Designer Dog Breeds: Top 5 Most Popular Breeds That Were Created

Emily Young
Written by Emily Young

The designer dogs are the cross purebred dogs that have been bred in order to obtain various desirable characteristics of the breeds that had been crossed with. What is interesting is what these designer dogs are called by a portmanteau word that has been made of syllables or sounds of the two purebred parents; and in such a way we got the Schnoodle, which is a cross of the Schnauzer and poodle, for example.

Another important characteristic related to designer dogs is that they are usually bred for the purpose of being companion dogs because the working and hunting dogs are not given the portmanteau names. Many dog breeders of such dogs and the owners who buy them have been largely criticized because they are thought to be doing it only for profit and because the “designer” dogs sound very fancy and luxurious.

However, you should know that designer dogs are not recognized by the breeder associations such as AKC, UKC or CKC. In order for a designer dog breed to become recognized by these associations their ancestry must be documented for a long period of time.

And when it comes to genetics and health in general, designer dogs are not healthier than their crossbred parents and some dogs tend to manifest some of the physical characteristics more frequently than the others. Additionally, these designer breeds tend to get the same genetic health problems as their parents.

Dog breeds

This article will provide you with some of the most popular designer dog breeds in the world.

The facts related to designer dogs

They are not hypoallergenic: many people get tricked by some of the dog breeders into thinking that these crossbred dogs cannot make you sneeze. However, that is not true. There is no guarantee that a dog is allergen-free just because he has been a product of two purebred dogs that shed minimally. Even if there no dog breeds that do not have coats or do not shed at all, they still produce certain allergens that more sensitive people can react to. Therefore you should not choose a designer breed based on this assumption.

They are not healthier than their purebred parents: it is often hinted that designer dogs are healthier than their parents and that they have a hybrid vigor, which means that the broader pool gene makes these dogs healthier than purebred dogs. However, this may be true only for the first generations, but when the successive generations are bred, the health problems also increase and there is a higher chance that these “hybrids” will be carrying more genetic vulnerabilities than their parents, which makes them more sensitive than them.

Some of the worst traits of their parents may surface: as mentioned above, it is a misconception that designer dogs will carry only the healthy traits of their parents, in fact, it is more possible that some of the worst genetic traits of their purebred parents may surface and there is no assurance that you will not get such a puppy.

 Purebred-A x Purebred-B = F1 Hybrid Dog


F1 x Purebred-A = F1b Hybrid Dog


F1 x F1 = F2 Hybrid Dog


F1 x F1b = F2b Hybrid Dog


F2 x F2 = F3 Hybrid Dog


*F1=first generation puppy—50% purebred-A and 50% purebred-B.

F1b=backcross puppy—25% purebred-A and 75% purebred-B

F2=second-generation puppy—F1 hybrid crossed with an F1 hybrid

F2b=second-generation backcross puppy—F1 bred to a F1b (hybrid backcross)

F3=F2 hybrid to F2 hybrid

Multi-generation=F3 or higher-generation hybrid crossed with F3 or higher-generation hybrid

Some of the most popular designer breeds

The following guide will present to your some of the most famous and desirable designer dog breeds in the world and some of their most important characteristics.


The Cockapoo is the original dog and he is a cross of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. His history dates back to the 1960s and he is known for being adorable, outgoing, and intelligent enough in order for you to train him. He does not shed a lot and he is so much affectionate that he will never leave you alone.

The Cockapoo does not require as much grooming as the Poodle and people do not always react negatively to its coat.

This designer breed got the sweet and stable temperament of the Cocker Spaniel and the great Poodle’s navigation in the field. He is good with people and children. Additionally, being small is an advantage of being a companion dog, so it is easier to take care of him. He is also known as the Cockapoodle, Cockerpoo or Cock-a-Poo.

Cockapoo dog

It is interesting that the Cockapoo is not known for being a barker, however, he will still bark when he sees someone unfamiliar. And even though he sheds minimally, he will still require daily brushings in order for his curly coat to stay healthy and pretty. They have a moderate energy level which means that it would be enough to give them about 15 minutes per day to play, jump and run. They are easy to train since they are as intelligent as the Poodle and you will fall in love with their joyful and cheerful personality.

The Cockapoo is easy to please and he is a famous companion dog. An outgoing nature makes him a great candidate for a family dog which would go well with small children and other pets. He can also suffer from a separation anxiety if you leave him somewhere and he needs to be socialized from an early age so he can be as outgoing as possible.


The Goldador is a mix of two of the world’s friendliest dog breeds – the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have a dog that is both tolerant and sensitive, you have your answer right here. The Goldador has got the sensitivity and tolerance of his purebred parents and that makes him a great guide dog, service dog, search and rescue dog, therapy dog, bomb detection dog and many more.

Goldadors are the dogs of medium size and they are very active and in need of exercise, just like his parents. They need at least 30 minutes of daily exercises and that may include both games and training. To train them is always easy, and that is mainly because they are the cross of two breeds that instinctively want to please their owners. They also make great family dogs since they go amazingly well with children and other animals.

Goldabor mix dog breed

Goldadors can easily gain weight since they love to eat, so do not forget to exercise them regularly. They shed moderately so they require brushings on a weekly basis. They are a great choice for those who are to become the first time dog owners since they are so tolerant and easy-going. They are also affectionate, loyal, alert, friendly, intelligent, eager to please, capable of working etc. They should be socialized from an early age so they can become so tolerant instead of shy and suspicious.

It would be for best to keep a Goldador in a fenced yard so he can play there safely and have enough space, however, an apartment or condo can be a nice choice too, but only if you plan to exercise him on a daily basis and a lot. Positive reinforcement and mental stimulation would be a best way to train Goldadors.


This adorable hybrid is a designer dog resulting from breeding a Poddle and a Golden Retriever. It is also known as the Groodle and it has becoming more and more popular. Goldendoodles are successful as guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, and sniffer dogs.  Goldendoodles are affectionate, intelligent, and amazing workers. They can get social with anyone – people, animals, and children. However, they are not suitable for being watch and guard dogs, because of their tendency to be affectionate towards anyone.

They do better in fenced yards than in apartments and you should keep that in mind. They thrive when they are in contact with their owner so you should not keep them outside by themselves. They should be busy throughout whole day because they tend to create a destructive behavior if left alone for a long time. The same goes for separation anxiety.

Goldendoodle print

They are very easy to train because they have the traits of a Golden Retriever – to please a master and the trait of a Poodle – intelligence and amazing ability to do various tasks. They also shed minimally which would be great for people who are sensitive to dogs’ coats. However, they also require the weekly brushings and grooming in order for their curly beautiful coat to remain and stay pretty and healthy.

Goldendoodles are not known for being barkers, they may not even bark if someone unfamiliar approaches the door. They are not good for apartments because of their average energy level and need to do something all the time. Additionally, they are gentle and patient with children and they make a wonderful companion. They are also curious and playful, and they love human company. If you go for this designer breed, you should get ready for a lot of love and friendship.


The Yorkipoo is a crossbreed of the Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The goal of creating this crossbreed was to make a dog that would not have the diseases of his parents but also be small and hypoallergenic. He is intelligent, adorable and affectionate.

He also loves performance competition such as agility and obedience and he can also be independent even though he is a toy dog. However, being so small (less than 10 pounds) can be troublesome, especially when the dog is courageous and brave and he is also clueless of his physical abilities. That means that you should socialize your Yorkipoo from an early age so he does not become afraid or angry towards large dog breeds. However, you should do it under supervision since they are too small and not suitable for dog parks for all dog sizes. Yorkipoos are great learners and easy to train.

Yorkipoo dog

They can be very stubborn, but not too often is the learning is fun instead of being repetitive. They are also known for enjoying barking a lot and being vocal, and that makes them amazing watchdogs. You should train them properly if you would like to keep the barking on minimal so it does not become irritating. If you would like a loyal and affectionate dog, then the Yorkipoo may be the one for you because they will make you more cheerful and happier with their presence.


The Puggle is a crossbreed of the Beagle and Pug. He has become very popular due to his warm personality and adorable look. They are easily recognizable because they have the wrinkles of their Pug parents and the longer muzzles, ears and tails of the Beagles. The Puggle breeders hoped that they would get the best of both breeds – the laid personality and longer noses that make breathing easier; however, that is not often the case.

Puugle dog

Puggles are very active dogs that like both physical and mental exercises. They are energetic and like racing and jumping around. You should give them at least 30 minutes of exercises per day and play with them all the time. Some of them enjoy digging so you should keep an eye on your flower beds.

They are also good walking companions, however you should never jog with them because they can tire easily and they legs are shorter. The breed and its parents are known for being stubborn, which means that they may not be eager to please or train. You should use positive reinforcement and socialization from an early age.

Some of the Puggles bark or even howl when a stranger approaches your home, but they are not suitable for being the guard dogs. Some of them can inherit health problems such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, tendency to wander and respiratory problems. But if you are willing to welcome a fun and affectionate furry friend then a Puggle may be a great choice.

Other designer dog breeds

  • Airedale x Labrador Retriever =Lab’Aire
  • Australian Shepherd x Poodle =Aussiedoodle
  • Basset Hound x Dachshund =Basschshund
  • Beagle x Boston Terrier =Boglen Terrier
  • Beagle x Doberman Pinscher =Beagleman
  • Beagle x English Toy Spaniel =English Speagle Spaniel
  • Beagle x French Bulldog =Frengle
  • Bichon Frise x Coton de Tulear =Biton
  • Bichon Frise x Dachshund =Doxie-Chon
  • Bloodhound x Labrador Retiever =Labloodhound
  • Bolognese x Chihuahua =Bolo-chi
  • Bolognese x Cocker Spaniel =Bologco
  • Chihuahua x Corgi =Chigi
  • Chihuahua x Dachshund =Chiweenie
  • Chihuahua x Dalmatian =Chimation
  • Cocker Spaniel x Shiba Inu =Shocker
  • Cocker Spaniel x Shih Tzu =Cock-A-Tzu
  • German Shepherd Dog x Pug =Shug
  • Japanese Chin x Poodle =Poochin
  • Japanese Chin x Pug =Japug
  • Japanese Chin x Shih Tzu =Jatzu
  • Japanese Chin x Silky Terrier =Silkin
  • Maltese x Papillon =Papitese
  • Maltese x Pekingese =Peke-A-Tese
  • Maltese x Pomeranian =Maltipom
  • Pomeranian x Shiba Inu =Pom-Shi
  • Pomeranian x Shih Tzu =Shiranian
  • Pomeranian x Silky Terrier =Pom-Silk
  • Pomeranian x Toy Fox Terrier =Pom Terrier
  • Pug x Yorkshire Terrier =Pugshire Terrier
  • Rottweiler x Saint Bernard =Saint Weiler
  • Schipperke x Shih Tzu =Skip-Shzu
  • Coton de Tulear x Pug =Pug-Coton
  • Coton de Tulear x Shih Tzu =Coton Tzu

To sum up, designer dog breeds are also called breeds of mixes of two purebred dogs. They have become very popular nowadays due to their unique looks and temperament.

However, you should not get tricked into thinking that these designer dogs are “perfect” or that they would not inherit some of the health and genetic disorders of their parents. There is also a misconnection that all of them are hypoallergenic, which is not true.

Sheagle mix dog breed

If you want to get a healthy dog, you should never buy a designer puppy from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who does not provide health clearances or guarantees. Go and look for a reputable breeder who tests his or her breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments. You should also meet the parents of the puppy and his cousins; in that way you will see whether you feel comfortable among them, what condition they are in and whether they are friendly and affectionate.

All in all, in this article we mentioned some of the most popular designer dog breeds out there such as: the Puggle, Cockapoo, Goldador, Goldendoodle and Yorkipoo. Even though they were “designed” in a way, they are all special and they should never be thrown away or ignored.

About the author
Emily Young
Emily Young

Emily is originally from China where she graduated from The University of Hong Kong with high distinction learning about fashion and design. During university she opened her own magazine about Dog Fashion as dogs were always in her heart. She was surprised, when she moved to a beautiful British Columbia 10 years ago, to see many great Boutiques with dog's designer clothing and desire of pet owners to make their babies look nice.