What are the Best Doodle Breeds? Our Epic Guide to Poodle Mixes

Q: What is the collective noun for a pack of Poodle cross breeds?

A: Oodles of Doodles!

Well, it’s not but it should be. There are over 50 varieties of Doodle. There are Minis, Toys, Standards, Teacups. There are Teddy Bear, short hair, curly hair, wavy hair. They literally come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Come with us on our journey of discovery to find out what makes them different and what makes them the same. We look at all the different names but most of all, we’ll find out why they’re all so wonderful.

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Why a Doodle?

When I was a girl, many many moons ago, a crossbreed dog was known as a mutt, a mongrel, even a Heinz 57. Fast forward those many many years to now and crossing a purebred Poodle with another purebred breed is a designer dog that’s going to cost you a few dollars.

Although the Cockapoo was thought to be the first Poodle crossbreed in the mid 20th century, it wasn’t this breed that began their popularity. Back in the 1980s, a gentleman called Wally Conron was given the mission of breeding a hypoallergenic guide dog. Conron, who is from Victoria in Australia worked for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia as a breeding manager. A blind lady had written to them to ask if they could deliver a non-shedding dog due to her husband’s allergies.

Conron failed to make a guide dog from a Poodle which he chose because of its working background and non-shedding coat. As a last resort, he bred the Poodle with his best Labrador dam. She produced three puppies, but no-one was interested in his crossbred mutt. That is until he came up with a new name, and this is where the Labradoodle began. Many more hybrids have followed in their footsteps due to the nature and coat of the Poodle.

Sadly, due to the immense popularity, puppy farms and unscrupulous breeders have also jumped onto the Doodle bandwagon. This means that it is more important than ever to research, research, and research some more when you are looking for a Doodle breeder. In the UK breeders now have to be licensed in many counties. In the US, it is State-dependent so make sure that if your breeder needs a license, they have one.

The Poodle

The Poodle was originally chosen to breed with the Labrador Retriever for hypoallergenic reasons. They produce less dander and shed less than dogs who aren’t classed as hypoallergenic.

However, the Poodle’s coat is not the only quality that they bring to the table. They are exceptionally easy to train due to their high intelligence levels. With this, they have an affectionate and bubbly personality making them a marvelous family dog.

It must be remembered though that Poodles are from working stock, in fact, a hunting breed and they are energetic and vigorous. They are at their best when given plenty of stimulation both for their active body and their sharp mind.

Poodles are social dogs. They don’t like being alone but thrive on the company of their companions, be that human or canine. However, this doesn’t mean you can leave your Poodles unaccompanied for too long if you do have more than one. This will only encourage them to get bored together and that can lead to double trouble.

Sizes are plentiful in the Poodle breed and they can either be Toy, Miniature or Standard. The three are different in size only and are all still classified as Poodles. There are also two less common sizes which are not AKC recognized:

  • The Toy is the smallest with the largest Toy weighing in at around 9lbs and standing 10” tall.
  • The Miniature is slightly bigger at between 11” and 15” and weighs around 16lbs.
  • The Standard Poodle is the largest of the three and the dog can weigh up to 70lbs. His female counterpart is likely to be a little smaller at up to 60lbs. They can measure up to 22” tall.
  • The fourth size is known as Moyen (or Klein). A Moyen Poodle lies between a Standard and a Minature ranging from 15.5” to 20” tall. They are not a recognized size in the United States, but they are in Europe. Fully grown they will weigh an average of 20lbs.
  • The Teacup Poodle is an unofficial name given to the very smallest of the Toy variety. Due to this there are no clearly defined size and weight guidelines that would have them fall into this category. However, the Teacup will generally earn its name should it be between 3lbs and 5lbs in weight and stand at around 6” to 8” tall.

Poodles come in many colors and patterns which is one of the reasons you find such an eclectic mix of Doodle. Colors include white, brown-grey, café-au-lait, cream, red, black, blue, silver, silver beige and apricot. Patterns are brindle, sable, parti, phantom, and abstract. You can read more about colors and patterns that are Poodle traits and can be seen in their offspring in our Goldendoodle Colours: A Complete Guide.

Being purebred there are some health issues that Poodles are susceptible to. These are likely to be diluted once crossed with another breed but are certainly worth being aware of as a Doodle parent. These include, but are not limited to hip and elbow dysplasia, bloat, epilepsy, Addison’s Disease, Thyroid diseases, and progressive retinal atrophy which is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness.

Doodle Breeds

These are plentiful and we thought the best way to list them was alphabetically. Use our table of contents at the top of the page if you are looking for information on a specific Doodle breed.


This beautiful, smart, easy-going but active Doodle is relatively new to the Poodle hybrid world. Their second parent is the Airedale Terrier, the largest of the terrier breeds which originates from Yorkshire, England. Friendly and brave they were used for hunting back in the 1800’s and have been registered with the AKC since 1888.

Bred with the Standard Poodle, the Airedoodle is reasonably sizable, can weigh in at up to 60lbs, and stand up to 27” tall. Their color variations include brindle, black, blue, and black and tan. They are high energy yet, like many Doodles, their intelligence makes them easily trainable. Make sure you do your due diligence in respect of the breeder and health checks of the parents.

The Airedoodle loves to play and will enjoy games of frisbee and fetch. They will be an appreciative companion on long walks in the great outdoors. They learn new tricks and commands easily and their inquisitive streak makes them a better watchdog than many other Doodle breeds.

Aussiedoodle or Aussiepoo

The Aussiedoodle (also known as the Aussiepoo) is a crossbreed between the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd and didn’t, despite its name originate in Australia. They are energetic, friendly, and affectionate. For these reasons, they are considered to be great family dogs who are usually very good with children. They are intelligent and therefore easily trainable.

The Poodle used is commonly a Miniature or Standard making an Aussiedoodle weigh in at anywhere from 25lbs to 70lbs. This is quite a range so it’s important to know what size Poodle their parent is if you want an estimate of how big your Aussiedoodle is going to get.

Their coat will need a good brush every couple of days and will require clipping every 2 to 3 months. They are high energy dogs, and should their exercise needs not be met they can become destructive.

For a more in-depth look at the Aussiedoodle, see our ultimate guide to the Aussiepoo.

Bassetoodle (Bastoodle)

Originating in the United States, the Bassetoodle is a hybrid of the Poodle and the Bassett Hound. Their legs are slightly shorter and torso slightly longer than their Bassett parent. This breed is classified as a small dog. They are not overly energetic, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t need regular exercise. These factors make them more attractive to those who live in an apartment.

They come in a variety of colors and coat types and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. They are generally good with children and are a recommended family dog.

Bassetdoodles are not considered to be a low shedding dog so you’ll need to ensure you keep on top of their grooming needs and the housework. They can be prone to being noisy with barking and howling. Whilst this may alert you to anything suspicious, they will also use this to express any boredom or irritation.

They are playful, intelligent, loyal, and affectionate. However, they also have a stubborn streak, so you need to ensure that you establish yourself in ‘Top Dog’ position from the start. They are curious creatures, and should they pick up on an interesting scent they may have a tendency to wander off in search of its origin.


This intelligent, affectionate, and playful character is a cross with the Bernese Mountain Dog. They can be Toy, Miniature or Standard so their weight can range from 10lbs to 90lbs and their height from 10” to 29”. This means that regardless of your living arrangements you can find a Bernedoodle to suit you.

They are easy to train and make excellent therapy dogs. They can be stubborn but with an overall desire to please you, they are willing to learn and follow commands. The traditional tri-colored Bernedoodle will be black, brown, and white, not dissimilar to their Bernese Mountain Dog Parent. However, they do also come in other colors including pure black, parti, phantom, and more rarely red.

The Bernese Mountain Dog sadly has a relatively short lifespan of only between 6 and 8 years. By breeding with the Poodle, their hybrid expectancy is almost doubled to 12 to 15 years.

They are an active breed that, in most cases, works well for those with allergies. They are at their most content when surrounded by their families. However, they are quite high maintenance in terms of both their physical and intellectual needs. If you neglect these, you are asking for trouble.

Why not take a look at our Bernedoodle category to learn more about this lovable breed.


Bidoodle (Doodle Frise, Bichoodle, Bichon Doodle)

These small toy-sized Doodles are a yappy little breed who know how to use their voices. Barking, whining, and whimpering all feature in their vocal catalog. They are harder to train than many other Doodle breeds but have low to moderate energy levels making them more desirable for apartment living.

Bred with the Bichon Frise, they love to sit on your lap and will willingly reciprocate any affection. They love attention and will jump and dance about merrily trying to gain yours and anyone else’s for that matter. Once they have it you will be rewarded with plenty of cuddles.

Bidoodles can have issues with house training and often pee through worry. They are prone to quick weight gain so be extra mindful of their diet, especially treats. Aggression isn’t an issue with this breed, but they are very susceptible to separation anxiety. They are best placed with families where there is someone home most of the time. They are a great breed choice for seniors.

Bolonoodle (Bolognesedoodle, Bolognesepoo, Bolodoodle, Bolopoo, Bolondoodle)

This petite Doodle certainly has a personality much greater than its size. Crossed with the Bolognese, they stand at a maximum height of 12” and weigh up to 12lbs.

They are clever and manipulative and may try to coerce you into giving in to what they want. Don’t fall for this cuteness, they are so loving that they are going to be your best friend anyway and you need to stay top dog.

They are the perfect companion for practically anyone and are loyal, fun-loving, and affectionate. Like their Poodle parent, they are willing and eager learners who just want to please you so are easily trainable. They are prone to obesity though so don’t overdo the treats whilst training.

They are sociable, playful, and make magnificent lap dogs. Whilst they don’t need long walks, they are energetic and still require a decent amount of exercise. This can comprise a couple of short walks a day and plenty of indoor activities including those that will also keep their curious minds active.

Bordoodle (Borderpoo, Borpoo, Borpoodle)

Both parents of the Bordoodle, the Poodle and the Border Collie feature on the American Kennel Clubs Smartest Breeds list. This makes for a pretty intelligent pooch so training can be a breeze. They have a great attention span and love to be praised. Obedience is most certainly one of their strong points.

Bordoodles aren’t high energy so for a less active family, busy singletons or senior citizens they can be a preferable choice to one of their more active cousins. They don’t tend to be prone to boredom destruction like other Doodle breeds if they are not kept stimulated.

The Bordoodle will usually have a coat that is wavy and of medium length. This will need brushing weekly to keep it in tip top condition. They should only need to be bathed should they become grubby. However, they do have floppy ears so do ensure that you check them regularly for dirt and detritus.

This sociable and friendly hybrid makes a fantastic addition to any household. They are loving, loyal, and truly man’s best friend.

Wilma is a Border Collie and Miniature Poodle Cross

Boxerdoodle (Boxerpoo)

One of the most recent Doodle breeds the Boxerdoodle is crossed, as their name suggests, with the Poodle and the Boxer. They, like many of their other Doodle counterparts, can be bred as Toy, Miniature, and Standard so come in a variety of sizes. They also come in a variety of colors although the most common is brown and shades thereof.

They are intelligent and playful. They make fantastic family dogs and due to their Boxer genes can form some amazing bonds with children. They are social and friendly but as with most breeds of dog, not just Doodles, you must ensure that socialization and training is started from the get-go.

The Boxerdoodle is a high energy breed and will need a brisk and long walk daily, around an hour. They make fabulous hiking companions and their intelligence makes swimming, agility training, and simple games of fetch fun for both you and them.

They’re not great for those living in an apartment and don’t do well being left on their own. Whilst easy to train due to their inherited intelligence, they do have a tendency to be nippy as youngsters and have an inclination to be rather vocal.

Cadoodle (Colliedoodle, Colliepoo)

Loving and loyal, the Cadoodle is a cross between the Poodle and the Collie. However, a Cadoodle breeder is not easy to find so you must make sure that when you do find one you can check their credibility and reliability. Ensure that parents have health checks, visit their home, and ask to see both the dam and sire.

The Cadoodle is gentle, calm, and protective of its family. Collies have a particular penchant for the younger generation so are ideal for families with children. As with many Doodles, Cadoodles are easy to train and have a willingness to learn but they don’t possess the stubborn streak that some can. 

Whilst not a high energy dog they do still require one good walk a day. They don’t like to be left alone though so are not recommended for those who have an empty house for more than a short period of time.

They are a good choice for those with allergies as they tend to be low shedding and hypoallergenic. They don’t like the cold so are better suited to warmer climates. Their coats will require grooming as they are dense and coarse. The most common colors are white, blue, and black although you can also find merle Cadoodles.

Cavapoo (Cavoodle)

Australian breeders purposefully began breeding the King Charles Spaniel with the Poodle in the late 1990’s. This was with the intention of combining the intelligent nature of the Poodle with the more relaxed character of the King Charles Spaniel.

Bred only with the Toy and Minature Poodle, they can stand between 9” and 14’ and weigh in at 8lbs to 20lbs. They are generally brown, white, or black in color with a moderate length dense and wavy coat. They require daily brushing and regular bathing and grooming.

They are fabulous companions, love being surrounded by their family but don’t do well being left alone. They will love to sit on your lap for a cuddle and never tire of your attention. They can also be an excitable ball of fluff and a hyperactive crazydoodle when you return home to them.  

Whilst an active breed, because they are small, their exercise needs can be met through indoor play making them a suitable apartment breed. However, this is not to be used as a reason to forfeit outside time. They will still require walking and socializing. Predominantly though they will be your best buddy and wherever you are, they won’t be far behind. You can check out the differences between the Cavapoo and the Havapoo in our comparison article Havapoo vs Cavapoo.

Arnie the Cavapoo

Chi-Poo (Chipoo, Choodle, Chipoodle, Poochi, Poohuahua)

Compact, energetic, and friendly this pocket-sized Doodle is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Toy or Teacup Poodle. At their largest, they are unlikely to grow beyond 12” or weigh more than 18lbs. Whilst it’s difficult to pinpoint where and when many cross breeds originate from, its thought that Chipoo breeding began in the United States sometime in the 1970s

Like many small breed dogs, the Chi-Poo can be temperamental so early obedience training and consistency at home is advised. They can be quite noisy and yappy although the correct training should be able to limit this. They are confident and independent so it’s important to make sure that they know you are boss and that this is implemented from an early age.

They are very intelligent and considered easy to train. They are affectionate and playful and are as happy curled up on your lap as they are learning new tricks. Separation anxiety is not a known issue in this breed which makes them perfect for a single person household.

Whilst the Chi-Poo is a great choice if you live in an apartment or don’t have a yard, they are still an energetic breed who need to be exercised. Their high intellect also means that you need to keep their brain stimulated with toys and play. A bored Chi-Poo is a mischievous Chi-Poo and is likely to seek out all sorts of unsavory activities that will likely get them in your bad books.


Gentle and loyal, the Clumberdoodle is a cross between the Poodle and the Clumber Spaniel. Classified as a medium-size breed they will stand between 15” and 20” tall and weigh in at 45lb to 85lb.

Attractive and cuddly they have an easy-going personality who love playtime, especially outside. They have a tendency to get bored or lonely easily so need lots of your attention through exercise and game playing. You will be well rewarded with the abundance of affection the Clumberdoodle has to give.

The Clumber Spaniel has a propensity to carry objects around in their mouths. Known as Trophy Mentality, this derives from their original job to hunt and retrieve pheasant and partridge. Keeping this in mind it is important to keep anything potentially harmful out of reach of your Clumberdoodle should their Spaniel genetics be dominant.

When it comes to training you need to be gentle and consistent. They have a stubborn streak that will not respond well to heavy-handed discipline. That said, they are an intelligent breed and should have little to no trouble learning new commands and tricks.

Ferguson the Clumberdoodle aged just 3 weeks

Cockapoo (Cockerpoodle, Cockerpoo, Cock-a-Poo)

As the Cockapoo dates back further than most designer breeds there is more information known about them than many of their cousins. Breeding the Miniature Poodle with the Cocker Spaniel in 1960s USA is what originally brought us this majestic Doodle. Curly and cute they are real people dogs with a comical personality.

As one of the more popular Doodle breeds it’s just as important, if not more so, to ensure that you find a reputable breeder that holds the health interest of their litters of the utmost importance. Unscrupulous breeders breed unhealthy dogs, and this is a practice you don’t want to be funding. 

Price can vary dependent on the lineage of the parents, but this is the case for all dogs. Four sizes of the breed are obtainable – Teacup, Toy, Miniature, and Standard.

You are in luck if you are an allergy sufferer and the Cockapoo is your Doodle of choice. Whilst no dog can be guaranteed to not shed, they are considered to be hypoallergenic and are known for their low shedding.

The Cockerpoo has a huge personality, they are loving and friendly. In fact, they love everyone, even cats! They are eternally happy, and their happiness is infectious. They will bring a level of affection to your family that is second to none.

NB: The American Cocker Spaniel is typically used for this breed but sometimes the English Cocker is used. In these cases, the term “Spoodle” is sometimes used which is not to be confused with a Sproodle. Our article will my Cockapoo be curly will teach you what you need to know about their coats.

Betty the Cockapoo

Corgipoo (Corgidoodle)

Originating in the US this mischievous little pup is a mix between the Miniature Poodle and the Welsh Corgi. They are a relatively small breed whose bodies are often longer than they are tall, just like their Corgi parent.

They will often inherit the low shedding coat of the Poodle but be prepared for a more Corgi like coat too. Corgis are double-coated and shed all year round but even more so as the seasons change. Even if your Corgipoo’s coat favors Poodle genetics, you need to be prepared to brush them regularly, preferably daily. They will also need a robust grooming routine, not leaving it longer than 2 months between grooms.

Training a Corgipoo can be challenging. Whilst intelligent and eager to please they have a mischievous streak and have a tendency to get bored easily. If you an inexperienced dog owner, it may be worth taking obedience classes to support your training regime.

They are high energy, but you may find that they will tire easily due to their size. Mix outdoor activity with indoor playtime to maximize meeting their mental and physical needs. Corgipoos are likely to get along with just about everyone. They have a playful, loyal and quite often comedic personality. This makes them a good match for families and singletons alike.

Cotonpoo (Doodle-Ton, Cottondoodle, Poo-Ton)

Toy or Miniature Poodles are mixed with the Coton de Tulear in order to bring us the small but energy fueled Cotonpoo. They come in a variety of (usually low to non-shedding) coat colors including apricot, white, black and brown. They are considered to be hypoallergenic but will need regular brushing in order to maintain their coat and keep those knots and tangles as bay.

They make excellent family pets, are loveable and loyal, and enjoy being the center of attention. They are good with children, other dogs and even cats so make a great second pet.

Like most of their Doodle cousins, the Cotonpoo is a smart breed. This makes training relatively easy. Whilst not known to be excessively noisy, they are alert little creatures and likely to bark at strangers to warn you of their presence. Sweet-natured and affectionate, these little Doodles don’t do well on their own. They thrive on company and need their human family around them the majority of the time.

Dave the Cotonpoo

Dalmadoodle (Dalmapoo, Dalmatiandoodle, Dalmatianpoo)

A black and white Poodle is pretty much what you’re going to get here. However, you won’t be guaranteed spots, you may get splodges, you may get patches but they’re unlike to have clearly defined black on white spots.

As their name suggests, the Dalmadoodle is mixed with the Dalmatian. They are a medium to large breed like both their parents and can stand up to 24” and weigh up to 70lbs.

Magnificent and loyal, they love nothing more than having a job to do. Both their parents are from hardworking stock. The Poodle originally to retrieve waterfowl and the Dalmatian as a coach dog (they ran alongside horse-drawn carriages as their guard). Put the Dalmadoodle to work and they will be happy.

They are not recommended for those who live in apartments or have little outside space. They have what can appear to be an unlimited energy store and will need the space and opportunity to burn off the excess supply. Their intelligence and loyal personality make them wonderful companions for active owners.

Dalmatians can be fiercely independent and stubborn so should those traits be inherited by your Dalmadoodle training isn’t going to be a breeze. Lots of positive reinforcement and firm and consistent guidance (but not heavy-handed) should do the trick though.

Unfortunately, the Dalmadoodle doesn’t come without risk of certain health issues and seems to be less healthy than many of their ‘designer’ cousins. Known conditions to be aware of are Hip Dysplasia, Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s Disease, Epilepsy, Deafness, and Bloat.

Double Doodle (Golden Labradoodle)

The Double Doodle is a little more of a complicated mix. It’s not just two Doodle’s as the name would suggest but more specifically a Labradoodle and Goldendoodle or a mix thereof with the Labrador or Golden Retriever.

Double Doodles shouldn’t necessarily cost more than any other breed of Doodle. They will be similar in that the more superior the pedigree of the purebreds, the higher the price is going to be.

Like most Doodles they are known for their intelligence and make great family dogs. They are easily trainable, but this must be started early along with a good socialization routine. They love being around their human family and integrate with other pets.

The Double Doodle is considered to be low shedding due to the Poodle genetics but remember that this cannot be guaranteed. Whilst they may have a tendency to bark at strangers, thier friendly and outgoing personality is not going to make them the best guard dog in the world. After the initial noise they are likely to be very accepting of strangers.

The Double Doodle is an active breed needing plenty of playtime and exercise. Plenty of long walks in the woods and games of frisbee will keep them happy and healthy.

Stanley the Double Doodle

Doxiepoo (Doxipoo, Daxiedoodle, Dachapoo, Dachshundpoo, Dachshunddoodle)

An unconventional mix of the Poodle and the Dachshund, this medium-sized Doodle has a life span between 10 and 15 years. Along with Poodle the Dachshund, they’re also known for their low shedding. They are also not known to drool excessively. This makes the Doxiepoo a great choice for those with allergies as the risk of triggers is relatively low.

The Doxiepoo ranges in size from toy to a medium-sized pooch. Color wise they are usually black, brown, grey, cream or white and have a short to medium coat length.

Whilst intelligent, they can be stubborn and think that they are the boss. Early and consistent obedience training will be needed to ensure that you end up with a well-trained pooch who knows that you call the shots.

They don’t fare well alone and their smart mind will need plenty of stimulation to avoid them getting bored and destructive. They will need a good hour of exercise per day but as long as you can meet this requirement, they are a good choice for those who live in an apartment.

Eskapoo (Eski-poo, Eskipoo, Eskimopoo, Eskimodoodle, Eskidoodle, Pookimo)

The little known Eskapoo is a hybrid of the Poodle and the American Eskimo Dog. When the American Eskimo Dog was first introduced to the US from Germany they were known as the German Spitz. However, due to anti-German feeling during WW2, their name was subsequently changed to the American Eskimo Dog.

In the height of 30’s and 40’s US, the American Eskimo Dog were highly popular as a circus performing pooch, likely due to their agility. Originally bred as companion and watchdog they can be inherently territorial. Whilst this doesn’t mean they have a history of aggression, quite the opposite in fact, it does mean they can be a vocal breed. All traits which can be inherited by the Eskapoo.

The Eskapoo has low to moderate grooming needs and is considered to be low shedding although it is advisable to give them a daily brush. They are classified as a small dog and will grow to an average height of 9” to 16”. Their weight will average anywhere between 8lb to 20lbs. They do have a high propensity to gain weight though, so you need to be extremely mindful of their diet, especially treats.

Their intelligence, inherited from both parent breeds, makes them a pleasure to train. You may need to work extra hard with off-leash training though as there is a fairly good chance that they may wander off should something pique their interest. Plenty of training will also be needed to keep that bark under control.

Regarded as an excellent family dog and being a wonderful companion for children and other pets, they are friendly, loveable, and loyal. Whilst apartment living is ideal for these little guys, they will still need a moderate amount of exercise. They are very family orientated and don’t do well left alone.

Flandoodle (Bouvipoo, Flanpoo, Bouvidoodle, Bouvierpoo, Poovier)

One of the more unusual breeds, the Flandoodle is a large Doodle who can grow up to 27” tall. A cross between the Standard Poodle and the Bouvier des Flanders they are protective, faithful, and observant making them a fabulous watchdog.

The Bouvier des Flanders is a natural herding dog who originates from Belgium. A strong and powerful farmhand they were used to pull carts, herd sheep, and drive cattle. More recently, when not just a pet, they work as both guard and police dogs.

They bring a calm and pleasant nature to the Flandoodle cross making them a great family dog. They enjoy being a part of family activities which can include long walks to ensure that their physical needs are met. They are high energy and need vigorous daily exercise. They enjoy swimming but will also be a willing participant in joining you on a jog or bike ride. Not meeting these needs will result in an unhappy pooch who will start to act out and become noisy and destructive.

Whilst they can get along well with other family pets, they love to hunt so smaller animals may not be seen as a playmate by the Flandoodle. They are more likely to view a rabbit or a squirrel as a good opportunity to give chase.

Intelligent and quick to learn they can have a stubborn streak. Be patient and consistent and they will eventually reward you by learning and obeying new commands. Always use positive reinforcement and never physical punishment during training.

Their coat is pretty high maintenance needing daily brushing to keep it healthy and knot-free. It is recommended that a professional groomer is used every couple of months for bathing and clipping/cutting.

Our complete guide The Flandoodle Breed can give you a further insight into this larger Doodle.


One of the most popular Doodle breeds, the Goldendoodle is a cross between the Poodle and The Golden Retriever. They vary in size, right down to the Teacup Goldendoodle which can be as small as 8” and weigh as little as 7lbs.

The Goldendoodle is known for their quiet personality and often don’t even bark should there be a stranger pass the window or knock on the door. Their high energy and intelligence mean that they need plenty of mental and physical stimulation. They are more suited to an active family and don’t suit apartment living.

You can find a detailed account of the plethora of colors and patterns in which a Goldendoodle comes in in our complete guide to Goldendoodle colors. They are a fantastic family dog and with the correct obedience training are great around children, other pets, and even strangers. They are easily trainable and are eager to please you.

Some Goldendoodles will shed as much as their Golden Retriever parent whereas some will favor the Poodle genetics. This is something that you won’t know until their adult coat grows in at around 6 months old. The curlier the coat usually means the less likely they are to shed.

If you are an allergy sufferer and are wanting a Goldendoodle to join your family, it may be worth looking at an F1b generation. This is a first-generation Goldendoodle (F1) bred back up with a Poodle. As the Poodle is the pooch that brings low shedding to the mix having 75% Poodle genes significantly reduces the risk of a high shedding dog.

Take a look at our ultimate guide, Pros and Cons of a Goldendoodle.

Goldendoodle siblings

Havapoo (Havdoodle, Havanoodle)

The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese was developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana. Originally a companion dog in the 1800s for the Cuban aristocracy, this charming and playful pooch loves to be around people.

The Havanese is usually bred with the Miniature Poodle due to its size and leaves us with the adorable Havapoo. Full adult weight is within a range of 7lbs – 30lbs and they will stand between 8” and 15” tall from paw to shoulder.

With the Havanese having 16 recognized colors with the AKC and the Poodle having 10 there is a wide range of looks for the Havapoo. They may be solid, parti, or tri color. A loose indication is to look at the color of the parents but keep in mind, recessive genes can throw lots of surprises into the mix.

They should be low to non-shedding due to their Poodle genes, but the look of their coat will depend on which parent genes are most dominant. They will likely have either a wave or a curl to their fur but a daily brush regardless of type will keep tangles and knots at bay.

Remember that the Havanese was bred to be a people dog. This trait is inherent in the Havapoo and they don’t like to be left alone. They are at their happiest with you or even someone else if you’re not available but time alone for them should be minimal.

Their friendly nature will ensure that they thrive in the right loving family home. They are gentle and playful with children, but their trusting nature means a watchdog they are not. They are not just suited to families but singletons and empty-nest homes too. Thoroughly adaptable, they do well will other pets and will welcome the companionship, but they need to be socialized early and the introduction should be gradual.

They are easily trainable due to their intelligence, but you need to continue to keep their minds stimulated. Puzzle games or learning new tricks will stop the boredom from setting in and keep their mind active.

Due to their size they are easily adapted to apartment living but it’s still important that their physical needs are met. They may be small, but they are small bundles of energy and love playtime as much as walking. Lots of toys to burn off their excess energy indoors and an hour of daily exercise should be sufficient to keep them happy and healthy.

Some often ask themselves if a Havapoo or a Cavapoo is best for them. We’ve done some of the thinking for you in our comparison article Havapoo vs Cavapoo. Or you can look at our in-depth guide, What is a Havapoo?

Irish Doodle (Irish Setter Doodle, Irish Poodle)

Ranging from light blonde to deep red, the Irish Doodle is a stunning mix between the Poodle and the Irish Setter. The Irish Setter is a traditional gun dog, and many are still bred as working dogs. The Poodle is also traditionally a retriever. Paired together you have an obedient pooch who is easy to train and eager to please.

The Irish Doodle is a relatively new hybrid having only been bred for around 30 years. They have a usual life expectancy of between 10 and 13 years and the breed is classified as a medium to large-sized dog. Dependent on whether male or female, they will grow to between 22” and 28” and weigh between 40lbs and 70lbs.

Shedding will be dependent on which parent breed the Irish Doodle follows. If the Poodle, then it is likely to be low to none. However, should your Irish Doodle favor the full double coat of its Irish Setter ancestry then this is not going to be the case. In many cases, this may not be fully evident until the adult coat has fully matured. An Irish Doodle would not be recommended for allergy suffers for this reason.

Their intelligence and love of learning make them easy to train. However, that doesn’t mean they will only learn things that you want them to. You need to keep an eye on these clever pooches before they are opening doors and helping themselves to the contents of the trash can.

Jackapoo (Jack-a-poo, Jackadoodle)

A relatively hefty time commitment is required in terms of exercise as the Irish Doodle is a very energetic dog. Agility classes as one example are an excellent opportunity for them to burn some of this vigor but that is not all they are going to need. An hour and a half of brisk exercise per day is needed to maximize your Irish Doodle’s health and wellbeing.

The Jackapoo is created by breeding the Jack Russel with the Poodle. The Toy or Miniature Poodle is usually used. Dependent on the size of the parent breeds they will grow to between 10” and 16” and typically weigh up to 25lbs.

The Jack Russell was originally bred by a Reverend of the same name in mid 19th century England. A hunting dog quick enough to keep up with the larger hunters but small enough to flush out the smaller game such as foxes and rabbits.

Typically inheriting the intellect of the Poodle and the liveliness of the Jack Russell makes the Jackapoo clever, quirky, and charming. Whilst no dog can ever be 100% hypoallergenic, they are considered to be low shedders making them a lower risk to allergy sufferers.

The Jackapoo requires plenty of exercise and can become bored and destructive if their physical needs aren’t met. They also have a tendency to be quite vocal so this needs to be remembered during early training. Socializing early makes for a great family dog who can be great with children. However, plenty of exposure to other animals, strangers, and children during the early months and throughout training is important to avoid a stubborn streak manifesting. This stubborn streak can, on rare occasions, turn to aggression.

Jeffrey the Jackapoo


The “Original Doodle”! Or were they? Whilst Doodles were likely bred back in the mid 20th century, the term Labradoodle wasn’t used until the late ’80s in Australia. A blind lady with an allergic husband questioned the idea of a hypoallergenic guide dog with the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. The experiment worked by breeding the Poodle with the Labrador Retriever but no one wanted to buy the ‘mutts’. The term Labradoodle was used as a marketing exercise and the Doodle Designer Dog was born.

Friendly and intelligent they love to shower and be showered with affection from adults and children alike. Lovers of water, just like their parents, a long walk could turn into a fun swim should you come across any steams.

The Labradoodle has lots of energy and is very intelligent. This means that plenty of physical and mental stimuli is needed in order to meet their lifestyle needs. Failure to do this can lead to a bored and destructive dog who chews up your home and barks excessively.

Due to their size and high energy needs apartment living is not always the best for the Labradoodle. However, should you have a smaller version and can adequately meet their exercise requirements then they can happily live in a smaller house or apartment.

They make superb therapy dogs due to their calming, affectionate and intelligent nature. The same traits also make them the perfect family pet.

Check out our full breed overview in the Labradoodle – everything you need to know.

Archie the Labradoodle

Lhasapoo (Lhasadoodle)

Breeding the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle brings us this loyal, protective, and good-natured Lhasapoo. Originating in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was used as a watchdog in the monasteries and one could only own the breed should they be gifted one directly by the Dalai Lama.

Generally inheriting the yappy trait of its forebears, the Lhasapoo can make a great watchdog. Take a look at our article is a Labradoodle a good guard dog to learn the difference between a guard and watchdog.

A smaller breed Doodle the Lhasapoo will generally reach no bigger than 13” with a weight of around 10lbs to 20lbs. Needing less exercise than some of their bigger cousins they are a great fit for singletons or seniors looking for a canine companion. They suit apartment living well but this does not mean they are not also well received to a larger home and household.

The Lhasapoo coat comes in a variety of colors including black, brown, white, or a mixture of any or all. They are considered to be hypoallergenic. So, whilst never guaranteed, they are a low-risk choice for allergy sufferers. They are likely to have long and wavy hair although the specifics will always be reliant upon the most dominant of their parent genes. Keeping their coat long will require daily brushing to keep it healthy and free from knots. You can also choose to keep your Lhasapoo’s coat short which will reduce this need to a weekly brush.


The Toy or Miniature Poodle is bred with the Maltese to bring you the energetic and lively Maltipoo. They are loving and affectionate and make a great companion for a single person. Due to their intelligent and gentle temperament, they make excellent therapy dogs.

Maltipoos are a smaller and more delicate Doodle breed. Averaging a maximum of 14” tall and 20lbs in weight, they are more suited to families with older children to avoid any rambunctious accidents.

They are an active and playful breed that require ample exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Meeting their physical needs will also ensure that they don’t get bored and morph into a little furball of destruction. It’s not only big dogs who can cause chaos if they are not kept stimulated! All this said, the Maltipoo will also love nothing more than to curl up on your lap and always be by your side like any good companion.

Their size makes them great for apartment living providing that they are still getting the required exercise. It is worth noting that Maltipoos like the sound of their own voice. Whilst this can make them a great watchdog, it’s not going to be so great if your apartment block has noise restrictions. Consistent and early training can be an effective way to curb any excessive barking.

Molly the Maltipoo

Mastidoodle (Mastipoo)

The Mastidoodle is one of the largest Doodle breeds who can weigh up to 120lbs and stand up to 36” tall. Crossed with the formidable Mastiff, don’t let their size fool you. They are in fact gentle and passive making them a wonderful addition to all manner of family types providing that there is the room to accommodate them.

The Mastiff originates in England and in terms of mass is the largest breed of dog. Whilst others may stand taller, their heavy bones and muscular frame puts them way ahead in terms of overall size. Protective and loyal, they are affectionate and great with children. They are big droolers though, watch out for this being inherited by your Mastidoodle.

Whilst they will love nothing more than being cuddled and petted by their younger family members, its important never to leave them alone with children. Their foreboding size can do lots of damage even if unintentional. They’re not the greatest fans of strangers so will alert you to any intruder with their deep and menacing bark making them great watchdogs. However, their bark is much worse than their bite and they are unlikely to defend the home.

The Poodle and Mastiff are vastly different in terms of activity levels and your Mastidoodle is likely to fall somewhere between the two. They will enjoy a long ambling walk or a short run, playing in the dog park or an intense game of tug-of-war. Don’t be making any bets on you winning that game though.

Most Mastidoodles inherit a similar coat to their Poodle parent. However, due to their size and Mastiff genes, this is going to take a lot of looking after. Grooming will be needed every two to three months. During the summertime, they are going to need a little help keeping cool so this will need to be more frequent if you live in a warmer climate.


Originating from where their name suggests, the Newfoundland Dog is one of the largest dogs in the world. Strong and powerful this working dog was used by fishermen. Their tender disposition has also earned them a reputation of ‘nanny’ to children, the most famous being Nana from Peter Pan which JM Barrie based on his own dog. Disney did however change this to a St Bernard when the film was produced.

Breed the Newfoundland with a Poodle and the Newfypoo is born. This gentle giant will need considerable exercise. Hikes and long walks are perfect for meeting their physical needs. A long and intense run is not recommended though. These needs are a requirement of their size, not their energy levels. Due to the working history of both their parents, they also love a good swim.

Fun Fact – Newfoundland Dogs have webbed feet

The Newfypoo can grow to 30” tall and weigh in at a massive 130lbs making them need a large family home with plenty of outside space. A nearby lake or pond would be a huge plus for this water baby.

When it comes to training, the Newfypoo can have a stubborn streak so don’t think they are going to be a pushover. That said, they do respond extremely well to positive reinforcement and love a tasty treat as a reward.

Their coat is going to need a daily brush to keep it healthy and knot-free. This is of course unless you choose to keep it shorter when brushing can be reduced. The Newfoundland is a big old slobbery shedder and whilst the Newfypoo tends to follow the Poodle on these counts there is no guarantee that they won’t inherit them.

Nellie the Newfypoo

To learn more about the Newfypoo, see our dedicated post Everything You Need to Know About the Newfypoo Breed.


One of the oldest Doodle mixes the Peekapoo has been around since the 1950s. A perfect companion dog, they will love nothing more than spending all their time on your lap or by your side. They make great family dogs, ideally with older children, due to their affectionate and playful nature. Their easy-going temperament makes them ideal for first-time puppy parents and they’re as happy living in an apartment as they are in a house.

The Toy or Miniature Poodle and the Pekingese will produce the Peekapoo. The Pekingese, as the name suggests, was developed in China and was kept by the imperial family. English forces looted the palace in the mid 19th century and along with their haul of jewels introduced the pooch to the western world.

Weighing between 4lbs and 20lb and growing up to 11” tall this tiny pooch has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. They are loving and loyal, and their love to bark makes them a great watchdog. They do not do well left alone and can become bored and anxious if left for extended periods. This in turn can lead to depression and destruction. If you are out of your home all day working, then the Peekapoo is not the dog for you. 

The Pekingese gene gives them a flowing and cotton soft imperial coat. The curls of the Poodle lowers the risk of shedding making them a good choice for those with allergies. Brushing is required to keep their coats matt free and this practice is a great way of bonding with your pooch. Keeping their coats short will reduce the need to brush.

Pomapoo (Pooranian, Pompoo, Pomeroodle)

Pomapoos can come in a whole range of colors due to the many varieties of both its parents, the Poodle, and the Pomeranian. The most popular of which are Sable, fawn, red, black, brown, and white. They can be solid colors and they can also be parti or tricolor.

The Pomapoo is primarily a companion dog. Due to their size, families with small children should think very carefully before getting a Pomapoo unless there is constant supervision. A boisterous toddler can hurt or injure a small dog exceptionally easily.

Their exercise needs are adaptable to their owner’s routine. Having low to moderate energy levels, a short walk, or lively playtime daily is enough to satisfy their needs. They do well with both apartment and larger home living, but they are not an outdoor dog.

They can inherit the curly coat of their Poodle parent or the straight hair of the Pomeranian. Brushing and bathing are advised between grooming sessions to keep those knots at bay and their coats looking tip-top.

Providing they are socialized early, the Pomapoo will enjoy having a brother or sister around of both the dog and cat variety. They are generally easy to train providing this is started early and they respond well to praise and reward. Friendly and laid back, their personality far exceeds their size.

‘Fat Tony’ the Pomapoo at 14 weeks

Poochon (Bichpoo, Bichon Poo, Bichoodle)

What qualities does the Bichon Frise bring to the mix when crossed with a Poodle? The Bichon Frise is a gentle and playful pooch who is a member of the Toy Dog Group (UK) and Non-Sporting Group (US). They are considered to be hypoallergenic so the Poochon is a great choice for those with allergies.

Crossed with the Toy or Miniature Poodle, the Poochon will grow to be between 9” and 15” and weigh in at 6lbs to 17lbs depending on their genetics. They generally have a solid coat color of which the main three are apricot, cream, and tan. Their coat characteristics can vary from soft and wavy to curly and stiff, but all will need regular brushing, grooming, clipping, and attention paying to their facial furnishings.

They love to swim so this is something that can be incorporated into their exercise time. However, it’s important to remember that water can be dangerous. Care and supervision are needed at all times. The Poochon may have a love for the water but they are only small and vast or strong bodies of water are best avoided. Have a read through our article do Doodles like to swim to learn more about water safety for your pooch.

Whilst easy to train and eager to please they are best suited to families with older children who are more able to behave appropriately around small, feisty dogs. They can easily be hurt due to their size and toddlers are learning their own boundaries.

The Poochon has lots of energy but not only physical. Whilst they will need around 20 – 40 minutes of physical activity daily, it’s important to keep them mentally stimulated too. Their size won’t stop them causing lots of destruction if they become bored or unhappy. They can be little Houdini’s too so if you have a yard and allow them time alone in there, make sure there are no secret escape routes to more interesting adventures. They will find them.

Bonnie the Poochon


The Cavapoochon is a mix of three breeds. The King Charles Cavalier, the Bichon Frise, and the Poodle. Known for their lasting puppy looks they are a popular choice for those looking for a small and cute companion.

They are considered to be hypoallergenic with two-thirds of their cross bringing low to non-shedding genes to the mix, so like both the Cavapoo and the Poochon are a good choice for those with allergies.

Reaching a maximum height of around 12” and 15lbs they are classified as a small to medium breed. However, some males may be slightly larger and tip the scales closer to 20lbs. Their size makes them great for both apartment living and homes with yards.

They are a perfect family dog due to their gentle, affectionate, and loving personality. They are sociable and friendly with all that they meet. Do remember though, training and socialization need to be started early to ensure that you have a well-rounded, happy, and obedient adult Cavapoochon.

Whilst not the most energetic pooch in the world the Cavapoochon still has ample and will require walking for at least 30 minutes a day. This can be supplemented with lots of play time which will help to meet both their physical and intellectual needs. 

Barney the Cavapoochon

Take a look at our ultimate Cavapoochon guide for more information on this breed.

Poogle (Beaglepoo, Beagledoodle, Beagapoo)

Another English export, the Beagle is a small scent hound who was developed primarily to hunt rabbit and hare. They have excellent tracking instincts. This trait along with their formidable sense of smell makes them the number one detection dog for prohibited agricultural imports. Unlike many other breeds, they have limited inherited health issues which is one reason for their popularity.

The Beagle is usually crossed with the Toy or Miniature Poodle to bring us the Poogle so their size range is varied. They will commonly fall into the small breed category and weigh between 11lbs and 25lbs, measuring between 9” and 16” from paw to shoulder.

The Poogle is an active pooch who will require walking daily. However, providing that these needs are met they are adaptable to apartment living or homes without yards. Their Poodle genes, like most of our Doodles, does mean that their mind needs as much stimulation so ensure that plenty of intellectual activity is also available for them. This can be food puzzle games they can attempt alone or games that you can play with them.

The Poogle isn’t known as a noisy breed but is likely to alert you to any strangers so makes a good watchdog. They are affectionate, warm, and friendly. They love playtime and are great with children, singletons, and seniors alike.

They shouldn’t shed much due to their Poodle background and will likely have a coat that is of medium length and density. If their coat favors their Beagle heritage more then you may have a trigger on your hands if you suffer from allergies, although this should still be less so than a purebred. Their coat will need regular weekly brushing to keep it healthy and matt free and a regular hair cut at the groomers may be necessary.

They have long ears that are hairy making them dirt catchers. These need to be kept clean and maintained well to prevent infections. Keep an eye on their teeth too and brush them regularly as Poogles can be prone to dental disease. Start this early so that they become used to the routine.


In 1992 The American Kennel Club recognized the Shiba Inu as its 136th breed. Native to Japan they were bred to hunt and flush small game. Living in mountainous areas they are extremely agile, coping well with undulating terrain and trails. They are small to medium-sized dog usually bred with a Miniature Poodle to create the Pooshi.

Whilst energetic the Pooshi doesn’t have high exercise requirements. Short walks are enough to keep them happy as long as this is alongside lots of inside play time. This means that they are suitable for families who live in apartments or other homes without a yard. However, should you have a yard and your Pooshi uses this for play time, be sure to make it fully enclosed. Any hint of an escape route and they will be off seeking adventure.

Provided that you socialize them early, Pooshis are good with children and other pets. They are friendly and loyal and don’t like to be left on their own, much preferring to spend their time with their family. Their confidence can bring with it a stubborn and possessive steak so this needs to be addressed from the get-go with obedience training. Positive reinforcement and praise are paramount in rearing a responsive pooch who obeys commands.

Whilst they love nothing more than their families, they are wary of those who they don’t know. This makes them good watchdogs as they will bark to alert you to intruders or strangers.

Routine brushing is required to keep them tangle-free, more so if they favor the thick double coat of their Shiba Inu parent. A coat favoring the Poodle parent will likely need more professional attention in terms of clipping and trimming.


As their name suggests the Pugapoo is a cross between the Pug and the Poodle. Often inheriting the short, stubby muzzle of their Pug parent and coat of the Poodle side, these tiny little canines have a unique and endearing look. However, should the Pug genes be more dominant when it comes to their coat, they are more like to shed a little posing a trigger risk to allergy sufferers.

Originating from the Han dynasty in China, the Pug dates back over two thousand years. They certainly lived the high life with their Emperor companion and owners, and some even had their own guards. They were brought to Europe in the 16th century and at the time of the reign of King William and Queen Mary in the late 1600s, they once again became a Royal favorite. This continued with Queen Victoria who developed a passion for the breed which she shared with other members of the Royal family.

The Pugapoo is a friendly and lovable breed of pooch. They do well with families, singletons, and empty nesters alike and can adapt to all manner of living spaces. With both parent breeds considered to be highly intelligent, they are generally easy to train providing this is started early. They are very receptive to new people and places during their early months so socializing them often is great for their development.

They can be barkers and whilst this makes for a good watchdog, a yappy pooch can take its toll on your ears. Ensure that they get plenty of stimulation in the form of games, toys, and exercise to keep the barking from being a behavioral issue. Also, ensure that you master the command to stop them from barking when obedience training.

The Pugapoo is categorized as a small to medium dog depending on their genetics. An adult Pugapoo will stand anywhere between 8” and 15” tall from paw to shoulder and weigh in at between 10lbs and 30lbs. Their coat will need regular brushing and trimming which can be done between yourself and your groomer.

They don’t need a vigorous exercise regime, but their moderate energy levels will require a daily walk and playtime to keep their brains and paws active. If you are looking for a good-natured and outgoing companion who doesn’t require lots of exercise, then the Pugapoo could be the right breed for you.


The Great Pyrenees, also known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, is another gentle giant of the canine world. They are sizable and mighty and were originally bred as a watchdog and guardian of livestock. Whilst they can display aggression towards predators of their charges, their inherent protector instinct means that they are generally trusted with children and smaller animals who pose no threat.

They are crossed with the Standard Poodle to bring us the formidable Pyredoodle who at between 85lbs and 100lbs in weight and 15” and 32” in height is the fourth largest Doodle breed. Their Pyrenees genetics and protective nature make them a great watchdog using their size and bark as an effective deterrent to would-be intruders.

However, aggression is not a trait usually found in the Pyredoodle and providing they are socialized early make great playmates for other animals, including cats. They are loyal and calm and gets along with children of all ages. Their size doesn’t make them a great choice for those who live in apartments. They have a wandering streak so be sure that your yard is secure and extra attention is paid if they are off the leash when walking.

They need a good exercise regime, but this is down to their size, not their activity levels. Given the opportunity, they can be lazy which puts them at risk of weight gain which in turn brings a plethora of other issues. They have a predisposition to bloat so it’s best to avoid exercising too soon after they have eaten. Mental stimulation is a must – they are intelligent and curious and can get themselves into all sorts of trouble should they become bored.

They are generally cream or white, but they can display other colors both in solid form and parti. Their coats can be both single and double coated. You can learn the differences between the two in our article are Doodles double coated. A double coat will require daily brushing to keep it free of tangles. A single coat less so and will likely shed less making them ideal for an allergy sufferer.

Rottle (Rottiepoo, Rottiedoodle, Rottweilerpoo)

Another dog of German origin, the powerful Rottweiler was known as Rottweiler Metzgerhund in their homeland. Translated this means butchers dog and their name was given due to their traditional work pulling loaded carts of butchered meat to market. They were also used to herd livestock. Despite their often questionable reputation for being aggressive, they are in fact good-natured and gentle given the correct training and upbringing.

Many Rottles take on the black and tan coloring of their Rottweiler ancestry but they do also sometimes present in the different Poodle colors. The Poodle’s genes can mean that the Rottle display hypoallergenic properties but as this is not guaranteed, they may not be the best option for those with allergies. Grooming will be required a few times a week in order to keep their thick and curly coat knot-free, shiny, and healthy.

They vary in size between a medium and large dog as both the Medium and Standard Poodle is used for breeding. Their weight can fall anywhere between 50lbs and 90lbs and the average height, measured from paw to shoulder will be between 10” and 25”.

Their pleasurable, lively, and sweet-natured personality means that they are a perfect playmate for both children and other pets. They are brave and loyal and often inherit the protective streak of the Rottweiler heritage. This makes it all the more important to socialize and obedience train your Rottle from an early age. Their intelligence shouldn’t make this a difficult task as they are eager to please and quick to learn new commands.

The Rottle is a high energy pooch and will need an exercise regime to match. Their individual needs will differ but expect to exercise your Rottle between 60 and 90 minutes per day. This can include running, hiking, and swimming although they won’t be averse to an enthusiastic game of fetch either. An unexercised Rottle is likely to gain weight quickly increasing the risk of damage to their joints.

Mental activity is just as important – a bored pooch the mass and size of a Rottle is likely to cause lots of damage if they are allowed to be mischievous. There are many puzzles and interactive dog toys on the market which will keep your Rottle’s active mind ticking over.

Saint Berdoodle (Saint Berpoo)

The Saint Berdoodle is, by weight, the heaviest of all the Doodle breeds. Once fully grown they can reach an average of 110lbs to 180lbs. That’s not much less than the average adult Male. This is certainly not a Doodle to carry around in your purse.

Crossed with a Standard Poodle, the combination of their fluffy curly coat and floppy ears often give them the appearance of a giant Teddy Bear. Just like a giant Teddy Bear this loving and affectionate breed will quite happily allow you to cuddle them all day long.

They often keep many of the facial features of a Saint Bernard but without the droopy eyes and saggy jowls. This lowers the risk of eye infections and excessive drooling. As drool can be an allergen factor, this is great news for those who suffer. However, the Saint Berdoodle will also have to inherit the coat of the Poodle to increase the chances of any hypoallergenic properties.

The Saint Berdoodle doesn’t tend to have the wide color variety that many of the other Doodle breeds can have. White, black, red, and brown are the prevalent colors with the most usual mixes being white plus one of the other three. Maintenance will be dependent on their coat type. This can vary from needing daily brushing if they favor the Poodle curl to a weekly brush if the texture is dense like that of the Saint Bernard.

They tend to inherit the loyal and protective traits of the Saint Bernard parent making them the ideal best friend and companion. You will rarely hear them bark but once they have formed a strong bond they will watch over and gently protect those that they love.

They are affectionate, loving, and gentle with few health issues. Highly intelligent like both the parent breeds, they are usually easy to train and respond well to positive reinforcement and learning commands quickly.

Despite their size, they are somewhat of a lazy pooch and don’t require a lot of exercise. They tend to have short bursts of energy throughout the day which can be satisfied with a short walk or some vigorous playtime. You may then find their lazy side requires them to have a long nap to recover those exergy supplies.

Due to their size, they are suitable for families who live in apartments or small homes. Whilst their exercise requirements are low, they will still need room to roam. They are social dogs and don’t do well alone. Separation anxiety can be a problem for this breed so if you spend tend to spend time away from the home, the Saint Berdoodle is not the right choice for you.


The Schnoodle not only has one of the coolest Doodle titles but a huge range of dimensions. With both the Schnauzer and the Poodle coming in three different sizes ranging from Toy to Giant, the Schnoodle can stand anywhere from 10” (Toy Schnoodle) right up to 26” (Standard Schnoodle). Couple that with the vast array of weights, starting from a teeny 4lbs (Toy Schnoodle) to a whopping 75lbs (Standard Schnoodle) then there really is a choice for everyone.

Originating in Germany as far back as the 14th or 15th century the Standard Schnauzer, which is the original breed, was first known as the Wire-Haired Pinscher. In the late 19th century their name was changed to how we know them today and translates colloquially to ‘whiskered snout’. This, we think, is a fair description of the furnishings that the Schnauzer wears.

FUN FACT – During The Great War of 1914 – 1918, the Red Cross used the Schnauzer as a dispatch carrier. They were also guard dogs for the German Army.

The Schnoodle is a high energy pooch so you will need both space and the means to take care of this. They will need to burn off that physical energy and also be kept mentally stimulated to stop them from being bored and getting into trouble.

With early training and socialization, the Schnoodle will get along with everyone including children and other pets. They do sometimes have a tendency for rough playing so ensure that ‘down’ and “off” are commands that the learn and understand early.

They are a merry and smart breed who are loyal and loving. They are at their happiest with you and you may well find yourself with a shadow in the Schnoodle. They love to play and will make a great running companion. Many inherit the protective nature of the Schnauzer and can make a great watchdog, alerting you to anything strange or unusual. However, they can also be on the noisy side, so this is something to watch out for as you train them.

The larger the Schnoodle, the more their propensity to be feisty. It’s worth bearing in mind that the Giant Schnauzer can be a handful and needs an owner prepared to be more dominant than them. As these hybrid designer dogs are in such an early stage of their development breed, standards are not yet established and they can inherit traits from either of their purebred parents.

Jax the Schnoodle

Scoodle (Scottipoo)

The Scottish Terrier or Scottie is bred with the Poodle to bring us the Scoodle. Originating from Perthshire in Scotland, the Scottish Terrier is territorial and feisty and was bred to kill farm vermin and hunt badgers and foxes in the Highlands. In popular culture, you will find the Scottie as one of the playing pieces in Monopoly due to their popularity when the game was first introduced. The memorial of Franklin D Roosevelt in Washington DC also has a statue of Fala, his favorite Scottish Terrier sat by his side.

The Scoodle can have both a solid or a particolored coat that comes in many colors including brown, silver, black, grey, sable, and apricot. They are unlikely to shed much, and it should be relatively easy to maintain a healthy and knot-free look with regular brushing.

A loving and affectionate breed they form strong bonds with their human family members. They don’t do well alone and can develop separation anxiety if away from you for too long. They are loyal, protective, and alert and make a great watchdog. However, barking can also be a problem with this breed so they need to be made aware from an early stage when the correct time to bark should be.

Whilst the Scoodle is a playful pooch and providing they are socialized early get along with children and other animals, they don’t welcome rough play and may snap. It’s important that you always supervise your Scoodle around those small people who may not yet have learned to curb their excitement.

They are an energetic pooch who thrive on activities and stimulation for both the body and mind. They will need a daily walk and plenty of playtime to keep their brains engaged. If these needs are met, then they can be suited as well to apartment living as well as a home with a yard. Keep in mind that should you have a yard it is fenced in securely. If the Scoodle sees a small animal, they are very likely to give chase. Also, keep this in mind when you are out walking – they should be leashed when there is a chance that they’ll see small animals.


Developed in England as a herding breed, the Old English Sheepdog is a large, docile, intelligent, and friendly dog. Their inherent herding instinct can sometimes still manifest and it’s not unknown for them to gently attempt to herd children and adults alike. They are lovable and protective, and these are all traits that can be passed down to the Sheepadoodle.

A less eclectic mix of colors than some Doodles, the Sheepadoodle mainly wears a coat of black and white. However, they can also present with greys, browns, and solid black. They are most often low to non-shedders so are a low-risk choice for those with allergies. Their coats can be wavy, curly, or straight and are quite often on the longer side. They will need brushing every 2 to 3 days to keep them tangle-free and looking their best. Grooming will likely be required bimonthly.

Sheepadoodles are naturally friendly and will get along well with adults, children, and other pets providing socialization is introduced early. They are loving and affectionate and will love spending all their time with you and don’t fare well on their own. They have an indescribable ability to emotionally connect with humans and for this reason, make wonderful support and therapy dogs.

Generally bred with the Standard Poodle these canines are no pushover and when fully grown can weigh between 50lbs and 90lbs. Their average height will be somewhere between 22” and 28”

They have an active mind and will need plenty of stimulus in the form of games and toys to keep them from becoming bored and destructive. They love to show off their intelligence by learning new tricks.

Most Sheepadoodles are highly spirited and will require an average of two hours of exercise a day. This can be gained through walking, swimming, and outdoor playtime such as fetch. They also have a propensity to pile on the pounds making plenty of exercise doubly important.


The Shepadoodle is one of the larger Doodle breeds weighing in at an average of 50lbs – 90lbs and standing between 22” and 28” tall. Bringing together the elegance and non-shedding qualities of the Poodle and the loyal and courageous nature of the German Shepherd, they were developed back in the 1960s by the US Army primarily to be used as a military police dog.

Today they are both a loving and protective family pet and a hard-working service dog. Their observant nature and wariness of strangers also makes them an effective watchdog who will alert you to any unusual goings-on or intruder activity.

Loyal and protective, providing they are socialized early, they are fabulous with children and other pets. They love to play, and they love you making them a perfect companion for all the family.

Their coat can be a little unpredictable and can even vary within the same litter. Some may take on more of the German Shepherd coat rather than the desired hypoallergic properties of the Poodle. However, they should still shed significantly less than the German Shepherd and still typically pose a lower risk for those with allergies.

Their coat doesn’t usually require a high level of maintenance although the longer the fur, the more it will need brushing to keep the knots and dirt away. Pay particular attention to their ears, especially if they have been near the water and keep their nails from getting too long. They will likely need a trim every few weeks.

They are intelligent, inheriting this trait from both purebred parents which makes them generally easy to train and eager to please. However, this intelligence must be nurtured as a bored Shepadoodle can become destructive if bored or unhappy.

They are a relatively active breed and will need to exercise accordingly. They would quite happily stay inside so don’t let them convince you not to go ‘walkies’. Once they’re out and about they will cheerfully run, play and romp with other pooches at the dog park. Not only do they have an abundance of energy that needs to be burnt off, but they are prone to obesity so regular and hearty exercise will keep this at bay.

Want to learn more? See The Shepadoodle: Our Guide to the Poodle and German Shepherd Mix.


Typically inheriting the best of both worlds from their Shih Tzu and Poodle parents, the Shihpoo is a pocket-sized pamper loving pooch who makes a fabulous companion, especially for the retired and older member of the dog-loving world.

The Shih Tzu has a fascinating history. Developed in Tibet by lamas (a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism) as watchdogs and companions, they are thought to be one of the oldest known breeds of dog.  With their spiritual background, it is even believed that these dogs are the reincarnations of some Gods. The Shih Tzu that we know and love today have been developed from just 14 dogs that were shipped to England after the imperial rule in China came to an end, saving the breed from extinction.

Due to their size, they are adaptable to all manner of living accommodation making them an ideal choice should you not have a yard or live in an apartment or condo. Singles, seniors, and families with older children can all benefit from the joy and love this breed brings to the family. The Shihpoo, should it inherit the trait from their Shih Tzu lineage, may not do well around small excitable children as they will not take keenly to impulsive and bolshy play.

As with all dogs, their needs will be individual, but you can expect that your Shihpoo will have moderate energy levels. Alongside a daily walk, their playful nature will benefit from lots of playtime both in and outdoors. They are an intelligent breed, so their mind needs to be kept as active as their body.

Whilst the Shihpoo is likely to be eager to please you, the Shih Tzu can have a stubborn streak which can make obedience training more challenging if passed down. Keep positive, consistent, and start early. This should teach them that actually, all this stuff is quite good fun. You can use treats as a reward but be careful, small dogs can be prone to weight gain and this will include the Shihpoo.

Daily coat maintenance is likely to be required for your Shihpoo. This is not only to keep their coat looking healthy and tidy but will prevent knots, tangles, and brush out any dirt and detritus that may cling on to their fur. This will also help with shedding but typically they are low shedders. A grooming visit every quarter to help to tidy up their coat is recommended. Check and clean their ears regularly to prevent any infections but be careful not to stick anything in there as this could do more harm than good.

Daisy the Shihpoo

Siberpoo (Huskydoodle, Poosky, Huskypoo, Siberian Poodle)

Originating in North-East Asia the Siberian Husky was bred by the indigenous inhabitants of the Chukchi Peninsula and used as a sled-pulling guard and companion dog. They have a thick double coat that protected them from the harsh Siberian Arctic temperatures in which they worked. They are known for their resilience and independence.

Athletic and energetic, when this is mixed with the intelligent and elegant Poodle, we are lucky enough to produce the loving and loyal Siberpoo who can display a plethora of attractive traits. They are best suited to homes that have a yard and families who are active. They need to be around people and can easily develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long. A family with younger children or less active seniors may not always be a suitable match due to the responsibility required for this quite often needy breed.

The Siberpoo will generally have a double coat which can acclimatize well to both heat and the cold. It will protect them in the harsh winters and repel the sun in warmer climates. However, how their coat will look is down to chance and genetics. They may follow the Poodle traits, and this will require daily maintenance. Should the long and wavy Husky coat be more prevalent then brushing can be reduced to three or four times a week.

They will need daily walking and plenty of playtime. Interactive toys that can be rotated regularly will keep their mind as active as their body. Active and intelligent, it’s important to meet both these needs for the Siberpoo. They will also enjoy outside playtime such as fetch and swimming. It’s important to socialize and begin obedience training early with your Siberpoo to ensure that this results in a well-rounded and confident adult dog.

FUN FACT – In Central Park NY you can find a statue of Balto. Balto was a Siberian Husky who in 1925 was used in a serum run to deliver the only available treatment from Anchorage to Nome to halt the potential outbreak of a diphtheria epidemic. Balto and his team, led by their Norwegian master, pulled the sled on its final stretch to deliver the medicine into Nome.

Sproodle (Springerdoodle, Springerpoo)

The Sproodle (not to be confused with the Spoodle; see the Cockapoo heading) is a mix of either the Standard or Miniature Poodle and the English Springer Spaniel. Often taking on the colors of the typical Springer, you will find many Sproodles in black, brown, black & white or liver & white. Their coat is double layered and will require regular brushing. You may find that your Sproodle sheds somewhat and brushing will help to keep this under control along with keeping knots and tangles at bay. 

The English Springer Spaniel is known for being active and lively, and this can be passed down to the Sproodle. They will love long walks, swimming and lots of outdoor playtime including fetch and frisbee. Socialize and begin obedience training early and you will ensure that their friendly and outgoing personality will shine through making them great around other animals.

They are a loving breed who give their all to their families. They are great with children and are loyal and gentle. Intelligence inherited from both sides of the gene pool makes them easily trainable and eager to please you. However, make sure you keep this inquisitive mind active with plenty of interactive or treat hidden toys. A bored Sproodle can be very mischievous and find themselves in places they shouldn’t be.

The average fully grown Sproodle will stand between 14” and 24” tall from paw to shoulder. Their average weight will be between 30lbs and 60lbs. They have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Some health issues to watch out for that are prevalent in the Poodle or English Springer Spaniel are hip dysplasia, Cushing’s Disease, bloat, and epilepsy.

Bailey the Sproodle

Weimardoodle (Weimarpoo, Weimaranerdoodle, Weimaranerpoo)

The distinguished and regal Weimaraner is the purebred crossed with a Poodle in order to create the loyal and protective Weimardoodle. A hunting dog, the Weimaraner was a favorite of royalty and used to hunt big game such as deer, boar, and bears, switching to smaller foxes and rabbits as large game hunting became less popular.

A medium to large-sized dog, the Weimardoodle has an average weight of 45lbs – 70lbs and an average height of 20” to 27” once fully grown. Their coat tends to be curly or wavy but can also be straight if it takes after its Weimaraner background. Colors can include black, chocolate, and grey and they are generally one solid color although parti does sometimes occur.

They are a fabulous companion dog and love their families unconditionally. They form solid connections with their owners and are loving and affectionate. They don’t do well in their own company and separation anxiety can be a problem if they are left for too long. They may not be the breed for you if you spend a lot of time away from home during the day unless you can consider doggie daycare or a dog sitter.

They are active and playful and will not only require a hearty daily walk but playtime too. A back yard where they can run free or play fetch is preferable as they are not really suited to apartment living, although they can adapt if their exercise needs are fully met. They will also enjoy agility activities and swimming.

They are very intelligent, and this should make training easy. However, the Weimaraner can be stubborn, and should the Weimardoodle inherit this trait, a little more effort will be required. They will respond better to positive reinforcement and a firm but loving method.  

Their intelligence will need to be embraced to keep them from becoming bored. Boredom will only lead to an unhappy or destructive dog. Treat toys and stimulating games will keep their mind sharp and active.

Westiepoo (Westiedoodle, Wee-Poo)

The West Highland White Terrier or more commonly the Westie is a medium-sized Terrier hailing from Scotland who was originally used for ratting on farms. It is suggested that the modern breed that we know today came about due to a red/brown Terrier that was mistakenly shot as a fox. This inspired the Laird of Poltalloch to develop a consistently white pooch. His first litter was a sandy color and the white trait advanced over time. Originally known as the Poltalloch Terrier, the Laird declared that he did not want to be credited with their development and the name was changed to the West Highland White Terrier.

Whilst the Westiepoo can adapt well to living in an apartment or condo, they are an active breed so you need to be able to ensure you can provide a regular exercise regime. They are extremely social and friendly and need to be around you and in the thick of family life. Being alone doesn’t suit them so they are not a good choice if you need to be out of the home for several hours at a time on a regular basis.

They are very intelligent so training should be a breeze and makes them a good choice for novice dog owners. Early training however is imperative and along with early socialization will make them a happy, obedient, and well-rounded adult pooch.

They are great with kids and other pets being affectionate and loving but it’s worth noting that the Westie doesn’t tolerate rough handling or play so are more suited to a family with older children.

Your Westiepoo is likely to have brown eyes, a black nose and either be cream or white in color. They will need regular brushing to keep away the tangles and knots. Particular attention should be paid to the hair around their eyes and ears which will likely need routine trimming. The Westiepoo is unlikely to shed and due to both the Westie and the Poodle being considered hypoallergenic, is a great low-risk choice for those with allergies.

They are a lively and intelligent breed and as such both their mind and body need to be kept active and stimulated. Lots of outside time and lots of playing with you will stop the Westiepoo from becoming bored and destructive.

See our in-depth Westidoodle Breed Guide for a more detailed overview.

Diddy & Dexter the Westiepoos

Whoodle (Wheatendoodle, Wheatenpoo, Sweatendoodle, Sweatenpoo)

The Whoodle is a mix of the Poodle and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. The Wheaten Terrier is a native to Ireland where they were used to guard and herd the livestock along with hunting vermin. They can have two types of coat – the Irish is more likely to be glossy and wavy whilst the heavy coat, also known as the American, is thicker and denser. They don’t shed too much so once this is coupled with the Poodle the chances are you will have a low to non-shedding pooch who won’t trigger your allergies.

Early training and socialization will generally make them a great family dog who is great with kids. However, they can carry the stubbornness of the Wheaten Terrier, so obedience training needs to be consistent. They are pack driven so will need to learn from the get-go that you are in charge and not them. The Terrier in them gives them a strong prey drive too so if it moves, its likely to get chased and they may even attempt to herd smaller animals or children.

They are super active but also super intelligent. They will need plenty of exercise and you will need to keep their minds active too with lots of interactive and challenging toys. They are curious and will love to have a good look and sniff around at everything when you are out walking, but remember that Terrier gene and keep them on a leash. Unleashed you risk them finding and chasing that attractive looking rabbit is much more preferable to walking by your side.

They will shower you with love and adoration. They will want to spend all their time with you and whilst they will suit all manner of households in terms of numbers, you do need to be active to keep up with them. They will need plenty of space due to their bouncy and boisterous nature so are best suited to homes with yards. However, make sure that the yard is secure as the temptation to explore combined with the Wheaten Terrier’s tendency to dig could leave you with a missing pooch on your hands.

Billy the Whoodle

Woodle (Welshpoo Terrier, Welshdoodle)

The Woodle has a much lower energy drive than many of its Doodle cousins making them a great choice if you don’t have a yard, live in an apartment, or just don’t lead a very active lifestyle for whatever reason. They are however loving and sociable, enjoying spending their time with you and any other furry companions that may make up your family dynamic.

The Woodle is a result of breeding the Standard or Miniature Poodle with the Welsh Terrier. Originally used to hunt rodents, badgers, and foxes in Wales, the Welsh Terrier is thought to be the oldest living breed in the UK. Today they are primarily a pet or bred to show but their numbers in the UK are in decline. Compared to some other breeds who have puppy numbers in 5 figures, the UK Kennel Club are only registering around 300 Welsh Terriers annually.

FUN FACT – The oldest recorded living Welsh Terrier lived to the grand old age of 17 years, 9 months, and 10 days. That’s an impressive 120+ in canine years.

The Woodle is intelligent and eager to please. They will usually respond well to training and love to both learn and show off new tricks. They aren’t likely to stray far from your side when out walking so training them off-leash is something to think about. They are great with children and calm and gentle. Playtime inside coupled with toys designed to keep their minds active should be enough for this breed so long as you can fit in a few walks a week too.

Their coat will likely need a daily brush in order to keep it tidy and healthy. Keep an eye on their ears. They are usually quite floppy so are susceptible to infection. Keep the hair around them nice and short so it doesn’t protrude into the ear canal and give them a weekly wash with a damp cloth, ensuring you don’t poke about too hard inside.


The Toy or Miniature Poodle is bred to with the Yorkshire Terrier to produce this tiny bundle of affection and fun. The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the smallest breeds of dog and in turn, the Yorkipoo is one of the smallest Doodles. They can weigh as little as 3lb as an adult and even those on the higher end of average will only be around 14lbs. Fully grown they are likely to measure between 7” and 15” from paw to shoulder. Perfection in miniature, they are a wonderful companion and lap dog.

The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in Yorkshire, England by local breeders using the several different types of Terrier brought in from Scotland with migrant workers. Always black & tan in color, they were originally used for ratting. They were exported to the US in the late 1800s and their popularity grew as Americans mirrored the desire that the Victorian English had for the breed, both as pets and show dogs.

As with many small dogs, the Yorkipoo can be a yapper. Taking the time during obedience training to teach them when the noise is and isn’t appropriate may go some way to quieten them down somewhat but there are no guarantees. Obedience training shouldn’t be too difficult due to the intelligence of the breed, but you must start early, be consistent and ensure that you follow positive reinforcement. However, being alert and having the confidence to use their voice makes them an excellent watchdog ready to alert you to anything suspicious.

Despite their size, the Yorkipoo can run fast and jump high so if you have a yard make sure that it’s fully enclosed to halt any escape attempts. They are an active breed and will require a daily walk with playtime and toys to also keep their minds active. Whilst they will love a yard to run around in, they are adaptable and will be just as happy living in an apartment.

Their coat can come in a variety of colors including black, white, creams, reds, and browns. They can be a solid color, or they can have various markings. They are likely to need daily coat maintenance to keep them dirt and tangle-free, and a regular hair cut will be in order to keep them tidy.

Indie the Yorkipoo

In Summary

So, there we have it, our exhaustive guide to the world of Doodles, what they are and what you can expect. We hope that you have enjoyed reading our Doodle journey as much as we have enjoyed writing it. And remember, no matter who you are, where you live or what your family dynamics may be, there is a Doodle out there for you!

The Most Important Factor in Choosing your Doodle

In the grand scale of time, the Doodle is a relatively new breed of dog and each breed only has the Poodle in common. There are also no breed standards other than with the Australian Labradoodle. Take a look at our Australian Labradoodle grading standards explained article to learn about this standard and why it exists.

These factors all mean that you really don’t know what you’re going to get with a Doodle. It is always hoped and is in fact the reason that Doodles are produced, that they will inherit the best of all the qualities from both purebreds. You can make an estimated assumption based on the temperaments and look of their parents, but recessive genes can always throw you a curveball.

Our best advice here at Know Your Doodles is to research, research, and research some more both the Poodle and the secondary breed needed to produce the Doodle which piques your interest. You may find something in the history that leads you to check out another Doodle or you may find that they are indeed likely to be the dog for you.

Take on board all the traits that both parent breeds can present with, and be mindful that these can pass down to your Doodle depending on which genes are dominant. It won’t be unusual to see differences across the same breed and even in the same litter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Doodle’s Hypoallergenic?

There is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. To some extent, all dogs will shed dander or saliva, both of which can be problematic for allergy sufferers. However, many Doodles inherit the low shedding qualities of the Poodle which makes them a low-risk option with regards to allergens.

It’s important to remember that each dog is an individual and especially with the hybrid there is no way of being certain that they will favor one breed’s traits over the other. The only sure way of knowing if your Doodle will aggravate your allergies is by spending lots of time with them.

When Should I Start Training my Doodle?

Training should start the day you bring your Doodle home. The majority of Doodles are fabulous family dogs, and many get along with other pets. However, in order to achieve this, early socialization and consistent training are essential. Should a dog not be properly socialized they can develop an aggressive or nervous disposition.

Training should always be with positive reinforcement techniques using rewards such as treats and praise. Forceful and aggressive training is never advised. Some breeds can have a stubborn streak so may take a little more encouragement to get them to where you need them to be. For the most part though, most Doodles inherit the intelligence from their Poodle parent making training a pleasure for you both.

Obedience classes can always be accessed should you feel you require any additional support. These are also a fabulous way to socialize your Doodle from an early age.

How Much does a Doodle Cost?

The price varies so much that we cannot give a definitive answer. Demand, reputability of the breeder, and the lineage of the parents will all impact the cost.

The most important thing is to ensure that you chose a reputable breeder who has the health and welfare of the pups and the mother at the forefront of their breeding regime.

How Do I Find a Reputable Breeder?

Due diligence is required when you are looking for a breeder as unfortunately, they are not all honorable and you don’t want to inadvertently come across a puppy farm. You should always see the puppies with their mom and watch how she interacts with them. This will give you an idea of her temperament which is an important factor in how your puppy will develop theirs. If dad is available, then ask to see him too but this is not as important as seeing mom.

Both mom and dad should be health screened. Make sure that you see the evidence of this and that your puppy has also been seen by the vet before they join their forever home with you.

Check out online reviews of breeders or try to use personal recommendations. Ask lots of questions and note any red flags that you may see for later research. You may find that some reputable breeders will ‘interview’ you as much as you them. This is a great sign as it shows that they care where their puppies are going and the life they are likely to lead.

It’s also worth noting that despite their ‘designer-dog’ status, many of these pooches sadly end up in shelters. Do look to see if there is a shelter near you with a suitable Doodle who needs adopting by a loving family.

N.B. Although we endeavor to provide you with both up to date research and accurate information, it must always be remembered that each dog is an individual with their own unique personality. Whilst a particular breed may usually have a non-vocal personality or be known for its low shedding properties, there can be some surprises along the way.

There is always the possibility, even if it’s a small one, that you may become the parent of the one that is the exception to the rule. This is particularly relevant with crossbreed dogs such as Doodles. Whilst the breeding of two purebreds is to ultimately endeavor in creating a dog with the best of both traits of their parents in terms of their looks, size, and temperament, it can vary tremendously from one dog to the next.