Currently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 190 dog breeds, ranging from family favorites, like the Golden Retriever, to the small but mighty Chihuahua. However, the AKC’s short list of breeds is far from comprehensive—in fact, it leaves out a shocking number of doggos so sweet in appearance and temperament you can’t help but swoon.
The good news? Where AKC leaves off, the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) enters the picture to deliver the acknowledgement non-purebred dogs so greatly deserve. The ACHC serves to recognize the “hybrid breeds,” or dogs that are actually combinations of two other breeds, AKA those must-pet pups taking over your Instagram. And though there are hundreds of hybrids out there, all of them are perfect in their own way, we scoured the depths of the animal-loving internet to bring you the cutest hybrid dogs roaming this earth. So, if you think you’re emotionally prepared to find out what a poodle mixed with a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier looks like, read on.
Meet the Bernedoodle. This hypoallergenic hybrid is a perfect cross between a poodle and a Bernese Mountain Dog, and most of them tend to be goofy (like the poodle) and unconditionally loyal (like the Bernese). Typically, Bernedoodles are tri-colored, like their Bernese relatives, though some of them (like Walter, pictured above) have coloring that more closely resembles their poodle parents.
According to Pet Guide, the Cocker-Pei—a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Chinese Shar-Pei—is a family-friendly dog that is smart and social (albeit stubborn at times). One of the important things to know before adopting a Cocker-Pei is that this hybrid tends to be a bit more high maintenance since, like the Shar-Pei, their wrinkles must remain dry at all times.
For those dog lovers who want to adopt a Siberian Husky but simply can’t fit one in their small space, there’s the Pomsky, a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Pomeranian. These dogs have everything that Husky fanatics favor—those big blue eyes, those adorable pointed ears—but unlike their purebred relatives, they only grow to be about 15 pounds, on average.
The Bull Pug
Similar in size and characteristics to the popular Puggle, the Bull Pug is a hybrid of the English Bulldog and the pug. If you ever run into a Bull Pug out in the wild, you might hear it referred to as a “Miniature Bulldog,” seeing as this designer dog resembles its parental breed in every way, save for size.
Combine the loyal and loving personality of a Golden Retriever with the gentle and good-natured personality of a Siberian Husky, and what you get is the blue-eyed gentle giant known as the Goberian. Though this hybrid is relatively new, it’s quickly picked up a cult following in the animal-loving community, thanks to a combination of show-stopping looks and an affectionate demeanor.
The Alaskan Malador
Though many designer crossbreeds only just started popping up on people’s radar, the Alaskan Malador has actually been around since the early 1800s. Evidently, this Alaskan Malamute/Labrador Retriever mix came to be when, some centuries ago, the pup’s parent breeds were ubiquitous in the United States and were either crossbred by humans or mated without prompting. Though the Malador has been around for a while, the hybrid breed remains relatively rare around the world—so if you see one out and about, make sure to get some good pats in!
Though they have the black-and-white spots to indicate otherwise, the Bullmatian is just as much Bulldog as it is Dalmatian. And don’t be fooled by their tough guy exteriors: They might look like they mean business, but these pups are about as sweet and silly as they come.
The Gerberian Shepsky
Gerbian Shepskies, or just Shepskies for short, are pretty gigantic when compared to the Siberian Husky—they can grow to weigh as much as 90 pounds—but they’re actually relatively small in comparison to their other parent breed, the German Shepherd. Usually, a Shepsky’s personality will either favor their Husky parent or their German Shepherd parent, and this can show up as unwavering devotion and affection for Husky dominance and intelligence and loyalty for German Shepherd dominance.
People living in big cities are especially fond of the Morkie, a teeny-tiny cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese. Though these dogs are petite enough to fit in a purse, you shouldn’t underestimate their mood swings: Should you forget to take them out for their daily walks and play time, you’ll be dealing with quite the feisty furry monster.
The Sheepadoodle is one of the newer additions to the poodle hybrid family. A cross between a poodle and an Old English Sheepdog, these pups are highly intelligent and tend to easily understand commands, but they’re just as willing to give cuddles as they are to sit and stay.
The Aussie Pom
The Aussie Pom is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Pomeranian, bred to serve as a companion dog, thanks to its small size and easygoing temperament. Though these furry friends resemble Pomeranians in their facial features, you can easily tell them apart from their parent breed, thanks to their coats, which usually take after Australian Shepherds.
Given that the Boxer and the Labrador Retriever are two of the most popular dog breeds in America, it’s little surprise that someone out there decided to mix the two together and create the Boxador. As anyone who’s ever met a Lab or a Boxer might expect, this hybrid is both high-spirited and affectionate, making it the perfect dog for big families and adventurous couples alike.
If you love the loyalty of Labrador Retrievers but find their size to be just a bit too intimidating, then look into adopting a Corgidor. This Labrador/Welsh Corgi crossbreed is compact, calm, and absolutely corgidorable!
When you combine a French Bulldog with a Boston Terrier, what you get is an adorable squishy-faced angel known as the Frenchton. What makes this hybrid even more desirable is the fact that, because it’s a mixture of two different breeds, it experiences virtually none of the health problems that purebred French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are known for, so you don’t have to worry about your Frenchton dying prematurely or costing you a pretty penny at the vet’s office.
The Labbe. The Beagador. The Labeagle. The Labbe Retriever. Whatever you want to call them, these medium-sized mutts are a cross between a Beagle and a Labrador Retriever, and they’re pretty flippin’ adorable.
The ShiChi, a too-cute combo of the Chihuahua and the Shih Tzu, is the perfect pocket-sized hybrid for dog lovers who need a compact furry friend. Like many other pint-sized pets, this hybrid breed has a surprisingly big personality, and you can expect any ShiChi you meet to be just as boisterous as they are beautiful.
The Saint Berdoodle
Because people love that poodles don’t shed and are hypoallergenic, breeders have made a habit of mating the dogs with pretty much every other breed out there. One such product of this mass breeding is the Saint Berdoodle, a cross between the poodle and the Saint Bernard that is large, goofy, and floofier than anything you’ve ever seen.
Though Frugs—mixtures of French Bulldogs and pugs—usually don’t end up with the detrimental health problems that plague their parent breeds, one thing that they do unfortunately inherit is the stubbornness of the Frenchie. But though these dogs are difficult to train, their big personalities and affectionate demeanors make the good times well worth the bad.
Though this hybrid isn’t as petite as a purebred Dachshund, the average Dachshund-Dalmatian mix is certainly much smaller than your typical Dalmatian. And seeing as both of this breed’s parents are highly intelligent and outgoing, it comes as no surprise that Dalmachshunds tend to be well-behaved dogs with beauty and brains, to boot.
Goldendoodles are one of the most common—and one of the cutest—hybrid dogs out there. Like every other poodle mix, these Golden Retriever/poodle hybrids don’t shed, and their gentle souls make them the ideal pet for families with small children or with other animals in the house.
Picture your typical Golden Retriever: a big, goofy boy with long golden hair and an equally golden personality. Now, give that good boy a pair of little corgi legs, and what you’re left with is the wonderful Gordie, a Golden Retriever/Corgi hybrid.
The Sharp Asset
In the 1990s, a breeder in the United States came up with the brilliant idea to crossbreed Basset Hounds and Shar-Peis and create what we now refer to as Sharp Assets. Though these hybrid dogs can grow to be up to 50 pounds, their calm demeanor still makes them a good candidate for apartment or small house living.
Shollies are undeniably adorable, but be careful about approaching one that you don’t know personally. These German Shepherd/Border Collie mash-ups tend to be overly protective of their humans, so they’re often wary of strangers entering their turf.
Like any other dog breed, every Chug—or Chihuahua/pug mix—is just a little bit different. However, what you can almost certainly expect from your average Chug is a slight stubbornness, a penchant for human companionship, and cuteness galore!
The Schnauzer was originally bred in order to guard German farms, and that sense of protection comes out in the Schnoodle, a cross between the Schnauzer and the poodle. And thanks to their ability to quickly absorb new information, Schnoodles are often seen serving as not just family dogs, but also therapy dogs and animal actors.
Nowadays, it feels like the Puggle—the pug/Beagle hyrbid—is seen in households almost as frequently as both of its parent breeds. What makes this adorable animal such a hot commodity is not just the fact that it has irresistible puppy eyes or a perfectly kissable snout, but also that it doesn’t have nearly as many breathing issues as its parent, the pug.
For people who love the doodle face of the Goldendoodle but don’t want to take care of a dog quite so big, there’s the Cockapoo. One of the first “designer dogs” ever bred, this Cocker Spaniel/poodle melange usually doesn’t grow to be more than 24 pounds, at most—but should you ever meet one, you’ll be amazed at how these tiny dogs can capture the attention of a room with their bright personalities.
A cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise, these hypoallergenic dogs are cuddly, sweet, and easy to train. Basically, Cavachons are just living and breathing teddy bears!
There’s no denying that the Chorkie, a cross between a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire Terrier, could win anyone over with a simple tilt of its head. However, these dogs are just as yappy and territorial as they are cute, and so it takes a certain type of owner to truly appreciate them as a whole package.
Both the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the poodle are hypoallergenic dogs, and so naturally their offspring, the Whoodle, is too. Like the other poodle mixes on this list, the Whoodle wants nothing more than to please their owner and, upon doing so, receive lots of cuddles for their arduous effort.