While the AKC updates the growing and diverse canine community of unique breed mixes, (200+ registered breeds to date), has anyone else noticed there is a bourgeoning group of “designer dogs” that are now the rage?

Revered for its intelligence, training ease and hypo-allergenic benefits, the Poodle is now cross bred to create the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Sheep-A-Doo, Husky-Doo, Pom-Poo, Schnoodle and the (older) lines of Cock-A-Poo, Malti-Poo, and Yorkie-Poo.

Then we have Cheeks (Chihuahua-Pekinese), Puggles (Pug-Beagle), Pom-Chi’s (Pomeranian- Chihuahua), Shorkies (Shih Tzu-Yorkie) and Chiweenie’s (Chihuahua/Dachshund) just to name a few. These categories of 2 breeds that have been specifically mated are known as “cross breeds”. That is, two separate purebreds went on a date and had puppies. 🙂

As a pet pro, it’s always helpful to look up a specific breed that you will be caring for, to get a hint as to the dog’s disposition and general behavioral tendencies. Be careful not to judge a book by its cover, however! An advance meet and greet is always a must.

There’s much to be said about wanting a specific breed for characteristics that match the intended owner’s desires and lifestyle; by combining the best traits of each.

Yet…how many shelter pets have you met, owned or cared for that was a mixed bag of two or more breeds that were some of the best dogs ever?

Current estimates suggest that 53% of household dogs today are mixed breeds[i], so let’s give it up for the mutt!

According to Dogtime.com: “Choosing a mutt is a lot like dating: you may meet a few dogs that seem interesting, and then fall in love with one for reasons that make sense only to you. (Choosing a purebred, on the other hand, is a little like saying, “I only date blondes.” You can still find a love match, but you may end up overlooking someone who’s even more perfect for you.) The truth is heritage matters very little. You’ll get along well with your dog because you both love to run, for instance, not because a piece of paper says he comes from a long line of dogs originating on the coast of Croatia.”

Whether you own or care for a traditional purebred, designer- breed or home-grown mutt, we celebrate the fact that you wrap your arms around all dogs and wish you all the joy and happiness that dogs provide.

Hugs from your Pet Pros at AoPP!

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[i]Stanley Coren, PhD, DSc, FRSC, Canine Corner for Psychology Today (6/28/11)