Forget The AKC: These Designer Dogs Are In A League Of Their Own

Forget The AKC: These Designer Dogs Are In A League Of Their Own

Written By Amica Graber

Jun 16, 2016

The AKC has been stringent about welcoming non-pure breeds into their ranks. In fact, mixed dog breeds aren’t recognized by the AKC, despite their popularity. Although there’s plenty of evidence to suggest purebred dogs suffer from unique health conditions related to overbreeding, the AKC remains snooty about the stipulations on dog breeds. For instance, read this breed standard, taken from their official website on the Shih Tzu:

“Any deviation from the ideal described in the standard should be penalized to the extent of the deviation.”

For real dog lovers, we don’t care how tall our pooch stands or what color nose they have. We love our dogs no matter where they came from. So, DogPack is officially giving the AKC the heave-ho, and we’ll be adding crossbreeds to our breed directory.

Whether you decide to rescue your pup or adopt from a reputable breeder, we think these popular designers dogs will have you swooning. Is your furbaby a designer dog? Upload a photo here to have them featured on DogPack!

(Be warned, this article contains A LOT of hysterical swooning, cooing, and other involuntary noises that emerge when confronted with cuteness maximus.)


You know, what AKC? You’re kind of an a-hole. We’re all thinking it. I’m just gonna go ahead and say it. BECAUSE THIS MALTIPOO IS SO FREAKING CUTE I THINK MY FACE IS GOING TO EXPLODE.




The Maltipoo is Maltese Poodle mix, resulting in one heck of a cute puppy. A little dog, it comes as a standard and teacup size. The fully grown teacup Maltipoo is teeny-tiny!



Designer dog breeding began in the late 20th century with one major motivation: providing hypoallergenic dogs to those who suffer with allergies. That’s why many designer dogs are crossed with hypoallergenic breeds, like the Poodle. The Labradoodle is part bouncy Labrador Retriever, and part Poodle — resulting in this gorgeous creature! LOOK AT HIS BUTTON NOSE! LOOK AT IT!


The Puggle is a Pug Beagle mix who defies all known limits of cuteness.


The Puggle has the goofy trademarks of the pug, with the dignity of a beagle.


Can you handle the Cocker Spaniel Poodle mix?

This lil’ scamp is one of the first designer dog breeds, emerging in the 1960’s as a solution for spaniel lovers with sneezes. Intelligent, affectionate, and loving — the Cockapoo is the perfect companion for humans who love fluffy cuddles.


What happens when you get a Cavalier King Charles Bichon Frise mix? THE CAVACHON. Cheerful, low maintenance, and full of love — this little cutie is a great fit for families with kids.


If you love Huskies, but aren’t in the right accommodations to give an energetic, big dog the right home, try A TINY WOLF.

Okay, technically the Pomsky is a Pomeranian Husky mix, but if you could magically conjure a mini Direwolf, this is what it would look like. This tiny critter stays at this size, forevs:

Umm, yes please.


Once upon a time, there was a sad little dingus who lived by the side of the road. He was found by rescuers, and was given the unsavory name of “Wormy.”

Then one day, the dingus found a human, and they became BFF’s. His human decided to upload a photo of the dingus, renamed Tuna, to Instagram. The rest was history.

The internet’s most famous Chiweenie — a Chihuahua Dachshund mix — has over a million followers, and now serves to remind the public that rescue dogs can make the best pets.


The diminutive Chorkie is a mix of Chihuahua and Yorkie — inheriting the long, silky coat of the Yorkie with the distinctive head shape of the Chihuahua. The Chorkie can take after one parent more than the other, so the appearance can vary from dog to dog! But most full-grown Chorkies are less than seven pounds in weight!


This Golden Retriever Poodle mix bears a close resemblance to the Labradoodle! The Goldendoodle got his fun name back in 1992, when North America and Australia started crossbreeding Poodles and Golden Retrievers to assist blind people with allergies to dogs. Highly intelligent, hypoallergenic and friendly, the Goldendoodle is an ideal therapy, guide, diabetic alert, or service animal.


Schnauzer + Poodle = THE SCHNOODLE. For anyone bewitched by the scrappy bearded Schnauzer, consider the Schnoodle, too. Not only is it immensely fun to say (Schnoodle! Schnoodle! Schnoodle!), but they’re also a beautiful breed with the best characteristics of each parent!


Are you the proud parent to a designer dog? Let us know what mixed breed YOU want to see in our breed directory in the comments!