What is a Hybrid Dog?
Hybrid dogs are the result of mating two different purebred dogs. Hybrids are also referred to as crossbreds or designer dogs. Hybrids are not considered ” mutts” or mixed breeds. Mixed breeds are of an unknown breeding background or lineage. Whereas hybrids have been carefully selected from purebred parents.
A common hybrid you may have seen, is the Golden Doodle, a mixture of the poodle and golden retriever dog. Or the Labradoodle, a mixture of a poodle and a labrador. And now a less familiar combination is the Doberman hybrid dog.
With the popularity of these hybrid or designer dogs, there is the concern that proper breeding for desirable characteristics is being disregarded by unethical breeders. Hybrids that were originally created to present the best characteristics of two different breeds may now be disregarded by some breeders. Backyard breeders are usually more motivated by money than creating a healthy dog.
Dog breed registries, like the American Kennel Club, only register purebred dogs, not allowing hybrids. This has led to various Dog Hybrid registry clubs being creating to recognize dog hybrids. The problem is that there is no international standard on what a hybrid dog breed should look like or be bred for.
Are Hybrid dogs healthier than purebreds?
Looking at a few hybrid dog registry clubs, there are Doberman hybrids that are currently recognized. But I couldn’t find information on best practices or standards. Do the dogs require health testing or linage documents? Who are the recognized breeders of hybrids? And what exactly is the breed “standard” detailing the physical and temperament guidelines? There doesn’t appear to be any official hybrid standard.
The other thing to note is that offspring can not be reliably predicted. Good purebred breeders aim to breed out serious health problems and keep meticulous records of their breeding practices. Can hybrid breeders say the same? Health screening is a sign of a breeder who cares about making healthy dogs. There is a myth that dog mixes are healthier than purebreds. Although more dog health studies are needed it’s not accepted as a fact that mixes are healthier. Hip dysplasia and other disorders are seen in mixed-breed dogs, as well as purebreds. Both are equally susceptible to health problems. In the end, the most important thing is finding a quality breeder, whether purebred or hybrid, who health tests their breeding stock.
Doberman Hybrid Mixes
Mixed breed litters vary a lot, even within the same litter. If you search for photos of a hybrid mix you’ll see lots of variation. Hybrids really are a wild-card dog. Here are some Doberman mixes that are listed in Dog Hybrid registries.
- Doberman x Beagle = Beagleman
- Doberman x Old English Sheepdog = Dobsky
- Doberman x Poodle = Doodleman
- Doberman x Rottweiler = Rotterman
- Doberman x labrador = Doberdor
- Doberman x Basset Hound = Dobie-basset
- Doberman x English Springer Spaniel = English Springerman
- Doberman x Siberian Husky = Siberian Pinscher
Looking at photos of Doberman cross breeds, I’m sure you’ll agree they don’t do justice to the Doberman breed. Dobermans are popular partly due to their beautiful body structure. They have a lean, athletic-looking body, and to change it, is a shame in my opinion.
I really don’t think these Doberman hybrids will ever become popular and most likely they were only created out of curiosity, for novelty, by accident, or to make a quick buck. Hopefully, this is a trend that dies. If you’re looking for a Doberman pet, I recommend you stick with Doberman from a quality breeder or rescue.
What do you think of the Doberman hybrid dogs?