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The 10 Most Popular Small Designer Dogs

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Do you love designer dogs?

Do you love designer dogs?

What Is a Designer Dog?

Actually, “designer dogs” doesn’t have a precise definition, and a mixed-breed dog or a mutt could also be considered a designer dog! These dogs have specific qualities like coat types, personalities, or physical appearance. However, the one criteria for a designer dog is that it must have pure breed pedigree parents.

These cross-breeder dogs overall have better health than their parents. However, it doesn’t always work out in that way. The health of designer dogs is approximately predictable, but temperament and physical traits vary. Most kennel clubs like the AKC, UKC, or CKC do not accept designer dogs as a breed, but they can get registered with a designer or mixed breed category.

The 10 Best Designer Dogs

  1. Schnoodle
  2. Cockapoo
  3. Yorkipoo
  4. La-Chon
  5. Mal-shi
  6. Pomapoo
  7. Pomskies
  8. Puggle
  9. Cheeks
  10. Chiweenie
Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle)

Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle)

1. Schnoodle

Schnoodles are the cross between a smaller breed of schnauzer and a poodle. They reflect the pedigrees of schnauzer and poodle and are intelligent, lively, and energetic dogs.

  • Both parent breeds are hypoallergenic dogs, and Schnoodles have inherited their feature and make a good hypoallergenic dog.
  • Schnoodles are intelligent dogs that are good with kids and strangers and good for apartment living but need to be socialized at an early stage.
  • Though Schnoodles are small dogs, they need daily exercise for an hour.
  • Schnoodles are not recognized by the AKC, UKC, or CKC.
Schnoodle Breed Info

Cross breed

Schnauzer & Poodle

Height

15 to 17 inches

Weight

20-80 pounds

Life Span

10 to 15 years

Cockapoo, Cocker Spaniel and Poodle dogs

Cockapoo, Cocker Spaniel and Poodle dogs

2. Cockapoo

Cockapoos were the first designer dog breeds developed by mixing between the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. They are intelligent, friendly, lively and affectionate dogs that love everyone and good with other pets and strangers. They are easy to train and do well in agility. They are hairy dogs that don’t shed.

Cockapoo Breed Info

Cross Breed

Cocker Spaniel & Poodle

Height

9.8 to 15 inches

Weight

10-30 pounds

Life Span

14 to 18 years

Yorkipoo,(Yorkshire Terrier X Poodle)

Yorkipoo,(Yorkshire Terrier X Poodle)

3. Yorkipoo

The Yorkipoo is cross breed designer dog created by organized breeding between a Yorkshire terrier and a Toy or Miniature Poodle.

They are lively, intelligent, and friendly dogs suitable for families with children or apartment living. However, they have barking tendency and need to be taught at an early stage when to bark and when not to bark.

Yorkipoo Breed Info

Cross Breed

Yorkshire Terrier and Miniature Poodle

Height

Avg. 11 inches

Weight

8-15 pounds

Life Span

15+ years

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La-Chon (Bichon Frise / Lhasa Apso mix)

La-Chon (Bichon Frise / Lhasa Apso mix)

4. La-Chon

The La-Chon is a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Lhasa Apso that was developed by multi-generation crosses. Though it’s a well-recognized and systematically developed breed, it is not considered and recognized by any major kennel clubs.

They are long-lived, healthy, and active dogs that have a tendency to go willful. They do not welcome strangers and other pets easily, but they are very affectionate and protective of their family.

La-Chon Breed Info

Cross Breed

Bichon Frise & Lhasa Apso

Height

Avg. 14 inches

Weight

14 pounds

Life Span

12 to 16 years

Mal-shi, (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix)

Mal-shi, (Maltese / Shih Tzu mix)

5. Mal-shi

Mal-shi dogs were created by mixing Malteses and Shih Tzus. They are the most lively, innocent, and adorable toy dog that loves everyone at home and are good with other pets and strangers.

They are comparatively less active and aggressive and not recommended for being watchdogs or guard dogs. But they are obedient, easy to train, good with children, and suitable for apartment living. They do not shed.

Mal-shi breed Info

Cross Breed

Maltese & Shih Tzu

Height

Avg. 10 inches

Weight

6-12 pounds

Life Span

12 to 14 years

Pomapoo (Pomeranian / Poodle Mix)

Pomapoo (Pomeranian / Poodle Mix)

6. Pomapoo

Pomapoos are small designer dogs, which are a cross between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle.

They are intelligent and affectionate dogs who are active and happy indoors. Though they are not aggressive, they are reserved with strangers and outside dogs.

Also, they need early bark training. Generally they are healthy and happy dogs, but have chances to get eye infections and suffer staining of the fur around the eyes.

Pomapoo Breed Info

Cross Breed

Pomeranian & Poodle

Height

9 inches

Weight

5-15 pounds

Life Span

12 to 14 years

Pomsky/ or Pomskies (Pomeranian and husky mix)

Pomsky/ or Pomskies (Pomeranian and husky mix)

7. Pomskies/Pomsky

The Pomsky is a rare dog under the designer dog breed. They are a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Pomeranian. They have the bloodline of a Siberian husky, and they reflect husky features like energy and sturdiness.

They are a relatively new breed, and still, their ideal behavior and appearance are under observation. Usually, they look like a miniature husky, but some white and sable dogs are also spotted.

Pomsky Breed Info

Cross Breed

Pomeranian & Husky

Height

13 inches

Weight

20-30 pounds

Life Span

15 years

Puggle (Pug and Beagle mix)

Puggle (Pug and Beagle mix)

8. Puggle

Nowadays, Puggles are one of the most popular designer breed dogs! They are a mix of a Pug and a Beagle. They are friendly, active, and adorable dogs that are good for families and apartment living.

Also, they are short-coated and shed less. They are friendly, obedient, and energetic and do well with strangers and other pets. Puggles get along well with other pets, even cats and birds, if early socialized and trained.

Puggle Breed info

Cross Breed

Pug & Beagle

Height

8-15 inches

Weight

15-30 pounds

Life Span

11-14 years

9. Cheeks (Pek-A-Chis or Pekachi)

9. Cheeks (Pek-A-Chis or Pekachi)

9. Cheeks (Pek-A-Chis or Pekachi)

The Cheeks are the friendly and gentle dogs of the designer dogs. They are a cross of the Chihuahua and the Pekingese. They are also known as the peak-A-Chi, Pikachu, Pekachu, Pee-chi, or Pekachi.

Cheeks are suitable dogs for apartment living and make a good pet for families with young kids, single living women, or senior citizens. They are innocent and adorable dogs that love being around family and are recognized for their humble behavior.

Cheeks Breed Info

Cross Breed

Chihuahua & Pekingese

Height

9 inches

Weight

10-12 pounds

Life Span

14 years

Chiweenie, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix

Chiweenie, Chihuahua and Dachshund mix

10. Chiweenie

The Chiweenie is a recently popular dog. They are tiny, innocent, adorable, and have an exceptional presence. They were created by a cross between a Chihuahua and a Dachshund and are also known as the "Mexican Hotdog" or the "German Taco."

They are small and innocent-looking dogs, but they tend to grow into a pack leader and have a dominant attitude. They will need early socialization and training.

Also, they are courageous and energetic dogs that need moderate exercise. They are healthy, intelligent, and affectionate dogs that make a good indoor watchdog. However, they do not welcome strangers or other pets.

Chiweenie Breed Info

Cross Breed

Chihuahua & Dachshund

Height

6-10 inches

Weight

5-12 pounds

Life Span

12-16 years

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Comments

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 29, 2018:

We have a chiweenie that we rescued. He had been abused and was not used to being treated kindly. He is loveable and sweet at this point. We used to have a puggle that was also abused but the most loving dog we had ever met. She was sweet from day one and loved people.

Brenda G. Houk on April 01, 2018:

We had to have our wonderful Husky "put down" this past summer....Still miss her and still sad she is gone. We are searching for a good replacement: good attitude, likes people and their attention. Considering two, as I think a single dog enjoys having a similar partner to play with. So, what are prices, would there be a drop in price if you buy two AND anything else I should or would like to know. Thanks.

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