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Irish Doodle (Irish Setter & Poodle Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

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Height 15-28 inches
Weight 40-75 pounds
Lifespan 12-15 years
Colors Brown, black, apricot, blue, silver, fawn, red, cream, sometimes with white markings
Suitable for Active families, families with young children, house dwellers
Temperament Loyal & loving, intelligent, easy to train, friendly, good with other pets

For folks looking to add a smart, athletic, and happy dog to their household, the Irish Doodle is a great option! Also known as the Irish Setterpoo, Irish Setterdoodle, and Irish Poo Setter, this designer dog is easy-going, kid-friendly, and loves being both a cuddle bug and exercise partner. Developed by breeding an Irish Setter with a Poodle, this hybrid breed is the perfect canine companion for just about anybody.

If you’re interested in learning if the Irish Doodle is right for you, keep on ready this in-depth pet care guide.


Irish Doodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

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What’s the Price of Irish Doodle Puppies?

The Irish Doodle is a newcomer to the designer dog market. While not a mutt, the Irish Doodle is an intentionally crossbred dog. Mutts, though still adorable and friendly, aren’t as coveted or as popular as hybrid dog breeds are.

Because of their ever-increasing demand, Irish Doodle puppies can cost between $1,500 and $3,000. Backyard breeders or puppy mills could charge lower prices, but buyers beware. Dogs from these types of low-quality facilities can suffer from a wide range of health and behavioral problems, including fear, aggression, parasites, and even blindness.

It’s always best to purchase your Irish Doodle puppy from a quality, responsible breeder. Ask your vet, groomer, or dog trainer for breeder recommendations in your area.

3 Little-Known Facts About Irish Doodles

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  • Poodles Are Actually from Germany

Despite being the national dog of France, your Irish Doodle’s Poodle parent breed actually hails from Germany where they are called pudel, which means “puddle” in German.

See also: 9 Irish Dog Breeds

  • The First American Irish Setter was Named Elcho

The Irish Setter first set foot on American soil way back in 1870 when Charles h. Turner brought his Irish Setter, Elcho, to America. The dog went on to sire over 190 puppies and established the breed in the United States.

  • They Are Very, Very Smart

Irish Doodles are extremely smart dogs. They can learn complicated tricks with ease.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Irish Doodle

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The Irish Doodle is an intelligent, easy-going, family-oriented designer dog. Thanks to both of her parent dog breeds being athletic, the Irish Doodle is also extremely nimble and agile, making her perfect for agility competitions.

Her intelligence does come with some drawbacks. Without sufficient amounts of mental stimulation, the Irish Doodle can easily become bored, resulting in unwanted behaviors including excessive barking and chewing. She’s also a fantastic escape artist so a securely fenced-in yard is an absolute must!

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Whether you have one kid or a dozen, the Irish Doodle will make an excellent addition to your family. However, the Irish Doodle is no couch potato! She would do best in an active family where she can enjoy plenty of playtime and exercise. This dog isn’t well-suited for apartment living.

Always supervise your kids when they’re interacting with any dog. Teach them to never pull on the dog’s ears or tail, bother her when she’s eating, or steal her toys.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Irish Doodle loves other dogs and even gets along with cats. Both of the parent breeds are social, friendly animals that love being part of a pack. Start socializing your Irish Doodle from the moment you bring her home so she feels comfortable and confident around other dogs.

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Things to Know When Owning an Irish Doodle:

Irish Doodles are fantastic pets for almost everyone, even first-time dog owners. With that said, your new Irish Doodle needs the proper nutrition, exercise, and training requirements to live her best life.

  • Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

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Being a medium-sized dog with a lot of energy, the Irish Doodle needs a high-quality diet that will fuel her all day long. Feed your dog two to three cups of kibble divided into two meals per day. Your Irish Doodle’s diet must accommodate her age, activity level, and weight. Talk to your vet about the right formula for your pet’s unique needs. Ensure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times.

  • Exercise 🎾

The Irish Doodle needs a fair amount of daily exercise to prevent boredom and obesity. An hour or more of physical activity should do the trick. Take your Irish Doodle for a few walks every day and play with her in the backyard. This designer dog also loves to swim and hike.

Due to her high intelligence, the Irish Doodle also needs constant mental stimulation. Working on tricks, enrolling her in an agility class, and providing her with challenging games can prevent boredom and destructive behavior.

  • Training 🦮

If you’re a person who wants a dog to immediately learn a basic command, the Irish Doodle might not be right for you. Though super smart, the Irish Doodle has a very short attention span and responds best to short training sessions. The best way to train this hybrid breed is to offer continuous praise, high-value treats, and gush over her every time she does something right. Positive reinforcement goes a long way with this breed.

  • Grooming 🦷

Irish Doodles are low-shedding dogs. However, yours will still need to be brushed regularly to prevent her coat from tangling or knotting. Knots that form on the paws or in the groin area can be extremely painful for your dog, especially when she jumps or runs. Trim her nails and clean her ears as needed. Don’t forget to brush her teeth every day to encourage good oral health and hygiene!

  • Health and Conditions 🏥

Serious Conditions:
  • Bloat
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye disorders
Minor Conditions:
  • Skin diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Color dilution alopecia

To ensure your Irish Doodle is always in tip-top shape, take her to the vet twice a year.


Male vs Female

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Male Irish Doodles will be larger than females. However, both are friendly and intelligent dogs.


Final Thoughts

If you want to add a loving and loyal dog to your household, the Irish Doodle might be an excellent choice. Smart, kind, and energetic, this dog thrives with both kids and other pets. The Irish Doodle does need plenty of mental and physical stimulation and can develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. If you work a lot or live in a small apartment, this breed may not be the right one for you.

However, if you live an active lifestyle and are seeking a dog that can accompany you on jogs or hikes, the Irish Doodle is the perfect pooch for you!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.