Designer dogs
Designer dogs
Tammy Gagne.
Neptune City, NJ : T.F.H. Publications, c2008.
While the names of designer dogs can cause a smile (can you say Pekeapoo or Puggle without grinning a little bit?) these popular crossbreeds are seriously fantastic dogs. Combining the best of each of their purebred parents, designer dogs have inspired a whole new generation of dog lovers and breeders. Covering the most popular types of designer dogs, including Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, and Cockapoos, Designer Dogs shows all crossbreed fanciers how to raise a healthy, well-behaved family pet. Book jacket.
Designer dogs : portraits and profiles of popular new crossbreeds
words, D. Caroline Coile ; pictures, Anna Kuperberg.
San Francisco : Gold St. Press, c2007.
Includes index.
by Kathryn Lee.
Allenhurst, NJ : Kennel Club Books, c2008.
Includes index.
Puggles : everything about purchase, care, nutrition, behavior, and training
Andre Calbert ; filled with full-color photographs by Chelle Calbert ; illustrations by Pam Tanzey.
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's , c2007.
This designer dog is a cross between the Beagle and the Pug. It has become popular in recent years even though it is not an AKC-recognized breed. This book is a brand-new title in Barrons extensive line of "Complete Pet Owners Manuals." They advise current and soon-to-be pet owners on the care of dogs and cats of virtually all recognized breeds, as well as on birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, small mammals, and even exotic creatures like tarantulas and sugar gliders. The information in each book is authoritative but the language is non-technical and easy for every pet owner to understand. Every title in this series is individually written from first page to last by a breeder, trainer, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. All" Complete Pet Owners Manuals" are filled with high-quality color photos and instructive line art.

What do Goldendoodles, Puggles, and Yorkteses all have in common? They are all hybrid dogs, or as many owners like to say, designer dogs.

These designer breeds are created by breeding purebreds of two different breeds. This is done so that desired characteristics are achieved by design.  By having two different breeds for parents, often a designer dog will have a combination of personalities and traits.

Prices for these new mixes range from $300 to $3,000, some fetching more than purebred puppies.

The American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), acknowledges approximately 400 different types of designer dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize any of the designer dog breeds.

Goldendoodles = Golden Retriever + Poodle

Puggles = Beagle + Pug

Yorkteses = Yorkshire Terrier + Maltese

Bagle Hound = Beagle + Basset Hound

Chorkies = Chihuahua + Yorkshire Terrier

Cookapoos =Cocker Spaniel + Poodle

Maltipoms = Pomeranian + Maltese

Zuchons = Bichon Frise + Shih Tzu

The pedigree of a designer dog can sound like an advanced algebra equation. A first-generation hybrid is an F-1 dog. It simply means that dog's parents are both purebred dogs, such as a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, to design a Goldendoodle. An F2 has two F1 parents; an F3 has two F2 parents.

The best way to decide if you should own a designer dog breed is to check with the dog kennels that sell that particular breed. Ideally, one should visit the breeder before making any decision.  It is important to know the parents' background, plus how they were raised and treated.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff