Designer Dogs are Haute Couture

What we used to call a “mixed breed” has now become known as a “designer dog”, a much more “haute couture” name than “mutt”. Actually they are a cross between two purebred dogs. New breeds have sprung up since the late 1980’s at a fast and furious pace, the earliest cross having been between a Labrador and a poodle, the Labradoodle. The following is a list of just some of the breeds that have been created by breeders of designer dogs;


– Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle = Goldendoodle

-Schnauzer + Yorkshire Terrier = Snorkie

– Pug + Beagle = Puggle

-Maltese + Pomeranian = Maltipom

-Boston Terrier + Pug = Bug

-Pomeranian + Toy Poodle = Pomapoo

-Yorkshire Terrier + Poodle = Yorkipoo

-Jack Russell Terrier + Poodle = Jack-a-Poo/Jack-a-Doodle

-Yorkshire Terrier + Shih Tzu = Shorkie

When deciding on a designer dog, it is important to read up on the characteristics of each breed. Know their temperament and the kind of care they need. If you dislike shedding, mixing a poodle orĀ  other non-shedding dog, like a Bichon Frise with one that tends to shed may be a good choice. Determine if the two breeds are good with families with children, other pets and senior citizens, if need be. Find out if the dog can handle apartment living and less exercise or needs more space and lots of area to run and play. Is the coat high maintenance requiring frequent brushing and trips to the groomer? Are they large consumers of food? These and other factors will help you choose the type of designer dog that best suits your lifestyle.

Most experienced breeders will be able to tell you what characteristics will develop as the puppy grows. They are often able to predict what coat type the dog will have and the kind of care it will need. Temperament can be harder to predict because it develops past the age of adoption. But the good breeder usually has the history of other successful litters to draw upon. The important message here is to research and select a highly regarded breeder. The AKC is a good place to start your search. Enjoy your new special companion!

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