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 popular choices for pet owners.
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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.
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.
Breeds: Pekingese and Poodle Mix
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.
A big dog means a big coat, which means a lot of work. It’s important to regularly groom and wash them to keep their fur clean.
Breeds: Border Collie and Poodle Mix
Mixing a Poodle with a Border Collie results in a hardworking and smart mix called a Bordoodle. The Border Collie is ranked as the most intelligent dog breed, so adding it with the equally intelligent Poodle makes them a dream to train.
Bordoodles will get bored if they don’t have a job to do. They will find one for you if you don’t provide one, so adequate training and agility courses will keep them occupied. They need a very active parent for their mental health.
The Bordoodle has a rough, coarse coat that constantly sheds and needs brushing. They are prone to hip and joint issues.
Breeds: West Highland Terrier and Poodle Mix
The West Highland Terrier (or Westie) combined with the Poodle create a feisty, high energy dog that needs a lot of attention and play. The Westiepoo gets distracted very easily, though, but that curiosity and drive make them fun to exercise.
Westiepoos have a high prey drive, and thus have trouble playing nice with other animals. They are unlikely to attack them, but they are fond of chasing smaller dogs or cats, which can lead to anxiety for the other animals.
Their coats are generally easy to take care of, but their fur length and texture depends on the dog. It’s essential to watch the Westiepoos weight, as they’re susceptible to rapid weight gain.
Breeds: Boxer and Poodle Mix
The high energy Boxer mixed with the focused Poodle to make the Boxerdoodle. They are easy to train, affectionate dogs that like to get physical with you. This makes them willing to play and eager to please; you can expect a lot of movement from them.
Boxerdoodles have a generally happy temperament and vary in size. It’s possible to find a smaller Boxerdoodle, but they’re rare. They like to roll around for fun, are great with children, large families, and require a lot of walking.
Hip, joint, and heart problems are common, like any other large dog. Their coat also depends on what parent has preference: the clean coat of the Boxer, or the curly coat of the Poodle.
Breeds: Chihuahua and Poodle Mix
This newer breed is a mix of a toy Poodle and Chihuahua, and is one of the many different types of chihuahua mixes. Similar to the Chihuahua, the Chipoo has a huge personality and a lot of heart. They’re full of energy, love to play and socialize although they do require a lot of training to stamp out their stubborn, and loud nature.
Chipoos are friendly dogs that require a lot of socialization to be comfortable with bigger dogs. They can still be defensive if provoked, so regular grooming and touching will help them be more comfortable.
They need at least an hour of playtime and training every single day to keep them from being bored. Get ready for a lot of barking and howling!
Breeds: Maltese and Poodle Mix
People with smaller homes and apartments will find the Maltese and Poodle mix a great addition to their lives. They travel well, adapt well in new environments, and have few if no aggression issues so. They make a great friend to everyone. Because the Maltipoo looks so similar to the standard Maltese, they are often confused for one another.
Keep in mind the Maltipoo require a lot of attention, and this can’t be emphasized enough. They are very active, social dogs that can’t be left alone for long periods. They love to be with their pet parent, so keep them with you as often as possible.
Setting up a play area for the Maltipoo will make them very happy, as they’ll have their own space they can feel comfortable in.
Breeds: Cocker Spaniel and Poodle Mix
This smaller breed of Doodle is a combination of the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. The Cockapoo is one of the earliest Doodle mixes to appear and date back to the 1950s. They require a lot of attention and interaction.
Their small body and silky fur are really popular with families. They socialize well, get along with other dogs and cats, and love to smell and chase anything they see. It’s essential to play a lot with your Cockapoo to get their energy out.
Cockapoos are prone to blindness and dementia as they get older, but most of them tend to live long and healthy lives.
Overall, the Doodle makes a great companion. They’re generally outgoing, happy and love to play and lay on your lap. It’s no wonder they have become such a popular choice with families, as their friendly nature makes them perfect with children. This isn’t all inclusive – in fact we’ve left out a favorite, the Huskydoodle.
Different breeds are for different people, so make sure that you fit your potential puppies individual needs before taking them on. They’re a partner for life, so it’s crucial to find the right Doodle for your family.