Cross breeds


While many people think that mongrels and crossbreeds are one and the same, that is in fact not true. Mongrels are commonly classed as a type of dog which all dogs would revert to if it weren’t for selective breeding, in some ways it is thought to be a mix of all breeds. A crossbreed is a combination of two breeds, usually intentionally bred to create a litter with the characteristics of both parents.


The pros of getting a crossbreed dog or puppy are plentiful. They tend to have fewer health problems then pedigrees as they are bred from a larger gene pool. Crossbreeds tend to have a more balanced personality which does not show the extreme characteristics and instincts of a purebred dog. In addition, you can choose a crossbreed which combines the qualities of two different breeds, making it more suitable for your circumstances. For example, the labradoodle is more suitable for allergy sufferers than the standard Labrador as it has been mixed with the poodle, to breed in its non-shedding coat. However, it is important to note that there are no guarantees with a crossbreed that you will get the best features from both breeds.


There are of course cons to owning a crossbreed as well. There is an element of unpredictability as there’s no way to tell what size, character or temperament crossbreed puppies will have. Despite what breeders may tell you, there’s no such thing as the perfect ‘designer dog’. It can also be difficult to determine the quality of a crossbreed puppy as the lack of a pedigree bloodline also means the lack of medical history. In addition, you may not be able to meet both parents of the puppy or see former litters.


Crossbreeds don’t have a breed standard, which means that breeders aren’t monitored by breed clubs or associations. Therefore, it is easier to buy a puppy which is genetically flawed or prone to disease.


Another downside is that if you were hoping to show your dog, then a crossbreed isn’t an option for you. Only pedigree breeds can be shown.


Popular Crossbreeds


There are several crossbreeds which have become particularly popular over the last several years. The poodle is a common choice to mate with other breeds due to its low allergy coat. Breeding the non-shedding coat of the poodle into other breeds means that people who suffer with allergies can own a dog that is better suited to their lifestyle and circumstances.


The labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador and the Poodle. The labradoodle was originally bred to combine the low-allergy coat of the Poodle with the sweet and gentle nature of the Labrador. It was also bred to be a good guide dog for people susceptible to allergies. Labradoodles often work as guide, assistance and therapy dogs but they are also popular family dogs.


The Cockapoo is a cross between an English or American Cocker Spaniel and a poodle. The Cockapoo combines the lively, loving and outgoing personality of the cocker spaniel with the low-dander, non shedding coat of the poodle. The Cockapoo is a wonderful pet for owners who want an active and sociable dog that is suitable for allergy sufferers.


Springadors are Springer Spaniel and Labrador crossbreeds. They combine the intelligence of a Labrador with the energy of a Springer Spaniel and are very lively and affectionate dogs, which are easy to train. Springadors are particularly popular with people who live in the country, where they are taken on long walks and runs and can enjoy swimming and chasing wildlife.


The Jackahuahua is a cross between the Jack Russell and the Chihuahua. Jackahuahuas may be smaller than a Jack Russell and tougher than a Chihuahua. They tend to be small dogs which love affection and attention, whilst also being free spirited, lively and enthusiastic.


A cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Labrador, the Spanador tends to have a sweet and playful temperament. They may not be as sociable as Labradors, but will be friendly with people as they get to know them. Spanadors combine the playfulness of the cocker spaniel with the loyalty and intelligence of the Labrador to create a wonderful family pet.


The Cavachon is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. A good Cavachon will combine the intelligence of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the affectionate nature and low allergy coat of the Bichon Frise, to create a charming, sweet and smart dog which is suitable for allergy sufferers.


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