Designer dogs gained popularity due to their celebrity owners. But, how do designer dogs stack up to pure bred dogs? Learn designer dog breed facts to quickly educate yourself.
Do you know your designer dogs? What is a designer dog, anyway?
How are they bred and how much do they cost? We’re talking
about Goldendoodles (Golden
Poodles), Cavachons (Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel + Bichon Frise), and Puggles (Pugs
Beagles), just to name a few of the high-end mixed breeds
you can find in your local park or in the arms of celebrities
like Ellen Degeneres and Miley Cyrus, both of whom own
Malitpoos (a mixture of a
Maltese and a Poodle.)
Well, wonder no more! PetCareRx has designer dog breeds
completely covered in our new infographic, which explains
everything from the first known case of a designer breed (a
Labradoodle) to the economics involved in breeding those
For instance, did you know many designer dogs live longer than
their purebred ancestors? While costing 25-50% more? Or that
the American Kennel Club
recognizes three times as many designer breeds as purebreds?
You will once you read our infographic! Enough with the
With the sudden demand for designed dog breeds, more and more
types are being concocted. Cocapoodle, Labradoodle and Poogle
are just some of the half-poodle designed dogs. Is intentional
crossbreeding the same as intentional purebreeding? Or are
these dogs more of a cocktail mixture made to fit lifestyle
trends? Here are the facts about their health, price and
legitimacy in the canine world.
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The Best Dog Breeds for Fancy Grooming
As in all things, people like dogs for different reasons. Some
want a dog that will fetch slippers. Some want a dog to run miles
with them. Some want a big lazy to keep warm with on the couch.
Others want a great family dog. Still others—and if you’re
reading this article this is probably you—want a dog that they
can pamper and groom. They want a breed
they can gussy up just like show dogs.
Some smaller breeds are fun to get fancy with.
If you want a small dog that has a lot of options in terms of
styling, the Lhasa Apso is hard to beat. These wooly haired pets
were first bred to guard the Buddhist temples in Tibet, and they
look the part—exotic, regal, and noble.
Many people who like to style their
Lhasas will keep the coat long and full, which requires
a great deal of brushing and bathing. It’s work to keep the
luxurious coat glossy and tangle free. The long hair also allows
for accessories like bows in the tail or barrettes in the
“bangs,” or the long hair that covers this breed’s eyes. However,
the Lhasa Apso also looks great with a short-clipped coat, and
many owners choose this option as well.
Like the Lhasa, the Pekingese is a small, long-haired dog that
scrubs up nicely. These “lion-dogs,” as they are known in their
native China, need daily brushing and frequent baths to keep
their luxurious coats from matting and getting soiled.
The hair of the Pekinese can be clipped in various manners,
ranging from the lower-maintenance closely cropped to full
length. This breed also comes in a wide variety of coat colors
and combinations of colors, giving the pampering pet parent a
wide choice in “custom” looks for their dog.
When we think of larger dogs, we might tend to consider the more
utilitarian breeds, dogs such as Labradors or German Shepherds
with relatively simple grooming needs. However, there are options
in this size range for getting fancy as well.
Perhaps no other breed epitomizes the opportunity to get fancy
with your pet than the Poodle. These curly haired lads and lasses
can be trimmed to all manner of styles, complete with ankle puffs
and tail poms. Most of us have also seen Poodles whose hair has
been dyed to some frilly shade of pink or blue.
What makes these dogs so stupendously stylable is not only their
unique coat and regal stature, but their keen intelligence and
eagerness to please their owners as well. Poodles are patient
dogs and will tolerate the necessary bathing and grooming to get
them in near-show shape. One thing to note about poodles is their
tendency to have tear stains around their eyes, but that problem
can be easily remedied with Angel's
As their name implies, the Afghan Hound originates in the cold
mountainous regions of Afghanistan and Iran. To thrive in these
harsh climatic conditions, the Afghan grew a long, silky coat
that covers the dog from head to foot.
The fineness and length of the Afghan’s coat requires a great
deal of care to maintain. With daily brushing and frequent
clipping and bathing, however, this breed is one of the most
elegant and lovely of all dogs. The tall, erect stature of the
dog gives them a noble bearing that is only enhanced through the
care of their owner.
No matter how you may primp and tease, brush and style, remember
your dog is still a dog. Dogs must be treated like dogs in the
end, not dolls, so consider your pet's comfort and lifestyle.
Even if they’re prettied up, they still need plenty of exercise
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