There’s been a trend, since the end of the 20th century, to supply a shed-free, dander free companion dog that is both attractive and has specific breed traits. Apartment dwellers and people who suffer from allergies wanted animals that shed less and wanted an alternative to the Poodle. By combining some of the most popular breeds, breeders have created pets that have quickly become some of the most popular dogs of our time. Breeders and owners alike are enjoying the results of what are becoming today's most popular pet.
While it may seem that this evolution of new cross-breeds is new, the process of selective breeding for specific traits – known as neoteny - has ancient origins. Neoteny is the process of selecting a species’ juvenile traits. This practice currently recognized dog breeds as listed by the World Canine Organization. Canines were neotonized for looks and for behavior traits. Dogs were being bred as herders, hunting dogs, scenthounds, and sighthounds. Mastiff types were bred for war, protection, and as guardians. Breeders purposely selected traits to achieve a superior breed trait.
However, neither these designer cross breeds’ temperament and look can be guaranteed nor do their traits remain consistent from litter to litter. Much like children born to fathers and mothers with different hair color and eye color, these designer breeds come in a variety of colors, hair types, and body shapes. Breeding sites suggest researching the original breed type, in order to determine if the animal’s behavior traits and characteristics are a fit for you. They note also that these dogs are not considered a new breed, but simply a cross-breed.
The following are the portmanteau names for the associated breeds and a short list of other creative designer cross breeds:
The attractiveness and popularity of these designer cross-breeds pups cannot be disputed. Vetstreet.com writer Kristen Seymour lists the Goldendoodle as being number 1 on the list of hottest breeds and has risen from 128 to the top spot.
As with any breed, it’s important to remember that the negative traits are passed along to the next generation as easily as the good ones are. If your designer dog develops a limp, arthritis, has had surgery, and/or experiences inflammation, remember that the Assisi Portable helps reduce inflammation and healing time after surgery. Ask your vet about breed specific issues and enjoy your designer breed pup!
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