in the 1950s. They might be considered the original “designer dog.” The joyful, easy going nature of the breed, combined with a low-shedding, low dander coat makes the Cockapoo a great family dog and a good choice for people with allergies. Cockapoos are loyal, intelligent, affectionate, and easy to train.
- Maltipoo – This mix of Maltese and Poodle breeds a dog with a sporty, fun-loving and friendly nature. They are agile, lively and endearing. Maltipoos are a great choice for homes with older children, and they generally get along well with other pets.
- Labradoodle - This mixed breed dog is a Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix, who are intelligent and friendly dogs. Their playful nature makes them great additions to an active family, while their calm, gentle side makes them perfect companions for older people as well. Their coats won't bother people with allergies, and Labradoodles are highly trainable.
- Goldendoodle - The product of breeding a Poodle with a Golden Retriever, the Goldendoodle is a gentle, affectionate pup that makes an excellent family pet. They are versatile working dogs, often trained as service dogs and therapy dogs. Their sporty exuberance and tolerance for cold weather makes the goldendoodle a great choice for outdoor-loving Canadians.
- Maltese/Shih Tzu - A cross between a Maltese and Shih Tzu, this adorable breed is loving, loyal, and spunky. They are alert and playful, and do best in homes with older children and adults.
- Puggle – A cross between a Beagle and a Pug, this pup has a fun-loving, lovable personality and an easy-going nature. They are small, but with a stocky build that makes them less delicate than most little dogs. That makes them a great choice for a house full of children. They won't knock over the little ones, and they are sturdy enough for kids who play rough.
- Schnoodle – Breed a Poodle with a Schnauzer and you get a Schnoodle: a sweet-natured lap dog, an exuberant family dog, or a therapy dog. Intelligent, mischievous, and astute, Schnoodles are easy to train and can develop quite a large vocabulary. Their coats may vary from rough to silky, and won't shed much.
- Peekapoo - This Pekingese-Poodle is loyal, affectionate, and furiously protective of his people...which is adorable in such a small dog. Peekapoos are quintessential lap dogs who love to snuggle, and they make great companion dogs for older people.
- Yorkipoo – Breed a Yorkshire Terrier with a Miniature Poodle and you get a lovable purse-sized dog that's well suited to apartment life. Yorkiepoos love to perform and will do tricks for your attention. They are alert and full of energy, affectionate, intelligent, and gentle.
- Goldador – A mix of two of the most popular dog breeds in Canada, the Goldador combines all the best of Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. They are friendly people pleasers, good-natured, loving and gentle. They make great working dogs and are often trained as service dogs and bomb detection dogs. Goldadors are active and fun-loving, so be prepared to spend a lot of time playing when you bring your pup home!