A Poodle mix is an offspring of purebred Poodle and any other purebred dog breed. As a result, Poodle mixes are often referred to as designer dogs, hybrid dogs or mixed-breed dogs. This article also lists the top 20 best poodle mixes.
Biologically, a poodle mix is an intraspecies hybrid and not a hybrid between two different species as such. This is because technically, all dogs belong to the same species and subspecies.
While some poodle mixes can be the results of accidental breeding, most of them are intentionally bred. Breeders attempt this crossbreeding with the main intention of allowing the newborn dog to inherit the positive characteristics and looks of a poodle as well as those of another recognized breed.
Breeders attempt this crossbreeding with the main intention of allowing the newborn dog to inherit the positive characteristics and looks of a poodle as well as those of another recognized breed.
Some of the well-known positive traits of poodles are intelligence, friendliness, and the hypoallergenic coat. For instance, a Labradoodle comes with the hypoallergenic coat of a poodle and the temperament of a Labrador.
Why are poodle mixes so popular?
While crossbreeds in dogs are somewhat common, poodle mixes happen to be the most popular. This is because of the many positive qualities of poodles, the most common being their hypoallergenic low-shedding coat. Poodle coats have the least allergenic properties and are without an undercoat.
Because poodle mixes inherit this characteristic, they shed much less. They are also free from the high-allergenic fine hair that is common to undercoats. The carrying over of the low-shedding properties largely makes the poodle mixes popular and loved among breeders.
Poodle mixes are also great dogs with numerous adorable traits. They are easy to train, loyal, highly sensitive and extremely intelligent. They love children and enjoy themselves around kids. These positive traits come down to the mixes, along with the characteristics of the other purebred.
Another prominent reason behind poodle hybrids is that the breeder gets to choose the size they want. Depending on whether a miniature poodle or a standard poodle is used in the mix, you can largely determine the size.
Are Poodle mixes genetically healthy?
A study has shown that crossbreeds are generally healthier than purebred dogs. It establishes the idea of hybrid vigor in the gene pool. This implies that when two unrelated breeds of dogs reproduce, for instance, a poodle and a Labrador, the genetic diversity increases. This diversity, in turn, reduces and almost prevents the chance of an inheritable disease affecting a dog for the next generations.
Poodles are incredible dogs that commonly win best-in-show across all competitions. They come in three size varieties and can be as big as 20 inches to as small as 7. Their long necks, straight back, short tails and large legs are easily recognizable to any dog lover. Although they’re associated with France, they’re actually of German origin that goes back to the 1800s.
The Poodle is well known for its intelligence and easy training. They are lively, fun-loving, and active dogs that thrive on attention. These attractive qualities make it clear why so many breeders cross with Poodle.
The last 15 years have seen a surge of Poodle mixes, commonly known as Doodles, becoming a popular crossbreed for pet owners.
Poodle Mixed Breeds
There are dozens of Doodle types available to you, and some are easier to find than others. These 20 Poodle mixes are a combination of famous and bizarre. Try to see which one is the best fit for your family.
Breeds: Labrador and Poodle Mix
The Labradoodle is one of the more popular mixes. The Labrador and Poodle mix is very affectionate and loves attention. They also don’t mind showing it, as they’ll physically jump on your or slap your hand for a pet.
Their short fur makes them easy to groom, but they still need regular grooming to avoid matting. Baths may be required if you choose not to brush them. Labradoodles love water, so bathing will be easy.
They have a lot of energy and should be walked once a day. Make sure to go outside and play fetch with them, and give them lots of praise for learning a trick. The yellow labradoodle is often mistaken for a goldendoodle.
Breeds: Bichon Frise and Poodle Mix
The Bidoodle (also the Doodle Frise and Bichoodle) are a mix of Bichon Frise and Poodle. They’re little balls of energy that love to be cuddled and held. Although they can be jumpers, their tiny size and big personalities are great for children and small apartments.
They are very vocal and love to bark, whine, and whimper and are prone to separation anxiety. Like other small breeds, they have an issue potty training because they have tiny little bladders. They’re also likely to anxiety pee.
Still, they are an unaggressive breed that just wants to love you by licking you to death. They make great lap dogs! Just try to avoid access to treats when training, as they can quickly become overweight.
Breeds: Golden Retriever and Poodle Mix
Another popular variant, these beautiful dogs can be over 80 pounds, but their toy equivalent can be as small as 10 pounds. This Golden Retriever and Poodle mix doesn’t shed and requires frequent grooming to keep their fur clean.
Goldendoodles are high energy and love family homes that have a large backyard for space to play. Puppies will have issues playing with children, as they will often jump and knock over youngsters. They simply don’t know their own strength!
While typically healthy, they do suffer from hip and joint issues. It’s best to give them the proper food and hip and joint supplements, so they are less likely to develop them. Goldens are also sometimes mixed with the Toy version to create the miniature version of the Goldendoodle.
Breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle Mix
The most searched Doodle in the US, the Cavapoo is a spectacular mix of the Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They love to play fetch, love to run, but most of all – they enjoy your attention! They are often mistaken for the Cavachon.
Hitting 25 pounds at most, they are easy to care for and play with, but with their trickier personality, training can be difficult — Cavapoos need a little bit of grooming to keep clean.
Cavapoos have a hard time being left alone and are prone to separation anxiety. They love larger families that can give them the attention they need, but with their cuteness, we’re sure they’ll find love in large portions!
Breeds: Old English Sheepdog and Poodle Mix
The Sheepadoodle combines the high focus Poodle with the work-driven Sheepdog. This combination makes the “hard to train for family life” Sheepdog easier to get along with. They are often found larger and can hit 30 pounds after four months.
Sheepadoodles love children and other dogs, but have to be trained to play gently as their large frame makes it easy for them to knock anyone over. They will likely have a herding instinct if the Doodle favors their Sheepdog parent, so giving them a job to do will be great for their mental health!
You need to brush them daily and often, as their long fur commonly attracts debris and dust. Similar to other big dogs, they are susceptible to hip and joint issues.
Breeds: Shih Tzu and Poodle Mix
These little guys can be stubborn due to their Shih Tzu ancestry, but this can easily be trained out thanks to their Poodle mix. This doesn’t mean they don’t need daily training though, however, once the training clicks with the Shih Poo they’re well behaved.
They aren’t as eager to please as the other Doodles and will be more interested in different smells than your attention. The Shih Poo doesn’t do well in large families or with small children and are prone to pick favorites.
Shih Poos don’t need much activity or playtime and prefer to laze around all day with their pet parent. They are perfect for anyone looking for a low impact dog.
However, they aren’t good with new dog owners as they take a bit of patience.
Breeds: Schnauzer and Poodle Mix
Mixing the Schnauzer and Poodle won’t necessarily give you a Schnoodle, as it takes a few generations to reach the desired mix. The fluffy coat of the Schnoodle is a balanced combination of wavy and incredibly soft.
It’s difficult to pin down the general disposition of a Schnoodle because of the intense breeding that goes into making the “perfect” dog. However, they are usually not aggressive and don’t need a lot of socialization at a young age.
They are very protective of their owners, and they need a lot of room to jump and play. A big backyard is a must for them.
Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle Mix
This common toy mix stems from the Yorkie and the Poodle. They are a rambunctious breed that needs early training and a lot of attention. Yorkipoos share the temperament and energy of most other small dogs.
Yorkipoos are a very vocal breed and typically live longer lives. Make sure to socialize them when they’re puppies, or you might have behavior issues when they’re older. Still, they are very active social dogs who love attention, but their Yorkie side can lead them to be standoffish.
Their coats vary between curly and straight, and different fur will mean different grooming requirements.
Breeds: Pomeranian and Poodle Mix
The extremely fluffy Pomeranian and the curly-haired Poodle make this cute combination. What makes them unique is that they do shed, which means their undercoat needs to be brushed regularly. They are never any heavier than 12 pounds. These pups may cost a little more than some of the other breeds, due to the expensive nature of the parent breed, the pomeranian.
They do well in apartments and small homes. Pomapoos don’t need a large yard, as they require little exercise. However, they do need a lot of attention and will bark excessively if not appropriately trained.
Pomapoos can be aggressive and prone to resource guarding. If you have kids, it may be a good idea to pass them up. Pomapoos do well with single parents, but larger families will run into problems. They don’t like to share.
Peekapoos are an often debated mix between a Pekingese and a Poodle. They usually have no undercoat, so they’re easy to groom and brush and are incredibly loving. However, they suffer from an abundance of health issues.
Two-thirds of all Pekingese suffer from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. This is then passed on to the Peekapoo, which makes it difficult for them to breathe. There is no cure, and thus, they will have a lifetime of labored breathing, pain, and won’t be able to handle extreme temperatures.
You’ll need to be well educated on health issues, and they are poor with children. Their body, unfortunately, works against them in almost every aspect.
Breeds: Saint Bernard and Poodle Mix
The Saint Bernard and Poodle combination makes for a lovable and loyal breed. They are affectionate, happy dogs that love to please. Expect the Saint Berdoodle to be large once it grows up, as they can hit over 100 pounds easily.
They’re going to have thick, curly fur that needs a lot of grooming attention. If you live in a warmer climate, I would recommend shoring them. With that said, they love colder weather and will have a lot of energy to jump around in the snow.
Saint Berdoodles are big babies who are easy to train, love all people and animals, and will sit on you or paw you to get your attention.
Breeds: Wheaton Terrier and Poodle Mix
Probably one of the least common mixes, the Whoodle is an interesting combination between a Wheaton Terrier and a Poodle. Due to this, there isn’t a large enough sample size to know general temperament, health issues, and size.
Wheaten Terriers are great family dog that are dependable, friendly, and easy to train. Poodles also train well and are overall intelligent, so it’s likely the Whoodle is rewarding to teach. You will most likely have to groom the Whoodle daily, as they have thick coats.
Finding one will be difficult, and you’ll likely have to travel across the country to even hope to get one! If you do find one, grab them, you may not get that chance again.
Breeds: Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle Mix
The Bernedoodle is a very easy-going combination of the Poodle and the Bernese Mountain Dog. You’ll mostly find this breed in their larger size, which averages over 80 pounds. Their coats are unique and often come in double or tri-color.
They are very energetic and love to play. Bernedoodles can be clumsy, but they are personal. This can make them challenging to train because they have a difficult time focusing. Grooming
will be a daily task, or you risk them getting mats and tangles.
Bernedoodles are cuddly and physical – they’ll be your giant lap dog! Keep in mind that they love to wrestle and play tug of war, so make sure you train them to be gentle if you have other pets of small children.
Breeds: Newfoundland and Poodle Mix
A big dog with a big heart, the Newfypoo is the combination of the Newfoundland and the Poodle. They are incredibly affectionate and require a lot of playtime, a lot of space, and a great deal of attention.
This Doodle can hit sizes up to 150 pounds, and you won’t see any toy variants of this breed. They love to engage with strangers and new dogs if they’re properly socialized when they’re young. They are loyal to their family but require a lot of social stimulation.