Poodle mixes are wildly popular in celebrity circles as well as with dog lovers from all walks of life.
But how can you ever decide between a Schnoodle, a Whoodle and a Bordoodle? It’s a tough choice, we agree – and we hope this list of the 20 most popular Doodle dogs will help make it a bit easier!
A brief history of Poodle mixes
Poodle mixes are some of the most popular dogs in the world today. Browse through any “best of” list, and you are likely to see at least a handful of Poodle mixes occupying top spots.
It all started back in the 1950s when a breeder crossed a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. Thus the Cockapoo, or the Spoodle as they are commonly known in the UK, was born.
Then, in the 1980s, an Australian breeder named Wally Conlon crossed a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle and produced the Labradoodle. As word got out about this new so-called “hypoallergenic dog breed,” demand soared.
The craze for hybrid or “designer” dogs began in earnest.
Types of poodle mixes
As you will learn while browsing through this list of dog breeds mixed with Poodles, today’s popular Poodle mixes come in all sizes!
From large Poodle mixes to standard Poodle mixes, mini Poodle mixes to the teensiest toy Poodle mix dogs, Poodle mix puppies to Poodle mix dogs, you can find the best Poodle mixes for your family, lifestyle, and interests.
List of Poodle mixes
If you know exactly which Poodle mix dogs you want to know more about, here is a clickable list of all 20 Poodle mix breeds we cover here so you can go right where you need to go!
- Bichon Poodle
- Saint Berdoodle
The Labradoodle, AKA the first well-known hybrid dog, was popular right from the start.
After all, the Labrador Retriever, one of this dog’s purebred parents, has been the most popular pet dog in America for 26 years straight!
But when a movie called Marley & Me came out in 2008, and one of its stars, Jennifer Aniston, was subsequently seen toting around an adorable puff of yellow curly fur – her Labradoodle – that pretty much sealed the deal. The Labradoodle was here to stay.
The Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. With a Goldendoodle, you have the chance to enjoy a dog with two of the most highly desirable canine traits – a low-shedding, near-hypoallergenic coat and a truly joyful, friendly, “family dog” temperament.
Goldendoodles can come in standard and miniature sizes.
The Cockapoo is not just the first true designer dog, but is also arguably the world’s most popular hybrid dog, especially in the UK!
Because the Cockapoo has a history that dates back to the 1950s, it is also a more stable hybrid dog breed with many generations of successful crossbred litters under its belt.
The Bichon Poodle, Poochon, or Bich Poo is a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Poodle – either a miniature or a toy Poodle.
This adorable representative of the Poodle mixes got its start in Australia in the 1990s. These pups came out of the starting gate with an adorable, energetic personality that instantly endeared them to everyone they met.
The Maltipoo is a happy cross between a Maltese and a Poodle – teensy Poodle mixes with big personalities.
While the Maltipoo is a relatively new hybrid dog, both parent dogs are truly ancient dog breeds and well established each in their own right.
The Westiepoo is the product of crossing a West Highland Terrier with a Poodle. This dog is particularly popular with families since the Westiepoo gets along really well with children.
The Westiepoo’s origins are not clear, but breeders believe the breed first arose in the 1970s.
A Pomapoo is a cross between a Pomeranian and a toy Poodle.
Both the Pomeranian and the Poodle are ancient and well-respected purebred dog breeds with loads of smarts, and great athletic skills.
The Pomapoo is likely to have a hybrid coat that is not hypoallergenic, in that hybrid coats usually shed.
Even when combined with the Poodle’s natural regal reserve, the Saint Berdoodle is going to be a loving family dog.
A Cavapoo is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.
These dogs are also thought to have come to us from Australia in the 1990s. They can make good pets for families with kids because they are playful, fun, and sweet.
A Newfypoo is a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle. As one of the newer representatives of the Poodle mixes born in the States, this hybrid breed may be as recent as 2009!
One awesome quality of Newfypoos is that they are likely to be low-shedding. But you may need some help from professional groomers when that coat starts to grow out!
A Whoodle is a cross between a Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle. These dogs generally have a happy, playful temperament and are great family dogs.
One important thing to know about the Whoodle is that the Wheaten Terrier hails from the cool climate of Ireland, and they do best in cooler climates where the risk of overheating is low.
A Bernedoodle is a sizable cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle.
Because of the Bernese Mountain Dog’s thick cold-climate coat, your Bernedoodle likely won’t tolerate heat very well, which is important to consider. Personality-wise, you can expect the Bernedoodle to be an active, intelligent and sociable family dog.
A Rottle is a cross between a Rottweiler and a Poodle. Interestingly, the Rottweiler and the Poodle are neck-and-neck on the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular pet dog breeds, coming in at 8th and 7th, respectively!
This representative of the Poodle mixes will likely not shed much, and will be very bonded to “their” people and intolerant of alone-time.
A Bordoodle is a cross between a Border Collie and a Poodle. These hybrid dogs may come out favoring the high energy herding dog that is the Border Collie or the highly intelligent hunting dog that is the Poodle.
Either way, you are likely to get a very interesting and engaging pup!
A Boxerdoodle is a cross between a Boxer and a Poodle.
Both Boxers and Poodles are top picks for service and therapy dog work. So the Boxerdoodle can be an excellent pet choice if you are seeking a working dog with a high drive to serve.
A Yorkipoo is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Poodle. Among the poodle mixes, this will be a petite pup for sure.
Yorkipoo dogs are likely to be lively and energetic with a natural confidence that gives you the sense of a “big dog in a little dog body.”
A Shihpoo is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. These are also small poodle mixes that are reportedly smart, playful, active and energetic.
If your family includes older children, the Shihpoo can be a good addition to family life.
What do you get when you cross a Schnauzer with a Poodle? A Schnoodle! And if any dog looks just like its name, this is the one!
Like the Cockapoo, the Schnoodle was first bred in the 1980s and is growing in popularity as a loving family dog.
The Peekapoo has perhaps the most adorable name out of all the poodle mixes. This dog is a cross between a Pekinese and a Poodle.
These dogs are little fluffy handfuls – loving and totally family-oriented with a natural orientation towards the nearest available lap. However, because of their small size and tendency to get underfoot, these may not be the best dogs if you still have young children in the house.
The Chipoo is a more recent addition to the popular Poodle mixes. This dog is the result of a miniature Poodle mix crossed with a Chihuahua.
The Chipoo is likely to inherit the natural confidence and leadership drive of both parent dogs, which means these dogs are not likely to ever actually realize they are small! The Chipoo will do well in a family with older children that has a lot of time to spend with their dog.
Do you have a preference for a certain Poodle mix? Let us know in the comments
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