Crossbreeding is usually done to create a progeny that has traits or characteristics of breeds of the parent lineages. Crossbreeding helps in creating offspring that have superior qualities in terms of better health and vitality. Sometimes crossbreeding might result in creating an organism of superior traits, but they may not have an aesthetic appeal. This list is going to explore those breeds. Check out the list of 7 strangest crossbreeds in the world in terms of appearance:
This is a breed dog that is a cross between a poodle and a cocker spaniel, either American or English. Cockapoos are generally used as a fashion symbol and are not bred for being used as a working dog. Their longevity is usually high, ranging between 14-18 years. Since they are extremely furry, gound formation can get stuck in the fur surrounding the eye. Additionally, they are extremely susceptible to ear infections, hence it is important to keep their ears clean and dry. Basically, the amount of care that is needed by the owner, both in the form of affection and maintenance is relatively high.
This crossbreed is also known by the name shoat, and it is a hybrid of a sheep and a goat. Even though there is a difference in the number of chromosomes in a goat (60) and a sheep (54), and the offspring usually ends up having a chromosome value that’s intermediate between 54 and 60. The pairing of a sheep and goat usually results in a progeny that is usually born dead, hence they are usually produced by merging the embryos of a goat and a sheep producing something called as a chimera.
Another significant difference between a chimera and a hybrid is that- a chimera has four parents (since they contain cells from two genetic individuals) and a hybrid has only 2. In conformance with the Haldane’s rule, the hybrid male mammals are usually born sterile. As far as the tail of a geep is concerned, it has characteristics of both a sheep and a goat- the tail extending horizontally from the bottom base of the spine.
Bedlington or Rothbury terriers are dogs that resemble in appearance to lambs. They don’t usually weigh more than 10 kg, but they are extremely agile and sharp dogs. They don’t just score high inland agility, but they have superior swimming capabilities too. Their size and weight can be deceiving as they are very well capable of killing another animal of its size. Due to its speed and endurance, they are used for dog races and other animal sports.
As the name suggests, it is a crossbreed between a Zebra and any equine, usually a donkey or a horse. They usually resemble the non-Zebra parent but have the stripes of a Zebra at few areas of their body. Despite there being a huge difference in the number of chromosomes between a zebra and any other equine, hybrids are possible as long as the hybrid facilitates embryonic development to birth. They are usually bred for riding and to be used as show animals during events like a circus. Like Zebras, that are wild and aggressive, they cannot be easily domesticated. Hence they have a strong temperament and are wildly aggressive.
This is a hybrid between the false killer whale and the dolphin that has a bottlenose. They are found in the wild and also in captivity. At the moment, there is only one that is in captive, which is at the sea life park in Hawaii. Kekeimalu- it is the first Wholphin to have survived and was born fertile. This eventually led to Kekeimalu to giving birth thrice- the first one didn’t survive beyond 200 days, but the second and third lived relatively for longer time. They are jumbo-sized when born and resemble the size of a one year old bottlenose.
It is also referred as a Cattalo, and it is a fertile hybrid of the American bison and a domestic cattle. They were produced with the agenda of beef production. Though a hybrid, a full beefalo usually has 37.5% genetic information of a bison. The primary reason why the meat of beefalo is preferred over bison meat/cattle meat is that they are low in fat, calories, and cholesterol. Thus making their meat superior (also relatively higher protein content than cattle beef). They are usually tolerant of cold, submissive in nature, have a fast growth rate, and don’t require a lot of care making it ideal for the meat industry.
This is a hybrid of the domestic cattle and the yak. Dzo is a female hybrid, and Dzomo is a male hybrid and can be backcrossed. As far as the size is concerned, the hybrid is usually larger in size compared to their parents and is relatively stronger than a yak and cattle. This characteristic can be attributed to the genetic phenomenon of heterosis. This makes them perfect pack animals. Additionally, they are much more high-yielding in terms of milk and meat production, making them a superior choice of crossbreed in the dairy industry.