Designer dogs, or hybrids, are intentionally planned crosses between two purebred dogs. Despite not being officially recognized by the AKC, Designer dogs are extremely popular because of their adorable looks and delightful personalities.
Our designer dog is Tilly! She’s a Cavachon, a hybrid of the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Designer dogs were bred to combine the two best qualities of the original dogs. (Theoretically! Due to unregulated breeding practices, we can’t be sure). The first designer dog was the Labradoodle, bred in Australia in the 1970s. The Labrador, for its guiding abilities, was bred with the Poodle, for its intelligence and low shedding. Voila! You now have a guide dog that can be paired with disabled people who are allergic to dander.
Tilly was attacked by another dog soon after her adoption. Despite getting along well with other dogs at home, she tended to get anxious around dogs on leash. With obedience training, tennis balls and yummy treats, she has been doing much better and is even making doggy friends. Her pet parents can look out for warning signs and can now better manage her reactions.
Critics of the Designer dog trend are concerned with the long term health and behavioural consequences of mixing two breeds of different capabilities and instincts. In other words, we still don’t know what we are creating. But, pet parents, that should not deter you from bringing home a Designer dog! Just make sure you are selecting a pup for its good behaviour, and not just good looks. More information links below!