If you are considering adding a new pet to your family, you have quite a few options available to you! While some families like purebred pups, and who can blame them, there are so many other breeds to consider. Today, we are going to introduce you to several fascinating hybrid breeds that make great family pets. By the end of our discussion today, you’ll be ready to adopt them all!
Pictured above is an incredible dog known as the Bullmatian. The Bullmatian is a crossbreed between the Bulldog and the Dalmatian. Despite the overtly tough exterior, the Bullmatian is just as friendly as you could imagine. The Bullmatian is known for being a sweet, playful, and friendly family-oriented dog. If you are looking for a dog to grow alongside your children, the Bullmatian is a great choice!
Two of the most famous breeds in the world are the Labrador Retriever and the Boxer. With that frame of reference, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear about the Boxador hybrid! The Boxador is a hybrid breed known for its stout body, affectionate personality, and affinity for adventure. If you add a Boxador to your family, make sure you give the lovely dog plenty of exercise.
Is there a fluffier or cuter dog in the world? Probably, we just haven’t found it yet. The German Chow is a hybrid dog that is crossed between the German Shepherd and the Chow Chow. This large dog lives around 12 years and is known for its high spirit and fierce loyalty. The German Chow is also incredibly smart which makes it an easy breed to train.
The Jack-A-Poo is a fairly well-known hybrid breed thanks to its intelligent temperament and active nature. The Jack-A-Poo is a cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and the Poodle. Known for being fun-loving dogs, the Jack-A-Poo is a fantastic pet for active families with children as well as individuals looking for an affectionate and smart dog.
The Frenchton is a crossbreed between the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier. This hybrid animal is incredibly popular and desirable due to its adorable face, loving nature, and generally healthy nature. The Frenchton takes the best of both its hybrid breeds while leaving behind the health issues intrinsic to them both.
The Bull Pug
Don’t be taken aback by the Bull Pug’s ginormous eyes. This adorable little breed is a cross between the English Bulldog and the Pug. Known for being a stout and sturdy little dog, the Bull Pug is perfect for experienced and amateur pet owners alike. The Bull Pug is fairly low maintenance, so they are ideal for people with spacial limitations.
Miniature English Bulldog
The Miniature Bulldog is a well-known breed overseas, though it is gaining popularity here in the United States, as well. The Miniature Bulldog is a cross between the Pug and English Bulldog. This stout little creature is known for its excessive rolls of skin and the corresponding health issues that they can manifest. Despite these issues, the Mini English Bulldog is an evenly tempered breed with a fierce sense of loyalty.
Have you ever seen a cuter little dog? The Aussie Pom is a lesser-known hybrid that features Australian Shepherd and Pomeranian ancestry. The Aussie Pom requires a bit of grooming, though you’ll quickly fall in love with the process. The Aussie Pom is a lighthearted breed that requires love and attention, so be ready for a ton of cuddling.
These hybrid names are starting to get a little wild, aren’t they? The Corgidor is a cross between the Welsh Corgi and the Labrador Retriever. The Corgidor is a smaller breed than its ancestry would imply, though they pack a ton of heart in their little frame. If you’ve always wanted a Labrador Retriever but were intimidated by their size, this breed is perfect for you.
The British Bull-Pei is an absolutely adorable crossbreed featuring Bulldog and Chinese Shar-Pei lineage. This delightful little hybrid makes for a great family dog, though you will need to keep up with the breed’s training regiment. Bull-Pei dogs are great in both large and small environments, so they are becoming increasingly popular in city apartments.
We are not sure that we could have dreamed up a cuter dog. The Pomsky is a delightful hybrid featuring Pomeranian and Siberian Husky lineage. The Pomsky is blessed with the sparkling blue eyes that Husky’s are so well-known for while featuring a smaller body due to its Pomeranian roots. The Pomsky will grow to roughly 15lbs in size.
The Labbe is a delightful crossbreed between the Beagle and the Labrador Retriever. As two of the most popular dogs out West, it makes sense that breeders would try to crossbreed them. The Labbe is a medium-sized dog with a golden coat and an adoring nature. How could you refuse to ever pet those scruffy little cheeks?
The Saint Berdoodle
The Saint Berdoodle may look like a calm and innocent little pup, but don’t let that face fool you! The Saint Berdoodle is goofy, fun-loving, and fluffier than you can possibly imagine. Despite its massive size, the Saint Berdoodle needs plenty of exercise to stay out of trouble. If you can keep your Saint Berdoodle active, you’ll never have a better or more loyal friend.
If you’ve never gotten to pet a Cockapoo before, you are missing out. As one of the first designer dogs to ever be bred, the Cockapoo has a rich and long history. The Cockapoo is a tiny breed with a huge personality. Your Cockapoo will feature Cocker Spaniel and Poodle ancestry which means that it will have plenty of energy!
No, this dog isn’t named after a science fiction character. The Goberian is instead a beautiful crossbreed that features Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky roots. As you can see from this dog’s beautiful eyes, the Husky definitely shows through! Mixed with the smooth coat that Golden’s are known for and you have yourself one of the most popular hybrid breeds around.
The Chorkie is as adorable as it is small. The Chorkie is a cross between two popular toy breeds, the Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier. While these little dogs are cute as heck, they are also loud. Chorkie’s are territorial breeds, and they aren’t afraid to let intruders know. You’ll have to love small dogs to adopt a Chorkie but if you do, you’ll have a friend for life.
The French Pin is a mixed breed featuring lines from Miniature Pinscher and French Bulldog ancestry. The French Pin is well-known for its sleek, short, and fine-textured coat. Most commonly, the French Pin will sport red, black, white, and brown color mixes. This dog is sturdy and adventurous with a life span averaging nearly 15 years.
If you’ve never seen a Miniature Boxer before, you are in for a treat. The Miniature Boxer is a popular cross-breed between the Boston Terrier and the Boxer. This hybrid is known for being extremely social while lacking the aggression that owners might expect. Due to its large size, the Miniature Boxer still makes for a great family security dog.
The Schnoodle is a dynamic and adorkable crossbreed well-known for its unique coat. The Schnoodle is a cross between the poodle and the Schnauzer, with owners being able to see both breeds in the complexion of the dog. The Schnoodle is incredibly smart and more than happy to serve, thus making them great therapy, family, and security dogs.
The Cheagle is an energetic little breed that is a cross between the Chihuahua and Beagle. Known for their small size, the Cheagle is compact, adventurous, and excitable. With that being said, the Cheagle is even-tempered and great around smaller children. If you want a family dog that is great with young kids, the Cheagle makes a great choice!
We love the Shollie hybrid for a number of reasons. As a mix between the Border Collie and German Shepherd breeds, the Shollie is incredibly intelligent and protective. Due to their protective and loyal nature, approaching a strange Shollie is not advised. Shollie’s require frequent exercise and an owner that is willing to put in the hours to train them.
If there were going to be a dog breed for college kids, the Chug would have to be it, right? Outside of the funny name, the Chug is an adorable little Chihuahua and Pug mix. The Chug is a small breed of dog that is well-known for being a ‘lap dog’. The Chug loves companionship and cuddling, so make sure you are ready to always have both available!
No, the Frug is not related to the Chug. Instead, the Frug is a mix between the French Bulldog and a pug breed. Frugs tend to be stubborn and hard to train, though their big personalities still make them a popular hybrid dog for adoption. The Frug is notoriously loyal once adopted and will fight for their owner’s love and safety.
Yes, the Bernedoodle is just as lovable as it looks. This cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle is as popular as you’d expect. The thick curly coat means that owners will need to pay close grooming attention to their pet, but that’s the extent of it. The Bernedoodle is loving, caring, goofy, and unbelievably loyal.
The Gollie is a breed that mixes Golden Retriever and Collie ancestry. This incredible breed almost looks pulled from a fairytale thanks to their beautiful eyes and the complexion of their coat. The Gollie is loyal and easy to train thanks to their fierce intelligence. You’ll also never find a more loyal breed around.
When you look at the Morkie what immediately comes to mind? This breed is crossed between the Yorkshire Terrier as well as the Maltese. This small dog loves kindness and affection, and they hate being neglected. Due to their size, the Morkie is a popular breed among people living in cities.
You’ve met the Chug, you’ve seen the Frug, and now you are reading about the Hug. We can’t say much for hybrid naming conventions, but we think this pup is appropriately named. The Hug is a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Pug. This breed weighs in at around 60lbs when fully grown.
The Puggle is a common hybrid breed that features Pug and Beagle ancestry. The Puggle is revered for its adorable snout and cute puppy dog eyes. The Puggle may have Pug roots but it does not have the same problems with breathing that the base pug tends to deal with. The Puggle is a great choice for families and individuals living in smaller homes.
The Golden Dox is an adorable breed that features Golden Retriever and Dachsund roots. The Golden Dox is a mix between one of the most popular German and American dogs. As a result, the Golden Dox has become predictably popular, as well! The Golden Dox is known for being smart, playful, and brimming with energy.
If you haven’t fallen in love with the Yorkipoo yet, you will be soon! The Yorkipoo is a hybrid of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Miniature Poodle. The Yorkipoo can be friendly, smart, and cute as you’d ever want. Due to their small size, weighing in at little more than 10lbs, your Yorkipoo can live comfortably in even smaller homes.
The Maltipoo is a crossbreed that originated from Mini Poodle and Maltese ancestry. The Maltipoo weighs in at anywhere from 5 to 20 lbs while standing at around 12 inches in height. The Maltipoo needs extra attention due to their high energy levels and fierce intelligence. Maltipoos also love to bark, so make sure to keep them busy.
If you’ve never seen a ShiChi before, don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. The ShiChi is a lesser-known hybrid that is crossed between the Chihuahua and Shih Tzu. The ShiChi grows to roughly 10 inches in height while weighing no more than 9 or 10lbs. Sweet and loyal, the ShiChi is filled with energy and ready to play.
One of the more popular hybrid breeds in recent years is the Pitsky. The Pitsky is a cross between the Siberian Husky and Pit Bull Terrier. This hybrid ranges in size from medium to large. The Pitsky is known for being high energy and intelligent. If you want your Pitsky to live as happy a life as possible, make sure to give them frequent exercise and entertainment.
The Goldendoodle is a gorgeous mix breed featuring Golden Retriever and Poodle ancestry. The Goldendoodle is well-known for its stunning coat, so be prepared to groom yours with regularity. The Goldendoodle doesn’t really shed, and they sport a gentle demeanor, thus making them great family pets for individuals with children.
The Gerberian Shepsky
The Gerberian Shepsky is a cross between the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky. These dogs can grow in size up to 90lbs but they are still considered moderately small when compared to their baseline breeds. The Shepsky has an electric personality that manifests itself via absolute loyalty to their family.
There is no mistaking the Shepadoodle when you cross paths with one! These furry dogs are known for their thick and curly coats. Weighing in at 90 lbs when fully grown, the Shepadoodle is a big ball of fur that loves attention, grooming, and getting outside. The Shepadoodle is a cross between the Poodle and German Shepherd.
Maltese Shih Tzu
The Maltese Shih Tzu is also known as the Malshi. This designer dog is comprised of purebred Maltese and purebred Shih Tzu ancestry. Despite their fame, the Malshi is not recognized by any prominent kennel clubs. The MalShih is known for its tiny form, cute coat, and easygoing personality. What’s not to love about this little furry pup?
When it comes to fluffy little doggos, you can’t go wrong with the Chusky. The Chusky is a hybrid dog that sports Siberian Husky and Chow Chow roots. Known for their massive fur coats, the Chusky requires extensive grooming. If you can deal with the high grooming standards, you’ll be rewarded with a loving, protective, and absolutely loyal best friend.
This regal hybrid is a cross between the Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breed is hypoallergenic and easy to groom. Cavachon pups are cuddly, loving, and really easy to train. If you have a Cavachon, make sure to keep the puppy busy with games and training exercises so that it always stays occupied.
The Taco Terrier gets our vote for being the most hilariously named hybrid breed around. The Taco Terrier is mixed between the Toy Fox Terrier and the Chihuahua. Taco Terriers are tiny dogs, but they require extensive care and attention due to their energetic nature. Taco Terriers are great guard dogs despite their size due to their affinity for barking.
The Rescue of a 46-years-old Elephant after Years of Life in Captivity
Karma, a 46-year-old blind elephant, had been a captive all her life as a victim of human abuse and neglect. She had been used by her owners as a tool for begging for many years. Karma was also forced to carry heavy loads through the busy and chaotic streets of India and give rides to tourists. Since she was absolutely blind, any interaction in the streets was extremely fearful and hard for her. As time passed, Karma lost her hope of experiencing freedom.
However, miracles do happen. In December 2019, Karma was rescued by volunteers of the group Wildlife SOS. The mission of this non-profit organization is to rescue wild captive animals, help them to rehabilitate, and contribute to preserving India’s natural heritage. They have helped thousands of animals so far, including elephants.
In the touching video Wildlife SOS shared, Karma is getting out the trailer helped by two volunteers and taking the first steps towards her long awaited freedom.
Karma received a totally new life at an animal sanctuary and rehabilitation center Elephant Conservation and Care Center located in Northern India. She loves her new home and environment and feels confident by strolling around the sanctuary’s green grassy plains and peaceful fields. Because of her blindness, Karma is cautious and takes every step slowly by using her trunk to guide her. This is the only tool she has for smelling and feeling the ground in front of her. For now, caregivers are trying not to leave Karma alone and stay close enough while she is becoming familiar with the new environment and discovering the sanctuary.
She has to stay under quarantine for a while, until it will be safe for her to see other animals. However, the staff of the sanctuary hopes that once the quarantine is over Karma will be able to meet other elephants and become a part of her new elephant family.
Caregivers say that she has a long way to recover. However, already after a month at the sanctuary, she is feeling much better, getting stronger and becoming more confident. The organization has also started a fundraising company and has already raised money to cover Karma’s medical expenses.
Karma definitely benefits from freedom and life in a safe, natural environment. She finally looks like a happy elephant enjoying every second of her existence.
According to statistics, there are over 4,000 elephants living in captivity in India today. The average life expectancy of elephants is 60-70 years. However, captive elephants usually die before 40 due to such chronic disorders as tuberculosis, foot abscesses, and arthritis. Moreover, most of the keepers do not understand the needs of these giant animals and fail to provide them with proper living conditions.
Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 as a group of people inspired to preserve India’s natural heritage and protect the wildlife of the country. They have launched dozens of initiatives with the purpose to protect India’s endangered animals and prevent their extinction. Karma became the seventh rescued elephant at the sanctuary in 2020.
Local Hero UPS Driver Saves Dog Trapped In Ice
What’s your normal work day like? For Ryan Arens, a UPS driver in Bozeman, Montana, a normal day would be delivering packages to people. He’s been working for UPS for 14 years, so his day is pretty routine and he likes to stick to a schedule.
In January of 2019, he broke routine when he heard something strange during his route. He thought he heard a dog in distress. He could hear it yelping and crying, but it was getting dark so he couldn’t see it. There was a pond near the neighborhood he was in. He went around to the other side of it to get a closer look. That’s when he saw the dog. It was a wire-haired pointing griffon and it was in the middle of the pond. It had fallen through the ice into the cold waters and was trying to stay near the surface. He didn’t know how long the dog had been in the water, but he knew he had to do something.
There was another good Samaritan on the water in a rowboat that was trying to save the dog as well, but he was having no luck. Ryan always keeps a dry change of clothes in his backpack, so he would do what any rational person would do, jump in the freezing cold water and save the dog.
Getting the dog out of the water was easy and the dog was very thankful. Ryan brought the dog to the good Samaritans house where they tried to get her warm. She had been in the water for a very long time and her legs were weak. She could barely stand when they put her in the tub in warm water. Ryan held her up while the homeowner gently bathed her in warm water to get her blood flowing properly again. They then dried her off and gave her food and Ryan showered and changed his clothes before heading back to finish his route.
The next day, he thought about whether the good Samaritan was able to find the dogs owner. He thought about going by after work to check, when the dog he saved from the frigid waters came bounding over to his truck during a delivery. The package he was delivering belonged to the owners of the lucky dog and they were happy to thank the man who saved their Sadie, which is the dogs name.
Ryan Arens did want any person would do, especially one whose an animal lover. He has a dog himself, a 14 year old Malamute Shepherd mix. They love going on walks and snuggling on the couch together. His dog is his world and he hopes that if his dog ever got out and got themselves in a sticky and scary situation, that someone would be there to save her, like he did Sadie.
How to Name Your Male Dog in 2020: 10 ideas
Getting a dog is always exciting because you are adding a new member to your family. However, one of the biggest questions that most new dog owners have is “How to name him?”. If you are having trouble thinking of a name for your male four-legged friend, here are some ideas based on popular trends of 2020.
If you are a fan of Star Wars, this name is familiar to you. In 2020 it is one of the most popular names for male puppies. Moreover, Luke was also the name of Staffordshire Bull Terrier who acted in silent films at the beginning of the 20th century.
If you grew up in the 90s, you must be familiar with the Scott Wolf’s character in Party of Five named Bailey. Puppies named Bailey are characterized as strong, good-natured and loyal canines.
If you want to have not just a dog but a best friend, name your pooch Max. It was the dog’s name from the movie of the same name Max released in 2015. The movie was about the dog who has to relocate from Afghanistan to Texas after his owner passed away.
It is another great name for a loyal dog. It is also a great choice if you have Jack Russel Terrier. Fans of the NBC drama This is Us might also want to name their male dog Jack after the heroic character played by Milo Ventimiglia.
It is a great name for a dog because it is classic, and is easy to remember and pronounce. Milo was the name of the orange tabby cat in the 80s movie Adventures of Milo and Otis that tells about the friendship between a cat and a pug.
According to the statistics provided by PetPlace, dogs named Toby are loyal, friendly, and playful. Even though it is a human name, it is more known as a male dog name in 2020.
Charlie is the third popular dog name today. Charlie was also a dog character in the animated comedy series Looney Tunes produced by Warner Brothers in the period from 1930 to 1969. Therefore, if you are looking for a really old, classic name for your pooch, here is the one.
If you have a large and strong dog, you can name him Rocky – after Rocky Balboa. You might also remember the animated comedy The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle – one of the most iconic shows in the 1960s. Rocky was the name of one of the main characters – a flying squirrel.
For those who do not like the name Jack but still want their dog’s name to start with J here is an option – Jake. It is among the top 10 most popular names in 2020. If you are a fan of animated television series Adventure Time, you should remember its main four-legged character named Jake, who is a great example of a human best friend.
Being a classic name, this name is good for both dogs and babies. It is also capable to produce many different cute nicknames, such as Ollie, Olly, or Olley. Most dogs named Oliver are active and curious pooches with a lot of energy.
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