10 Special Poodle Mixes for you to Love

Suzie and Bocker labradoodle kissing

What’s So Special About Poodles?

Poodles are generally considered one of the smartest dog breeds. They are very trainable and excel in obedience. Their low- to non-shedding coat makes poodles a great choice for those with allergies. What many don’t realize, however, is how goofy and fun poodles are. They are the clowns of the dog world. When bred with another dog breed, the results can be outstanding as they can end up with the best traits of each breed.

Here are just 10 Designer Dog Mixes of Poodles that we are sure will tickle your fancy.

What is a Goldendoodle?

Spencer Doodle smiling in leaves

Spencer Doodle

The Goldendoodle is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.  They can come in different sizes depending upon which size Poodle is used in the breeding process.  This is a mix of 2 breeds that totally adore their people. They are highly sociable and loyal dogs that require lots of love and affection.  They delight at being the center of attention, and thrive when they get it!  They are exceptionally intelligent and quite easily trained.  Their intelligence will often entertain you as they figure out ways to get your attention like stealing household items just to make you chase them.  They have a wonderfully well-balanced temperament that makes them perfect for families with children.   A fantastic family dog.  They fare well with even the smallest of children, seeming to understand they should be extra gentle and careful around them.  Spencer is a  GoldenDoodle Rescue success story we featured in our Rescues Rock series 

What is a Labradoodle?

Bocker Labradoodle fights Cancer

Bocker Labradoodle

A Labradoodle is a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They have a quiet and loyal personality, and seem to be friendly with everybody.  Most are wonderful with children and make great all around family pets.  They are very intelligent and eager to please which makes them very trainable.  They love water and most are naturally strong swimmers.

What is an Aussiedoodle or Aussiepoo?

An Aussiedoodle is a mix between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle.  They can range in size and weight depending which size Australian Shepherd and which size Poodle is used for breeding (both breeds come in three sizes).  Their variety of colours and their soft, silky coat make them quite beautiful and unique.  Their eye shade is most commonly golden brown in colour but can also be dark brown, green, or blue.  Aussiedoodles are very intelligent dogs and can be easily trained. They seem to thrive in an environment where they are challenged.  They are generally very family oriented and make an excellent family pet as they prove to be very tolerant with small children, and other pets.  They have a playful, sweet, and social nature and they tend to be friendly with everyone. Aussiedoodles tend to have a lot of energy so best suited to an active family. They’re just not your typical couch potato.

What is a Bernedoodle?

Roxie the Bernadoodle

Roxie the Bernedoodle

The Bernedoodle, also known as the Bernese Mountain Poo, is a combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. This hybrid blends the cleverness of the poodle with the placid loyalty of the Bernese.  They are most commonly described as happy, goofy, smart, charming, curious, friendly, social, enthusiastic, cuddly, and loving.  What’s more, the Bernedoodle is low- to non-shedding, and is a safe bet for most people with allergies. Bernedoodles tend to be quite similar to Goldendoodles in nature, with the most notable difference being that the Bernedoodle can be headstrong but with age comes calm and relaxed demeanour.

What is a Schnoodle?

Jynx the happy schnoodle

Jynx the Schnoodle

The Schnoodle, a cross between a Schnauzer and Poodle is very loyal to his family, affectionate and easy to train but that schnauzer stubborn streak can rear its ugly head. They are  extremely intelligent, friendly, fun loving, with plenty of personality! They are good with children and get along fine with other animals. They are great watchdogs because they will let you know when someone is near, but they are non-aggressive.. They love car rides. This great companion dog excels in obedience, agility, Flyball and makes an excellent therapy dogs, but they are first and foremost a loyal and loving companion!

What is a Cockapoo?

Mercy Cockapoo on couch

Mercy the Cockapoo

A mix between a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, this mix is very outgoing and people oriented and make fantastic family dogs.  They are wonderful with children and are very affectionate to their family members.  They can be quite energetic which can be inherited from the poodle, and they will thrive with regular exercise such as a daily walk, or a run in the back yard. Cockapoos are very easy to train due to their intelligence and inquisitive nature.  The coat of the Cockapoo will vary from dog to dog since they may inherit more or less of each of the coats from either the Spaniel or the Poodle.  A great benefit of the Cockapoo is that it is low to non-shedding allowing its owners to enjoy the plushness of the attractive, long coat without the clean-up of the hair.

What is a Maltipoo?

Maya the maltipoo ready for action

Maya the Maltipoo

Maltipoos are a popular cross between a Maltese and Miniature Poodle. True to their parent breeds, Maltipoos are affectionate and gentle. They make super companions for empty-nesters and are excellent therapy dogs. A well-bred, well-raised Maltipoo should be friendly, people oriented, and easy to train — and just a little bit of a mischief-maker and comedian. This crossbreed is the perfect dog for first-time dog owners or for those living in small spaces with little or no yards, such as an apartment or a condo.  Herman is a local instagram star we adore!

What is a Bihpoo?

bella the bihpoo

Bella the Bihpoo

A Bih Poo (also known as Poochon, Bichpoo, Bichon Poodle) is a mix between a Bichon Frise, and toy or miniature Poodle.  On the smaller side, they weigh anywhere from 6 – 18 pounds.  They are another of the poodle mixes that do well for people with allergies. They are highly intelligent, affectionate and loyal, easily trained and love to learn new tricks.  Though small in size, they make great watch dogs with their alert bark.  They are quite playful, but not overly energetic, and require only moderate exercise. They can adjust to all types of living and are suitable for the apartment dweller as well as a family.  Their sweet, and friendly temperament allows them to get on well with children and other pets.  A true cuddler and family pet.

What is a Yorkie Poo?

Girl with Toy Yorkie Poo

A Yorkie Poo is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a toy or miniature Poodle. They usually get along quite well with other dogs, do well with children although because of their smaller size, they may fare better with older children. They do make a great family pet.  Small in size and requiring only moderate exercise they also do well in condos or apartments.  Although they are small in stature they have been described as being good watch dogs.  They are very intelligent, at times stubborn, and can be slightly difficult to housebreak.  However, with proper training and patience they eventually learn exactly what is expected of.  With their sweet temperament, photogenic look and portability, they are quickly becoming one of the more popular designer dogs of today.

Do you have a Poodle Mix you’d love to share with us?  A story, a picture or both!  We’d love to hear from you.

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