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Poodle Mixes: Gaining in Popularity

AnnieLabradoodles are great mixes because they combine the friendly
demeanor of a lab with the playfulness of a poodle

Designer Dogs

Designer dogs are not a new fad by any means but certain breeds tend to fade in and out of popularity. What’s in one year is out the next! Carrying around a Chihuahua in your bag may be the thing to do one year but the next year it’s all about the English Bulldogs. The problem with following these trends is that you can’t get a dog and tote him around only while his breed is popular and then dump him for the next trend. Pet ownership just doesn’t work that way. However, there are some people who must be at the forefront of any trend so it can be extremely difficult to pick a breed. For those people, a Poodle mix may be the perfect way to go.

Oodles of Poodles

Many people often choose to get poodles because they always make a statement but the problem is that they don’t always fit with that particular person’s lifestyle. Hence the surge of interest when it comes to Poodle mixes. There are tons of Poodle mixes that are just as cute, or even cuter, than the breeds that they were crossed with. Plus the names are fun to say; Labradoodle, Airedoodle, Basetoodle, Goldendoodle, Pamapoo… // Should I go on? The point is that you can pretty much cross a Poodle with any other breed and Bam! You have your own personalized designer dog.

Poodle Fever

Why the sudden Poodle rage? I wouldn’t necessarily call it sudden. Poodles have always been popular because they come in all sizes, are hypoallergenic, and don’t shed. In fact, the Toy Poodle became the official dog at court in France under Louis VXI and is also commonly used as the dancing dog in circuses. Poodles are obviously a well-known designer breed. By mixing them with another popular breed, you can increase the trendiness of your dog.

Even if trendiness isn’t your prerogative, a poodle crossbreed may be the way to go. Because poodles generally are an intelligent breed with a great disposition, they are an ideal candidate for crossbreeding. Crossbreeding will generally give you the best of both worlds regardless of the breeds. It may seem odd to cross a Poodle with a St. Bernard but for some dog owners, it is the perfect mix.  They get the size and strength of a St. Bernard, and the intelligence of a Poodle. Often times they will even be hypoallergenic when compared to other dogs.

Regardless of the Poodle mix you are looking for make sure you go through a responsible breeder. Contact a local veterinarian or the American Kennels Club to help you begin with your search.

Author Bio:

Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food. He currently freelances for Havahart Wireless, which specializes in progressive and humane wireless dog fences.

Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, A new breed of dogs

Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, A new breed of dogs

by Ruth Bird

A fellow blogger was always mentioning “puggles” to me. Then one day I went for a walk with my 3 dogs and my neighbour and her dog. She mentioned the labradoodles and goldendoodles to me. She had seen them on a t.v. show.

So, I decided to do some investigating. For those who want some information about these dogs, but not long scientific reports, here is my article. I went on a long internet journey, and I found out some amazing facts.

At first I though someone was maybe just getting bored, and decided to create a new breed of dog. But no, there are some very valid reasons for breeding these mixtures. Just read on, and you may find that there are reasons why you may want to look into one of these “oodle” dogs yourself.

As always, do lots of research and get lots of recommendations from current “oodle” owners. There are also forums and clubs that you can find on the internet. These can also help you decide if one of these is for you.

In the meantime, just enjoy learning something new, and when your neighbour tells you about an “oodle” dog, then you will know what they are talking about.

A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Their temperament makes them good service and family dogs.

The impetus behind experiments with this type of cross was the desire to achieve a service dog that would not shed and so produce a hypoallergenic dog that is suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. This has not yet been reliably achieved, as Labradoodles have varying coat lengths and textures, and crosses beyond the first generation do not yield a predictable coat type.

The result of this cross produced intelligent, easily trainable puppies that were the beginning of the Labradoodle as we now know it. Crossing these two breeds also gave the Labradoodle a hybrid vigor and a variety of coat types.

Labradoodles combine the best of the 2 breeds.

Labradoodles are known to posses the gentle, sweet disposition of the retrievers combined with the intelligence and allergy friendly coats of the poodles. Labradoodles are wonderful with children and people who have special needs. They are non-aggressive, highly intelligent dogs that are extremely easy to train. They want nothing more than to please their people.

The Labradoodle can vary in size: Standard, Medium and Miniature

Color varies from chalk (milky white), shades of cream, gold, black, chocolate, red, caramel and silver.

Coat: Labradoodles usually have no body odor, require minimal bathing and brushing and rarely, if ever, attract fleas. They seldom shed hair but will need to be groomed.

Wooly: Somewhat like a poodle. Requires regular grooming and is allergy friendly.

Fleece: The ultimate coat. It is easily maintained, non shedding, allergy and asthma friendly.

Hair: Anything from flat and straight to curls down the back and possibly wavy. It can vary from minimally to profusely shedding. Not likely to be allergy friendly.

Allergy and Asthma sufferers – Labradoodles may be the breed for you! Check it out…

The Labradoodle is still under development. Strictly speaking, the labradoodle cannot yet be described as a dog breed because it does not breed true. Further, the breed standards of breeds-under-development are invariably freer, more open to interpretation and cover more observable types than those of established or kennel club-recognized breeds.

The term Goldendoodle (Golden Doodle) describes a hybrid dog, crossbred between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. This hybrid is often said to have begun in Australia, along with the Labradoodle;

US fanciers challenge this assertion. Poodle hybrids have become increasingly popular and it is likely that the combination of Golden Retriever and Poodle has been duplicated by breeders in various countries.

Goldendoodles are intelligent and obedient. The make great family pets and will be wonderful companions. They are vey social and devoted to family members. They are people dogs, good with kids and other dogs and pets, and friendly with strangers.

Goldendoodles are likely to get into mischief if they spend most of their lives alone or bored. (My golden retriever certainly gets in trouble when bored. I can vouch for that first hand.) They are intelligent and love to please, therefore, they are very easy to train. They are a medium to large size family dog with great temperaments.

When bred correctly, most of your first hybrid crosses are much healthier because they are NOT in-bred or line-bred or back-bred to their cousins, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. The Goldendoodle can work out well for those who suffer from allergies. They shed little to none, and they are very loving dogs. If you have allergy or dog hair concerns, look into a goldendoodle.

There are some amazing Labradoodle and Goldendoodle sites on the internet, with references to breeders in USA and Canada, and World Wide. These sites have some beautiful pictures of dogs and puppies. You will fall in love with them. I did instantly. That is why I posted about these dogs on my blog. And that is why I was so compelled to write about them.

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About the Author

My name is Ruth Bird. I have been married for 27 years to my husband, Chris. Chris has been battling the monster, MS, for a number of years. Pet Health Care is my passion. My pet blog is: http://mypetplace.blogspot.com/

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Oodles of Doodles! A peek at poodle crossbreeds

Oodles of Doodles! A peek at poodle crossbreeds

by D. Robert Williams

They’re called “crossbreeds”, “hybrids”, and sometimes simply “mutts”, but offspring of mixed canine heritage have the best qualities of their purebred parents–but are healthier and more robust.

Goldendoodles

A Goldendoodle (or Golden Doodle) is a product of breeding a golden retriever with a poodle. Goldendoodles were originally bred as the perfect pet for physically challenged people who needed an assistance dog that wouldn’t agitate their allergies. The Goldendoodle’s low shedding coat and high intelligence fit the bill, and has made them a family favorite since their appearance in United States in the mid 1990’s.

Smaller Goldendoodles are considered “Miniature”, and are the product of golden retriever and minature or toy poodle parents. Weights vary from 25 to 45 pounds, far smaller than the largest standard size Goldendoodles (from standard poodle lineage) which can weigh over 75 pounds.

Colors and coats vary widely, from cream to brown to black, with poodle curls or the shaggy retriever look. No matter what the look, all goldendoodles have that ever-important low shedding coat, a sharp mind and friendly temperament.

Labradoodles

Labradoodles are the product of labrador retriever and poodle parents, and have much in common with Goldendoodles. Like the Goldendoodle, Labradoodles were bred to be low-allergen guide dogs, originating in Australia in the early 1990’s.

There are three size categories for Labradoodles, depending on parentage, ranging from the 25-pound miniature to the 75+ pound standard, with medium Labradoodles at around 50 pounds. You will find Labradoodles in a wider range of colors than Goldendoodles: white, cream, tan, coffee, brown, red, grey, or black. Their coats are a little shorter at 3-4″, but the same varying texture.

Both of these poodle crossbreeds are remarkably fit, showing none of the major health concerns of their purebred parents, and a life expectancy of 13-15 years.

Other Poodle Crossbreeds

Hybrids from poodles of varying sizes include:

Schnoodle = Schnauzer + Poodle
Cockapoo = Cocker Spaniel + Poodle
Chi-Poo = Chihuahua + Poodle
Doodleman Pinscher = Doberman + Poodle
English Boodle = English Bulldog + Poodle
Eskapoo = American Eskimo Dog + Poodle
Lhasapoo = Lhasa Apso + Poodle
Pekepoo = Pekingese + Poodle
Pomapoo = Pomeranian + Poodle
Pugapoo = Pug + Poodle
Saint Berdoodle = Saint Bernard + Poodle
Schnoodle = Schnauzer + Poodle
Scoodle = Scottish Terrier + Poodle
Weimardoodle = Weimaraner + Poodle

Note: One crossbred pup left off this list is the popular and comical Puggle, which is often mistaken for a pug/poodle mix, but is actually the offspring of pug and beagle parents.

About the Author

Considering a goldendoodle or labradoodle? Search for breeders by location, breed, and dog size, then compare breeder prices and policies at: DoodleFinder http://www.doodlefinder.com – The online database of USA labradoodle and goldendoodle breeders.

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