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Dog Breeds - Designer Dogs I'd Like to See!
How many dog breeds are there? Well, it depends on who you ask. Different registries recognize different breeds. For example, the American Kennel Club recognizes 161 breeds, with more waiting to be registered. There are lots of other dog breeds, however. Some aren’t well known, and some are extinct. Also, new breeds are being developed all the time. Some of these are considered as designer dog breeds. They’re created when two purebred dogs of different breeds are bred. Sometimes there’s a third breed thrown in. For example, two purebred dogs might be bred, and the crossbred puppies might be bred to a third purebred representing yet another breed. It can certainly get confusing! Why have these designer dogs become so popular? Is the public that hungry for some type of exotic canine pet? I think this is sometimes the case, but some owners and potential owners might see such crossbred animals as hardier, with fewer health problems. I’m not at all sure about this practice. I actually remember when such dogs were referred to as “mutts.” But now they’re designer dog breeds! And as you can see from the dog pictures I’ve included, some are really adorable. Go figure. Join me in my journey of new dog breeds I’d like to see!
We have too many dog breeders in the United States. There, I said it! I’m not referring here to selective breeders who breed only the best to the best and are careful to actually improve the specific breed. I’m talking about puppy mills and folks who’ll breed practically anything to anything in order to make a buck. Such breeders don’t care much about the quality or the health of the puppies they’re producing, and most of them don’t care about the puppy’s fate with the new owners, either.
I really don’t get the whole designer dog thing. Mankind spent thousands of years developing and improving the dog breeds we have now. Do we really need more? On the other hand, I suppose if dog breeders had never experimented with crossbreeding, we wouldn’t have all the older established breeds we enjoy today. Obviously, I’m still sort of “on the fence” with this topic. Designer dog breeds aren’t doing anything to improve specific recognized breeds, but I suppose if they’re producing healthy puppies, taking good care of them, and making sure there’s a market for them and not adding to the pet overpopulation problem, it’s probably pretty harmless.
Actually, I guess I’m guilty of this practice, myself. Long before designer dog breeds became fashionable, we bred our male Golden Retriever to our female yellow Lab four times – 40 puppies in all, from four litters. We sold all of them quickly, and people asked to be put on a waiting list for future litters. Turned out duck hunters loved the mix. Keep in mind, however, that these two breeds are closely related, in purpose, size, appearance, and history. They share some common ancestors, including the St. John’s water dog. Crossing a Goldie and a Lab isn’t exactly like crossing a pit bull and a poodle.
I’ve also been a dog breeder of purebreds, including Great Danes, English pointers, and Brittany Spaniels. Like other responsible dog breeders, I took excellent care of the parents and the puppies, and I made sure they were sound and healthy before offering them for sale. Our Great Danes were sold as pets, and our pointers and Brittanies were from great hunting dogs, so they were sold to hunters.
Designer Dog Breeds
If you’re a canine aficionado, you’re probably familiar with the designer dog breeds craze. Designer dogs are everywhere! We have Peekapoos (Pekingese and Poodle), Maltipoos (Maltese and Poodle), Puggles (Pug and Beagle), Maltipoms (Maltese and Pomeranian), Goldendoodles (Golden retriever and standard poodle), Buggs (Boston terrier and pug), Pomapoos (Pomeranian and toy poodle), Yorkipoos (Yorkie and poodle), Amstiffs (American Staffordshire terrier and Mastiff), and lots more. The list is endless, and there are all sorts of possibilities.
I’m sure you’ve heard the old joke: What do you get when you cross a pit bull and a Collie? A dog that’ll bite your face off and then run for help. No, I’m not “dissing” on pit bulls. My daughter had one that was super sweet and gentle, and I’ve included a couple of dog photos of him, above. But sometimes it seems as if dog fanciers can’t leave well enough alone.
What I really want to know is who decides which breeds should be crossed with what? Do these dog breeders just drop names in a hat, shake them up a little, and draw the names of two breeds? And why are some designer dog breeds so much more popular than others? Okay, admittedly, some are cuter than others, so maybe that’s the reason. But are the crossbred pooches really more endearing than both their purebred parents? Evidently, there are many people who think so. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be shelling out their money for designer dogs – they’re not cheap.
Designer Dogs – my ideas
I’m not sure why, but I’ve been thinking about designer dog breeds a lot since my best friend purchased two Shorkies – Shih Tzu and Yorkie crosses. They’re cute little rascals, I must admit. That’s them in the dog pictures above. Even though I’m not too crazy about most small breeds, Samantha and Sophie are great. I mean, I love dogs, in general, but there aren’t too many small dog breeds I’d care to own now. I usually like large and giant dog breeds better. I have two Great Danes, and my husband decided to adopt a dog from our local animal shelter – a Basset hound.
I’m recovering from knee surgery, and I have too much time on my hands. Walking is painful, so my shopping and going out for other activities is limited. Obviously, I can’t hit the gym, either. When I find myself in a situation like this, my mind begins to wander, and I often come up with some funny ideas. That’s how I came up with my version of designer dogs I’d like to see. Below are a few of my tongue-in-cheek designer dogs. Hey, who knows? Somewhere in the list might just be the next hot designer dog! And, by the way, the breeds I used in my dog breeding program are real dog breeds.
Afghan Army Dog – Afghan Hound x German Shepherd
Bearded King – Bearded Collie x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Bed Wetter – Bedlington Terrier x Wetterhoun
Black and Blue – Black and Tan Coonhound x Kerry Blue Terrier
Black Mud – Black Russian Terrier x Mudi
Bloody Bones – Bloodhound x Redbone Coonhound
Blue Skye – Kerry Blue Terrier x Skye Terrier
Bologna Samwich – Bolognese x Samoyed x Norwich Terrier
Bolo-Xolo – Bolognese x Xoloitzcuintli
Bull Shihtz – Bulldog x Shih Tzu
Cat Shet – Catahoula Leopard Hound x Shetland Sheepdog
Charles Manson – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Manchester Terrier x Beauceron
Chili con Carne – Chilean Fox Terrier x Cane Corso
Chocolate Bar – Chocolate Lab x Barbet
Chocolate Malt – Chocolate Lab x Maltese
Chow Hound – Chow Chow x Basset Hound
Cocky Englishman – Cocker Spaniel x English Setter x Manchester Terrier
Coon Shet – Coonhound x Shetland Sheepdog
Dandie Duck – Dandie Dinmont Terrier x Nova Scotia Duck-Trolling Retriever
Dutch Chocolate – Dutch Smoushond x Chocolate Lab
Elk Retriever – Norwegian Elkhound x Golden Retriever
English Ale – English Setter x Airedale Terrier
Foxy Gal - Fox Terrier x Kangal Dog
Giant Staff – Giant Schnauzer x American Staffordshire Terrier
Great Bed – Great Dane x Bedlington Terrier
Grey Water – Greyhound x Portuguese Water Dog
Hair Comb – Harrier x Combai
Hairless Parson – American Hairless Terrier x Parson Russell Terrier
Hairy Wart – Harrier x Hovawart
Hava Care – Havanese x Cairn Terrier
High Water – West Highland White Terrier x Portuguese Water Dog
Hungry Munchies – Hungarian Hound x Mucuchies
Jack in the Box – Jack Russell x Boxer
King Kang - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Kangal Dog
Lacy Paisley – Blue Lacy x Paisley Terrier
Land and Sea – Shetland Sheepdog x Sealyham Terrier
Lap Dog – Finnish Lapphund x Dogo Argentino
Low Water – Lowchen x Portuguese Water Dog
Manwich – Manchester Terrier x Norwich Terrier
Mexican Chili – Mexican Hairless x Chilean Fox Terrier
Miracle Mutt – Great Dane x Chihuahua
Mop Dog – Komondor x Puli
Mountain Ridge – Bernese Mountain Dog x Rhodesian Ridgeback
New Man - Newfoundland x Manchester Terrier
Old Folk – Old English Sheepdog x Norfolk Terrier
Old Man – Old English Sheep Dog x Manchester Terrier
Otter Plotter – Otterhound x Plott Hound
Peek-n-See – Pekingese x Sealyham Terrier
Perky Staff – Schipperke x American Staffordshire Terrier
Pitter Patter – Pit Bull x Patterdale Terrier
Porkie – Pug x Yorkshire Terrier
Rat Berger – Rat Terrier x Leonberger
Rat Fink – Rat Terrier x Finnish Lapphund
Rotten Heel – Rottweiler x Australian Blue Heeler
Russian Border – Russian Terrier x Border Collie
Samwich – Samoyed x Norwich Terrier
Scotch and Water – Scotch Collie x Portuguese Water Dog
Scottish Saint – Scottish Deerhound x Saint Bernard
Sea Gull – Sealyham Terrier x Gull Terr
Sea Kelp – Sealyham Terrier x Australian Kelpie
Seal Spit – Sealyham Terrier x Finnish Spitz
Sharp Chin – Shar Pei x Japanese Chin
Smooth Chin – Smooth Collie x Japanese Chin
Spin Silk – Spinone Italiano x Silky Terrier
Stiff Staff - Mastiff x American Staffordshire Terrier
Teddy Bear – Teddy Roosevelt Terrier x Karelian Bear Dog
Toy Box – Toy Fox Terrier x Boxer
Wheat Husk – Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier x Siberian Husky
Whipping Cane – Whippet x Cane Corso
White Cotton – West Highland White Terrier x Coton de Tulear
Witchy-Poo – Norwich Terrier x Poodle
Adopt A Dog
With so many different dog breeds, choosing just one is often overwhelming. Maybe viewing the dog pictures here will inspire you to adopt a dog. If your heart isn’t set on a purebred, why not adopt a dog? You can visit any animal shelter and find plenty of wonderful canine companions that are just waiting for a great forever home. So what if it’s a mutt? If owning such a dog is embarrassing for you, just make up a fancy-sounding name and tell people it’s a new designer dog. In most cases, at least some of the dog breeds involved with your pooch’s bloodlines are evident. If you can’t identify any, the staff at the animal shelter might be able to help, and your veterinarian will most likely provide you with some clues, too. Let’s say you adopt a dog that looks somewhat like a Lab, but it has a fuzzy coat. Fine – call it a “Labrapoo!” It’s not like anyone is going to do DNA testing on the canine to check out its real breeding. Even if you do prefer a purebred furkid, you can still try to adopt a dog. Even our small shelter always has some purebred dogs and puppies for adoption. Remember the pooch my hubby adopted? He’s a young ,healthy, purebred Basset hound. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in animal shelters, check out dog rescues. They can be narrowed down by breed, by type, and by group. Some dog rescue organizations might handle just one breed, while others might rescue several similar dog breeds, like toy dogs, for example.