An Introduction to Hybrid Dogs
Producing a hybrid or “designer dog” involves the deliberate crossbreeding of two different types of pedigree dog together. These dogs are not mongrels, as the crossbreeding process is deliberate. Dogs are carefully chosen to combine personality and appearance traits of the two different breeds. They are also not a new breed of dog, however, as most of these types of dog have pure breed parents, and are the direct offspring of two different pedigree breeds.
Why are They Popular?
The popularity of hybrid dogs is growing year upon year. This is partially due to the novelty of having something different. Additionally, many hybrid dogs are the offspring of Poodles, so they are often hypoallergenic and shed very little. There is also an appeal in combining the characteristics of two different breeds into one dog – indeed the potential here is essentially endless.
Top Five Popular Hybrid Dogs
- Cockerpoo. This is a crossbreed of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. It is the original and still the most popular type of hybrid dog.
- Labradoodle. A crossbreed of a Labrador Retriever and a standard Poodle. These dogs are typically both intelligent and friendly.
- Maltipoo. A mixture of a Maltese and a miniature or toy Poodle. These little dogs are both playful and affectionate.
- Puggle. A Beagle/Pug cross. These dogs often look like miniature mastiffs, and are typically sociable and energetic.
- Pomsky. A Husky/Pomeranian cross. These dogs often look like miniature Huskies, keeping similar coat colourings and patterns. They are typically highly intelligent and energetic dogs.