Hello and welcome to TP. Unfortunately the breeding of mixed dogs is not encouraged, therefore I don't think you will find the infomation that you need on this site.
There are many mixed dogs/puppies available at your local shelter. You may start by looking at Petfinder.com.
Also, because a dog is mixed, it's hard to say which breed they will take after. I have a mixed breed dog and she resembles a Maltese but has a lot of Pomeranian traits. Not to mention, each dog is different (purebred or mixed) in personality.
I know that some people don't like the idea of getting a mixed breed from a breeder. But I got my little mixed breed (maltese/yorkie) from a breeder and I had a great experience.
She has a ton of information on her site, and she has a bunch of different mixes too. My personal fav, of course is the maltese/yorkies, but I do like the shih tzu poodles too...their coats are fabulous!
DeniseWiggs, email me and I will give you the web site to where I got my pup (she is in MN, but she ships and does a great job. And she welcomes phone calls and questions! Good sign!).
If nothing else, it is a fun place to look at cute puppies for sale! And let me tell you...they are cute! :)
***Edited By: Addley on 1/24/2007 3:06:38 PM*** Reason: forgot information
Hi I have a mixed breed Chihuahua and Miniature Schnauzer he is as cute as can be and is a good watch dog too he loves to be held and cuddled and loved on as much as possible and mixed breed puppies and dogs are wonderful not as many health issues or skin problems either.This site hates mixed breeds but as for me and many many others they're great
One of the most important things to look for when buying a dog from a breeder is that the #1 reason the breeder breeds is to better the breed. As this can never be the case in a mixed breed situation, you're never going to find a responsible mixed breed breeder.
You may find, however, if you look hard enough, reputable breeders of mixed breeds, though. It all depends on your definition of "reputable."
To me, a breeder has to be both, responsible and reputable, and you're not going to find that combination in a mixed breed breeder. JMHO.
You're looking for shitzu/poodle, shitzu/bichon frise or cocker spaniel/poodle mixes, check your local shelters, rescues, humane societies, there are plenty of mixes in those places, or pick the breed you're most in love with (shitzu, poodle, bichon, cocker spaniel) and find a great breeder of one of them.
The Dog Breed Information Center website includes a lot of information on cross-breeds, which they refer to as Hybrids. It's at www.dogbreedinfo.com/hybridmain.htm The Digital Dog site may also be helpful. It's at www.digitaldog.com/mixedbreed.html Most of the regulars on this board severely frown on mixing breeds, but I'm not one of them if it's done by good people who do their best to be responsible about it. How to find those people isn't easy, as I've found out myself and you just have to do a lot of your own homework there in Ohio. Because those who know the answers won't give you any information about how to find a good, responsible mixed breed dog breeder (because they absolutely hate it when people mix breeds anyway and don't want to help you find one), you're on your own mostly. They'll just keep telling you to go to the shelter. It seems to me that buying a mixed breed and doing your best to get a healthy pet is no different than the same steps one would take to buy a healthy purebred. By all means, I agree that if you can find one at a shelter, and they allow you to adopt one of them, that's wonderful. If not - I wish you luck.
Lastly: from the Digital Dog website, I read the following:
"Healthwise, mixed breeds have some advantages and disadvantages. A well bred purebred dog will be the result of a breeding between two HEALTHY parents who have been as thoroughly screened for health problems as modern science will allow. This does offer some advantage clearly! The poorly bred purebred is much more likely to be a harbinger of various health problems common to its breed. The mixed breed, will, on average, fall somewhere in the middle. The thing to keep in mind, is that you are adopting one dog, not the average of the type."