Meet 18 Designer Dog Breeds

The Labradoodle, the original "designer" dog, was bred in an attempt to create a hypoallergenic guide dog by mating a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, but that hasn't slowed the popularity of this first "Doodle" dog. You are sure to have seen many of them romping around the dog park. 

The hope of these special mixes — from the Labradoodle to the Puggle to many others — is that the pooch will have great qualities from two different dog breeds. Of course, with any crossbreed, you never really know what traits or characteristics will surface.

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Introducing Designer Dog Breeds

Aussiedoodle designer dog



As a mix of two breeds often known for their intelligence — an Australian Shepherd and a Standard Poodle or Toy Poodle — the Aussiedoodle has the potential to be a canine scholar. This cutie also tends to be quite active. He’ll likely need at least a good walk and active playtime each day — and you'll probably want to give him a job to keep him busy. Otherwise, he tends to find his own ways to keep himself entertained, and you may not like his choice. Weighing between 25 and 70 pounds, this super-smart and friendly breed can also be trained as a fantastic therapy dog.

Basador designer dog



The lumbering Basset Hound and energetic Labrador Retriever seem like pretty different dogs. But they come together to create a dog that can potentially be a good-natured, adorable mixed breed. The Basador often weighs 50 to 70 pounds and can have a wide range of personalities. She could be calm but stubborn or very active and always on the hunt. She may have both of her parent breeds’ love of food. A Basador may have the friendly personality of both breeds and may get along well with kids — although she might be too rambunctious for families with toddlers. 

Cavapom designer dog breed

The Cavapom is a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian. The breed can come in a wide variety of colors, but let's be honest, they are all pretty cute and often have a sweet expression and an affectionate and playful personality. You could find yourself with a more independent dog if your pooch takes after his Pomeranian family, or he may be more of a lap dog if he is more of a Cavalier. The outgoing Cavapom is frequently highly trainable and may be good with kids ages 6 and up. He can be as little as eight pounds and range up to 20 pounds.

Cavapoo designer dog breed

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The Cavapoo — a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle — tends to sport a sweet expression on his face, but he can have either the curly coat of a Poodle or the long, straight coat of the Cavalier. The often fun-loving Cavapoo, who weighs 12 to 25 pounds, has the potential to be a great companion for a child over age 6. Some are quite trainable, but they might prefer to cuddle rather than to work on their skills.

Chug Puppy



This funny little guy is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Pug. Because those two breeds are pretty distinct, the Chug’s personality and appearance can vary widely. The 10-to-20-pound Chug can be friendly and affectionate, but it’s best to socialize a Chug extensively to help control the Chihuahua’s potential to be aggressive toward larger dogs, which can put them at risk. While Chugs are likely to be smart and learn quickly, they can also have a stubborn streak or a short attention span.


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The adorable Cockapoo combines the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle into a fluffy or scruffy, potentially happy and loving mixed breed. Puppies born into the same litter can look and act quite differently from each other depending on the genes they inherit. As full-grown dogs, they can weigh from 10 to 30 pounds and often maintain their puppy charm — but they do require extensive grooming. 

Doxiepoo dog

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The Doxiepoo is unpredictable — potentially more so than other designer breeds. With this crossbreed, you might have a dog with the long body of a Dachshund and the curly coat of the Poodle. Or he might surprise you with Dachshund-like fur and a Poodle-shaped body. Many do have the Poodle’s sense of humor and trainable nature to temper the Dachshund’s stubbornness. Like any designer breed, though, the Doxiepoo can be at risk for the genetic problems of both of his ancestors. He normally weighs 10 to 30 pounds.

Goldedoodle dog breed

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Likely among the better known of the designer breeds, the Goldendoodle is a mix of the Golden Retriever and the Miniature or Standard Poodle. The Goldendoodle comes in three sizes: miniature (15 to 30 pounds), medium (30 to 45 pounds) and standard (45 to more than 100 pounds). Just like both of her parent breeds, the Goldendoodle tends to be smart, outgoing and quick learning. She often makes a good guide or therapy dog.


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The intelligent, friendly and highly trainable Labradoodle is another better-known designer dog. He’s bred from the ever-popular Labrador Retriever, who often loves to work with people and tends to have the smarts of the Poodle. He has a shaggy or curly coat and is bred in the same three sizes as the Goldendoodle: miniature (15 to 30 pounds), medium (30 to 45 pounds) and standard (45 to more than 100 pounds). The breeds were first deliberately bred in 1989 by the Australian Guide Dog Association.

Lhasapoo designer dog

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The Lhasapoo usually weighs 10 to 20 pounds and often has a cute, alert face with a sturdy little body. This mix might have the Lhasa Apso's long, straight coat or the Miniature Poodle's curls or something in between — but her coat is almost always soft. Lhasapoos are known for being friendly and affectionate but tend to be good little watchdogs, if a little yappy.

Maltipoo dog breed

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The adorable little Maltipoo is almost guaranteed to make you smile. The breed (who generally weighs five to 15 pounds) is a cross between a Maltese and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. The result is often a smart, sweet dog who keeps his puppy-like looks (and behavior) well into his senior years. He tends to be clever, playful and affectionate, making him one of the more popular designer dogs. When you get the best of both of the parent dogs' traits, the Maltipoo is a loving companion who’s easy to train and just a little mischievous.

Pekeapoo puppies



The Pekeapoo, a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle, is often friendly and affectionate but can have some of the superiority of the Pekingese, which was once an imperial dog of China. She tends to be quite brave for her small size (eight to 20 pounds) and can make a good watchdog. She can have a curly or straight coat, and will usually have a cute and alert-looking face.

Pugapoo dog breed

The lovable Pugapoo is a mix of the Pug and the Poodle. Believe it or not, those two breeds have a lot in common — starting with the ability to make their owners laugh. They’re not very consistent in their looks, however. A Pugapoo can have a Poodle’s curly coat or a Pug’s short one, and he can range in size from 10 to 30 pounds. This enthusiastic pup tends to be a people-friendly, trainable companion.

Pomapoo dog breed

The Pomapoo may have the Toy Poodle’s friendliness but could also be more reserved like the Pomeranian. Weighing just five to 15 pounds, the little dog can be fragile and injured easily, which doesn’t make him an ideal choice for small children. The Pomapoo has a low-to-moderate activity level.


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The Puggle combines the Pug and the Beagle for a cute, sturdy and playful little dog. While she can have a sense of humor and a need to please her owner, she can also be stubborn, uncooperative and not that interested in her people. The Pug influence is meant to temper the Beagle’s independent and roaming ways, though this isn't always the case. The Puggle weighs about 15 to 30 pounds.

Shihpoo designer dog



A cross between the Shih Tzu and either a Toy or Miniature Poodle, the Shihpoo tends to have a cute and alert facial expression and a sturdy little body. Just like his parent breeds, he comes in lots of different colors and color combinations. Like many small dogs, he tends to fare better with older children who know to handle him carefully, so he doesn’t get hurt. The playful, affectionate and sometimes stubborn Shihpoo can weigh seven to 20 pounds.


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The charming Schnoodle is funny and smart, and gets her usually alert nature from both parent breeds: the Miniature Schnauzer and the Miniature Poodle. That often makes her a fantastic watchdog despite her small size. The Schnauzer and Poodle have a propensity to learn quickly, and they will hopefully pass that trait on to the 10-to-20-pound Schnoodle. She also gets her curly coat from both sides of the family and must be clipped regularly.


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The Yorkipoo is one adorable little dog. Usually friendly, smart and playful, she’s a mix of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy or Miniature Poodle, and weighs eight to 15 pounds. The goal of this crossbreed is to combine the Poodle’s intelligence, trainability and lower level of shedding with the Yorkie’s bold independence and stubborn streak. She is often playful with a sassy attitude.

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