5 Doodle Breeds You Need to Get on Your Radar ASAP

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Doodles are everywhere — and rightfully so. Indeed, Poodle mixes are the most popular “designer dog” in the world today. They’re fluffy, intelligent, happy dogs that don’t shed and are hypoallergenic. At least most of the time. You see, Doodle dogs are crossbreeds, or more simply stated, mutts.

Wally Conron created the first Doodle: the Labradoodle. As the puppy-breeding manager at the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia, he set out to create a guide dog for a woman from Hawaii whose husband was allergic to dogs. He bred a Standard Poodle with a Labrador Retriever. The litter resulted in more than one puppy. Unfortunately, no one on his waiting list wanted a mutt. So, he came up with the name Labradoodle, a new hypoallergenic wonder-dog. And it worked. Labradoodles were a hit, soon to be followed by other Doodle breeds.

But because they are crossbreeds, there is no standard for appearance or temperament. While that may be true, to an extent, of all pure breeds, it is the rule rather than the exception for Doodles. As Vet Street puts it, “Opening your heart and home to a crossbreed is like opening a beautifully wrapped package on your birthday: it’s exciting, but you never know what’s inside.”

So if you’re going to a breeder, pay attention to the parents’ behavior and temperament, particularly the mother’s because the mama is the greater influence on her puppies’ behavior. If you need a dog that won’t trigger allergies, ask if the puppies have been tested, because not every Doodle dog is hypoallergenic or non-shedding.

Yet, the word “hypoallergenic,” along with “odor-free” are the attributes that attract so many people to the Doodle breeds. They like the idea of having a “low maintenance” dog, but this is not the case. Like every dog on the planet, Doodles require time, care, energy and patience.

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If you’re thinking of bringing a Doodle into your life, do your research. Make sure you’re not buying from a puppy mill. That means don’t buy your Doodle from a pet store (no matter what the store owner states) or get your new furry friend online. Reputable Doodle breeders want to meet potential owners to make sure they will be a good fit for one of their dogs. Also, keep in mind, with the explosion of Doodle breeds, there are unfortunately a lot that get dumped at shelters (puppies and adults). Check out Doodle-specific rescues if you want to give one a home.

Need a little help deciding which Doodle mix is right for you? Here are some of the greatest Doodle breeds on the planet.

1. Aussiedoodles

Aussiedoodle. Image Credit: Instagram/aussiedoodle_nugget

This Doodle is a mix of Poodle with Australian Shepherd. The size is usually determined by the Poodle, which is usually a Standard or a Miniature. An Aussie is a herding dog, and herding dogs herd by bumping into and nipping at the animals’ ankles, so if your Aussiedoodle is displaying herding behavior with, say, your young children, he’s not being aggressive. Still, you’ll have to spend some time training him not to do this before it gets out of control. Luckily, Aussiedoodles are highly intelligent and very trainable. Australian Shepherds are at the top of the dog IQ chart, and so are Poodles. They have a moderate to high energy level and need daily exercise. They’re also good at dog sports, like agility and flyball.

2. Goldendoodles

Goldendoodle. Image Credit: Instagram/whatjunoboutadoodle

A mix of a Golden Retriever and a Miniature or Standard Poodle, this Doodle is generally friendly, outgoing, cheerful, affectionate and social — they are everyone’s best friend. Because of this, they love to be around people and don’t do well if they don’t get attention or are left alone for long periods of time. They need moderate exercise, though larger mixes need more than smaller ones, and they do well at sports like agility. They’ve also been successful as guide dogs, service dogs, detection dogs and therapy dogs. They are easy to train and rarely aggressive, and they get along with children and other family pets.

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3. Labradoodles

Labradoodle. Image Credit: Instagram/Labradoodle_stefek07

The original Doodle, this breed is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Miniature or Standard Poodle. They are friendly, affectionate, intelligent and easy to train, but they need to be around the people they love. Larger Labradoodles need more exercise than smaller ones, but both need active playtime and walking every day. They make excellent therapy and service dogs and do well in sports like agility. They get along well with other pets and children, but they tend to be exuberant and boisterous, so young children should be supervised.

4. Schnoodles

Schnoodle. Image Credit: Instagram/Toby.the.schnoodle

A mix of a Miniature Schnauzer and a Miniature Poodle, this is a great breed to have just so you can tell people, “He’s a Schnoodle!” They combine the Poodle’s desire to please, the boldness of the Schnauzer and the intelligence of both breeds. The Schnoodle likes being the center of attention. They are loyal to their family, affectionate, clever, funny, with lots of personality. They get along with children and other animals and do well in active sports like agility and flyball. They are small, intelligent, companion dogs who are easily trained, and they make good therapy dogs.

5. Whoodles

Whoodle. Image Credit: Instagram/Harbor the Whoodle

Another Doodle with a great name, the Whoodle is a cross between a Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier and a Standard Poodle, though miniature poodles make miniature Whoodles and toy poodles make toy Whoodles. They are intelligent, friendly, sometimes goofy, fun-loving dogs. Whoodles get along particularly well with children and other dogs. They are playful and energetic, and they need a lot of exercise. They have long coats that need frequent grooming. This breed rarely barks and bonds quickly with their family.

There are other Doodle breeds cropping up every day. Check out the Bernedoodle, Sheepadoodle, Irish Doodle, Saint Berdoodle, Boxerdoodle, and Bassetoodle (ok, that’s really a Toodle).

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12 comments on “5 Doodle Breeds You Need to Get on Your Radar ASAP

  • The Australian labradoodle is not simply a lab and poodle. There are several breeds included in the original stock. This is why their coats are uniform, unlike a poodle/lab mix.

  • Sure, let’s generally encourage the public to make irresponsible decisions and help screw tons of other mixed breed dogs that sit in shelters out of a shot at having a home. It’s contemptible that a publication dedicated to dogs would encourage people to have a dog bred to satisfy their need to be trendy.

    • Hi Dan, thanks for feedback. We are very focused on rescues, but we also want to inform people about different types of dogs and share the good parts and challenges. We did in the intro link to doodle-specific rescues, urged people not to buy from puppy mills and to consider adoption.

  • I agree with Dan. Too many of these dogs are finding their way to animal shelters or are being put down. Some of these mixes are neurotic animals.

  • We adopted a rescue pup this year, mom was an Aussiedoodle and dad was MIA. Adorable pup, excellent temperament, very smart and coat is soft and low shed. I say this because our previous pup was a Goldendoodle from a very well known breeder. He also was a smart dog and low to no shedding. He did have many health issues over the years, which I am sure can happen with any pet. We felt good about a rescue animal this time, but we were definitely looking specifically at “poodle” mixes for the coat benefits.

  • This is sad… Thousands of dogs need homes. These so called dog breeders are just out for the money. They don’t care about the dogs. Please read between the lines and stop supporting this “business”!

    • Hi Pamela, thank you for this comment. Keep in mind, that we do state there are rescues out there that have these types of dogs. We love helping dogs, of all breeds, find homes.

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