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7 Trendy designer dog breeds

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Paying big bucks for mutts

Would you drop over $1000 for a dog that isn't a purebred nor recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed? This may come as a surprise but many pet lovers are opting for designer dogs, or hybrid dogs, which can cost more than a registered pup.

What is a designer dog?

A designer dog isn't just an accidental hookup between two random dogs that just happen to have cute puppies. Not every mutt or mixed breed dog is considered a designer dog. Hybrid dogs are an intentional mix of two purebred dogs, typically bred to bring out the best traits of each breed. For example, Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, producing a large, friendly dog that doesn't shed much. Another advantage of hybrid dogs is better health. According to the International Designer Canine Association, "A fundamental motive for [hybrid breeding] is the attempt to reduce the occurrence of certain hereditary health problems frequently found in the purebred breeds used for the designer cross, while retaining their more appealing and often healthier traits." The American Canine Hybrid Club lists nearly 600 hybrid dog breeds, some mixes costing much more than others. If you're looking to join the designer dog trend, check out these popular — and, in some cases, expensive — hybrid canines.

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Labradoodle

Labradoodle
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Love the family-oriented personality of a Lab but don't want to deal with all the shedding? Then a Labradoodle may be the right dog for you. A cross between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle, this hybrid dog was first bred in Australia in the 1980s by breeder Wally Conron, who sought to create a dog with the Lab's friendly and obedient character and the Poodle's hypoallergenic coat.

Cost: Up to $2500 on Puppyfinder.com

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Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle
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Another family-friendly hybrid, the Goldendoodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever and Poodle. It's been around since the 1990s. Goldendoodles are trainable, eager-to-please dogs that do well in large yards or with a family that can give it lots of attention and exercise.

Cost: Up to $3000 on PuppyFinder.com

3

Cockapoo

Cockapoo
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A cross between the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, the Cockapoo has been around in the United States since the 1940s. This non-shedding pup comes in a range of sizes depending on the size of the Poodle used for breeding. Cockapoos are typically friendly and loyal companion dogs that are eager to please.

Cost: Up to $1100 on Puppyfinder.com

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Peekapoo

Peekapoo
Photo credit: Jason-Morrison via Flickr

The Peekapoo is a cross between a Pekingese and Poodle. This small dog is ideal for pet lovers with allergies because its coat has little dander and doesn't shed much. A good dog with kids and other animals, the Peekapoo is an intelligent, trainable pup that does well indoors.

Cost: Up to $1000 on PuppyFinder.com

5

Chorkie

Chorkie
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A cute cross between the Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier, the Chorkie is a diminutive designer dog that is smart, playful and loves to travel (and, at around its characteristic 6-pound size, is easy to transport). Chorkies can have long or short coats and — bonus — don't require extensive grooming.

Cost: Up to $650 on PuppyFinder.com

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Puggle

Puggle
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Recognized by the International Designer Canine Association since 2009, the Puggle is a hybrid dog created by breeding the Pug and the Beagle. Typically small in stature, Puggles are friendly, energetic family dogs that do well indoors but do require daily exercise.

Cost: Up to $900 on PuppyFinder.com

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Maltipom

Maltipom
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If you like small, affectionate and fluffy pups, the Maltipom may be the dog for you. A mix between the Maltese and Pomeranian, the Maltipom is a playful high-energy canine that is eager to please and loyal to its family. Because of its long silky hair, this hybrid dog does need regular brushing.

Cost: Up to $700 on PuppyFinder.com

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