Though they don't have a fun name just yet, the border collie-Shetland sheepdog combo is one of our favorite mixed breeds. While they can vary within the same litter, think of Pom skies as smaller, fluffier Siberian Huskies thanks to their Pomeranian DNA.
These clever and playful companions get the benefit of hypoallergenic coats from both of their parents. Take a Welsh Corgi and a Labrador Retriever, and you end up with a medium-weight, somewhat short-legged dog.
They aren't prone to shedding and can be easily trained, making them a great choice for families. They are the perfect size for cuddling in your lap, which has made this mixed breed more and more popular.
Porkies are a seriously cute cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire terrier. Porkies tend to love attention and stay protective of their families.
A charming cross between a Ship Tau and a poodle, the Shampoo has plenty of personality. They tend to be a bit stubborn, but when you look at that little face, you just can't be mad.
Smart and playful, this mix can really run the gamut between teeny lapdogs and huge 70-plus founders (just like poodles). They're a blend of the Wheaten terrier and a poodle with a unique coat that's also hypoallergenic.
You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that Mastiff mixes are known for having a gentle disposition. Medium, these fun crossbreeds are surprisingly athletic and can be trained to do everything from sighting to military work.
Pets can be a delightful addition to your household, but they aren't cheap, and dogs can be especially tough on families looking to save. There's food, visits to the veterinarian, grooming sessions, and insurance, as well as dog walking, daycare, and other services you may need.
The good news is that there are many dogs that, relatively speaking, can be bought and cared for without busting your household budget. We've provided a list here of dog breeds that are considered relatively inexpensive to own.
They have a number of things in common: They are smaller, relatively easy to groom, and are generally pretty healthy. Food : There are three sizes of rat terriers, but even the largest ones top out at under two feet tall and 35 pounds in weight.
These dogs have no unique dietary needs, but some rat terriers do have allergies that may necessitate special food. Some rat terriers have incorrect issues that may require surgery as dogs get older.
Smaller Rat Terriers may be susceptible to hip dysplasia or dislocated kneecaps. Food : These are some of the smallest dogs around, usually topping out at about 10 pounds, so they won't eat you out of house and home.
Health : Affenpinschers are healthy canines, but they can be prone to fractures and other orthopedic problems. Cost to Acquire : These spirited dogs may not be easy to find unless you buy direct from a breeder.
Health : Like other small dogs, Australian Terriers are generally healthy, but keep an eye out for fractures and hip dysplasia. Cost to Acquire : These small and energetic hunting dogs can be had for under $200, possibly less if you find one to adopt.
Health : These are healthy dogs, but they are extremely active, and therefore more susceptible to injury than other breeds. Food : Beagles are a bit larger than some other dogs on this list, but can still be fed for less than $10 a week.
They do shed, but that can be handled by brushing the dog at home a few times a week. Health : Beagles are healthy dogs, but have been known to get some forms of cancer, and some do suffer from heart arrhythmia.
Cost to Acquire : English or American Foxhounds can be bought for as little as $200, and may even be available from shelters and rescues. Australian Shepherds are closely associated with rodeo and cowboy life, and they're well known for their multicolored eyes and coats.
Aussies are herding dogs and have an abundance of energy, so they're not great for owners who want a more relaxed pet, according to the American Kennel Club. These tall, skinny dogs might not look the most cuddly, but they have a reputation for being affectionate and loyal, according to AKC.
They're kind and gentle, according to the AKC, and they need a good bit of exercise, making them perfect for an active family. They love to play and enjoy running around, so they aren't a great fit for someone who's looking for a dog to relax with.
Akita's are naturally protective dogs and will become aggressive quickly if they aren't trained properly. Akita's also adapt well too life indoors, so don't be worried about them staying inside for the day.
Best for experienced owners, it's good to have a steady hand and not give in to this breed's tricks, or else they'll be owning you in the blink of an eye. These herders are made for hard work, which means they train incredibly easily and rarely tire.
Although they are always dedicated to the task at hand, these dogs still crave love and attention on moments when they're “off the clock.” Belgian Textures are long haired who love to master difficult tasks and have a great need to accomplish goals.
These “nimble giants,” as the AKC calls them, thrive in cold weather thanks to their shaggy coats. These friendly canines, which can grow up to 27 inches tall, are relentless when it comes to finding a lost or hiding item.
According to the AKC, the English name Boxer “refers to the way the breed spars, like a prizefighter, with their paws when playing or defending themselves.” Braces absolutely love water and are some of the strongest swimmers in their class.
But they're also considered “gun dogs, ” who can accompany their owners out on hunting trips because they adapted so well out in the field or mountains. They also have been one of the top-winning breeds in competitive hunting events for generations, due to their swift reflexes and speed.
But despite their size, these dependable, friendly canines are just gentle giants at heart. Their weatherproof coats help them thrive in cold, wet temperatures and these dogs can weigh more than 100 pounds.
Hanoverian Hounds are great hunting dogs with their long, lean legs and their ability to track down just about anything. Even if your family doesn't hunt, they're still a wonderful breed: These hounds are loyal, love to train, and enjoy the outdoors.
If you're a family with a history of owning dogs, then you won't regret putting the time and effort into training a Howard. They need proper attention and care as pups to create a special bond with their families, but the love and devotion they have with their owners for life is worth the effort for years to come.
Ranging from 80 to 100 pounds, mop-like Condors are made of muscle underneath all of that shaggy hair. Lukasz breeds are fierce protectors and are ready to take on dangerous wildlife or even other humans in order to protect their families.
I learned from studying development economics that, more than anything, land rents (housing costs), energy costs, and health care were eating so much income, that now the average American adult has $20,000 in credit card debt. I remember dog shows where it would take 15 or more Afghans to make a 3 point major.
Their temperaments (not cuddly dogs) and the cost of maintenance just not what most people had in mind. This is not to say that all breeds don't go through a time like this (example: Frenchies, Yorkie's and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels), but---when you don't really screen buyers, and you don’t explain that you want a pet to be a pet and not bred, and that you will co- own the dog until neutered (or titled), this is what happens.
You notice that, after the Obama's got their Parties...you didn't see Portuguese Water Dogs popping up at Wetland, or on Craigslist. It took the crash at the end of the 2000s, the perfect storm of the housing bubble and fancy financing schemes, joined with the still pseudo-scientific idea that you only get the best when you breed 2 breeds together (the doodles), and hobby breeders having also been affected by the crash.
Even where housing was becoming affordable again, property taxes are rising to cover government malfeasance (mostly on pension funds). Also, the Health Care and the Insurance industries truly believe that Congress will never enact single payer and put a bunch of greedy bureaucrats out of business (pardon me---but were they your target market?).
The Greater Chicago Whippet Club is mostly pet owners who are involved. If we are stronger as a fancy, networking with other parent clubs, we can strategize to get on the AKC board and also to let the field trial people know they are part of the problem.
We can demand that the American Kennel Club quit using our money to prop up those people who are breeding pets as though they were only livestock.