Mixed Breed



Look before you leap, but never discount a mixed-breed or “shelter” dog.  Some of the greatest dog companions have come from an accidental breeding, and they surely deserve your consideration.  Cali, shown above, was adopted by Tiffany at the age of 6 weeks, and they are now the “best of friends.”  Mixed-breeds do have advantages over the pure-bred, least of which is initial cost.  Mixed breeds can be obtained for as little as $0 if taken from a neighbor to a high of $100 from a shelter.  And, the shelter dog will usually be neutered.  (Side note:  You should seriously considering neutering your mixed-breed dog – don’t add to the over population problem.)  While puppies are cute you may have temperament issues later in life unless you are certain about the history of the puppies parents.  It is usually easier to determine, or test, the temperament of an older dog (2 years plus), and you don’t have to go through “puppyhood” stages (which can be fun for awhile, but could become tiring).  Research mixed-breeds and visit the shelters.  Do your homework, and test your commitment.  If everything looks good get ready to welcome a “really true” companion, as Tiffany found with Cali.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
5 to 30
2 to 180
Plucky, easygoing, couch potato, bouncy, loving, faithful, happy
Wiry, straight, long hair, short hair, short and long hair None to all the time Can be good for apartments or rural homes, good with families, an answer to a dream.

Relevant Web Sites


American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration

Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America

Dog Training Lady Profile for Shelter Dogs

Dog Owner’s Guide – Mixed Breeds

DigitalDog – Mixed Breeds

Hearts United for Animals

NetPets Multi-Breed Rescue Listings

Written by Ron Lueth, Pet Guardian Angels of America


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.