For some, it may seem inconceivable to design the dog of your dreams, but basically that is what a hybrid or “designer” dog is. When two different breeds of purebred dogs are crossed, you get a hybrid dog. A purebred dog is a dog that has been bred for generations, resulting in puppies that have the same looks, characteristics, and temperament as the other puppies in the litter. With a purebred dog, you know what the dog’s capabilities and limits are.. When two different purebred dogs are crossed, the puppies will have the characteristics and temperaments of both of their purebred parents. Getting a hybrid dog or “mutt” has some advantages and disadvantages, so here are some things you should consider when adopting a hybrid of any breed, as well as more specific information for poodle hybrids.
Advantages of Poodle Hybrids
It is believed by breeders that poodle mixes are more healthy than purebred poodles. This means that when 2 purebreds are crossed, they produce an animal that is genetically superior to its purebred parents. The gene pool of purebreds has stagnated for centuries which could lead to various types of genetic diseases in purebred dogs. It is believed that hybrid offspring will have less genetic issues because their parents are unrelated; they’re less likely to inherit genetic issues from both parents.
Designer Breeds of Dogs – This power point presentation discusses designer breeds and shows various photos of different types of hybrid dogs.
Disadvantages of Poodle Hybrids
Poodle hybrids may have certain health problems. Eye problems, loose knees, seizures, and ear infections are some issues these dogs may face, although generally speaking they tend to be in good health and often live for fifteen plus years. Prior to adopting a poodle hybrid, it is a good idea to be aware of the temperament and characteristics of its parents. Because these dogs inherit these traits from both of their parents, you want to be sure the parents have the personality you’re looking for in a dog. Another disadvantage is that it is difficult to determine what the dog’s size and color will be.
Dog Owner’s Guide –Learn about the advantages and drawbacks of owning a mixed breed dog.
Most Popular Poodle Hybrids
There are various types of poodle hybrids. Some of the most common include Cockapoos, a mix between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel; Goldendoodles, a mix between a Golden retriever and Poodle; and labradoodles, a mix between a Poodle and a Labrador retriever. Other popular breeds include Maltipoos, Peekapoos, Pomapoos, Schnoodles, Yorkipoos, Shihpoos, and Chipoos. These mixes will vary in their traits and characteristics according to their purebred parents.
- The World of Maltipoos – A brief history of the Maltipoo as well as the Maltese and Poodle.
- Catalog of Poodle Mixes – View images and read more about many different Poodle hybrid dogs.
- Labradoodles and Goldendoodles – Learn what an intentional hybrid isand whether a doodle is the right choice for you and view images of these dogs.
- Doodle Rescue Collective – Get more information on Poodle mixed breeds and find doodles up for adoption.
Allergies and Poodle Hybrids
Many people suffer from allergies and are allergic to pet dander. The good news is there are poodle designer dogs that are considered to be hypoallergenic. These include the Maltipoo, Cockapoo, Labradoodle, Schnoodle, and Shepadoodle. Everyone’s allergies are different so it is a great idea to visit with the dog prior to committing to ownership. Hybrids considered to be hypoallergenic may not necessarily be good for everyone.
The Asthma Center – An informative brochure on how to manage pet allergies.
Training Poodle Hybrids
How easy or difficult it is to train a hybrid dog will depend on the temperament and personality of the dog as well as the skills of the owner. Every owner and dog will benefit from training though. Proper training can help prevent annoying behaviors such as chewing, barking, jumping, and digging. It can also help the owner and dog develop a deeper bond as well as ensure the animal’s safety. Each dog is different and training methods will have to be adjusted accordingly. Training can even help prepare animals to compete in shows. Training will also prove to be beneficial for everyone in the household and allow for a peaceful, happy companionship.