- What The Diddly’s a Doodle?
- Getting To Know Doodles
- Top 21 Most Popular Poodle Mixes
- Finding a Good Breeder
- Adopting a Doodle
- Doodles – Always a Good Mix
In the last 15 years, Poodle mixes, commonly known as Doodles, have become a popular choice for many pet parents. Many soon to be pet parents ask: what poodle mix is the best? Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, even Bernedoodles and Maltipoos, there are a lot of choices to be made when picking out a Doodle. While any dog can be a loving, kind family dog, certain Doodles can fit better than others. Whether you want a big, rough a tumble dog, or a small, cuddle lapdog, Doodles have you covered.
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What The Diddly’s a Doodle?
A Doodle is any kind of dog that’s an offspring of a Poodle and another purebred dog or Poodle mix. Some Doodles may have 75% Poodle due one parent being pure Poodle and the other being a Doodle mix, but they all have at least a good chunk of Poodle. Typically, a Doodle will have fur that grows in soft, tight curls, and have the coloration of the non-Doodle breed. Goldendoodles will always have a golden or white fur, while Labradoodles may be black or white depending on the Labrador.
While Doodles have existed for roughly 70 years, they really came into the spotlight about 20 to 30 years ago. A hypoallergenic, non-shedding family dog that was easy to breed and avoided most health issues of purebreds? While Doodles do hold claim to all of these things, there are myths that need debunking when it comes to Doodles.
Getting To Know Doodles
Before you pick which kind of Doodle might be right for you, it is important to understand what requirements and needs a Doodle takes, and what health and behavior issues you may be dealing with. Not every Doodle breed is the same, and will have varying energy levels, size, and mental needs. Their temperament also varies from dog to dog, so it may be good to find an older Doodle who has already received some training.
The benefits of a Doodle are common knowledge among pet parents who own them. Doodles do not shed at all, have considerably less dander and cause less allergies, and have very positive dispositions overall. They also typically live longer than many breeds of the same size, thanks to the mixing of genes from multiple breeds. They also come in a variety of sizes, from mini and toy to full and standard sizes, to suit any family’s needs. Doodles are an extremely outgoing breed, and typically never have shyness when it comes to meeting people or dogs. Doodles are very responsive to Positive Reinforcement training and pick up new skills and behaviors quickly. They have a willingness to please, so they make for great service and emotional support animals, and their popularity makes them well-liked anywhere they go.
There are a few downsides to Doodles, just like with any breed of dog. While many breeders claim that Doodles avoid health issues, that is not entirely true. For larger variants, hip and joint issues, along with heart problems can occur. For smaller variants, the same heart issues can arise, as well as blindness later on in life. Doodles are also very active dogs, and require a great deal of walking, training, and exercise. They are not suited for apartment life, or for being crated for long periods of time. A bored Doodle is a destructive Doodle, especially during teething. Playtime is important for Doodles, but very often they can get too rough or physical when playing, especially with smaller dogs and children. Doodles like saying hello with their paws, so it is very important to work on not jumping and polite playtime from a very early age, or you may find yourself getting slapped every time your Doodle wants attention. Be ready for extremely high energy when it comes to Doodles.
Top 21 Most Popular Poodle Mixes
There are dozens of Doodle types out there now, but a few are more popular and easy to find than others. If you have never had a Doodle before, look at the top 21 most popular breeds listed below, ordered by “popularity,” and see which one might fit for you and your family.
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The top benefits of a Doodle are the high intelligence, healthier genetics, and popularity of their lower-shedding coats.
Once you have decided on which Doodle might be best for you, the next step is locating one. While these designer dogs often come from Breeders, many shelters have Doodles due to their popularity. Take a look at:
With all of this information at your fingertips, it should be easy to find the dog that is right for you. Always remember, a puppy is for life.
The Cavapoo, in contrast to the Westiepoo, has almost no prey drive whatsoever. They still do enjoy play time or fetch, but they first and foremost want attention. Coming in different colors depending on both the Spaniel and the Poodle, this breed is always about the size of the Spaniel.
A more slender Doodle, the Cavapoo has the long Poodle legs and longer snout compared to the shorter, snubbed snout of the Cavalier. The longer, silky fur of the Cavalier turns into slightly longer face and leg fur, but keeps the curls from the Poodle. Dual and Tri-color Cavapoos are possible, and they do require a fair bit of grooming to stay clean and healthy. Hitting 25 pounds at the most, this breed is easier to care for and play with, but their personality can make training tricky.
There is not a single Doodle that does not want to say hello with their paws, and Cavaliers are one of the jumpiest breeds themselves. Combining the will to people with the Cavalier mindset of being a lapdog, Cavapoos come with springs in their feet. Jumping for attention is the number one issue with Cavapoos, and with their cute looks it can be very hard to resist giving them attention.
This is not a breed that can be left alone, and is prone to separation anxiety. They do well in larger families that give them a bigger support net, but still require a lot of training when it comes to staying calm without their people. Cavapoos also have sensitive stomachs, and care must be taken when it comes to training treats and food selections. The heart diseases that plague Cavaliers can also occur in Cavapoos, and regular check-ups on their cardiovascular health is vital.
A slightly less common mix, a Sheepadoodle combines the work driven Sheepdog with a high focus Poodle. A stout, thick-furred dog, the Sheepdog was originally bred for herding and protecting sheep, as the name implies. An extremely talented and dependable herding breed, the Sheepdog itself can be tough to train for family life. But, mixing it with a Doodle, like many other breeds, results in a much more family appropriate dog.
The Sheepadoodle is normally a larger breed dog. While any Doodle mix can technically be small, this breed is more commonly found in larger variants. At four months, some Sheepadoodles can even hit 30 pounds and still be growing rapidly. With this breed, it is very important to make sure you meet the parents and see what size dog you may be ending up with. That being said, the breed is very amicable towards children and other dogs, but must be trained to play gently so it does not tackle and pounce. This Doodle may have latent herding urges, as well, so giving this Doodle a job to do is vital to its mental wellbeing. Lots of space is important for Doodles!
Grooming is a must for these breeds. With the thicker, longer fur of the Sheepdog, this mix usually does not have the tight, curly fur of the Doodle. Grooming, shaving, brushing, and washing are all vital to the wellbeing of this Doodle. For pet parents that live in more wooded areas, making sure to keep debris out of their fur may be a daily task. Their health issues stem from hit and joint issues, and some heart health problems. Keeping your older Sheepadoodle on hit and joint supplements will give them a happier, longer life in their older years.
The mix between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, a Schnoodle is a mix that takes a bit of work and breeding to be perfected. While some Doodles may be 50/50 mix, the Schnoodle takes a few generations to reach the desired mix. The end result of what is considered the perfect Schnoodle is a specific kind of fur, rather than a size or disposition. Instead of the typical Doodle coat, an equal mix is the goal, resulting in a fluffy coat. Schnoodles can be difficult to obtain because of this, but are considered extremely low shedders for people with allergies.
With that much breeding going into the proper Schnoodle, it is difficult to say the size and disposition of the puppies. Thorough research into the parents is vital, and knowing their history and bloodlines is essential to finding a good Schnoodle puppy. For this reason, the health issues should be known by the breeders, but the mixed lineage could result in latent issues popping up. Expect a lot of work in finding the right Schnoodle. Schnoodles are also a mix that can drastically vary in size. Depending on whether or not you are looking for a Toy up to a Standard Schnoodle, you may have to speak with many different breeders.
With the wide range of sizes and backgrounds, it can be difficult to pin down the exact behaviors of the Schnoodle. Luckily, Schnauzers are fairly non-aggressive dogs, but do require a degree of socialization at a young age. While the can be a bit more shy and timid than some other breeds, the Poodle helps draw out their personality, resulting in a dog with a kind, fun temperament. They can be protective of their pet parents, however, so make sure they learn to safely engage with new people.
Energy is the word of the day with Schnoodles, needing a great deal of playtime and engagement every day. There’s no breaks with a Schnoodle, and for those living in an apartment or smaller arrangement, a Schnoodle is not a good choice. Even a Toy Schnoodle requires space to run and chase, so only pet parents with enough space should attempt to home a Schnoodle.
A Shih Poo is a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. This mix can be a bit of a stubborn one with the Shih Tzu ancestry, but if properly trained from a young age, results in a friendly and proud lapdog. A bit less eager to please than some other mixes, the Shih Poo needs daily training and reminders of what behaviors to take and not take.
The Shih Tzu is a breed known for their below average urge to please and respond to pet parents, often times engaging with smells or other movements that interest them. There is a strong possibility that your Shih Poo can hain this same trait from the Shih Tzu in them, and whether or not they have the more outgoing, eager to please of the Poodle is up to chance. This mix is better suited for calmer, quieter homes that do not have smaller children. They do enjoy attention, and will often times pick a favorite out of a family, but will not go out of their way for that attention like some breeds.
Compared to others, they do not require as much activity and playtime, and very often prefer to laze about with their person than go for long walks. If you are an extremely active pet parent, a Shih Poo may not be the right choice. For someone who wants a low impact dog in a quiet, single person home, the Shih Poo may be better suited. However, this is not a dog for new pet parents, and requires a lot of patience with potty training and resource guarding. Their coats differ from dog to dog, and grooming is on a case by case basis with this mix.
One of the more common toy mixes, the Yorkipoo stems from a mix of Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle. The mix of these two brings about an adorable, but a rambunctious dog that needs a lot of attention and early training. The Poodle in this mix is the Toy Poodle, giving the Yorkipoo the energy and temperament of the smaller breed. The Yorkie is a high prey drive and extremely vocal breed, and the Yorkipoo needs a lot of training at a young age.
Even though smaller dogs typically live longer lives and hit a senior age much later in life, they go through puppy growth much faster than larger breed dogs. At this young age, a Yorkipoo requires a great deal of socialization and redirection training to prevent it from having barking issues down the line. The Yorkie is one of the breeds notorious for giving small dogs the ‘yappy’ reputation, and the Yorkipoo can easily inherit this trait. Making sure to train your Yorkipoo to keep their focus on you or something positive with help break them of that habit, or even prevent it from occurring at all.
Yorkipoos are very active, social dogs when it comes to their families, and can be extremely playful with other small breeds. The Yorkie side of them can lead them to be a bit standoffish, but through proper socialization, you can work through those problems. Working with them around children is important too, as Yorkipoos do not enjoy extremely rough physical play. Using toys or playing fetch is a much more enjoyable pastime for this bouncy mix.
Their fur can vary, depending on which breed’s genes come out more dominant. If they lean towards Poodle, you can have a low shedding dog that may need full grooming from time to time. If they lean towards Yorkie, you will need daily brushing and care, but typically only a trim around the face and sanitary areas, instead of a full work down. Health issues for smaller dogs take different forms, so find out what issues the parents had so you can pinpoint what your Yorkipoo might eventually develop.
A more debated mix, the Peekapoo is a mix between a Pekingese and a Poodle. This mix, and the Pekingese breed in general, is a sensitive subject for many dog lovers. While the mix typically had no undercoat and is easier to groom and brush, and may have a loving personality, it has an abundance of health issues.
The debate around Peekapoos comes from the Pekingese side. Roughly two-thirds of all Pekingese suffer from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, or BOAS. This is a genetic defect that causes them to be unable to easily breathe. It is a chronic disease with no cute, caused by the flat faces and short snouts of many breeds. BOAS results in a lifetime of labored breathing, pain, and inability to handle any sort of temperatures in either the hot or cold ranges.
It is a toss-up whether or not your Peekapoo will be born with BOAS or not. Many breeders shun or look down upon breeders who keep this mix or the Pekingese bloodlines going, stating that breeding dogs who are born suffering is unkind. Regardless of views, this breed should only be taken if you are well educated in the health issues and problems that may arise. This mix also does poorly with children, as roughhousing can cause it to have troubles breathing, leading to it lashing out to protect itself.
While grooming this breed can be easier than some Doodles, due to the lower maintenance fur, it is important to weigh the pros and cons very heavily for this mix. Be careful about Peekapoos if you are inexperienced with dogs, or breeds with airway restrictions. Weight gain and overheating are also very serious detriments to this breed, as their body works against them in almost every aspect.
The Pomapoo is a mix between the extremely fluffy Pomeranian, and a Poodle. The Pomapoo is a Doodle that is always small, never hitting more than 10-12 pounds at the most. It is seen as a Toy or Teacup Doodle, easy to carry and travel with. Unlike many Doodles, this breed does shed, and requires the undercoat to be brushed out regularly. This Doodle mix would not be considered hypoallergenic, which is something to keep in mind if you are considering this Doodle.
With its smaller statue, the Pomapoo does well in apartments and smaller living situations, as long as it is given something to interact or play with. A playpen is a perfect place for a Pomapoo, especially if you decide to potty train them to go on pads rather than outside. This mix is also very vocal and responds loudly to outside stimuli if not properly trained. Expect them to want attention any time you are around, and to try and seek out laps to sit in.
As a breed that sheds, you may be dealing with extra brushing, but not as much shaving down. Keeping them well groomed will prevent mats and tangles, but do not get this Doodle if you are expecting a non-shedder. Regular baths are a must. In addition, this particular Doodle mix can be a bit more aggressive and is prone to resource guarding. Families with children may not want to pick this breed. Never be afraid to meet the puppies beforehand, and see which enjoys interacting with people more.
Health issues in Pomapoos stem from their parents, and any good breeder will be able to inform you on what health issues may arise in Pomapoos. Keep an eye out for breeders who refuse to give you genetic history or information about the breed. Weight issues are common in these smaller breeds, as well as blindness in later ages. Pomapoos are great for single pet parents, but larger families may have a bit more trouble with them.
A Whoodle is possibly one of the least common Doodle mixes. The Wheaton Terrier is one of the larger breeds of terrier, and while energetic, do not have the barking or overwhelming prey drive of some smaller terriers. While any terrier is naturally more inclined to sniff and smell about, these mixes have many different personalities depending on the individual dog.
Because a Whoodle is so uncommon, dog behaviorists and vets do not have a large enough sample size for temperament, health issues, size and so on. So, a closer look at the two dogs that much up the mix is needed. The first, the Wheaton, is a good family dog that is friendly, dependable, and very rewarding to train and work with. The Poodle trains well, too, so a mix of the two would likely be a very trainable, intelligent dog. Many Wheatons are already mistaken for Doodles, as their fur and faces can be very similar. The Wheaton may also have a ‘beard’, as some breeds are groomed to have. You are most likely going to be dealing with some thick, heavy fur in this mix, as well.
So few Whoodles exist, that finding one will be more of a challenge than training the dog. Expect to be traveling across the country to even hope to find one, as breeders of this dog mix are few and far between. If you do happen to find one, cherish it. No Doodle mix is rarer!
9. Saint Berdoodle
Mixing a Saint Bernard and Poodle results in a loveable mix known as a Saint Berdoodle. With the loyalty of Saint Bernard and the intelligence of the Poodle, the Saint Berdoodle is a fantastic mix with tons of pluses. Expect a Saint Berdoodle to be big when it grows up, as even a smaller Poodle is working against a breed that hits over 100 pounds easily. An affectionate, happy mix, this dog loves to please more than anything.
A Saint Berdoodle is going to have thick, curly fur, similar to the Bernedoodle, but on a larger scale. This happy go lucky mix requires a lot of grooming attention due to the thick, fluffy fur and large size, and may need to be shorn down regularly if you live in warmer climates. This Doodle loves colder weather, and during the winter will have much more energy than the summer. If you live in warmer climates, be careful about overheating or dehydration of this Doodle mix.
Training a Saint Berdoodle is a rewarding experience, and because both breeds that make up the mix are affectionate, you may have a very large lapdog on your hands. Making sure you go through proper training, especially for things like leash walking and jumping, it a must when it comes to larger dogs. Doodles love saying hello with their paws, so make sure you begin that training at a young age. Saint Berdoodles are strong dogs, and it is more than just a jump when they want to play.
One of the most popular variants of Doodle is the Goldendoodle. Goldendoodles vary from a darker, golden brown to a very light white, depending on the parents, and have a range of sizes from Standard to Toy. A Standard Labradoodle stands about as tall as a Standard Poodle, hitting upwards of 80 pounds and physically resembling the Poodle in stature, rather than the bulkier form of the Golden. The smaller end of Goldendoodles is around ten pounds for toy breeds, which are more commonly Toy Poodles bred with an already smaller Goldendoodle. If you are purchasing a Goldendoodle puppy, enquire about the size and the parents for a better estimate of how big your new puppy is going to get.
Being a breed that does not shed, they need constant grooming and shaving in order to prevent matting and dirt from accumulating. Bi-weekly baths for a Goldendoodle are recommended to keep fur clean, as a lack of shedding means they do not naturally remove dirt like other breeds. They require grooming, either at home or by a professional groomer, and it is recommended to use or request a Five Blade when she is groomed. If you are unsure about Clipper Blades and how they correspond to the length of the fur, ask a local groomer. If you know how to groom a dog yourself, then make sure you get medium to heavy-duty clippers, depending on the thickness of the Goldendoodle’s fur.
The Goldendoodle was one of the first Doodle mixes to gain popularity, and have even begun to be recognized as their own breed is some dog training groups. While mixed breeds are typically never considered their own breed, Goldendoodles have begun to push against the rule just from the sheer prevalence of the mix. This, along with their high energy and high impact nature make them good for families with lots of space to run and play, but not so much for small children. Goldendoodle puppies, especially Standard sized, have trouble playing politely with children. It is not a case of aggression, but a case of not realizing how large or strong they are, and combined with a tendency to jump, may knock youngsters over without meaning to.
They are typically healthy dogs compared to some pure-breds, but a few health issues can arise. Hip and joint issues can occur in any breed, but Goldendoodles are more susceptible to these issues. Making sure a puppy gets the proper food, and putting them on hip and joint supplements are both extremely important for Goldendoodles. Another large issue is the heart, as any larger dog can have heart issues if they are not given routine check-ups.
The other most popular mix of Doodle, the Labradoodle comes in many more colors than the Goldendoodle. Depending on if a parent was a White, Chocolate, Black, etc Labrador, the fur colors and sizes can vary greatly. This is where your all-black Doodle mixes come from. Labradoodle and Goldendoodles share a great deal of similarities, and are sometimes hard to tell apart. There are a few small differences in the two, however.
Labradoodles typically have very short, tight curls in their fur, due to the shortness of the Labrador’s fur compared to a Golden’s. While it is possible to brush the fur out to a degree, their fur must be washed more often than a Goldendoodles depending on the firmness of the fur. Many Labradoodle’s have fur likened to a sheep’s wool, but mat more easily due to the nature of their fur. You can see Sloane the Labradoodle here, both before and after a groom. Note the shorter fur especially around the eyes and ears.
Both of them will usually take on the body shape of the Poodle, with longer legs and a more pronounced snout, but Labradoodles can sometimes be a bit heavier and stockier than their counterparts. Both still come in many different sizes, all dependant on the parents. They have a willingness to please, and obey cues well, but occasionally get over excited when around other dogs or being rewarded. Labradoodles love saying hello physically, whether it is a slap with a paw, a jump, or a heavy lean into your legs for attention, and can bond with either whole families or one individual.
Their grooming is very similar to more Doodles, but with the shorter fur, dematting can be required if they are not bathed and tended to regularly. Oatmeal shampoos or shampoos with tea tree oils can be great for Labradoodles, as regular washing may dry out their skin. Dematting and detangling shampoos and conditioners can also help, and this breed’s love of water makes bathing easy.
The Bidoodle has many different names, including Bichon Doodle, Doodle Frise, or Bichoodle. The Bidoodle is a small or toy sized Doodle with a ton of playful energy and an absolute urge to cuddle and be held. While they can be jumpers, their tiny size and happy personality makes them fantastic for kids and in smaller living arrangements, like apartments. They do well in almost any situation, and their smaller size makes them great for less active pet parents. The Bidoodle does not know how to be aggressive in the slightest, and would rather try to lick you to death than anything else.
The Bidoodle comes in a few different colors, including vibrant orange golds. Their fur is always made with tight, firm curls, and brushing is required. Unlike some Doodles, they are a very vocal mix, and let their pet parents know they need attention through whines, barks, and whimpers. They can very prone to separation anxiety, and training is required to keep them from getting stressed when their pet parents are not around. They take very little time to warm up to new people, and love then people get down to play at their level. Like with many smaller breeds, you may see them ‘dance’ for attention, and try to jump up into laps.
Like many small breeds, potty training can be an issue for the Bidoodle, as their bodies cannot hold it in for as long as some larger breeds. Sheer excitement or nervousness can cause anxiety pees, and early potty training is a must for this breed. Their small teeth also need a lot of teething toys. A Bidoodle that is not supervised can take apart almost anything they get their mouths on, from clothes to wires.
With a Bidoodle, be sure to avoid too many treats and snacks during training. Smaller breeds can easily become overweight, with even a single pound throwing off their body weight ratio. Using bits of kibble in treat balls or for training works well for food motivated Bidoodles, rather than fattier treats. Some smaller breeds are also prone to kidney issues, so regular check-ups at the vet are important.
A mix between a Newfoundland and a Poodle, the Newfypoo is a big, big dog with a heart to match. There is no doubting this dog’s ability to love, and the affectionate side of both the Newfoundland and the Poodle shines through with this Doodle. Considered a large, or even giant mix depending on the size of the adult dog, the Newfypoo requires a lot of space, a lot of playtime, and a lot of attention. If you have time, this mix is great for families and children with its kind disposition and gentle nature. Just be prepared to go through a lot of food and treats to keep it satisfied.
One of the largest of the Doodles, the Newfypoo can hit sizes of up to 150 pounds, and you will not see any toy variants of this mix at all. Even with all that size, the Newfypoo is still a kind, friendly dog that is extremely loyal to its family and pet parents. Unlike some other, more protective breeds, they do not mind engaging with strangers and new dogs if properly socialized at a young age. They do need to be taught to play politely, as their massive size may be a bit too much for smaller dogs and children. Newfypoos are big fans of playtime, and need mental stimulation through treat balls and fetch toys, as well as regular walks and exercise.
The Newfypoo’s coat is as big as it is, and will require a lot of grooming and work. Any mix of the Poodle and Newfoundland is going to end up with thick, curly fur that gets tangled easily. Make sure to regularly brush and wash your Newfypoo to prevent mats. Trips to the groomer will be vital to trim down a Newfypoo, as well. Being a giant mix, the Newfypoo can be prone to hip and joint issues, as well as some heart issues that arise in the Poodle. Even these mixed breeds can have health issues due to the pure bloodlines that they stem from.
Possibly the fluffiest, softest of any Doodle is the Bernedoodle. Finding a small Bernedoodle is tougher, due to the massive size of the Bernese Mountain Dog, and you will usually find a Bernedoodle hitting over 80 pounds at the Standard size. Unlike the single-tone fur of the Golden- and Labradoodles, Bernedoodles have double or tri-color coats, as their markings resemble the Bernese ancestry. They have much thicker, softer coats than other Doodle mixes, making them a snuggly, soft choice.
Bernedoodles have a very easy going disposition, losing much of the high strung energy and possible nervousness of other Doodle mixes. As puppies, they are playful, energetic, and even clumsy to a degree, making them very personable dogs. However, this can cause issues in training, as the lackadaisical nature of the Bernadoodle causes them to lose interest in training in favor of playtime or distractions. Higher value treats are important when training your Bernedoodle.
Grooming is a bit tougher for a Bernedoodle, as their fur is thicker and longer than other Doodles. They still do not shed, but this results in a dog that requires daily brushing in order to prevent mats and tangles. Their fur also picks up debris more easily, and they may track mud or water if not cleaned properly. Bathing is a must for a Bernedoodle. They are cold weather dogs thanks to their fur, and may not do well in warmer climates or in hot weather, so it is very important to keep them cool in the summer.
Bernedoodles are cuddlers by nature. They’re very physical, and love trying to be lapdogs. However, due to their size, this can be problematic. If you are someone who wants a physical, playful dog that can run with you, wrestle and play tug of war, a Bernedoodle is a good choice. Just make sure you take the time to teach them how to be gentle with smaller dogs and children, as they see anything their level and lower as a playmate. Leash walking can also be a difficult process, as they grow much faster than they realize. Investing in a front-clip harness or an elastic leash can help you teach them to walk properly.
Mixing a Border Collie with a Poodle results in a smart, hard working mix called a Bordoodle. Taking the genes from a Border Collie, which is ranked as the world’s most intelligent breed, and adding it to the style of a Poodle gives you a wonderful, fun to train dog. However. Keeping up with a Bordoodle is tougher than it sounds. Training, running, even finding places where it can work out herding instinct is all vital for the wellbeing of your Bordoodle.
The Border Collie is a breed than cannot go without a job to do. A bored Bordoodle will result in the same results as the dog it descends from – a dog who decides to find a job to do on its own. Whether this ends up being herding you around the house, to pushing furniture into one spot, or ever trying to wrangle houseguests, letting a Bordoodle pick a job is a bad plan. Making sure you train your Bordoodle in order to keep them occupied is a must, and you may even want to find a ‘job’ for them to do on a day to day basis to keep them feeling occupied. Agility courses are a great plan for a Bordoodle as well, and they need an active pet parent.
For grooming and health, the coat of a Border Collie is rough, and requires constant deshedding and brushing. You Bordoodle may not be a low shedding dog due to this genetic trait, so do not depend on that being a certainty. Being mostly a medium size dog, their health issues vary from one individual to the next. Border Collies end up with hip and joint problems, just like the Poodle, so keeping an eye out for limping or swelling is a must. This high energy dog can run itself into injury, so mental stimulation that revolves around more than just running is advisable.
This little breed of Chihuahua and Poodle is a newer Doodle to the scene. The mix of Chihuahua and Poodle gives this mix a diminutive size, but a big personality. Full of energy and need to play and socialize, the Chipoo requires a lot of playtime and work. While a Chihuahua can had a bad reputation for being loud and stubborn, early socialization and training can result in a wonderful, friendly dog.
The Chipoo is by nature, a cuddly, friendly dog, but can quickly decide to only be cuddly for its pet parents. Like many small breed dogs, they can become incredibly defensive over their pet parents to the point of growling and biting. This ‘small dog syndrome’ can occur easily if your Chipoo is not properly socialized. Holding your Chipoo, allowing them to bark at a distance, and not allowing for safe socialization at a young age is a recipe for disaster.
However, even a well socialized Chipoo can still be defensive if provoked. Regular grooming visits at a young age will prevent aggression towards grooming and strangers. Having a place they consider to be theirs, such as a playpen or crate can also give them a safe area to relax. Making sure they are well groomed will also prevent painful mats, which can cause a dog to lash out, and depending on the parents, it may or may not shed. This mix also does not like to engage with children, and prefers its own pet parents.
They are a high, high energy dog, with at least an hour of playtime and training required every day. Constant stimulation is important for this breed, as any extra energy will turn into rough playing and barking. A vocal mix, expect howling and barking if they are not properly stimulated every day. A lack of play can also result in an overweight dog, putting it at high risk for teeth decay and heart disease.
The West Highland Terrier, or Westie as it is more commonly known, is a feisty terrier that requires a lot of attention. When you mix this breed with a Poodle, you get a high energy, high impact dog that needs a lot of attention on playtime. Westies can be notorious for deciding that movement and smells are more important than focusing, and a Westiepoo takes that drive and turns it into play.
With a higher than normal prey drive, aWestiepoo may have trouble with other animals. It is not recommended to have small animals such as guinea pigs or cats around an untrainedWestiepoo, or you may end up with a very unhappy game of chase. Which aWestiepoo never means harm with these games, accidents can occur. Expect your Westiepoo to need more playing revolving around chase, fetch, and active running to burn off that energy.
Westiepoo coats vary depending on which parent they take after, and the size of the dog, but they can be a bit wirier if they take after the Westie. Westies are also a stout terrier, so expect variations in body shape as well, instead of the typically sleek Doodle look. However, even with a stout frame, Westiepoos are agile, active dogs that will keep you on your toes. It is not recommended for a new pet owner to consider this breed, as they take a great deal of training, and may want to chase children around playtime.
Westiepoos come in a few different sizes, but will often time be smaller due to the Westie’s diminutive height. Health issues are similar to most Doodles, and weight gain is a threat to any Westie mix. Smaller dogs are at much more risk of being overweight, and Westies are no exception. To ensure yourWestiepoo has a long, healthy life, controlling the amount they eat is important.
Even with a less impressive name than some of the other Doodles, a Boxerdoodle is an excellent mix of the two breeds. The high energy of the Boxer with the focus of the Poodle results in a high trainable, and still playfully loveable dog. Expect a Boxerdoodle to be a very physical dog, but easy to train and eager to please. Boxers are one of the most physically expressive dogs, so you will see a lot of movement and playfulness from a Boxerdoodle.
An energetic, happy mix, the Boxerdoodle will vary in size depending on the parents. Smaller Boxerdoodles are rare, however, and larger sizes are much more common to match the size of the Boxer. Known for their love of play pouncing on toys, tapping their paws, and rolling around for fun, the Boxer shines in this mix. Even with all of this physical action, they are still great with children, and do well in large families. This does require a lot of open space to play, and people to play with, so do not expect a Boxerdoodle to do well in smaller areas.
Health issues for a Boxerdoodle typically mirror what most larger breeds have issues with: Hip and joint problems, heart issues, and certain cancers can plague these breeds. Like any dog, socialization is also key, but Boxerdoodles pick up on social cues very well. Depending on the genes it inherits, you may end up with an easy to clean boxer coat. You may also end up with a coat that requires a good deal more attention. Grooming is important either way, and keeping your Boxerdoodle’s coat pretty and clean is a must.
Cockapoos are one of the smaller breed Doodles, as the Cocker Spaniel is a smaller breed than a Golden, Labrador, or a Bernese Mountain Dog. One of the first Doodle mixes to have appeared, dating back to the 1950s, this Doodle requires a lot of attention and interaction. At only 25 pounds at the very largest, this breed is better suited for children and families who want a dog they can pick up, hold, or interact with easily.
With a silkier fur and a smaller body, Cockapoos are popular with families that want a smaller lapdog. They socialize extremely well at young ages, even getting along well with other animals like cats. However, expect a Cockapoo to keep its nose to the ground, always on the lookout for something to play with or sniff out. Drawing from the Cocker Spaniel side, a Cockapoo finds movement and smells thrilling, and will chase almost anything that it thinks might be fun to follow. Recall and focus cues are a must for Cockapoos.
As with many smaller dogs, a smaller physical presence means that a larger vocal presence may occur. Cockapoos bark more than their larger counterparts who see garner attention through more physical interactions. Learning to get your Cockapoo’s energy out through games and training is vital, or else there will be a lot of unwanted barking for attention. Grooming is important for their smaller size, as it is easy for a small dog with long hair to develop mats in their fur. Expect your Cockapoo to want to play and chew on grooming brushes, as well.
While smaller breeds do not have as many hip or joint issues as larger breeds, Cockapoos still have health issues that relate to smaller breeds. They have longer lifespans than their larger counterparts, and this can result in blindness and dementia in Cockapoos. As older ages, they can also develop certain cancers and cysts, and are prone to dental diseases. Checking in with a vet regularly is important.
Even smaller than a Cockapoo, the Maltipoo is a great mix for people in smaller homes or apartments. Being as they travel well, get along in new environments, and have very few aggression issues, a Maltipoo is a popular choice for older folks and children alike. With some Maltipoos not even hitting a full ten pounds, they maintain a spot as one of the smallest Doodle mixes.
A Maltipoo requires one thing above all else: attention. They are very social, active dogs that do poorly when left alone for long periods of time. Many Maltipoos do better getting attention rather than treats during training, and they love nothing more than spending time with their pet parents. Expect a lot of need for cuddling, petting, and brushing, or expect a lot of barking. Maltipoos are notorious barkers when they are not properly stimulated, and if you are not careful, you can end up with a very loud puppy on your hands. Luckily, with proper training, you can have your Maltipoo only bark when you ask, or in certain situations.
Maltipoos love attention, so they love to please. Training one is not difficult once it realizes that listening and following cues gets attention and praise, and they learn fun tricks easily. They can be sensitive to noises, however, so if Clicker Training is attempted you may need to find a clicker with a softer tone. They also groom easily, and need the same level of grooming and attention as any Doodle mix, just on a smaller scale.
With a smaller size, it is easy to set up a play area for your Maltipoo. Not only will this prevent a puppy or bored dog from chewing on something important, giving your dog their own space will make them feel comfortable and safe when they are inside of it. Letting them out to play with the family, and then letting them go back in once they are tired is a great way to keep barking and whining to a minimum.
Mixing a Rottweiler and a Poodle results in a mix called a Rottle. This mix is a reserved, almost stoic dog around people it does not know, and more outgoing towards its family. Considerably less outgoing than many Doodles, this breed is prized for its appearance and coat, but not its actions around strangers or other dogs. A Rottle can take a lot of hard work and training, but is an exceptionally loyal dog to its pet parents.
Being as a Rottle is a more stoic breed. They require calm socialization as puppies, and a lot of exercise and entertainment at home. Making sure to take time to prevent food aggression, resource guarding, and overall aggression towards new people is important, as this is a very protective Doodle. A more reserved mix, they need a great deal of practice meeting people they have not met, and in turn can do very poorly with children. Pet parents will still find them to be an extremely affectionate, kind dog in their own home. Rottles may also attempt to become lapdogs, even at their larger sizes. Expect a lot of training and work for this mix to be as social as some of the others. Like always, this can vary greatly from dog to dog, and many Rottles are very friendly and outgoing.
Their coat varies from the Rottweiler coat to the Poodle coat, and the most desired mix is the curly Poodle fur with the markings and ‘eyebrows’ of the Rottweiler. Depending on the coat, you may see a lot more time grooming than not. Large breed dog food with salmon will help both their skin and coat, as well as their joint health in the long run. Grooming is important doubly for this mix, as a good groomer and some patience will help them be handled by new people more easily.
Finding a Good Breeder
With so many people nowadays trying to breed, sell, and raise dogs, it can be very difficult to find a good dog breeder. Depending on where you live, you may have to search around a bit for a breeder, but here are some tips and advice to follow. You never want to accidentally support a puppy mill, or someone who takes poor care of their dogs.
Always ask questions. A good breeder is transparent about their dogs. They are willing to show AKC paperwork, talk about their location, even show you where the dogs are taken care of and bred. A breed who cares about the breed will be happy to disclose all possible health issues, as well, and walk you through some of the basics of getting a new puppy. If a breeder refuses to show you the parents, refuses to show you where the dogs are kept, or refuses to show you the dog until payment, steer clear. Many times, you will be put on a waiting list, and when a female dog is pregnant, be informed and given the choice to put a claim on a puppy. Payment at this time is common.
If you are lucky, a breeder that you know and trusts you may be willing to part with an older dog who can no longer breed, and needs a good forever home. Just like with puppies, make sure to ask questions, meet the dog beforehand, find out any health risks and interact with the dog. Having puppies can change a dog’s behavior.
Lastly, some breeders may ask that you do not spay or neuter your new puppy. This is typically so they can see which of the puppies grows up the healthiest. They may ask for the puppy back for a short time when it is older for further breeding, as well, but this would be included in the contract signed at purchase. This is another sign that you have a reputable breeder. No contract means no business.
Adopting a Doodle
Adoption is a great choice when looking for a new dog. With the huge amount of dogs that have no forever home, and that need a place to call their own, Doodles are easier and easier to find in shelters. Just like breeders, reputable rescues are important to find.
There are two types of places to adopt from – rescues, and shelters. Rescues are typically non-profit organizations run by a smaller group of people, while shelters are government-run animal control groups. Adopting from a rescue means the dog will usually be fostered in a home with other dogs, giving it more socialization and basic housetraining. The fees for a rescue can also be higher, as most rescues rely entirely on subsidies, donations, and adoption fees. Almost any larger retail pet chain, such as PetCo, will have adoption events weekly.
Shelters are government run, and typically seen as a ‘Pound’ setting. Dogs who are strays, abandoned, or otherwise homeless and without a rescue end here, and unfortunately, most all shelters practice euthanization. Often times, rescue groups will adopt dogs who are close to their euthanization date in order to save them. While the fees are much lower here, the background, actual breed, and health issues are totally unknown in a shelter dog. This being said, there are more happy reports of shelter dogs becoming incredible family dogs than not, especially with the correct training.
Doodles – Always a Good Mix
Overall, any Doodle is going to be an outgoing, happy dog. There are a lot of reasons why they have become such a popular choice in so many families, and their popularity continues to grow. Different breeds are meant for different people, so never be afraid to meet as many different dogs as you can in the search for the right one. A dog, Doodle or not, is a partner for life, so make sure you take the time to pick the perfect one.