Which Hybrid Dog Breed Should You Adopt?

By: Mark Lichtenstein
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Which Hybrid Dog Breed Should You Adopt?
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About This Quiz

Sometimes one look into a dog’s eyes and you’re hooked. There is no other dog for you in the world but this one.

But if you’re not a purely emotional decision maker, you’ll want to consider some challenges your home or household may have adding a canine companion prior to finding that perfect pooch. For instance, if you have a small apartment and a large dog and no yard to exercise it, you may find your adopted puppy has behavior problems because of its lack of exercise and stimulation. If you have toddlers, a high-energy dog may knock them over when the doorbell rings because they are so excited to be the first at the door. And if you’ve had a dog or know people with dogs who constantly complain about daily vacuuming and sweeping due to shedding, you might want to find a dog that doesn’t shed.

Fortunately, there are hybrid dog breeds that give you the best of both breeds. So, if you have a small apartment or a small child, you may want a small breed that doesn’t shed, or may cause allergies in your family members. Then there are those people who want a big dog, so they feel safe jogging around town with a strong, powerful companion, one that is a protector yet gentle and cuddly with the entire family. Then there are people who want a companion that has high energy and can keep up with their pace and lifestyle (and will tire out the kids). There is a hybrid breed just for you, too. Take this quiz and learn more. Your cuddly canine is waiting.


How much do you like to go running?
I love a nice jog.
I'm more of a walker.
I'll go for a run in the nice weather.
I go to a gym.

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Do you like to sail?
I got ASA certified but it has been a while.
I go on a friend's ship every once in a while.
I own a fifty-foot boat.
No, I don't like the water.

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Where would you walk your dog?
The local park.
The local waterfront.
My own land.
I won't walk my dog.

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Who will share walking duties with you?
My spouse.
My spouse and kids.
My neighbors.
I won't walk my dog at all.

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Do you like to go for bike rides?
Yes, I go on one every weekend.
No, I prefer walks.
No, I prefer hikes.
No, I pay people for that sort of thing.

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Do you hunt?
I shoot birds.
I hunt bear.
I stalk deer.
God no! I love all of God's cute little creatures!

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Do you fish?
A little.
I go to the rivers and lakes to fish every year.
I go deep sea fishing at least once a year.
No.

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Do you have any kids?
Several.
A couple.
One.
No.

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Do you have allergies?
Yes, bad ones.
Yes, but manageable ones.
Yes, but it's rare that they flare up.
No.

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Do you want to impress people with your dog?
No, I just want the dog for myself.
I think people should marvel at its size.
I think they should wonder what it is.
Yes! They must think it is as cute as I think it is.

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In what environment would you like to spend a vacation?
The Scottish Highlands.
The Alps.
The Black Forest.
The 3rd Arrondissement.

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Which of these is closest to describing your industry?
The media industry.
The medical industry.
The heavy industry.
The banking industry.

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How many dogs have you owned thusfar?
One.
Two.
Three.
This will be my first dog.

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Is it cruel to keep a large dog in an apartment?
It depends on how large and if there's a bit of outdoor space available.
Yes, there's not enough room!
It's cruel if there's no backyard.
Nope! It's cozy!

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How many times a day are you willing to walk your dog?
Seven! I love to play with my dog outside!
Four times a day.
Three to five times a day, depending on the weather.
Never. I'll just get the dog a pee pad.

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How consistent will you be about disciplining your dog?
I'd be very consistent with correcting my dog.
I'd be somewhat consistent when correcting my dog.
I'd be mostly consistent.
I'd not be consistent at all.

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What is the single most important command your dog can learn?
No.
Sit.
Heel.
Love me!

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Do you plan on creating an Instagram account for your dog?
If it is especially beautiful, yes.
No, I don't want people seeing the inside of my home.
No, I think that's an insane thing to do with a dog.
Isn't that the whole point?

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How often will you pay a dog walker to walk your dog?
Rarely, I'll usually be the one walking the dog.
A couple times a week.
Every day.
I'll just use pee pads and never have my dog walked.

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What will you plan to do with your dog when you go on vacation?
I'll leave it with a trusted friend.
I'll take it to a kennel.
I'll leave it at home and have trusted friends come to take care of it and play with it.
If I can't take it with me, I'll just have a smart feeding device lay out the grub and hope I can leave enough pee pads everywhere to take care of the viscera.

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If your dog gets aggressive with someone, what will you say to the object of your dog's ire?
"I'm so sorry! My dog never gets like this! Are you okay?"
"Gosh! Let's get that cleaned up and bandaged so I can discipline my stupid dog!"
"I'll help you with that in a moment, just let me discipline my dog!"
"Don't take it personally!"

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How would you discipline your dog if it bit the hand of a person you were fine with petting it?
I'd give it a little whack on the head and speak to it with a stern voice.
I would put it into its room.
I would yell at it, not give it treats that night and put it to bed early.
I would beg it not to hurt my friends.

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Are you deciding between dog breeds or are you also considering a cat?
No: my choice is between a hybrid and a Labrador.
No: my choice is between an Irish Wolfhound and a hybrid.
No, my decision is between larger dog breeds.
I will always consider a cat.

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Leaving aside dogs, what other pets have you owned?
This will be my first pet.
I had some fish.
I had a parrot.
I had a cat.

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Do you want a dog for protection?
Implied protection, yes. Actual protection? Not really
Yes, so my kids can leave the house without me and be safe.
Yeah, for when I'm out late at night.
No! I will protect my little Schnookums with my life!

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What will you look for in a dog food?
I'll just ask my vet.
Lots of protein, I guess.
Added vitamins sound like a good idea.
Nah, I'll just feed my dog from my own plate.

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Are you worried about your dog going blind?
Yeah, I'd be concerned about that.
I'd really want to avoid that.
I would want to stay on top of that to prevent it.
Nope!

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How often do you clean your couch?
Rarely.
Once a week.
A couple times a week.
Frequently.

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Do you have a lot of absorbent surfaces in your house?
Not really.
Everything is carpeted or covered in fabric.
Yeah, we have a few.
No.

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How long do you want your dog to live?
Ten or so years.
No more than six or seven years.
A few good years.
I will keep it full of medicine to keep it alive long past the point nature would have given up.

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