Affenhuahua, Bulloxer, Baskimo and Bagle Hound, it may sound like a different language, but actually it's designer language. These are just some of the names of recognized hybrid dogs, which the media has tagged as designer dogs. Many of these kinds of pups can be found in shelters and they get called mutts. Mutts no more, these are designer dogs!
A mutt is a dog with uncertain ancestry. A designer dog, or hybrid dog, is a dog with a documented purebred ancestry. The ACHC (The American Canine Hybrid Club) is the main source, where you can see all of the recognized hybrid breeds.
There are some risks to getting designer dogs. You never really know what you’re going to get. You can’t be too sure how big they are going to get, what type of care they are going to need and their capabilities.
If you are going to bring home a designer dog the best way to find out what their personalities is going to be like is to look up what both the breeds are like and know you could get any mix of that. You can’t always guarantee a designer dog is going to be a 50/50 mix, some dogs are multi-cross generations.
For example, if you are trying to find a pup that is hypo-allergenic, like a Poodle and you find a Poodle and Golden Retriever mix you can’t guarantee that pup will be hypo-allergenic because a Golden Retriever is not. Half of that litter may shed and some may not.
If you’re willing to take a gamble on what kind of dog you are going to get there is a huge benefit to getting a designer dog. According to dogbreedinfo.com, designer dogs tend to have much less genetic problems than purebred dogs.
Here’s a Pomino. (American Eskimo x Pomeranian)
Here’s a Raggle (American Rat Terrier x Beagle)
Here’s a Confetti Australian Shepherd (Australian Shepherd x Miniature Schnauzer)
Here’s a Cattle Collie Dog (Australian Cattle Dog x Collie)
The best thing you can do before you bring home a dog is to do plenty of research. You are not just bringing home a dog; you’re bringing home a life-long companion that you will need to take care of for the rest of that dog’s life. Designer or purebred all shelter dogs need a home, so make sure you rescue if you’re looking to add a family member to your home.
Does anyone have any awesome designer dogs?