Review of the new Co-op Crossbreed tool

Do you know your Cockapoos from your Shihpoos? Or your Puggle from your Borador?

Neither did we until we were given the opportunity to test the new Crossbreed tool from The Co-operative Insurance. The tool allows you to explore many different crossbreeds by just selecting the parent breeds.

Main page

The tool’s main page

Each page have a clear interface and is very easy to use. The instructions are clear and precise and guide you through the process with ease making it a suitable app for dog lovers of all ages.

Step one is that it instructs the user to select a breed from each of the menus.

scroll 1

Choices, choices…

scroll 2

Now what to pair with choice 1?

The second menu only shows breeds which are commonly cross-bred with the dog you’ve chosen from the first menu. Some breeds have numerous options while others have considerably less.

options chosen

Two lovely breeds

After you have chosen your “parent” breeds, it’s just a case of clicking on “Show Me the Crossbreed” and you’ll be taken to another screen showing you the result.

result

What a pretty dog!

The result screen has a lovely sized picture of the crossbreed and a brief description (including positives and negatives) of the crossbreed’s personality. You are then able to explore more crossbreeds by clicking on “Find another Crossbreed” button for another round of fun.

I showed this to my children and they had a lot of fun choosing breeds and finding out what the crossbreed was. Not only are the pictures adorable but you learn something as well. My 4 year old was trying to make names out of the 2 breeds we chose to try and guess correctly before the actual name was revealed. I can see this tool being very educational and shall be using it again for that reason.

This is a great little tool that anyone can use and have fun with.

 

Now tell me, what breeds make up a Chiweenie?

Chiweenie

 

16 Comments

  1. November 27, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I’d never given much thought to cross-breeds, but an interesting post and tool 🙂

  2. November 27, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    In my day these cross breeds were just called mutts. I guess by the intentional mating of two different breeds they become something special?

    • City Dog Expert
      December 1, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      All dogs are special no matter if a pure-breed or a mixed breed. Whether a Mutt, a Heinz Variety or Mongrel, we love them all

  3. Kitty Cat Chronicles
    November 27, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    It’s amazing how many cross-breeds there are out there these days! And they’re all so CUTE! What a fun tool. I could see myself spending way too much time exploring all of the adorable options!

  4. November 28, 2015 / 1:44 am

    This is such a fun process. I checked out the Basset mixes. Thanks!

  5. November 28, 2015 / 9:05 am

    I tried to use the cross-breed tool but they didn’t have my breeds. #sad 🙁 But it does seem like an interesting exercise!

  6. November 28, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    I live with a Beagle-bassett mix so this was super fun. Thanks!

  7. November 29, 2015 / 11:08 am

    That sounds like a really fun way to learn about cross-breeds!

  8. Beth
    November 29, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    My dog is a cross-breed, but I couldn’t select both of her parents’ breeds with the tool. I think this could be fun to play around with, but I hope people don’t use it to breed ‘designer dogs.’

  9. November 29, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    What a cut little tool, with so many cross breed dogs these days and can get difficult to tell who’s who. I am looking forward to trying this out.

  10. November 29, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    The photos are definitely fun to play around with! But I’m with Beth, hoping that people will just play on the net and not try and recreate in real life. 🙂

  11. November 29, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Interesting post and tool. I was hoping it would help you learn what the parents are of a mixed breed.

  12. November 29, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    This looks like a fun tool to play with! I bet dog lovers could get lost in it for hours looking at some of their favorite cross breeds. It could be really helpful for people considering getting a dog too.

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