Publication/Event date: 2011-03-20
Publication name: The Wall Street Journal
URL for more info: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704004004576271161275496124.html?KEYWORDS=designer+dogs
Please, don't call these dogs mutts.
They're goldendoodles, cockapoos and puggles and they are among the most popular cross-bred dogs in the U.S., according to the American Canine Hybrid Club. Nipping at their heels are cavachons, shih-poos and schnoodles, says the organization, which has registered and named 671 different hybrid combinations since it started registering litters in 1990.
More dog owners are looking to create custom varieties that combine in a single dog the best traits of two purebreds. This has spawned an industry of breeders who specialize in hybrids. (Hybrid pooches, of course, have been created naturally for centuries in back yards, alleyways and other places where mutts mingle.)