Why Doodle When You Can Poodle???
Friday, July 21, 2017 1:27 PM
I started breeding goldendoodles and labradoodles in 2010. Shortly after I started with doodles, I realized that medium and standard poodles are awesome!!! All of the characteristics people hope to have in a doodle are poodle characteristics. (The obvious exception to this is families that want a dog without curly hair.) For some reason a lot of people have a misconception about what poodles are really like. They are awesome companions and family dogs. They are very interactive and hardy. Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds, and they do not shed! Not everyone likes the traditional poodle cut, but poodle hair can be groomed into the teddy bear look that so many people love. Pepper, pictured above, is shown in both poodle and teddy bear cuts.
Many people think that goldendoodles and labradoodles are hypoallegenic without shedding, but there is never a guarantee for no shedding with doodles. Some shed more than others, but they are not shed-free. Poodles are one of the truly hypoallergenic breeds that do not shed. After years of producing doodles, I honestly believe something is lost in personality by mixing poodles with other breeds. Poodles have better personalities than many doodles. Some doodle puppies turn very hyper and difficult for families to train. Many doodles lack the confidence that poodles and retrievers both exhibit. Some doodles are not as easy to live with...they are more destructive with longer puppy phase from the retriever side. Poodles are less destructive with a shorter puppy phase and easy to train with consistency.
Many people are falsely led to believe that doodles are healthy by being a mixed breed. This is a myth; health is no guarantee with doodles. Poodles and retrievers share many of the same health problems. Fully health tested parents from solid healthy pedigrees are the biggest factor in producing healthy puppies.
It took me longer than I hoped to make the switch in my breeding program to produce the poodles that I love. I am thankful that I followed my heart in the direction that it had been pulling me for many years. My hope is that more people will eventually understand that poodles are what make some of the doodles out there the awesome pets that they are.