A dog doesn't have to be purebred to be man's best friend.
While many pet owners pay thousands of dollars for the privilege of owning a purebred dog, mixed-breed dogs are just as loving, affectionate, and most of all, adorable.
This list of mutts includes popular mixes as well as a few surprising dog breed combinations. These 14 mixed dog breeds make great family pets and give their purebred cousins a run for their money in the cuteness category.
Part Alaskan Malamute, part Labrador Retriever, the Alaskan Malador is a medium to large dog best known for being affection and easy going.
The Aussiedoodle is a mix between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. They're extremely intelligent canines that excel in everything from obedience to agility.
This adorable face belongs to a Lab Pei--a Labrador Retriever and Shar Pei mix. They're energetic dogs with loving personalities that enjoy nothing more than hanging out with their owners.
A Bullmation is a cross between a Bulldog and a Dalmation. They come with the unique spotted coat of the Dalmation, but most have that squishy Bulldog face that pet owners love.
When you combine two active and energetic dogs like the Labrador Retriever and Siberian Husky, it's no surprise that the cross breed is a bundle of lovable energy. Labrador Husky mixes are talented dogs that achieve in everything from obedience training to agility competitions.
The Boxer and Weimaraner are both large and active dogs, and their cross breed is just as impressive. Boweimars are athletic and energetic, and they fit in best with families that love to go on walks, hikes, and runs.
The Corman Shepherd is a cross between two intelligent herding dogs--the German Shepherd and Corgi. They can weigh anywhere from 20 to 70 pounds and require diligent training to keep them from herding everything and everyone.
The Dox-Bull is also sometimes called a Pitwee, Bull-Dach, or Doxiebulli. The Pit Bull Dachshund mixed breed makes for a spirited dog with a lot of spunk for its short stature.
The Pitsky is a Pit Bull/Husky hybrid with an affectionate personality. They love to run and chase everything that moves, and daily exercise is a must. Regular training will help curb their appetite for mischief.
As a cross between a German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky, the Gerberian Shepsky is a social and alert mixed-breed dog. Both parent breeds are known for being extremely intelligent, and the mixed breed is no different. With training, they excel in everything from obedience to weight pulling.
German Shepherd Chihuahua
Strictly from a logistics point of view, there aren't many German Shepherd Chihuahua mixes out there, but they are out there--and they're cute! Many look like German Shepherd puppies that never grew up, but they can also grow to be much larger.
Also called the Yorky Pom, the Yorkanian is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian. These tiny dogs are adorable balls of fluff and are usually high energy and affectionate.
As another Pomeranian mix, the Pomsky is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Husky. The one pictured here may look like a puppy, but he's actually full-grown. They have the intelligence and aloofness of the Husky with the size of a Pomeranian.
Both the Corgie and Shiba Inu breeds are known for their fox-like appearances, and when you combine the two, you get the Chiba. They're stubborn and independent, but they also make great family pets for owners willing to put in the time for training. And who doesn't have time for that face?
Mutts come in all sizes, colors, and personalities, and with a more diverse gene pool, they're often more laidback than their carefully bred and intense purebred cousins.
There's no limit to the number of combinations, and each pup is 100% unique. Mixed-breed dogs are loyal family members that when given a chance, prove to be as valuable to their owners as they are adorable--no pedigree needed.