The Most In-Demand Designer Dog Breeds of 2017

The Most In-Demand Designer Dog Breeds of 2017

This year's top dogs are downright surprising.

By Kristyn Pomranz

If you’ve spent even a little bit of time on this site, you are well aware that we are strong proponents of #AdoptDontShop. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters every year, and almost one third of those will be euthanized.

If your argument is that you want a specific breed—guess what? There are shelters for virtually every breed out there! Just search [BREED] + shelter and you’re on your way to rescuing the dog of your dreams. With that said, we will get off our soapbox and share with you the most in-demand dog breeds of 2017.

According to the, the ownership of designer breeds (meaning a cross between two desired breeds, or “mutts” as we call them at shelters) went up 62% in 2016. Poodle mixes tend to be highly popular due to their hypoallergenic nature. The most sought-after?


Goldendoodle (like Carole Radziwill’s dog Baby)

Baby got a new leash 🐶🏃🏼💃

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Other hypoallergenic breeds that enjoyed a spike in popularity? Havanese, Yorkshire terrier, and the Portuguese water dog (as popularized by Bo and Sunny Obama).

And here are two wildly popular non-poodle mixed breeds:

Horgi (Husky + Corgi)

What's that you say? I can't have any of these toys or treats? #PleaseGetMeSome #IAmAGoodGirl #Pleeeease #HeadTiltOnFleek

A photo posted by The Stumpy Brigade (@thestumpybrigade) on

Chug (Chihuahua + Pug)

bacon? 🥓 #chugsofinstagram

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Meanwhile the most popular straightforward dog breeds are:

French Bulldog

Bernese Mountain Dog

Squirrel!! 🐿️🐕#bernesepuppy #bernesemountaindog #puppy #bernese_feature #bernerpuppy

A photo posted by thecitymoose (@thecitymoose) on

And… surprise! Pit Bulls!

Who does your pup to win the super bowl???? Tag me in your football pics!!!!

A photo posted by Pit Bulls Of Instagram (@pitbullsofinstagram) on

We are so happy to see Pit Bulls coming into popularity after decades of being maligned by bad press. And here’s where we beg-beg-beg of you [*back on soapbox*]: If you want a Pit Bull, please adopt! They are hands-down the easiest-to-find breed in any shelter—and they make up a staggering 40% of all shelter euthanizations.

Happy adopting!

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