Poodle breeds are very popular. They're loyal, affectionate, and playful. They’ve also been bred with other dogs to create many different poodle crossbreeds.
Origins and history of the Poodle
Poodles descended from Asian herding dogs before traveling across Europe with the Germanic Goth and Ostrogoth tribes. Illustrations of poodle-like dogs have been found on Egyptian and Roman artifacts dating from the first centuries B.C. They were often used as hunting dogs to retrieve game, as well as helping herd sheep and other cattle.
The English word for poodle comes from the German Pudel, which means to splash in the water. In France, they're called Caniche, derived from Chien canard, which means water dog.
The poodle has been crossbreed with many different breeds, although legitimate breeding associations like the Amercian Kennel Club do not recognise it as a breed in its own right. However, the CKC continental kennel club recognises poodle crossbreeds but still register them as non-purebred dogs.
Sometimes the first syllable of the poodle is added together with the name the other breed in the cross, i.e. Poogle (beagle and poodle). In other cases, the second syllable (oodle) is mixed with the first part of the second breeds name, like Labradoodle (Labrador retriever and poodle cross.)
Popular Poodle Cross Dogs
Cockapoo = Poodle + Cocker Spaniel
The cockapoo is a small, playful dog. First designed in the 1960s, they are intelligent, affectionate and respond quickly to training. Due to its size, the cockapoo makes a perfect therapy dog.
Maltipoodle = Poodle + Maltese
A cute little toy dog, the Maltipoodle suits families who smaller homes and young children, It's also very active with a loving and affectionate personality.
Labradoodle = Poodle + Labrador
As it doesn't shed its fur, the labradoodle is a good guide dog for people with dog allergies. This poodle crossbreed is affectionate, sociable and very intelligent.
Goldendoodle = Poodle + Golden Retriever
Depending on the parent, a Goldendoodle will either be small or large. Sharing many of the same traits as the Labradoodle, it can also work as a guide dog, service dog, or a therapy dog.
Schnoodle = Poodle + Schnauzer
Unlike other lap dogs, the Schnauzer has a sturdy and robust frame. Loyal, affectionate, and also a bit stubborn, Schnoodles are a high-energy cross breed poodle who love digging and playing catch.
Poodle Crossbreed health
Like all breeds, Poodles are susceptible to certain health issues. These include Addison’s disease, Epilepsy, and Cushing’s disease. For crossbreeds, it’s important to be aware of any conditions that may affect the second part of the breed as poodle crossbreeds will also be at risk. They have an average life expectancy of between 12-15 years.
The pure poodle breed is considered to be very intelligent, which is often inherited by any crossbreed. They learn quickly so the right kind of training is important - a crossbreed poodle will pick up bad habits just as quickly as good ones.
Poodles are a great family dog. They’re good with children and make life-long companions with their owners; again you’ll see many of these characteristics early on in poodle cross puppies. However, due to the loyal natures, they can suffer from separation anxiety. This is especially noticeable in poodle crossbreeds like the Goldendoodle (a golden retriever/poodle mix.)
Poodles are energetic and playful, so be mindful of this being in mixed with other similar breeds. The Sproodle is a poodle and springer spaniel mix and as both breeds are naturally playful and energetic, it’s doubly important to keep them both mentally and physically active. They're an excellent choice for people with active, outdoor lifestyles and who are dedicated to caring for such a smart, high-energy breed.
Poodles are a non-shedding breed, a characteristic often inherited by crossbreeds. This makes them ideal for people with allergies. Their coats are curly, wiry, and dense, giving them a unique texture, which can be styled in many different ways. This means that any crossbreeds will potentially require a lot of close attention to keep their coats neat and healthy. They need grooming once every 3-6 weeks, and owners will need to do this themselves or be mindful regular grooming cost.
Depending on the mix, Poodle crossbreeds vary in size. Yorkipoodles and Schnoodles (poodles mixed with Yorkshire terriers and Schnauzers) will grow to around about 1 foot 2 inches and will weigh between around 20 pounds. The Goldendoodle can grow to up to 2 feet and weigh around 40 pounds.
Information and tips
In addition to regular grooming, pay particular attention to a poodle crossbreeds eyes. Poodle crossbreeds struggle with weepy eyes, which because their thick fur can lead to staining and even infection. Use a warm washcloth or alcohol-free pet wipes to help keep them clean.
Crossbreeds with drop down ears (like Bernedooodles and Bassetoodles) are susceptible to ear infections. This is because the ear canals stay warm and moist so wipe them out each week. Hair also grows inside the ears; this needs to be trimmed on a regular basis. Depending on the type of crossbreed, well-bred puppies can cost anywhere between £400-950. The average cost to keep and care for a puppy crossbreed is around £70-100 depending on what type of pet insurance you choose.
Recommended daily food amount: Standard poodle crossbreeds size will need 1.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Smaller crossbreds will need 3/4 to 1 cup. Toys crossbreeds require 1/4 to 1/2 cup.