If you own a dog or have friends who do, then you are probably aware of the huge popularity of Poodles. Of course, they are fantastic dogs, like every breed, but why are Poodle mixes so popular, and why right now? Furthermore, many owners and breeders wonder why it isn’t one particular Poodle cross or why it isn’t the Poodle themselves.
The danger of growing popularity with a breed or cross is that many will want to buy this dog, even without knowing if it is well suited to them. Whether it be their coat maintenance or their exercise requirements, it is important to research a breed fully before making a purchase. Today we will be looking at the reasons why Poodles are so popular and why their mixes are even more so! We will also look into their requirements of care and their nature.
What are Poodle Mixes
A Poodle mix, also known as a Doodle, is when one parent of the offspring is a Poodle and the other is another breed of dog. They almost always have the fur of a Poodle, but the coloring of the other parent. Their size and head shape can also be influenced by their non-Poodle parent. The fur that these mixes have is often a selling point for new owners. Their coats are filled with tight curls that are still soft to stroke and cuddle. Some mixes offer a hypoallergenic coat, like that of the Poodle. Some of the most common Doodles include the:
- Havapoo (Havanese and Poodle)
- Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle)
- Maltipoos (Maltese and Poodle)
- Labradoodles (Labrador and Poodle)
- Cockapoos (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle)
What Makes Them Popular
Let’s look into the 6 top reasons why everyone loves a Doodle!
A crossbreed is often much less prone to diseases than pure breeds. This is argued to be because of less inbreeding and more genetic variation within the puppies. Therefore, less recessive diseases that exist within these breeds will be able to affect the litters produced. Furthermore, it has also been found that crossbreeds have a generally longer lifespan. Although this depends on the breeds that are being used of course. However, just because a dog is a crossbreed does not mean they are immune to genetic conditions.
A Poodle is the poster dog for a hypoallergenic dog breed, therefore, there is a chance that their mixed breed puppies can also have this quality. So if you adore the golden retriever but have a strong dog fur allergy, then a Goldendoodle may be the perfect, popular Poodle mix for you. Furthermore, these coats are also low-shedding, meaning they do not leave a lot of fur. So firstly the fur is better for your allergies, and secondly, there is less of it around your house, bonus!
They Do Not Shed A Lot
As previously mentioned, Poodles are not big on shedding. Therefore their offspring usually have similar qualities. They do not possess the fine undercoat that many popular dog breeds do which leads to excess shedding. Any excess fur in their tight curls will bunch up together which allows you to easily brush it away. Therefore, regular grooming can prevent your clothes and furniture is covered with dog fur.
Poodles are very intelligent dogs. When looking at their mixed-breed offspring they often pertain to that intelligence but have calmer personalities. Their high intelligence leads to a dog that loves training and excels at it. Furthermore, this cross loves everybody, they are social with humans and other dogs and adore to play. So if you want a loyal dog that is of medium energy levels, but who loves cuddles and can be trained well, this may be the one you are looking for.
You Can Choose The Size You Want
Not only do Poodles come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. But depending on the breed they are crossed with you can have any size of Doodle you want. For example, a Labrador bred with a standard-sized Poodle will produce larger puppies of the large dog enthusiast. However, if you have a small home or live in an apartment, consider a Yorkipoo, a Yorkshire Terrier usually crossed with a toy Poodle. This will give you the perfect little dog but still ad Doodle!
Beauty and Brains
Firstly, so many adore the little curls and happy faces of Doodles that they are immediately attracted to them. They are very stunning and cuddly looking dogs that many are looking for. But they do not only possess beauty but brains as well. They have one of the highest IQ levels out of all dog breeds, similar to their very intelligent parent the Poodle. But they also love to be trained and make their owner happy. This leads to an easy to train companion.
Poodle mixes come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, which means there is a poodle mix to suit almost anyone’s tastes. Some of the most popular poodle mixes include the Labradoodle (a mix of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle) and the Goldendoodle (a mix of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle).
Intelligence and Trainability
Poodles are known for their intelligence and trainability. This means that poodle mixes often inherit these traits, making them easy to train and great for obedience competitions or simply well-behaved pets.
Affectionate and Social
Poodles are known for being friendly and sociable with both humans and other dogs. This trait often carries over to poodle mixes, making them great pets for families and individuals who enjoy spending time with their furry companions.
Popular Poodle Mixes: FAQ
More questions? Let’s find the answers.
The name Doodle explains that this dog is related to a poodle but is not a full-bred one. That is also why many mixes of Poodles have oodle as the last syllables. It shows buyers, owners, and dog enthusiasts that this dog has Poodle genetics in it and helps them to figure out the other half of the genetics too! For example, in Labradoodle, you can see the first part of the name is Lab which helps identification easily.
Some of the calmest doodles include the Goldendoodle and Bernedoodle. This is because these poodle parents have been bred to very calm and gentle dog breeds such as the Golden Retriever and Bernese Mountain Dog.
The two rarest Doodle colors are apricot and red. More common colors include gold, brown, and black. This is because of common Poodle coloring as well as the breeds bred with Poodles to create these pups.
The term hypoallergenic refers to dogs that are far less likely to cause allergies due to their fur//hair type. Poodles are hypoallergenic and their offspring has a chance of being so too. If both parents are purebred hypoallergenic then so should the pup. If the other parent is not hypoallergenic, then you have a 50/50 chance. So if the puppy is hypoallergenic this means its fur is less likely to cause irritation and the shedding is a lot less as well.
Poodles are of a medium level when it comes to barking. They do so when the postman comes or if they see another dog, but without reason, they do not do so. This is similar in Doodles as well, as they are not vocal generally. Some dog breeds will bark or grumble to themselves constantly and this is not ideal in joined houses or apartments. However, do note that every dog is different and one individual may bark a lot whilst one may not do so at all. Every dog is different so be prepared for their personality to shine through.
Poodle mixes are so popular because of the many benefits they offer. They are attractive dogs with cute coats and faces. Furthermore, they are intelligent, loving, and easy to train. Those with allergies can own them because they shed less and can often be hypoallergenic. However, bear in mind that this breed does come in different sizes, needs exercising regularly and will bark as that is often their reactive response. Make sure you can provide what this mix needs and they can offer you a wonderful friendship right back.