Over recent years there's been a heap of new breeds appearing on the scene. They are often called "hybrids" or "designer” dogs, but whatever they are called many of them are quite expensive. On the upside, the cost of purchasing one of these new hybrid breeds is very worthwhile because although new to the scene, they have a tremendous amount going for them. Below are just four of the lovely "Hybrid" breeds that have made their mark in the world.
Labradoodles not only have a lot going for them in the "looks" department, but they boast being lovely characters too. They are well worth the price that you typically have to pay to share a home with one of these attractive, fun-loving canine companions which can set you back anything from £600 to £900 for a well-bred puppy.
The other great thing about Labradoodles is their size, they can stand at anything from 30 to 71 cm at the shoulders which is known as the withers in dogs and when it comes to weight, a mature adult dog can weigh in at a mere 10 kg or around 40 kg, depending on which of their parent breeds a puppy has thrown to. A lot of people now own Labradoodles regardless of the fact they are expensive because although new to the scene, they have already earned the reputation of having inherited the intelligence of a Poodle and the gentleness of the Labrador which when combined makes for a great family pet and this applies to first and multi-generation Labradoodles.
With this said, how a puppy is socialised and trained will have a bearing on how they turn out as adult dogs, but as a rule of thumb, Doodles are easy both to train and housetrain which makes them such a pleasure to have around right from the word go. When it comes to their coats, they can inherit many types and combinations so it can be a case of "luck of the draw", but in general most Doodles have straight, wavy or curly coats and it's always a good idea to have them professionally groomed several times a year.
Cockapoos have become a popular choice even though they are quite expensive to buy. They are now one of the most popular 10 dog breeds in the UK. Anyone wanting to share a home with one of these lovely looking dogs would need to fork out between £600 to £1000 for the pleasure of doing so. With this said, Cockapoos have already earned the reputation of being smart, kind and gentle characters which are just three of the reasons they make such wonderful family pets.
Like the Labradoodle, Cockapoos have a lot going for them. They are the ideal size being anything from 25 to 38 cm tall and weighing in at just over 5 kg right up to around 11 kg. As previously mentioned, Cockapoos boast having kind and fun-loving natures, but they have inherited the intelligence of both of their parents namely the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. They are also known to be incredibly loyal and affectionate by nature which in short means they generally get on with everybody and other animals too.
A Cockapoo's coat can be many different types and even combinations with some dogs having gorgeously sleek coats whereas others may have the curlier coat of a Poodle. The one constant is that to keep their coats looking good and in great condition, it's a good idea to have a Cockapoo professionally groomed several times a year which is typically every 6 to 8 weeks or so.
Pugs have always been a popular breed, even more so when the Men in Black movie first came out so when Puggles appeared on the scene, these fun-loving "designer" dogs were an instant hit with people the world over. Being a cross between a Pug and a Beagle, Puggles are the perfect size for people who live in apartments, they stand at anything from 20 to 38 cm at the shoulder and only weigh in at between 6.8 to 14 kg.
Anyone wanting to share their home with a Puggle would need to fork out anything from £300 to £700 for a well-bred puppy, but because Puggles have such a lot going for them having to spend this much is very worthwhile. They may be new to the scene, but they have already earned the reputation for being even-tempered characters with a very playful streak in them. They are also intelligent which means they are easy to train and house train when they are puppies. With this said, most Puggles inherit the incredible tracking ability of the Beagle which means letting them off the lead to run free should always be done in a safe and well fenced off environment just in case they get the whiff of something and decide to go off investigating.
They are also known to form extremely strong bonds with the people they love which has its drawbacks because it means that most Puggles don't like to be left on their own, even for shorter periods of time! The good news is they love being around children which makes them a good choice as family pets and the fact they boast shorter coats means they are low maintenance on the grooming front too!
When it comes to cuteness, the Maltipoo is high on the list of cute little dogs. However, anyone wanting to share their home with one of these lovely dogs would need to spend anything from £450 to £1000 for the pleasure of doing so, knowing that their new pet is well-bred. With this said, Maltipoos have a tremendous amount going for them. They are the perfect size being anything from 20 to 35 cm tall at the shoulder and only weighing in at between 2 to 9 kg making them a good choice for people who live in apartments.
They have lovely temperaments, having inherited the intelligence of the Poodle and the Maltese. They are known to be very people-friendly and love spending as much time with their owners as they can. There is a bit of downside to this though, because it usually means that Maltipoos don't like to be left on their own even for shorter periods of time. They are a great choice for families with older children and it's important for puppies to be well socialised so they grow up to be well-rounded adult dogs.
Maltipoos like the sound of their own voices which can be problematic if not gently nipped in the bud when dogs are still young. They can inherit various types of coat whether straight or curlier depending on which of their parents they have thrown to. However, like many other designer dogs, Maltipoos need to be professionally groomed several times a year to keep their coats looking tidy and in good condition which is usually every 6 to 8 weeks or so.
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