Discussion posted by: David McNamara
The upside of spending so much more time indoors is you’ve got more time to look at cool dogs on the Internet. The labradoodle (Labrador and poodle) was the first “designer breed” that boasted widespread popular appeal. They were first created in the middle of the 20th century. They didn’t gain popularity until the early 90s as service dogs for people allergic to pet dander. Their popularity spread thanks to their goofy personalities, soft fleece coats, and amiability towards children. The cockapoo (cocker spaniel and poodle) followed in the labradoodle’s paw prints, and then it was off to the races for designer breeds. “Doodles” and “poos” are common, because poodles don’t shed as much as other breeds, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. We bet you’ve never heard of these 10 boutique dog breeds.