Doodle dogs are mixed dogs, which are often up for debate. We experienced this the hard way when this article was met with several upset inquiries after we had shared the text in our newsletter. It was not our intention or expectation that an article about our love for dogs could provoke such negative feelings, but we understand that what people are against is not us or mixed dogs per se, but the people who exploit the animals. Unfortunately, there are puppy mills, breeders who demand forced sterilization and breed irresponsibly - not only with doodle mixes, but especially here.
The creator of the first labradoodles has even said that he regrets his involvement in the creation of the typically hypoallergenic dogs, as several greedy breeders quickly jumped at the opportunity to make good money, but did not ensure the dogs' safety in the process. This also happens in Denmark. This doesn't mean that doodle dogs aren't great pets, but it does mean that you need to be careful when searching for a doodle dog.
The dog's health comes before everything else. If you are considering getting a doodle, you must therefore, as far as possible, ensure that the dog comes from a safe and good breeder who puts the dog's well-being and well-being above everything else. Therefore, make sure to ask about the full documentation and have the parents of the dog determined. Ask other dog owners for advice and thoroughly research the breeders you are considering.
If you get your hands on a doodle from a safe and good breeder, you are sure to have a fun-loving and energetic dog many years into the future.
Note: The article has been slightly edited after first publication in order to inform more correctly after comments from readers
Some things just go better together: ice cold rosé and hot summer days, spaghetti and meat sauce and the man and his best friend – the dog. With two purebred parents and a strong lineage on both sides, doodles are no exception. Doodles are a mix of two things that go really well together.
In this article you will get a fun and interesting insight into the doodle dog. We bring you fun facts and things you might not have known about the lovable type of dog.
Did you know, for example, that the Norwegian prince Sverre Magnus has two labradoodles? Or that you never really know which doodle you will get? A doodle can be both small, large, curly, wavy, golden and brown. Even if you know which dogs you are putting together, you never know what traits your doodle will inherit. It's a lottery of cute dogs.
Doodles aren't a breed - but that doesn't stop us from loving them
Technically, doodles are not a race. They are a cross between two different breeds with the desire to bring out the best qualities from each. But remember, that doesn't rule out your doodle not getting health problems from one or the other parent. Of course, this does not prevent us from loving them as our faithful friend, but it is necessary to be aware of it.
There are more than 40 different types of poodle mixes – also called doodles. Throughout time, poodles have been mixed with everything from labradors to cocker spaniels, and the different types arise on the basis of which breed the poodle is mixed with. Some of the most popular doodles are:
- Flat doodle
Because poodles come in four different sizes, this can also mean that doodles come in a sea of varieties and sizes – from mini goldendoodles to the gigantic newfypoo. Your doodle is therefore always completely unique.
Common to all doodles is that they are mixed dogs of a poodle and another breed. Their being can therefore differ greatly from each other and be anything between heaven and earth - depending on which type it is mixed with. However, you can be sure that there will always be a bit of both races in the doodle. So you get strong personality traits from both types.
However, you must remember to look at the generation of the doodle. If the doodle is an F2, where both parents are doodles, or F3, where the grandparents are doodles, the individual breed characteristics will be less obvious.
Doodles are often chosen as pets by allergy sufferers as their fur rarely sheds – although there is a lot of it. However, you should be aware that allergies to dogs often originate from the dog's skin or saliva and therefore cannot be directly linked only to dog hair. You can read much more about that here .
Four things you might not know about doodles:
- Doodles are excellent guide dogs. They have been bred as service dogs and have since been kept there, as they work excellently for that purpose. Especially goldendoodles and labradoodles are used as service dogs for people with physical and mental challenges.
- If you cross two doodle breeds, it is called a "double doodle". The most commonly used double doodle is a cross between a labradoodle and goldendoodle.
- The doodle can come in a myriad of colours, including colors such as white, cream, apricot, gold, red, but also gray and black.
- Monica Dickens – great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens – produced one of the first doodles in 1969. It was a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. She wanted to have the good qualities of both breeds and thus created one of the first goldendoodles.
In short, the doodle is a super human-loving and welcoming dog who loves to be with his family and all other living creatures. It is sure that everyone loves it and it is not daunted by rejection.
Good characteristics from the poodle
It is not difficult to recognize the poodle in the doodle. Many of the poodle's characteristics come out in the doodle. They love to be physically active and are very athletic and agile, which is especially a characteristic of the poodle. Another quality that comes from the poodle is the doodle's intelligence. It is a very smart dog that learns new things easily.
One last thing that the doodle has inherited from the poodle is the beautiful, often curly coat. The poodle has a strong gene for its coat type. That is, their puppies inherit the gene to either shed very little or not at all. Therefore, doodles can be hypoallergenic if you have problems with allergies to dog hair, but as previously mentioned, this is not a guarantee.
However, this also means that most types of doodles require a lot of fur care, and they also need to be bathed often. However, this is no problem as they love water and bathing. Make sure to dry their fur properly afterwards. It could be with an effective and super absorbent drying suit , which dries the dog's fur in just 15-20 minutes.
Labradoodles – two of the most popular breeds in one
The Labradoodle is one of the most popular dog breeds with its happy, loving mind and energetic nature. It has lots of good qualities from both the labrador and the poodle. But there is much more hidden behind the facade than the cute exterior. A Labradoodle is intelligent, curious and loves to interact with both other dogs and people.
If you are the lucky owner of a labradoodle or are simply a huge fan, you can learn more about the lovely dog here.
Labradoodles are not afraid to show their attention-seeking and loving nature. They show their joy by jumping on you and slapping you to be petted. You will therefore never be in doubt about how happy your labradoodle is.
Seven things you might not know about labradoodles:
- The fur can vary a lot! It can be rough like the Labrador or fine like the poodle - and everything in between.
- Most labradoodles are said to be hypoallergenic because they rarely shed. This therefore often makes them good dogs for those of you who have an allergy to dog hair. However, not all types are hypoallergenic, and it is never a guarantee that you will not react.
- Labradoodles are very fond of water and are good at swimming.
- A labradoodle is highly intelligent.
- The Labradoodle was bred in Australia to be a hypoallergenic guide dog for a blind woman who was allergic to dog hair.
- The Labradoodle lives a long time. Many Labradoodles live up to 14 years. However, as a mixed breed, they can be exposed to some of the same diseases that the two original breeds suffer from, for example hip and elbow dysplasia
- The Labradoodle has also become popular with celebrities. Did you know, for example, that both Jennifer Aniston, Tiger Woods and the Norwegian prince Sverre Magnus have had labradoodles?
Like all other dogs, a Labradoodle needs to be challenged and have a lot to do. If you don't give it enough mental challenges during the day, it can become understimulated, and you can quickly tell. Therefore, make sure to do a lot of brain exercises for your Labradoodle. It could be search games, learning commands, obedience training and the like.
If your labradoodle is stimulated enough, you are guaranteed to be a fun-loving family dog that can give you many years of joy.
Cavapoo – a small attention-demanding dog (in a good way)
A cavapoo is a mix of cavalier king charles spaniel and a small poodle. It has a long curly coat that you often have to trim, but at the same time it stands out from the crowd and makes it very beautiful
A cavapoo is one of the smallest types of doodles, but that doesn't stop it from wanting your attention. They simply love the attention. This also means that you must train a cavapoo with love and positive affirmation. They look a lot like their parents – they are friendly, playful, cuddly and great family dogs.
Cavapoo loves to fetch and play with sticks and toys. It is therefore an obvious way to give it attention. Cavapoos therefore also love large families where it can get a lot of attention all the time.
Four fun facts about cavapoos:
- They are sensitive to heat because they often have a shorter snout.
- Cavapoo has been called many things over time, including cavadoodle and cavoodle.
- Although you can quickly be fooled by its small creature, the cavapoo is good at hunting. After all, its parents are two hunting breeds.
- Cavapoos rarely come from toy poodles. Often they are a mix of miniature poodles and cavalier king charles spaniels.
So we cannot avoid the fact that cavapoos are a small dog with a big heart.
The most requested doodle: Goldendoodle
One of the doodle types that is most often searched for is goldendoodles - and there are several good reasons for that. Their combination of charming appearance and intelligent brain strikes the heart of many dog owners.
Both the poodle and the golden retriever are at the top when it comes to intelligence among dog breeds. Therefore, it is no wonder that the goldendoodle has also inherited something from both parties. This also means that the goldendoodle is very easy to train and learn new things.
This is why we love goldendoodles:
- Goldendoodles are perfect as therapy pets because they are loving, caring and have a very special aura about them.
- A goldendoodle can become a really big ball of fur. It can weigh up to 40 kg, and its fur is soft and often curly.
- A goldendoodle has a childlike and playful mind that brings joy every day. This also makes it good as a family dog.
- Goldendoodles are loving, loyal and devoted.
Cockapoo – a genuine teddy bear
A cockapoo is a cross between the popular cocker spaniel and a miniature poodle. With its fluttering ears and curly fur, it's easy to cuddle.
The Cockapoo dates back to the 1960s USA. So it is still a relatively new mix, but compared to the other doodle types it is older.
The Cockapoo requires love and attention
Cockapoos are especially known for shadowing their owners. They often follow their owners around from room to room, seeking attention as soon as they can get it. As a cockapoo owner, it is therefore paramount that you have a lot of love and attention to give - but who doesn't?
Interesting facts about the lesser known doodles
As I said, there is a sea of different doodle types, because in principle you can mix all breeds with the poodle. Of course, you shouldn't do that just because you can! But in the right setting and with professional breeders, proper mixed dogs with lots of love can come out of it.
- Did you know that an Aussiedoodle – a mix of Australian Shepherd and Poodle – often has one or two blue eyes?
- One of the really big doodles is the Bernedoodle, which is a mix of a Bernese mountain dog and a poodle. Although the poodle is often very energetic, bernedoodles have inherited the calm mind of the Bernese Mountain Dog.
- If you want a doodle that is not fussy, get yourself a schnoodle. The Schnoodle is a mix of a schnauzer and poodle and is very fond of food. If you want to learn the new tricks, it can therefore be a good idea to have treats with you.
Several types of doodles have become more popular over time. Many of the above doodles are already part of several Danish families' homes - and with good reason. They are sweet and welcoming dogs who easily melt hearts.
Whether you end up with a doodle dog or a completely different dog, we hope you and your family get a lot of enjoyment out of your new fur ball.