When it comes to dogs, there are a lot of choices to make. If you’ve narrowed it down to poodles or doodles, this article by professional pet boarder Sunny C, will give you insider tips to help you make the best decision. Both breeds have their pros and cons, and it can be tough to decide which one to pick as the newest member of your family.
Starting with the Conclusion
Sunny’s quick synopsis of the Poodle vs Doodle Dog controversy is this. A lot of people want a doodle because they are cute and hypoallergenic. But, the problem with the doodle is that it’s basically a really expensive mutt. There is nothing wrong with a mutt! They just shouldn’t be outrageously priced with no health testing.
While the poodle is a breed that’s been around for years, many people are mesmerized by the great marketing the doodle dogs get. So, it can be confusing and many buyers just don’t realize that all the qualities they want in a doodle are actually in a poodle! You don’t have to cut a poodle’s hair into the shape that you see in pictures or normally associate with a poodle. Let the poodle’s hair grow out longer and magically, it looks just like a doodle.
A poodle is actually a lot smarter than a doodle. Doodles are great dogs— the issue is that there is no consistency. Some doodles have curly hair, some straight. Some are smarter than others. Some doodles are 80lbs and some are 40lbs. With a poodle, you know what you are getting. With a doodle dog, it’s a gamble because you can’t anticipate what the mixed breed is going to grow up to look like.
Now Let’s Dig into Some Details
What is the difference between a poodle and a doodle dog breed?
A poodle comes in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard) and each size can have a different coat type ranging from short to corded. Poodles are known to be hypoallergenic because they do not shed much and produce minimal dander.
Poodle Characteristics :
Poodles are very intelligent and have high energy levels. They need regular mental stimulation to stay content and can be trained for agility, retrieving, and other fun activities. They’re also known to be good watchdogs because they alert owners to unfamiliar sounds or visitors.
Doodle Dog Characteristics:
Doodle dogs are generally a mix between poodles and other breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Cocker Spaniels. They all have hypoallergenic coats that don’t shed much and can range in size from tiny to very large. Doodles tend to be more mellow than poodles.
Which type of dog is better for your family – a poodle or a doodle dog breed?
Ultimately, the decision comes down to what kind of lifestyle your family lives and which type of dog best fits in. If you’re looking for a high-energy pup that’s good for agility, competitions, and other activities, a poodle could be the better choice. If you want an intelligent, but mellower pet that’s good for cuddling, a doodle might be better.
As Sunny mentioned, if you’re paying the price of a purebred dog, just know that that’s not what you’re getting with the doodle. It’s also super important to ask the seller for health testing or to have it done independently. This can be very expensive, thus Sunny’s advice that maybe a doodle dog shouldn’t be as high-priced as they typically are.
No matter which breed you choose, both the poodle and the doodle dog can make great additions to the family if given enough love, exercise, and attention. Whichever you choose will be sure to bring lots of joy into your home.