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All you need to know about mixed breed dogs

In recent years, the popularity of mixed breed dogs has been increasing.  Also, the look of certain mixed breed dogs makes them attractive to many people.

Dog breed names such as the Cockapoo and the Labradoodle have become synonymous with popularity. Dog shows have even jumped on this trend with events like Scruffts, a famous crossbreed competition promoting mixed breeds.

Are you thinking of getting a mixed breed dog? In this article, James Wellbeloved looks at some of the most popular crossbred dogs and how you can look after them.


Cockapoo: The Cockapoo is a very popular mixed breed dog right now. It’s a cross between Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. A result of mixing two highly energetic breeds, the cockapoo will need plenty of mental and physical activities to stay happy and healthy. You should definitely know this if you’re planning to bring one into your home, especially a puppy.

Maltipoo: The Maltipoo is another popular cross breed, combining Poodle and Maltese. The mixture between popular small dog breeds requires special attention, especially with their fur type. Nevertheless, the breed is said to be suitable for those with dog allergies, as it is more likely to be hypoallergic as a result of its coat. 

Cavapoo: The Cavapoo is also known as the Cavoodle and Cavoo. The breed is a cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs tend to be friendly and playful, making them a popular choice among young families and active pet owners alike.

Labradoodle: The Labradoodle is a cross between Labrador Retriever and either a standard or miniature Poodle. They are high-energy dogs, with some of them having a low-shedding coat. Labradoodles are seen as very sociable dogs, as comfortable around adults as they are children. These traits all help cement the labradoodle’s reputation as a popular mixed breed dog.

Chusky: The Chusky is a cross between the Chow Chow and the Siberian Husky. Despite appearing powerful and independent, chuskies are actually loving and loyal companions. Of course, their large size does mean a lot of long walks and exercise to help keep them in peak physical condition.


Mixed breed dogs are generally seen as having many health benefits. This happens as a result of the recessive gene not being reproduced as often as a result of the genes from another breed dominating over the problematic, recessive genes. The result of this is that the mixed breed assists the decrease of carrying a problematic gene.

However, this does not automatically mean that your mixed breed dog will be healthier than its purebred counterparts. They will still need the right combination of diet and exercise to stay happy and healthy throughout their lives.  


How mixed breed dogs respond to training depends on the characteristics inherited from their parents. For example, instincts that drive certain breeds – like digging or herding – may not be as intense in some mixed breed dogs,  but could equally be more intense in others that have inherited those genes! This requires a certain amount of effort when it comes to training your mixed breed dog. No matter what combination of breeds, though, they will always need plenty of attention and socialising to keep them healthy and alert throughout their lives.

Likewise, behavioural issues can still present themselves in mixed breed dogs, the same as any other breed. Proper exercise and care are usually all it takes to manage these, though. Any long-term problems should be discussed with a vet as soon as possible.

Owning a mixed breed dog may require a little extra attention here and there. But once you get your new furry friend home, you’ll realise they’re the perfect canine companion you’ve been looking for all along.