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Why are hybrid dogs becoming so popular lately?

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01/15/2007

Many breeds have dogs have solely been bred amongst their own breeds and some problems are arising genetically and therefore there can be health problems to psychological problems with the dog. What we use to call a "mutt" or "Heinz 57" and could be bought at your local shelter for very little is not big business and now classified as the "designer dog." Breeders take the best of two breeds and combine them making a new breed that sheds less, has a better temperament, is more agile and has fewer genetic health issues. The latest designer dogs are: The Cockalier (a mix of a Cocker Spaniel and a Cavalier King Charles. The Border Collie Terrier is a cross etween a Border Collie and a Jack Russell Terrier. The short hair of the Jack Russell means less shedding and the Border Collie is one of the most intelligent breeds and both breeds are extremely agile. The best hybrid is the "Chiweenie!" Between a Dachshund and a Chihuahua. It produces longer legs on the Dachshund (so fewer back problems), but it's not as tiny as a Chihuahua so it's more child friendly. There a the Labradoodle (a cross between lab/poodle. Poodles are considered the most intelligent of the dog species and now you can get a Cockapoo, etc. (in the small dog breeds.)