Crossbreed dogs

A crossbreed is a dog of mixed blood, whose parents are of two different breeds, or a mixture of several breeds.

Crossbreeds often display a mixture of their parents traits. So it is important to take this into account when thinking of buying or rehoming a crossbreed. If you know the mix of breeds this may help but otherwise find out what you can about the parents.

Kennel Club registration of crossbreeds

The Kennel Club have been registering crossbreed dogs on its database for over 50 years. If you are considering getting a crossbreed, why not consider being part of the Kennel Club and enjoy the benefits the registration brings? The Activity Register offers lots of benefits that can enhance your crossbreed dog ownership experience.

Popular crossbreeds

Here is a small list of some of the most popular crossbreeds, often sold as "designer dogs":

  • Cockerpoo/Cockapoo (cocker & poodle)
  • Labradoodle (labrador & poodle)
  • Mal-shi (maltese & shih-tzu)
  • Puggle (pug & beagle)
  • Schnoodle (miniature schnauzer & poodle)

Scruffts: the national crossbreed competition

If you already own a crossbreed, then the Kennel Club would like to hear from you! Scruffts is the nation's favourite crossbreed competition and is a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family.

The Kennel Club co-ordinates Scruffts heats throughout the UK - with the support of James Wellbeloved. The winners from each heat are invited to Crufts for the Scruffts Grand Final. To take part visit the Crufts website to find your nearest heat.

Each entrant will have a few minutes in the spotlight to dazzle the judges in the following four classes:

  • Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog 6 months - 7 years
  • Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch 6 months - 7 years
  • Child's Best Friend* 6 months - 12 years
  • Golden Oldie Crossbreed 8 years or over **
  • Best Crossbreed Rescue
  • Good Citizen Dog Scheme Crossbreed Class

*(handled by a young person between 6 and 16 years of age)

** at the organiser's discretion


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