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The term "Designer Dog" or "Hybrid dog" comes from the late 20th century when dog breeders began to cross two purebred species in order to obtain a dog with various desirable characteristics from both chosen breeds. While this began as an experiment, it has blossomed into a frenzy of success when certain hybrids resulted. As the term denotes, the breeding is done by design, as opposed to by chance or accident. In the modern world, this has been taken a step further with breeders mating two specific crossbreeds in order to create a new breed of dog.

What Are Hybrid Dogs?
Hybrid dogs are those that are genetically dissimilar to their parents. Often called mixed breeds or "designer dogs," hybrid dogs carry with them the characteristics of each breed they embody. Hybrid dogs are not purebred and require much more attention and dedication than the typical dog breed. The American Canine Hybrid Club lists on their website the various types of known "designer dogs."

It is extremely important to research hybrid dogs before considering purchasing or adopting one, as is the case with all dog breeds. If you find a hybrid dog that catches your attention, please acquire the information on both types of breeds that encompass the hybrid. It is also recommended to find out if there are any hybrid dog owners in your area or in general that you can speak with about caring for them.

Breeding a Hybrid Dog
If you are considering breeding, it should be performed with care and caution. To attain success with the breeding of a hybrid dog, you may need to invest a substantial amount of your time, devotion, and most of all, finances to reach the goals you are targeting. Consult a veterinarian about breeding a "designer dog" to know if that particular pedigree is a good candidate for reproduction.

One should be aware of the pros and cons of breeding a hybrid. Your veterinarian can provide ample literature and guidance on the various temperaments of different breeds. Most dogs only breed about once a year and only after they are two years or older. Hybrid dogs should follow the same guidance regarding breeding. While traditional dog breeds are already a known pleasure, a new hybrid can also be a uniquely created treasure with the right effort.

Designer Dog: Breeding By Design
The most obvious identifying mark of a Designer Dog is that its name is a combination of the two purebred parents: a portmanteau word made up of syllables or letters from the two original breeds, such as “schnoodle” which comes from the cross-breeding of a Schnauzer and Poodle. Continuous experimentation with cross-breeding is resulting in an endless range of newly created labels, such as the Puggle, which is the cross of a Pug with a Beagle.

The Designer Dog market has evolved over time to carry the cachet associated with the fashion industry’s designer accessories of purses or shoes. This was recently demonstrated following media coverage of Paris Hilton’s penchant for carrying her handbag-size Chihuahua everywhere with an enormous public demand for that breed. While such new breeds may be easy to carry and cute to look at, breeding an animal for its looks alone can result in unforeseen problems.

Although Designer Dogs are often selected for their novelty, the underlying motive for hybridization or cross-breeding should be an attempt to reduce the incidence of certain hereditary problems found in the original pure breeds used for the cross, while retaining their more appealing traits. For example the dog breed “Chihuachshund” is the consequential cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund, which doesn't have the hereditary problems typically faced by the original breeds. But crossbreeding for a particular style of Hybrid dog may not work out as intended. Instead of the desirable traits, the resulting litter may have a combination of undesirable traits of the two original pure breeds. For example, the hybrid labradoodle, which is a mix between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle, comes with certain DNA problems which can develop into physical deformities in the breed.

When some genetic traits are dominant, crossbred dogs tend to manifest such physical characteristics more frequently than others. For example, Border Collies and some Spaniels often produce crossbred offspring with similar coats and ears to their parents. The crossbred offspring of German Shepherds often have characteristic Shepherd faces and other defining traits. But not all crossbred dogs will inherit the desired characteristics of their purebred parents.

Designer Dog: Reality vs. Fads
One of the advantages of Designer Dog puppies is the vast number of varieties available, courtesy of a long history of experimentation in crossbreeding. More than 200 different hybrid combinations exist, which means that there is a Designer Dog for every taste. Most of these hybrids are small and designed to have both a good personality combined with adorability. Designer dog puppies are created to fit every need – from pocket-sized dogs for easy travel to low-shedding dogs for those with allergies. Many of these designer-dog creations are free of some of the traits that can make life difficult for the purebred dog. For example, some pure breeds, like the Pug, have a very short snout, making breathing difficult. But the popular Puggle – the hybrid of a Pug and a Beagle – has a longer nose, making breathing easier for the animal, while still maintaining the Pug's wrinkled forehead and loopy gait.

Designer dog breeds are initiated to a large degree by the "cost and profit approach" rather than the health or welfare of the breed. This inherently creates the tendency to slacken on the far more necessary aspects needed in a breed. Usually Designer Dog breeds bring higher prices than the purebred species from which they originate, one of the obvious reasons why little care is given to the quality of the breeding genes. Consumers too are influenced by the media which always plays a key factor in their buying decisions. Those breeders who select their breeding stock for cost-effectiveness and who skip health testing will not produce puppies that are as reliably healthy as those bred by more conscientious breeders. However, since some studies of longevity in dogs have found advantages for crossbreeds over purebred varieties, finding a reputable breeder who does health testing and considers hereditary compatibility of breeding stock is as important for successful purchase of a hybrid as it is for that of a pure breed.

But given the popularity of Designer Dog breeds, which started with the Puggle breed, there has risen a dispute about crossbreeding for looks and style alone. This ongoing rift representing the struggle over the demand for purebred dogs and the opposing favoritism for Hybrid dogs seems to epitomize a peculiarly American tension: between tradition and improvisation, institutions and fads. The American Canine Hybrid Club, one of a growing number of hybrid dog registries, will soon recognize its 400th different kind of purebred-to-purebred cross. There are meanwhile roughly only 400 pure breeds of dog in the world, and the American Kennel Club, the world's largest purebred registry, has recognized only 155 of them so far in its 123-year history.

Here are few of the most popular Designer Dog breeds which have continued to attract popular fancy and desirability for the last couple of years:

Designer dog breed - Affenchon Cross bred between - Affenpinscher x Bichon Frise
Designer dog breed - Affengriffon Cross bred between - Brussels Griffon x Affenpinscher
Designer dog breed - Affenhuahua Cross bred between - Chihuahua x Affenpinscher
Designer dog breed - Alaskan Pit Bull Cross bred between - Alaskan Malamute x Pit Bull
Designer dog breed - Alaskan Shepherd Cross bred between - German Shepherd Dog x Alaskan Malamute
Designer dog breed - American Dane Cross bred between - Great Dane x American Bulldog
Designer dog breed - American Eagle Dog Cross bred between - American Eskimo Dog x Beagle

Hybrid Dog Names You May Find Amusing
There are an amazing number of hybrid dogs in the world today, and some of their "combined" names are even a bit comical. Just for fun, here are a few of the names you may come across in your search for a hybrid dog:

Aussiedoodle - The Aussiedoodle is a hybrid of the Australian Shepherd and miniature, toy or standard Poodle.
Cadoodle - A Cadoodle is a mix of Collie and toy, standard or miniature Poodle.
Chipoo - Prefer a smaller dog? The Chipoo is a hybrid mix of Chihuahua and Poodle.
Cockapoo - The Cockapoo is a charming hybrid of the Cocker Spaniel/Poodle breeds.
Cocker Westie - Cocker Westies are an adorable mix of the Cocker Spaniel and West Highland White Terrier breeds.
JackWeenie - The JackWeenie is a cute mix of the Jack Russell Terrier and Dachshund breeds.
Pomapoo - Pomapoos are cute and cuddly, hybrids of the Pomeranian and Poodle breeds.
Puggle - Can you imagine the irresistible face of the Puggle, a mix of the Pug and Beagle breeds? Adorable.
Schipperpoo - The Schipperke and Poodle breeds make for an interesting mix known as the Schipperpoo.
Shiranian - If you love furry long-haired dogs, the Shiranian will capture your heart. This is a hybrid of the Pomeranian and Shih Tzu breeds.
Yo-Chon - The Yorkshire Terrier and Bichon Frise dog breeds are those that make up the hybrid Yo- Chon, an unusual looking long-haired dog.

Designer Dogs & Trends
With the growing interest in pets along with Designer Dog puppies has come the challenge of putting the right attention or time into maintaining these pets. Usually when people buy dogs, especially Designer Dog puppies, most have been motivated by the last advertisement they saw on television or the last celebrity’s cute dog they saw in a movie. But minimal attention is paid to the specific needs of the breeds. In most cases, with the fickle passing of such fashion trends, the dogs are also forgotten or left off. There have been dog breeds which enjoyed a king's status in the 80s but with time and inappropriate media attention have lost their status in the public eye. An exemplary case is that of the bulldog. Media frenzy with bulldogs in the late 80s completely shifted their claim on adorability because of reports of certain negative incidents which completely jeopardized the breed’s previous popularity.

Nevertheless, as easy as it is for trends to define the life style of today, the rage over Designer Dog puppies has reached epic proportions. The market is now flooded with products which service the needs of people who don't have time for the regular upkeep of these animals. For ones who want to have pets and still need their personal freedom, technological gimmickry has arrived which promises to deliver what it stands for. Now, dogs can be attended to by timed, refrigerated feeders and water fountains, monitored by Webcam or consoled through PetsCell cellular telephones around their necks. For kennels where cutout kitchen doggie doors were made, the latest products like the motorized Power Pet, triggered by a sensor in the dog's collar work better, since homeowners worry about possible thefts. The Power Pet slides up and swiftly deadbolts shut again permitting dogs to safely exit and relieve themselves. Now Hybrid Dog puppies are increasingly being litter-trained and dozens of prep schools for dogs have arrived which modify their behavior – not to mention the hundreds of pet salons where Designer Dogs go to have the greatest time of their lives, taken care of like royalty.

After a century of breeding dogs chiefly for looks and not sufficiently controlling for health, medical reports now hint at genetic problems which have arisen in the long term. The array of defects and degenerative conditions starts at bad hips and stretches toward the absurd: bull terriers with a particular neurological disorder can spend 80 percent of their time chasing their own tails. While designer-dog sellers often claim to combine only the most functional and lovable qualities of each breed, many times that would create a combination of the breeds’ most problematic areas. At the end of the day a lot depends on the owners of the dogs and how well they are aware of the specific needs and demands of that particular breed. Money spent on a dog may be best justified as a premium paid for knowledge about its human breeder: an investment in how deftly he can shape and distinguish a dog's bloodline from randomness and how reliably he can tell us what to expect from that dog.

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