BUYING A CROSSBREED
Steve Kimbrell of Kimberlenes Kimberlenes suggests a multi-gen labradoodle as it’s a more predictable type than a first-generation cross. Look for a breeder with Kennel Club accreditation , a reputable breeder of pure-breds rather than just crosses. Ask for background on the litter parents, especially health-testing certificates. Beware of breeders asking large prices and not offering a complete service: advice pack, worming and initial vet visits.
HOT CROSS DOGS
Lurcher – the earliest and most sensible of working crossbreeds using a greyhound, whippet or, occasionally, deerhound to add speed to an intelligent working dog, often a collie or terrier. Sprocker – a springer crossed with a cocker spaniel, in the hope of creating a dog with the trainability and temperament of a springer and the drive of a cocker.
Springador (also Spanador) – springer spaniel/labrador cross, often created by accident and can bring out both the best and worst of both breeds.
Labradoodle – a cross between a labrador and poodle, very trendy, looks stunning (like an Italian Spinone), with good temperament and reduced shedding of coat (helpful to allergy sufferers). Along the same thinking is the Weimardoodle (Weimaraner x poodle), but this hasn’t made an impact as a working dog.
Cockerdoodle/cockerpoo – cocker spaniel/poodle cross, very popular as an assistance dog because of its small size, trainability, affectionate temperament and reduced coat-shedding, but of doubtful use in the field.
Toodles (various) – a poodle crossed with any of the terrier breeds, for instance, Jackadoodle (Jack Russell x poodle); Westdoodle or Westiepoo (West Highland terrier x poodle); Whoodle (Wheaten terrier x poodle). Very popular in the horse world, notable toodles include Basil, owned by three-day event doyenne Lucinda Green.
Oodles (various) – a poodle crossed with show/utility breeds, for instance Schnoodle (Schnauzer x poodle); Spoodle (show springer spaniel x poodle); Shipoo (shih-tzu x poodle); Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles spaniel x poodle); Chipoo (Chihuahua x poodle). Poodles are by far the most popular breed for crossing because of the non-shedding coat – and the fun of thinking up “oodle” names for the resultant cross.
Pyrakita – a Pyrenean mountain dog crossed with a Japanese akita. Why?
Puggle – a pug crossed with a beagle (possibly in an attempt to reduce ugliness), similarly Speagle (spaniel x beagle). Beagle crosses are popular in the States, where Sylvester Stallone is a puggle fancier.
Dorgi – a dachshund crossed with a corgi, by Royal approval, of course. Bichon Frisé x West Highland terrier – no name yet, perhaps Frizzie? Suggestions on a postcard, please.