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'Smithsonian: Designing Dogs'
(DVD / NR / 2018 / PBS)

Overview: Puggles, Schnoodles, Labradoodles - they're not newfangled snack treats, they're actually newfangled dogs. Join us as we chronicle the never-ending search for the perfect canine and look at the world of hybrid, purebred, and rescue dogs.

DVD Verdict: In what was a truly fascinating watch, 'Smithsonian: Designing Dogs' is less Crufts and more chemistry!

For, as it turns out whilst watching this indepth and highly revealing new Smithsonian Channel documentary via PSB, for instance; and my favorite cross-bred, by the way, the Labradoodle is not a recognised breed and there are no breeding standards in place. As a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, Labradoodles are intelligent and active dogs that need lots of mental and physical stimulation. They are best suited to more experienced dog owners, not least because they will benefit from having several hours of exercise per day and a committed obedience routine for stimulation and good behaviour.

Personality-wise, Labradoodles are very affectionate and lively. They can make good family pets but due to their boundless energy, their ideal owner will enjoy being active and taking them on several long walks each day.

Another cross-breed investigated for its, well, cuteness, shall we say, is the Schnoodle. A cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Poodle, Schnoodles are charming, funny and smart.

Indeed, and as is discussed at length, their alert nature — thanks to that double dose of Schnauzer and Poodle attentiveness — makes them excellent watchdogs. They are small dogs and typically have a curly coat that must be clipped regularly.

So as you can tell, 'Smithsonian: Designing Dogs' is incredibly revealing, lots of fun, and very informative. The message: Do your homework before buying one of these cute little dogs, and you’ll be well rewarded with a wonderfully funny dog. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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