Designer Breed Information
Designer breeds come in all shapes and sizes.
Widely varies. One way to determine what a designer breeds traits may be like is to look at what kind of dogs the parents are. There are many different types of dogs, from guards, hunters, herders and sighthounds to those bred only to be companions. When you have a mixed breed you can have a combination of a lot of different traits. Although it may help you in some ways, it is not super important that you know exactly what breeds are in your dog's mix. What is very important is that you understand what the dog as the canine animal needs. Dogs are pack animals that thrive on structure and knowing exactly where they fit into it. No matter what size or type of dog you own be sure to give your dog plenty of clear rules and leadership in its daily life. Learn how the canine animal thinks, the differences between humans and canines and how to properly communicate with him, providing the proper amount and type of exercise. Challenge your dogs mind through tricks or play.
Widely varies, although often designer breeds are generally healthier than purebred dogs, simply because the lines are wider spread.
Widely varies. It is best to look at what kind of dogs the parents are.
Energy levels widely vary from dog to dog. One thing that does not vary, however, is all dogs have a migration instinct that humans must fulfill in order for the dog to be stable minded.
Widely varies, although all dogs will benefit from at least an occasional brushing. Ears should be checked on a regular basis and the nails should be kept short.
Originally it was thought that dogs came from a cross between the jackal or jackal / wolf. Scientists now believe that dogs first originated in Eurasia between 12,000-14,000 year ago, from a smaller southern strain of Gray Wolf called Canis lupus pallipes that can still be found in India today. Although called the "gray wolf," the coat comes in a wide variety of coat colors. It was distributed throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Some other possible ancestors of the dog include the woolly wolf of North India and Tibet, and the desert wolf of the Middle East. It is known for certain that all domestic dogs first originated from one or a combination of these sources. The domestic dog is not genetically connected with any other species. From the beginning of the Bronze Age, circa 4500 BC, five distinct types of dog have been identified from fossil remains. Among them were Mastiff, wolf-like dogs, Greyhounds, Pointer-type and Sheepdogs. These basic types proliferated by natural genetic mutation and selective breeding produced the approximately 400 different types of dog breeds we know today. "Purebred" dogs are a group of dogs that look alike and are the product of parents with a similar appearance and which, when mated together, reproduce their kind. A mongrel or designer breed is a dog whose parents are unknown or is not considered to be purebred.