Personally, I blame the Doodles. Poodles crossed, intentionally or not, with Labrador Retrievers and somebody with advanced PR instincts named it a "Labradoodle." Which is a charming name, fun to say, and converts a tough sell into a desirable acquisition. Go down to your local shelter, and notice all the lab mixes filling the kennels. Lab mixes are big dogs, with hunting instincts and a need for a lot of exercises. Contrast that with a "Labradoodle," which sounds like a cuddly indoor pet that would be fun to have around.
So why not a "Golden Doodle?" That would be a Golden Retriever/Poodle cross that riffs on the Labradoodle name while not having any etymological claim to that extra "D." Should logically be a "Golden Roodle," which is not nearly as successful of a name.
These may be good dogs. These may, in fact, be great dogs, but the concept has run riot. There is an American Canine Hybrid Club, with official cross breeds. A sampling:
|Affenpinscher x Bichon Frise||Affenchon|
|Affenpinscher x Chihuahua||Affenhuahua|
|Affenpinscher x Japanese Chin||Chin-Fenpinscher|
|Affenpinscher x Poodle cross||Affenpoo|
|Afghan Hound x Rottweiler||Rottaf|
|Airedale x Labrador Retriever||Lab'Aire|
|Airedale x Poodle||Airedoodle|
|Akita x Boxer||Boxita|
pSeriously? I mean, SERIOUSLY? "Chin-fenpinscher?" "Rottaf?" "BOXITA?" Apparently, the name is assigned when a breeder registers a cross and proposes a name. It occurs to me there are several crosses you are never going to see. I hereby propose the following:
Shih Tzu x American Bulldog Bull Shih
Maltese x Cocker Spaniel Cocktese
Hey! They're easy to remember!