What is a doodle?
In short, a doodle is a cross between an poodle and some other dog breed. Some of the most popular ones are Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Sheepadoodles and Bernedoodles. Doodles aren’t technically a breed, they are mixes. They are not a recognized pedigree by the AKC since they are not purebred, but the AKC does have the Canine Partners Program that allows them to be registered members.
Doodles can make great pets for most families and have seen a rise in popularity in recent years. But why?
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When explaining why the doodle seems to be the pet of choice for so many, we can also answer why they make great pets. The number one answer for their popularity is – they make great family pets. They are laid-back, friendly, kind-natured, smart, cute and quite loveable. Not to mention that the different mixes lead to different size dogs. So you can find one that fits into your size lifestyle!
It is also well-known that doodle mixes tend to shed a lot less than other dogs. This keep allergens down as the dander has less chance of shedding off the dog and into your house. Therefore they have a reputation of being less-allergenic than most dogs. Although no dog is truly “hypoallergenic”, those of us with dog allergies tend to have better luck having a doodle in the house.
Who is the ideal family for a doodle?
The answer to this question can rely heavily on the type of doodle mix you are considering. Remember a doodle is a mix and therefore you have to take the other half of the genetic make-up into consideration. But for the most part, doodles are good for families that are active, involved and want a dog that will be an integral part of their family. Doodles are pretty high-energy dogs and need a lot of exercise on a regular basis. They are better suited for families who like to take their dog places with them on adventures. Maintaining a regular routine of exercise and focused activities to keep their keen minds from getting themselves into mischief, is what doodles crave. Not to mention, you need to be willing to brush and groom your doodle’s locks on a regular basis.
Can I afford a doodle?
Maybe. Doodles were originally bred to be service dogs, and they make great ones! But they are a popular dog and therefore can be expensive, anywhere from $2,000 – $4,000. Breeders are pretty easy to find with a simple online search. But buyer beware! Watch out for doodle scams when looking to bring one into your family. As puppies, some mixes can look like doodle mixes and be sold as doodle mixes, but aren’t really. Do your research and find a reputable breeder in your area. Talk to others in the dog industry, don’t just rely on the internet.