If you haven’t met a Doodle, you will soon enough. Poodle-crosses have become one of the most popular types of breed around and there are literally dozens of different types. Here are some facts about this ‘designer’ breed, including some of the most popular types.
Defining a Doodle
Doodles are a type of dog that has been bred from two other types of dog, one of which is a Poodle. These dogs are generally bred for certain characteristics, such as the intelligence of the Poodle and the personality of a Golden Retriever (Goldendoodle). The new breed tends to have the shorter hair of the Poodle as well, so it sheds less.
These mixed-breed, designer dogs are more popular than ever. People want to be able to combine the best traits of their favourite breeds, and Doodles are the perfect solution.
Oodles of Doodles
There are literally dozens of types of Doodle dogs. Name a breed, and someone’s probably bred it to create a Doodle version. Some of the most common ones include Boxerdoodles (Boxer + Poodle), Airedoodles (Airedale Terrier + Poodle), Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle), Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever + Poodle), and Pekapoo (Pekinese + Poodle).
Why Doodles are in demand
Most Doodle breeds are hypoallergenic, making them perfect for families with allergies. Though no breed is completely hypoallergenic, Doodles are definitely more hypoallergenic than their original counterparts.
These mixed breed dogs are also a little less expensive than ‘purebred’ breeds, though many Doodles are still quite expensive. They weren’t always a popular choice, either, but the cute names certainly helped develop their popularity.
Families hoping for a Doodle bred for specific character traits may find that the dogs still need quite a bit of training. Each dog’s personality is different, but since Poodles are generally known for their intelligence, most Doodles do well with training. Some can be very enthusiastic and energetic, so make sure you have the time and space for your specific breed.
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