Crossbreed or purebred, we love all sorts of dogs. Even the strange ones!
With hundreds of dogs existing, crossbreeds often result in the cutest creatures of all, particularly the unusual mixes.
What are crossbreed dogs, you ask?
Often known as designer dog breeds, they came to be after combining two different breeds. It’s either they have existed naturally over the years or were purposely bred for certain functions.
Since they’re not truly a breed of their own, they can’t be AKC registered.
And because the American Kennel Club does not recognize mixed breed dogs, there are no standards for which breeders are aiming.
Even though there are no national parent clubs, enthusiasts work to raise public awareness of these beautiful animals.
Their efforts have not gone in vain as dog mixes began to take center stage.
While not part of the registry, these fluffballs are welcome in the AKC Canine Partners and are acknowledged by the American Canine Hybrid Club.
Weirdest Crossbreed Dogs: Getting to Know Crossbreed Dogs
To produce viable offspring, two purebred dogs of different breeds are crossed to make designer dogs.
These adorable mixes were created to combine the most desired traits of each breed.
Even though they are the latest trend in dog ownership, the outcome of crossbreeding is still largely uncertain.
Looks and sizes are not as certain compared to purebreds. It can be hard to foresee which parent a crossbreed dog will take after in looks and temperament since it lacks this predictability.
Still, most people opt for mixed dogs since they turn out to be the best of both worlds. These mixes may be out of the ordinary, but they can make wonderful pets!
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Should you Choose a Crossbreed Dog?
Mixed breeds can be just as friendly and loving as any purebred dog, so it really is up to you to decide whether or not you choose a crossbreed.
Now now, we don't promote irresponsible breeding of dogs. With the shelters overfilled, we advocate bringing home rescued dogs.
Not only will we be giving a home to a dog in need, but also make room for other pets that are taken into animal shelters.
You should know, though, that designer breeds are now much sought after and desirable.
They were the kind of animals that anyone could pick up from the neighborhood shelter, but are today’s high-end pets.
While these wonderful mixes of breeds are nothing new, there are some other more bizarre combinations that you might not be familiar with. Even their names show they are odd, too!
Top 10 Weirdest Crossbreed Dogs
The most common crossbreeds are Poodle mixes.
There are other less common mixes than the poodles, but the list goes on and on as there is no limit to what you might find in stores and shelters.
With so many possible combinations, we’ve compiled our top picks of crossbreeds to help you decide which pet it will be.
Chusky (Chow Chow + Siberian Husky)
The Chusky dog breed was likely developed in the early 2000s in North America when breeders started to mix the Chow Chow and Siberian Husky.
It may be intelligent like his purebred parents but its stubbornness makes this fluffball not an ideal match for novice owners.
This crossbreed dog enjoys lots of cuddles but children must know how to safely interact with his large stature.
Goberian (Golden Retriever + Siberian Husky)
The Golden Retriever is one of the most beloved breeds in America. When combined with the Siberian Husky, the Goberian dog breed was created.
Highly active, it loves to go hiking, jogging, and playing for extended sessions. Such a lively dog does not fit apartment dwellers.
This designer dog breed is renowned for its good temperament and devotion to the family. It likes to be around people but will let you know when strangers approach.
Cheagle (Chihuahua + Beagle)
The Cheagle dog breed may have existed naturally, but breeders started to intentionally mix Chihuahuas and Beagles in the late 1990s.
It tends to latch on to one family member but can still get along with others. This pup may be best suited to families with older children or a one-person home.
Barking is its favorite pastime. So, this mixed breed dog makes a great watchdog as it alerts you to anyone at your door.
Beaglier (Beagle + Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
Designer breeders started mixing Beagles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in Australia, resulting in the Beaglier dog breed.
It has a fun-loving personality to play with kids, but may be easily injured by overly excited children.
So, this pup may prefer to be around adults or older kids who know how to play gently.
Although the size of an average lapdog, this crossbreed dog has a high energy level. You can expect it to prefer a game of fetch rather than dozing off on the couch.
Chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkshire Terrier)
In the early 1990s, breeders purposely mixed Chihuahuas and Yorkies, creating the adorable Chorkie dog breed.
Described as outgoing and fun, it is a loyal canine companion that may show aggression towards strangers.
Even though energetic, this designer dog doesn't require too much exercise. A few walks per day should suffice to keep it happy and healthy.
Golden Dox (Golden Retriever + Dachshund)
Looks like a low-rider Golden Retriever, right?
The Golden Dox dog breed is indeed half of it and another half of a Dachshund.
It has the energy as the golden to play and run around but stops just as quickly as it starts due to its little legs.
This mixed dog is friendly to be your guard dog, so don't be surprised if it welcomes strangers.
Pitsky (American Pit Bull Terrier + Siberian Husky)
The Pitsky dog breed is a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and Siberian Husky.
No one exactly knows why it was developed, but this pooch has been growing steadily in popularity for at least twenty years.
This crossbreed is a great choice for active homes as it needs a fast-paced lifestyle.
If it's more like a Pitbull, it will be fiercely loyal and would not hesitate to lay down its life for the family.
Puginese (Pekingese + Pug)
The Puginese dog breed is a mix between the Pekingese and the Pug.
It is a cute and sweet doggo with low energy requirements. The lovable pup would much rather stay indoors on the couch with their owner than play at a dog park.
This designer breed makes a wonderful pet for those with busy schedules, as they are independent little dogs, but will also love being a companion of seniors just as much as being a family pet.
Frug (French Bulldog + Pug)
Also known as Frenchie Pug, the Frug dog breed came to be after mixing the French Bulldog with a Pug.
It makes a lovely pet for families of all shapes and sizes: from singles and seniors to families with children.
This mixed breed loves attention, so expect it to spend as much time around you as possible. You will likely see this ball of fluff following you around the house, looking for ways to make you happy.
Dalmaschund (Dalmatian + Dachshund)
One of the most peculiar dog combinations, the Dalmaschund dog breed, is quite new and rare in the canine world.
No conclusive records exist to know why the idea of crossing a Dachshund with the Dalmatian came about nor which country it originated from.
Both purebred parents are known for their easy-going temperaments. So, by creating this mix, the possibilities are for a lovely sociable dog and a great home companion.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Weirdest Crossbreed Dogs
What is the rarest crossbreed dog?
The Corgimatian has the size of a Corgi and the distinctive spotty coat of a Dalmatian. Some owners would refer to this crossbreed dog as a Dalmatian dog that never grows past the puppy stage.
Which is the smartest crossbreed dog?
The Shollie is one of the smartest designer dog breeds with both purebred parents known in the herding group.
It needs constant mental stimulation since it easily gets bored and becomes violent when its needs are not met.
Which crossbreed dog is the best?
The Cavachon has a happy personality and takes pleasure in cuddling. Compact and full of fun, this mixed-breed dog makes friends with everyone.
Weirdest Crossbreed Dogs: Final Thoughts
Although mixed dogs are often chosen for their charms, reputable breeders sometimes mix breeds in hopes to reduce certain hereditary problems found in purebreds.
This is why crossbreeds are often assumed to have an advantage since they are less susceptible to diseases for their larger genetic diversity.
And because these dogs are less likely to suffer from inherited ailments, they get to live longer than purebred dogs.
As far as health concerns go, crossbreeding is one of the reasons why most novice owners prefer designer dogs.
These canines are also thought to be smarter than their purebred counterparts.
While this may be the case in some instances, the results are not always smarter and healthier than their parent breeds.
Not only is their health unique to themselves but the breeds crossed play an important role if both are highly intelligent on their own.
This only shows that the combination of two different breeds could either work out brilliantly or terribly.
Still, this doesn’t dismiss the fact that all dogs deserve a loving home. So, how about giving crossbreed dogs (even the weirdest ones) a chance?