In all of their different forms, “Doodles” are one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. Thanks to their poodle-mix heritage, they come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and temperaments. But, with so many different types to choose from, finding the best fit for you and your family can be a confusing thing to work out.
Below, we’ll take a look at 10+ popular and rare types of doodle dogs you need to know about. Some of these you’ll have heard of before, while others will be brand new discoveries! In the end, you’ll have a much better idea of what type of doodle is the best choice for you.
Some Facts About Doodles
Before we start looking at all of the weird and wonderful members of the Doodle family, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about them. These are more than just fun facts, though. Giving a little thought to each of these could help you when it comes to deciding whether any type of Doodle is the right choice for your home.
- Doodles require frequent grooming: Doodles are a low-shedding dog. While this is ideal for keeping more fur on the dog and less on your furniture, it does mean that they require frequent grooming. This means you’ll have to factor in the expense of having this done. Of course, you could always groom them yourself, but this requires time and patience!
- They aren’t 100% hypoallergenic: While the majority of Doodles are hypoallergenic, and the first ever Doodle in existence was bred to be a hypoallergenic service dog, it doesn’t mean you won’t be allergic to them. If you’re particularly sensitive to pet dander, even a Doodle’s hair could cause an allergic reaction to flare up.
- Doodles can be expensive: This is especially true for miniature Doodle breeds. In the first instance, you should always rescue a dog from an animal shelter. But, if you’re trying to keep your costs as low as possible, you’re better off choosing a larger Doodle breed.
This designer doodle is one of the rarer types on our list. The Aussiedoodle first came into existence a few decades ago and, as its name suggests, it initially gained popularity in Australia before it was known anywhere else.
The heritage of an Aussiedoodle is a mixture of an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. Their rarity makes them quite difficult to find at an animal shelter so, if you’re certain that an Aussiedoodle is the right Doodle for you, you’ll have to spend some time looking into specialist breeders.
You’ll also have to be prepared to pay the price that comes with such a rare, designer breed of dog.
The Aussiedoodle has a little something from each parent in its coat, but it will feature more of one than the other. This means that some can have coats that are short and straight, while others have wavy, curled coats that look more like a Poodle’s.
One thing to note, however, is that in both cases the nature of an Ausiedoodle’s coat means that it is much more suited to living in cooler climates. If the weather gets too hot, an Aussiedoodle can become overheated very quickly.
As with most types of Doodle, the size and weight of an Aussiedoodle can be quite different between lineages and will ultimately depend on the size and weight of the Poodle parent. For instance, a Standard Aussiedoodle will weigh in at around 45lbs – 70lbs.
However, if the parentage of the Aussiedoodle was half Australian Shepherd and half Toy Poodle, you’ll actually have a Mini Aussiedoodle that will weigh around 26lbs (up to 45lbs).
Aussiedoodles take after their Australian Shepherd parent more in terms of their color. They come in red, blue, and black varieties, and will very rarely be a solid color like their Poodle parent.
It is also possible for an entire litter of Aussiedoodles to look completely different from each other, and each might have its own colors. However, the one thing that always remains the same is that you’ll find it extremely difficult to find an Aussiedoodle that is just one color all over.
Both Australian Shepherds and Poodles are known for their intelligence. And, when you mix them together, you end up with an extremely intelligent dog. They’re also playful and very loyal to their owner and family.
They do need a lot of exercise, though. After all, one of their parents is designed to herd sheep, so they have a built-in instinct to run for miles. So, if you’re thinking that an Aussiedoodle is the perfect dog for your family, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the time and resources to help them burn off that excess energy.
The Bernadoodle is another relatively new crossbreed to the Doodle family and, as such, there aren’t that many of them in the world. This makes it one of the rarer breeds on our list.
Its heritage is a mixture of a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle. But what characteristics does each breed lend to its offspring? Let’s find out!
A Bernadoodle will usually inherit its coat type from just one of its parents.
It can have a long, wavy coat like that of its Poodle parent, or it can have long, thick, luxurious hair like that of its Bernese Mountain Dog heritage.
There are actually three different sizes of Bernedoodle; the Toy Bernedoodle, the Mini Bernedoodle, the Standard Bernedoodle. And, as you might expect from these size differences, each of them weighs in differently too.
A Toy Bernedoodle can weigh anywhere between 18lbs – 23lbs. The Mini Bernedoodle weighs in at double this amount, starting at 24lbs and going up to 50lbs. If you’re thinking of getting a Standard Bernedoodle, however, you’ll need to be strong enough to handle a dog that weighs up to 100lbs!
As with most Doodles, the size and weight of a Bernedoodle ultimately depends on the Poodle parent. If it was a Toy or Miniature Poodle, it’ll be a Toy or Miniature Bernedoodle. If it was a Standard Poodle, you’ll get a Standard Bernedoodle.
When it comes to their color, a Bernedoodle tends to follow its Bernese Mountain Dog lineage. They typically have a tri-color coat with a mixture of black, white, and brown patches throughout.
It’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever find a Bernedoodle that is one solid color, as this is something that they simply don’t inherit from their Poodle ancestry.
For the most part, a Bernedoodle will follow in the footsteps of its gentle giant Bernese Mountain Dog parent. They are mild-mannered and have a fierce sense of loyalty to their owner and family.
They do need a fair amount of exercise, but nowhere near as much as some of the more energetic Doodle breeds such as Aussiedoodles and Cockapoos. If you’re looking for a loyal, family dog that would enjoy walks rather than running around, the Bernedoodle is a great choice.
Cavoodles are one of the most popular types of Doodle and, just like their Aussiedoodle cousin, they first rose to fame in Australia.
In fact, they were first bred here in the 1990s and are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.
As with all Doodles, Cavoodles are classified as a low-shedding dog breed. However, depending on their coat type, it’s not uncommon to still expect a little shedding from time to time.
There are three different coat types you’ll find across the Cavoodle category:
- Hair: A cavoodle with hair will take more after its Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent and, because of this, it will have a slightly scruffy appearance. It will also be more prone to shedding.
- Fleece: Cavoodles with a fleece coat will have soft, wavy fur that is a mixture of both parents.
- Wool: If a cavoodle has short, tight curls it will have a ‘wool’ coat. It will have inherited this from its Poodle parent.
As always, you should visit an animal shelter first when you’re looking for a Cavoodle. However, if you have a preference for a specific coat type, you’ll need to reach out to specialist breeders to see what’s available.
Cavoodles are one of the smaller Doodle breeds. As such, they don’t weigh very much at all and will usually hit between 10lbs – 25lbs on the scales.
This makes them a great choice for smaller homes, or for anybody that would like to be able to pick their dog up easily when necessary.
Unlike a lot of Doodles, a Cavoodle may take its coloring from either of its parents. They can be black, brown, tan, cream, or golden.
Some may even have distinctive markings placed throughout their coat.
There are two things you need to know about Cavoodles; they are very needy and they have loads of energy. This makes them a great choice for family homes with children, where they can be doted on and they can join in with any energetic games.
Despite their size, they have quite a large appetite, but this is mostly because they spend so much time running around and burning off energy.
Their small size makes them a good choice for smaller homes, too. However, one thing that you need to consider is that they do have a tendency to bark. This is something that you’ll really need to think about if you live in an apartment or in attached housing, as you don’t want to create a disturbance to your neighbors.
Their neediness also means that there’s a strong chance they could develop separation anxiety if left alone, even for a short period of time. To stop this from happening, it’s important that you train them how to spend quality time by themselves from a young age.
Cockapoos are one of the oldest types of Doodle in the world, and they have been around since the 1960s when a breeder first mixed a Cocker Spaniel with a Poodle. They are fairly small, so they’re suitable for most house sizes.
However, Cockapoos are notoriously energetic, so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the time to give them the exercise they need every day.
A Cockapoo’s coat will usually be a blend of both of its Cocker Spaniel and Poodle heritage, displaying tight curls that are a medium length.
Cockapoos also have “merle” in their coats. This is a genetic pattern that creates a random, mottled appearance throughout.
Usually, only Toy and Miniature Poodles are used to crossbreed Cockapoos. And, since a Cocker Spaniel is a relatively small dog, the resulting offspring grows into a fairly small adult dog.
With this in mind, a fully-grown Cockapoo will normally weigh in anywhere between 12lbs – 24lbs.
Like a Poodle, a Cockapoo will usually only be one solid color. They do borrow a color palette from both parents though, and they can be brown, tan, black, or white.
If you look closely, you may see slight shade differences throughout the coat, but they very rarely stray outside the same color.
Intelligent and friendly, Cockapoos inherit the best traits from each of their parents. They are great with children too, so they are an excellent choice for family homes.
As we’ve mentioned previously, however, they are extremely energetic. This means you’ll need to make sure they are well exercised and well socialized on a daily basis.
Doxiepoos are a breed of Doodle that you might be unfamiliar with. They are a cross between a Dachshund (Wiener Dog) and either a Miniature or Toy Poodle.
As you can imagine, this makes them quite a small breed so they are a good choice for smaller homes. However, there are some things you need to consider before adopting a Doxiepoo.
A Doxiepoo’s coat type can vary quite a bit between litters and it can resemble either or both of their parents. They can be long, short, curly, wavy, or straight. It all depends on the parents!
Doxiepoos are considered as a non-shedding dog, however, if their coat is closer to that of their Dachshund heritage, they are more likely to shed a little during the summer months.
Doxiepoos are one of the smallest breeds of Doodle there is and, as such, they don’t weigh very much at all. You can expect an adult Doodle to weigh less than 18lbs. However, this really depends on the Poodle parent, as Doxiepoo with Miniature Poodle heritage will weigh more than one with Toy Poodle heritage.
It’s also worth noting that a Doxiepoo’s calorie intake needs to be monitored quite closely. The reason for this comes from their Dachshund lineage. Dachshunds are prone to packing on a little extra weight around their middle if they eat too much.
Doxiepoos come in a huge variety of colors, the reason being that Dachshunds also come in a huge variety of colors. Here are some colors that you can expect to see in a Doxiepoo’s coat:
- Black & White
The color and markings of each puppy can differ throughout the entire litter too, with each sibling looking completely different from one another.
Doxiepoos are highly energetic, family-friendly dogs. You don’t need to spend hours exercising them every day to burn their energy off though, as most Doxiepoos will be happy with a 60 minute walk.
They are also very intelligent but are quite stubborn when it comes to training so you’ll need to be patient and consistent. They’re incredibly wary of strangers too and have a tendency to bark as a form of defense, so as part of their training you’ll need to make sure they are well-socialized.
The Goldendoodle is a popular breed throughout America, and it’s a favorite for anybody that suffers from animal dander allergies as it has a hypoallergenic coat. It’s also quite a recent addition to the Doodle family, first appearing in 1992.
As you might have guessed from its name, the Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. This means that they are highly intelligent. But what other traits does a Goldendoodle have?
As we’ve mentioned above, the Goldendoodle has a hypoallergenic coat. This means that you can expect a very small amount of shedding, but it does have to be groomed and combed quite regularly to keep it in good condition.
It also takes after its Poodle parent more than its Golden Retriever heritage and has a wavy, curly coat that is usually no longer than 3-inches in length.
As with most Doodle breeds, the weight of a Goldendoodle will ultimately depend on the size of the Poodle used to create it. If the Goldendoodle has a Toy Poodle Parent it will weigh between 15lbs – 35lbs. It will also be known as a Miniature Goldendoodle.
A Goldendoodle with Miniature Poodle heritage will weigh between 40lbs – 50lbs. If it has a Standard Poodle parent, it will weigh anywhere between 50lbs – 90lbs.
Goldendoodles come in a few different colors including black, white, cream, and golden. However, it will usually be one solid color across its entire coat, rather than having various markings made up of different colors.
The Goldendoodle also holds a beauty secret that many humans would die for as, unlike a lot of dogs, its color will not fade or start greying as they age.
Two words sum up a Goldendoodle’s temperament; intelligent and playful. It won’t take very long to train a Goldendoodle into a well-behaved member of society, and they’ll benefit hugely from early socialization with other dogs and people.
They are also incredibly loyal and love to be around people. This makes them an excellent choice for family homes, or for a single person who is looking for a loyal companion.
If you’re looking for a pint-sized pooch, you should really consider the Havapoo. This is a massively popular breed of Doodle, and it is a mix between a Havanese and a Poodle.
It also goes by several other names including, “Havoodle”, “Havanoodle”, and “Havapoodle”.
A Havapoo will inherit its coat from either one of its parents but will be unlikely to sport a hybrid of the two. It will either have the same long, silky hair as its Havanese parent, or shorter, curly hair like their Poodle parent.
A Havapoo with longer hair will require regular grooming and brushing to keep it looking good and, most importantly, to stop it from getting tangled and matted.
Since Havapoos are so small, they really don’t weigh very much at all. When fully grown, you can expect a Havapoo to top the scales at just 13lbs.
Unlike their coat, a Havapoo will inherit its colorings from both parents. It can be a solid color all over, or it might have a multi-colored coat.
However, they tend to stick to the same color palette and are available in brown, grey, or cream. Some Havapoos may have a pure black or white coat, but these are much rarer.
Havapoos are moderately energetic which, along with their small size, makes them a good choice for apartments or smaller homes. They are also great around children so they make excellent family pets.
They might also be a good choice of dog for seniors, as their miniature size makes them unlikely to knock anybody off their feet when acting rambunctious.
It’s quite easy to train a Havapoo too as they are highly intelligent. As with all dogs, however, part of their training must include socialization with other dogs and people. If not, they could become overly protective of their owner and display aggressive behavior when confronted with an unfamiliar situation.
This is potentially the rarest breed of Doodle on our list. The Huskypoo is a cross between a Husky and a Poodle and, although they are one of the newer Doodle breeds, they are quickly gaining popularity.
This, paired with their rarity, means you might have a difficult time finding one at an animal shelter. So, if you’re certain that a Huskypoo is the dog for you, you’ll need to hunt down a specialist breeder and be prepared to pay big bucks!
It’s almost impossible to tell which type of coat an adult Huskypoo will develop as they can inherit it from either or both of their parents. They might have a thick, double-coat like their Husky parent, or a wavy, curly, non-shedding coat like their Poodle parent.
If a Huskypoo has a coat from its Husky heritage, it will have a much higher chance of shedding, particularly during the summer months. It will also require regular grooming and brushing to stop it from matting and to help keep it cool.
Since neither a Husky nor a Standard Poodle are giant dog breeds, you can expect a Huskypoo to weigh between 35lbs – 60lbs when fully grown. They will also stand at around 21-inches to 23-inches tall, making them a manageable size for most people.
A Huskypoo’s coloring will usually follow in the same line as only one of its parents. It may have those classic white, black, gray, or brown markings that a Husky has, or it may be a solid color all over like a Poodle.
It could also have an apricot or red coat, which it will have inherited from its Poodle lineage.
Despite their wolf-like appearance, just like a Husky a Huskypoo is a gentle and intelligent breed of dog.
They also have high energy levels, so they need to be in a home with somebody who has the time to help them burn off that energy.
While they may look quite similar to Goldendoodles, an Irish Doodle has its own unique personality.
Also known as “Irish Poo Setter”, “Irish Setterpoo”, and “Doodle Setter”, an Irish Doodle is a cross between an Irish Setter and a Poodle. They are also one of the rarer breeds on our list.
The Irish Doodle’s coat follows that of its Poodle heritage. It has a wavy coat that is low-shedding, but that requires regular brushing and grooming to keep it looking and feeling healthy.
Like all Doodles, the weight of an Irish Doodle will mostly depend on that of its Poodle parent.
Generally speaking, however, a fully grown Irish Doodle will usually weigh around 40lbs – 70lbs and is considered a medium-large sized dog.
Unlike its coat that sways in the favor of its Poodle parent, an Irish Dood’s color can be taken from either side of the family.
They are most commonly red or white, but they can also be found in black and cream.
Irish Doodles are an energetic breed who are good around children, and they would be perfectly suited to an active family. They are also good around other animals, so they would make an excellent addition to a multi-dog household.
When it comes to training, you may have to spend a little extra time with an Irish Doodle. While they are intelligent, they can have a tendency to follow their Irish Setter heritage and, if not trained consistently and properly, can become bored and destructive.
The most famous member of the Doodle family, the Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.
It first came onto the scene in 1955, but it wasn’t initially that popular as it can inherit its coat from its Labrador heritage, which meant trouble for anybody with dog hair allergies.
Let’s focus a little more on that potentially troublesome coat, to begin with. A Labradoodle can inherit its coat from either or both parents. It can be long and luxurious like that of a Labrador Retriever, or short and wavy like that of a Poodle. It might also be a hybrid between the two.
If a Labradoodle’s coat most closely resembles a Labrador Retriever’s, it can mean that there is a higher risk of it shedding. It will also need regular grooming to stop it from getting matted and tangled.
However, it’s closer to that of a Poodle’s coat, there is a much smaller risk of it shedding. It will still need regular grooming, but nowhere near as much as a longer coat would.
A Miniature Labradoodle who was bred using a Miniature Poodle will weigh in anywhere up to 45lbs when fully grown.
If the Labradoodle has a Standard Poodle parent, it might weigh anywhere between 50lbs – 75lbs, making it a fairly large breed but certainly not putting it in the giant category.
There can be lots of color variations between each puppy in a litter of Labradoodles. Black, chocolate, gold, red, and silver are all common colors.
You might also find a Labradoodle with a blue-colored coat, but these are much rarer. Some Labradoodles also have particolored coats.
Labradoodles are sociable and affectionate dogs, making them a great choice for family homes. They are also very intelligent and they pick up new skills quickly, making them really easy to train.
Like most Doodle breeds, a Labradoodle requires a good amount of daily exercise to burn off excess energy, keep it healthy, and stop it from becoming bored and destructive.
Another smaller breed of Doodle, the Maltipoo is a cross between a Maltese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. The result is a dog that is perfectly sized for smaller homes or apartments, and one that will fit perfectly into your lap for a cuddle!
A Maltipoo completely loses its Maltese heritage when it comes to its coat type, and will have short, wavy, curly hair. They are also a low-shedding dog, making them a great choice for anybody that suffers from pet dander allergies.
The tiny size of a Maltipoo means that they don’t weigh very much, tipping the scales at just 10lbs on average.
It’s more common to find a lighter-colored Maltipoo, but this ultimately depends on the colors of the parents. You can expect to find a Maltipoo in shades of apricot, black, grey, red, and white.
If there is one thing that a Maltipoo loves to do, it’s play! They are super affectionate too and love to be around humans throughout the day.
However, because of this, they can develop separation anxiety, so they need to be trained and learn how to spend time alone from a young age.
If the Maltipoo is one of the smallest Doodle breeds available, the Newfypoo is the complete opposite! A cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle, these are the gentle giants of the Doodle world.
The Newfypoo takes a little something from each of its parents as far as its coat type is concerned. The long, thick hair of a Newfoundland and the wavy, curly hair of a Poodle combine to create a coat that is short, wavy, and thick.
Giant Newfypoos weigh a lot, coming in anywhere between 100lbs – 150lbs on the scales. Some may be slightly smaller and weigh around 75lbs, but this is most likely due to having a Miniature Poodle parent.
Newfypoos come in lots of different colors including black, brown, cream, red, and black. They can be one solid color all over, or they may be a combination with different markings throughout their coat.
Don’t be fooled by the sheer size of a Newfypoo. While they are absolutely huge, they are gentle, affectionate dogs. They also have a high energy level and would enjoy family life with lots of play and activities that can join in with.
They’re extremely loyal too, but this can mean trouble if you’re planning on leaving them alone for a long period of time as they may become anxious and, in doing so, can display destructive behavior.
Sticking with the giant Doodles for a moment, let’s discuss the Saint Bernedoodle. This is a cross between a Poodle and a Saint Bernard (that huge dog breed that is famous for starring in movies and commercials all over the world).
When you combine the two, you end up with another gentle giant that is filled with affection.
A Saint Bernedoodle will usually inherit its coat from just one of its parents. It can be rough and wiry like that of a Saint Bernard, or soft and curly like a Poodle’s coat.
Either way, one thing that remains the same is that a Saint Bernedoodle’s coat requires regular grooming to stop it from getting matted and tangled.
A Saint Bernedoodle’s huge size should give you an indication of how much they weigh. These are big dogs and, when fully grown, can weigh between 100lbs – 150lbs.
This means that they aren’t a suitable choice for apartments or smaller homes, as they need plenty of space to explore.
A Saint Bernedoodle will usually have the same color and markings as its Saint Bernard parent, with a mixture of black, brown, and white. It’s extremely rare to find a Saint Bernedoodle that is one solid color all over.
Saint Bernedoodles are extremely affectionate and love nothing more than coming in for a cuddle. They often aren’t aware of their size when doing this though, so they’d need to be with an owner who is capable of handling them comfortably.
They also require constant training as they can become bored and destructive, especially if left on their own. They are susceptible to developing separation anxiety too, so they’d be best with a family who are home most of the time.
In the 1980s, breeders started mixing Schnauzers and Poodles. The result; the Schnoodle! These small, majestic-looking dogs are intelligent and love living in a family home.
Schnoodles are famed for having a low-shedding coat, making them a good choice for anybody with animal dander allergies. They do require some grooming, though. Their coat also changes with each generation.
The first little or Schnoodles in a lineage will have a coat that closely resembles that of a Schnauzer. However, from the 2nd litter onwards, things are reversed and each puppy will have a coat that looks a lot more like a Poodle’s!
Only Toy and Miniature Poodles are used to breed Schnoodles. As such, their weight can be anywhere between 7lbs – 15lbs. This gives them a smaller size too, making them a suitable choice for apartments and small homes.
Schnoodles come in a variety of colors including apricot, black, grey, and white. They can be one solid color all over, or they may have a partial-colored coat with different colors and markings throughout.
Schnoodles are generally intelligent dogs that are easy to train. They are also fiercely loyal to their family, getting their protective instinct from their Schnauzer heritage. This makes them a good choice for a family home. They’re great around children, too.
They do need quite a lot of exercise throughout the day, however, as they are highly energetic dogs. If they aren’t getting the chance to burn off excess energy, they can get bored and start displaying destructive behavior around the home.
We finish our list of popular and rare Doodles with another miniature breed. The Yorkiepoo is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Poodle.
But, despite their small size, they have big personalities! Let’s find out more about Yorkiepoos below.
Yorkiepoos tend to have scruffy-looking coats. This is a result of a hybrid between the long, straight hair of a Yorkshire Terrier and the short, tight curls of a Miniature Poodle. They are low-shedding dogs, making them ideal for allergy sufferers.
The small size of a Yorkiepoo makes them one of the best choices for small apartments and homes. They are also very light in weight, tipping the scales at just 15lbs.
This means they can be picked up and carried with ease, which is perfect if you’d like to take them with you to as many places as possible.
The coloring of a Yorkiepoo will ultimately depend on the color of each of its parents. It doesn’t sway in the favor of just one, and they can be found in black, brown, beige, white, and cream. They can also have a mixture of these colors scattered throughout their coats.
Yorkiepoos are fun-loving, highly energetic dogs who love to play. They are also really good with children, so they make an excellent choice for family homes. Yorkiepoos are incredibly intelligent as well, making them one of the easiest Doodle breeds to train.
One thing to be aware of, however, is that they can have a slight Napoleon complex and they aren’t afraid to bark or try to take on a much larger dog when they feel threatened. For this reason, it’s important that socialization is a key part of their training.
As you can see, there are a lot of wonderful members of the Doodle family and some are much rarer than others.
From gentle giants to fierce, miniature companions, all types of Doodle are excellent family dogs that are fairly easy to train if you’re willing to put the time and effort into doing it correctly. Most are hypoallergenic too, making them a great choice for anybody that usually suffers from animal dander allergies.
The most important thing to keep in mind if you’re thinking about getting any type of Doodle, however, is that it needs to be able to live comfortably in your home. If you’ve got a small apartment, there’s no point in getting a massive Newfypoo as you’ll both be uncomfortable and they will be more likely to get bored and exhibit bad behavior.
And, as always, make sure you visit an animal shelter when you’re looking to bring a dog into your family. While there are many breeders who specialize in different types of Doodle, you may be able to find that perfect canine companion in a dog that is desperately looking for a home without having to spend hundreds of dollars on a designer breed.