What do you get when you mix a poodle with a Labrador retriever? Or an Australian Shepherd? Or a Schnauzer? Or a Wheaten Terrier? Why, oodles of doodles of course!
Doodle dogs are quickly becoming America’s favorite family pet. At Purr’n Pooch, we are seeing the number of doodle mixes staying and playing with us on the rise and their owners are head over heels with their fun loving personality and coat. Doodle dogs are hybrids, a mix between a Poodle and another dog breed, like a Lab (Labradoodle), a Schnauzer (Schnoodle), or a Wheaten Terrier (Whoodle).
“The doodle comes from a poodle, either standard or mini, and wide variety of other breeds with different coat textures,” said Jennifer Connors, an employee of Purr’n Pooch for more than 20 years. “The combination really brings out the best traits in both breeds.”
Like so many mix breed dogs, hybrids like doodles used to fill animal shelters waiting to be adopted. Now they’re all the rage, partly because of a poodle’s non-shedding and allergy-friendly hair.
Kendall Petschauer and her family sought out a doodle hybrid for their hypoallergenic benefits and found Sebastian, mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, or a Goldendoodle. Sebastian, named after the University of Miami mascot, is two years old and likes to keep his family on their toes.
“Sebastian is so intelligent and can easily outsmart us,” said Kendall. “He hides things in closets and drawers, which he can open with his nose. He turns it into a game.”
Kathy Smith and her family found their forever friend in a Whoodle named Woodward, or Woody for short. Her three kids picked Woody because he was cute, but the family soon discovered the health benefits of doodles.
“He doesn’t shed,” said Kathy. “It makes cleaning the house so much easier and is nice when we have guests who have allergies.”
Another benefit of doodle hybrids? Mixing dog breeds can weed out inherited genetic problems that can affect purebred pups, making mixed dogs healthier. Hybrid dogs tend to have much more moderate personalities and fit well in households with children.
“Sebastian is so playful and full of energy,” said Kathy. “He loves to jump and spin when he sees you, even if you just leave the room for one minute and come back in. It’s like it’s the first time he’s seen you in forever!”
Matt Fischer and his wife found their furry doodle in Ruby, a one-year-old Sheepadoodle. Sixty-pound Ruby is a hybrid between an Old English Sheep Dog and a Poodle, and as loyal as any guard dog.
Doodles come in all shapes and sizes, which makes them the perfect pup for any lifestyle. Purr’n Pooch sees all types of doodle dogs, including Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Sheepdoodles, Whoodles, and even St. Bernard Doodles.
“Purr’n Pooch is a great place for doodles because they tend to have a lot of energy and are extremely smart and need the stimulation,” said Jennifer. “Doodles love daycare, agility, scent work, and puzzles.”
Sebastian was trained at Purr’n Pooch when he was just a young pup, where he learned how to sit, come, walk on a leash and socialize with other dogs. Kendall says the training was a huge reason why Sebastian is such a well-behaved pup.
“They take such good care of him when he’s there,” said Kendall. “He has so much energy that it’s almost impossible to tire him out, but at Purr’n Pooch he gets all the exercise he needs.”
Woody loves Purr’n Pooch so much that he knows exactly when he’s headed to play with his puppy friends, and will sit calmly in anticipation until he arrives.
“He’s greeted so warmly by the staff,” said Kathy. “Once he’s there he just plays and we never worry about him.”
Even young pup Ruby plays with her furry friends so much during her stays at Purr’n Pooch that she comes home exhausted and ready for bed.
“My wife and I work all day and we don’t want to keep her in a crate,” said Matt. “We know at Purr’n Pooch she’ll get the love and care she needs. Animals definitely come first there and the entire staff really cares about our pets.”
These smart, loyal and lovable pups are sure to be popular among dog lover for years. Doodles are here to stay, and Purr’n Pooch looks forward to welcoming oodles of doodles as well as all types of dogs to our pet resort family.