It seems that every time I turn around, I see a Labradoodle or a Goldendoodle jumping down the street or walking towards the veterinary clinic. The two hybrids, one crossed between a Labrador Retriever and a poodle, the other a cross between a Golden Retriever and a poodle, are among the most popular among the many “signed dogs” created with the aim of reducing allergic reactions to dogs or just to provide a dog that is a little different from everyone else.
I also heard about Aussiedoodles (Australian Shepherd and Poodle), Borderdoodles (Border Collie and Poodle) and CaDoodles (Collie and Poodle). No doubt there are other similar crosses. The search for a single dog (and not a boy) is endless.
People who live with Doodles think they are, well, dandy. In general, lovers of fun and entertainment, dogs have the reputation of being the perfect family pet. We all know that such a dog does not exist because every family and every dog is different, but certainly the Doodles can make a request for inclusion in the “big family dog” category. Here are some interesting facts about them that can help you decide if a Doodle is the right dog for you.
What to know
The Labradoodle is the original Doodle dog. It was created in Australia by a veterinarian who wanted to provide a assistance dog for people with allergies. The phrase “hypoallergenic” and the cute name have sent the popularity of dogs into orbit. Labradoodles are available in different colors, including black, white, apricot, chocolate, cream and particle (a whiter color).
But don’t be fooled: scribbles fall apart (although some may cause less hair than other dogs) and are not really hypoallergenic. The fact is that there is no hypoallergenic dog (or cat). Allergens are transported to dandruff (dead skin cells), saliva and urine, making it impossible for them to escape. It is true that some dogs produce less allergens than others, but it cannot be assumed that Doodle dogs generally do not trigger allergies if you or a member of your family suffers. Spend some time with some of them before having one.
Depending on the cross, a Doodle’s coat can be wavy, long and silky; slightly wavy and weak; or hedgehogs with a wool look. Some Doodles have a coat that is a mixture of the three types. Goldendoodles tend to have coats longer than Labradoodles. These dogs can be of high maintenance. To keep it as good as possible, brush a Goldendoodle coat at least every two days and plan a trip to a professional hairdresser to have it cut every 8-12 weeks, or learn to handle the shears by yourself. And some thick and thick Doodle coats can take up to two hours to dry after a bath.
Doodles can vary greatly in size. I know of a couple who expected their dog to weigh around 35 pounds. He is close to 100 pounds. Make sure you know your parents and some of their children if you want to get a better idea of how big your doodle can be.
Doodle dogs are mud magnets: they have hairy feet and some of them love to dig. Get ready to clean your Doodle’s legs and face before letting it in after playing outdoors.
Borderdoodle, Cadoodle or Aussiedoodle, cross-breed products that are often considered ingenious canines, may have the potential to be super-intelligent. No doubt they tend to be super energetic. Before you have one, ask yourself if you are prepared to live with a dog that can run around you physically and mentally.