The Best Poodle Mix for Kids

By Heather Vale

Poodles are the seventh most popular dog breed in the U.S., according to the American Kennel Club. This dog is proud, active and intelligent with a certain dignity and elegance about him. Very obedient and easily trained, the poodle is widely accepted as being good with kids and other pets.

Purebred poodles come in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy. So it's no surprise that poodle mixes come in all shapes and sizes as well. Many of the common hybrids, which are mixes of two purebred dogs, can even be registered with the AKC Canine Partners division. These crossbred designer dogs are popular because they combine the best of both breeds.

Cockapoo: Cocker Spaniel-Poodle Cross

The cockapoo is a hybrid between a cocker spaniel and a poodle. This crossbreed has been around since the 1950s. He's low maintenance, loyal, friendly and affectionate, and gets along well with children, families, other dogs and cats. He gets his intelligence and low-shedding coat from the poodle, and his sweet and patient nature from the cocker spaniel. This dog's personality is considered to be one of the best for families with kids, and he has a long life span of 18 to 22 years. His weight can be anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds.

Maltipoo: Maltese-Poodle Cross

The Maltipoo is a hybrid between a Maltese and a toy or miniature poodle. He is cute, outgoing and friendly to both animals and people, making him well-suited to families and kids. He's easy to train and adapts well to any home or apartment. Like the Cockapoo, this is a low-shedding dog. He weighs between 5 and 20 pounds, and has a life span of 10 to 13 years.

Schnoodle: Schnauzer-Poodle Cross

The schnoodle is a miniature schnauzer and miniature poodle hybrid who usually weighs 20 pounds or less. Smart and charming, he has the poodle's fun nature and eagerness to please and the schnauzer's loyalty and playfulness. This great family dog usually loves everyone in the household, but may be partial to one member. His average life span is 13 to 17 years. Like the other poodle crossbreeds, he sheds very little.

Labradoodle: Labrador-Poodle Cross

The Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador retriever and poodle. He's sociable, lovable, intelligent and easily trained, making him an ideal dog for children. In fact, the family Labradoodle will often be found hanging around the kids. He was originally bred to be a low-shedding service dog, and works well as a therapy dog. This dog is fairly large, usually weighing between 50 and 65 pounds, and can live from 12 to 14 years.

Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever-Poodle Cross

The goldendoodle is a hybrid between the golden retriever and poodle. He's social, affectionate, gentle and easy to train. The biggest of the bunch, he weighs between 50 to 90 pounds and lives for 10 to 15 years. He originally was bred as a larger alternative to the cockapoo, and makes an excellent family dog -- as long as he gets enough attention. Otherwise separation anxiety may occur.