The Cutest Small Mixed Breed Dogs:  Your Complete Guide

Cutest Small Mixed Breed Dogs     |Published 7-6-2022

Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend. That is because they make amazing companions!

Dogs are animated, engaged, clever, and playful. But mixed-breed little dogs are your greatest bet if you're seeking extra cuteness in your pup who might also be healthy.

There will undoubtedly be one that meets your taste among the many mixed dog breeds and charming little dog breeds that are available.

We'll look at some of the cutest mixed-breed small dogs in this post that you can adopt the next time you stop by a breeder or an animal shelter.

A family of Mal-Shi Pups and MomCutest Small Mixed Breed Dogs

Why You Should Adopt Mixed Breeds?

Before we move on to our list of the cutest small dogs of mixed breed, let's look at some additional reasons to adopt mixed-breed dogs, aside from their cuteness.

Crossbreeds, often known as mixed breed dogs, are a type of dog whose genetic makeup includes genes from two distinct breeds.

While some genetic characteristics could be challenging to determine, some traits of the dominant gene might be obvious. The unpredictable nature of these canines makes owning one so much fun and interesting.

Furthermore, according to studies, mixed dog breeds are much stronger than their ancestors. They are unlikely to experience the majority of genetic problems that purebreds experience because they have two distinct genes in them.

What Sorts of Mixed Breed Dogs Should You Adopt?

The list is almost endless because there are so many different pure bred dogs that can be combined. Just take a look at the many combinations of dog breeds that have been identified. 

Chances are good that there are even more than this hybrid dog list suggests. Here is our list of what we believe to be the cutest small mixed breed dogs.

1. Porkie:  Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier

You might confuse porkies with small baby foxes. These adorable little dogs weigh only seven pounds when they are fully grown, making them a perfect choice if you want a dog breed you can carry around in your lap or in your arms.

It is very easy to identify the parents of these breeds as they have the fluffy fur of a Yorkshire terrier and the round-shaped body of a Pomeranian.

2. Maltipoo:  Maltese and Toy Poodle

Maltipoo:  Maltese and Toy PoodleMaltipoo: Maltese and Toy Poodle

These lovely little furballs, also called Maltipoos, are a cross between the Maltese and Toy Poodle breeds. These tiny dogs are incredibly happy and active.

With their lovely faces and endearing barks, they will spread the essence of life itself wherever they go.

Moreover, the biggest feature of these dogs is that they don't shed like other dog breeds do, making this their best quality. They are hypoallergenic as well.

Therefore, since they do not trigger allergic reactions, they are your best option if you have allergies to dog fur. Head over to Designer Dog World to get a better idea about mixed-breed dogs. 

3.  Pomsky:  Pomeranian and Siberian Husky

Pomsky:  Pomeranian and Siberian HuskyPomsky: Pomeranian and Siberian Husky

Huskies are absolute drama queens. You breed them with Pomeranians and you get a mini-sized drama queen.

Both parent breeds of these dogs love to make noise, the huskies with their distinctive howl and the Pomeranians with their short but high-pitched barks, so you can be sure that they will always try to have a dialogue with you via adorable little tantrums.

If you get one, know that you're getting a clingy creature that gets jealous quite easily because they simply love to be cherished.

4.  Labradoodle:  Labrador Retriever and Poodle

Labradoodle PuppyLabradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Poodle

Breeders love to breed other dogs with poodles and this is another example of an adorable mix between a Toy Poodle and a Labrador.

Definitely one of the fluffiest ones on our list. They tend to have thick fur, which you will need to groom every once in a while. They also weigh much more than the other breeds, about 50-60 pounds when fully grown, so not exactly a small dog.

Though these dogs can sit lazily on your couch, even the smallest hint about the outdoors will spark them with excitement and make them jump at you till you take them out for a walk or have a game of fetch.

5.  Chiweenie:  Chihuahua and Dachshund

Chiweenie:  Chihuahua and DachshundChiweenie: Chihuahua and Dachshund

Does the name strike you as cute? If yes, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the puppy is much cuter. They are a hybrid of the Dachshund and the Chihuahua.

As they are equally energetic as Chihuahuas and as peaceful as Dachshunds, the traits of both of their parents are pretty obvious in them. It would be really challenging to let them go once you have them in your arms.

The Chiweenies' most distinguishing characteristic is that they get easily attached to people. They find it difficult to get along with others, but once they do, they will wag their small tails in an attempt to attract everyone's attention.

6.  Aussiedoodle:  Australian Shepherd and Poodle

Aussiedoodle:  Australian Shepherd and PoodleAussiedoodle: Australian Shepherd and Poodle

These smart and adventurous dogs are a mix between Australian Shepherds and Poodles. Like the poodles, they have short curly hair which makes them very fluffy to hold.

Unlike standard poodles that have a single-colored fur, the genes of the Australian Shepherd cause the fur of these mixed breeds to have unique and different patterns of black, white, brown, and golden fur.

Some Aussiedoodles can also be heterochromatic, making them even more exciting to keep as a pet.

7.  Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai asleep on the floorAlaskan Klee Kai

So far we have talked about dogs that only have two-parent genes. Alaskan Klee Kais have several. Their genetic structure contains genes from both the Siberian and the Alaskan Husky, an American Eskimo dog, and a Belgian Schipperke.

Even though both the parents of these breeds are large dogs, these mix-breeds are somehow much smaller than both the parents, making them the perfect house pet. They are intelligent, talkative, and love to crave attention. They also love to express how much they care about you by always following you around and giving you their undivided attention.

This once hybrid dog is now on the journey to becoming a full purebred dog.  As of this writing, they are registered with the AKC foundation stock and come in three sizes, toy, miniature, and standard.  Even the standard is still a very small dog.

8.  Cockapoo:  Cocker Spaniel and Toy Poodle

Cockapoo:  Cocker Spaniel and Toy Poodle resting in the grassCockapoo: Cocker Spaniel and Toy Poodle

One of the most popular mixed dog breeds, the Cockapoo is a mix between the Cocker spaniel and the Poodle. These dogs are very tame and docile and training them is very easy. They make the perfect family dog since they get attached to humans in a very short amount of time. They are also non-shedders.

So, if you have little babies around the house, having a Cockapoo maybe a safest choice.

9.  Chug:  Chihuahua and Pug

Chug:  Chihuahua and PugChug: Chihuahua and Pug

These mix-breeds are on the mysterious side as their traits are very hard to predict. They are a mix between the energetic and playful Chihuahuas and the calm and timid Pugs.

So, it is very hard to predict whether your chug would be the cheerful one or the calm one. This makes owning these dogs very interesting as dog owners consider their unpredictable nature as a testament to their dog training skills.

10. Yorkie Poo:  Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle

Yorkie Poo:  Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle:  3 puppies in a red basketYorkie Poo: Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle

It is not always easy to predict the traits of a hybrid, but knowing what the parents are like will help you decide if this combination is right for you. 

In the very best scenario, the Yorkie Poo is smart, energetic and affectionate.  Be prepared for cuteness overboard when you see a puppy that is playful, bold and inquisitive.  The little spark of mischief often present in their eyes is hard to resist.

Both the Yorkie and the Poodle are active and have plenty of energy.  They can meet much of their exercise needs by following you around the home.  They are more active indoors than outside, but they are also likely to enjoy an outdoor game of fetch and a neighborhood walk. 

They tend to be small, so keep that in mind if you have very young children.

11.  Mal-Shi:  Maltese and Shih Tzu

Mal-Shi:  Maltese and Shih Tzu with a ball in the grassMal-Shi: Maltese and Shih Tzu

Both Maltese and Shih Tzu are loving, affectionate and your typical velco dogs, that is those that want to follow you everywhere.  Going by the name Mal Shi, you may also hear them referred to as Malte-Tzu, Shihtese, Mal-Shi, or Malshi.  

Mal Shi are generally known to be gentle and affectionate, playful and fearless at times. 

They are very watchful and will alert their owners to any new sounds or movement in the environment.  They do retain their long coats, so brushing is always part of the job of being a MalShi mom or dad.  Many owners keep their dogs in a long coat, but professional grooming is usually necessary and grooming visits are normally spaced out about every 6 weeks.

12. Shorkies: Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier

Shorkies: Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier puppyShorkies: Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier

These adorable little dogs come from the mating of a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier.  Spunky, affectionate, playful and cheerful are terms often used to describe their personalities.

The Yorkie has a single coat that is silky and very straight. The Shih Tzu has a double coat that is also straight and either silky or cottony soft. The mix can have characteristics of either or both parents. 

Neither dog sheds, so this might be a good choice for those who do not like hair all over the furniture.  Either way, the upkeep of the Shorkie coat can require some time and effort and professional grooming is something to take into consideration before choosing this hybrid.

13. Bichpoo:  Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle

Bichpoo:  Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle sleepingBichpoo: Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle

Bichpoo is a prototypical pup you'd imagine as a toy dog. Famous for their likeability and irresistible charm, if you own a Bichpoo, get ready for frequent stops in the street and gasping in awe. Sharing half of the genes from the Poodle and the other half from the Bichon Frise, they sport a thick, curly coat that needs frequent attention.

Due to the Poodle's intelligence, Bichpoos are smart and playful dogs that love challenges, interactive games, and training.

All in all, a Bichpoo will fit perfectly in any home that is ready to devote their time to be with him. Regular walks and outdoor activities are a must, but you can also cuddle and enjoy a relaxing day with your Bichpoo, who will definitely appreciate some quiet time.

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Final Thoughts

No matter what type of dog you adopt, all of them are very fun-loving and loyal and will give you beautiful memories if you take good care of them.

Consider what type of dog suits your lifestyle and choose accordingly. You should find an appropriate choice from the list of the cutest mixed dog breeds you just read through.

One final thought before we leave you - choose wisely. Otherwise, you will get a dog that you cannot maintain properly and it will only add stress to your life.

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About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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