Designer Dogs

New book captures the cute and cuddly faces of this controversial trend.

Posted: January 7, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Labradoodle. Puggle. Cockapoo. These are three of the most popular “designer dogs,” the controversial new crossbreed dog trend that has divided people into two camps: Love it, hate it. But regardless of which side you support, there’s one point on which everyone can agree: These dogs are cute.

“DESIGNER DOGS: Portraits and Profiles of Popular New Crossbreeds,” by Caroline Coile and photographer Anna Kuperberg, is a collection of 36 of the most popular hybrids. Each section includes a description of the dog’s size, grooming requirements, personality, and inherited traits, as well as ratings on aspects such as shedding, trainability, and barking, and vivid, full-page photos.

“DESIGNER DOGS” captures the unique spirit of each crossbreed with perfectly tuned descriptions, like this one of the Bagle Hound: “This dog is a dude who’s decidedly down home. An agreeable blend of two ol’ hound dogs, the fairly energetic Beagle and the much more mellow Basset Hound, the Bagle Hound is a laid-back canine who likes to lounge about and watch the sun rise and set over the lawn, eating and playing in the sunshine, but mostly following the shade.”

Or this one, referring to the adorable Lhasapoo: “Sure, a Lhasapoo seems like an innocent puffball, but look out! This little darling is a tough character, a guard dog masquerading as a luxe lapdog. Thanks to her Lhasa Apso parent, whose original Tibetan name translates to ‘Bark Lion Sentinel Dog,’ she’s bold beyond her size. True, a Lhasapoo won’t exactly be able to bring down a purse-snatcher, but she’ll sound the alarm and make a good show of protecting you. (Just don’t dare trying to tell her that she’s actually not a lion.)”

“DESIGNER DOGS” is on sale now.


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no comment   no comment, IL

5/19/2008 12:53:15 PM

I own an almost 6 month old ori pei with the brush coat or bear coat whichever is the hairiest coat! He looks like a little bear so fuzzy and cute! He is just sweet when he greets you and others. He is a puppy still and losing his baby teeth now so he nips at our other odgs but playful hes an adorable little guy! We saw him at a pet store and could nto resist his little face and charm I am very very happy with him!

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kino   spring valley, CA

1/7/2008 6:05:38 PM

thanks for sharing

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Ingrid   Woodlwan, TN

1/7/2008 5:38:10 PM

I am totally against designer dogs. With all the dogs in shelters needing homes, we sure did not need this, They are just muts. Why not go to your local shelter and adopt a dog that is already here needing a
home.
I do rescue and more and more designer dogs are in shelters already. They have lots of medical problems. Breeding dogs is an art and not everybody should do this, besides, these "beeders" are making a ton of money selling these
muts.
I can't believe how stupid some people are going out to buy a mut for $1000. and more.

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Lydia   Kenton, TN

1/7/2008 2:45:27 PM

Designer dogs are just mutts being sold for a profit.If your going get a mutt go to a animal shelter those dogs actually need homes!!!

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