Dog Crossbreeds


Aussiedoodles are the geniuses of the designer dog world, inheriting intelligence from both their Poodle and Australian Shepherd parents. They are gentle, affectionate, and playful dogs with a very high energy level, and need plenty of exercise as well as constant companionship to be happy and healthy. They are very dependable with children and easily trained.


Beagliers are small, sociable designer dogs with a reasonably long history. Particularly popular in Australia, they are known for their playful and affectionate personality, although they are rarely compatible with other non-canine pets. They are energetic and gentle enough to be suitable for most children, though their coat can shed quite heavily, and may be an issue for allergy sufferers.


Bichpoos are lively and affectionate companion dogs that are produced by cross-breeding the Bichon Frise and Poodle. Their playfulness and cheerful disposition allow them to fit in with young families, even those with other pets. The fluffy coat requires regular grooming, and the Bichpoo needs a good deal of exercise for a dog so small. Owners must be prepared to provide constant companionship to prevent separation anxiety.


A multi-talented worker, as well as a gentle and protective companion, the Borador shows just how well designer dog breeding can sometimes work out. This Border Collie/Labrador Retriever cross is just as well suited to life as a family pet as it is to search-and-rescue or guide dog work. Its coat requires very little work, but it needs a lot of exercise.


Cavachons are sweet, playful little dogs whose doe-eyed, fluffy appearance is sure to melt the hardest of hearts. They are extremely friendly and sociable, and get along well with children and other pets. Their low-shedding coat and minimal exercise requirements have made them a favourite choice for apartment-dwellers. Like their Cavalier King Charles parents, they may be prone to degenerative heart disease.


Cavapoos are a crossbreed that results from mixing a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs are typically very social and affectionate, and are known for being extremely fond of children and other pets. Kind and gentle, Cavapoos won the affection of many families throughout the world, though they were initially bred for people with allergies. Excellent companions, Cavapoos are also very intelligent.


Chions are feisty, confident characters whose attitude to life belies their tiny stature. Bred from Chihuahua and Papillon parents, they have the attitude and stubbornness one would expect, and can be difficult to train. They are loyal and protective of their owners, but irritable and snappy enough to be unsuitable for young children.


Bold and confident, the Chorkie is a toy-sized hybrid with a big personality. This is a lively and alert companion dog that doubles as an excellent watchdog by virtue of its loud and persistent bark. Inheriting the attitude of the Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier, this is an assertive, headstrong dog that is not suitable for children or novice owners.


The Cockapoo was the original designer dog, and its enduring popularity over the past 50 years is a reflection of its cheerful personality and extreme sociability. It is a small to medium dog of great intelligence that comes in a range of coat types and colours, which can take some work to maintain. An extremely affectionate hybrid, it is happiest when lying on its owner’s lap.


The Doxiepoo is an extremely variable hybrid that comes in all shapes and sizes, and may be found wearing just about any coat imaginable. At its best, it is an energetic and playful dog with an ear for danger, but it is one of the designer dogs that is sometimes poorly bred, and all pups should be carefully assessed for temperament and health.


The Goldador is a large, handsome hybrid that is both a gentle and obedient pet and a valuable working and hunting dog. If kept as a pet, it makes a wonderful playmate for children of all ages, and it is extremely sociable. With two working parents, it is energetic and intelligent, and needs to be kept active and stimulated.


Goldendoodles are a relatively recent addition to the ranks of the designer dogs. The adorable, fluffy appearance reflects the dog’s lovable and affectionate nature, and it is an ideal family pet, as it is very gentle with children and tolerant of other animals. Goldendoodles thrive on company, and should always be at their owner’s side.


The Labradoodle is a designer breed that results from crossing a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. Because it is not a breed, the Labradoodle’s characteristics are not quite consistent and both temperament and appearance vary. Initially created to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, Labradoodles became popular as family pets, getting people’s attention for their friendliness and joyfulness. Loving and affectionate, Labradoodles are also active, high-energy dogs.


The Mal-Shi has been around for about the last 25 years, and is clearly here to stay. A Maltese/Shih Tzu cross, this hybrid usually has the best traits of both parents, and is a happy, sociable dog that is ideally suited to family life. It is adaptable enough to live indoors and gets along with other pets.


The Maltipoo has been bred by crossing Toy or Miniature Poodles with Maltese for around the last 20 years. Its affable, docile nature has made it very popular with novice dog owners, and it is gentle and sociable enough to make an excellent choice for homes with children and other pets. Its fluffy, low-shedding coat requires quite a lot of maintenance, and it is prone to barking excessively.


Having nothing to do with a 1980s sitcom, the Morkie is one of the most popular recently developed hybrids. It is an affectionate and playful little dog, with the spirit of a far larger dog, and its self-confidence and stubbornness can make it challenging to train. Because of its light frame and small stature, it is best suited to homes without young children or larger dogs.


One of the oldest of today’s hybrids, the Peekapoo is the offspring of Poodle and Pekingese parents. Like many hybrids, it has a low-shedding coat, and is a devoted companion dog. However, it is also fiercely protective, and makes an excellent watchdog, though it can be excessively vocal in this role. It is good with small pets and older children, but needs gentle handling.


The Pomsky is an affectionate and playful hybrid that is produced by Siberian Husky and Pomeranian parents. Though it can vary in size, its appearance is quite predictable, and few can resist this fluffy bundle of fun. It is usually easy to train and very sociable, but can be very vocal and requires a lot of grooming to manage its heavy-shedding coat.


The Puggle is a mix breed that results from crossbreeding a Pug and a Beagle. Being a lap dog, Puggles are affectionate family dogs, having inherited both of their parents’ characteristics. Puggles are active and curious like the Beagle and true companions like the Pug. Because they have longer snouts than Pugs, they breathe easier and tend to be healthier too.


The Schnoodle is not a true breed, but a cross between the feisty Schnauzer and the clever Poodle. It is an energetic, happy dog that comes in a huge range of sizes and varying coat colours and textures. Primarily an affectionate pet, it will also do its best as a guard dog, and tends to bark at the slightest provocation.


The Shih-Poo is a small but spunky Poodle cross that loves to play. It inherits the Shih Tzu’s attitude, and is quick to protect itself when handled roughly, so doesn’t always get on with younger children, but it is an energetic and affectionate dog that is a fun companion for adults and older kids. It has a low-shedding coat that needs regular grooming.


The playful and energetic Shorkie is an ideal indoor dog with a light coat that does not shed much and modest exercise requirements. It is best suited to adult households, or those with older children, and it is generally happier when it is the only pet placing demands on its owner’s attention. It is an alert and vocal watchdog, but may suffer from a number of health problems.


The Yorkie-Poo is a new hybrid, which is a cross between Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle parents. This small, vivacious dog has an equal love of its family and the sound of its own voice, and is prone to several inherited health problems. It is a loyal companion and a useful watchdog, and is a great playmate for older children.


A living, breathing teddy bear, the Zuchon is a Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu hybrid. It is a relatively new designer breed, and has already become hugely popular in the United States by virtue of its happy-go-lucky, biddable temperament and irresistible looks. An adaptable and empathetic dog, it is suited to all sorts of living situations.

Dog Breeds