What Is A Designer Dog? A Quick Guide To The Most Popular Designer Dogs

What is a designer dog exactly?

Designer dog breeds combine the best of both worlds in dogs. They take registered, pure dog breeds and mix them on purpose to create designer breeds; This is an intentional mixing of breeds that optimizes the best characteristics of each parent dog. Sometimes it is possible that the dog may have more than two pure breeds in its bloodline. However, unlike a mutt, their lineage can be identified. 

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Designer dog beds are more loosely known as hybrids; however, this is not strictly accurate. A true hybrid created when breeding occurs between two different species, which would be canine breeding, would be considered a hybrid, i.e., a wolf and a jackal would result in a hybrid. A mixed-breed dog is considered to be a mutt, and this is a dog that has undocumented parented. On the other hand, a crossbreed/ designer dog will have identifiable parents of two validated breeds of dogs. It does take three generations of documented breeding for a dog to be considered a breed. 

For more information on what a designer dog actually is, check out Designer Dog World, but now, it is time that we take a look and find out what dogs are considered to be designer dogs.  

Which dogs are considered designer dogs? 

There are many designer dogs out there, and you may have likely already heard of most of them. They are very sought after, and they are typically quite expensive. Let’s look at some of the most popular designer dogs you can get. 

1. Cockapoo

A cockapoo is a mix between a poodle and a cocker spaniel. This is a breed that has been around for a long time and is actually considered to be one of the original designer dogs that were bred into creation. 

2. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are very popular; they are a mix between a poodle and a golden retriever. They are smart and athletic dogs. While so many designer dogs are small, this is a medium to the large designer dog. They work well with families; however they do need a fair amount of exercise. Their poodle side is also partially hypoallergenic, so they are a great dog to have. They are friendly and loyal as well, which they get from their golden retriever side. 

3. Labradoodle

Labradoodles are a mix between a standard poodle and a Labrador. They are also smart, athletic, and large dogs. They maintain much of their poodle side in their fur; however, they still retain some of that fun-loving and dorky Labrador personality that we all love. 

4. Puggle

Since pugs became so popular, we cannot ignore puggles. These are very popular, although they are not a cheap dogs to get. They are a mix between a beagle and a pug, and they are super cute and fun. They are reasonably sized dogs, so they are ideal for families who do not want a big dog or something too small. One of the benefits of this cross is that the beagle part of them stops them from taking on as many respiratory issues that the pug has.

5. Schnoodle

Schnoodles are super cute. They are a cross between a miniature poodle and a miniature schnauzer. They are energetic dogs, but they love a good snuggle too. They are quite small, yet just big enough that they are still plenty of fun to have around.

6. Yorkipoo

Yorkipoos are miniature poodles that are bred with Yorkshire terriers. This creates a tiny dog with a huge personality. They are very small; however they have plenty of energy, yet they are not so energetic that you will have to walk them all the time. A good half an hour of exercise each day will do them just fine. They are also ideal for seniors too. 

7. Pomsky

Pomskies are a breed that is made from a mix of Pomeranian and Siberian husky. They attract a lot of attention with their Pomeranian features mixed with the glitz and glam of a husky. They are a great crossbreed; however, they have a lot of needs and can be quite headstrong and prideful, so make sure you are prepared to deal with their destructiveness and meet all their needs first. 

8. Cavapoo

Cavapoos are made from a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. They are often outgoing, playful, and curious dogs; they work well with families and first-time dog owners. They have a sensitive side too and are extremely fun-loving. They are not aggressive, but, despite their soft side, no dog should be left with a young child unsupervised. 

Differences Between Designer Dogs and Normal Dogs

There are many advantages to designer breeds, as quite a few of these breeds contain a bit of poodle; the careful breeding of another purebred dog with a purebred poodle can often result in the lack of shedding that a poodle has. Basically, careful breeding in designer dogs can produce a pup that has the best qualities of each parent dog. 

Genetics are often enhanced by this crossbreeding, as pups may exhibit more heartiness. Inbreeding will amplify weaker traits, whereas crossbreeding does the opposite, adding strength into the gene pool. For example, recessive genes might not be expressed as often when you mix breeds. The pup of a standard poodle and a Labrador Retriever would be a labradoodle, and they may not have the same degree of hip dysplasia often found in many pure Labrador bloodlines. 

Some designer dogs can be more expensive than other dogs, especially the smaller ‘toy’ breeds. The larger dogs may not be so much more expensive than a standard dog, but ‘toy’ designer dogs typically are. This is because small toy breeds give birth to very few puppies per litter, which means that these dogs end up being a rarer breed than the average breed litter. 

Designer dogs are great, and they are not called so because they are the canine version of having a Louis Vuitton purse, but because they are designed well to contain all the best traits of both dog parents. 

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