Pik-A-Pup Kennel
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What Are Hybrid Dogs?

Take a moment and think of your ideal dog--the cutest puppy you've ever seen. If you are like most Americans, your favorites might include a Golden Retriever, Beagle, German Shepherd, or Yorkshire Terrier, all of which placed in the top 10 on the list of the most popular breeds in the country, according to the American Kennel Club. Also cropping up high on the list are Puggles, Goldendoodles, and Cockapoos. Sound like a different language to you? These are actually the names of registered dog breeds thanks to crossbreeding, a practice that creates hybrid puppies combining the best of both breeds. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most popular hybrid breeds currently available:

Cockapoo - This a mix of a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. Poodles are among the smartest breeds and Cocker Spaniels are very cute. A cute, smart combination.

Teddy bear - This small and fluffy breed is a combination of a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise, which looks much like a Shih Tzu but typically doesn't have the medical problems that a Shih Tzu is prone to.

Labradoodle/Goldendoodle - Labrador or Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles are bred to form this (mostly) hypoallergenic dog, a large, friendly breed that doesn't shed much.

Puggle - This product of a Pug and a Beagle is an adorable, friendly breed that doesn't bray like a beagle and doesn't have the eye and breathing problems typical of a pug.

Yorkiepoo - A mix of a miniature or toy Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier, very cute and smart.

There are tangible benefits to hybrid dogs (or as some refer to them, designer breeds). For the most part, hybrids tend to be healthier than their purebred counterparts because by mixing the two breeds, you are able to eliminate some of the health risks associated with each and often extend the puppy's life span as well. For example, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers often suffer from hip dysplasia. When crossbred with a Poodle, however, that risk is greatly reduced. As noted above, the same can be said for the Puggle, which is less likely than a purebred Pug to have a flat nose and the associated breathing problems. Additionally, some of these breeds allow pet owners to have dogs that they would not otherwise be able to own. A perfect example is someone who has always wanted a bigger dog, such as a Golden Retriever, but who is allergic to fur. When you breed a dog with hair (Poodle) and a dog with fur (Golden Retriever), the result is one that is about 70% non-shedding and largely hypoallergenic.

As the popularity of these breeds continues to rise, hybrid dogs are also becoming increasingly easier to find. In fact, at Pik-A-Pup Kennel, a dog breeder in Massachusetts, about 30-40% of the puppies that are typically for sale are members of a crossbred family. If you're interested in one of these newer breeds or are curious how they would mesh with your family dynamic, it's best to visit a kennel such as Pik-A-Pup to gather more information and see the various puppies that might work for you and your family.