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39 Designer Dog Breeds

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A dog is considered a designer breed any time both parents are purebred dogs from two different breeds.

Also considered a hybrid breed, designer breeds are created with the intention of enhancing the strong points of both parent breeds.

Typically, but not always, designer breeds will carry a higher price tag than their parent breeds.

While new designer breeds continue to be developed, the concept of mixing breeds has been around for years.

Decades ago, hybrid breeds were created for the purpose of working, hunting, or shepherding, to name a few.

Today many designer breeds are bred for the purpose of doing life alongside humans and serving as companion dogs.

 

To date, there are over 500 designer breeds recognized by Designer Dogs Kennel Club.  In addition, the American Canine Hybrid Club provides an extensive registry of possible designer breeds.

Unlike a mutt, with a designer breed, you are able to identify the lineage of both parents.  This way you’ll have a better idea of what to expect and exactly what bloodlines your puppy represents.

 

According to the VCA, when a dog is undocumented he is considered a mixed breed dog or mutt.

In contrast, when a dog’s lineage is identifiable, then he or she is considered a crossbreed or designer breed.

 

What to Look for in a Designer Breed

When searching for your very own designer dog breed, look first for a breeder who is concerned about the compatibility of both parent dogs.

Also, look for proof of health in each parent dog and be sure your dog is coming from happy and healthy adult dogs.

Breeders will mix a variety of breeds in an attempt to create different appearances, various temperaments, and sometimes even hypoallergenic traits.

Regardless of how skilled the breeder is, within each litter results will vary from puppy to puppy.

Within a single litter, you might find different dog sizes, contrasting coat types, a variety of colors and temperaments, and even different levels in health.

 

What Makes a Designer Breed?

Not every designer dog is 50% of two separate breeds.  Dogbreedinfo.com goes into deeper detail, however, in short when two purebreds are combined, the result is a first-generation designer breed (F1).

When two F1 breeds meet, their offspring becomes F2, and so forth.

Alternatively, you might breed an F1 with a purebred, or continue breeding hybrid breeds while building on different dog traits.

Whatever the case, every dog is bound to be unique and one can never truly guarantee specific results.

 

Now that you know what a designer dog breed is, let’s dive into 39 fantastic designer dog breeds.

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39 Designer Dog Breeds

 

1. Aussiedoodle

Combining the Australian Shepherd with either a standard or toy Poodle is the well-loved Auusiedoodle.  These pals are a bundle of action who thrive when given something to do.  Whether it’s a jaunt through the park or couch surfing at home, these bundles are big proponents of living life on the go.  Depending on the Poodle parent, Aussiedoodles range in size between 25 and 70 pounds.  They are smart, friendly, and fantastic therapy dogs.

2. Aussie Pom

Another Australian Shepherd mix, this time the second parent is a Pomeranian.  The result?  A compact little buddy who is always up for company.  Provided the breeder is skilled in what he does, Aussie poms will typically have an easy-going temperament with the coat of an Australian Shepherd paired with facial features of a Pomeranian.

3. Basador

Basset Hounds meet Labrador Retrievers in the good-natured and charming Basador.  Ranging in size from 50 to 70 pounds, Basadors will either take after their lumbering Basset Hound parent or their energetic Labrador Retriever parent, or ideally a little bit of both.  Personalities range from calm to active to stubborn.  Not to mention, Basadors are typically foodies with a love for adults and children alike.

4. Bernedoodle

Say hello to a Poodle and Bernese Mountain Dog mix.  Thanks to their Poodle parent, Bernedoodles are often considered hypoallergenic, meaning they shed very little.  They are also loyal just like their Bernese ancestors and typically sport tri-colored coats, again thanks to their Bernese bloodline.  These pals are silly and love to live in the center of attention.

5. Borador

Friendly and active through and through, the Borador is a delightful mix of Border Collie and Labrador Retriever.  These designer dogs are a dream come true.  They shed very little, they are easy to train, and they love spending time with humans.

6. Boxador

One parent Boxer, the other Labrador Retriever.  These to fantastic parents, the Boxador is one high spirited friend.  He is quick to show affection and loves a wild adventure.  So games in the backyard and visits to local dog parks on right up this guy’s alley.

7. Bull Pug

Think mini bulldog and you are right on track.  The Bull Pug is a delightful combination of English Bulldog mixed with Pug.  They are funny, handsome, and a joy to have around.

8. Bullmation

True to his name, the Bullmation pulls together a bit of Bulldog with a touch of Dalmation.  Imagine a sweet and friendly dog clothed in stunning black-and-white spots and you are right on track.  Begin training early and you’ll have yourself a fabulous doggy friend.

9. Cavapom

Coming in a variety of dashing dog colors is the Cavapom.  A perfect mix of Kavalier King Charles Spaniel (think lap dog!) and Pomeranian (think puppy independence), Cavapoms are affectionate and playful all in one.  They love to learn, are quick to catch on, and weigh between 8 – 20 pounds.

10. Cavapoo

Greeting you with a charmingly sweet face is the Cavapoo.  Combining Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the ever intelligent Poodle, Cavapoos are quick to learn and pick up new tricks.  Cavapoos weigh between 12 – 25 pounds and thanks to the variety in their parents, sport either a curly coat or a long and straight coat.

11. Chiweenie

Chihuahua meets Dachshund in the energetic Chiweenie.  These pals will greet you with a charming gaze and love to spend time with their people.  They also love to make noise so you’ll want to start training right from day one to keep barking under control.

12. Chorkie

Chorkies are a fabulous mix of Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier.  They shed very little, they’re friendly towards friends and strangers alike, and thanks to their sometimes stubborn mindset, can be difficult to train.  Simply begin training at a young age and always be firm, kind, and consistent.

13. Chug 

Filling all of 10 – 20 pounds is the hilarious little Chug.  This breed is funny, smart, and friendly all in one.  Chugs do carry a short attention span so you’ll want to keep training short and sweet.

14. Cockapoo

Scruffy, happy, and fluffy are three words to sum up the Cockapoo.  Weighing between 10 – 30 pounds, Cockapoos are a splendid mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle.  Depending on their gene pool, looks will vary from one Cockapoo to the next.  Regardless, you’ll want to allow plenty of time for grooming these pals.

15. Corgidor

One parent Labrador Retriever and the other a Welsh Corgi, Corgidors are basically a mini lab.  They are compact, calm, and a joy to have around.

16. Doxiepoo

Dachshund meets Poodle in the hilarious little Doxiepoo.  Doxiepoos weigh between 10 – 30 pounds and thanks to their Poodle parent, are quick to learn new things.  Their looks are highly unpredictable.  One might sport a long, Dachshund-like body with curly hair.  Another might prefer a poodle-like body with Dachshund fur.  When searching for your very own Doxiepoo, be sure to talk with the breeder and clearly community exactly what you are looking for in your Doxiepoo puppy.

17. Frenchie Pug 

Frenchie Pugs are a delightful combination of Pug and French Bulldog all in one.  They are quiet, low-shedding, and great for dog lovers who suffer from pet allergies.

18. Frenchton

Meet the squishy-faced Frenchton!  With a French Bulldog and Boston Terrier as parents, Frenchtons can’t help but be hands down adorable.  Plus, they carry pointed ears and suffer from almost none of the health problems common to their parents.

19. Gerberian Shepsky 

Commonly referred to as Shepskies, the Gerberian Shepsky is a stunning combination of Siberian Husky and German Shepherd.  Filling all of ninety pounds, Shepskies typically favor one parent in personality and are either devoted and affectionate like their Husky parent or smart and loyal like ther German Shepherd ancestry.

20. Goberian 

Say hello to a gorgeous blue eyed giant when greating the Goberian.  A dashing combination of Golden Retriever and Siberian Husky mix, well bred Goberians are affectionate, loyal, and good-natured at heart.

21. Goldendoodle

Smart and outgoing are two words that encapsulate today’s Goldendoodle.  Goldendoodles vary in size depending on the size of their poodle parent.  From mini poodles, Goldendoodles weigh between 15 – 30 pounds.  Medium poodles will birth pups growing anywhere from 30 – 45 pounds, and standard poodles will parent Goldendoodles ranging from 45- 100 pounds.  Like both parent breeds, Goldendoodles are quick to learn and make fantastic guide and therapy dogs.

22. Labbe 

Beagador, Labeagle, Labbe Retriever, call them what you may, each of these names refers to a designer mix of Beagle and Labrador Retriever.  Labbes are medium in size and adorable through and through.

23. Labradoodle 

The first of all Poodle hybrids is today’s smart and friendly Labradoodle.  These gems are quick to learn and are similar in size to their Goldendoodle cousin.  Thanks to their Poodle parent, Labradoodles shed very little and carry energy in big proportions.  They are a beautiful combination of Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix, and will carry a coat ranging anywhere from shaggy to curly.

24. Lhasapoo 

Friendly, cute, and sturdy pretty much sums up the adorable little Lhasapoo.  These gems weigh between 10 – 20 pounds and are quick to notice anything amiss.  If you’re looking for a friendly little watchdog who will let you know when there’s a newcomer at the door, this could be the dog for you.  Thanks to their Lhasa Apso and mini poodle parents, a Lhasapoo’s coat ranges anywhere from long and straight to soft and curly.

25. Mal-Shi

A Maltese and Shih Tzu mix, Mal-Shis are fabulous with people and are quick to sway opinions in their favor with their charming and winsome little face.  They also love to make themselves heard, so plan to begin training early with a Mal-Shi.  Always be firm, kind, and consistent and you’re work is sure to pay off.  In addition to training, Mal-Shis need regular grooming to keep their pretty little coat looking it’s best.

26. Maltipoo

Adorable, tiny, and ooh so sweet is the little Maltipoo.  Forever a puppy at heart, these pals are a splendid mix of Maltese and mini or toy Poodle and will fill all of 5 – 15 pounds.  Maltipoos are smart and quick to learn new things.  They also love taking life in stride and living in the center of attention.

27. Morkie

Don’t let size full you when meeting the teeny tiny Morkie.  Combining the best of both the Maltese along with the Yorkshire Terrier, the Morkie presents a small pal with big dog attitude.  These little gems think big, dream big, and act big too.  Thanks to their small size, Morkies are excellent for folks living in small apartments.

28. Pekeapoo

Weighing anywhere between 8 and 20 pounds is the friendly and affectionate Pekeapoo.  A perfect mix of Pekingese and Poodle, Pekeapoos are brave little dogs with excellent watchdog traits.  They’ll be happy to announce when there’s a friend at the door and quick to let you know if things appear amiss.  Their coat is either straight like their Penkingese parent or curly like their Poodle ancestors.

29. Pomapoo

A splendid mix of Pomeranian with Toy Poodle, the Pomapoo is a smart little pupper.  They can be either friendly or reserved, and don’t require too much exercise.  A daily walk around the block should be all it takes to suffice their energy needs.  Thanks to their not-so-big parents, the Pomapoo weighs between 5 – 15 pounds.  Keep an eye of these little pals whenever they are sharing spaces with small children as Pomapoos are not match for roughhousing around.

30. Pomsky

Blue eyes and cute little pointed ears is what you can expect from the sweet Pomsky.  These pals are a mix of Siberian Husky with Pomeranian and grow to around fifteen pounds.  They are basically a mini Siberian Husky and have no problem adding joy into people’s lives.

31. Pugapoo

Pug meets Poodle in the charming little Pugapoo.  Pugapoos vary in weight anywhere between 10 – 30 pounds and showcase a variety of appearances including curly coats and short-haired coats.  To the delight of many, Pugapoos are low shedding and a fantastic match for folks with pet allergies.  Plus, they love spending time with their people and are quick to make people laugh.

32. Puggle

Sturdy, stunning, and humorous are what you can expect from the Puggle.  A hybrid of Pug and Beagle, Puggles love to play and are a handsome little dog.  Puggles weight between 15 – 30 pounds and excel in pleasing their master.  Be sure to begin training early to curb a Puggles stubborn streak, and you’ll be rewarded with a well-behaved little Puggle.

33. Saint Berdoodle

Matching their name, Saint Berdoodles are little saints when properly trained.  They are a handsome mix of Poodle and Saint Bernard with a stunning coat ranging anywhere from floofy to curly.

34. Sheepadoodle

Think the best of Old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix when meeting a Sheepadoodle.  These dogs are friendly toward friends and family alike and are quick to learn new things.  Sheepadoodles sport a medium energy tank and thrive on daily exercise.  Plus, they are typically easy to train and they have no problem living alongside other family pets.

35. Shorty Bull

The Shorty Bull is a newer line of bulldog that has been carefully created by Jamie Sweet and Amy Krogman.  Unlike many bully breeds that are bred down in size, the Shorty Bull does not borrow any bloodlines from the Boston Terrier or the Pug.  Shorty Bulls are an active breed sporting a good nature.  They are compact and muscular, while proving to be athletic, smart, and adaptable too.  So whether you call a tiny city apartment or a comfortable farmette your home, these pals will have no problem fitting in.

36. Shihpoo

Greeting you with an alert expression and a sturdy little body is the Shihpoo, a delightful mix of Shih Tzu and toy or mini Poodle.  These dogs weigh between 7 – 20 pounds and brag a stubborn streak.  So don’t let their adorable little selves full you into giving them whatever they want.  Instead, begin training while your Shihpoo is still just a pup and always be firm, kind, and consistent.  Also when searching for your very own Shihpoo, these pals come in a variety of colors and color combinations so have fun finding one just perfect for you.

37. Schnoodle

One parent Mini Schnauzer, the other Mini Poodle is what you’ll find in today’s smart little Schnoodle.  These pals weigh between 10 – 20 pounds and inherit a delightfully curly coat from both parent dogs.  As a result, regular clippings are a must.  Schnoodles are funny at heart, alert by nature, and quick to learn new things.

38. Terripoo

An Australian Terrier and Poodle mix, the Terripoo is a sweet and quiet little fellow with a deep love for people.  Thanks to their gorgeous coat, you’re Terripoo will need regular grooming to keep his coat looking it’s absolute best.

39. Yorkipoo

A winsome gaze, a playful spirit, a smart little mind, what’s not to love about the charming Yorkipoo.  These dogs are just that: an absolute charm.  When properly bred, Yorkipoos are smart and shed very little, making them excellent pals for folks with dog allergies.  Yorkipoos are also a bit independent with a streak of stubborn.  They are a mix of Yorkshire Terrier and toy or mini Poodle and weigh anywhere between 8 – 15 pounds.  Keep a close eye on these dogs when sharing a space with toddlers, as they simply can’t deal with too much tousling about.

 

Designer Dog Breed FAQ

Q. What was the original designer dog breed? 

A. The Labradoodle was the first doodle dog. A mix of Labrador Retriever and Poodle, Labradoodles began in 1970 as a working dog for disabled people suffering from dander allergies.

 

Q. What is a designer dog breed?

A. A designer dog breed, or crossbreed, is a cross between two purebred dogs. A designer dog breed is not a mutt because both parent breeds are known and recognized.

 

Q. Does AKC recognize designer dog breeds?

A. No. AKC does not recognize designer dog breeds. Rather, AKC registers pure dog breeds only. The American Canine Hybrid Club and Designer Dogs Kennel Club both register hybrid breeds.

 

Q. How much do designer dogs cost? 

A. For designer dogs, it is the breeder’s goal to build on both parent dog’s strengths. As a result, designer dog breeds typically cost 25 to 50 percent more than purebreds.

 

Q. Are designer dogs healthier than purebreds? 

A. Yes. Designer breeds are considered healthier than their purebred counterparts. For designer dogs, breeders build on the strengths of both parent dogs to create happy and healthy designer breeds.

 

Q. What is a hybrid dog? 

A. A hybrid dog, also known as a designer dog breed, is when two purebred dogs are crossed to create a mixed dog breed.

 

In Closing

That’s a wrap.  39 of the finest designer breeds of today.

Now go ahead and find your very own designer dog breed at VIPpuppies.com.  Then, start making happy memories today!

 

Until next time,

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Profile picture of the author - Anna LengacherAs the Editor in Chief, Anna Lengacher helps dog lovers learn the ropes of finding, raising, and caring for their dogs so they can enjoy many happy memories together.

 

 

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