If you are considering bringing home a Poodle mix then this article is for you.
Read on to learn the top reasons thousands of dog owners choose to get a Poodle mix. Then drive into any of the 14 Poodle Mixes we share below.
What Makes Poodle Crosses So Popular (7 Reasons)?
As you know the Poodle has a bit of a reputation for acting like a diva.
That doesn’t stop her fans, though – the Poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States.
And this doesn’t extend beyond her purebred form to Poodle Mix breeds. People will take Poodles any way they can get them, mixed or otherwise.
It must be something about that fluffy coat that people can shave or style to their heart’s content.
Or maybe it’s her elitist reputation that gives owners an air of nobility in simply owning a Poodle.
Whatever it is, if you’re looking for a Poodle to add to your family, you might just have some competition out there!
Here are the top 7 reasons to consider Poodle mixes.
1. Less Diseases – Hybrid Vigor
One of the big advantages of a cross is that they tend to be more robust than their purebred parents. This is because of genetics.
And without going into all the technical stuff about how genes flow from parents to pups, just know that the likelihood of genetic diseases reduces dramatically when parents belong to different breeds, as in Poodle mixes.
2. More Intelligence
Poodles are believed to be the second-most intelligent breed, after the Border Collie . It is very common for a Poodle cross to inherit that intelligence.
3. Low Shedder
Depending on living conditions, breeds that shed fur can be a significant problem for owners. Poodles lack the undercoat of fine hair that most other breeds possess. This has two significant advantages:
- Firstly, this reduce shedding (since there’s less hair to shed) and,
- Secondly, it means that no high-allergenic fine hair enters the home environment.
Additionally, even though Poodles do shed fur, most of it tends to get tangled with the existing fur. This means that Poodles need to be brushed regularly, but it also means that most of the shed hair stays on the dog until brushed off.
Poodles’ shedding characteristics tend to get carried over to their crosses.
4. Non-Allergenic Fur
Another big advantage of Poodle mixes is their marked tendency to inherit the hypoallergenic quality of Poodle fur.
Of course, no dog fur is completely non-allergenic, but the fur of Poodles and their crosses tend to have low allergenic properties.
Couple that with the fact that they are low shedders and do not possess the fine undercoat hair layer, and one is left with a combination that most allergy sufferers can tolerate quite well.
5. Moderate personality
Poodle crosses, because of the way genetics works, tend to have personalities that appear to be moderate in comparison to their parents, a characteristic that can be welcomed by an owner not particularly interested in a high-energy dog.
6. Select Your Preferred Size – Small, Medium, Large
While pups can grow to be taller and stronger than their parents, the general tendency is for purebred pups to reach physical proportions that are close to the average of their ancestors.
Because purebred Poodles come in a variety of sizes — there are actually three recognized sizes: standard, miniature and toy — breeders of Poodle mixes can offer height as another choice to owners who have specific requirements.
7. Design Your Poodle Mix – Beyond Just Height
Not willing to stop at just height, some breeders are willing to guarantee ever more characteristics to the picky owner.
“Designer Dogs”, as the media calls them, are being increasingly popularized, in part, by association with movie stars.
The Poodle continues to dominate in this class, although there are some mixes that do not include Poodle genes.
Want a small, smart, playful dog that’s very easy to house train and is very social? Shop around for a Pomapoo.
Looking for a lower energy dog that’s there when you need it? The Labradoodle could be the one — it is very low on aggression, while moderate to high on sociability and friendliness, making it ideal as a therapy pet or guide dog.
Top 14 Poodle Mix Breeds
Today, because of their intelligence and low-allergenic fur, Poodle mixes are easily the most popular of the various crosses available.
All three sizes of Poodle — Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodles — have been crossed with a growing number of other purebreds to satisfy the most exacting owner.
Here is a list of the top 14 most popular Poodle mixes out there. (Yes, there really are so many popular mixes that a top 10 list just wouldn’t do!)
The Bichpoo is a smart little dog with a playful and sociable streak.
She’s a people-loving dog who does just as well with small children as she does with older ones.
In fact, it's more important to supervise your children when they’re playing together, as they could accidentally hurt this small, fragile pup.
She also has no problem with any other pets you may have, which makes adding her to your family a non-issue.
Bichpoos have a seemingly endless supply of energy, so make sure she gets her daily exercise.
They also have a tendency to develop separation anxiety, so don’t leave the Bichpoo alone for too long.
The Cockapoo is a smart dog who, as long as you train her early and often, makes a fantastic family pet.
The Cockapoo is all the best qualities of the Poodle and the Cocker Spaniel rolled into one dog.
She’s outgoing, like her Cocker Spaniel parent and, like her Poodle parent, she doesn’t shed much.
She loves when you give her attention, so she’ll do what she can to remain in your spotlight.
She needs about a half-hour every day of exercise to satisfy her higher energy drive.
Goldendoodles are just as sweet and loving as you would expect a Golden Retriever mix to be.
These dogs are so smart that the Goldendoodle Association of North America reported their score as 4 out of 150 insofar as smartest dog breeds go.
Because these dogs are so loving, however, they make terrible watchdogs.
So, if you’re looking to get a dog to help protect your home, this dog ain’t it!
The Goldendoodle loves everyone, and those they don’t know they’re willing to make friends with.
This makes them fantastic family pets, as they not only coexist with but enjoy the company of other pets and children.
They can also act out if you don’t give them proper exercise.
As you might expect, this Labrador Retriever Poodle mix has a wonderful temperament.
They are friendly, devoted dogs who are incredibly smart, which makes them easy to train.
The Labradoodle is a nice mix because he has the smarts of a Poodle and the cooperation of a Labrador. This makes her a great dog for the first-time dog owner.
Labradoodles can be a little pushy, though, so you definitely need to show them you’re the one in charge.
More than just a cute name, the Maltipoo is a friendly, sweet-natured dog.
However, she can be a little snappy with younger children who play too roughly with her.
It’s a crapshoot with a Maltipoo – you can end up with a dog who’s curious and adventurous, or one who’s so confident he’s aloof.
It all depends on which parent she takes after more.
The Maltipoo is quite a character, so if you’ve ever just sat back and watched your dog because she was more entertaining than the TV, that’s the Maltipoo.
This Pekingese Poodle mix is a great breed for those with allergies.
That’s right – if you’ve never been able to own a dog before because your allergies were killing you, you can now!
The Peekapoo temperament is so sweet that people often use her as a therapy dog.
She’s also a great watchdog and will bark at anything that seems “off” to her.
For this reason, you may want to consider a different breed if you live in the city, since she’s not a great match for a noisy environment.
Similarly, if you live in an apartment, she won’t be a great fit. While she’s a small dog, she has a deceptively loud bark that won’t believe came out of such a little dog!
Could you imagine a floofier dog than the Poodle Pomeranian mix?
The Pomapoo is an affectionate, smart little dog.
She loves to play, and she’s hypoallergenic.
She’s a little anxious when you’re not around, and she’s not a great watchdog because she considers everyone a friend.
But, unlike other Poodle mixes, she doesn’t have as high of an energy level. Take her for a daily walk, and that’s all she really needs.
Her favorite things to do in life are to play with and relax with her family.
She loves to exercise with you, especially if you’re jogging.
Her protective nature makes her a good watchdog, though she can take it to the extreme and become a bit of a barker.
You’ll want to train her out of that while she’s young, or it can become quite annoying when she’s an adult.
She can also act stubborn from time to time, which can throw a wrench into training her. But stay persistent, and she’ll come around.
Mix a Yorkshire Terrier with a Poodle and you get…the Yorkipoo!
The Yorkipoo is an intelligent dog who’s more confident than her size would allow.
She might know she’s small, but she doesn’t care – she’ll boss you around just the same! And you’ll crack up laughing to watch her.
She’s a gentle, affectionate, and friendly little dog, though.
She may have a tendency to bark more than she should, but you should be able to train her out of this while she’s still young.
If you want a small dog as a lap dog, then the Shihpoo is the perfect little dog for you.
She can get a bit yappy, though, so make sure you train her while she’s young to understand when is the right time to bark and when isn’t.
She’s a smart little cookie, but smartness often translates to stubbornness – as it does with this breed.
Just make sure you stay consistent with her training and don’t give up on her, and she’ll eventually come through.
Though, she can act bossy at times if you let her get away with it.
She’s a clever clog, though, so watching her play can be a true joy.
You shouldn’t have a Chipoo if you have small children, since they can play too rough with and hurt her.
The Sheepadoodle is a mix of Old English Sheepdog and Poodle.
If you thought a dog couldn’t get any floofier than the Pomapoo, look no further than the Sheepadoodle!
This sweet lady isn’t as little as some of the other Poodle breeds.
In fact, she’s like a large teddy bear!
She’s puppylike in that she loves to play, and she’s also easy to train.
She doesn’t shed much, so she’s great for allergy-sufferers, but she does hate when you leave her alone.
Exercise is super important for the Sheepadoodle, since she can gain weight later in life.
The Bernadoodle looks like a fluffier version of a Bernese Mountain Dog.
It’s easy to tell just by looking at this dog what her mixture is.
The Bernadoodle is a rather new Poodle mix, so it may be difficult to determine which traits are consistent with this designed breed.
However, what experts do know is that she is friendly, playful, affectionate, and hypoallergenic.
She may be a stubborn puppy, but it’s usually just a phase – you can expect her to grow out of it.
The Aussiedoodle, or Australian Shepherd Poodle mix, looks like a miniaturized, furrier wolf.
She is highly trainable, like both of her parents, and she loves to please you.
It’s actually fun to train this dog – that’s how agreeable she is!
She has a high energy level, so only consider this breed if you can keep up with her.
She makes an excellent family pet, and while she does need her rules and boundaries, she feels ever-so-devoted to her master(s).
Most Popular Poodle Mixes – Quick Reference List
Some of the most popular Poodle mixes are the
- Bichpoo or Poochon (Poodle mixed with a Bichon Frise)
- Cockapoo (Poodle crossed with a Cocker Spaniel)
- Goldendoodle (Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever)
- Labradoodle (Poodle crossed with a Labrador Retriever)
- Maltipoo (Maltese Poodle Mix)
- Peekapoo (Pekingese Poodle Mix)
- Pomapoo (Pomeranian Poodle Mix)
- Schnoodle (Poodle crossed with Schnauzer)
- Yorkie Poo (Yorkshire Terrier Poodle Mix)
- Shihpoo ( Poodle crossed with Shih Tzu)
- Chipoo (Chihuahua Poodle Mix).
- Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix)
- Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle Mix)
- Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix)
Calvin is the co-founder and one of the main contributors to dogtemperament.com. He has been an avid dog lover all his life. He enjoys researching and sharing great ideas on how you can avoid common pitfalls of dog ownership and build the most loving and enjoyable relationship with your dog.