6 Doodle Mixes and What Makes Them Unique

Poodle mixes (Doodles) come in a variety of colors and sizes. But which one best meets your needs? Here, we profile some popular Poodle combinations.

Dec 25, 2023byThalia Oosthuizen
doodle mixes and what makes them unique

The world has gone dog-crazy, and everyone wants a designer puppy. So, breeders are taking the ever-popular Poodle and combining it with other desirable breeds, from Bernese Mountain Dogs to Labrador Retrievers. Many people call these mixes “Doodles.”

While the Poodle brings all the cuteness you could ever want into the mix, but what about the other half? Which Doodle mix is the best for you? Which one will be the unique addition that your household needs? Read on to learn more.

1. Labradoodle: Friendly and Smart

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Wally Conron is the genius behind the Labradoodle. In the late 20th century, he sought a smart and happy dog––one that combined the well-known intelligence of the Poodle with a dog that could lick your face off with its friendliness. The Labrador was the perfect choice. The result was remarkable, and Wally created one of the most popular Doodle mixes.

These friendly furry friends quickly became popular as therapy and assistance dogs. Their nature suits the role just right. They have such a gentle demeanor that you can’t help feeling soothed around them. Add to that the fact that their coats are hypoallergenic, and they don’t shed as much. These loving, good-natured dogs are the perfect pets for families with allergy concerns.

2. Goldendoodle: A Golden Choice

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With coats that remind you of sunsets, this Golden Retriever and Poodle mix may be the most beautiful of the Doodles. Wavy, low-shedding coats with a golden hue are the trademark of the Goldendoodle and give them a visual charm that is hard to match.

But these Doodles are not just family pets; they are companions that bring joy and affection. As puppies, they form very strong bonds with their human family. Bonds that will last a lifetime.

Goldendoodles are also very adaptable dogs. So, whether in a large family house with a big backyard or a cramped apartment, your Goldendoodle will love you regardless. They simply adjust to their surroundings. And children? No problem! Their innate playfulness makes them one of the pack.

3. Cockapoo: The Perfect Companion

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The “forever young” dog! These little puppies are so cute and such charmers that you won’t notice them aging, and they will always be the small-sized dogs that first stole your heart. The Cocker Spaniel Poodle mix has such an affectionate disposition and friendly nature that they easily fit into families of all sizes.

Cockapoos are playful, joyful, and warm dogs perfect for families looking for a loyal companion. They are also social butterflies – always seeking human interaction. Once you have a Cockapoo, you will never walk alone again. You will have an amenable and easily manageable four-legged friend for life.

4. Bernedoodle: Majesty and Grace

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The word “majestic” comes to mind when you think of this Doodle mix. And no wonder, with a combination of a classic Poodle and the regal Bernese Mountain Dog, how could you think anything other than majestic?

This gentle giant breed has an incredibly gentle temperament that can sometimes belie its size. Though this is generally one of the larger doodle breeds, they do come in different sizes, and you can find a Bernedoodle that will fit into your life, no matter how limited your space may be. In black, white, and brown hues, you can find a pet that fits into your life aesthetically. A dog with substance and style, this dog breed has become a trendy choice for dog lovers.

Bernedoodle pups are also hypoallergenic, and with minimal shedding, they won’t cause any problems for families that may have sensitivities. So, feel free to cuddle on the couch with this fiercely loyal fluff ball.

5. Aussiedoodle: Endless Energy

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If you’re a fan of outdoor sports, running, jumping, and chasing, the Aussiedoodle is your dog. These spirited animals are well known for their agility and excel in various breed-specific sports. It helps that they are also highly intelligent (thanks to their Poodle lineage), so they take easily to new tricks. You’ll have your pup fetching, rolling over, and playing dead in no time.

This spirited Doodle amalgamates the Australian Shepherd and Poodle and is the perfect fit for a very active family. It’s not a good idea to leave this dog cooped inside a small apartment, as it prefers the freedom of a large backyard or open field. You best prepare for numerous daily walks if you are in an apartment.

These dogs thrive on mental and physical stimulation and must be kept busy. Perfect if you have a couple of active children running around! They are also very affectionate, making them even more perfect to help raise the kids.

6. Sheepadoodle: Serene and Tranquil

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A union between the Old English Sheepdog and Poodle brought forth the most serene dog you’ll ever encounter. Even their soft, curly coats bring comfort to their masters. If peace and tranquility are what you’re looking for, then look no further than this Doodle mix.

As with most Doodle breeds, the Sheepadoodle is hypoallergenic and can easily fit into the lives of even the most allergic dog owners. With minimal shedding, you won’t mind if your furry friend makes himself comfortable all over your furniture, genuinely becoming part of the family.

Because of the gentle nature of this dog, it’s suited to adults who may find that they are past their running and jumping days, and looking for a relatively quiet dog breed. Sheepadoodles have the same intelligence as the other Doodle breeds, without the chaotic energy that is better suited to families with kids.

There’s a Doodle Mix for Everyone

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Loyalty, agility, energy, or serenity. Whatever it is that you’re looking for in a pet, one of the Doodles will deliver. And they will deliver in spades. These lovable little pups come in all shapes and sizes, and you’re sure to fit one that can integrate into your life seamlessly. From family friends to emotional support companions, Doodle mixes offer it all.

Thalia Oosthuizen
byThalia Oosthuizen

Thalia has been a freelance writer for over a decade and a dog (and animal) lover for over 30 years. She grew up on a farm where, at one stage, she had 15 dogs. She currently has one dog, Avery - an adorable pavement special with an extra toe on each foot, and two rescue cats - Boris and Mango. In her spare time, Thalia enjoys running, cycling, swimming, and reading