Written by Ella White
For years, the Standard Poodle has ranked among the most popular dog breeds in the USA, according to the AKC. This elegant and intelligent breed makes a great companion for families thanks to their versatility, friendly nature, and hypoallergenic coat. They’re easy to train, easy to get along with, and smart enough to make popular service dogs. So it’s no surprise that the Standard Poodle has become one of the most favored dogs for crossbreeding.
If you’ve noticed a surge in breeds with “doodle” or “poo” in their name recently, that’s down to the Standard Poodle in their DNA. From the pioneering Labradoodle to the increasingly popular Cockapoo and the ever-affectionate Goldendoodle, each crossbreed blends the Standard Poodle's charm and intelligence with the best traits of other beloved breeds.
In this blog, we’ll look at some of the most popular Poodle crossbreeds, their distinctive characteristics, and the many reasons that they bring joy to countless families around the world. Whether you're an aspiring pet parent or a dog lover looking to learn more, join us in celebrating the legacy of the Standard Poodle and the lovable diversity of Poodle crossbreeds.
In recent years, the Cockapoo has surged in popularity for several reasons. The breed is an endearing mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, so the main reason this crossbreed is so sought after is the combination of these two breeds’ lovable traits.
Known for their affectionate and playful nature, Cockapoos make wonderful family pets. They come in various sizes, ranging from toy to standard, depending on the size of the Poodle parent. Their manageable size and low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat appeal to families seeking a dog that doesn’t make much of a mess and won’t aggravate those with allergies, and their adaptability means they can thrive in various living environments, from apartments to spacious homes.
Cockapoos are renowned for their intelligence and eagerness to please, making them highly trainable. These traits combined mean they are quick to learn and usually successful obedience training. Their friendly and sociable nature also makes them excellent companions for families with children and other pets.
Much like the Cockapoo, the Labradoodle's popularity has soared due to its intelligent, affectionate, and hypoallergenic traits. Bred from Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, these charming crossbreeds offer the best of both worlds. Labradoodles come in various sizes, ranging from miniature to standard, and this size diversity means different Labradoodles can suit families with different living spaces. Labradoodles also have low-shedding, allergy-friendly coats, but their grooming needs vary based on coat type.
Labradoodles are very intelligent and they love to please their owners, which makes them easy to train. They are also obedient – though playful – and are a popular breed for various dog sports. If you’re looking to introduce a new dog to a family with children or other pets, the friendly Labradoodle could be a perfect choice – so long as you can provide them with the regular social interaction and exercise they need to stay healthy and happy.
The popularity of the Goldendoodle stems from its delightful mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle personalities. Known for being affectionate, intelligent, and hypoallergenic, they have become a favorite choice for both families and solo owners. Goldendoodles come in different sizes, ranging from miniature to standard, which makes them adaptable to different living environments.
The Goldendoodle is intelligent and eager to please, like its Cockapoo and Labradoodle relatives. This also makes them relatively easy to train, and their friendly, gentle nature makes them an ideal breed for first-time dog owners, families seeking a trainable companion, and households with children and other pets. But if you want a lapdog that will be happy to sit at home on the couch with you all day, the Goldendoodle isn’t it. They thrive on social interactions, and require regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental well-being.
Depending on their individual coat type, Goldendoodles will require different levels of grooming. But they do have low-shedding, hypoallergenic fur that’s less problematic for owners and family members with allergies and sensitivities.
The Schnoodle is a mix of the charming Miniature Schnauzer and Standard Poodle. Known for their intelligence, playfulness, and willingness to learn, Schnoodles have won the hearts of dog enthusiasts worldwide. They come in various sizes, are easy to train, and make a well-behaved pet for active households that can give them the attention they need to stay happy and healthy.
Schnoodles are great with kids and other pets, and their low-shedding coats combined with the Schnauzer's distinctive beard give them a unique and adorable appearance. Regular grooming is essential to maintain a healthy coat, but with its hypoallergenic properties this won’t cause an issue for anyone with allergies or intolerances.
The Cavapoo is an irresistible blend of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Standard Poodle, known for their affectionate nature, intelligence, and adorable appearance. They’re usually small to medium in size, which makes them adaptable to different living environments and great with children and other pets. With their hypoallergenic coat, Cavapoos are a favorite among families with allergies. But they do need plenty of grooming to keep them free from matting.
Cavapoos respond well to positive reinforcement and thrive on the companionship of their families. Forming these strong bonds is an important part of their training and socialization, but thanks to their intelligence and willingness to please, they make obedient pets that are easy to train. They are gentle and friendly, and require moderate exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
The Yorkiepoo is a mix of the adorable Yorkshire Terrier and Standard Poodle traits. These small dogs are smart and charming, and can happily live in any sized space. They are easy to train, especially using positive reinforcement, and love to spend time with their owners. Their affectionate nature makes them an ideal pet for individuals, couples, and families with older children. However, their delicate size means they aren’t the best choice for families with very young children, or babies that take all of a family’s time and attention.
For the most part, Yorkiepoos have hypoallergenic coats that don’t tend to shed. But they are prone to matching and need to be groomed regularly. They also have a lot of energy for a small dog, and need plenty of exercise and playtime to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
A mix of Australian Shepherd and Standard Poodle, the charming Aussiedoodle is known to be energetic, intelligent, and adaptable. They mostly come in small and medium sizes, but can be larger depending on their Poodle parent.
The Aussiedoodle is very smart and eager to learn, which makes them an easy breed to train through positive reinforcement – but they need plenty of mental stimulation and can get bored if they don’t feel challenged. They also need a lot of physical exercise, making them well-suited for active families and individuals who enjoy outdoor adventures.
Aussiedoodles are affectionate and form strong bonds with their families, which makes them great companions for households of all sizes. However, their energy levels may not be ideal for families with very young children or seniors seeking a more laid-back pet. Aussiedoodles are one of the few Poodle crossbreeds that aren’t guaranteed to be hypoallergenic: their coat can vary, but regular grooming is necessary to maintain its health and prevent matting.