Designer Dog Names

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Introduction

The designer dog - the name is suggestive of being fashioned or developed by breeders. In fact, the designer dog is just that - designed by the breeder. Take the case of the Goldendoodle - breeders saw a desire among dog owners for a hypoallergenic working dog. The Golden Retriever parent breed was known for its penchant as a service or therapy dog, but individuals susceptible to allergies often could not benefit from using the Golden (or any other dog) due to allergies. So, breeders chose two breeds in an effort to get top traits from each. The hypoallergenic Poodle has been a popular dog for designer breeding. Some develop designer dogs for uniqueness while others do so for utility. Whatever the original purpose, the trend is only becoming more popular in the world of dog breeding.

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Designer Dog Name Considerations

Much of the practice of creating hybrid or designer breeds goes back to the 1990s, when the popularity of developing new breeds took off. There are a plethora of designer dog breeds today. The Poodle has proven to be one of the most popular breeds with which to create a hybrid breed. This is likely due to the fact that Poodles are hypoallergenic. In addition, the Poodle comes in a variety of sizes, including the Standard and the Miniature variety. Poodles of varying sizes have been interbred with Golden Retrievers to achieve Goldendoodles of different heights and weights. 

Miniature Poodles have been interbred with many other similar-sized dogs to create companion dogs with optimal temperaments. The Cockapoo, a hybrid of the Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle, was created to capitalize on the sweet, friendly nature of the Cocker Spaniel and the hypoallergenic nature of the Miniature Poodle. Often, this is a frequent reason for the designer development of a new dog. 

Other popular designer breeds include breeds such as the Maltipoo, Labradoodle, the Mal-Shi, Puggle, and Pomchi. The Maltipoo and the Mal-Shi both share the Maltese as a designer parent breed; the Maltipoo is a combination of the Maltese and the Poodle while the Mal-Shi is a combination of the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. The Puggle is a Pug and a Beagle bred together, while the Pomchi is a Pomeranian combined with a Chihuahua. Again, these dogs are bred with the purpose that the best characteristics will appear in the designer dog. 

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Community Dogs with Designer Dog Names

Rover's name story for Designer Dog Names
Rover
Male
Goldendoodle
Miami Beach, FL
Personality
Adventurous

I own a Range Rover

Bella's name story for Designer Dog Names
Bella
Female
Labrador Retriever
Jonesboro, IN

She already had the name when we bought her and we liked the name.

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