Once upon a time purebred dogs were the mainstay of the canine aficionado, lauded for their impeccable breeding and characteristic traits. However, times are changing and the crossbreeds, most notably the more unusual & exotic mixes, are becoming popular choices for pets. Even the prestigiously haughty Westminster Dog Show of the USA has opened a category for crossbred dogs. After all, who can resist an underdog?
With interest in mixed breed dogs on the rise, we felt it was high time to show our appreciation. So, please read on and enjoy CK9’s rundown of our four favourite unusual crossbreeds. The reader’s discretion is advised; some of these dogs are unbearably cute. You have been warned.
A portmanteau of pug and beagle, the wonderfully named puggles are extremely social dogs with an exceptionally playful temperament. They’re small, but energetic. As such, they’re very popular family dogs, getting on very well with children, old people and everyone they meet, including other dogs. They’re very affectionate and will develop close bonds with their owner, often following them around the house. Have you fallen in love with the Puggle yet? We have.
As you probably guessed as labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador and poodle. The result can be varied as a labradoodle is a hybrid, rather than a breed, so it’s not always possible to predict what traits they’ll pass on. However, poodles and Labradors are generally considered to be two of the most intelligent breeds, so it’s safe to say that a labradoodle is going to be quite a clever dog and thus trainable. Also, much like their parents labradoodles are energetic, friendly and interestingly enough, they’re also quite good swimmers!
Another beagle cross, but this time the other parent is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Initially very popular in Australia, the irrepressible beagliers are now stealing hearts in the UK with their extremely affectionate personalities, diminutive stature and overall cuteness factor. Championed as the ultimate family dog, they are happy and easy to care for. Their colouration can differ widely due to the varied appearance of both parent dogs.
The Tamaskan is the only working dog in our list. Originally from Finland these sled pulling dogs were bred from Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, resulting in a dog with a very lupine appearance. However, don’t be fooled by their harsh exterior, Tamaskans are actually very sweet dogs and can make good pets. However, they do require a lot of looking after, and they’re only really suitable for homes with large gardens. Also, they’re pack animals, which means they do not like being left alone and it’s very important for the owner to establish themselves as the pack leader! If not, the Tamaskans will be running rings about you.
Whether your beloved pet is a purebred or mixed, CK9 Training are always happy to help, providing our customers with dog training in Sutton to help get their pooches in check! Do not hesitate to contact us directly or give CK9 a call on 07739 815 265, we’ll be able to help!