Hybrid Dogs

What separates a hybrid dogs like Schnoodle or a Goldendoodle from their purebred kin? After all, many purebreds were created by crossing various other breeds at some point.

Hybrid dogs are the offspring of two different purebred dog breeds.

This means that they can inherit the best qualities of both of their parents, such as their appearance, personality, and health.

Whether a new type of dog becomes a recognized breed depends on time and trial and error. Breeders choose dogs with the traits they want and breed them with each other over several generations to achieve a consistent size, appearance, and temperament.

The appeal of so-called hybrid dogs or “designer dogs” is often in simply having something other than a run-of-the-mill purebred. However, problems occur when breeders promise that a particular cross will be hypoallergenic or healthier than a purebred or will combine the best traits of each breed. As delightful as that sounds, it’s not always true.

All dogs shed, produce dander, have saliva, and urinate, and all of these are ways that allergens are spread. Just because a dog is a product of a certain cross is no guarantee they’re allergen-free.

Some suggest that a cross of two breeds has hybrid vigor, which means the broader gene pool makes them healthier. That might be true for the first generation of a hybrid. But as successive generations are bred, there’s a higher chance of carrying through a breed’s genetic vulnerabilities.

Genetic characteristics sort out randomly, so there’s no assurance you’ll get the best of each breed. No matter what the breed or mix, an individual dog may be more or less allergenic, intelligent, or healthy.

Adopting a hybrid dog from a shelter or rescue is a great way to save a life and find a loving companion.


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