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10 Popular Poodle Mixes
You are likely familiar with the poodle, the national dog of France. But have you ever considered bringing home a poodle mix?
Poodles are known for being one of the smartest dog breeds out there. You might also be surprised to learn that they are very athletic animals, despite having a reputation for being a bit prissy. One of the biggest advantages to adopting a poodle, however, is the fact that these dogs are considered hypoallergenic. This is because they have hair instead of fur, which means they do not shed the way that other dogs do.
Poodles are a very popular parent dog for breeders looking to reproduce some of the poodle’s best qualities when creating a new breed of dog. In this article, we will discuss some of the most popular poodle mixes and why you should consider adopting one.
Unlike most dog breeds that grow to be one standard size, poodles actually come in three different sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. Some people refer to a fourth size, medium, but medium-sized poodles are not widely recognized and are often considered standard size instead.
Mixed breed dogs do not tend to have a uniform size because offspring will favor one parent or the other. Because poodles come in different sizes, you will notice that the size of poodle mixed breeds will tend to vary widely. If you are interested in purchasing a poodle mixed breed puppy, make sure to ask your breeder what size the poodle parent is so that you know how big you can expect your dog to get.
Top 10 Popular Poodle Mixes:
1. Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Cocker Spaniel|
|Temperament:||Even, friendly, loving, intelligent|
This cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle is one of the oldest designer dog breeds. They have been bred with Toy Poodles and Standard Poodles alike, resulting in a range of sizes and varieties; however, they are most often bred with Miniature Poodles. The average Cockapoo weighs in at just 15 pounds. These dogs are typically low shedding like the Poodle, though they may inherit the thicker, medium to long coat of the Cocker Spaniel, so there is no guarantee that they will be hypoallergenic. Personality-wise, Cockapoos tend to be very intelligent, affectionate, and even-tempered animals that are easy to train. As a result, the Cockapoo is typically a good choice for first-time dog owners.
2. Schnoodle (Schnauzer x Poodle)
|Temperament:||Loyal, active, protective, strong-willed|
Schnoodles are wonderful companions that are very affectionate and loyal to their families. Like the Poodle, the Schnauzer comes in three different sizes—Miniature, Standard, and Giant—so the Schnoodle can vary quite a lot in height and weight. If you adopt a Giant Schnoodle, be prepared for a dog that likes to dominate and requires an owner that can be firm and show it who’s boss. These dogs also have a tendency to bark, so you should work with your pet from an early age to curb that behavior. Overall, the Schnoodle may be best suited for experienced dog owners who are comfortable training their dogs. If you are a beginner Schnoodle owner, you may want to consider hiring a professional dog trainer to work with your pet.
3. Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Golden Retriever|
|Temperament:||Friendly, trainable, loving, energetic|
Of all of the doodle mixes on this list, the Goldendoodle is probably one of the most well-known. A mix between the Poodle and the Golden Retriever, it comes as no surprise that the Goldendoodle is an energetic, sociable, and affectionate pet. They are excellent dogs for families with children and other pets, including other dogs. If you bring home a Goldendoodle, you should be prepared to take them out for regular exercise; these dogs require up to 60 minutes of daily vigorous exercise.
4. Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Labrador Retriever|
|Temperament:||Friendly, playful, loyal, energetic|
The Labradoodle is another well-known poodle mix. Like the Goldendoodle, they are very friendly and affectionate dogs that are sure to win your family over. They are slightly smaller than the Goldendoodle, making them a more manageable alternative for those who may not have a lot of space. Still, an apartment setting is probably not the most ideal living situation for a Labradoodle due to their energetic nature and high exercise needs. If you don’t provide your Labradoodle with the exercise and mental stimulation it requires, it can become restless and even destructive.
5. Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle)
|Temperament:||Affectionate, intelligent, playful|
The Maltipoo is a very affectionate and playful animal, making them great pets. They are small animals that can easily adapt to different living environments, including apartments and other small spaces. They are also great for beginners as they are relatively easy to train. However, they are not suitable for everyone; if you work long hours, you may want to reconsider buying one of these dogs because they do not enjoy being alone.
6. Yorkiepoo (Yorkshire Terrier x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Yorkshire Terrier|
|Temperament:||Affectionate, active, outgoing, gentle|
The Yorkiepoo is a mixed breed with Toy Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier parents. While Toy Poodles are most often used to create the Yorkiepoo, Miniature Poodles are occasionally used. They are one of the smallest breeds on this list, weighing in at a max of 14 pounds. Because they are so small, they don’t need a ton of exercise and can adapt quite well to apartment living. Their moderate exercise needs make them perfect for seniors who may not be able to walk long distances.
7. St. Berdoodle (Saint Bernard x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Saint Bernard|
|Temperament:||Friendly, calm, watchful, loyal|
The St. Berdoodle is the largest poodle mixed breed on our list, weighing in at up to 150 pounds. As a giant breed, the St. Berdoodle has a big appetite; depending on its size and the type of food you give it, your Saint Berdoodle can eat between 4 and 10 cups of food in a day! Despite their large size, however, these dogs don’t need a huge amount of exercise; aim for about an hour per day of walks. The Saint Bernard is a lazy breed, so you can expect that your St. Berdoodle will enjoy napping during the day.
8. Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Cavalier King Charles Spaniel|
|Temperament:||Playful, friendly, affectionate|
Cavapoos are typically affectionate and playful dogs that get along well with children. As you can see, the Cavapoo is a relatively small dog, so you should always monitor your kids when they are playing with your dog to make sure that your dog doesn’t get hurt while roughhousing. These dogs are intelligent and eager to please, making them fairly easy to train. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a medium-length coat, so if your Cavapoo favors this parent, you may need to brush its fur at least once per week to help reduce shedding.
9. Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Australian Shepherd|
|Temperament:||Friendly, gentle, playful|
Also known as the Aussiepoo or Aussiepoodle, the Aussiedoodle is a great family dog that quickly forms strong bonds with its human caregivers. In fact, they are sometimes used as therapy dogs for this reason. Like other poodle mixed breeds, the Aussiedoodle is a highly intelligent and therefore highly trainable dog. You will notice that there is no standard size for an
Aussiedoodle as Toy, Miniature, or Standard poodles can be parent breeds for these dogs. The Australian Shepherd is a herding dog, so while the Aussidoodle can usually get along fairly well with other pets, it may attempt to herd them, which may not always go over well.
10. Jack-a-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier x Poodle)
|Non-Poodle Parent:||Jack Russell Terrier|
|Temperament:||Affectionate, intelligent, energetic, stubborn|
Jack-a-Poos are a mixed breed with Jack Russell Terrier and Toy or Miniature Poodle parents. With two very intelligent parent breeds, you can expect your Jack-a-Poo to be a smart dog that learns quickly. However, these dogs do have a stubborn streak that can make training challenging if you are not experienced. These dogs are also quite energetic and need to stay active both physically and mentally.
There are many wonderful poodle mixes or “doodle” breeds you can choose from. While most of these dogs tend to be low shedding like their poodle parent, there is no guarantee that they will be hypoallergenic. However, these poodle offspring do tend to inherit the poodle’s intelligence, athleticism, and affectionate nature, which means you can’t really go wrong with just about any poodle mix.
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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.
- Poodle Sizing
- Top 10 Popular Poodle Mixes:
- 1. Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel x Poodle)
- 2. Schnoodle (Schnauzer x Poodle)
- 3. Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle)
- 4. Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever x Poodle)
- 5. Maltipoo (Maltese x Poodle)
- 6. Yorkiepoo (Yorkshire Terrier x Poodle)
- 7. St. Berdoodle (Saint Bernard x Poodle)
- 8. Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
- 9. Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd x Poodle)
- 10. Jack-a-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier x Poodle)