Mixed breed dogs are all the rage. Not the big-hearted, adopted-my-mutt-from-a-shelter kind, naturally, but the purposefully bred hybrids that purport to combine all the best qualities of Labradors and Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles--basically anything that can possibly procreate with a Poodle.
Time magazine dove down the rabbit hole to unwind the sometimes bewildering pedigree of designer doggie hybrids like the Sharmation (a Shar-Pei/Dalmation mix), the Chorkie (part Yorkshire Terrier, part Chihuahua), and the Bowzer (a Basset/Miniature Schnauzer mix that should not be confused with the similiar-sounding Super Mario Bros.
Yorkshire TerrierWe're now well within the dog days of summer, and that got us thinking about how our furry friends handle the heat. It also made us wonder how the owners of those dogs handle the falling fur. Do they strike first by shaving their pets' coats?