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You might have heard the term “designer dog,” but do you have any idea what that means? The name sounds like a dog you’d pick up in a boutique or some high-priced breeder. However, while you can expect to pay more for a designer dog, they can make amazing pets.
A designer dog is a mixed dog from two purebreds. You can take any two purebreds and develop a new dog “breed” that may or may not be recognized by the American Kennel Club. Most designer dogs aren’t because they aren’t as common, and they can be unpredictable. They can still be great companions and family members, though.
Designer dogs started as a trend when prospective dog owners wanted certain attributes from different dog breeds. Mostly, these 50/50 split animals are named using a combination of the purebred names, but the attributes aren’t necessarily split that way. Sometimes one breed ends up being the dominant one. However, they end up being adorable and fun no matter how they end up. Here are six designer dog breeds that you will love.
The Goldendoodle is considered by many to be the first-ever designer dog. It’s a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, which are two of the most popular purebreds in the world. They are fun, affectionate, and learn very quickly. They tend to enjoy spending time with their families and favorite humans and goofing around to make people laugh. Goldendoodles need regular exercise but are not overly active, so you don’t have to tire yourself out going for walks. One of the big benefits of a goldendoodle is that they are hypoallergenic. This means it is a great breed for someone who is allergic to dogs or who has asthma.
The puggle is a cross between a beagle and a pug. They are a good example of how sometimes certain traits are dominant. A puggle can have the smushed face that is so characteristic of pugs, or it can have the smooth, longer snout of a beagle. They are adorable and fun and tend to be on the smaller side. They love kids, which is good because they have a lot of energy they can burn while playing. A puggle with a squished nose can struggle with breathing problems, but they usually have long lifespans, up to 15 years, because of their hybrid breeding.
Yorkie Poos are little pups that carry big personalities. They are fun and playful and love to get into mischief. They don’t cuddle as much as other breeds, but they like being in the same room with their humans. They are more the type of dog that will lie at your feet than on your lap. They will yap and bark very easily, so you must train a yorkipoo to prevent that. Luckily they are very smart and will respond well to positive reinforcement of treats and attention.
The aussiedoodle is another mix involving a poodle, but this time with an Australian shepherd. They are especially known for how smart they are. They will learn discipline and tricks faster than almost any other breed. They love to play and do “work,” such as finding treats and digging holes. Because of their smarts, they need a lot of stimulation, which may also be why they love spending time with kids. When looking for mini aussiedoodle puppies for sale, remember that while they are very good with families, an aussiedoodle will often choose a single human to spend most of their time with. This can create an incredible bond that will last a lifetime.
The poodle is a very popular choice for designer dogs, which makes sense since it is also a popular purebred option. A labradoodle is a cross with a labrador retriever. This designer dog is incredibly friendly, as are both of its parent breeds. They love to play and have fun. They are known for their long and curly coats that can look shaggy and adorable when not fully groomed. However, regular grooming is important to keep them clean and the fur free of knots. You will have to play and frolic with a labradoodle, but they aren’t so energetic that they will tucker you out.
Two of the most popular retrievers can create a very popular designer dog. Golden and labrador retrievers combine to form a Goldador. This is a very smart dog that excels when it comes to guiding, searching, and rescuing. The police often use goldadors as drug dogs. They are easily trained, and if you love to get your dog to do tricks, a goldador is a perfect choice. They are big and athletic, so make sure you can keep up with them. They will need lots of stimulation and exercise. Long hikes, swimming, and games of fetch will be a daily need for this designer dog.
Designer dogs are a great option for when you want the characteristics of two types of dogs. While there’s no way to know for sure, there are at least 500 different kinds of designer dogs, so there is no doubt one that will suit your needs. Remember, whether you have a designer dog or not, you need to make sure that you can care for them properly. Give them the appropriate amount of exercise, stimulation, food, and grooming. Keep your dog happy, and they will keep you happy for years to come.
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