Poodle mixes are some of the most popular mixed breed dogs of all. Learn about some of the most common mixes you're likely to encounter.
Why Are There So Many Poodle Crossbreeds?
Whenever there's a discussion about the top family dog breeds, Poodles always make the list. These canines are a perennial favorite with dog lovers, and it's no wonder. They are intelligent, cooperative and always ready to have some fun. They are also incredibly loyal and affectionate toward their families, and they tend to get along well with other breeds. These dogs also come in a wide variety of solid colors. Add to this the fact that Poodles are available in three sizes of Toy, Miniature and Standard, so there's a perfect companion for everyone.
Another plus for this breed is the fact that they don't shed fur in the traditional sense, and many people consider these dogs to be hypoallergenic. However, their continuously growing coats are prone to matting, so it's important to keep them brushed and trimmed to look their best. This is actually another attractive feature for many dog owners who enjoy the Poodle's signature poofs and top knot, but there are numerous fashionable trims any dog groomer can provide.
With so many positive traits going for them, it's no surprise that Poodles are used in a number of crossbreeds, aka "designer breeds." There are actually dozens of Poodle mixes, but here are a few of the best loved and best known.
List of Popular Poodle Mixes
Some of these designer breeds are bound to be familiar to you by now, but there may be one or two on the list that you haven't heard of before. Be aware that since Poodles do come in three sizes, the size of the resulting mixes depends largely on the size of Poodle involved in the breeding. Also note that most mixed breeds do not achieve uniform size or appearance in a first generation cross, so litter mates can look quite different from one another.
- Cockapoo - This is perhaps the king of all the Poodle crossbreeds. How can you lose with a combination of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle?
- Goldendoodle - These dogs are a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle.
- Labradoodle - This mix is a combination of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle.
- Schnoodle - Cross a Schnauzer with a Poodle and you have a Schnoodle. Both parent breeds come in three sizes, so you can choose a small, medium or large Schnoodle.
- Maltipoo - These cute little dogs are a cross between the Toy Poodle and a Maltese.
- Pekepoo - Here, the Pekingese is crossed with a Toy Poodle. These dogs are also known as Peek-A-Poos.
- Pomapoo - This mix is a combination of the Poodle and the Pomeranian.
- Shihpoo - Mix a Poodle and a Shih Tzu, and you have the Shihpoo.
- Westiepoo - This dog is a mix of the West Highland White Terrier and the Poodle.
- Yorkiepoo - The Yorkiepoo is a mix of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Toy Poodle.
Should You Choose a Poodle Crossbreed?
Some people prefer purebred dogs to mixed breeds, while other people feel that crossbreeding helps decrease the risk of producing offspring with hereditary illnesses and conditions for which particular breeds are known.
When all is said and done, a dog is simply a dog, and every dog deserves a loving home with care givers who can provide for that dog's needs. If one of these Poodle mixes appeals to you and you can provide that loving home, by all means, bring that dog into your life.