So-called “designer dogs” are a subject of great controversy. Some breeders claim that crossing two dog breeds can lead to genetic problems and create a situation where profits take priority over quality and the health and well-being of the dogs themselves. But technically, all domestic dogs are “designer dogs,” since humans have been intentionally breeding dogs for thousands of years by matching parents with desirable traits and deciding which pups meet particular needs, such as hunting or hauling.
If you want to add a hybrid dog to your family, do your research first. It’s important that you can meet its needs in terms of attention, exercise, mental stimulation and grooming. Do plenty of research on breeders too. It’s important to see where your pup has been born and meet its mother, get a full health history on the mother and father, and get proof that the dog is free from disease. Even better, get your dog from a rescue or humane society — sadly, crossbreed dogs are often given up or abandoned because their owners don’t realize what level of care they require.
Everyone has heard of the labradoodle and the cockapoo, but there’s a whole world of crossbreeds out there you might not be aware of.
The playful, sociable Shih Tzu is a hugely popular dog breed, as is the feisty, fearless and tiny Yorkshire terrier. In fact, they ranked No. 10 and No. 20, respectively, on the American Kennel Club’s 2019 list of most popular dog breeds. Also known as the Shorkie Tzu and the Yorkie Tzu, this crossbreed is most popular in the UK and Ireland and is a great choice for apartment living.
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A cross between a Labrador retriever and a Pembroke Welsh corgi, fans of the corgidor believe it gets the best of both breeds. In other words, it has the Labrador retriever’s easygoing, friendly nature and the corgi’s energy and sensitivity. This hybrid is an excellent watchdog and loves to run, explore and have adventures, making it a good choice for an active owner. Check out Jackson the Corgi Black Lab’s Instagram account for some adorable pictures.
A Pomeranian and a Siberian husky might not seem like a natural pairing — one is a popular toy breed, while the other is a sled dog developed to work in packs. Nonetheless, demand has grown for this sweet-faced, fluffy hybrid in recent years. The size difference between the pure breeds is an issue, meaning most Pomskies are bred by artificial insemination — an expensive process resulting in a hefty price tag for this crossbreed.
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The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in the U.S. — and has been for almost 30 years — but some Labs are crossed with other breeds. In the case of the Weimador, the Weimaraner doubles up on the Lab’s friendliness, intelligence and obedience. The bottom line? A rare but beautiful crossbreed that is highly sought after. This cutie is Hugo, whose mom is a golden Labrador and whose dad is a silver Weimaraner.
If the pughuahua is too much of a mouthful, let’s call it the chug. If you haven’t guessed, it’s a cross between the pug and the chihuahua, meaning it’s a whole lot of personality in a compact body. This high-energy pup needs a lot of attention, and while it can be great with companions of all ages, it’s probably most suitable for families with older kids.
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One of many poodle hybrids, the whoodle is 50% soft-coated wheaten terrier. It’s super-cute and fluffy, but don’t be fooled by its teddy bear appearance. This crossbreed is very active and headstrong, meaning it needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation and is best suited to a patient owner who is dedicated to early, consistent training. Carmen the Whoodle is living her best doggy life on Instagram.
The Morkie — a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier — is loving and energetic. It’s also always up for playing the fool, meaning there’s never a dull moment in its company. As both pure breeds have a tendency to be yappy, you can expect the same from the Morkie.
A cross between the Saint Bernard and the poodle, the Saint Bernadoodle is affectionate and versatile and will thrive when it has as much company as possible — it typically doesn’t like to be alone. While the size varies depending on the parents, it’s typically a fairly large dog, so it’s not ideal for a small apartment and shouldn’t be left alone with small children. Pet sitter “Sammy Woof” showed off Willa the beautiful Saint Bernadoodle on her Instagram page.
Another Labrador retriever mix, the boxador has the Lab’s gentle nature and the boxer’s patience and protectiveness. This medium-to-large dog is completely devoted to its human family and needs plenty of company and exercise in return. Just don’t leave them alone for long periods of time, as boredom can lead to destruction. Nino the Boxador’s humans share her adventures on Instagram.
A cross between the Shih-Tzu and the miniature poodle, the Shih-Poo is affectionate, adaptable and versatile. While the Shih-Tzu is known for being stubborn, the poodle’s easygoing nature balances this out. The size of an average lap dog, the Shih-Poo will happily snooze next to you for hours, but is equally happy to play, either indoors or out.
Developed in the 1950s when the Pekingese was crossed with the poodle, the Peekapoo is active and intelligent. It’s also gained a reputation as a therapy dog, providing comfort and support to vulnerable people. Naturally suspicious of strangers, the Peekapoo makes an excellent guard dog and with early socialization and training can be well-rounded and affectionate. Maisey shows Instagram just how cute the Peekapoo can be.
From Chow Chow and Siberian husky parents comes the Chusky. Stubborn and inquisitive, this crossbreed is perhaps best suited to experienced dog owners, but with good training and plenty of attention, it can become a great family pet. In addition, it’s naturally protective, making it a good watchdog. It’s also stunning. Check out London pup Luna striking a pose on Instagram.
A cross between a Maltese and a toy or hybrid poodle, the Maltipoo is as cute as its name. The Maltese is the ultimate charming lapdog, while the poodle is energetic and eager. Crossing these two breeds results in a devoted companion for owners of all ages and activity levels.
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When the English bulldog is crossed with the pug, the result is a compact, muscular pup that is fun-loving, dependable and protective, just like its parents. It’s highly unlikely that this hybrid will need a lot of exercise — a daily walk should suffice and may be enough to result in a long snooze on the sofa straight afterward. NYC bull pug Bruno Paws shows how it’s done.
If you fancy the sassiness of the chihuahua in a slightly sturdier body, the chiweenie crosses this tiny breed with a dachshund, which is also known as a “wiener dog” or “sausage dog” due to its long body and short legs. The dachshund is almost as spunky as the chihuahua, making this hybrid one that never fails to entertain. Like many crossbreeds, it can go by other names, including choxie, weeniehuahua, the German taco and the Mexican hot dog.
The zuchon might look like a teddy bear, but it’s definitely all dog — a cross between a bichon frise and a Shih-Tzu, to be precise. This friendly, well-mannered hybrid is a small dog, ideal for apartment living and a devoted companion for everyone, from big families with lots of kids to single seniors. Whoever you are, the zuchon wants to be your friend. Arizona-based zuchon Bailey is so cute, he has over 4,000 Instagram followers.
A crossbreed between a beagle and a pug, the puggle’s cute looks and playful, loving personality have made it a popular “designer” dog since it was first introduced in the 1990s. However, training may be a challenge, as this hybrid can be stubborn. The puggle also has a tendency to wander, so it’s important to keep a close eye on it at all times.
When you cross a graceful, even-tempered cavalier King Charles spaniel with a loyal, entertaining West Highland terrier, you get the ultimate people-pleasing mutt. If you love the Cav but are concerned about its predisposition for heart disease, the Cavestie could give you the best of the breed in a healthier, longer-lasting package. This hybrid is keen to learn, eager to obey and always up for snuggles, just like Molly the Cavestie.
When you cross a Labrador retriever with a border collie, you’re guaranteed to get an outgoing, inquisitive dog with endless energy and a zest for life. However, this means the borador needs lots of space to run around and play, and can get bored easily. For this reason, it’s best suited to a home with a reasonably large yard and lots of activity.
One of the most popular hybrid dogs is the schnoodle, a cross between the poodle and the schnauzer. Size-wise, there’s a great deal of variety within the hybrid, depending on whether the pure-breed dogs are toy, miniature or standard. But whatever size your schnoodle is, you can count on a docile, protective nature and a love of play, play and more play!
The goberian — a golden retriever and Siberian husky cross — is said to possess the best traits of both pure breeds. This means it has the intelligence and good nature of the goldie and the dignity and mischievousness of the husky. And as both parents are extremely friendly, the goberian is guaranteed to brighten the day of anyone it crosses paths with. Mila the Goberian’s Instagram account shows how much she loves to explore the great outdoors.
The adorable Cavapoo, a cross between the cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the toy or miniature poodle, is believed to have been started in Australia in the late 1990s. The affectionate, gentle nature of the Cav combined with the intelligence of the poodle makes this a truly charming hybrid. The Cavapoo is considered to be fairly low shedding, with moderate exercise needs and an unquenchable desire to have fun.
Can’t decide between a beagle and a Lab? The beagle Labrador retriever mix, aka the beagador, is similar in height to the beagle but has a slightly longer torso, and typically has the Lab’s short coat — just like Ellie the Beagador on Instagram. Good-natured, intelligent, inquisitive and loyal, the beagador is great with kids and can live harmoniously with other animals.
The Cavachon is a relatively new crossbreed of dog, but it’s grown in popularity over the last 20 years. A cross between a cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a bichon frise, the Cavachon is known for being affectionate, playful and easy to train. This easygoing breed adapts to any type of home, provided it gets plenty of attention from its human family.
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The bulldog is kind and courageous, while the dalmatian is bright and outgoing. So the bullmatian pup can be expected to be loving, energetic and friendly. However, it’s not an “easy” dog, in that it needs regular, varied play and exercise sessions. For that reason, it may be best suited to an experienced dog owner. The uniquely named Po’ (tato) was adopted by her human parents from Providence Animal Center, proving you don’t have to go to an expensive breeder to give a loving home to a crossbreed.