Mixed breeds are among some of the cutest pups out there. Mixes that include poodle genes are not only adorable but have lots of benefits. Let’s take a look at some facts about poodles, shall we?

Temperament

They are among the lightest shedding and hypoallergenic breeds there are out there. They are obedient and agile, highly trainable and peaceful. They tend to be accepting of other animals in the house and can generally get along with them and children. They thrive on attention, which means they might need more of it or separation anxiety could develop very easily amongst this breed.

Poodles come in three sizes, the standard (45-70lbs), the miniature (12-20 lbs) and the toy (5-7lbs). Poodles are actually medium to large dogs, something a lot of people don’t realize. The smaller sizes came about through breeding. The smaller options tend to be more aggressive towards people who are not family members, so a firm hand in training may be needed. Early socialization with other humans and dogs could ease this process.

It may be hard to believe that Poodles are hunting dogs. For this reason, they require a sufficient amount of exercise and training to be content. In general, they are good family dogs and live relatively long lives compared to the average breed.

Care & Health

A Poodle’s coat has a tendency to mat, so it’s best to invest in a proper dog comb to prevent this from happening. Regular clipping is required to keep their coats neat, we’d recommend every 4-6 weeks. As for regular maintenance, daily brushing is recommended to remove any loose hair, dirt or mats.

Generally speaking, mixed breeds get the best of both worlds. They have stronger immune systems and some health issues have possibly been ‘bred out’. Inbreeding is very common among standard sized poodles, which opens the doors to lots of health issues such as eye, skin, digestive, immune system diseases and more.

History

Young poodle playing ball

Poodles are actually of German origin, despite being commonly associated with France. Poodles are actually hunting dogs, which explain their high need for exercise. They eventually branched out into performing dogs due to their exceptional intelligence. The Poodles today can actually work as guide dogs for the blind and even as police dogs.

The Most Popular Poodle Mixes

1. Labradoodle

The main purpose of this cross breeding was to produce a perfect pup that could be a guide dog and has hypoallergenic qualities. Taking on the affectionate, sociable and smart characteristics of both parents, the Labradoodle is a very popular choice! Just like they take on the benefits of both dog parents, they might also inherit health problems such as eye disorders and hip and joint issues, which can be combatted with Glucosamine.

2. Goldendoodle

Here we have a mix of the Golden Retriever with a Poodle. It has similar characteristics to the Labradoodle and can also be a sniffer dog at airports, a guide dog, service dog and/or therapy dog. They are very affectionate, and friendly. The Goldendoodle might suffer from large breed issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia and a greater risk to develop bloat.

3. Cockapoo

Overall, the Cockapoo is known to be an extremely friendly and happy dog that’s very sociable. Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are more prone to lymphoma and melanoma, which increases the possibility of your precious Cockapoo having these hereditary diseases. But don’t fret, Cockapoos have quite a long life span ranging from 14-18 years!

4. Pomapoo

Just look at this precious little pup! This cross between the Pomeranian and Toy Poodle is the most adorable one yet! The size is one thing we can be sure of with this mix, they won’t exceed 10 lbs. It doesn’t matter which parent they take after, because no matter what, your dog will be loving and loyal with cuteness that’s off the charts. They are very trainable and intelligent little fur babies. For both the parent breeds, eye issues are something to look out for.

5. Yorkipoo

Another adorable mix, the Yorkipoo comes from a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy Poodle. They are small bundles of energy and joy that constantly seek your attention. They don’t need much exercise and are highly-intelligent dogs. Hyper and loving little furballs, these pups will brighten up your day. Both parents may suffer from joint disorders like patellar luxation, in which the kneecap dislocates easily, so avoid having them jump from high places.

Conclusion

Mixed breeds have a lot of advantages over purebred dogs. Some may contend that mixed breeds ‘soil’ the pure bloodline that breeders work so hard to keep, but there are a ton of benefits we can’t ignore. Other than stronger health and immune systems, they also have a longer average lifespan.

The problem is the fact that we have no control over what traits these pups inherit. If that’s a risk you’re willing to face, a mixed breed pup, especially one that concerns a poodle, is a great choice!

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