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.
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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 poodle mixes, which are hybrids of two purebred dogs, can even be registered with the AKC Canine Partners division. Crossbred poodle mix dogs, sometimes called designer dog breeds, are popular because they usually inherit the dominate personality traits of each individual breed. The result is the best of both breeds.
Cockapoo: cocker spaniel poodle cross
The cockapoo is a cocker spaniel poodle mix. 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. A working dog at heart, a schnoodle often takes on the role of household watchdog.
This great family dog usually loves everyone in the household, but might be partial to one member. His average life span is 13 to 17 years. Like the other poodle crossbreeds, he sheds very little. A friendly, cute face attracts affection.
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.
The coat of a Labradoodle is almost always inherited from the poodle, making him a non-shedding hypoallergenic pet, unusual in larger breeds. He was originally bred to be a low-shedding service dog, and works well as a therapy dog. This moderately-active 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. An advantage of this type of poodle mix is he readily adapts to a variety of lifestyles from urban to rural or hiking to chilling at home by the fireplace.
The biggest of the bunch, the goldendoodle weighs between 50 to 90 pounds and lives for 10 to 15 years. He was originally bred to be a larger alternative to the cockapoo, and makes an excellent family dog — as long as he gets enough attention, otherwise separation anxiety might occur.