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Dog Breeds - Designer Dogs I'd Like to See!

Updated on March 5, 2013
Boxer Puppies
Boxer Puppies | Source

Dog Breeds

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!

Of all dog breeds, the Great Dane is my favorite!
Of all dog breeds, the Great Dane is my favorite! | Source

Dog Breeders

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.

Axel | Source
Blue Pit Bull
Blue Pit Bull | Source

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.

Sophie is a Designer Dog.
Sophie is a Designer Dog. | Source
Samantha | Source
Shorkies | Source

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

Our other Great Dane
Our other Great Dane | Source
Hamlet | Source
Shimone | Source
Toy Poodle
Toy Poodle | Source
our Basset hound
our Basset hound | Source
yellow lab in training
yellow lab in training | Source
Brittany Spaniel
Brittany Spaniel | Source
Grendel | Source
female Great Dane
female Great Dane | Source
Rottweiler | Source
Border Collie
Border Collie | Source
Harlequin Dane with natural ears
Harlequin Dane with natural ears | Source
Shorkie | Source
mixed breed
mixed breed | Source
German shepherd puppies and mom
German shepherd puppies and mom | Source
Sparky loves kids!
Sparky loves kids! | Source
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog | Source
I love big dogs!
I love big dogs! | Source
English Bulldog
English Bulldog | Source
Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever | Source
Samoyed | Source
Boxer puppies
Boxer puppies | Source
Mastiff puppy
Mastiff puppy | Source
Maltese Puppy
Maltese Puppy | Source
Collie mix
Collie mix | Source
Fox Terrier
Fox Terrier | Source
Miniature Schnauzer
Miniature Schnauzer | Source
Irish Setter
Irish Setter | Source
Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier | Source
West Highland White Terrier
West Highland White Terrier | Source
Dachshund | Source
Great Dane Puppy
Great Dane Puppy | Source
Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky | Source
Chihuahua and Pug
Chihuahua and Pug | Source
Tristan and Hamlet
Tristan and Hamlet | Source
Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel | Source
Bull Terrier
Bull Terrier | Source
Great Pyrenees
Great Pyrenees | Source
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu | Source
Pekingese | Source
Dalmatian | Source
Boxer puppy
Boxer puppy | Source
Borzoi | Source
Neopolitan Mastiff
Neopolitan Mastiff | Source
English Pointer
English Pointer | Source
Brussels Griffon
Brussels Griffon | Source
Collie | Source
My Funny Dog
My Funny Dog | Source
Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard | Source
French Bulldog
French Bulldog | Source
Greyhound | Source
Yorkie Puppy
Yorkie Puppy | Source
Yeah, it's MY chair!
Yeah, it's MY chair! | Source
American Bulldog Cross
American Bulldog Cross | Source
Shepherd x Pitt Bull
Shepherd x Pitt Bull | Source
My grandpup, Kayla.
My grandpup, Kayla. | Source
Beagle | Source
Adopt a Dog! Check out animal shelters and dog rescues.
Adopt a Dog! Check out animal shelters and dog rescues. | Source

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.


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      6 years ago

      I have an Aussrott (mini Australian Shepard x Rottweiler) great dog :)

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      7 years ago

      train you dog by yourself

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      lol, Lauren!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Cool, Lauren! What would you call your new designer dog? A dachdal? A dachmatian?

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Jmillis, I don't really understand the designer dog breeds craze, either. I really don't understand why designer dogs often cost more than purebred dogs.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, I find the whole designer dog thing a little crazy, people are mixing dogs such as golden retrievers and poodles and then charging people thousands of dollars for these mixed breed dogs. I just don't understand. Adopting a dog is much better , or at least find breeder that has experience with the parent breeds.

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Eddy, good to see you. Thanks for the vote!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Susan! How are the mini doxies? Thanks for the support!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      tl, thanks a bunch for everything! It's a good thing I don't have dog allergies. I don't think I could survive without my pooches. lol

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      7 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub and I vote up.Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


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      Susan Holland 

      7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      What a great assortment! I once saw a Lab/Standard Dachshund mix. I wish I had a picture to share. He was beautiful, but different. He had a Lab body and head and Dachshund legs.

      Your pictures are wonderful! Great hub! Votes and shares!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sandy! Great to see you again!

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      7 years ago from USA

      I loved your list of designer dogs, some of them are hilarious! When I began to research mine it was to find a dog that didn't trigger allergies. My family has horrible allergies to animals. My hubby found out that most "low-allergy" dogs still set off his until we adopted a Lhasa Apso. We then adopted a Bichon Frise and breed the two. They had the most adorable puppies. Unfortunately after a few months the Bichon triggered to many allergies so we had to find a home for her. She loves her new home. None of the family showed signs of being allergic to the Lhasa or the puppies. It was a win-win for us. Great photos too! My favorite was a photo of your Harlequin Dane. What a beautiful dog. I hope you get to feeling better and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

      Take Care!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA them all. Interesting combination of designer dog breeds.

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Too true about the Komondor, Doc. How the heck do you groom those things?

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      lol, Wetnose. That Sparky is a mess, for sure! Writing is helping me combat "cabin fever."

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      This may be one of my all-time favorites of your hubs, Holle. I LOVE dogs and your photos are the best - especially the poodle, the Maltese, the Yorkie, and the Shih Tzu. Can you tell I'm partial to the small ones?

      Loved your clever designer dog names, too, especially the Bed Wetter, the Bull Shihtz and the Rat Fink. I know the Komondor since I did a hub on 'Weird Animals - the Komondor' which is a mop dog all by itself!

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      7 years ago from Alabama

      At least you are keeping your mind healthy thinking up a hub such as this while you are healing and I hope you are healing well.

      Love the awesome pictures of dogs. I love big dogs too. And I always get a kick out of seeing your Sparky!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Awwww....thanks, BB! The kids in the original dog photos are my grandkids, execpt for the Asian girl. She's my niece. The "old man" in the GA sweatshirt is my hubby. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA the designer dogs. Great job. The pictures were fantastic. Are those family members in the pictures? The kids are adorable.


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