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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