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10 Most Popular Designer Dogs of Small or Toy Category

Updated on May 14, 2017

Designer Dogs

Best Designer Dogs
Best Designer Dogs | Source

"Designer dog" is relatively a new term and you may like to know,

  • What is Designer dog?
  • Are mixed-breed, mutts, hybrid, crossbreed dogs and designer dogs same?
  • Do they get better health than their parent breeds?
  • Are designer dogs' health, temperament and physical traits are predictable?
  • Can we register them with Kennel clubs?

Actually “designer dogs” doesn’t have precise description and the mixed-breed dogs, mutts, hybrid or cross breed dogs can be considered as a designer dog. Which are created for precise needs like, coat, character or physical appearance. But designer dog must have pure breed pedigree parents.

Mostly they reveal better health and less health problems than their parents, but it doesn’t work out always in that way. The health of designer dogs is approximately predictable, but temperament and physical traits vary. The most of kennel clubs like AKC, UKC or CKC do not accept them as a breed. But they can get registered with a designer or mixed breed category.

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1: Schnoodle

Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle)
Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle) | Source

Schnoodles are the cross between smaller breeds of schnauzer and poodle. They reflect the pedigrees of schnauzer and poodle and are intelligent, lively, and energetic dogs.

  • The both parent breeds, Chnauzers and Poodles are hypoallergenic dogs, and Schnoodles have inherited their feature and make a good hypoallergenic dog.
  • Schnoodles are intelligent dogs which are good with kids and strangers and good for apartment living, but needs to be socialized at an early stage.
  • Though Schnoodles are small dogs, but they need daily exercise for an hour.
  • Schnoodle are not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs like AKC, UKC or CKC

Schnoodle breed Info
Breed Group
Cross breed / Hybrid Dogs
Mixed between, Schnauzer & Poodle
15 to 17 Inch
20-80 pounds
Life Span
10 to 15 years

2. Cockapoo

Cockapoo, Cocker Spaniel and Poodle dogs
Cockapoo, Cocker Spaniel and Poodle dogs | Source

Cockapoos are the first designer dog breeds, which were developed by mixing between the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. They are intelligent, friendly, lively and affectionate dogs that love everyone and good with other pets and strangers. They are easy to train and do well in agility. They are hairy dogs that doesn’t or least sheds.

Cockapoo breed Info
Breed Group
Hybrid Dogs
Cocker Spaniel / Poodle mix
9.8 - 15 in.
10 -30 Pounds
Life Span
14 to 18 years

3. Yorkipoo

Yorkipoo,(Yorkshire Terrier X Poodle)
Yorkipoo,(Yorkshire Terrier X Poodle) | Source

Yorkipoo is cross breed designer dogs, created by organized breeding between of lively and active dogs Yorkshire terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle or can be better classified as descendants of two yorkee / Poodle mixes. They are lively, Intelligent and friendly dogs which are most suitable with families with children or apartment living. Though they have barking tendency and need to be taught at an early stage when to bark and when not to bark.

Yorkipoo breed Info
Breed Group
Mixed Breed
Yorkshire Terrier/ Miniature Poodle mix
avg. 11 inches (Varies)
?8 to 15 pounds
Life Span
15+ years

4. La-Chon

La-Chon (Bichon Frise / Lhasa Apso mix)
La-Chon (Bichon Frise / Lhasa Apso mix) | Source

The La-Chon is a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Lhasa Apso that was developed by multi generation crosses. Though it’s a well-recognised and systematically developed breed, but not considered and recognised by any of the major kennel clubs. They are long lived, healthy and active dogs that have a tendency to go wilful. They do not welcome strangers and other pets easily, but they are very affectionate and protective of their family.

La-Chon breed Info
Breed Group
Cross breed Designer dogs
Bichon Frise / Lhasa Apso mix
Avg. 14 inches
14 lbs
Life Span
12 to 16 years

5. Mal-shi

Mal-shi, (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix)
Mal-shi, (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix) | Source

Mal-Shi are most popular designer dogs that were created by mixing between Maltese and Shih Tzu. They are the most lively, innocent and adorable toy dog that loves everyone at home and good with other pets and strangers. They are comparatively less active and aggressive and not recommended for watch dog or guard dog. But they are obedient, easy to train, good with children and most suitable for apartment living. They are best recommended for allergic people, even they are hairy dogs, but they do not shed

La-Chon breed Info
Breed Group
Cross breed Designer dogs
Maltese and Shih Tzu.
Avg. 10 inches
6 to 12 pounds
Life Span
12 to 14 years

6. Pomapoo

Pomapoo (Pomeranian / Poodle Mix)
Pomapoo (Pomeranian / Poodle Mix) | Source

Pomapoo are small breed designer dogs, which were created by cross between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle. They are intelligent and affectionate dogs, which are active, and happy indoors. Though they are not aggressive, but they are reserved with strangers and outside dogs. Also, they need early bark training. Generally they are healthy and happy dogs, but have chances to get eye infection and suffer to staining of the fur around the eyes.

Pomapoo Breed Info
Breed Group
Designer / Hybrid dogs
Pomeranian and Poodle
9 inches
5 and 15 pounds
Life Span
12 to 14 years

7. Pomskies / Pomsky

Pomsky/ or Pomskies (Pomeranian and husky mix)
Pomsky/ or Pomskies (Pomeranian and husky mix) | Source

The Pomsky are the rare dogs of designer dog breed, they are created by cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. They have the bloodline of Siberian husky and they reflect features like energetic and sturdiness like a Siberian husky. They are a relatively new breed and still their ideal behaviour and appearance is under observation. Usually they look like a miniature husky but some white and sable dogs are also spotted.

Pomsky breed info
Breed Group
Cross breed
Pomerenian / Husky mix
Approx 13 inch
20 -30 pounds
Life Span
Approx 15 years

8. Puggle

Puggle (Pug and Beagle mix)
Puggle (Pug and Beagle mix) | Source

Nowadays Puggles are one of the most popular designer/ mixed breed dogs, which are developed by the mix of the Pug and Beagle. They are friendly, active and adorable dogs that make good family and apartment living dog. Also, they are short coated dogs that shed very less and they are friendly, obedient and energetic dogs that do well with strangers and other pets. They go well with other pets even cats and birds, if early socialized and trained.

Puggle breed info
Breed Group
‎Mixes and More
Pug / Beagle mix
8 -15 inch
15 - 30 lbs
Life Span
11 -14 year

9. Cheeks (Pek-A-Chis or Pekachi)


The Cheeks are friendly and gentle dogs of small breed, which were developed by cross of the Chihuahua and the Pekingese. They are also known as the peak-A-Chi, Pikachu, Pekachu, Pee-chi or Pekachi.
Cheeks are best suitable for apartment living, family with children and single staying women or senior citizens. They are innocent and adorable dogs that love being around family and recognised for their humble behaviour.

Cheeks breed Info
Breed Group
Cross breed
Chihuahua /Pekingese mix
9 inches
10- 12 lbs
Life Span
Approx 14 years

10. Chiweenie

Chiweenie, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix
Chiweenie, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix | Source

Chiweenie are recently popular dogs, they are small, innocent, adorable and have exceptional presence. They were created by cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund and also known as "Mexican Hotdog" or the "German Taco." And Half Chihuahua.
They are small and innocent looking dogs, but they have tended to grow, pack leader and dominant attitude and need early socialization and training. Also, they are courageous and energetic dogs that need moderate exercise. They are healthy, intelligent and affectionate dogs that make a good indoor watch dog and do not welcome strangers or other pets

Chiweenie breed Info
Breed Group
Cross breed
Chihuahua / Dashshund mix
9 inches
9 and 15 pounds
Life Span
12 to 15 years

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      We have a chiweenie that we rescued. He had been abused and was not used to being treated kindly. He is loveable and sweet at this point. We used to have a puggle that was also abused but the most loving dog we had ever met. She was sweet from day one and loved people.

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      Brenda G. Houk 

      2 years ago

      We had to have our wonderful Husky "put down" this past summer....Still miss her and still sad she is gone. We are searching for a good replacement: good attitude, likes people and their attention. Considering two, as I think a single dog enjoys having a similar partner to play with. So, what are prices, would there be a drop in price if you buy two AND anything else I should or would like to know. Thanks.


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