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All About Designer Dogs: Mixed Breed Dogs Made To Please

Labradoodles, Puggles, and Chorkies -- Oh My!

By Meredith Alling. April 27, 2014 | See Comments

Puggle dog

Dogs have always come in different colors, shapes and sizes. However, designer dog breeds have truly taken on a life of their own and the combinations seem to be endless. Here are some of the most popular designer breeds around.

A designer dog probably sounds like an animal you’d come across on the streets of Beverly Hills, but in reality these concocted canines can be found just about everywhere today, from small town backyards to the arms of celebrities.

But just what is a designer dog? How did they come to be? And how much do they cost? Let’s take a look!

What Is a Designer Dog?

Put simply, a designer dog is a cross between two purebred dogs. This is different than a mutt, which is a blend of two or more breeds, and the breeds are often unknown.

The idea with designer dogs is to bring together the best character traits of two breeds, for example the Pug and Beagle to create the Puggle. In most cases, you will end up with a dog who is healthier and has a longer lifespan than a purebred, mostly because the genetic diversity results in a more robust pup. However, it can sometimes be more difficult to anticipate the personality of a designer dog. Your best bet is to find a breeder who will allow you to visit with the pup’s parents and get a sense of their disposition.

How Did Designer Dogs Come to Be?

The first designer dog was a stroke of genius. In the late 1970s, an Australian breeder was trying to find a seeing-eye dog for a woman whose husband was allergic to most dogs. He decided to combine the soft, non-shedding coat of the Poodle with the seeing-eye abilities of the Labrador Retriever, and thus the Labradoodle was born.

Today, there are over 3,500 Labradoodles registered with the International Labradoodle Association.

How Much Do Designer Dogs Cost?

Designer dogs often come with designer price tags. These coveted canines cost an average of 25-50% more than a regular purebred. For example, the average price of a purebred puppy is $500-$1,000. A Labradoodle puppy costs around $1,500.

What Are Some Types of Designer Dogs?

Did you know that the American Kennel Club recognizes three times as many designer dog breeds as purebreds? It’s true! The AKC recognizes over 160 pure breeds, but over 500 designer dog breeds.

Some popular examples include:

Plenty of celebrities are lining up to get their paws on a designer dog. Jennifer Aniston and Tiger Woods both own Labradoodles, Miley Cyrus and Ellen Degeneres love their Maltipoos, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Uma Thurman both fell in love with the Puggle.

What about you? Which designer dog would you like to bring home? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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