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Designer Dogs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

A Designer Dog or “Hybrid” is a crossbreed to two purebred dogs. Since this has been done for hundreds of years but has recently become more well know.

This practice is done by certified breeders, that are aiming for specific qualities of each purebred dog. These are basically a mixed breed dog, but most are recognized.

These designer dogs are able to be registered by the AKC and CKC. The dog pictured above is a “Chorkie”.  She has valid papers from the CKC. She is a Yorkie and Chihuahua hybrid.

Many of these breeds are bred for size or other positive qualities of their breeds such as a being hypo allergenic.

These dogs come with a price tag though as they are specifically bred for a variety of reasons. These are not classified as mutts.

Risks of Designer Dogs

When you breed two breeds that are already small, they make an even smaller dog. There bones are then smaller and weaker and can come with complications.

A dog that weighs 4 pounds that has papers, when she is bred again there is the potential, they will not make it through the birthing process.

While they will always stay the size of a puppy, they become more fragile as they age.

Purebred dogs have the added risk of cancer and heart disease. Designer dogs are the same and due to the inbreeding, those risks go up.

These dogs come with health risks, that potential should be researched. The cost of a dog with health problems can be substantial.

“Abby” aka “The Chorkie”

Abby was bred for size and for additional breeding by her first owner. She is a rescue dog, as her first family did not realize what was required to care for a designer dog.

At 3 months old Abby weighed 1 pound and could fit in the palm of a hand. She was bought to breed an even smaller dog but due to her excitability, she kept hurting her legs.

Her bones are small, but she does not realize that. She will jump play and jam her tiny legs, which require a vet visit.

Her first owners were not prepared for this and decided to re-home her. Abby was sold to her forever home 9 years ago. When she came home, she was forced in a cage and never let out.

Now she is happy, content, and well-loved. She is the perfect lap dog, but she does have a health problem. Her bones are fragile and snap easily, and she has a breathing problem.

Advantages of Designer Dogs

Designer dogs create a completely unique looking dog. It is a guess on what breed of dog they will look like. They will get features from one, but it is not predetermined.

A litter of puppy can have completely different looks. A “Chorkie” can have the features of a yorkie or the features of a chihuahua. In the case of “Abby” resembles a long-haired chihuahua, just half the size.

They can make amazing family pets. With training, socialization, and temperament from to specific breeds, there is the potential for a well-mannered dog.

This is not predetermined though, just remember a Jack Russell is an extremely hyper breed. Based on the mixture can have a bearing on the temperament.

Some cases there will be less health problems, but this is determined by the mixture. The first designer dog was a Labrador and a poodle. This gave a hypo-allergenic fur for people with pet hair allergies.

Some are successful mixtures, and some are not. Careful breeding is the key to this, along with education and leaving this to the professionals.

Desired Crossbreeds

When referring to designer dogs, there are many variations. Some are more desired than others.

There are many reasons for that desirability. Some individuals want a hypo-allergenic dog. Some are after a specific temperament of a dog and others just want a smaller dog.

Labradoodle or Goldendoodle are crossbreeds that focus on the poodle. The allergy component and the temperament are the desired goal.

“Chorkie” as previously discussed is based on size and temperament. This crossbreed needs to be appropriately socialized or the classic ankle biter will be produced.

A puggle is the crossbreeding of a pug and a beagle. The desired component is the facial structure which aids in the breathing of a standard pug.

Lastly, is a Cavachon. This breed is a crossbreed of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. The desired features are the compact size and the friendly and spunky disposition.

There are many reasons that individuals are looking for these designer dogs. Through careful education and selection of the breed, a wonderful family pet is achieved.

Weird and Unusual Designer Dogs

Some of the breeds that are crossed have the potential to create an unusual, featured dog. Imagine a Great Dane and a Chihuahua because it has been done.

A Pitsky is a crossbreed between an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Siberian Husky. This breed create a muscular dog with Husky droopy ears. This dog will be energetic and muscular.

A love for either breed will create a love connection. Both of these breeds require understanding of each breed and their temperament. Husky like a warm climate.

A Cocker-Pei is a crossbreed of a cocker spaniel and a Chinese Shar-Pei. This mixture creates a devoted and protective family pet. The Chinese Shar-Pei will have less wrinkles that will reduce breathing issues

This breed creates a dog with desirable features, short hair, and a wonderful temperament. The have a personality that are desired.

The chug is a cross between the chihuahua and a pug, so this is going to be a small dog.  A chug has the potential for weight gain if free fed.  

The mix allows for a softer Pug look pertaining to features. They are breed for personality and size.

No matter the reason, any dog can be a gift if trained and socialized correctly.  A family dog’s personality grows with the family and allows for bonding.

The Original Designer Dog

When we pick a dog or any pet, we want to make sure that we are considering our family and overall life. The start of the designer dog phase was an attempt to create a hypo-allergenic dog.

A Labrador Retriever and a Poodle were mixed for their hair quality and to cut down on the hair allergy that many people have. This created a labradoodle that is one of the most sought-after designer dogs.

This dog was intended to be a guide dog. This dog has grown since it’s first introduction and the amount available shows the love that has developed of them.

Some agree with this practice and some do not because this is a matter of smart and ethical breeding and reasoning behind the choice to choose this option.


No matter the reasoning behind the choice of a designer dog, all pets have the potential to create a loving environment. These dogs are no different if bred for the right reasons and that is a family pet.

Breeding a Pitbull with a Great Dane for fighting is not the right reason because smart and ethical breeding is the key.

There are benefits and disadvantages, as there is with everything else and this will depend on the individual. These dogs are not for everyone but not every dog is.

Choosing wisely is important and care for these dogs is necessary. Since the potential is there for health problems, vet health check-ups are important.  

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