Designer Dogs


Back in the early eighties I had the sweetest pet that I thought was just a mutt. As it turns out I was the proud owner of a designer dog! Marti was a mix between a purebred Cocker Spaniel and a purebred Poodle, that’s right I had a cockapoo. Back in the day when two different purebreds started a family it was frowned upon and they were labeled mutts along with the dogs of uncertain ancestry. Now they have become the in thing and relabeled ‘Designer Dogs’ how great is that.

Designer dogs are two different types of purebred dogs that are breed. The term “designer dog” can be traced back to the late 20th century when breeders crossed purebred poodles with other purebred breeds to obtain the hypoallergenic coat of the poodle and other desirable characteristics of other breeds. Times have changed and I did discover that not all designer dogs are being bred 50% purebred to 50% purebred. Multi-generation crosses are very common for breeders. One of the advantages according to breeders is genetic problems are much lower than purebred dogs because the gene pool is mixed. With the designer dog you will not know what the dogs temperament will be, exactly what the dog will look like or the size of the dog. If and when you decide to get a designer dog, do your homework and find out the characteristics of both breeds.

In today’s world designer dogs are right up there with designer purses and designer shoes. To some this is an important factor. Owning a designer dog should be for the love of dogs and not to fit in with the crowd.

I never really gave much thought when I heard the term “designer dog” or researched the subject until my daughter became the proud owner of a four pound Yorkshire Terrier x Pomeranian mix which in the designer dog world is a Yoranian. I found that name to be somewhat humorous so decided to look up the names of designer dog breeds and it was very entertaining. Listed are just a few of these gems that will surely put a smile on your face and give you a chuckle or two.

Poodle x Airedale Terrier = Airedoodle

Bulldog x Mastiff = American Bandogge

Australian Shepherd x Pembroke Welsh Corgi = Augi

American Eskimo Dog x Basset Hound = Baskimo

Basset Hound x Poodle = Bassetoodle

Lhasa Apso x Beagle = Be-Apso

Pit Bull x Beagle = Beagle Bull

Pomeranian x Bichon Frise = Bichon-A-Ranian

Boston Terrier x Dachshund = Bo-Dach

Boston Terrier x Jack Russell Terrier = Bo-Jack

Bulldog x Poodle = Boodle

Cocker Spaniel x Border Collie = Border Spaniel

Yorkshire Terrier x Beagle = Borkie

Boston Terrier x Pekingese = Bostinese

Chihuahua x Boxer = Boxachi

Boston Terrier x Pug = Buggs

Bull Terrier x Chihuahua = Bullhuahua

Bullmastiff x Siberian Husky = Bullsky

Poodle x Collie = Cadoodle

Cairn Terrier x Pomeranian = Cairanian

Maltese x Cairn Terrier = Cairmal

Yorkshire Terrier x Cairn Terrier = Carkie

Patterdale Terrier x Chihuahua = Chatterdale

Pekingese x Chihuahua = Cheeks

Chinese Crested x Chihuahua = Chi-Chi

Chihuahua x Poodle = Chipoo

Pug x Chihuahua = Chug

Cocker Spaniel x Bichon Frise = Cock-A-Chon

Jack Russell Terrier x Collie = Cojac

Golden Retriever x Pembroke Welsh Corgi = Corgen

The list goes on and on but this gives you a good sample of the names for the ever so popular designer dogs. You can find more at If you find yourself feeling down one day just pop on over and have a laugh.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.


  1. Just the name Designer Dogs rubs me the wrong way. But then again, so do dog shows. My dogs are part of the family. And that’s the way they are treated.

  2. Some of the designer names are very funny. I have a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix that I rescued from the pound. I call him a Great Labrenees.

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