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Doodle Breeds – How to Choose the Best for You?

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The Poodle is the second most intelligent dog breed in the world. Poodles, in addition, are hypoallergenic, meaning they do not shed, and they help people with allergies. All of that makes poodles an attractive breed. Perfect for families, poodles can adjust to almost any environment.

Yet, even with such attractive and unique features, some people want more out of their dog. And that is how doogle breeds are born. Doodles are a mix, crossbreed, between poodles and other breeds.

With that in mind, which doodle dog breed is the best for you? Are you looking for a new puppy?

The search might be daunting. You have to consider several things before buying a new puppy.

For starters, the weight and size of the dog, and your lifestyle. Do you have enough freedom and time for a new family member?

Puppies can be a lot of work, especially when they are young. With that in mind, any of the doodle breeds you choose is eager to please, has an outstanding coat, is highly trainable, and easy to live with.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular doodle breeds.

The Original Poodle

The Original Poodle

Some people will say that the original poodle is not a doodle breed. That is because a doodle is considered a mix between a poodle and other breeds. But before we get to all of the crossbreed poodles, we have to look at the original.

Poodles come in three sizes, those are Toy Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Standard Poodle. Most of the doodle breeds come in three sizes as well, depending on what type of poodle was used.

Of course, the other breed in the mix plays a role as well. Toy poodles stand up to 10 inches tall, miniature between 11 and 15 inches, and the standard poodle is 15 inches in height or more.

Poodles are intelligent, loving, loyal, but also mischievous. They have a dignified attitude that is hard to describe, but very easy to spot in the dog. They can be goofy, and love to play. Poodles are always up for a game and require a lot of mental stimulation for their brain.

The best part about poodles is that they are fond of people. Protective of their home and family, poodles will sound an alarm if someone is coming.

The biggest challenge with poodles is establishing yourself as the alpha member in the family. If you do not do that, the dog will assume that role. And it is more common in miniature and toy poodles, as smaller dogs tend to have a more dominant character.



A mix between a Poodle and an Australian shepherd, these doodles have more herding instincts. And that comes thanks to their Aussie parent, who was developed on ranches in the United States.

The Aussie is also a family pet, and he requires a lot of time playing, exercising, or just doing something. When the Aussie doodle gets bored, he will feel lonely and might embark on destructive behavior.

Bear in mind, as a herding breed, be it pure or crossbreed, the Aussie can bark. Aussie doodles can be in three colors combination among merle, chocolate, red, black, and parti-colored.

Their coat is wavy to curly, and their character features are energetic, affectionate, playful, possess leader traits, active, and obedient.

Known for their all-around versatility, Aussie doodles pack strength, intelligence, agility, and speed. Bear in mind, these doodles are high maintenance pets. When crossed with a miniature Poodle, you get a mini Aussiedoodle.

Shih Poo

Shih Poo is a Poodle crossbreed between Toy Poodle and Shih Tzu. This toy doodle is playful, friendly, and affectionate.

As a lap dog, this puppy will happily sit in your lap and give you constant love. Speaking of their size, they weigh between 7 and 20 pounds, depending on the size of the purebred parent.

Shih Poo makes a great apartment dog because it doesn’t bark. In the last decade, their popularity has soared.



When you think about a mix between Bernese Mountain Dog and a poodle, you might be thinking, how is that possible. This enormous dog breed and a gentle poodle?

Well, crossbreeding and everything is possible. These doodles can grow up to 50lbs and more, but usually, are between 20 and 40 inches in height.

They come in three colors, with markings in black and white, chocolate and white, red and white, tan and black, and a solid black.

As they are a crossbreed of a poodle, their coat is mostly wavy to curly, which is not a case with the Bernese mountain dog.

In spite of their size, Berne doodles, same as the Bernie, are gentle and good with families with children. Eager to please, they make the training easy.

While they are herding breed, they are very calm, social, and only moderately active.

First introduced in 2003, the Bernedoodle was bred for companionship. This puppy loves cuddles and attention. And you can also find a mini Bernedoodle if you cross Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle with a Bernie.



You might say this is the cream of the crop. Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are the two most popular doodle breeds in the past few years.

It is logical, as they are a cross between the most popular dogs in the world. The Golden Retriever is known for his playful character, eagerness to please, and loyalty toward its owner.

Unlike other doodle breeds, Goldendoodles can sometimes have straight hair, but mostly their coat is wavy and curly.

They are extremely friendly, social, and affectionate. Same as their original parent, the Golden Retriever, these doodles make good therapy dogs.

The Goldendoodle is the overall most popular doodle, and it is just a question whether you want something else. Most owners that go for a doodle, they opt for the Goldendoodle. But the price reflects that popularity as well.

Same as its Golden Retriever parent, this Doodle dog can has been used as a therapy dog and guide dog.



A bit more serious and protective than the Goldendoodle, you can spot the same differences here as with Labrador vs. Golden Retriever. Their coat color can be black, red, apricot, chocolate, cream, merle, or parti-colored. It depends on the color of their Labrador Retriever parent.

Labradors were originally bred as hunting and field dogs. Some of their instincts remain, which is why they are less friendly with strangers. They do not, however, show aggressive behavior.

They are after all, friendly and affectionate. Labradoodles are also dependable and loyal to their family. They have great leadership qualities and love having a job to do. The best way to keep them active is to give them tasks to do.


The Cavapoo, or sometimes referred to as a Cavoodle, is a Poodle mix with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the second purebred dog parent.

These little small hypoallergenic dogs have become increasingly popular lately. Their playfulness, low tendency for shedding, and affectionate nature makes them the perfect family pet.

They love human interaction and enjoy playing at home. Friendly and adaptable, this Doodle puppy will be a joy to have around.

They are not known as barkers, compared to some other crosses like Maltipoo, which is Maltese and Poodle mix.



Probably the biggest doodle in the world. And that is understandable, given that the Newfoundland dog is a large and gentle giant.

The Standard Doodle of this type can grow up to 100lbs, which is something. Their parent, the Newfoundland dog is a large working dog, who can also be shy.

Excessive shyness is common in Newfoundlands. They can also be dominant-aggressive toward other male dogs, but sometimes people.

This doodle is good-natured in essence, but he has to learn his manners. The good news is because he is a part poodle, he is no pushover to train. But bear in mind, the Newfoundland has an independent streak.

These dogs love swimming, but they are not great running or walking partners, as they get tired easily. Their large coat and body mean they get overheat quickly.

Irish Doodles

Irish Doodles

Irish Doodles have their benefits, but also their downsides. If they take up the genes of their Irish setter parent, they can be hard to train. After all, the Irish setter gets bored easily and requires commitment and patience from his owner.

But it is their appearance that makes the Irish doodle attractive.

With the unique coat color of the setter parent, they can be apricot or red, and very rarely black. They have a shaggy look, and that is the appearance that demands attention.

They are friendly, happy, loyal, and social. And most importantly, they are highly energetic dogs.

If you need an active designer dog to play with, the Irish Doodle is tailor-made for such a family. On the flip side, they are not meant for a sedentary family.

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5 Responses

  1. We have an f1b. Have been contemplating breeding her when she is 2, can’t find I formation what she should be breed to. Any info would be appreciated.

  2. Bernedoodles are crosses between Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles… not the Saint Bernard. That cost is known as Saint Berdoodles….

  3. I have an Australian Labradoodle which is a mix of five breeds. But somehow he seems like a hound mix! his nose is always on the ground and he eats a great deal of what he comes across. But I am astounded at this tracking behaviour that he has shown since pretty much day one cannot imagine where that comes from? He has a pretty calm disposition but definitely a dominant personality and needs me to be a strong leader or he will take charge but he is eager to learn and eager to please and trains well it’s just this crazy tracking behaviour that’s a little annoying.

  4. My daughter has a Bernedoodle. As the comment by Caroline above says, a Bernedoodle is a cross between a poodle and a Bernice Mountain Dog not a Saint Bernard.

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