Being a dog lover and a dog parent, you must be familiar with the Doodle dog breed. If you don’t already know, Doodle (Oodle in Australia) is a designer dog and it is the product of Poodle and any other dog breed. Some of the most popular Doodles are Maltipoo, Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Cockapoo, and Bernedoodle. These days, Doodles are in high demand and most of the Poodle crosses have outclassed other purebred dogs.
Why Doodle breeds are popular?
Poodles have several wonderful traits that make them the most popular breed that is seriously considered for crossbreeding. Poodles are the second most intelligent dog breed after the Border Collie and they have an exceptional temperament.
Secondly, they come in 3 different sizes so literally, you have lots of choices while looking for a Poodle cross. Along with that, the Poodles have a good lifespan of around 15 years. Undoubtedly, the Doodles are more likely to inherit these traits, so breeders prefer Poodles crossed with other breeds to develop new breeds.
Due to their popularity, we thought to collect some interesting facts about the Doodle dogs and luckily we found out many. Let’s explore the most interesting facts about them.
7 Interesting Facts About Doodles or Oodles
The First Doodle:
What was the first Poodle cross? Well, we have had a deep research and found some mixed claims. According to the first claim, the first Doodle was a Cockapoo that was bred in the 1940s in the US when Poodle and Cocker Spaniel were crossed. The second and the most popular claim says that the first Doodle was a Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever cross) that was bred by Monica Dickens in 1969. While petmd says that Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever cross) was the first Doodle that was bred in the 1980s.
Yes, they may be totally unpredictable. For example, a tiny Poodle is being crossed with a large-sized Bernese Mountain Dog, and the puppies may have different sizes and traits. You never know what your puppies gonna inherit from which parent. Poodles have a low-shedding coat but what if the Doodle puppy inherits a coat from the other parent which has a high-shedding coat? Mixed breeds are always hard to predict and the results may be quite surprising. They may be predictable after several successful breedings by expert breeders.
No Recognition from major Kennel Clubs
Apart from the fact that many breeders are doing wonderfully in developing some healthy breeds, these dogs are not recognized by major kennel clubs such as AKC, CKC, and UKC.
Different Generations with various traits
Doodle dogs have various generations that are termed F1, F1b, F2, F2b, and others. It’s big science. F1 is the first-generation cross between a Poodle and another breed with a 50-50 ratio of both parents. F2 is the second-generation cross in which 2 similar Doodles are crossed, Goldendoodle + Goldendoodle for example. F1b and F2b or backcrosses with a 75-25 ratio.
The cross between two or more different Doodle breeds is called Double Doodle. The most popular Double Doodle combination is Labradoodle and Goldendoodle.
100+ Doodle breeds
It looks like the Poodles have been crossed with almost all the other breeds in the world. During our research, we found at least 100 breeds of Doodle dogs. Some most popular Poodle crosses are Sheepadoodle (with Old English Sheepdog), Poogle (with a Pug), Shih Poo (with Shih Tzu), Pomapoo (with Pomeranian), Great Danoodle (with Greate Dane), and dozens of others. Check the full list of Doodles.
Full of Surprises
You never know what are you getting. Your Doodle puppy may have curly, wavy, or straight hair. It may be a small or large dog. They come in lots of colors and patterns. There are lots of possibilities and probabilities.
So, these were 7 interesting facts about Doodles. If you have plans to get a Doodle puppy, make sure you do all the necessary research before getting one. Also, first, try to adopt a dog from an animal shelter, if not found, then get one from a reputable breeder and not from a puppy mill.
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