What are the best dogs to mix? What to Know

1 Bojack: Boston Terrier + Jack Russell Terrier

Height: 13 to 15 inches Weight: 10 to 20 pounds Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Personality: Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it keeps this lively canine going all day—and then some. Constantly on the lookout for something to do or someone to play with, BoJacks require tons of exercise to let off steam. At their best, these dogs are playful sprites; at their worst, they can be slightly aggressive, needy pooches.

Potential Health Issues: Joint problems—especially when it comes to knees and kneecaps­—can plague BoJacks. They also may go deaf as they age.

What are the best dogs to mix?

Schnoodle (Miniature Schnauzer and Miniature Poodle Mix)

Schnoodles are intelligent dogs by nature, and their personality makes them extremely loyal to their family members, says Fernandez. Theyre also a breed thats easier to train and enjoy all sorts of exercise—including a long visit to the dog park, a game of fetch, or a casual stroll.

The combination of the miniature poodle and the miniature schnauzer means they wont shed much but will require regular grooming.

What are the best dogs to mix?

Though Aussiedoodles love having a yard to run around in, they can happily live in an apartment—as long as their owner makes sure they get plenty of exercise. | Credit: Kevin Gilgan/Stocksy / Adobe Stock

Pomsky: Pomeranian + Husky

Height: 10 – 15 inches Weight: 7 – 38 pounds Lifespan: 13 – 15 years

Personality: Note the dramatic difference in size possibilities! Pomsky puppies (like all mixed or designer breeds) can end up looking more like one of their purebred parents than the other, especially when it comes to size, since Pomeranians are so much smaller than huskies. In high demand in the past few years, these dogs do well as city dwellers. Sure, they’re high energy and could display some stubborn independence from their husky line, but they usually train easily and have a friendly demeanor.

Potential Health Issues: Watch out for hip dysplasia (in all husky blends), knee dislocation and eye ailments.


Active, happy, and intelligent—these Poodle pups inherit some of the best qualities from both of their parents to result in many much beloved mixes like the Goldendoodle, Shih-poo, Schnoodle, and Labradoodle.

There are currently over 40 different types of Poodle mixes—or doodles, as theyre lovingly called. These dogs are born from Poodles with other purebreds like pugs, Labradors, or Cocker Spaniels. Since the 1980s, doodle dogs have increased in their popularity—and its not a wonder why. “Doodles are great pups!” says Colleen Demling, dog behaviorist at Dogtopia. “They shed less and have less dander than the breed that the poodle is crossed with.”

Because poodles come in three standard sizes, there is a wide range of dog sizes for people to adopt—everything from mini Goldendoodles to the standard Cockapoo and the larger, gentle-giant Newfypoo. These breeds are often low- to non-shedding, and are consider to be a safe bet for most people with allergies.

Another thing that people should look at is the generation of the doodle. Generation refers to how far removed from a purebred pairing—like a purebred Poodle and a purebred Labrador as parents. “The puppy will likely have strong personality traits of both individual breeds,” Demling explains. “However, if a pup is an F2 [that is, both parents were doodles] or F3 (grandparents were doodles), then the individual breed traits are less defined or obvious.”

Lets take a look at a few of the doodles available. Which ones are your favorite?