Dogs come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and color patterns. Some are tall, some small, some have rough double coats, and others gleam, their short coats smooth as satin. Some dogs don’t even have hair! As of 2018, there were 344 identified breeds of dog in the world, 211 of which are recognized by the American Kennel Club. All dogs, regardless of breed, and no matter how unique, are classified under the species heading canis lupus familiaris, which itself is a subspecies of canis lupus, the gray wolf. Decades, and in some cases, centuries, of selective breeding have given the world canines as diverse as Chihuahuas and Irish Wolfhounds.
Demand for Hypoallergenic Dog Mixes Is on the Rise
The process of new breed development continues today. Breeders have crossed individuals of one breed with others, enduring the process of trial and error, and selecting the individual specimens for their breeding programs with great thought for the individual attributes they embodied. One of the more popular efforts today involve the breeding of various so-called hypoallergenic dog mixes. There is great demand for an increased number of types of family dog. One family wishes a large dog, for example, another’s perfect pooch is far smaller. Both families, however, wish for a pet that has less dander, that sheds less, and that excites few, if any, allergies in people.
How New Breeds Begin
New breeds of dog begin with demand. Perhaps the first crosses with Poodles were accidental, but it didn’t take long before it was easy to see how much there was to like about the resulting offspring. Whether crossed with a Labrador or a Cocker Spaniel, the Poodle happily offered its sunny nature and curly, non-shedding coat and as a result the mix caught on. In addition to Poodles, Bichons Frises, and Xoloitzcuintli have long been in high-demand as pets for families with allergy sufferers. Like Poodles, Bichons Frises are a non-shedding breed, and Xolos generally have no hair on their bodies at all save a tiny top knot on the top of their heads. No hair to catch and hold skin dander means this is a dog with which even the most allergic child can become friends. Today, crossbreed mixes of such breeds with other purebreds have widened the gene pool and have allowed for the development of a wider variety of “hypoallergenic” dog breeds. As a result, there are more dogs than ever today that are able to spread their special brand of canine love where previously it could not exist.
Stop Sneezing with These Popular Hypoallergenic Dog Mixes
The most common hypoallergenic dog mixes are, without a doubt, the plethora of Poodle crosses known as “doodles” that populate the land. This is for a good reason: Doodles are delightful! Whether the offspring of a first generation F1 cross or the result of several generations of careful breeding, doodles of all sorts seem to assume the best characteristics of their breeds of origin. Time and again they have proved to make intelligent, energetic, joyful, and hypoallergenic family pets. Some of the most popular crosses include Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Cockapoos, and Maltipoos. Poodles lend their quirky, upbeat personalities and desirable non-allergenic traits to most any cross, however, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking at previously unheard of crosses such as a Rottle (Rottweiler x Poodle) or a Dalmadoodle (Dalmation x Poodle). A Poochon (aka Bichpoo), by the way, is a sure bet when seeking a hypo-pooch as it is the cross of two great breeds, the Poodle and the Bichon Frise, neither of which are given to shedding.
Ask This Question When Purchasing a Hypoallergenic Mix Pup
It is always wise to consider one’s motives prior to making an important purchase. The purchase of a dog is an important purchase. It involves the lives and emotions of not just the dog, a living creature, but also of each member of the family. Every family, not just those with allergy sufferers, should research the breed of dog they’re considering, and give thought to the family’s ability to meet that dog’s needs, both as a puppy and as an adult. Dogs have varying needs for food, exercise, housing, training, and attention. Ask yourself, and have a satisfactory answer for, this question, “What will you do if the dog doesn’t work out?” before you commit to purchasing a dog. If the dog’s hypoallergenic status is a deal breaker, find out from the dog’s breeder how many generations it has bred true for that set of traits. The more generations that a trait has been exhibited, the greater the likelihood it will exhibit itself in the puppy you’re about to buy.
Allergies are on the increase in America, which explains the continuing interest in breeding dogs to be less irritating to those with allergies. We need dogs able to fulfill the role of pets in both individual hearts as well as families without irritating or initiating any allergies in family members. Intelligent crossbreeding combines the best of what existing breeds have to offer and combines them in new ways to make what will no doubt be the status quo breeds of tomorrow.