Poodles and Doodles

A few facts about Doodles:

  • Doodles are popular because you get good temperament with fewer shedding and allergies.
  • Each generation bred back to a poodle increases the “poodleness” of the coat, which means fewer allergy issues and shedding but maybe a little more grooming
  • F1 is a pure bred to a pure bred Poodle breeding (ex: Golden Retriever X Poodle)
  • F1B is a cross to a pure bred Poodle breeding (ex: Goldendoodle X Poodle)
  • Life expectancy is generally higher for a Doodle than for the pure bred dog on its own
  • A well-bred Doodle makes a wonderful pet! They are generally smart and very good-natured. Many are bred for use as service or therapy dogs.

Common but incorrect assumptions about Doodles:

  • Doodles are 100% hypoallergenic. While Doodles are less likely than most breeds to trigger allergies, any dog with fur can trigger allergies in some people. Fur picks up allergens from the environment, and that is unavoidable. Additionally, some people are allergic to the saliva. Less shedding can’t unfortunately solve that problem :(. 
  • All Doodles are big (or little). In truth, Doodles can vary greatly in size, generally as a result of the size of the Poodle stud. As long as the breeding is done carefully and with an understanding of the lines, they should be generally equivalent in terms of health.
  • All dogs should be bred to Poodles to make Doodles. In fact, not all dogs make a good cross, either in terms of temperament or physical characteristics. Those decisions should be made carefully and with lots of research.

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