Today’s Most Adorable Designer Dog Breeds Cutest Dogs 101 Popular
The “designer dog” as he is often labeled is the intentional cross between two purebred dogs. The Encyclopædia Britannica traces the term to the late 20th century when breeders began to cross poodles with other breeds in order to obtain a dog with the poodles’ hypoallergenic coat, along with various desirable characteristics from other breeds.
What you end up with are some of the most adorable dogs you’ve ever seen with possibly some of the silliest names you’ve ever heard. In this list, we’ve picked out what we think are some of the most adorable of the designer dog breeds.
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10. Goldador (Golden Retriever + Labrador Retriever)
You start out with two quintessential dog breeds, mix them and you get a Goldador. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are both considered as among the best breeds for family pets. Loving, devoted, and energetic, the Goldador mixed-breed dog is prized for his good-natured trainability. He makes a great family member and is a natural with kids and social with other pets, as well as valuable guide, service, and bomb detection dog.
As a companion, the Goldador has not yet gained the popularity of some other so-called “designer” dogs, such as Labradoodles. At this time, there are no breed clubs or any efforts to create a breed standard for the Goldador. But, we love him and think he’s absolutely adorable and that’s why he heads off this list.
9. Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever + Poodle)
Labradoodles are becoming increasingly popular as family pets due to their affectionate personality and the fact that Labradoodles quickly become a child’s best friend. Labradoodles are considered the pioneers of the hybrid breeds.
As implied by the name, Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. The labradoodle entered the limelight in 1988 when an Australian breeder successfully crossed the breeds to create guide dogs for the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia that might also be attractive to those allergic to fur and dander. Introduced to American breeders soon afterward, the breed gained skyrocketing popularity because of its calm demeanor and hypoallergenic nature.
Bonus fact: So what’s up with the funny names? The names, such as Labradoodle, Puggle and Pomsky are called portmanteaus. This naming convention just kinda stuck, as the popularity of two pioneers grew. Those pioneers are the Labradoodle and the Cockapoo.
A clever name can sell any dog. The trend also allows for plenty of puerile humor – what do call a Shih Tzu and a Jack Russell? Yeah…. You got it or you don’t know Jack …[static]
What do you get when you cross a Pug and a Beagle? You get an active, energetic and intelligent companion and you call it a Puggle. Loving and gentle, the Puggle can be an excellent companion to anyone, including first-time dog owners, and children of all ages.
A highly social dog, the Puggle gets along well with everyone. He enjoys the company of children and isn’t known for aggression toward other dogs. Puggles will bark to let you know when someone comes to the door, but given their friendly nature, they’re not particularly good guard dogs.
An adorable small dog with the personality of a clown, the Cockapoo is the first of the “designer dogs”, dating back to the 1960s. Completely people-oriented, the Cockapoo is intelligent enough to train easily, hardly sheds, and is so affectionate that you’ll never feel alone. He’s happy running around an agility course, showing off his tricks to company, or just hanging out on your lap. He is a cross between either an American or English Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.
Playful and affectionate, the Cockapoo makes a great family companion. He is sturdy enough to play fetch with the kids and cuddly enough to curl up on your lap for a warm nap. The Cockapoo bonds quickly with his family and believes that his people should be with him at all times.
Intelligent, active, and downright adorable, the Schnoodle has become a popular hybrid dog breed. A cross between the Poodle and the Schnauzer, he can be found in many colors and sizes. Ranging from 6 to 76 pounds, the Schnoodle has a place as a lap dog, a family dog, a therapy dog, or a performance dog. Described as “forever happy,” this designer dog generally has the Poodle’s willingness to please, mixed with the sturdiness and energy of the Schnauzer. Playful and lovable, this dog lives to have fun and is always the center of attention.
The Schnoodle tends to be curious and intelligent. This dog loves to investigate his environment. He is also an active dog that frequently needs to burn off excess energy and will typically do so by running laps, even when indoors. Due to his intelligence, the Schnoodle will usually take to training quite well.
Friendly, affectionate, smart, and terribly cute, the Peekapoo leaped onto the hybrid dog scene with his adorable disposition and wondrous charm. Whether he’s on your lap or chasing squirrels, the Peekapoo is a delightful designer dog that’s suitable for a wide range of households.
The Peekapoo comes in three different sizes. From the largest to the smallest, Peekapoos are sub-classified as Miniature Peekapoo, Toy Peekapoo, and Teacup Peekapoo. His size is unpredictable, depending mostly on the size of its poodle parent. He can weight between 4 and 20 pounds and stand up to 11 inches tall.
4. Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier + Poodle)
A fun-loving “designer dog”, a Yorkipoo is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. Always ready to entertain, the Yorkipoo is truly a canine clown. He is intelligent, affectionate, and gentle and is perfectly suited to apartment life. He has plenty of energy to burn off and he loves to play when he’s not parked on your lap watching YouTube.
An easily trainable dog, the Yorkipoo is eager to please his owners. Your Yorkie-Poo can quickly learn basic commands but can also learn typical parlor tricks such as crawl, play dead and dance. His enthusiasm and desire to entertain will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing!
3. Pomsky (Pomeranian + Siberian Husky)
One of the more recent additions to the designer dog world, the Pomsky, a.k.a. the Pomeranian Husky is a result of crossing a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. And, he is gaining rapid popularity across North America and Europe. This relatively new breed tends to be of the fluffy, cuddly variety, but there’s a lot of variation in these pups, as well.
Pomskies have inherited the intelligence of both their parent breeds. The Pomeranian is among the highest ranked breeds when it comes to intelligence and the Husky is certainly no dumb dumb. Because he is so eager to please, this charming dog is quick to learn new things.
Often called “the cutest dog ever”, the Maltipoo is an affectionate designer dog. A mix of a Poodle and a Maltese, he is friendly and outgoing, believing that everyone he meets is his best friend. People can’t resist his soft coat and spunky attitude. A Maltipoo is a gorgeous dog for anyone who wants a fun and friendly companion. And, he’s great for those living in an apartment or a condo.
The combination of a purebred Maltese and Poodle has brought about a wonderful generation of non-shedding and hypoallergenic dogs. However, this does not mean that dog lovers with severe allergies should run out and buy one. All it means is that those who suffer from allergies may not react as badly to him as to others dogs. Allergy sufferers should spend time with a Maltipoo dog before adopting.
1. Chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkshire Terrier)
Chorkies are without a doubt one of the cutest designer dog breeds available to the modern dog fancier. A relatively new breed created in the early 1990s, a Chorkie is a result of crossing a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. Sometimes referred to as a Chia-Yorkie, Yorkie-Chi, or Yorkiehuahua, he is a high-energy dog between 8 -10 pounds with a confidence and self-assuredness of a dog ten times his size.
The Chorkie tends to be loyal, loving and intelligent. This is a very playful dog that enjoys human companionship. Chorkies love an abundance of attention and affection and are happiest cuddling in your lap. In fact, they love attention so much that they often prefer sitting on their owner’s lap over playing with other dogs or entertaining themselves with toys.
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