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Many mutts are quickly becoming America’s favorite breeds. If you’re familiar with the popular mixed breed dogs — crosses like the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, or Cockapoo — you’ve probably noticed some of the same breeds popping up again and again.

Keep reading as we discuss seven dog breeds that are most commonly found in mutts and what you can expect from each one.

1. German Shepherd

According to a mutt census performed by Mars Veterinary, the German Shepherd is the most common breed identified in America’s mutts. German Shepherds are often bred with Golden Retrievers, Poodles, Siberian Huskies, Labradors, Pugs, and other dog breeds.

This breed is described by the AKC as loyal, confident, and courageous. German Shepherds are good family dogs and their high intelligence allows them to learn a variety of commands or perform different jobs.

2. Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most common dog breeds used to create new breeds.

From the popular Labradoodle to the “Spanador” (Lab and Cocker Spaniel) or “Bassador” (Lab and Basset Hound), any mixed breed that includes a Labrador will likely retain this breed’s friendly personality and sunny disposition.

Labrador Retrievers are popular for many reasons: They’re outgoing, lovable, gorgeous, and ready to play in the yard with you or snuggle on the couch.

3. Standard Poodle

The poodle is another well-known breed that has helped create crosses like the Labradoodle or equally popular Goldendoodle.

Standard Poodles are large, active dogs with a hypoallergenic coat. They’re very smart and can be trained to participate in activities like agility courses or dock diving. Poodles also tend to be great family dogs.

4. Cocker Spaniel

You’ll find the sweet, loving Cocker Spaniel in mixed breeds like the Cockapoo.

Coming in a rainbow of colors, the Cocker Spaniel is a gentle little dog that’s playful and adaptable, working well as an apartment pet or a city dog. Cocker Spaniels tend to be good with other pets and other people — including both children and senior adults. 

5. Maltese

With the Maltipoo and other mixed breeds taking over top breed lists, the Maltese is becoming more and more well known. A popular breed throughout the ages, today the Maltese is easily recognized by its silky white coat and playful demeanor. This breed is also hypoallergenic, making it a good fit for someone who struggles with allergies.

6. Golden Retriever

Much like its sister breed the Labrador, Golden Retrievers are a boisterous, beautiful breed of dog. From this breed, we now often see the Goldendoodle.

Golden Retrievers are an excellent family dog, with lots of energy to run and play with kids. Originally bred as a working dog, they’re also highly intelligent. Above all, Goldens are known for their affable, outgoing personality — this is a breed that never meets a stranger.

7. Siberian Husky

One final dog breed often seen in mutts is the Siberian Husky. This strikingly gorgeous dog is independent and energetic — a good fit for an experienced dog owner.

Huskies need a lot of physical activity and they’re very smart; chances are, any mixed breed where a husky is involved will retain these same traits. Siberian Huskies are outgoing and love spending time with people. 

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