A Visual Guide to All the Different Types of Poodle Mixes, Also Called Doodle Dogs
Active, happy, and intelligent—these Poodle pups inherit some of the best qualities from both of their parents to result in many much beloved mixes like the Goldendoodle, Shih-poo, Schnoodle, and Labradoodle.
There are currently over 40 different types of Poodle mixes—or doodles, as they're lovingly called. These dogs are born from Poodles with other purebreds like pugs, Labradors, or Cocker Spaniels. Since the 1980s, doodle dogs have increased in their popularity—and it's not a wonder why. "Doodles are great pups!" says Colleen Demling, dog behaviorist at Dogtopia. "They shed less and have less dander than the breed that the poodle is crossed with."
Because poodles come in three standard sizes, there is a wide range of dog sizes for people to adopt—everything from mini Goldendoodles to the standard Cockapoo and the larger, gentle-giant Newfypoo. These breeds are often low- to non-shedding, and are consider to be a safe bet for most people with allergies.
Their personalities make them ideal companions for many people, too. "Doodles are also versatile family pets and can often do everything from city life to country life, hiking to relaxing at home," says Demling. "And since Poodles are affectionate, kid- and dog-friendly, social and charismatic, the doodles tend to be the same!" Demling recommends that families look at the traits of the breed that is crossed with the Poodle. For example, Bernedoodle dogs tend to be more stubborn but they have lower energy than a Goldendoodle.
Another thing that people should look at is the generation of the doodle. Generation refers to how far removed from a purebred pairing—like a purebred Poodle and a purebred Labrador as parents. "The puppy will likely have strong personality traits of both individual breeds," Demling explains. "However, if a pup is an F2 [that is, both parents were doodles] or F3 (grandparents were doodles), then the individual breed traits are less defined or obvious."
Let's take a look at a few of the doodles available. Which ones are your favorite?
The Goldendoodle is a cross between the Golden Retriever and Poodle. This has become one of the most sought-after "Doodle breeds" due to their winning combination of good looks, smart wits, and hypoallergenic coats. They also make reputable therapy pets.
The Bernedoodle is a cross between the Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle. If you admire these gentle giant dogs for their goofy, placid personalities, then one of these pups might be for you.
The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle. This tends to be a good choice for those with allergies because the poodle coat is often inherited rather than the Labrador coat—however, you can find a variety of colors depending on the parent. These dogs are intelligent, friendly, and moderately active.
The Sheepadoodle is a cross between the Old English Sheepdog and Poodle. Friendly and caring, they usually manage to stay happy with other pets and family members. And while these dogs are sweet, they may require some training to rein in their playful personalities.
The Whoodle is a cross between the Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier and Poodle. They also go by the name of Wheatendoodle, the Wheatenpoo, the Sweatendoodle, and the Sweatenpoo. These are energetic dogs, but despite their high energy, they don't tend to bark much. They are a rare breed mix and may be difficult to find.
The Westiepoo is a cross between the West Highland White Terrier and Poodle. This small, fluffy, high energy breed is an adorable addition to the family—especially if you are looking for a dog that's rambunctious and loves to play with the kids.
The Weimardoodle is a cross between the Weimaraner and Poodle. The is likely to be a shaggy yet stately looking dog, with an obvious athleticism derived from its strong hunting poodle origins.
The Pomapoo is a cross between the Pomeranian and Toy Poodle. Compact, feisty, and fun in spirit, what these dogs lack in size, they make up for in their personality. They are on their best behavior in the company of their owners, as they tend to bark or dig when left alone at home.
The Aussiedoodle is a cross between the Australian Shepherd and Poodle. Incredibly smart, energetic, and loyal, these pups have a work-hard, play-hard mindset that best suits someone with an active lifestyle.
The Dalmadoodle is a cross between the Dalmatian and Poodle. These are big, lovable dogs that are incredibly smart and equally stubborn. But while training them takes additional patience, the reward of their loyalty and devotion is well worth it.
The Schnoodle is a cross between the Miniature Schnauzer and Poodle. These dogs are charming, funny, and smart, and their alert nature—thanks to that double dose of working-breed attentiveness—makes them excellent watchdogs.
The Cockapoo is a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and Miniature Poodle. These dogs are friendly and affectionate little comedians with a sweet temperament and a zest for life. It's also believed to be the oldest of the designer dog breeds in America, dating back to the 1960s.
The Havapoo is a cross between the Havanese and Miniature Poodle. It's also commonly known as the Havadoodle or Havanoodle—their intelligent and playful personalities make them a total joy for the whole family.
The Pyredoodle is a cross between the Great Pyrenees and Poodle. And if you want a calm, sweet dog with lots of love to give, then this mix fits the bill. But calm doesn't mean small. They can grow to be as big as 100 pounds. Because of their eager-to-please personalities, they tend to be protective of their families.
The Shih-poo is a cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy or Miniature Poodle. This dog may have the curly coat of a Poodle or the long, straight coat of a Shih Tzu, but he always has a cute, alert expression and a sturdy body.
The Newfypoo is a cross between the Newfoundland and Poodle. When it comes to big breeds, this mix wins the prize—weighing anywhere between 70 to 150 pounds. These dogs are fun-loving, affectionate family companions that need lots of room to run around and plenty of food to meet their nutritional needs.
The Poochon is a cross between the Bichon Frisé and Toy Poodle. Petite and curly-coated, this is a delightful mix that is likable in personality, if not a little feisty at times. They tend to be vocal if alerted to something, and so they make good little watchdogs.