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Crossbreeds breed profile

Training and intelligence
Crossbreeds are usaully quick to learn as they often inherit the best qualities of their parents. Remember that although nature plays a part, so does nurture, and a lot depends on the time and effort you spend on training.

The temperament of a crossbreed obviously depends on the breeds that are involved. Many crossbreeds beneit from the fact they are a mix rather than a purebred, and they have the reputation of being intelligent, healthy and long lived.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
The attitude displayed by a crossbreed towards strange dogs and poeple will depend on the breeds involved. Remember that socialising your puppy thoroughly and beginning basic training early is the best start you can give him.

Grooming and shedding
Grooming and shedding will vary from crossbreed to crossbreed. Do bear in mind that changes in coat can occur as a puppy grows to adulthood.

The exercise needs of a crossbreed dog will vary according to its size and the breeds involved. Use common sense and your dog's behaviour to find the right activity level.

Need for company
Most dogs love their families and are never happier than with their people. Bear in mind that having a dog is a huge commitment, and in every outing from a day trip to a holiday the dog's needs must be taken into account.

Crossbreeds have traditionally been considered to be clever, healthy, long-lived dogs, and crossbreeds probably do benefit from hybrid vigour. It is unpredictable how crossbreeds will turn out in terms of appearance, with the same mix of breeds producing very different dogs.


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.