Here are the 10 most common breeds found in mutts (and we use that term with love).

As pet adoption becomes more popular (yay!), the number of people who have mixed-breed dogs is also on the rise. While most mutt parents will have their own guesses as to their dog’s heritage, the National Mutt Census has determined these 10 dogs as the top breeds found in mixed-breed dogs.  Read on to see what your mutt might be made of!


  1. German Shepherd
    Personality: Smart and courageous, these active dogs are great workers and loyal friends.
    Physical traits: Muscled and agile, these dogs can present with 11 different colors, and have medium-density fur.


  1. Lab Retriever
    Personality: Labs are extra friendly and energetic, which makes them great family dogs and America’s most-popular dog breed.
    Physical traits: Lab retrievers are athletic dogs with weather resistant, medium-density coats and an “otter” tail.


  1. Chow Chow
    Personality: These thoughtful, mild-mannered dogs are one of the most common ancestors found in American mutts.
    Physical traits: These pups sometimes appear to be more bear than dog, with high-density, fluffy hair that’s meant for arctic temperatures. Chow Chows also have blue-black tongues.


  1. Boxer
    Personality: These highly active dogs are great for families who want to have lots of fun.
    Physical traits: Boxers’ most distinctive features are their lean, muscled bodies, medium-density, short coats and square muzzle.


  1. Rottweiler
    Personality: Rottweilers are working dogs. They are patient and smart, which makes them great service dogs.
    Physical traits: These dogs tend to be robust, with powerfully muscular bodies and low-density coats.


  1. Poodle
    Personality: Poodles are eager dogs that love activity and any chance to use their smarts.
    Physical traits: These thin dogs have medium to high-density hair that is hypoallergenic and extremely fluffy.


  1. American Staffordshire Terrier
    Personality: Dignified and good-natured, these dogs are great for families and love having a job to do.
    Physical traits: These stocky, muscular dogs have low-density fur and square faces.


  1. Golden Retriever
    Personality: These affectionate dogs love to please and are great with both families and other dogs.
    Physical traits: The Golden Retriever’s balanced stride is often hidden by its medium-density, flouncy fur.


  1. Cocker Spaniel
    Personality: Well-balanced dogs like these make great companions, workers and adventurers.
    Physical traits: Cocker Spaniels have long, fluffy ears and medium to high-density hair found in 13 different colors. They are small but quick.


  1. Siberian Husky
    Personality: Huskies are some of the most mischievous dogs, but they’re also quite friendly and gentle.
    Physical traits: These dogs were bred for the harsh weathers of Northeast Asia, so they have high-density fur. They are strong and compact, with pointed ears and a brush tail.


Regardless of the breed of your dog, we have a version of Vetericyn FoamCare shampoo that’s perfect for their coat type. FoamCare comes in three coat-specific and one medicated formula, so whether your dog is fine, medium, or thick-coated, you’ll be able to give them the fastest, healthiest bath they’ve ever had!

If you have any questions about identifying your pet’s breed, please email our veterinarian.

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