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Oodles of Doodles: The Best Poodle-Mixed Dog Breeds

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Doodle dogs are poodles crossed with another breed

Doodle dogs are poodles crossed with another breed

What Are Doodles?

No doubt you have seen these dopey, curly-haired companions on a romp in the park or taking a stroll through your neighborhood, but what exactly are doodles, and why don't they all look alike?

A doodle is a mix between a poodle and another purebred dog, and while poodles can come in a little variety (small, standard, large), it's the other parent that's the wildcard.

These lovable, family-friendly dogs have been around since the 1980s, and most of them boast all the positive attributes of poodles: intelligence, hypoallergenic/low-shedding coat, and heightened energy. Now, throw in the traits of another registered breed and you get some additional qualities—sometimes!

The thing about doodles is that the nature of crossbreeding leads to less-predictable personality traits. There are over 40 different types of poodle mixes, and these fluffy hybrids and typically sweet and simple, but always keep in mind those traits that make each designer hybrid dog unique.

Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodle

Typically a larger breed of dog, Aussiedoodles are a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a poodle. One of the main benefits of this mixed breed is you get all of the snuggly fluff without the usual excessive shedding. They are gentle companions and great family dogs. While they tend to be a calmer dog and don't typically require excessive amounts of exercise, they are also very tall and make excellent running partners.

Aussiedoodles vary in color and fur texture; a range of black, white, brown, and gray silky waves or tight curls, but they often have a distinct dark outline circling their honey-colored, mischievous eyes. These smart dogs are playful and fun, and make great hiking, traveling, and cuddling pals.

Bernedoodle

Bernedoodle

Bernedoodle

This Bernese mountain dog and poodle hybrid is a show-stopping pet due to its size and beautiful coloring. By nature, Bernese mountain dogs are strong and loyal, accompanying their owners on long treks in inclement weather. They are generally calm and affectionate with their owners, and respond well to structure and routine. They bring the tri-coloring into the mix which is usually complemented by poodle curls.

The Bernedoodle is friendly and intelligent. They are content to contribute to the family whether that means playing gently with children or providing protection and companionship to an older adult. This breed thoroughly enjoys human interaction, and like most mixed breeds, is more robust and healthy than the majority of its purebred ancestors.

Springerdoodle

Springerdoodle

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Springerdoodle

Sometimes called Sproodles or Springerpoos, these playful and loving dogs are perpetual puppies. They are devoted to their owners and can have a stubborn streak, but are fast learners and can be easily trained to be on their best behavior.

The English springer spaniel part of them makes this breed sharp and inquisitive. This active, social dog loves children and will quickly bond with family members. Most Springerdoodles have thick, curly hair, so they'll require some regular grooming, but are otherwise not prone to shedding. This agile breed thrives on stimulation and is a great choice for an active owner who has lots of attention to give.

Whoodle

Whoodle

Whoodle

A hybrid between a poodle and a soft-coated Wheaton terrier, the Whoodle is a fun-loving teddy bear of a pet. This energetic breed is typically medium-sized and has a wavy or curly coat of soft hair. These dogs are curious and love to play with toys, other dogs, and humans, so there is potential for separation anxiety while their owner is away.

Whoodles are friendly and cuddly with a sharp intellect and a propensity for getting into trouble. They enjoy activity, especially, chasing, swimming, fetching, and retrieving. They are a dog that trains easily and is happy in a routine with a "job" to do each day.

Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodle

One of the largest poodle mixed breeds, the Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English sheep dog and a poodle. This unique combination creates an athletic beast that is smart and responsible. Their typically black and white hair is soft and wavy, and the Sheepadoodle loves to be petted.

Sheepdog genes will give them the inclination toward herding (sometimes forceful), but their intelligence makes them easy to train and socialize while they are puppies so that they will be gentle and easy-going family dogs. They are typically calm and playful but do not require too much activity and stimulation.

Goldendoodle and Labradoodle

Goldendoodle and Labradoodle

Goldendoodles and Labradoodles

There are many doodle dog varieties around today, but the most well-known are the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle.

Wally Conron produced the first poodle mixed breed, the Labradoodle, in the 1980s while he was working to develop a capable service dog with minimal shedding. He wanted to mix the intelligence and cleverness of the poodle with the friendliness and trainability of the Labrador retriever. Since they were first introduced, doodles have proven to be excellent companions, therapy dogs, and family pets.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 M Butler Stone

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