Crossbreeds Gaining Popularity
Crossbreeds seem to be be becoming more popular these days. People are getting excited by the concept of new ‘designer dogs’ such as cockerpoos and maltipoos. Poodles appear to be a popular choice when it comes to choosing breeds to use to create designer dogs. Crossbreeds are generally cheaper to buy, but because of this new craze, some special crossbreeds can cost more than pedigree dogs.
According to the Kennel Club, these are the most popular crossbreeds:
- Cockerpoo/Cockapoo (cocker & poodle)
- Labradoodle (labrador & poodle)
- Mal-shi (maltese & shih-tzu)
- Puggle (pug & beagle)
- Schnoodle (miniature schnauzer & poodle)
Mars Veterinary did some DNA research to try and find out the breeds most often found in dog DNA. The most common breeds according to Mars Veterinary are:
- German Shepherd
- Labrador Retriever
- Chow Chow
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- Cocker Spaniel
- Siberian Husky
On the whole, crossbreeds tend to live longer and suffer less health issues. However, every dog is different and having a crossbreed certainly doesn’t guarantee they won’t have health problems.
Crossbreeds are a bit of a lottery when it comes to behavioural traits and physical characteristics. You don’t really know what mix you will get a whether they will be more like one breed or have an obvious mix of both. However, it is fascinating to see the different characteristics of each breed and crossbreeds can make fantastic pets.