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What Is A Doodle Dog?

Put simply, a Doodle dog is a crossbreed of a Poodle and any other breed -  that’s where we get the “oodle” in “Doodle” and the “poo” in Cockapoo, Shihpoo and Cavapoo. There are many different types of Doodles, but they all possess specific traits that set them apart from other dogs in general.

  1. Doodles are intelligent, highly trainable and eager to please. 
  2. Doodles possess a high desire to be with their handler.
  3. They possess a highly social, outgoing personality.
  4. They are incredibly tolerant of people and other dogs.
  5. Doodles are capable of learning new commands and following commands over and over again.

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Where Do Doodle Dogs Come From?

Doodle dogs are relative newcomers to the ever-changing world of canines. They first appeared in the late 1980s, when breeders in Australia tried to create an “allergy-free” guide dog for the vision impaired who also suffer from dog allergies. 
 
After two years and more than 30 trials, a breeder by the name of Wally Conron successfully crossed a Standard Poodle with a Labrador to create the first Labradoodle. Since then the Doodle dog is increasingly popular for its hypoallergenic coat, affable temperament, and remarkable versatility as a working dog. 
 
Today these capable canines can be found working alongside humans, not only as guide dogs and service dogs, but as therapy dogs and sniffer dogs too. However, because the Doodle dog is a crossbreed, it is not recognized by prominent breed associations such as the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Are Doodles Hypoallergenic, i.e., Do Doodles Shed?

Though veterinarians acknowledge that some breeds have a lower impact on allergy sufferers than others, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. Every dog leaves brings dander and allergens into their environment, even hairless ones. 
 
However, Doodles were developed specifically as guide dogs for the vision impaired with allergies. Therefore, they do not shed and are far less likely to upset a person's allergies than a Siberian Husky or a Boxer.

What Are The Different Types Of Doodle Dogs?

Since a Doodle is any breed crossed with a Poodle and there are 340 officially recognized breeds, there are 340 Doodle types. However, for Brevity's sake, we’ve only included the most popular types of Doodle below: 
 
Goldendoodle - The Goldendoodle first appeared in the late 1990s when breeders attempted to create a larger alternative to small fashionable dogs, like the Cockapoo. Like the Golden Retriever, Goldendoodles possess high levels of affection, intelligence, and energy. However, like the Standard Poodle, Goldendoodles also flaunt a soft, curly and hypoallergenic coat. 
 
Labradoodle - Labradoodles are athletic, well-mannered and a joy to be around. Like the Labrador Retriever, Labradoodle need plenty of exercise and attention. Likewise, like the Standard Poodle, Labradoodle's coat also requires regular grooming.  
 
Bernedoodle - Goofy, gentle and always loyal, Bernedoodles boast the best traits of both the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Standard Poodle - they are athletic, well-mannered and a joy to be around, but they also need plenty of exercise and lots of attention.  
 
Aussiedoodle - Intelligent, focused and eager to please, Aussiedoodles are a crossbreed that combine the best characteristics of two of the smartest breeds in the world - the Australian Shepherd, and the Standard Poodle. These intelligent working dogs flaunt a keen herding instinct, a kind temperament and an easy to love personality. 
 
Sheepadoodle - Adaptable, gentle and just a little clownish, the Sheepadoodle is a super trainable, super lovable crossbreed that combines the best characteristics of two of the most loyal breeds in the world, the Old English Sheepdog, and the Standard Poodle.  
 
Bichonpoo - Friendly, outgoing and sweet, the Bichonpoos is an adorable lap dog that is too nice not to fall in love with. Bichonpoos are a crossbreed of a Bichon and a Miniature Poodle, which means they are as sweet as they are smart.  
 
Double Doodle - Known by its owners as a living teddy bear, the Double Doodle is a delightful crossbreed and beloved family companion. Big, fluffy, and goofy, these adorable-looking doggos are as soft on the inside as they are on the outside. 
 
Cavapoo - Affectionate, kind and easily trainable these crossbreeds share many characteristics with their parental breeds. Like the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Cavapoos are high-spirited love everyone they meet. They adore playing with children and even enjoy living with other animals.  
 
Havapoo - The Havapoo is fun-loving, tiny people-pleaser that combines the best features of two breeds, the majestic Havanese and the intelligent Miniature Poodle. These extroverted canines love to be the center of attention and to snuggle up to their favorite person.  
 
Irish Doodle - High-spirited, active and sweet, the Irish Doodle is an eager-to-please crossbreed with a heart bigger than the Irish Sea. The Irish Doodle is a crossbreed of the keen and friendly Irish Setter and the smart and loyal Poodle. 
 
Lhasapoo - The feisty offspring of a Lhasa Apso and a Poodle, the Lhasapoo is diminutive pooch with a larger than life personality. Born with the attitude of a much larger dog, Lhasapoos don’t seem to realize how small they are and probably wouldn't care even if they did.   
 
Maltipoo - Maltipoos are intelligent and easy to train - they quickly learn commands and have little trouble housebreaking. Apartment and family living are no problem for the Maltipoo, these lap dogs are never happier than when they are snuggled up next to their favorite person.  
 
Newfypoo - Kind, affectionate and endlessly patient, the Newfypoo is a gentle crossbreed and a devoted family companion. Like its parents, the mighty Newfoundland and the intelligent Poodle, the Newfypoo is one canine that’s as large as they are smart. 
 
Peekapoo - Dignified, affectionate, and intelligent, Peekapoo are the adorable offspring of Pekingese and a Miniature Poodle. These noble canines come in a variety of colors, but no matter the color, Peekapoos are always cute, affectionate, and alert.  
 
Pomapoo - The feisty offspring of a Pomeranian and a Miniature Poodle, the Pomapoo is diminutive pup with a larger than life personality. Adorable, adaptable and affectionate, the Pomapoo is an affable canine that is too sweet not to love.  
 
Schnoodle - Combining the intelligence of both the Miniature Schnauzer and the Poodle, Schnoodles are as bold as they are friendly. They are highly trainable, learn quickly and are capable of astounding feats of obedience.  
 
Shepadoodle - Adaptable, intelligent, and loyal, the Shepadoodle is a super trainable, super lovable crossbreed that combines the best characteristics of two of the most loyal breeds in the world, the German Shepherd and the Standard Poodle.  
 
Shihpoo - Outgoing, friendly and intelligent, Shihpoos are the adorable offspring of Shih Tzu and a Miniature Poodle. These curly canines come in a variety of colors, but no matter what color they are, Shihpoos are always cute, affectionate, and alert. 
 
Yorkiepoo - Adaptable, compact and delightfully intelligent, Yorkiepoos are the perfect city-dwelling companion, and well-suited to apartment living. If you’re in the market for a fearless little lapdog, you won't find a better companion than a Yorkiepoo. 
 
Cockapoo - Trainable, gentle and playful. They are great playmates, always eager to play and sport a gorgeous silky coat. Like the Poodle, Cockapoos are loyal, intelligent and hypoallergenic

Are Doodles Good Dogs?

Yes! In fact, Doodles may be some of the “goodest dogs” you’ll ever meet. That’s because the most popular Doodle varieties were developed, not only for their hypoallergenic coat but also for their kind temperament, affectionate demeanor and lovable personalities.

In addition to their friendly and affectionate nature, Doodles are adaptable, intelligent and remarkably sensitive to their owners emotions. That’s why so many Doodles find roles as service dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs - they have the intuition to sense when their owners need them and the intelligence to respond without command or instruction. 

How Big Do Doodle Dogs Get?

As a crossbreed, a Doodle dog’s appearance heavily depends on its ancestry - they can be as tall as the Standard Poodle or as small as a Yorkshire Terrier. It all depends on the puppy’s parents and the dominance of their genes.
 
Doodles may come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and temperaments, but all share an affinity for people and a powerful urge to love and be loved. Doodles also share what is known as “Hybrid Vigor” which makes them generally healthier than purebreds. “Hybrid Vigor” generally occurs with first generation Doodles (F1).
 
First-generation backcross Doodles (F1B) are the offspring of a Doodle and a Standard Poodle and generally exhibit an abundance of Standard Poodle traits like high intelligence and curly, hypoallergenic coat.
 
What Is The Largest Doodle Breed?
 
The largest Doodle breed is, technically, any first generation (F1) Doodle whose parents are a Standard Poodle and a Great Dane or Irish Wolfhound. However, since those varieties of Doodle are fairly rare, the largest common Doodle varieties are the Labradoodle, Sheepadoodle and the Shepadoodle.
 
What Is The Smallest Doodle Breed?
 
As with the largest variety of Doodle, the smallest Doodle is, technically any  first generation (F1) Doodle whose parents are a Miniature Poodle and Chihuahua. Unlike the largest varieties of Doodle, the “Choodle” is more common and easier to find.

What Is The Most Popular Doodle Dog?

The most popular Doodle dog depends on where you live, though it is most likely to be either the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle or the Cockapoo. Each of these Doodle varieties are not only exceptionally popular family pets, they are the most requested service dog breeds.

How Much Does A Doodle Dog Cost?

How much you pay to adopt a Doodle dog depends entirely upon the type of Doodle you intend to adopt; the state in which you make the adoption and the adoption service you employ. This is where you need to be careful - there are many puppy mills posing as legitimate canine adoption services.  
 
We urge that you do your research and exercise sound judgement when choosing where to adopt a puppy, especially when searching for Doodles and other Designer dogs. You’re far better off utilizing a service like PuppySpot -  a service committed to helping responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families across the country.

What Health Problems Do Doodles Have?

First and foremost, any reputable breeder will readily explain to you the genetic health of all the breeds they work with. Do not adopt from a breeder who does not provide you with proof that the puppy has undergone an extensive veterinary health check, including vaccination and deworming protocols. 
 
Hybrid and designer dogs, like doodle dogs, are susceptible to a range of potential genetic health issues. Therefore, your breeder should also provide you with evidence of your puppy’s parental health certifications. Never adopt from a breeder who can’t or won't show you the puppy’s parents.  
 
Though hybrid breeds, like Doodle dogs are susceptible to genetic health issues, they also  exhibit what is known as heterosis, or “hybrid vigor.” Heterosis is the improved function of biological quality in a hybrid offspring, such as the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle. 
 
Doodles inherit a broad range of beneficial genes that enable them to remain healthier, longer than either of their parents. However, this same effect also ensures that Doodles are predisposed to the same diseases and physical disorders as their parents.

How to Choose the Best Doodle Breed For Your Family‎

That’s easy. Click here to talk to a Puppy Concierge. We’ll pick your brain and ask you a bunch of questions to determine the best Doodle breed for you family. Don’t wait! Contact us today!