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A poodle mix might be the perfect choice if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic, intelligent, friendly, loyal, and affectionate pet. Poodle mixes, or doodles, are designer dogs that cross between a poodle and another breed, resulting in a unique blend of characteristics that make them great family pets. 

Poodles, which contribute half of the genetic material to these dog mixes, are available in three different sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. The standard poodles typically have a weight range of 45 to 70 pounds, while the miniature ones weigh around 15 to 18 pounds, and the toy poodles are the lightest, weighing between 4 and 6 pounds.

The size of the doodle can vary greatly depending on the size of the other breed involved in the mix. Moreover, doodles are easily trainable, regardless of size or mix. 

Poodles have a distinct curly coat that sheds minimally, making them a popular choice for people with allergies. They come in many colors, including black, white, brown, gray, apricot, and red, and the color of their round, expressive eyes is typically related to the color of their coat. For example, black, blue, gray, silver, cream, and white poodles usually have dark amber eyes, while brown and cafe-au-lait poodles have lighter-colored eyes. 

So, what happens when poodles are crossed with another all-time favorite breed? Here’s a look at nine of the most popular Poodle mixes and why they’re so beloved. 


Cavapoo puppies up for adoption are a mix between a Miniature Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are friendly and an excellent choice for families with children. Cavapoos are also hypoallergenic, which is ideal for families with allergies. Their small size and adaptable nature make them great for apartment living. 


Mix a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, and you get a Labradoodle. They are intelligent, friendly, and energetic, making them great companions for active families. Labradoodles are known for their friendly and outgoing nature, which they inherited from their Labrador parent. Their poodle genes give them a hypoallergenic coat-perfect for asthmatics and allergy sufferers.


Cross a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, and you get the lovable Goldendoodle. Like most poodle mixes, they are affectionate and easy to train, making them great family pets and therapy dogs. Goldendoodles are also hypoallergenic, making them a healthy choice for families with a strong history of allergies.


The Bernedoodle, a hybrid breed resulting from crossing a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle, could be an ideal choice if you’re fond of dogs that are not only large but also have laid-back and endearing personalities. 


The Shih-poo is a hybrid breed formed by mating a Shih Tzu with a Toy or Miniature Poodle. This dog’s coat could either be the crimped fur of a Poodle or the long, straight coat of a Shih Tzu, but it invariably has an irresistible adoring look and a solid build. 

For those who love toy dogs with cute, baby-like expressions, it’s hard to pick between a Shih-poo and other toy breed poodle mixes such as the Maltipoo (Maltese cross), Pomapoo (Pomeranian cross), Schnoodle (Schnauzer cross), Cockapoodle (Cocker Spaniel cross), Yorkipoo (Yorkshire cross), and a Poochons (Bichon Frise cross). 

All these hybrids are fluffy, lively, and playful, making them great companions. They are lively and playful, but also love to be lap dogs and enjoy cuddling with you. 


For those who love big, goofy dogs, look no further than the Newfypoo, a Newfoundland and Poodle cross. One of the largest mixed breeds, tipping the scales anywhere from 70 to 150 pounds, they are loving, playful, and docile. They make excellent family pets, provided they have ample space for physical activity and their owners are prepared for their large appetites. 


This Australian Shepherd mix got the intelligence, energy, and agility of its Shepherd ancestors, so it’s not surprising that they are often used as working or therapy dogs. Be sure you are up for the exercise, as Aussiedoodles love the outdoors. Fortunately, they don’t shed as much and require very little grooming. 


The Sheepadoodle is the result of an Old English Sheepdog crossed with a Poodle. The Sheepadoodle is a gentle giant; They’re cherished for their friendly nature, intelligence, and fluffy coats. 


If you prefer calm over enthusiastic and want a huggable chunk of dog, the Pyredoodle, a Great Pyrenees cross, may be your perfect match. Their family-oriented and pleasing demeanor often translates into a protective instinct for their human families-all 100 pounds of it. 

Poodle mixes have a unique blend of characteristics from both breeds, making them unique and interesting pets – and suitable for the variety of lifestyles and personalities of their fur parents. Each poodle mix has a unique temperament that is influenced by the breed of the other parent. For example, a Goldendoodle is friendly, affectionate, and social, while a Sheepadoodle is loyal, intelligent, and protective. 


Poodle mixes are great for families looking for a hypoallergenic, intelligent, and affectionate pet. The nine most popular poodle mixes that make great family pets are Cavapoo, Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Bernedoodle, Pyredoodle, Sheepadoodle, Shih-poo, Newfypoo, and Aussiedoodle. Consider adopting one of these breeds for your family today.

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