You've likely heard puppies referred to as designer dogs with cutesy "breed" names that end in oodle, uddle or poo. These crossbred dogs are sometimes the product of purebreds, intentionally bred for desirable traits from different dogs. However, sometimes the pups are simply adorable happy accidents.

Although these so-called designer dogs aren't recognized breeds by the American Kennel Club, people still pay thousands of dollars for them. Sometimes the pups' steep price tags are accompanied by claims that they're hypoallergenic or have fewer health prolems, but critics say such dogs are simply glorified mutts.

"These are not purebred dogs," Daisy Okas, former vice president of communications at the American Kennel Club, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "People are paying thousands of dollars for mixed-breed dogs. You could get a mixed-breed dog at any shelter or pound."

But whether you consider them mutts or designer dogs, there's no doubt that they're some cute canines. Here's a look at eight popular mixed-breed dogs — maybe knowing these specific characteristics will help you on your next trip to the shelter.



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This popular crossbred dog is the product of a Labrador retriever and a standard or miniature poodle. Breeders began crossing these dogs to combine the poodle’s low-shedding coat with the behavioral characteristics of the Labrador. Because of this, Labradoodles make great guide dogs for people with allergies. The dogs are generally friendly and energetic, and they make good family dogs.



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Pugs are often bred with beagles to offset the hound’s escape-and-roam tendencies. These dogs come in a variety of colors but are typically tan, brown or black. Puppies in the same litter can differ in terms of nose, with some having a short pug-like nose and others having a longer beagle-like snout. Puggles with longer noses are at a reduced risk of the respiratory problems commonly found in pugs. One downside to this cute crossbreed is its popularity, which has made it a top money-maker for puppy mills.



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Nicknamed the “Mexican hotdog,” Chiweenies are a mix of Chihuahua and daschund and are easily identifiable by their long bodies, short legs and large ears. Breeders developed Chiweenies in the 1990s in hopes of minimizing the back problems that daschunds often experience. Chiweenies are energetic and hypoallergenic and are a good fit for singles or small families; however, they’re known for their frequent barking.



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These fluffy pups are husky-Pomeranian mixes and often look like miniature huskies. Typically, these dogs have husky markings, but their fur can be any color that Pomeranians or huskies exhibit, including, gray, black, red, cream and brown. Pomskies are energetic and intelligent and require lots of exercise, and, like huskies, they howl on occasion. Pomskies usually sell for $1,500, according to the Pomsky Club of America.



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This little dog is a cross of a Maltese and a miniature poodle. Puppies within the same Maltipoo litter can differ in appearance, with some having curly coats and others having scruffy ones. A well-bred Maltipoo is typically friendly and easy to train; however, these dogs are likely to be frequent barkers.



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Breeders began crossing golden retrievers with poodles in the 1990s in an attempt to develop guide dogs for visually impaired people with allergies. Today, goldendoodles are often bred for careers as guide dogs, therapy dogs or other types of assistance dogs. These dogs are calm and easygoing and tend to make great family pets because they’re good with children.



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A mix of Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier, these pups have a reputation as being tenacious and yappy but undeniably adorable. Chorkies are tiny, intelligent dogs with big ears, but while they’re easy to train, housebreaking these pups can be a challenge.



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A mix of Boston terrier and pug, these dogs usually weight 10 to 25 pounds and have a short, fine coat that can be, brown, black or white in color. Because both pugs and Boston terriers are known for their good temperaments, these hybrid dogs are a good fit for families with children and other pets. However, some people report having difficulty housebreaking their buggs.

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