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Sure, purebred pooches have their charms, but when one beautiful dog breed meets another, you can get the best of both. Whether it's a mixed-breed mutt or a purposely bred "designer dog," these unique pups can vary in size, look, and temperament. They also possess what's called "hybrid vigor," often making them healthier than their purebred counterparts, according to Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA, author of Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness. And there's no denying that they can double down on the cuteness factor, too.
If you're thinking about adding a dog to your family, consider adopting a mixed-breed pup from a reputable shelter or rescue center. Choose one that will fit in well with your lifestyle and family, including any other pets you may already own. Curious about your mystery pup's family tree? New dog DNA kits can reveal a surprising amount of info about a dog's genetic background. One thing's for certain: A mixed-breed dog will truly be one-of-a-kind.