What is a Designer Dog?
More and more often, I have clients describing their dogs with "designer" breed names - some of which I can guess and figure out, and others I just can't. For example, a "Chug" is a Chihuahua / Pug mix. A "Mastador" is a Mastiff / Labrador Retriever mix and a "Pomapoo" is a mix of Pomeranian / Toy Poodle.
These are "Designer" dogs, like Branjelina - a mix between a Brad Pitt and and an Angelina Jolie. ;) A purebred dog is a dog that exhibits the likeness of its parents - the same traits, characteristics, size, and much more. A designer dog is a cross between two different types of purebred dogs.
Individuals and puppy mills and backyard breeders are constantly creating new "Designer Dogs". So...what is the difference between a Designer Dog and a mutt? A mutt has no documentation of purebred ancestry.
Interested in bringing a Designer dog home? Just be sure to do your research!
How to Pick the Designer Dog Breed For You
There are sportsman breeds, lap dog breeds, agility breeds and breeds that have long coats and breeds that are non-shedding. Do your homework and find out what breeds you are interested in and will fit your lifestyle best. Understanding both breeds is a MUST.
- Exercise Needs
Is one breed a "yappy dog" and the other breed not? If there is one breed that doesn't match what you are looking for, move on and continue to look. Assuming only certain characteristics will show up is setting yourself up to be disappointed down the road. Side note - meet the parents. Puppies are cute no matter what, but they grow into adult dogs at some point. It's a good idea to look at an adult dog in the designer breed you are considering. What you see in the adult dog is what you will get.
Where Should I Get a Designer Dog?
Adopting or purchasing a dog is a life-long commitment and should never be taken lightly. No matter what type of dog you wish to get for yourself or your family, RESEARCH is a MUST. Understanding the breeds characteristics, temperament, size, and colors will help you make a more informed decision. Understanding designer dogs are typically on the pricier side is also important.
As with any dog, NEVER purchase online, at a pet store or from a newspaper ad. Instead, take the time to find a reputable breeder of these specialty dogs and visit their kennel.
Please remember there are many of these "designer" dogs sitting in shelters and foster homes looking for their new forever home! Many are over-bred without enough buyers to take them home. There are now rescue organizations for certain designer dogs too, so look into adopting and rescuing one!