You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past few years to not realise the massive increase there has been in popularity for cross-breed dogs. I might be showing my age now, but a cross-breed used to be known as a Mongrel, or as our old rescue dog was affectionately called, a Heinz 57. They were never really coveted as they are now and certainly didn’t command the pedigree price tags, or more, than some breeders are taking advantage of.
There is no denying a clear fact though, cross breeds can be irresistibly cute and with their merged breed names making up new breeds altogether, it’s no wonder kids will probably recognise a Labradoodle before it’s originator.
Lupo’s dog walker also walks a Cockapoo, who seems to embody all the curly hair from a poodle but with the bouncy energy of a spaniel. A great mix! I know there have been good intentions for some cross breeds too. The Poodle gene tends to stop dogs shedding as much, making them better for people with allergies.
I hope breeders remain responsible with their cross breeding, knowing some of the difficulties even pedigree breeding has on some animals, such as the short noses of Pugs and Bulldogs causing breathing problems. Cross breeding can be healthy, after all, it’s how all of the dog breeds came about in the first place.
If you can’t get enough of cross breeds, The Co-op have created this addictive tool where you can click to choose dog breeds, then see what their cross-breed looks like. I just lost the last half an hour clicking and clicking, its fascinating stuff. Some of the pictures will make you laugh as you see what traits they took on from both dogs.
You can share what you discover on your social channels too. Here are some of my favourites.
This is so cute, it’s a ginger Lupo, with the same ears!
We used to have a Bernese and they are quite lazy, this combo would put some collie energy into the mix!
What a face. He’ll eat like a horse (Labrador) and run like the wind (Greyhound)!
Have go yourself here: https://hub.co-operativeinsurance.co.uk/crossbreeds/index.php
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