Designer dogs or crossbreed dogs are dogs who have purebred parents of two different breeds. These dogs are all quite trendy and are bred for the sole purpose of companionship.
Having parents of two different breeds, designer dogs have portmanteau names. For instance, a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle makes an adorable offspring called Yorkiepoo. Breeders of designer dogs intend to retain the best qualities of parents while eliminating the negative qualities such as hereditary disorders.
Dog Breeds: 17 Desirable Designer Dogs That Are Trendy
With a high demand for designer dogs nowadays, more variety of crossbreeds are being developed by breeders. If you’re planning to get a designer dog for your family, the dogs on this list might be of help. I have several of these cute dogs at home, can you guess which breeds on the list I own?
1. The Cockapoo
Crossing between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle gives us a very friendly dog, the Cockapoo. These dogs are hypoallergenic as they hardly shed and produce little amount of dander. One of the old hybrid dogs, the Cockapoo has been around since the 1960s.
2. The Labradoodle
A designer dog made by crossing a Labrador and a Poodle is the Labradoodle. This dog has a very happy temperament and is highly intelligent. Due to his extreme energy, the Labradoodle is not advisable for apartment living.
Labradoodles need about 30 to 60 minutes of exercise to tire them off. Engage him in different activities such as running, playing fetch, or some agility training.
3. The Pomapoo
The Pomapoo results from Pomeranian to Poodle breedings. He is known for his being affectionate and sweet. This small sized dog has a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years, quite longer than other small breed dogs. If you want a low maintenance designer dog, I recommend you get this one as it only needs occasional stripping and trimming.
4. The Schnoodle
Crossing between a Schnauzer and a Poodle results in a smart and adorable pooch, the Schnoodle. This dog is described as “forever happy” as he loves to play around with his family most of the time. In addition, Schnoodles make wonderful guard dogs because of their protective nature. They are willing to defend their families at all costs.
5. The Goldador
An offspring of the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever is the loving and devoted Goldador. Although he is an effective watchdog because of his alertness, he may not be the best guard dog because he is too friendly. Because of their lovely personality, Goldadors can be one of the best choices for first-time dog owners.
6. The Terripoo
The Terripoo is a small designer dog that results from an Australian Terrier to Poodle breedings. This fun-loving pooch may have a curly coat of a Poodle or shaggy hair of an Australian Terrier. They love to do silly things just to please their humans. I’m sure you’ll be entertained with the Terripoo’s company.
7. The Puggle
Crossing between a Beagle and a Pug creates the loving and gentle Puggle. With his sweet nature, he gets along well with everyone, even with children and other pets. Puggles are quite smart but can sometimes be stubborn. Don’t fret, though. You just need to patiently train him and you’ll be fine.
8. The Chorkie
The Chorkie is a mix between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier. Inheriting from both of his parents, the Chorkie is a small dog with a lovely temperament. Chorkies are one of the designer dogs that needs little grooming. They may not be suitable for first-time dog owners, though, since they are a bit hard to train.
9. The Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle came about when two pure breeds namely Poodle and Golden Retriever were crossed. Depending on the variant of the Poodle (Standard, Miniature, Toy), the Goldendoodle may vary in size from small to large.
10. The Pugapoo
Resulting from breeding a Pug with a Poodle is the loyal and devoted Pugapoo. This dog would rather enjoy being in the house than outdoors. For this reason, they are good for apartment living. Just don’t forget to give him exercise daily. A 15-minute walk in the park will do.
11. The Sheepadoodle
The Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle (Standard). This large sized dog has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Training Sheepadoodles are moderately easy as it won’t require too much effort though not easier than other dog breeds.
12. The Mal-Shi
Also known as Malti Zu, the Mal-Shi is an offspring of a Maltese and a Shih Tzu. This adorable small pooch is intelligent and happy making him a great therapy dog and family pet, just like its parents.
Mal-Shis are not suitable living in hot places as they are prone to respiratory problems. If in case you live in an area with a warmer climate, make sure to have air-con in your home.
13. The Borador
Mixing between a Border Collie and a Labrador Retriever creates the highly active designer dog Borador. The Borador’s intelligence makes training a breeze as he is quick in learning new commands. Boradors are friendly and love to please their humans though they may not get along well with smaller pets or dogs, especially when not properly socialized.
14. The Chiweenie
The Chiweenie results from breeding a Chihuahua with a Dachshund. With optimum care, the Chiweenie can live for 12 to 15 years. Chiweenies are quite active — they love to play and run around. So, if you want a lap dog who just wants to sit around, this designer dog is not for you.
15. The Pomsky
The Pomsky is one of the newcomer designer dogs. This cute and cuddly pooch is a result of crossing between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. The Pomsky is a smart and active pooch who needs to have ample play time to avoid boredom.
16. The Frenchie Pug
The Frenchie Pug, sometimes called Frug, is the offspring of a French Bulldog and a Pug. Just like both of his parents, the Frug loves to be close to his master and family at all times. Just like both his parents, Frugs are good with children.
17. The Yorkiepoo
Crossing between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle creates the loving and energetic Yorkiepoo. With this designer dog’s intelligence (which he most probably inherited from both of his parents), he does great in agility and obedience tasks.