What is a crossbreed dog?

A crossbreed dog is one whose parents are of two different breeds, or a mixture of several breeds.

Crossbreeds often display a mixture of their parents' traits, so it's important to take this into account when thinking of buying or rehoming a crossbreed. This mix of traits inherited from the parents can combine in lots of different ways. However, knowing the mix of breeds may help tell you more about what your dog might be like physically and in terms of temperament. 

If you are getting a puppy from a breeder, you should see the mother with the puppies and also ask for information about the father and what breed-associated health tests both parents have had. If you are rehoming a crossbreed dog, you should find out as much as you can about the parents, if possible.

Some popular crossbreeds have nicknames that combine the names of their parents’ breeds – Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle) is a well-known example. Crossbreeds with these nicknames are often sold as "designer dogs".

How to get involved with our activities if you have a crossbreed

Activity Register for crossbreeds

We have been registering crossbreed dogs for over 50 years. If you are thinking about getting a crossbreed, why not consider being part of The Kennel Club and enjoy the benefits the registration brings? Our Activity Register offers many different fun competitive activities and benefits for you and your crossbreed dog.

Activities available

With your crossbreed dog, you can take part in these activities:


The national crossbreed competition

Scruffts is the nation's favourite crossbreed competition and is a great way to enjoy time with your dog and family.

The Kennel Club coordinates Scruffts heats throughout the UK - with the support of James Wellbeloved. The winners from each heat are invited to Crufts for the Scruffts Grand Final. To take part, visit the Crufts website to find your nearest heat.

Each entrant will have a few minutes in the spotlight to dazzle the judges in the following four classes:

  • Handsome crossbreed dog: 6 months+
  • Prettiest crossbreed bitch: 6 months+
  • Golden oldie: 8 years+
  • The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme

Research before you buy

Always find out about any special requirements your chosen breed may have. This may be more difficult with crossbreeds, but it is still good to research before you buy.

Discover which pedigree breed is right for you by visiting Breeds A to Z.