There are just so many crosses available today, that you need to look wisely at both parents, remembering that your dog will sit somewhere in the middle (usually). I’m quite a fan of Labradoodles, Cavoodles, Maltese Shihtzu, and Beagle crosses. There is a theory going round that if you get a ‘mixed breed’ dog, it will be free from all the common defects seen in pure breeds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Regrettably, I have seen many problems in these otherwise lovely dogs.
Most ads will usually appear on the internet. Once again, you should be careful and try to buy directly from an individual, and make sure you have the opportunity to inspect the puppy of your choice early on. By all means, leave a deposit. You also have a chance to look around and check out the circumstances under which your puppy is being kept.
Have you heard about puppy farms? These are places where breeding female dogs have litter after litter, like a machine, and there is usually more than one female. The puppies suffer from lack of attention, often poor health due to overcrowding, poor socialisation, and sometimes physical injury. Your eyes, your nose, and your instinct will tell you.