Mixing dog breeds has brought us a lot of gems. There’s the shepsky, or German shepherd crossed with a husky. There’s even a cockapoo, or cocker spaniel crossed with a poodle. Both these mixes and many others leave us all saying “aw” whenever we see them or hear their names, for that matter.
But that’s not always the case. Unfortunately, some dog breed mixes are combinations made in hell of no fault of their own. These dogs can’t help they have the energy of a border collie and the obedience of a husky, or that some random breeder thought it would be smart to mix two of the most disease-prone animals together and see what happens.
Whatever the reason behind their genetic disaster story, these dogs are some of the worst breed mixes on the planet and will cause their owners endless headaches or vet bills.
So if you’re looking for dog mixes to avoid, here are the top ten worst dog mixes to ever exist.
1. Aussiepom (Australian Shepherd + Pomeranian)
Like most dog breeds we seriously question the existence of, I sometimes wonder who thought it would be a good idea to mix up an Australian shepherd and Pomeranian. Sure, the result would be cute but isn’t it just a little unnatural to mix an energetic, medium-sized working dog with a cup-sized butterball? Who’s nothing better than a lap dog at best.
Australian shepherds are usually quite healthy, but they are incredibly energetic. On the other hand, Pomeranians can be a little *cough* a lot aggressive. Mix aggression towards strangers and a ton of energy, and you have a recipe for disaster.
And that doesn’t even start to address the fact that aussiepoms are loud, high-maintenance breeds that will bark at anything that moves. Plus, their long, luscious fur means when you’re not taking them for a walk, you’ll be busy creating furballs in your living room as your pet barks its heart out.
Both breeds also have joint and bone issues once they get older, so if the barking didn’t make you lose your mind, the vet bills probably will.
2. Corgle (Corgi + Beagle)
A corgi is a cross between nature’s two funniest looking dogs, a beagle and a corgi. From afar, they may look like misshapen cuties, but the reality is far from it.
Beagles have lots of health risks. They can get epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, ear infections, and a myriad of other diseases.
Corgis aren’t exactly the image of health either. They can have allergies, poor bone health, problems with their spine, and that’s just the start of it.
What do you get from mixing to breeds that are nowhere near being generally healthy dogs? A veterinarian’s dream because you’ll be lining your local vet’s pockets. You have to be an absolute home remedy legend to own a corgi, or they will lead you to bankruptcy.
And are you really willing to trade your hard-earned money for a dog that seems to have taken the worst qualities from both breeds to make a genetic mix from hell?
3. Pomsky (Pomeranian and Husky)
By now, I think we can agree that mixing a Pomeranian with anything bigger than a Yorkshire terrier is a terrible idea. The pomsky is a pretty famous breed worldwide because it gives you all the visual appeal of a husky in the relatively bite-sized form of a pomeranian.
People wrongly assume that because pomskies are so small, they’ll be easier to manage than full-grown huskies, but boy, they are sadly mistaken.
Let’s start with the unnatural nature of their conception. As a result of the massive size difference, pomskies can only be bred through artificial insemination. If that’s not enough to leave you wondering if it’s so necessary to have a pomsky that you’re basically doing IVF for dogs, then the other characteristics of most pomskies may make you change your mind.
First, the coat. If you think huskies are bad, wait till you mix their shedding ability with the overgrown coat of a pomeranian. You will always be covered in hair.
Pomskies also have a ton of energy, and, besides their tiny size, they are loud and destructive. They will keep you up with their constant howls, and if you even dare ignore them, your shoes or the feet of your favorite coffee table will pay the price.
Sp d yourself a favor. Choose a husky or choose a pomeranian, but for the love of your furniture and ability to breathe while grooming your dog, don’t choose a pomsky.
4. Chug (Chihuahua + Pug)
Okay, if the name didn’t put you off, the explanation of the breed really should. I haven’t the faintest idea who thought mixing a pug with a chihuahua would be a good idea, but I can promise you it wasn’t a happy accident.
Let’s start off with their appearance. Unless you get a dog with the perfect mix of pug face and chihuahua body, your dog is going to be ugly. No, really, if you’ve seen a picture of a chug, you’ll know what I mean.
And if their looks aren’t enough to put you off, how about their health? These two dogs are sicknesses galore. Chihuahuas have fragile bones, bad dental health, difficulty regulating their blood sugar, and they always have the shakes and shivers.
Pugs don’t do much to balance these health issues out. They add throat, ear, eye, and facial infections to the mix. Along with an almost completely untrainable personality.
A chug will need regular vet checkups, and if you think you can avoid them, you’ll be charged even more when you have to go in for treatment.
These dogs are bossy, have no ability to listen to their owners, and will cost you your retirement fund in vet bills. My advice? Steer clear.
5. Frug (French Bulldog + Pug)
Similar to the chug, the frug, or French bulldog crossed with a pug, is also a combo made in hell.
First off, the pug’s numerous ailments and health risks don’t do well when combined with a Frenchie’s spinal cord issues, heart diseases, and eye problems. It also doesn’t help that the frug inherits the French bulldog’s inability to withstand any real sort of heat.
So you’ll have to keep your house cool, spend endless hours at the vet, and spend most of your life trying to do the impossible: train your dog.
All of this for a dog breed that finds joy in looking like every stupid canine sidekick in every animation movie ever. I mean, seriously, the clueless face and stupidly flopping tongue do nothing to prove their worth.
Unless you’re into ugly dogs who will make you spend your life savings on mange medication and trips to the vet for hyperventilation. If that’s the case, then, by all means, go ahead. A frug is the dog for you.
6. Whoodle (Poodle + Wheaten Terrier)
A whoodle, or wheatendoodle, is a cross between a poodle and a wheaten terrier. They’re very cute and look like the epitome of the “shaggy dog” mentioned in books. Despite their relative cuteness and cult-like following, however, whoodles are problematic dogs.
First, they’re high maintenance. Their curly, shaggy hair makes them difficult to groom and keep clean, and they can really start to stink after a few days without a bath. Wheatens are also prone to skin allergies and infections, conditions most whoodles also share,
Then there’s their size. When bred with giant poodles, whoodles can be huge and unmanageable. Poodles aren’t exactly famous for their brains or listening abilities, and having a large, illness-prone dog without the ability to listen to what you say for more than a few seconds seems like just a few too many cons if you ask me.
They’re also not the most intelligent dogs out there. But if it’s looks you’re after, and you don’t mind forking out the cash for vet bills and professional grooming, then, by all means, be my guest and buy one of the worst dog mixes in the world.
I’m sure the amount it’ll cost you is payback enough for not listening to this article.
7. Pitsky (Pitbull + Husky)
Right off the bat, anyone who owns a dog knows a pitsky means trouble. Now, I’m all for the pitbulls aren’t vicious movement. I just have one issue. A pitbull is adorable on its own. Yes, they may be a little naughty now and then and can be difficult to train, but they’re not unmanageable.
A husky, on the other hand, can be a training nightmare. They do what they want when they want, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them.
Sure, a pitsky may be adorable, but do you really want to mix a hard-of-hearing fluffy dog with one that may just one day decide he doesn’t like a stranger and give them a quick bite.
If a dog is powerful and intimidating, they should be trained well, even if you know they won’t do any harm. Unfortunately, in the pitsky’s case, this is almost impossible thanks to, you guessed it, their husky blood.
And if you think the disobedience is bad, wait till you behold the drama and constant howling. It’ll be enough to drive any dog owner mad.
8. Horgi (Husky + Corgi)
Just like mixing a husky and pomeranian isn’t a good idea, combining a husky with a corgi isn’t exactly great either. By now, I think we can safely say, just don’t mix huskies with other dogs. The result is cute but never quite what you’d hope since most mixes inherit all of the husky’s bad traits.
But if you must, you better be aware of the almighty horgi’s most defining trait: they are loud. Beyond anything, you can imagine. Horgis bark, yap, howl, and whine at levels you have never heard before. If you stay in an apartment, a horgi is definitely not the way to go. Ever.
Some say it traces back to the corgi’s herding roots, but I call BS and say it’s all as a result of both dogs having an innate lust to annoy their humans. Sure, they’re cute. But they’re little devils who will turn your life upside down and not feel bad about it for a single second.
9. Bashar (Basset Hound + Shar-Pei)
To be honest, I’ve never met a bashar myself, but just from reading which two dogs they are made from, I’m about 99.99% sure they’re horrible to own. Now, I’m not trying to insult these dogs because it’s not their fault some lunatic thought, “Let me mix the most sad-looking dog with one of the wrinkliest ones I can find,” but someone has to say it. They’re really not that great to own.
Let’s talk about the basset hound traits first. They have narrow ear canals and loose skin folds. What do those two things mean? Infection. And if the skin or ear diseases don’t get to them, the bone and joint problems will.
Mix that with the shar-pei’s equally poor skin health, autoimmune diseases, eye problems, a dysplasia, and you get a dog that really has the odds stacked against it.
Your bashar is going to get sick, there’s no doubt about that. The only question is how much the vet bill will cost you this time.
And then there’s also the fact that both these dogs are oversized, lumbering beasts that aren’t all that active or friendly in any case. By buying a bashar, you’re basically just getting yourself an expensive, problematic footstool that eats three square meals a day. You’re not doing yourself any favors with this mix, so don’t say no one ever warned you.
10. Chusky (Chow + Husky)
Ah yes, the chusky. Like we mentioned earlier, any husky mix is really just as bad as the next, but the chusky makes sure it stands out from the rest of its peers. Why would I say that? One word: grooming.
Chuskies are possibly the fluffiest dogs in existence. They are big, but their fur is even bigger. And if that’s not enough to convince you they’re high maintenance, wait till you see the grooming bills and have to de-fur your house every second day.
Most chuskies weigh between 40 and 65 pounds. They’re big, heavy, furry, and stubborn, just like their husky counterparts. So even though they look like your childhood teddy bear reincarnate, is it really worth spending the next 9 to 15 years of your life cleaning up after a furball that doesn’t even give you the time of day to learn how to sit?
I think not.
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