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The Double Doodle: A Perfect Family Dog

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Emily is a first-time dog-mom. She's obsessed with her puppy, Belle, so stay tuned for adorable puppy articles.

Our silly and sweet Double Doodle, Belle!

Our silly and sweet Double Doodle, Belle!

The Double Doodle Is a Perfect Family Dog

I thought this article would be fun to create as a means of informing everyone about the awesome Double Doodle dog breed. In addition, I wanted to share some lovely photos of my Double Doodle, Belle—and her parents and littermates.

In This Article:

  • What a Double Doodle is (and all about Belle!)
  • The three types of Doodle breeds
  • The differences between Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and Double Doodles
  • More about Belle's family tree

"What Kind of Dog Is She?"

Puppies require a lot of exercise to burn off their exuberant supply of energy. It's hard to go for a walk with Belle or play in the yard without a passerby inquiring about her breed—it's like walking around with a celebrity!

Belle is at the age where she tries to jump up on people as they walk by. Her leash, of course, is kept short, and sometimes we're not sure what to expect. We receive ooh's and ahh's and high-pitched screams about how adorable Belle is as well as the occasional unkind remark about how our puppy needs training. She is a puppy, after all, and quite well-trained (but that's beside the point). Most people are friendly towards her and want to inquire about what type of dog she is.

Goldendoole + Labradoodle = Double Doodle!

When asked about her breed, we often get into the whole doodle discussion. It is sometimes easier to say she is a Goldendoodle rather than the lengthy explanation of a Double Doodle. The people we do share the whole Double Doodle explanation with thoroughly enjoy learning something new and are often amused and fascinated by the cute term.

All three breeds have similar characteristics, are very much alike, and they all have Poodle traits. The Goldendoodle and Labradoodle have traits consistent with the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever.

The Goldendoodle

The popular Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, two awesome dogs.

Golden Retrievers are very lovable dogs due to their friendly nature. They are also fun to play catch with and are excellent water dogs. The Poodle contributes to the low-allergy, low-shed, hypoallergenic coat of the Double Doodle. Poodles are also very intelligent and make excellent show dogs.

Goldendoodles, besides being ridiculously cute, are great with kids, loyal, smart, and a wonderful addition to the home.

A Goldendoodle puppy.

A Goldendoodle puppy.

The Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. It was originally developed to be a hypoallergenic guide dog. Not all Labradoodles are hypoallergenic, however. The hypoallergenic coat is a quality many people look for but depends on the individual dog's coat type.

The Labradoodle is happiest when it is with the people it loves. They have the energy and work ethic of the Labrador Retriever, as well as the work ethic of the Poodle. The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dogs in the United States and is known for its kind, pleasant temperament. It loves retrieving balls, frisbees, or participating in other forms of physical activity.

Doodle Dog Breed Differences

Levels of grooming vary.

Goldendoodle Labradoodle Double Doodle

Golden Retriever & Poodle

Labrador Retriever & Poodle

Goldendoodle & Labradoodle

Loving personality

Happiest with people


Varying coats

Varying coats

Varying coats

Affectionate & social

Pleasant temperament

Easy going

Needs exercise

High energy

Very active




Choosing a Double Doodle

Double Doodles have a great mix of desirable traits from the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Poodle, and these three breeds make for excellent companions. They are smart, fun, lovable, loyal, and super sweet dogs. Their coats will vary whether it is wavy, curly, or flat. Some may shed more than others, and some require more grooming. No Double Doodle is the same, just like no one dog or person is the same! Regardless, their sweet demeanor is consistent and makes them an ideal candidate for those considering a new puppy for their home.

Belle's Double Doodle Family Profile

  • Dixie: Dixie is Belle's mother and is a Goldendoodle. She weighs 40 pounds and is apricot in color. She has a wonderful, sweet, loving disposition, and makes a great family dog.
  • Yankee: Yankee is Belle's father and is a Labradoodle. He weighs 60 pounds and is sweet-natured, loving, family-oriented, and well-behaved! He loves to hike and is great off-lead!
  • The Litter: The ten littermates were born on Valentine's Day 2016. What perfect timing considering they are all such beautiful, sweet puppies! They were born at the breeder's home and never kept in cages or kennels. Dixie and Yankee were also lovingly cared for. We were able to meet both parents when visiting the pups before making our final decision. Dixie hopped into the pen with her puppies and snuggled them all. Such a sweet momma!

© 2016 emilybee


emilybee (author) on October 28, 2020:

Hi Judy - Thanks for stopping by! I agree. Definitely do some research first! We went to a reputable breeder... was worth the 2 hour drive each way.

Judy Gagnon on July 02, 2020:

What breeder did you go to? It's hard to find a good one sometimes, which is why I ask. I lost my girl of almost 18 years & will be looking in the near future for another pet. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks

emilybee (author) on June 29, 2020:

Hi Nat,

I'm not sure what that would be. I just did a quick search and this is what came up.

The Goldador, or commonly called the Golden Labrador, is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever.

emilybee (author) on June 29, 2020:

Hello Piety,

Thank you for your insight. I have heard this to be true with our dog's littermates regarding the tweezing of the ears. We haven't experienced that though with our doodle. Grooming can be expensive if you prefer a shorter coat, which we do, as our dog gets very heated and does not do well when she is hot. Food is not too expensive. She did have some stomach troubles when she was very little but she is nearly 5 years old now and that has long been resolved. She hasn't proven to be too much high maintenance. Thanks for the comment! Take care.

emilybee (author) on June 29, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I had never heard of that before! I just searched for it and they look super cute. I'm sure she is a very sweet dog, as are standard poodles. It's so interesting to learn about different types of doodles. Thank you for your comment. Enjoy your dog!

Piety Minty on June 23, 2020:

I worked at a pet store and what I have learned is that they have skin issues. Make sure you have tweezers because you will be constantly taking hair out their ears. The grooming, vet bill and food is expensive. They are know to have sensitive stomachs too. Nice looking dogs but very high maintenance.

Nat on June 03, 2020:

Can you tell me what a Labrador and goldendoodle cross would be? Would this also be a double doodle?

Liz on June 02, 2020:

We have a sproodle springer poodle she is the best dog in the world. My father raised standard poodles when i was a child. Wonderful dogs with great temperments. The cross's out there only proves the poodle mix makes a great dog all around. Love our doodle...

emilybee (author) on May 25, 2020:

Hi Jodi! That is so exciting!! Have fun with your double doodle! Best of luck to you!

emilybee (author) on May 25, 2020:

Hi Lya! They are very high energy, but of course no double doodle is exactly the same. Our doodle, Belle, is very wild, but we stay in touch with her siblings and they all have their own personalities and some do not require as much exercise. We take long walks with Belle daily. We don't run, either :) Different doodles require different sorts of exercise but they also will adapt to your lifestyle a bit as well. The more exercise they get though will make them sleep and be a lot happier. Perhaps you can play fetch in the yard. We don't have a huge yard but just a few minutes of running around exhausts Belle. Some doodles can run and run for hours though and not seem to tire ;) Temperament wise...double doodles are so friendly and lovable. We have an almost 2 year old and sometimes it is a little challenging. I think a 5 year old and 15 year old would be perfect to add a double doodle into your home! As long as you can make room for them into your families lifestyle and realize they do require a good amount of time but the rewards are great :-)

Lya on May 20, 2020:

We are thinking of adopting a double doodle but we have read that they have almost a bit too much energy. We have a 5 year old and a 15 year old and we are active but we aren’t one of those families to go running every morning. We are just concerned that the pup won’t fit in our family because it’ll require so much attention. Do you think we should get one because we really do love them it’s just one little concern.

jodi on May 01, 2020:

hi we are getting a double doodle.We think we are gonna call her poppi.she was born on easter in 2020.

David on November 20, 2019:

She is gorgeous. I have a doubledoodle Max. He is not even a dog more like oversized bunny that needs nothing but love.. 70 lg of fun and energy. I had dogs all my life. Great danes, labs, sheppards and more. Non of them is as nice as Max.

Btw if you may know anyone who has a female doddle and interested in breeding plz lmk.

Heather on October 03, 2019:


Your dog is beautiful & looks just like our golden double doodle, Scout. When our family dog died a few years ago, we didn't think we could get another because I have allergies & had started having some negative side effects from antihistamines. My friend had bred her goldendoodle & labradoodle together, so we took one of the pups. He doesn't trigger my allergies & has the most sweet, loving disposition. We ended up adopting a black puppy from his parents' second litter, too. If it weren't for this breed, we wouldn't be able to have a dog.

emilybee (author) on December 23, 2018:

Thanks for the comment. Doodles are not widely available in shelters where we live. I would have loved to adopt one first. I also have allergies and since doodles are hypo allergic we went straight to a breeder in search of a doodle. The breeder we went through is outstanding... I'm sure i mentioned in the article the specifics of how all the dogs are raised in her own home, their diet is very high standard and they are treated like family. Of course some breeders are not this way so choose a quality breeder if you go this route.

Irena on December 18, 2018:

There is no such breeds as labradoodle, goldendoodle, double doodle and whatever-doodle. They are mutts and as such are unpredictable in temperament and health issues. If you don't mind having a mutt, it is much more ethical to adopt one from a shelter than to pay big money for it. Don't forget, that by purchasing a doodle you supporting a backyard breeding.

emilybee (author) on November 17, 2018:

Thank you!!! We think so too :-)

katelyn on November 08, 2018:

Belle is adorable!!

emilybee (author) on December 26, 2017:

Hi Steve! Our doodle is almost 2 years old and is around 50 pounds. She also is very social and shares the same traits as your dog. She is a great dog! Thank you for commenting and sharing your experiences with your Doodle!

Steve on December 25, 2017:

Our Double Jori is almost nine years old and is the best. She is a charcoal color and big for a girl at 65#. She is smart, affectionate and very social. Only fault is she is fanatical about retrieving and is not very social if a ball or retrieving dummy is around. She would rather be in water than not and I believe I will duck hunt wit her next year. I think she would do just about anything one could want from a dog

emilybee (author) on November 25, 2017:

Hello! I wrote this article because not many people know what a Double Doodle is. Did you before reading this? Most people have heard of Goldendoodles and labradoodles but not the Double Doodle.

emilybee (author) on July 12, 2016:

That's great she adopted! These dogs aren't usually in shelters but they are such great dogs.

emilybee (author) on July 12, 2016:

Patty, they are the best dogs. Super friendly. Friendly with kids, animals, squirrels, birds

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 12, 2016:

Looks like my grandmother's dog, Tuff Stuff. She adopted him from a shelter.

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on July 12, 2016:

Thank you so much chewtt2... you are awesome!!!!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 12, 2016:

Double Doodles - how many of us knew about them before you wrote this? Not many, I think.

These seem like very nice, friendly. and appropriate pets for families and worthy of recommendation. Do they shed very much?

emilybee (author) on July 12, 2016:

chewtt2- that is so kind of you to say! Personal experiences or things you are knowledgeable about are the best to write about & use lots of good photos. Good luck!

Laurinzo- what kind of dog? I'm sure you do miss him. Doggies are the best. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Cindy Hewitt from Sarasota on July 12, 2016:

This is so great. I think I can learn a lot about putting together an excellent Hub from you.

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on July 11, 2016:

Awwwww.... I am truly missing my dog now... thanks for a stirring piece!!!!