Poodle Mixes: 25 Popular Types of Doodle Crossbreeds
From Labradoodles to Shepadoodles, the best Poodle mixes have become well-known as active, intelligent dogs that are both lovable and adorable.
Because Poodles come in two main sizes — standard and miniature — plus myriad colors, their crossed offspring also come in a variety of sizes and looks. Though Poodle mixes are often mistaken to be hypoallergenic, it is true that they shed much less than other dog breeds.
All things considered, it’s no wonder these designer dogs have become the overwhelming dog of choice for families from all walks of life! Keep scrolling for the 25 most popular types of Doodle crossbreeds.
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Considering the Labrador Retriever has long held the title of “America’s most popular dog,” it should come as no surprise that the Labradoodle — a Labrador and Poodle cross — remains the most popular Doodle type. Because Labradors come in black, yellow, or brown, so too do Labradoodles.
Like their Lab parent, Labradoodles are very affectionate and playful. Their active nature means they require regular activity such as walking or swimming. Labradoodles tend to have shorter hair than some other Doodles, so they usually require fewer grooming appointments.
A Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.
Like their Poodle parent breed, Goldendoodles are known to be loyal and playful. They make great family dogs. Goldendoodles come in two types: standard and toy.
While the former can end up weighing upwards of 80 pounds, the latter can weigh as few as 10 pounds. Many larger Goldendoodles suffer from hip and joint issues, so Goldendoodle owners should plan on providing their Doodle with joint supplements for much of their lives.
In recent years, the Cavapoo has become the Doodle type with the most Google searches.
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A mix between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Cavapoo averages just 25 pounds, making it ideal for families looking for a medium-sized dog.
Cavapoos love being the center of attention. In fact, Cavapoos enjoy being with their people so much, many owners report their dogs experience some separation anxiety. They also tend to be very stubborn, making it difficult to train them quickly. They sure are adorable though!
Though they aren’t the most popular of Poodle mixes, the Sheepadoodle is certainly in the running for the cutest Poodle mix.
A Poodle crossed with an Old English Sheepdog, the Sheepadoodle is characterized by its large size and long curly coat that needs daily brushing.
Old English Sheepdogs are famous for their herding instinct and work ethic. Therefore, anyone who chooses to add a Sheepadoodle to their family should be prepared to invest in professional training and lots of walks and exercise. Sheepadoodles love having a job to do, and will herd anything they can — like other pets and even children — if they find they are bored.
The Yorkipoo is another cute and popular Poodle mix.
Although Yorkipoos have both Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier in their ancestry, they typically share more characteristics with their terrier parent. They do not get much bigger than a standard Yorkie and have the same rambunctious energy.
Yorkipoos can have short curly fur or longer straight fur. Grooming needs will vary. Yorkipoos also need a lot of attention and exercise, despite their small size. They can be naturally antisocial, so lots of socialization as a puppy can help stay later behavioral issues.
There is a good reason the Maltipoo ranks as one of the most popular Poodle crossbreeds.
Not only are they absolutely adorable, but they’re also ideal for smaller homes. Maltipoos — Poodle mixed with Maltese — are also very friendly dogs who tend to get along with everyone: canine, feline, or human.
Maltipoos are very active and social, which means that they require a lot of attention throughout the day. They don’t do well being left alone but travel well.
A Cockapoo is a mix between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel.
The first Cockapoos were bred as far back as the 1950s, making them one of the more established Poodle mixes. Cockapoos usually get along well with children and other small animals but do have a prey drive — something to be aware of.
Their bubbling energy levels mean exercise is a necessity. You can expect a Cockapoo to stay around the size of a typical Cocker Spaniel. They also have the same silky curls for which their parent breed is so well known. While most Cockapoos live a long life, it’s important to know that they are unusually predisposed to eye issues and dementia.
The Beagle is another type of dog that is commonly mixed. When combined with a Poodle, the result is the adorable Poogle! Originally, Poogles were bred to achieve a smart, hard-working dog that could be suitable for those with dog allergies.
But these days, it’s not just dog-allergic hunting and farming families who find the Poogle appealing. Poogles are medium-sized dogs, typically weighing between 30 and 45 pounds. They are eager to please, very intelligent, and require exercise to work their minds and stay out of trouble.
Corgis are incredibly popular dogs but tend to be off-limits to those who are sensitive to pet dander. Fortunately for just those people, there’s the Corgipoo, a cross between a Corgi and a Poodle.
Happily, Corgipoos typically resemble their Corgi parent in terms of body shape and size. They can also inherit the different Corgi color patterns.
Mix a Havanese and a Poodle, and what do you get? A Havapoo! This adorable little dog is ideal for someone looking for a small lap dog that is low shedding.
Typically weighing in at 10 pounds or less, the Havapoo is known for its soft fur, loyalty, and cuddly nature. They are never happier than when they are with their person, so separation anxiety can be a concern when owning a Havapoo.
When paired with a Poodle, the Springer Spaniel creates the good-looking Springerdoodle! Like their Springer Spaniel parent, Springerdoodles are often bred for hunting because of their high energy, natural hunting ability, and incredible stamina.
Thanks to their Poodle half, Springerdoodles usually weigh less than a typical Spaniel. Their coat tends to feel like a Poodle, but look like a Springer Spaniel. This makes grooming necessary, but easy. Despite their knack for hunting, Springerdoodles make great family pets, as they typically get along with everyone.
The Aussiedoodle, or the Aussiepoo, is a mix between a Poodle and an Australian Shepherd. Aussiepoos are easily one of the most popular Doodles, thanks to their active nature and striking looks.
Indeed, Aussiepoos are often blue-eyed and multicolored like their Aussie parent breed.
Aussiedoodles are about the size of an Australian Shepherd and typically weigh about 25 pounds. They tend to get along with everyone, are very social, and enjoy pleasing. Aussiedoodles thrive with exercise and training.
Mixing a Poodle with a Schnauzer results in a Schnoodle.
Breeding an ideal Schnoodle takes a couple more generations than some other Poodle mixes, so certain characteristics can’t necessarily be used to describe all Schnoodles. Generally, though, Schnoodles tend to be gentle and easygoing.
Both Poodles and Schnauzers are very loyal dogs, so potential owners should expect their Schnoodles to be protective, too. Most Schnoodles benefit from a few training sessions, plus a big backyard in which to run out all of their energy.
14. Shih Poo
Families looking for a smaller Poodle mix would do well to consider the Shih Poo.
As it’s a cross between a Poodle and a Shih Tzu, the Shih Poo doesn’t get too big. They also don’t need as much exercise as some other Poodle mixes, as most prefer to lounge around on the sofa.
Shih Poos require a lot of patience so they may be best suited for experienced dog owners. Many Shih Poo owners also report that their Shih Poos don’t enjoy being around smaller children. In the right situation, Shih Poos are loyal, low-energy dogs that are sure to become valued companions.
The Doxiepoo represents the best of both worlds. From the Poodle, it inherits its calmer temperament, adaptability, and need for less frequent grooming.
Meanwhile, it inherits its unique body shape, fun personality, and short stature from its Dachshund parent.
Doxiepoos make excellent family dogs. They do well in homes, apartments, or just about any other environment, and are generally easy to care for.
Another popular Poodle mix is the Peekapoo — that is, a cross between a Poodle and a Pekingese.
Like their Pekingese parent breed, Peekapoos seldom have an undercoat. This makes grooming your Pekingese as simple as brushing their fur every so often.
Unfortunately, that’s where the ease ends. While Peekapoos are usually very lovable, they generally do not do well with children. But most importantly, these small dogs all too often suffer from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, a very serious breathing issue that affects a whopping two-thirds of purebred Pekingese.
17. Saint Berdoodle
Rapidly rising in popularity is the Saint Berdoodle, a cross between a Poodle and a Saint Bernard.
Families are attracted to the Saint Berdoodle because they are loyal, extremely loving, and easy to train. Oh, and they slobber much less than their Saint Bernard parent breed!
Anyone considering a Saint Berdoodle should remember that these dogs are very big, easily exceeding 100 pounds. Saint Bernards are working dogs, and so their crossbreed offspring will retain that work ethic and will need lots of exercise. It’s also important to keep in mind that the same thick curly fur that allows them to thrive in colder climates means grooming sessions will need to be scheduled more frequently.
Like both of their parent breeds — Poodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs — Bernedoodles make excellent family pets.
In fact, don’t be surprised if your Bernedoodle thinks he’s a lap dog! The Bernedoodle is huge, averaging above 80 pounds.
They are energetic, with a favored style of play that tends toward the physical. This makes them best suited for homes with older children and larger pets. Bernedoodles come in solid colors, double colors, and even tri-colors. Their fur is usually very thick and curly, and so it’s important to groom your Bernedoodle on a daily basis in order to keep at bay those pesky tangles.
Those in search of a small, yet active dog may want to consider a Westiepoo.
A cross between a Poodle and a West Highland Terrier, a Westiepoo is known for its high-energy personality. They thrive on attention and need more exercise than most other small Poodle mixes.
Westiepoos — like their Scottish parent — also tend to have a high prey drive. Most Westiepoos prefer to be the only pet, and especially don’t do well in homes with cats. Westiepoos come with a variety of fur lengths and types, though they are generally easy to groom.
A Scoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Scottish Terrier. Like both of its parent breeds, the Scoodle is a very versatile dog.
It can live on a farm or in a small apartment, as an only pet or as part of a multi-pet home, and with or without children.
One reason for this versatility is its small, yet rugged size. Though they require some exercise, they don’t usually need as much as some other Poodle mixes. Their coloring can range from wheaten to brindle, and their single coat makes grooming an easy task.
The Boxerdoodle — a Poodle crossed with a Boxer — is another great option for the family in want of a large dog.
Like their Boxer parent, Boxerdoodles can often be described as affectionate, eager to please, and good with kids. However, they are very high energy, and lots of exercise and structure are necessary.
Those considering a Boxerdoodle should think carefully about the dog’s potential health issues. Like Boxers, Boxerdoodles are prone to arthritis and heart problems. They also have a much shorter lifespan than other dogs their size.
One of many Chihuahua crosses, the Chipoo is a mix between a Poodle and a Chihuahua. Though they vary in size, most Chipoos can be considered a toy breed.
Chipoos are full of personality and can be just as stubborn as they can be affectionate. Despite their smaller size, it is important that potential Chipoo owners plan on at least a few training sessions.
Huskydoodles may be one of the more surprising Poodle mixes. Also known as Siberpoos, Huskydoodles are a mix between a Poodle and a Siberian Husky.
Interestingly, Huskydoodles don’t have a typical look. While some maintain the traditional Husky look, others look much more Poodle.
Still, others look very little like either parent breed! Anyone seriously considering a Huskydoodle should know they are very smart and energetic. Regular training and lots of exercise are musts, as are routine opportunities for your Huskydoodle to use his brain.
Another very active Poodle mix is the Bordoodle: a cross between a Poodle and a Border Collie.
While most Bordoodles are crossed with standard-sized Poodles, a growing number are being bred with toy Poodles. The result is a range in weight from about 10 pounds to 30 pounds or more.
What makes the Bordoodle so appealing is that it has the intelligence of a Border Collie, but sheds much less. Bordoodles need active households who can provide them with training and lots of exercise and brain games. Like both their parent breeds, Bordoodles are good with children and other pets.
If you’re looking for a semi-hypoallergenic guard dog, then consider the Shepadoodle — a cross between a Poodle and a German Shepherd.
Best suited for experienced dog owners, the Shepadoodle is an extremely intelligent dog. Besides acting as a watchdog, Shepadoodles are frequently used as therapy dogs or as support animals.
The Shepadoodle inherits several traits from its German Shepherd parent, including intelligence, leadership, and stubbornness. Training and an active lifestyle are absolutely vital parts of owning a Shepadoodle. Other popular Doodle types include the Bidoodle (Bichon Frise and Poodle), Pomapoo (Pomeranian and Poodle), Bassetoodle (Basset Hound and Poodle), Whoodle (Wheaten Terrier and Poodle), and the Rottle (Rottweiler and Poodle).
As with any type of dog or mixed breed dog, it’s best to do your research. The best dog for a busy family living in a small apartment may be a Doxiepoo, for example, as opposed to a large and active Huskydoodle. But regardless of which Poodle mix breed you choose, you are bound to get a great dog that is loving, fun, and totally adorable.