The Ultimate Guide to Doodles

Doodle breeds have become popular dog breeds over the last few years.  Check our our guide to find out more about doodles!More

The Ultimate Guide to Doodles

Sometimes it seems that doodles, also known as the mix of a poodle with any other breed of dog, have taken over the canine species, and perhaps even the entire planet. Doodle breeds have become popular dog breeds over the last few years. All dogs are wonderful dogs of course, but pet parents have gone gaga for these lovable dogs as of recent.

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Exactly how many doodle breeds are there out there? We have compiled the ultimate list of doodle dogs below for anyone who is curious to explore the endless possibilities of the doodle dog breeds mixes.

Different doodle dog breeds and what breeds make them

Ready, set Doodle…

  • Affenpoo: Affenpinscher and Poodle mix

  • Airedoodle: Airedale Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Aki-Poo: Akita and Poodle mix

  • Aussiedoodle: Australian Shepherd and Poodle mix

  • Bassetoodle: Basset Hound and Poodle mix

  • Beardoodle: Bearded Collie and Poodle mix

  • Beauceroodle: Beauceron and Poodle mix

  • Belgian Shepadoodle: Belgian Shepherd and Poodle mix

  • Bernedoodle: Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix

  • Bich-poo or Bichonpoodle or Poochon: Bichon Frise and Poodle mix

  • Black and Tan Coonoodle: Poodle and Black and Tan Coonhound mix

  • Bolonoodle: Bolognese and Poodle mix

  • Bordoodle: Border Collie and Poodle mix

  • Bossi-Poo: Boxer and Poodle mix

  • Boxerdoodle: Boxer and Poodle mix

  • Bridoodle: Briard and Poodle mix

  • Brittnepoo: Brittany Spaniel and Poodle mix

  • Cadoodle: Collie and Poodle mix

  • Cairnoodle: Cairn Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Cavapoo: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix

  • Chesa-Poo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Poodle mix

  • Chipoo: Chihuahua and Poodle mix

  • Chinese Crestepoo: cross of Chinese Crested and Poodle

  • Daisy Dog: Bichon and Poodle and Shih-Tzu mix

  • Dalmadoodle: Dalmation and Poodle mix

  • Doguedoodle: Dogue de Bordeaux and Poodle mix

  • Doodleman Pinscher: Doberman and Standard Poodle mix

  • Double Doodle: a mix of Goldendoodle and Labradoodle

  • Doxiepoo: Dachshund and Poodle mix

  • Eng-A-Poo: English Toy Spaniel and Poodle mix

  • English Coonoodle: English Coonhound and Poodle mix

  • Escapoo: American Eskimo Dog and Poodle mix

  • Flandoodle: Bouvier des Flandres and Poodle mix

  • Foodle: Poodle and Toy Fox Terrier mix

  • Foxhoodle: Fox Hound and Poodle mix

  • Froodle: French Bulldog and Poodle mix

  • German Shorthaired Pointerpoodle: German Shorthaired Pointer and Poodle mix

  • Giant Schnoodle: Giant Schnauzer and Standard Poodle mix

  • Golden Doodle: Golden Retriever and Poodle mix. One of the most popular doodle dog breeds.

  • Great Danoodle: Great Dane and Poodle mix

  • Irish Doodle: Irish Setter and Poodle mix

  • Irish Troodle: cross of Irish Terrier and Poodle

  • Irish Wolfoodle: mix of Irish Wolfhound and Poodle

  • Jack-a-Poo: Jack Russell Terrier and Poodle

  • Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Poodle Mix. Another of the most popular doodle dog breeds.

  • Labradoodle Miniature: Labrador and Toy Poodle mix

  • Lhasa Poo: Lhasa Apso and Poodle mix

  • Maltipoo: Maltese and Poodle mix

  • Mastidoodle: Mastiff and Poodle mix

  • Mini Foodle: crossbreed of Poodle and Mini Fox Terrier

  • Miniature Aussiedoodle: Miniature Australian Shepherd and Miniature Poodle mix

  • Miniature Golden Retriever: Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

  • Miniature Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever and Toy or Miniature Poodle mix

  • Miniature Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Toy or Miniature Poodle mix

  • Newfypoo: Newfoundland and Poodle mix

  • Papi-poo: Papillon and Poodle mix

  • Peekapoo: Pekingese and Poodle mix

  • Petite Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

  • Petite Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix

  • Pinny-Poo: Miniature Pinscher and Poodle mix

  • Pit Boodle: Pit Bull and Poodle mix

  • Pomapoo: Pomeranian and Poodle mix

  • Pooshi: Shiba Inu and Poodle mix

  • Poo-Ton: crossbreed of Coton De Tulear and Poodle mix

  • Pooahoula: Catahoula Leopard Dog and Poodle mix

  • Poochin: Japanese Chin and Poodle mix

  • Pooda Houla: Catahoula and Poodle mix

  • Poogle: Beagle and Poodle mix

  • Poolky: Poodle and Silky Terrier mix

  • Pootalian: Italian Greyhound and Poodle mix

  • Poovanese: Havanese and Poodle mix

  • Pyredoodle: Great Pyrenees and Poodle mix

  • Pugapoo: Pug and Poodle mix

  • Rattle: American Rat Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Redbone Coonoodle: Redbone Coonhound and Poodle mix

  • Rottle: Rottweiler and Poodle mix

  • Russian Doodle Terrier: Black Russian Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Saint Berdoodle: Saint Bernard and Poodle mix

  • Sammypoo: Samoyed and Poodle mix

  • Schipper-Poo: Poodle and Schipperke mix

  • Schnoodle: Schnauzer or Miniature Schnauzer and Poodle mix

  • Scoodle: Scottish Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Shar-Poo: Shar-Pei and Poodle mix

  • Sheepadoodle: Old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix

  • Shihpoo: Shih Tzu and Poodle mix

  • Siberpoo: Siberian Husky and Poodle mix

  • Skypoo: Poodle and Skye Terrier mix

  • Smooth Foodle: Poodle and Smooth Fox Terrier mix

  • Springerdoodle: English Springer Spaniel and Poodle mix (also Sproodle)

  • Spoodle: Cocker Spaniel (English or American) and Poodle mix

  • Sproodle: English Springer Spaniel and Poodle mix (also Springerdoodle)

  • Standard Chesa-Poo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Standard Poodle mix

  • Standard Schnoodle: Poodle and Standard Schnauzer mix

  • Terri-Poo: Australian Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Tervoodle: Belgian Tervuren and Poodle mix

  • Toy Foodle: Poodle and Toy Fox Terrier mix

  • Treeing Walker Coonoodle: Treeing Walker Coonhound and Poodle mix

  • Tsvetnaya Blonka-Poo: Poodle and Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka mix

  • Toodle: Poodle and Tibetan Terrier mix

  • Weimdoodle: Weimaraner and Poodle mix

  • Westiepoo: West Highland White Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Whoodle: Wheaton Terrier and Poodle mix.

  • Wire Foodle: Poodle and Wire Fox Terrier mix

  • Wire-Poo: Wirehaired Fox Terrier and Poodle mixes

  • Woodle: Welsh Terrier and Poodle mix

  • Yorkipoo: Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix

doodle breeds guide

Why Doodles?

For many years, the Labrador Retriever reigned as the ultimate “family dog”, so why has the poodle not only dethroned the Labrador but has also been bred into every other breed? 

  1. Shedding - The top reason most dog owners choose a doodle mix is that most doodles barely shed at all, depending on their mix and the generation they are. They tend to take after their poodle lineage and have a non-shedding coat that resembles hair more than fur. 

  2. Intelligence-  Even the most devoted lab lovers will tell you labs can often use some common sense and refinement. Since poodles are known for their smarts, Labradoodles are the perfect mix of cuddles, loyalty and brains. 

  3. Temperament - Doodles tend to be intelligent, easy to train and extremely loyal and devoted to their people. They are frequently used as therapy dogs and emotional support dogs. 

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Where did the doodle-dog come from? 

In 1989 Australian breeder Wally Conran created the first labradoodle, and this the first doodle was born. A blind woman in Hawaii reached out to him telling him she needed a hypoallergenic guide dog breed because her husband was allergic to dog fur. Wally spent three years trialing over 30 poodles as potential guide dogs, because they are hypoallergenic. In the end he didn’t feel poodles had the right temperament to be a guide dog. He combined the highly intelligent Poodle with the hard working and most popular guide dog breed, the Labrador Retriever, and the result was magic.  

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Fun Fact: Wally came to regret creating the Labradoodle. He claims he realized his mistake within a couple of days telling the NY Times, “I opened a Pandora box and released a Frankenstein monster… I find that the biggest majority are either crazy or have a hereditary problem,” -Wally Conran

What Is the Most Common Doodle?  

Of all the types of Doodle dogs, the Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever – Poodle mix) is the most popular in the U.S. as revealed by Rover.com in a report of the 20 most popular dog breeds of 2021. The Labradoodle (a hybrid of the Poodle and the Labrador) is the second most popular Doodle dog breed.

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How to Find a Good Goldendoodle (or any doodle dog) breeder  

Although we do not agree with Wally, we understand where he is coming from. There are good and bad breeders for all dog breeds. Like anything be it a popular handbag where “fakes” start to pop up the same can be true for dog breeders. The desire to fill the demand for doodle-dogs and greed can cause breeders to over breed or inbreed their dogs. 

Do your research.

Visit the American Kennel Club to find a reputable breeder and for all breeding guidelines. If you see a cute dog on the street ask where she’s from.

There are lots of dog feeds on social media. Go on Instagram or Facebook, do a deep dive, DM people.

Another option is adoption.

Petfinder.com has a comprehensive list of available dogs all over the country. It allows you to narrow your search very specifically to your wants and needs. 

PRO TIP: A female should produce a litter no more frequently than every 18-24 months.

Rescuing a Doodle Mix

While getting a Doodle from a breeder is an option, there are still many doodle breed dogs out there that are looking to be rescued and rehomed through specific Doodle rescue agencies. Rescuing a Doodle can be great because often, you are skipping the puppy stage and while puppies are cute, they are tons of work.

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To help you find a Doodle rescue near you, reach out to local shelters and rescue organizations who can connect you to the right resources. You can also do a local search online and read reviews, testimonials, and detailed information about each rescue group.

How to Pick the Right Doodle For You

Before adopting a Doodle, it’s essential to try and decide whether a Doodle is right for your family. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Just because a dog is cute is not the right reason to get one. Remember that adding a dog to your life is generally a 10-20 year commitment. While we can all be tempted to say, “How much is that doggy in the window”, try to take a deep breath and do some research. Every breed has been bred for a different task and he or she will bring those traits to the doodle mix. A Goldendoodle may have a very different personality to a Pugapoo or a Shih Poo.

Pro Tip: The popularity and demand for doodles in all shapes and sizes has resulted in overbreeding, inhumane and irresponsible breeders. Please do your homework and work with a reputable breeder. Get recommendations, check credentials and read reviews! If you want to go the adoption route, there are doodle rescue organizations in many states and there is always petfinder. Reach out to your local shelter and tell them what you are looking for. You never know.

Doodle Grooming Needs - The difference is in the Hairdo

How Do I Groom my Doodle Dog?

Does my doodle dog have HAIR or FUR?

TIP: Hair is the difference between non-shedding and shedding (fur) dogs

Lucky for you your dog is most likely a very low to non shedder. That means he has hair instead of fur. That said, they do require attention to keep them healthy. Keeping their hair on the shorter side (AKA puppy cut) will make grooming easier as they will have fewer mattes. Either way you should brush your dog weekly. We love our 2-sided THE ONLY ONE dog brush.

 

 

Start grooming your dog young

Get your puppy used to a regular bath, brush and drying routine at home.  For the best puppy shampoo, full of essential oils start with THE SENSITIVE ONE  dog shampoo by PRIDE+GROOM.  

 

 

If your puppy doesn’t have any allergies or skin issues at six months you can switch to the best-smelling dog shampoo THE NON-SHEDDER, which will leave your doodle’s coat silky, shiny and smooth.

 

 

Get a super absorbent dry by using THE TOWEL for dogs and then for a salon finish use a hair dryer on a warm (never hot setting)