Finding a hybrid dog to fit your lifestyle
Although the term ‘Designer Dog Breeds’ has become established it does seem a little dismissive or even pejorative. Particularly as all breeds, even ancient ones like the Greyhound, have ultimately all been ‘designed’ at some point in our history for a particular role or function from a palette of existing dog types available. A more recent and celebrated example would be the Doberman Pinscher developed in the late nineteenth century reputedly from the Greyhound, Rottweiler and Manchester Terrier. Who would dare call that dog a ‘”designer breed’ to its face? As society develops so will dogs continue to adapt and breeds evolve.
Many of these breeds currently have the Poodle as a founding dog in order to take advantage of the hypoallergenic coat of this breed as well as its intelligence and athleticism. Indeed moves are afoot in Australia, its country of origin, to establish the earliest and most famous ”designer dog breed’, the Labradoodle, as a breed in its own right.
It is important to remember that it is impossible to determine which of the founding breeds in the mix will predominate in a puppy both physically and in terms of temperament. It is therefore important that prospective owners research both breeds and links to the relevant Classic Dog Breeds in our guide have been provided.