An Expert on the 10 Mixed Dog Breeds You Should Consider Bringing Home

Ideally, any major life decision should occur with a lot of planning—and that includes bringing a dog into your home. You should be asking yourself some necessary questions about whether you have the space and time as well as the larger nickel-and-dime worries about a dog's impact on your budget. But there are fun aspects to this anticipation, too, especially when you start to consider which breeds best fit your lifestyle. A mixed-breed dog may just be the perfect fit.

"Mixed-breed dogs are often not as strong-willed as purebreds, and the traits that define a breed can be more subtle," Nicole Ellis, Rover's certified professional dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert, says. "Studies have also shown that mixed-breed dogs tend to have longer lifespans than purebreds: On average, mixed-breed dogs live 8.5 years and purebreds live 6.7 years. The findings show that mixed breeds have a much lower chance of congenital disorders because it's less likely both parents carry the defective gene. But there is still no absolute guarantee of better health."

Aside from these prospects, mixed-breed dogs encourage their parents to, in some ways, play detective. Not only are you considering which personality traits best suit your life, but you're also weighing how these traits will play out for your pet's socialization and training. "Crossing two purebred dogs of different breeds will never have completely predictable results, but we can take some educated guesses as to what these crosses will result in," Ellis says. "Everything from temperament to color and final size will be an exciting roll of the dice when you adopt a mixed-breed puppy."

We asked Ellis for some tips to keep in mind as you build a plan around the possibility of bringing a mixed-breed dog home. She also provided her recommendations for the best options, in case you'd like to give your search even more direction.