When considering dog adoption, don’t rule out the crossbreeds. Scientific research indicates they’re generally healthier and longer lived than their purebred counterparts. Not to mention, there are some truly adorable combinations out there, like the playful cheagle (half Chihuahua, half beagle), or regal bullpug (half English bulldog, half pug).
The term “designer dog” was first used in the late 20th century, and refers to companion dogs who have been deliberately crossbred from two or more purebreds. Reputable breeders use this technique to reduce the hereditary health problems found in purebreds, while retaining their personality traits. Here’s our list of 16 designer dog breeds that absolutely melt our hearts.
Heritage: Golden Retriever, Dachshund
Traits: Courageous, loyal, playful.
A golden retriever and dachshund make a golden dox. Friendly and good with children, they’re an ideal family pet.
Heritage: Golden Retriever, Poodle
Traits: Intelligent, easy-going, affectionate, active.
The golden doodle is another golden retriever hybrid that’s great with children. They are highly intelligent thanks to their retriever/poodle heritage, but are also generally calm and easy going dogs.
Heritage: Chihuahua, Beagle
Traits: Energetic, playful, tracking, loyal, social.
This Chihuahua and beagle hybrid almost looks like some kind of amazing dog / cat cross-over. Full of energy and easily excitable, cheagles demand lots of play and activity. It’s worth the effort, however, as they make great companion dogs.
Heritage: Basset Hound, Beagle
Traits: Tracking, easy-going, playful, social, family friendly.
When you cross a beagle and a basset hound, you get an especially sad looking beagle. They’re also especially adorable.
If you ever consider adopting one, get ready for a tracking dog that’s great with kids and loves to bark at things – constantly.