If you love dogs, the chances are you pretty much love all dogs. At least that is what people say, but in reality, there is usually a breed, or type of pooch, that has a special place in your heart.
We love the dogs we grow up with…
Often we are drawn to the type of pet we, or a close relative, had when we were young. We grow up with them and get used to the characteristics and foibles of that particular breed of dog. Studies show that if you grow up with a Yorkie, there is a good chance that you will be drawn to them as an adult.
At least that is the way it used to be, but it seems that people are being tempted away from the purebred dogs of the past. A new type of dog, the crossbreed, is here, and they are growing in popularity. There are some lovely examples out there. Here are some of my favourites.
If you are looking for a small, fun dog, the malshi is a great option. These little dogs are a cross between a Maltese and a shih tzu dog. If you have children, they are an especially good option. These dogs are friendly, fun and inquisitive, but small enough to put in the car when you go off to visit relatives.
Morkies are slightly smaller than malshis. They are a cross between a purebred Yorkie and a Maltese. There temperament is also mild. Some people describe them as big dogs in a little body. They are brave, and like to be close to their owners, at all times.
Probably the top selling crossbred puppy of the moment is the puggle. As the name suggests these puppies are half pug, half beagle. An unusual combination that you would not think at first would work.
In reality, this is a great mix. The dogs have that lovely frowny pug look without the completely flat nose, which means they do not have as many breathing problems as purebred pugs do. Many people say that they look like miniature Mastiffs, so if you like those huge dogs the chances are you will love this scaled-down version.
If you get a puggle, you had better be prepared to get up and out a lot. They get bored fast, and can be quite naughty, so you need to keep them occupied.
There are many other types of crossbred pooches available. These are just my favourites.
Where to find out more and buy crossbred puppies
If you would like to find out more about crossbred dogs, the Douglas Hall Kennels website is great. They have been breeding crossbred puppies for many years, so has plenty of experience when it comes to these beautiful dogs.
If you prefer a bigger dog you might like a borader, which is a cross between a border collie and a Labrador. The Golden Shepherd is also nice; it is a cross between a German Shepherd and a golden retriever.
Growing up I had a terrier crossed with a labrador, which doesn’t have a fancy name, it’s just a mutt. Haha. But I loved her soooo much, and she was a lovely dog. Plus she lived to age 16.5, which is practically unheard of in purebreds.
A week ago today I got my own dog and she definitely falls into more of the trendy crossbreed sector of dogs. She is a Cavachon which means she’s half Bichon Frise and half Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She’s lovely as well, But she definitely cost a lot more than our first dog, even accounting for 17 years of inflation, haha.
Dog prices have certainly gone up haven’t they?! Although your dog sounds like the kind of puppy that dreams are made of!