What is a pedigree/purebred dog?

Generally, for your dog to be classed as a pedigree or purebred in insurance terms, all that matters is that its parents are of the same breed. Two the same cross breed dogs have a child together will mean it’s a purebred. Recognisable by the Kennel Club or not, lust have the same parents that’s all it takes.

Away from insurance, some people take the term pedigree to refer to purebred dogs that are registered with a breed club. But even within this categorisation there is a grey area because some argue that there are breeds that started out as a crossbreed but have been around long enough to be classed as pedigree.

What is a crossbreed dog?

The term crossbreed refers to dogs with parents from different breeds (opposite of purebred) Cross breeding occurs when you breed two dogs of different breeds together for instance, a Labrador and a Poodle creating a Labradoodle. In that example, the first generation Labradoodle would be classed as crossbreed by many insurers. But if you bred it with another Labradoodle, their offspring would be a pedigree Labradoodle according to some insurers. Also other cross breeds have existed long enough to be called purebreds. Some of the most popular crossbreeds are Cockapoos and Labradoodle, and they are sometimes referred to as designer dogs. You can potentially breed any combination of dog breeds together, or purebred dogs with mixed breed dogs, as dogs are all one species. It’s sometimes hard to imagine that dogs are all the same animal when you consider the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities there are. Dogs can also be bred with a few other species to produce a “hybrid.”

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