Doodle Breeds 101: Characteristics, Care, and More

Doodle Breeds 101: Characteristics, Care, and More

 

Doodles, with their playful spirit and irresistible charm, have skyrocketed in popularity, becoming the canine rockstars of the dog park! But there's soooo much more to these adorable pups than meets the eye. 


Doodles are a mix of Poodles and some other dog breeds. Doodles have stolen hearts with their affectionate nature and, for many, the promise of a hypoallergenic companion. But not all Doodles fit that description. 


As Isa-May Pellerin, a certified animal health technician, explains, “Doodles are wild cards.” You never know exactly what you’ll get due to their mix of genetics. They can inherit any trait from either parent. 


With a surprising number of Doodle breeds, each boasting unique traits and needs, choosing the perfect pup requires a deeper look into this designer dog category.

The Origin of Doodle Breeds

In the late 1980s, an Australian breeder named Wally Conran created the Labradoodle by crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle. Initially bred as hypoallergenic guide dogs, Labradoodles gained popularity as companion dogs due to their friendly and trainable nature. 


The success in popularity of Labradoodles led to the emergence of other Doodle breeds, created by crossing Poodles with other breeds. 

20 Popular Doodle Breeds

Here's a closer look at some of the most popular Doodle breeds, including an approximation body composition based on their parent breeds. 


But remember, because Doodles can inherit any trait from either parent, their weight, height, temperament, and coat type may vary widely - even within the same litter!

1. Labradoodle

The Labradoodle is a delightful crossbreed between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They are intelligent, eager to please, and playful, making them a popular choice for families.


Weight: 45-65 pounds

Height: 21-24 inches

Coat Color: Black, cream, chocolate, gold, parti (combination of two or more colors)

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly, fleece

Personality: Friendly, intelligent, energetic, eager to please

 

2. Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They’re best known for their sunny personalities and (often) non-shedding coats. Their playful personalities and intelligence allow them to excel at obedience training and make great family dogs. 


Weight: 15-30 pounds

Height: 14-18 inches

Coat Color: Black, brown, gold, red, parti (combination of two or more colors)

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly

Personality: Playful, energetic, intelligent, affectionate

 

3. Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodles combine the Australian Shepherd's intelligence with the Poodle's non-shedding coat. These dogs tend to be active and loyal companions. 


Weight: 40-70 pounds

Height: 16-23 inches

Coat Color: Black, merle (marbled pattern), red, parti (combination of two or more colors)

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly

Personality: Intelligent, energetic, loyal, playful

 

4. Sheepadoodle

This newer mix breed combines an Old English Sheepdog with a Poodle. This breed is typically gentle with a fluffy coat and a laid-back personality. 


Weight: 60-85 pounds

Height: 20-24 inches

Coat Color: Black and white, gray and white

Coat Texture: Long, curly, shaggy

Personality: Gentle, loyal, playful, adaptable

 

5. Bernedoodle

The Bernedoodle combines the intelligence of the Poodle with the friendly and majestic qualities of the Bernese Mountain Dog. These gentle giants are known for their loyalty and love for cuddles.


Weight: 70-90 pounds

Height: 23-29 inches

Coat Color: Black, white, brown (tri-color pattern is common)

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly

Personality: Gentle, loyal, intelligent, affectionate

 

6. Cavapoo

Despite not having the word “doodle” in their name, this breed is technically a doodle breed. It’s a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. These merry companions are known for their sweet personalities and very gentle nature. 


Weight: 14-25 pounds

Height: 12-14 inches

Coat Color: Black and white, brown and white, tricolor

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly

Personality: Gentle, playful, affectionate, adaptable

 

7. Schnoodle

Schnoodles vary even more than your average doodle, as they come in several different sizes depending on the type of Schnauzer used in the breeding (Standard, Miniature, Giant Schnauzer). In general, they’re intelligent and loyal. 


Weight: Varies depending on Schnauzer size (Standard: 45-75 lbs, Miniature: 15-35 lbs, Giant: 70-85 lbs)

Height: Varies depending on Schnauzer size (Standard: 17-20 inches, Miniature: 13-18 inches, Giant: 23-27.5 inches)

Coat Color: Black, salt & pepper, white

Coat Texture: Wiry, curly

Personality: Intelligent, loyal, playful, energetic

 

8. Shih-Poo

As you might guess, a Shih-Poo is a mixture between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. These pups often have impressive fur that can range from curly to silky. They’re often pretty laid back, though they often need plenty of mental stimulation. 


Weight: 8-20 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Coat Color: Black, white, brown, parti (combination of two or more colors)

Coat Texture: Long, flowing, silky

Personality: Gentle, playful, affectionate, adaptable

 

9. Maltipoo

Maltipoos are a mix between a Maltese and a Poodle. These dogs tend to be very fluffy and are incredibly intelligent. They're often well-suited for apartment dwellers. 


Weight: 4-10 pounds

Height: 8-14 inches

Coat Color: White, black, apricot, cream, parti (combination of two or more colors)

Coat Texture: Silky, curly

Personality: Playful, intelligent, affectionate, adaptable

 

10. Bichon Doodle

These easy going dogs are a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Poodle. Typically, they’re very playful and get along with just about anyone. 


Weight: 15-25 pounds

Height: 11-15 inches

Coat Color: White, apricot, cream

Coat Texture: Curly, fluffy

Personality: Playful, affectionate, adaptable, cheerful

 

11. Yorkiepoo

Don’t let the Yorkiepoo's small size fool you! These dogs are actually very energetic and lively. They’re often called “personality dogs” due to their tendency to pack lots of personality into their small bodies. 


Weight: 7-15 pounds

Height: 7-9 inches

Coat Color: Black and tan, gold, black and silver

Coat Texture: Silky, curly

Personality: Energetic, playful, affectionate, loyal

 

12. Whoodle

The Whoodle combines the intelligence of the Poodle and the athleticism of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. These energetic pups do best for active families, and they tend to be more work than most people expect. 


Weight: 30-45 pounds

Height: 17-19 inches

Coat Color: Wheaten (light brown)

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly

Personality: Intelligent, loyal, energetic, playful

 

13. Irish Doodle

The Irish Doodle is a mix between an Irish Setter and a Poodle. These intelligent, athletic dogs are very friendly, but they can sometimes be a lot of work. They typically need plenty of exercise and entertainment. 


Weight: 50-70 pounds

Height: 20-24 inches

Coat Color: Red, apricot, white (sometimes with a combination)

Coat Texture: Wavy, curly

Personality: Intelligent, energetic, friendly, playful

 

14. Double Doodles

A Double Doodle is a combination of a Doodle breed with a Poodle. This is called “backcrossing” and makes the resulting dog more like a Poodle than not. Often, these dogs tend to vary less than their mixed parent. Examples of this breed include Goldendoodle Poodle Mixes, which involves breeding a Goldendoodle with a Poodle. 

 

15. Boxerdoodle

Boxerdoodles tend to be very playful and energetic like Boxer parents. These dogs can be a bit protective, so early socialization is important to ensure they grow into a well-adjusted adult. 


Weight: 50-70 pounds

Height: 21-25 inches

Coat Color: Fawn, brindle, black

Coat Texture: Short, curly

Personality: Energetic, intelligent, loyal, playful

 

16. Saint Bernedoodle

These gentle giants are a mix between a Saint Bernard and a Poodle. They’re best known for their impressive size but are also very laid back. 


Weight: 130-180 pounds

Height: 26-30 inches

Coat Color: Brindle, white, red and white

Coat Texture: Long, wavy

Personality: Gentle, loyal, calm, affectionate

 

17. Pyredoodle

If you’re looking for a calmer dog, a Pyredoodle can be a solid option. They tend to be more laid back, but they’re also incredibly protective! Remember, the Great Pyrenees were bred to guard livestock, and this mixed breed can inherit those same instincts.


Weight: 100-150 pounds

Height: 23-28 inches

Coat Color: White, brindle

Coat Texture: Long, double coat

Personality: Gentle, loyal, calm, affectionate

 

18. Springador

These incredibly energetic dogs are rarer, as Springer Spaniels aren’t that common! They tend to love retrieving and are very intelligent. They excel in agility training and other activities, and they do best with an active family. 


Weight: 40-55 pounds

Height: 20-24 inches

Coat Color: Black and white, liver and white

Coat Texture: Wavy, medium-length

Personality: Energetic, intelligent, playful, eager to please

 

19. Flat-coated Retriever Doodle

Both Flat-coated Retrievers and Poodles are incredibly active, so their puppies tend to do the same. They excel in sports and any sort of activity! If you aren’t active, though, these dogs can be a lot to handle! If you choose this breed, ensure you have dog wipes around, as they tend to get messy! 


Weight: 60-80 pounds

Height: 22-24 inches

Coat Color: Black, liver

Coat Texture: Wavy, flat

Personality: Energetic, intelligent, playful, eager to please

 

20. Pomapoo

Pomapoos are little balls of fluff. They’re very people-oriented like Pomeranians, so expect plenty of affection. They do require a lot of attention, though, making them sometimes prone to separation anxiety. 


Weight: 7-12 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Coat Color: Orange, black, white, cream, parti (combination of two or more colors)

Coat Texture: Thick, double coat (may vary depending on Poodle influence)

Personality: Playful, loyal, alert, adaptable

 

Choosing the Right Doodle Breed for Your Lifestyle

Before you dive headfirst into a doodle breed, it’s important to select the right Doodle for you-dle! 


Here are some of the most important factors to keep in mind:


  • Size Matters: A Bernedoodle might be cute to cuddle for about five seconds. But it doesn’t take long for reality to set in; they take up a lot of space! On the other hand, a Maltipoo may be a better option for an apartment-living family. 
  • Energy Levels: Doodles tend to be very playful and active. Poodles are athletes, and there is a good chance their puppies will be too! That said, some Doodles are a bit more laidback. Energy levels within the same mixed breed tend to vary a lot, though. 
  • Grooming Requirements: Some Doodle hairdos are absolutely adorable, but they require a lot of work! That said, some Doodles don’t inherit the Poodle-like fur. They may even have short, straight fur. You never really know what you’re going to get. 

  • Selecting a quality breeder or adopting a Doodle is essential to ensure ethical breeding.

    Caring for Your Doodle

    Once you’re the proud owner of a Doodle, you have to start taking care of them! But fear not; it’s often more straightforward than you think. 

  • Doodle Grooming: Daily bruising is often a must for Doodles. Isa-May explains that most of them mat easily and most need regular grooming by a professional to keep the dog comfortable.
  • Exercise: Daily walks, playtime in the park, or even a good game of fetch in the backyard are essential to keeping dogs happy and preventing them from turning your furniture into chew toys.
  • Common Health Concerns in Doodle Breeds

    Mixed breeds are often healthier than purebred dogs due to hybrid vigor. Simply put, these dogs inherit more genes from their diverse parents, so they are less inbred. They’re much less likely to inherit recessive health issues that can cause purebred dogs problems. 


    That said, regular vet care is a must for every dog, and Doodles are no exception. They can be prone to certain health concerns, so early detection is key. 


    Isa-May explains that it’s hard to determine exactly what health problems you should watch out for, as these dogs vary so much! Your Doodle can have any health problem that “affects Poodles and the other parent breed.”

     

    Oodles of Doodles!

    There are tons of Doodle breeds out there, each boasting a unique blend of physical appearance and temperament. With so many Doodle breeds to consider, careful research is key to finding the right dog for you. 


    Knowing the needs of the Doodle breed you choose is important to ensure you can care for them properly. Some dogs require more grooming, while others may need lots of exercise. For the dog’s well-being, caring for all their needs is essential. 


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