Poodle Mixes: Meet The Doodle

Over the past few years, it seems like Doodle breeds have been popping up all over the place! Perhaps it seems strange that dog breeders seem compelled to create Poodle mixes with seemingly ever dog breed, but once you get to know some of the Doodles, you’ll quickly understand why.

The resulting hybrid breed is usually an intelligent, affectionate dog, with an adorable appearance, and, often, a low-shedding coat. In fact, Poodles (and Poodle mixes) are frequently referred to as “hypoallergenic,” meaning they emit less hair and dander than other breeds, and may not affect allergy sufferers as much as other breeds. Aside from their alluring coats, mixed breed dogs are often less prone to health problems because their gene pool is more diverse than purebred dogs. Another plus for the doodles!

Overall, Doodles tend to be sweet-natured, active dogs that are devoted and adaptable. They make wonderful family pets because of their innate friendliness. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re notoriously easy to train! Are these loveable pups starting to sound too good to be true? Well, they aren’t! Read on to see for yourself!

1. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodle
Goldendoodles are happy-go-lucky, athletic dogs that thrive on human attention.

Arguably the most popular of all the Poodle mixes, Goldendoodles are believed to have first been bred in the 1990s by crossing a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. The result is a happy-go-lucky, athletic dog that thrives on human attention. Goldendoodle puppies have quickly become a popular pet, undoubtedly due to the fact that they look like living teddy bears!

A big appeal of the Goldendoodle is that they grow to be different sizes, depending on which size of Poodle they are crossed with. The three sizes are the Miniature Goldendoodle, the Small Standard Goldendoodle, and the Large Standard Goldendoodle. The Miniature grows to about 35 pounds while the Large Standard can reach up to 90!

2. Labradoodle

The lovable Labradoodle is the result of a mix between a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. This spunky hybrid usually inherits the Poodle’s low-shed coat, though it varies from dog to dog. In fact, this particular Poodle mix was initially developed in Australia with the aim of creating an allergy-friendly guide dog.

Overall, the Labradoodle is an intelligent, energetic dog who loves people and makes friends easily. A Labradoodle puppy is an excellent choice for a first-time dog owner because she’s easy to train, and has an easygoing, adaptable personality. Like her Goldendoodle cousin, the Labradoodle may be one of 3 different sizes, which means you can choose the one which best fits your lifestyle!

3. Bernedoodle

A relatively new addition to the Doodle family, the Bernedoodle unites the Poodle’s intelligence and athleticism with the playful puppy-like demeanor of the Bernese Mountain Dog. These pups are renowned for being exceptionally good-natured, a trait they inherit from both parent breeds.

Just like the other Poodle mixes, Bernedoodles shed minimally and are usually considered hypoallergenic. They may fall into 3 different size categories: Tiny, Miniature, or Standard, and may weigh anywhere from 10 to 90 pounds!

Bernedoodle puppies are affectionate and doting. They are more energetic than the Bernese Mountain Dog but less so than the Poodle. Typically, they are just as happy to be with their people as they are to go for a walk. This breed’s puppy-like antics are sure to put a smile on your face, and keep you entertained throughout your years together! Their calm, fun-loving personality is what sets this Doodle apart as an exceptional family pet.  

4. Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodle
Aussiedoodles tend to be friendly with people and pets alike and make a gentle companion for children.

Crossing the hard working Australian Shepherd with the highly intelligent and people-oriented Poodle results in a clever and athletic pup. Both parent breeds are affectionate and devoted sidekicks, and the Aussiedoodle is no exception. She tends to be friendly with people and pets alike and makes a playful yet gentle companion for children.

Just like any other active breed, it’s essential to keep the Aussiedoodle busy to prevent her from becoming destructive. She needs regular exercise and mental stimulation. Fortunately, because she’s such a smarty-pants and a people-pleaser, she is engaged and cooperative when it comes to training.

5. Sheepadoodle

The fluffy Sheepadoodle is a playful and energetic family dog. She comes from a cross between a Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog, a working dog known for its shaggy coat, and jovial nature. Many Sheepadoodles inherit the low-shedding Poodle coat, but sometimes the Sheepdog genes win out, granting the Sheepadoodle a long, thick coat that requires regular grooming.

Because of her working heritage, the Sheepadoodle needs an outlet for her mental and physical energy. She appreciates long walks, but also enjoys training activities and would undoubtedly make a great competitor in agility sports! Above all, the Sheepadoodle is an affectionate companion who is happiest right by your side. She would undoubtedly make an animated addition to the right family!