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.
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
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
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
About Hybrid Dog Breeds:
American Canine Hybrid
List of hybrids dogs recognized by the
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Dogs - Your Guide to Hybrid Dog
There are tons of great dogs to choose
from including several new "hybrid dog
breeds" or "designer dogs!"
Official Home of the Puggle Hybrid Dog Breed
Puggle dog community with pictures and puggle puppies for sale and
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
According to the American Canine Hybrid
Club, here are some of the recognized
hybrid breeds & their unique mixed-breed
Mix Breed Dogs, Designer Puppies for