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A dog hybrid is the offspring of parents of two different purebred dog breeds, more commonly called a crossbreed or crossbred in animal breeding.



Hybrid Dog Breeds - Hybrid Dogs - Crossbreds - Cross Breed Dogs

A dog hybrid is the offspring of parents of two different purebred dog breeds, more commonly called a crossbreed or crossbred in animal breeding. Crossbreeding (parents of two different purebred breeds) results in offspring that may be stronger and healthier than either parent, an effect called hybrid vigour.

Many dog crossbreds (hybrids) have been given fanciful or portmanteau names, as in Labradoodle (purebred Labrador Retriever crossed with purebred Poodle.) Further generations of crossbreds bred to crossbreds lose the advantage of hybrid vigour, although they may still be called by the hybrid name, and may eventually be recognized as a separate purebred dog breed.

Some dog hybrids are now being (very loosely) selectively bred. The term designer dogs is often used to refer to these mixes and crosses. The practice causes much controversy; opponents cite the often exorbitant prices charged for what is just a mutt.

While the trend to produce hybrid or designer dogs is considered new it is, in fact, a continuation of the centuries-old practice of selective breeding. Basically every breed of dog is a "mutt" in the sense that every type of dog was created by interbreeding different types of dogs to produce a breed with a certain set of desirable characteristics.


A dog of unknown or complex heritage is called a mixed breed dog; not the same as a crossbred (hybrid) dog, which has known parents of two different purebred breeds.

Hybrid Name Hybrid of these two Dog Breeds
Catahoula Bulldog Catahoula Leopard Dog American Bulldog
Cavapoo Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poodle
Cockapoo American Cocker Spaniel Poodle
Dorgi Dachshund Welsh Corgi
Labradoodle Labrador Retriever Poodle
Goldendoodle Golden Retriever Poodle
Maltepoo Maltese Poodle
Pom-a-poo Pomeranian Poodle
Bug Boston Terrier Pug
Poogle Poodle Beagle
Puggle Pug Beagle
Schnoodle Schnauzer Poodle
Shih-poo Shih Tzu Poodle
Yorkie Pin Yorkshire Terrier Miniature Pinscher
Cockernese Cocker Spaniel Havanese
Deagle Dachshund Beagle
Schnug Pug Schnauzer

All dog breeds were bred for a particular purpose, usually some form of hunting, herding, or guarding. These tasks have been largely replaced by the need to produce healthy dogs with good temperaments as domestic companions or pets. Breeding two different breeds often allows the best traits of both parents to pass through. However, the difference between a designer mutt and a purebred dog is generations of breeding a dog that looks and acts almost exactly the same. Most 'hybrid' dogs are only first generation crosses, and are never taken further to actually be considered selectively bred. The most selection made is to select one breed (usually a poodle or cocker spaniel) to breed to any and every breed out there.

This has resulted in a surge of popularity for certain crosses in which a desirable mix of traits occurs. The Labradoodle, for example, was first bred as an attempt to develop guide dog for visually impaired people with allergies. Unfortunately, the popularity of hybrids such as "Labradoodles" has resulted in rampant, and often unscrupulous, breeding. The resulting pups do not reliably demonstrate the desirable characteristics, such as a hypo-allergenic coat, that the original breeders were attempting to standardize, because they consist of only first or second generation crosses, and do not hold a standard, and cannot be bred reliably for the same outcome.

Dog hybrids are not recognized by the main breed registries, as they only register purebred dogs. New breeds of dogs must have a breed club that will document the ancestry of any individual member of that breed from the original founding dogs of the breed; when the kennel club that the breed club wishes to join is satisfied that the dogs are purebred, they will accept and register the dogs of that breed. Each kennel club has individual rules about how to document a new breed. Hybrid dogs, created by breeding two purebred dogs of different breeds (crossbred), have the advantage of heterosis, or hybrid vigor, and are often stronger and healthier than either of the parents. This advantage is lost when two hybrids are bred in the attempt to create a breed. The best way to continue taking advantage of hybrid vigor is from the breeding of two different purebred breeds.

The main reason that most people want to have a registered dog is so that they can participate in dog sports. Many show-giving organizations do not require dogs to be purebred in order to register for participation in dog sports. The exception is the sport of conformation showing, which requires the dogs to be highly standardized, and so requires the dogs to be registered as purebred.

The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes dog hybrids. There are also many specific hybrid breed fancy associations.

Further Information About Hybrid Dog Breeds:

American Canine Hybrid Club, ACHC
List of hybrids dogs recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club

Designer Dogs - Your Guide to Hybrid Dog Breeds
There are tons of great dogs to choose from including several new "hybrid dog breeds" or "designer dogs!"

The Official Home of the Puggle Hybrid Dog Breed
Puggle dog community with pictures and puggle puppies for sale and rescue.

Crossbreeds, Designer Dogs, Hybrid, Mixed Breeds Resources
Classified ads for Hybrid, Crossbreeds, Designer Dogs, Mixed Breeds dog breeds

What Do You Call that Hybrid Dog?
Puggle, Dorkie, Labradoodle, Yorkiepoo.. aren't they just the cutest names?

Hybrid dog breeds: Cockapoo : Article on Helium
Cockapoos (or Cockerpoos) probably the first official hybrid breed.

List Of Hybrid Dogs & Their Unusual Mixed-Breed Names
According to the American Canine Hybrid Club, here are some of the recognized hybrid breeds & their unique mixed-breed names

Mix Breed Dogs, Designer Puppies for Sale, Breeders


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