Since the beginning of time, men, women, and children alike have been drawn to one common thing: dogs. More and more individuals and families are purchasing or adopting dogs, especially recently. But different people have different preferences — like the breed or the size. There are various reasons to choose a small, mixed-breed dog over a purebred dog. Some of the reasons include:
Studies show that large, purebred dogs have commonly associated genetic defects. For example, German Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers naturally have hip and elbow dysplasia. Many veterinary professionals and dog breeders believe that mixing breeds is the solution. Essentially, when you combine different species, they become less likely to be a carrier of a recessive genetic disease;
Purebred dogs are used for shows, hunting, and companionship. But since there is so much involved with proving that a dog is purebred (papers for the mom, dad, and puppy), the price reflects that additional effort/footwork. While the exact cost can vary on several factors, most purebred dogs cost a minimum of a few grand — with dogs bred for work or show going for much, much more;
Like genetic predisposition, many dogs have common personality traits. Even though training and atmosphere have a lot to do with your dog’s demeanor, many characteristics shine through with different types of breeds. For example, Golden Retrievers are submissive, family-friendly dogs. Another example would be German Shepherds, Rottweilers, or Dobermans being protective. By combining species, dogs that are lacking in some departments can be more likely to acquire non-traditional personality traits from the dog’s mix;
The biggest reason for wanting a small dog is space. Some individuals live in apartments or smaller dwellings. The thing is, some dogs will not mesh well in these living arrangements. It is not just purely about being able to fit in a small space, either. Most larger dogs have more exercise needs, so it wouldn’t be fair to you or the large dog if you don’t have a backyard or a park nearby. There are many smaller breeds that are perfect for individuals with space limitations;
There are many individuals with dog allergies. There are hypoallergenic breeds, but some don’t want to limit themselves to a few select species that “work” for their allergies. Mixing a hypoallergenic dog with a non-hypoallergenic dog bolsters desirable traits without sacrificing the look or demeanor of the dog you prefer. For example, if you have a burning love for golden retrievers, but your allergies cannot handle the immense amount of shedding, you can look for a Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever + Poodle) to get the best of both worlds;
Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference. Some individuals grew up with a particular breed. Other individuals have non-budging allergies. And some prefer small dogs over large dogs (or vice versa).
The “Chiweenie” is a cross between a chihuahua and a dachshund (also known as the wiener dog). These are both small breeds. Although it should be noted that both species are notorious barkers — but this makes them the perfect window lookout to let you and your household know of any potential dangers.
Owners can train this breed to get along with younger children, but they are generally better suited for singles, couples, or families with older children. They are typically amiable with other dog breeds and other types of animals.
The “Mini Labradoodle” is a cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. This breed is known for a few things — they don’t shed because they are part Miniature Poodle (which is hypoallergenic), and they have the playful lab demeanor without the large lab size.
A Mini Labradoodle is one of the more popular mixed-breeds, so if you see mini labradoodle puppies for sale and are interested, don’t wait. There are tons of other individuals and families seeking out this particular combination.
The “Pomsky” is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Husky. First, both the dogs are known for being some of the most vocal breeds. So if you are an apartment dweller or live in a quiet neighborhood, this option may not be the best choice for you.
That aside, this mix is a fantastic combination of gentle, intelligent, loyal, and loving. You get the protective, watchdog side of a pomeranian alongside the intelligence and good-natured disposition of a husky — making it the perfect family dog. Plus, they are such a fluffy and cuddly addition.
The “Yorkipoo” is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature/Toy Poodle. These are both small breeds, so this breed can be as small as 3 lbs and will never grow more than 14 lbs.
This breed combination is a gentle and easy-going pup that is a great companion for elderly adults, but they are also the perfect fit for a family with smaller children. Plus, they look similar to your childhood teddy bear.
The “Cavachon” is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. It is a great option for an individual with tight living quarters. Both breeds adapt well to apartment living and have low-maintenance grooming needs.
Cavachons are a very friendly dog, but you should be aware that they are highly attached to their owners, and it is common to have a bit of separation anxiety.