Despite strong objections and protests from pet owners who want to see the preservation of the pedigree of all dog breeds, breeders have been mating canines of different breeds, not only to see what type of offspring will result, but also to determine which desirable traits can be retained or undesirable ones removed.
Good examples of designer hybrids are Bichon Frise Shitzu puppies.
Produced from the cross breeding of a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu, Bichon Shitzu puppies possess characteristics from both breeds.
Most Bichon Shitzus have white or light-colored coats.
Some puppies would have a slightly protruding snout of a Bichon Frise while possessing the long-haired coat of a Shitzu.
Other puppies would have the flat face of the Shitzu while possessing the fluffy powder puff coat of the Bichon.
Because they are very light shedders, Bichon Frise Shitzus are perfect pets for individuals suffering from hay fevers and other allergies.
However, you would need to give them regular grooming in order to get rid of excess fur, mats or tangles.
Because their hair grows long quite fast, you would need to give them a trim or get the services of a professional groomer.
Since both the Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu are good-natured, you can expect their hybrids to have a cheerful and playful disposition.
They also get attached quite fiercely to their owners, so that separation anxiety can be a problem especially if your work keeps you away from your pet for lengthy periods of time.
Being also stubborn, a Bichon Shitzu hybrid may be challenging to house break.
Bichon Shitzus have anatomical differences which make them genetically superior over their parents.
For one, these hybrids have longer noses and tear ducts, so that teary, watery eyes - which are a problem with Bichons - are eliminated.
Unlike Bichon, these designer puppies are also less prone to develop skin problems.
If you are interested in having a Bichon Shitzu for a pet, buy puppies only from reputable breeders.
You can find these breeders via online directories of leading kennel clubs, hybrid associations, and animal welfare groups.
These breeders will provide you with the necessary documentation as proof that the puppy you are getting is a true designer dog.
Don't be put off by high-handed "purists" about hybrid dogs like Bichon Shitzu puppies being inferior to purebreds.
If you've fallen in love with a puppy, pedigree really shouldn't matter.