crossbreeds and “designer” dogs
As the name suggests, these are dogs of mixed breed parentage. Mixed breed dogs usually show a blend of the characteristics of each parent, so check that you like the personality and temperament of both the original breeds. Even within a single litter, some puppies are more like the mother and others more like the father, which influences traits such as coat length, grooming required, amount of shedding and personality. The adult size can also be variable but the parent breeds will give a guide.
Mixed breed dogs range from accidental litters to the carefully engineered breeding of “designer” dogs that aim to result in the best characteristics of each breed. The former are often very inexpensive, but the latter may cost as much, if not more, than many purebred dogs. Some of the more popular crosses include Maltese/Shih Tzu, Labrador/Poodle (Labradoodle), Pug/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel(Pugalier), Cocker Spaniel/Poodle (Spoodle) and Poodle/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Cavoodle).
Mixed breed dogs are considered to have a lower risk of inherited diseases than pure-bred dogs, although health problems from the parents may still be passed on, and many breeders screen their breeding stock for problems. The breeding of mixed breed dogs is less regulated in Australia than breeding purebred dogs, so finding a reputable breeder is important.
The Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Inc. was formed so dedicated pet dog breeders who are committed to breeding happy, healthy pets with great temperaments could come together and strive for excellence. AAPDB's primary goal is to deliver the public a predictable puppy which has been bred with care and knowledge. AAPDB subscribes to a lifetime view for animals bred with respect to welfare, health and happiness for puppies and their parents alike.