Designer or Hybrid Dogs

03 May 2013 | by | Posted in: Wag Wiki

Golden Labrador DogWe are often surprised when someone tells us that I have a Designer Dog at home. A simple definition to understand this term - “Mixed dogs are crossbreeds that make up the hybrid dogs, the designer dogs, and the mutt.” Mixed dogs consists of different types of dogs and some of these are not recognized purebreds, however some of the designer dogs, now also known as hybrid dogs are breeds in the making!

People have been breeding hybrid dogs for hundreds of years, leading to the development of new breeds that stand out on their own today. The popularity of designer dog breeds or hybrid dogs began to increase only in the latter part of the 20th century. The main reason for creating a hybrid was to develop a dog that has the positive traits of two separate dogs. The most desired hybrids today are the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle, as they make great family dogs!

Mixed dog breeds

Purebred Dogs: A ‘purebred’ dog has been bred over generations to breed true, wherein each puppy that is born has the same look, temperament and characteristic as the other. There are established registries that provide written standards for each purebred and breeders are to abide by them. To retain these pure bloodlines, breeders take the help of genetic testing. This ensures that the lines stay strong. When you adopt a purebred dog, you know what exactly you are getting. You will know the growth details of your puppy along with the care and exercise required for him. In addition, you will know if your dog is capable of hunting, herding, police work, search and rescue, or if he is just a companion dog.( Cute Dog Breeds )

spanador dogDesigner Dogs:A ‘designer’ dog is the name given to a dog that is the outcome of cross breeding two purebred dogs. A designer dog has documented purebred ancestry, and one knows for sure what it is. These dogs can be allowed to compete in dog shows and obedience trials.

Hybrid Dogs:A ‘hybrid’ dog is a mix of more than one purebred dog. However, being a hybrid does not confirm being a breed. When two different purebred dogs are bred together, the pups of mixed breeds can have the combination of characteristics found in either of the parent’s breed.

Mutt:A ‘mutt is a mixed dog of uncertain ancestry.

Are designer or hybrid dogs healthier?

Hybrid dogs can have genetic issues because of the crossing of two first-generation dogs, nevertheless the percentage of hybrid dogs with genetic problems is lower than the purebred, since the gene pool is mixed. Breeders who breeds purebred to purebred believein the hybrid vigor effect which means "physical or mental strength, energy, or force."

How do I know which designer or hybrid dog to choose?

When you adopt a hybrid, you will not know the temperament, size or how the dog will look like, unlike a purebred dog. When two different types of purebred dogs are bred, you can get the combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. If you are looking for hybrid dog and confused as to which one to choose, it is advisable to read about the temperament and care of both the breeds in the cross, and you will be prepared for any of the combination of the two. If the characteristics match with that of your lifestyle, then you are sure this cross will be right for you. It is better to avoid a cross, if it is not matching what you are looking for. You just cannot assume or take chances that only a good personality will emerge. You may be in for surprise and this would not be fair to the puppy.

All hybrid dogs are not 50% of each breed. Only first generation (F1) hybrid dogs are 50/50 of each breed. Some breeders may breed a 50/50 hybrid to a purebred that will represent one of the hybrid’s breeds, which will result in a 75/25 hybrid. There are times when hybrids are crossed with other hybrids, resulting in a varied combination of traits and characteristics. Yet there is no guarantee that the puppy will take on the preferred attribute. ( Taking Care Of Miniature Dog )

Labradoodle dogPopular mixed / designer dogs

Mixed dogs often make excellent pets. There are several mixed dogs, but a large number of them are Labrador mixed breeds. The Labradors are affectionate, loyal and active dogs. One of the most popular of these mixes is the designer dog, Golden Labrador, a mix of a Golden Retriever and a Labrador.

Other popular mixes, which are an all time favorite amongst people, are the Poodle mixed breeds. Poodles are known to be intelligent with minimal shedding. The Labradoodle is the highly favored designer dog, which is a cross between the Labrador and the Poodle.

There are many other dog breeds that are most wanted in mixed dogs. Some of them are the:

·       Chug or Pugwawa (Chihuahua/Pug)

·       Schnoodle (Poodle/Schnauzer)

·       Shih-Poo (ShihTzu/Poodle)

·       Chion (Chihuahua/Papillon)

·       Chorky (Chihuahua/Yorkie)

·       Puggle (Beagle/Pug)

·       Spanador (Cocker/Labrador)

And the list keeps growing!

Tips to take care of Mixed Dogs

Since designer dogs are available in so many varieties, it is always better to know something about their parents. When you know something about them, you know what kind of characteristic and behavior you can expect from your dog. It will give you an insight on the care, housing and exercise your dog will need. Designer dogs usually benefit from good socialization and training.

Dogs are living creatures with emotions and a big heart! They simply cannot be disposed off, just because they are not able to perform as you wish. Most qualified breeders will give you an idea as to what characteristics you will find in the puppy, however this cannot be assured. It is hard to predict what type of temperament the puppy will acquire, as some characteristics will not appear until the puppy is matured, past his adopting age.

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