The most popular “designer dogs” these days are often half-poodle, but there are many other sought-after mixes that capitalize on fantastic traits from each breed. In fact, the most popular designer dogs have stood the test of time and become perennial favorites with families, proving that hybrids are not necessarily a passing fancy.
Popular designer dogs include:
Labradoodle. Everyone loves this cross between a Labrador retriever and a Standard Poodle. These family favorites combine the non-shedding and easy-care coat of a poodle with the intelligence and loving personality of the Lab.
Porkie. This hybrid blends the long, silky hair of a Yorkshire Terrier with the hearty constitution and easy-going temperament of a Pug.
Puggle. Pug and a beagle. Puggles are known for their friendly disposition and high energy, perfect for an active family. They are also popular for their small size, ideal for cuddling.
Keep in mind, however, that as adorable as the designer puppies are, they will grow up. Not-so-desirable characteristics of each dog breed may present themselves because designer dogs are still dogs. Designer dogs need to be trained just like any other dog.
For example, the Puggle has many wonderful family-friendly traits, but the Beagle half may assert itself in the form of howling or baying at inopportune times. But, with a consistent approach to training will help raise a well-behaved dog, designer or not.
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