The Top 5 Hybrid Dog Breeds: A Guide for Potential Pet Owners


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Woodland Hills, Calif., Nov.10, 2015 – Farmers Insurance®, one of the nation’s largest multiline insurer groups, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand, have collaborated since 2014 to offer savings to those looking to purchase pet insurance for their cats and dogs. As part of this collaboration, the companies have revealed the top five hybrid dog breeds based on a review of their database of more than 140,000 dog policies.

1. Australian Shepherd and Border Collie (Border-Aussie)

The combination of an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie creates highly intelligent and agile dogs. Known for herding livestock, these dogs excel at farm work. They require plenty of exercise and constant stimulation to avoid becoming bored. For example, meet Jackson, a fun-loving social dog who enjoys making new friends.

2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French Bulldog (Royal Frenchel)

The hybrid of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and French Bulldog has a smart and laid-back personality. This breed is often considered a perfect family dog due to its friendly and sweet nature. Additionally, they exhibit impressive athletic abilities, as demonstrated by Rex, a skilled athlete with a love for climbing trees.


3. Border Collie and Whippet (Border Whippets)

The combination of a Border Collie and Whippet results in a highly athletic dog that needs plenty of exercise. With the shorter hair of the Whippet, shedding may be less of an issue compared to a purebred Border Collie. However, due to their high-strung nature, this breed may not be suitable for families with young children. Meet Zeal, an active Border Collie and Whippet hybrid who excels at flyball and enjoys various sports.

4. Labrador Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog (Labernese)

The Labernese, a mix of Labrador Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog, makes an excellent family pet. Known for being good with kids and strangers, they require a lot of room to run and play. Regular grooming is also necessary due to their large size and long hair. Buddy, a playful 20-month-old puppy, is a beloved Labernese member who brings joy to his owner with his goofy personality.


5. German Shepherd and Poodle (Shepadoodle)

A blend of a German Shepherd and Poodle results in an athletic dog with excellent guard dog characteristics. However, due to their guarding instincts, they may not be friendly with strangers. This breed is prone to hip and back problems but is less susceptible to these issues compared to purebred German Shepherds. Meet Tommy, a gentle and cuddly Shepadoodle who enjoys swimming.

Now, let’s address some frequently asked questions about hybrid dog breeds:


Q: Are hybrid dog breeds healthier than purebred dogs?
A: While hybrid dog breeds may inherit some health benefits from their parent breeds, it doesn’t guarantee perfect health. It’s essential to consider the specific health concerns of each parent breed before making a decision.

Q: Do hybrid dog breeds require special care?
A: Hybrid dog breeds may have unique needs due to their mixed heritage. It’s important to research and understand the characteristics and requirements of both parent breeds to provide adequate care and meet their specific needs.

Q: Can I find a hybrid dog breed at a shelter?
A: While it might be less common to find hybrid dog breeds at shelters compared to purebred dogs, it’s still possible. Consider checking local shelters or rescue organizations as they may occasionally have hybrid breeds available for adoption.


Choosing a hybrid dog breed requires careful consideration. Understanding the characteristics, exercise needs, and potential health issues of both parent breeds is crucial. Whether you’re insuring a home, vehicle, or adding a new pet to the family, Farmers Insurance and Pets Best offer a wide range of benefits and options to help limit the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and provide coverage for unexpected events. Before making a decision, do thorough research and consult with professionals to ensure a happy and healthy life for both you and your furry friend.

About Farmers Insurance: “Farmers Insurance®” and “Farmers®” are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes, small businesses, and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list.

About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC: Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats. Founded in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment, Pets Best is committed to delivering quality pet care and expert veterinary knowledge.

For more information about Farmers pet insurance, visit or contact a local Farmers agent today. For more information about Pets Best, visit their website