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5 Types of Doodle Dogs: The Pros and Cons of Each Breed

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I have a deep love of animals, and an adorable little golden doodle named Penny.


Picking the Perfect Puppy

Getting a dog is a big step. Food, bathing, bathroom, and exercise are all things you have to take care of daily. You're pretty much taking on another baby, only this one never grows up.

Allergies and fur types are also things to consider. Dogs also have shorter life spans than humans, so you might lose your puppy sooner than you'd like.

Picking the right breed is essential for the choosing process. You want to make sure that you purchase the right puppy for you. This article is here to hopefully help with all of your puppy breed needs.

"The best therapist has fur and four legs."

— Anonymous

Full-grown English Golden Doodle

Full-grown English Golden Doodle

1. The English Golden Doodle

The English Golden Doodle is a cross between an English Cream Golden Retriever and a Poodle, or occasionally an Australian Labradoodle. This sweet-tempered, highly affectionate, gentle, patient, and loyal puppy has a soft fluffy coat, dark eyes, and long eyelashes. The size varies. The EGD has a low to no shed coat and is hypoallergenic.

  • Common EGD Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis (A skin problem), sub-valvular aortic disease (A heart condition), Addison’s disease, and eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Life Expectancy: 10–15 years
  • Average Yearly Cost to Own: Between $1000 and $1100 for owning a 25lb EGD
  • Cost to Buy: Around $2,895
  • General Care (Fur, teeth, etc): Brush according to fur type. Bathe once every three months. Brush teeth at least three times a week for healthy teeth and gums. More is always recommended.
  • Physical Needs: 20–30 minutes of exercise is enough to keep your puppy healthy, but more is always better.
  • Food: 1–4 cups of high rate dry dog food per day. Change amount according to the weight/size of the dog.

Easy to train

Can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time

Wonderful companions, love personal contact

seperation anxiety makes EGD destructive

Make great service, therapy, and sniffer dogs.

Too large for apartments or condos, needs a fenced in back yard, and room to move/play

Low dander, low shed

EGDs are prone to ear infection

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."

— Josh Billings

full-grown Teddy Bear Schnoodle

full-grown Teddy Bear Schnoodle

2. Teddy Bear Schnoodle Doodle

The Teddy Bear Schnoodle Doodle is a mix of schnauzer and poodle. This puppy is sweet, gentle, calm, smart, and obedient. Your TBS can be strong-willed and mischievous at times, but that can quickly be quelled by using reward-based techniques. The Schnoodle has a round, fluffy head, a short muzzle, and almond-shaped eyes. The ear size and length vary according to the parents. The TBS is fine-boned, and size-wise is typically small. It is a non-shedder and hypoallergenic.

  • Common TBS Health Issues: Skin problems, Schnauzer comedo syndrome, patellar luxation, canine hyperlipide
  • Life Expectancy: 10–15 years, however, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan.
  • Average Yearly Cost to Own: First-year estimate: $500–$2,000. 2nd-year estimate: $500–1,000
  • Cost to Buy: Between $650 and $2,000
  • General Care (fur, teeth, etc): Coat needs weekly brushing, trim nails every week or two, keep ears clean & dry.
  • Special Care Notes: If Schnoodle inherits "Poodle curls" take the puppy to the groomer every 4–6 weeks to prevent matting.
  • Physical Needs: Walks for 30 minutes to 1 hour is enough to keep the puppy healthy, but more is always encouraged.
  • Food: 3/4 cup of dry, high rate food. Adjust the amount according to size.

Always cheerful

Have to be mentally and physically stimulated or they’ll become destructive and untrainable.

Are dextrous animals

Tend to shake if in a situation that’s new or scares them

Very loyal and protective of family, but not prone to violence or aggressiveness

Are prone to jumping on people, but you can train them not to

Very trainable, and eager to please owners

Can get attached to one specific person in the family and can lead to separation anxiety if their “favorite” person isn’t around most of the time.

Love to snuggle, and make wonderful companions

Some (Not all) have a headstrong trait and may not tolerate poking and tugging from little children.

Get along with everyone, great therapy and watchdogs

Poodles and Schnauzers are prone to obesity, so healthy diet and exercise are a must.

"A dog is the only thing that can mend a crack in your broken heart."

— Judy Desmond

Three full-grown Australian Labradoodles

Three full-grown Australian Labradoodles

3. Australian Labradoodle

The Australian Labradoodle is a cross between a poodle and a Labrador Retriever. This sweet-tempered, playful, confident, active, affectionate, smart, social butterfly is a non-shedder. However, it is not hypoallergenic. Coat colors can be black and tan, brindle, blackish blue, caramel, chocolate, red, cream, brown, apricot, gold, silver, blue, or golden gray. The puppy has a square and athletic body frame, long muzzle with fluffy thick coats, and large floppy ears.

  • Common AL Health Issues: Patellar luxation, hip and elbow dysplasia, Von Willebrand's disease, and progressive retinal atrophy.
  • Life Expectancy: 13 to 15 years.
  • Average Yearly Cost to Own: Between $2250 and $3550
  • Cost to Buy: Between $500 and 3,000
  • General Care Cost (Fur, teeth, etc): Coat requires regular brushing by a professional groomer. If not brushed enough, fur will mat. Go every 4–6 weeks.
  • Physical Needs: A minimum 45-minute-long walk would work, or shorter walks throughout the day. Also, 30 minutes of off-leash play isn’t necessary but good for the puppy. Number of walks per day: 2–3. Total exercise needed per day: 45–60 minutes.
  • Food: Consider grain-free dog food, this is proven to be healthier for the puppy. Change amount according to size.

Great swimmer, loves water

High energy levels can be hard to manage

Works well as a guard, guide, or therapy dog

Constant expensive visits to groomer

Very smart, easy to train, likes to hike


"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

— Roger Caras

full-grown Cockapoo

full-grown Cockapoo

4. Cockapoo

The Cockapoo is a mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. These little pups are loyal, affectionate, intelligent, have a sweet temperament, social, low to no shedders, and hypoallergenic. These sweeties are simply adorable!

  • General C Health Issues: Cataracts, glaucoma, and painful hip and knee defects
  • Life Expectancy: 12–15 years
  • Average Yearly Cost to Own: Around $775
  • Average Cost to Buy: Budget anywhere from $900 to $2,500
  • General Care Cost (Fur, teeth, etc): Brush regularly, and bathe only when necessary (ex: covered in mud). Brush teeth at least 2–3 times a week.
  • Physical Needs: 15 minutes of activity and offer a variety of activities, such as games of fetch, walks, and good runs are enough to keep your pup healthy and spry.
  • Food: Adult Cockapoo should be eating about 1/4 to 3/4 cups of food, divided into two separate meals every day. Most cockapoos are allergic to corn, soy, and wheat, so try to buy your dog raw food (preferably the ones that contain meat/organs/animal fats).

Known as a non-barker

SO affectionate, you may find yourself sneaking away from the dog for some time alone.

Very easily learns tricks, easy to train

Dog has very high energy levels

Super strong bond forms between owner and pet that is nearly impossible to break

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

— Anatole France

Full-grown Twoodle

Full-grown Twoodle

5. The Twoodle

The Twoodle is an adorable, super-intelligent, and loving mix between an English Golden Doodle and a Schnoodle. The puppy is a low to no shedder and hypoallergenic. Colors are a range of chocolate, chocolate and tan phantoms, black, cream, champagne, and parti. Their coat is soft and wonderfully fluffy. These pups are some of the smartest dogs in the doodle breed.

  • Most Common T Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis (A skin problem), sub-valvular aortic disease (A heart condition), Addison’s disease, and eye diseases such as cataract and glaucoma.
  • Life Expectancy: 10–15 years
  • Average Yearly Cost to Own: Between $1000 and $1100 for owning a 25lb Twoodle
  • Average Cost to Buy: $3095
  • General Care Cost (Fur, teeth, etc):
  • Physical Needs: 20–30 minutes of exercise is enough to keep your puppy healthy, but more is always encouraged.
  • Food: 1–4 cups of high rate dry dog food per day. Change amount according to the weight/size of the dog.

Great service and therapy dogs

There is a limited amount of Twoodles being bred each year


Twoodles are slightly more expensive than other doodle breeds


"When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I see a soul."

— A.D. Williams

Finding a Proper Breeder

Here are some of the breeder names and websites that I reviewed while researching this article. Enjoy!

TeddyBear Golden Doodles Smeraglia

Southern Charm


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Mag


Mag (author) on September 05, 2020:


No problem! I hope you and Amelia have lots of fun together!

Zoe on July 20, 2020:

I just got a cockapoo named Amelia. This article was so helpful and provided so much insight during the breed choosing process.