The popularity of "designer" breed dogs has dramatically increased over the past few years. Let's look at what makes a designer breed.
The first hybrid (popularly known as "Designer Breed") appeared in the late 1970's - a cross between a labrador retriever and standard poodle, hence, Labradoodle.
In the field of genetics, a "hybrid" means the cross of two unrelated and district individuals, dissimilar parents. These dogs are the result of controlled cross-breeding between two purebred dogs who are deliberately bred to one another in order to create the desired hybrid. Since a "hybrid is a mix of more than one purebred dog, it is not a breed. Before you pick a hybrid make sure you research the characteristics of both breeds and don't assume just the "good genes" are passed on to the offspring.
The most popular designer breeds today are: