Poodle Mixes can come in many different sizes, shapes and colors!
You may have heard of the Standard Poodle, you may have even heard of the Miniature Poodle, or the Toy Poodle, but, there is so much more to the Poodle family than meets the eye.
In this article we will be discussing seven of the most popular Poodle Mixes, coming in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, but all equally fluffy.
From the Bichon Frise x Poodle to the Australian Labradoodle, there are lots of different mixes and combinations for everyone from families to elderly couples.
There is a lot more to these dogs than their appearance, but, what is there to know about all of these Poodle Mixes? This article picks out seven of our favorite crossbreeds and looks into them in a little more detail.
1. Havapoo – Toy Poodle and Havanese Mix
Also known as the Havadoodle, or the Havanoodle, they are fluffy, fun dogs who are perfectly suited to family life.
Don’t let the fact that they’re only 15 inches tall fool you, these dogs are known for their playful and sociable nature.
These dogs are great with families, especially children! Your kids will love having a real-life teddy bear pottering about the house.
They need between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise daily, but, do well with some play and mental stimulation in between.
These pups are seen in a variety of different colors:
- White and grey
Their coats also come in many different textures, long, fluffy and curly like the poodle or lush, long and flowing like a Havanese.
All of these combinations come with different grooming requirements, but both styles of coat shed very little.
However, they need regular brushing to keep their coats from tangling. Bathing will be more essential for lighter colored dogs but overall these dogs stay clean and tend not to smell.
These dogs are known to live long and healthy lives, usually living to be between 10 and 15 years old. However, like all dogs they are prone to some illnesses over others.
As with all Poodle Mixes, the Havapoo is to prone to Cataracts, which is a condition when the eyes slowly become opaque and it becomes difficult for your pup to see.
The Havanese dog is also prone to hyperthyroidism, which can usually be treated with medication.
However, do not let this put you off! The Havapoo will make a great addition to any family and will make a loving pet with anyone who loves them in return.
2. Bichon Poodle – Bichon Frise and Miniature Poodle
Fun and intelligent, the Bichon Frise x Poodle lights up the room.
These dogs make a wonderful addition to any household, young or old, big or small. Weighing in at just 18 lbs, these little dogs make excellent companion pets.
Once again, they come in a variety of colors and with many different coats. They are usually seen in brown, apricot or white. Although they have a long, luscious and curly coat, these dogs do not shed.
Poodle Mixes are incredibly fast learners for their small size, picking up tricks quickly and efficiently, Bichon Poodle Mixes are a delight to train – they love to please their owners and respond really well to clicker training.
Bichon Frise Poodle crosses thrive on attention so if you are looking for a cuddle buddy look no further. They are never happier than when they are being stroked or napping on your lap.
They can suffer with separation anxiety, so if you are away from the house for long periods of time then this may not be the dog for you.
Clearly, the Bichon Poodle did not get the memo that they are only 12 inches tall, these vivacious little dogs make excellent watch dogs. They tend to inherit the Bichon’s love for barking and do not take well to strangers, and thus make wonderful guard dogs.
3. Sheepadoodle – One Of The Larger Sized Poodle Mixes
One of the largest Poodle Mixes, this cute bundle of fur is much better known as the Sheepadoodle, no, it is not a pile of hair.
This mix is a mix between a male Old English Sheepdog and a female Poodle. Fun, silly and intelligent, the Sheepadoodle is a perfect match for an active person or family.
These dogs are incredibly intelligent, and thus will need a lot of physical and mental stimulation.
Try playing scent-based games such as hiding treats, toys or even yourself.
These pups love fetch games, so try taking them to parks and throwing a ball for them! These dogs should always come back to their sheepdog heritage, however if you are unsure of their recall keep them on a lead whilst walking. They may also enjoy running with their owner.
Sheepadoodles are fun loving dogs and will be at their happiest while playing. Thus, these Poodle Mixes make wonderful family pets.
Although these dogs have marvellous coats, the Sheepadoodle will need a lot of maintenance to keep their coat at a manageable standard. Daily grooming should be done if at all possible, but at minimum 4 times a week. After all, that gorgeous grey and white coat won’t maintain itself! Tooth brushing and nail clipping will also be essential at regular intervals. All of these will be essential things you must consider when looking to buy one of these dogs.
4. Miniature Goldendoodle – Miniature Poodle and Golden Retriever Mix
The Miniature Goldendoodle may be one of the fluffiest dogs you’ll ever see.
Looking very similar to their Labradoodle cousins, this dog is a designer cross between a Miniature Poodle and a Golden Retriever.
A friendly and intelligent dog, Miniature Goldendoodles are actually giant softies.
They were first seen in 1969 after being bred by Monica Dinkens, but, really spiked in popularity in the 1990’s matching the popularity of their Labradoodle cousin.
These designer Poodle Mixes have three different coat types:
- The flat coat similar to that of the Golden Retriever,
- The curly coat similar to that of the Poodle,
- A curly coat that is a hybrid between the two dogs.
Coat colors include a large range, such as: white, cream, apricot, gold, red, grey, sandy and black.
Miniature Goldendoodles are very energetic dogs, and thus are known to excel in a variety of roles such as canine agility and sports such as flyball.
This may be something you want to consider when looking to purchase one of these magnificent dogs!
5. Cavapoo – One Of The Most Royal Poodle Mixes
First seen in Australia in the late 1990’s, the Cavapoo is one of the most recent Poodle Mixes. A cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle, these tiny dogs are the calmest and kindest dogs you will ever meet! Consequently – it is now one of the most popular dogs in Australia.
Cavapoos stand out due to their gentle and loving nature. They love nothing more than being around people, and like the Bichon Poodle they are at their happiest curled up on their owner’s lap.
They make wonderful family pets, loving to play with their owners, and are energetic enough to keep up with kids.
These pups come in a variety of colors, including black, white, gold, blenheim and tricolor. Their coat is as curly as they come and as a result, they are very fluffy- often described as teddy bear dogs.
On top of the Poodle’s tendency to develop cataracts, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may develop Progressive Retinal Atrophy, another genetic eye condition. Thus, it is important to consider the potential health conditions associated with mixed breeds.
Many Cavapoos are known to live long happy lives and usually live to be around 12.
Make sure you buy from a responsible breeder, any reliable breeder will be able to provide certification that the parents have been DNA tested and found to not be carriers of specific illnesses (i.e. Retinal Atrophy).
This designer hybrid is a family favourite in Australia for a reason.
6. Miniature Labradoodle – The Miniature Goldendoodle Cousin
Miniature Labradoodles are one of the hottest Poodle Mixes right now and its not hard to see why!
This clever crossbreed combines the loving Labrador with the grace of the Poodle to create a super dog.
First seen in the 1990s, Miniature Labradoodles where first bred by Dr Kate Schoeffel following on from breeding of the standard sized Labradoodle (which was first bred by Wally Conron).
These dogs have soft, curly coats that require regular brushing. They tend to smell less than other breeds of dog as a result they do not need regular bathing.
Miniature Labradoodles love to swim! As a result, they make great beach bums. When exercising, perhaps take them somewhere they can dip their paws in the water, just make sure the water is safe first.
Known for their gentle and loving personality, these dogs have become the family favourite.
They are known to be active chewers, and their cheeky nature makes them attuned to anything that can turn into a game! Although they are small enough to fit into your purse, they are not lapdogs, who need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
7. Australian Labradoodle – The Best Aussie Poodle Mix
The Australian Labradoodle is similar to the Miniature Labradoodle. They are both from the same line of Labradoodles started by Mr Conron in 1988, but, the Australian Labradoodle has had spaniels mixed into the earlier generations of the breed.
Most Australian Labradoodles are over four generations into the line.
Unlike Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, these dogs are always hypoallergenic, making them perfect pets for allergy suffers.
These dogs have fleece coats that are straight or wavy, and their coat can be any color a poodle can be. They can also have single, bi, or tri colored coats.
They were bred to be guide and assistance dogs and so in most cases these dogs are people pleasers.
Australian Labradoodles make wonderful trick dogs, learning quickly and effectively. They love to learn and will delight in nothing more than showing off their repertoire to family and friends.
There are reports of these dogs developing “bad attitudes” if they are not socialized when puppies and trained properly as adults.
This early age learning will be an essential feather in the cap of your dog, and they need this continued level of stimulation throughout their whole lives.
If looking to purchase an Australian Labradoodle it is important to consider the amount of time you will be able to dedicate to them.
Depending on the size of the dog you purchase these dogs make need a lot of exercise. Like their Poodle cousins, Australian Labradoodles tend to come in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy:
- Toy dogs usually need between 20 and 30 minutes,
- Miniature 25 to 35 minutes,
- Standard dogs 30 to 40 minutes.
Poodle Mixes Summary
And there you have it! Seven of the cutest Poodle Mixes you will meet!
As you can see, there is a lot of variation even within the Poodle Family as they have been bred with other purebred dogs.
What isn’t to love? Despite their shared linage, all of these dogs are quite different.
If you’re considering a new addition to the family, all of the dogs listed make wonderful family pets. The Havapoo, Bichon Frise x Poodle, Shepadoodle, Cavapoo, Miniature Labradoodle, Miniature Poodle and Australian Labradoodle are excellent choices for pets.
What do you make of these gorgeous dogs? Feel free to let us know your feelings on these cute dogs.