21 Most Loved Designer Dogs

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Finding the perfect breed doesn’t need to be hard now that we can choose from numerous designer crossbreeds that combine the best of their parent breeds. Generally speaking, these designer dogs live longer, aren’t as prone to health problems as purebred pooches and shed very little. What’s more, they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are as adorable as it gets.

Here are 21 designer breeds that are bound to steal your heart:

1. PUGGLE

Since both pugs and beagles are adorable pooches, Wisconsin breeder Wallace Havens came to the brilliant idea to create a distinctive breed that would be the perfect combination of the two and that’s how the puggle came to existence in the 1980s.
Of course, Havens wasn’t the first person ever to realize that a cross between the pug and the beagle would be a total success, but he was the one who gave the designer breed their name and registered them with the American Canine Hybrid Club.
Although no one can say for sure whether the physical features of the beagle or the pug will be prominent in the designer breed, puggles are super popular because their temperament combines the curious nature of the beagle parent with the happy-go-lucky nature of the pug parent.

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2. MORKIE

Another super sweet designer toy breed, the Morkie is a cross between the Yorkshire terrier and the Maltese.

Created in the United States, Morkies can significantly vary in appearance – some take after Yorkshire terriers while others resemble the Maltese. Whatever the case, they are undeniably cute and have a great personality.
Except for being stubborn at times, Morkies have no flaws – they were designed to bring out the best from both parent breeds. Consequently, they are kind, affectionate and friendly dogs who are very devoted to their humans.
Like the majority of small dogs, Morkies also crave attention and don’t like being left home alone for longer periods of time. They love playtime and get along well with other dogs and non-canine pets, as long as they grew up together.
All in all, Morkies are sweet pets and exceptional companion dogs that will unconditionally love you and entertain you all day long.

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3. POMCHI

If you’re a huge fan of toy dogs and can’t seem to decide whether the Chihuahua or the Pomeranian is the perfect pooch for you, we have some good news – you don’t have to choose between the two breeds because there is an adorable designer dog out there who looks and behaves like both of them.
A crossbreed between the Chihuahua and the Pom, the Pomchi shares the traits of both toy breeds, including their intelligence, loyalty, and affection. These dogs are very energetic and playful, which implies that they are super fun to be around – there’s no chance that you will ever be bored with them.
They also get along great with kids, but they should always be supervised around children, especially when playing with toddlers. As far as other pets are concerned, the Pomchi enjoys the company of other pooches and animals, as long as they were introduced at an early age.

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4. GOLDENDOODLE

Created by breeding the golden retriever with the poodle, the goldendoodle’s main purpose was to be a guide dog for the visually impaired. Much has changed since American and Australian breeders developed goldendoodles in the 1990s and these dogs are now popular companion pooches, especially for people who suffer from dog allergies.
Many families opt for goldendoodles because they are very similar to golden retrievers in behavior but shed way less hair than them. What’s more, these designer dogs are exceptionally smart and devoted to their humans, forming strong bonds with their owners and getting along well with everyone in the household, other pets included.

As far as their looks are concerned, there are several varieties of the goldendoodle, depending on the way different breeders are producing the pups. Basically, every goldendoodle is unique and what could be better than owning a dog that doesn’t look like any other?

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5. LABRADOODLE

A crossbred between the Labrador retriever and the standard, miniature or toy poodle, the Labradoodle is one of the best known and most popular designer breeds out there.
Even though they came to existence prior to 1988, that was the year Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador retriever and standard poodle and introduced the Labradoodle to the world.
He wanted to develop a guide dog for people allergic to canines that would have the traits of the Labrador and the low-shedding hair of the poodle.
Due to their gentle temperament and devotion to their humans, Labradoodles are now renowned as guide dogs, therapy dogs and family companions. What’s more, their parent breeds are among the most intelligent dogs in the world, which means that Labradoodles are also very easy to train and socialize.

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6. SCHNOODLE

When you combine the miniature schnauzer and the miniature or toy poodle, you get the schnoodle, a designer breed that is as cute as it gets. The smaller versions are best known, but there are also giant schnoodles, created by crossing the giant schnauzer and the standard poodle.
Even though there is a number of schnoodle varieties, the bottom line is that you won’t make a mistake whichever puppy you choose to adopt.
Seeing as the schnauzer is an energetic, affectionate and devoted dog while the poodle is renowned for their intelligence, the schnoodle possesses these traits – and many more.
Since they are also eager to learn and obey, you will have no problem whatsoever training and socializing them, but keep in mind that they can get too attached to their humans and become jealous of other dogs.

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7. COCKAPOO

The cockapoo is a fluffy mixed-breed pooch whose parents are the American cocker spaniel or the English cocker spaniel and the miniature or toy poodle. As you can see, there are several varieties of the cockapoo and they are all equally charming.

These pooches owe their superb reputation to various factors, including their longevity, kind-hearted nature, and low-shedding coat. They adore their families and enjoy participating in all sorts of human activities whereas they will suffer greatly if they are ignored or left alone for longer periods of time.
They originated somewhere in the 1950s and have become one of the most famous designer breeds in the world. Unfortunately, their popularity has led to the increase of cockapoo puppy farms, as well as the rise in the number of irresponsible breeders who are more interested in profit than the well-being of the pups.

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8. YORKIPOO

As the name suggest, the Yorkipoo was created by crossing the Yorkshire terrier and the miniature or toy poodle. Breeders from the United States believed that they would develop an extraordinary dog by crossing the two breeds and they were right.
The Yorkipoo is a popular hypoallergenic pooch, meaning that even folks who are allergic to dogs can adopt them without experiencing any difficulties. What’s more, they are highly intelligent dogs and excel at obedience classes, as well as learning tricks and participating in canine activities.
Since they are also part terrier, Yorkipoos are fearless dogs who love nothing more than to explore their surroundings and play with their humans – they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to stay content, but at the same time don’t require a lot of space due to their small size.

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9. PEKAPOO

One of the oldest and most famous designer dogs, the Pekapoo was developed in the 1950s as a hypoallergenic companion dog and has remained popular ever since.
Just like their parent breeds, the Pekapoo excels at obedience and learning new tricks and commands, but that’s not the main reason why people love them – apart from being the cutest pups ever, these dogs are outstanding companion dogs who never ever want to leave your side.
They will be perfectly happy sleeping in your lap or following you everywhere you go – it is true that they are sometimes overprotective of their humans, but they love their owners so much that they can’t bear to leave their side.
You have to admit that this trait is pretty sweet, especially when you keep their size in mind – just imagine them barking at a giant dog because they think you are threatened, adorable, right?

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10. SHIH-POO

Keeping in mind that both the shih tzu and the poodle are among the best-loved breeds of all time, it doesn’t come as a surprise that breeders came to the realization that their offspring would become a worldwide hit.

Like all designer breeds who were crossed with a poodle, the shih poo is also famous for their intelligence, obedience, and low-shed coat. All of these traits make shih poos excellent therapy dogs, as well as ideal pets for people who are either allergic to dogs or don’t want to adopt a high-maintenance dog in terms of shedding.

As far as the shih poo’s personality is concerned, they are spunky little pooches who are happiest when their humans are happy – they are extremely willing to please and it’s fairly easy to train and teach them tricks.

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11. LHASA-POO

An affectionate family companion and superb watchdog, the Lhasa-poo is the result of mixing the Lhasa apso and the poodle.
These pooches may be very timid as puppies and should, therefore, be trained from an early age. On the other hand, they are exceptionally smart and will pick up new tricks and commands in no time. The Lhasa-poo reacts best to positive reinforcement, seeing as they thrive on kind words and signs of affection.

They are real sweethearts who genuinely want to make their owners happy. As far as other pets are concerned, they have no problem whatsoever living under the same roof with other dogs or animals, and they particularly enjoy playing games with their buddies.

Since they are part poodle, they shed minimally and are an excellent choice for people who are allergic to dogs.

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12. MALT-A-POO

Yet another designer breed that focuses on the poodle’s intelligence and low-shed coat, as well as on the desirable traits of the second breed in the pairing – this time, the Maltese – the Malt-a-poo shares the characteristics of both purebred dogs and makes an excellent therapy dog and family companion.
They love spending time with their people and have the almost magical ability to recognize when someone is feeling ill or sad. Moreover, they are amazing with kids of all ages and could play with their tiny humans all day long; they also get along well with other pets.
The Malt-a-poo will stay by your side at all costs and do everything in their power to cheer you up. Even though they are not the most famous of pooches on our list, these crossbreed dogs are becoming more and more popular thanks to their kind-hearted nature and devotion to their people.

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13. MALTICHON

The Maltichon, also known as the Maltese frise, looks and behaves just the way you would imagine the offspring of two lovely breeds such as the Maltese and bichon frise to look and behave – they are extraordinary family pets who always put their family first.
They love everyone in the household, enjoy making new friends and form incredibly strong bonds with tiny humans. As far as they are concerned, nothing beats playtime and they can literally play for hours on end.
Since they get so attached to their people, Maltichons are willing to please and obey – training these dogs is usually a walk in the park, especially if you are a fan of positive reinforcement.
They want to be the center of attention and thrive on praise, which means they will do everything they can to make you proud.

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14. POOCHON

The poochon was developed in Australia in the late 1990s thanks to the efforts of the country’s breeders who were determined to create a designer breed whose parents would be the ever-popular poodle and the bichon frise.
The breeders basically wanted to design the perfect dog – a small family pooch that would get along great with children while at the same time being the ideal pet for people with dog allergies.
And that’s how the poochon came to existence and became one of the most popular designer breeds in Australia.
They aren’t as famous in the rest of the world as they are in their country of origin, but poochons have a bright future in front of them.
Apart from the previously mentioned traits, poochons are also renowned for their willingness to learn and obey – they are one of the easiest dogs out there to train.

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15. CAVACHON

Another adorable designer toy dog, the Cavachon is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and the bichon frise.

All it takes is one look at this little designer dog and it becomes perfectly clear why they were developed in the first place – the Cavachon is a perfect combo of the Cavalier’s superior intelligence and the bichon’s affectionate personality.
These pooches require a lot of attention, but they are easy to live with; they need their humans to be happy and Cavachons are happiest when they are part of a loving family who will include them in all kinds of family activities.
It goes without saying that they especially like kids and don’t have a problem with sharing their home with other dogs or even cats.
Their only drawback is that they can’t stand being left alone and have a really hard time when they are ignored.

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16. YO-CHON

The adorable offspring of the Yorkshire terrier and the bichon frise, the , also known as the Yorkie bichon, is a toy designer breed that originated in the United States.
Though every designer dog is different, their traits depending on the dominant characteristics of their mom and dad, it’s safe to say that the Yo-chon is an independent pooch who enjoys the company of their owners but doesn’t require constant attention.
What’s more, they will be perfectly fine home alone for a couple of hours because they are inquisitive by nature and can always find something interesting to keep them occupied.
However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t form strong bonds with their families – they are very affectionate and want to spend time with their people but don’t mind being left to their own devices for a while.

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17. ZUCHON

Both the bishon frise and the shih tzu are considered among the cutest toy dog breeds ever, and once you get to know them, it’s really hard not to fall in love with them.
For this reason, American breeders decided to breed a designer dog whose parents would be the spunky bichon frise and the feisty shih tzu, and that’s how we now have zuchons. They originated in the 1990s and their popularity has been on the rise ever since.
The zuchon is a well-mannered designer pooch and is known for being friendly, affectionate and loyal, especially towards their human family.
Their only drawback is that they get very attached to their owners and require lots of attention. Other than that, they are ideal family dogs – they have an amazing personality and make excellent therapy dogs.

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18. COCKALIER

A mix between the Cavalier King Charles spaniel and the cocker spaniel, the cockalier can take after either one of their parents, which means they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Although one cockalier doesn’t have to resemble the other, the good thing is that they all share some positive personality traits and are generally considered excellent family companions. They are very clever and most owners say they are easy to train and quick to learn.
Families with kids will be happy to know that cockaliers are excellent with children of all ages, but that doesn’t mean the owner should leave them unsupervised with youngsters, particularly toddlers.
They can also share a roof with other dogs and non-canine pets and grow really fond of them, especially if they enjoy playing together.

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19. SILKSHIRE TERRIER

Silkshire terrier’s parent breeds include the Silky terrier and the Yorkshire terrier, two separate breeds that have a lot in common. What’s really interesting about their offspring is that the silkshire terrier usually inherits the best traits of both breeds while at the same time keeping the feisty terrier attitude.
These dogs are known to be intelligent, fearless and adventurous. They love to explore the world around them and get easily bored without proper stimulation.
Like both their mom and dad, silkshire terriers adore their humans and want to spend every waking moment with their owners.
In a nutshell, these pups cannot be owned and ignored – they can’t handle being left alone for hours on end and their worst fear is to be ignored. On the bright side, silkshire terriers are wonderful travel companions and will gladly follow you anywhere you go.

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20. SHIFFON

As the name implies, the shiffon is a cross between the shih tzu and the Brussels griffon, two breeds that are known for their small size and huge personality.
Keeping in mind that both parents can be quite strong-willed at times, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the shiffon also wants to be in charge. They are not the easiest designer breed to train or housebreak and, therefore, require a patient and consistent owner.
Like most toy dogs, it can be hard to treat the shiffon as a pooch rather than a baby, but this is something you will have to overcome if you are interested in adopting them. Other than this, they are devoted family dogs who will shower you with unconditional love – they are definitely worth the hard work.

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21. HORKIE TZU

The perfect dog for literally everyone, the shorkie tzu is the offspring of the Yorkshire terrier and the shih tzu.
Like both their parents, this little guy has no idea just how small he is – the shorkie tzu is fearless and doesn’t have a problem with attacking dogs that are twice their size, especially if they believe their owner is in danger.
Even though they may be useless as guard dogs, these pooches are remarkable watchdogs and will bark for as long as it takes to alarm you that something is wrong.
They have a huge heart and there is nothing in the world they wouldn’t do for you. That, however, doesn’t mean that they are always willing to listen to you.
They like to please their owners, but don’t think humans are always right and they can be a bit difficult (stubborn) when it comes to training.

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