Cockapoos. Labradoodles. Puggles. While they might sound like made-up words at first, they are all now hybrid dogs that many people can’t wait to welcome into the family. However, we’ve been left wondering if hybrid dogs are better for owners and our four-legged friends? Experts seem to think so.
Increasing the gene pool
One of the best things about hybrid dogs is we get to increase the gene pool. Thanks to overbreeding and close breeding areas in many towns and cities, it’s not long before purebred dogs that are closely related are matched up together. Thankfully, adding in an entirely new breed means there is no risk of inbreeding, and their offspring can help add some diversity back into the gene pool.
Would you believe that creating a hybrid dog could reduce allergic reactions? In fact, that was why Wally Conron created the labradoodle in the 1980s. He wanted a dog that had all the smarts it needed to become a guide dog without causing an allergic reaction. Poodles are known to be hypoallergenic, and his creation was a hit! It wasn’t long before Wally created the first labradoodle guide dog.
The best of both worlds
Another great thing about hybrid dogs is that you can combine two desirable traits from both breeds into one dog. That means you could have the loyalty of one breed with the quietness of another. The possibilities are endless. The same goes for their health conditions. Breeding short-nosed breeds, such as pugs, with longer-nosed breeds can help reduce breathing issues.
Learning the science
One of the tough things about hybrid dogs is the fact there is very little research into them. Experts think they could be a great answer for many families and people looking for a new four-legged friend. However, there is still a lot of research to be done. There is a vast gene pool to choose from, and trying to get the ones that you want can be tough.
The small print
There are also some small details that can often go overlooked. Some hybrid dogs haven’t been fully checked for illnesses, meaning that people could accidentally breed dogs that are more at risk of getting an illness than purebred dogs. It can also be a gamble when it comes to the puppies. There’s no way to tell how much of each parent they inherited until they are born.
Are hybrid dogs better?
So, it comes down to it: are hybrid dogs better for both the owners and the dogs? The majority of the time, experts seem to think so. If they are responsibly bred and cared for, then hybrid dogs can reduce illnesses and increase the gene pool in breeds while also having a ton of benefits for their owners.
There are so many options when it comes to finding the perfect dog for your family. It looks like the best bundle of joy might be a little more mixed up than we first thought, and we think we love them more than ever.