Designer Dogs 101: Today’s Most Adorable Designer Dog Breeds Cutest Dogs
The “designer dog” as he is often labeled
is the intentional cross between two purebred
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
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Goldador (Golden Retriever + Labrador Retriever)
You start out with two quinessential 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
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
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
But, we love him and think he’s absolutely
adorable and that’s why he heads off this
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
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
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
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
A clever name can sell any dog.
The trend also allows for plenty of puerile
humour – what do call a Shih tzu and a Jack
You got it or you don’t know Jack …[static]
Puggle (Pug + Beagle)
What do you get when you cross a Pug and a
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
Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle)
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.
Schnoodle (Poodle + Schnauzer)
Intelligent, active, and downright adorable,
the Schnoodle has become a popular hybrid
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.
Peekapoo (Pekingese + Poodle)
Friendly, affectionate, smart, and terribly
cute, the Peekapoo leaped onto the hybrid
dog scene with his adorable disposition and
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.
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
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.
Maltipoo (Maltese + Miniature Poodle)
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
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
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.
Chorkie (Chihuahua + Yorkshire Terrier)
Chorkies are without a doubt one of the cutest
designer dog breeds available to the modern
A relatively new breed created in the early
1990s, a Chorkie is the result of crossing
a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua.
Sometimes refered 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
This is a very playful dog that enjoys human
Chorkies love an abundance of attention and
affection and are happiest cuddling in your
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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