Doodle dogs are getting more and more popular around the world as they are super cute and fluffy.
I have a doodle of my own so I did a lot of research before getting my own doodle. This is what I learned.
Are Doodle Dogs Mutts?
Yes, Doodle dogs are mutts. Mutts are dogs that don’t have parents of the same breed. Doodles are a hybrid of a Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle and another breed with the aim to create a non-shedding dog.
Doodles are not an AKC (American Kennel Club) registered breed and can therefore not be purebred, as they are not a breed in the first place.
The word “mutt” has had a negative undertone for a long time but mutts are actually not a negative thing at all!
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Benefits Of Mutts
Mutts are often (but not always) the result of two or more purebred dogs. These purebred dogs can sometimes have a history of interbreeding to maintain the breed standard, which also affects their health.
When you are getting a mutt (most dogs from a shelter or any doodle) you get the best of both worlds. Mutts are known to be more resilient and generally, healthier than purebred dogs often are.
Mutts are cheaper than dogs that you buy from a breeder. Dog shelters are full of mutts and it’s a lot cheaper to buy a mutt from a shelter instead of a purebred puppy from a breeder but even though Doodles are mutts, they can really cost you when you get them from a breeder.
Mutts are a surprise package. You don’t know what you’re getting with a mutt. He could be a mix of German Shepherd, Chihuahua, Beagle and any other breed you can think of.
The same if you get a mutt puppy from a shelter you also won’t know how big he is going to get, what he is going to look like, what care his coat may or may not require and what his temperament will be like.
Getting a mutt dog also means you’ll have a one-of-a-kind dog that no one else has. Of course, every dog is unique and has its own temperament but purebred dogs still have traits that they are known for.
The Australian Shepherd, for example, is known for often having a will to please and wanting to always be near their owners.
Don’t use the word mutt and Doodle interchangeably though, they are not the same thing. Every doodle is a mutt but not every mutt a doodle.
A doodle is a specific kind of mutt, with one parent being a purebred Poodle and the other parent another breed.
The Reality of Doodles
Doodles get half their genes from either of their parents but you can never know what traits from which parents they get.
Doodles were originally made so that the non-shedding hair of the Poodle is passed on to their offspring but in reality, this isn’t always that easy.
The first generation of Doodles (F1) is always half of either of their parents but you can never know which half they get if you get the will to please of the Shepherd or not.
If you want a Doodle that has curly hair, then the first generation of Doodle is probably not for you.
The first generation of Doodles will all have wavy hair as a result of pure straight hair (R/R) from the Shepherd, which is a dominant gene, and pure curly hair (r/r) from the Poodle.
The curly hair from the Poodle only stays curly in their offspring if they get two genes for curly hair (r/r).
The genes in the first generation of Doodles will be half/half and look like this (R/r). This makes their hair wavy and not curly.
In the second generation of the Doodles, two different first-generation Doodles are bred. Their offspring have a chance that some of them might have curly instead of wavy hair.
The chance of a second-generation Aussiedoodle to have curly hair is 25% of all the puppies.
This means that a quarter of all the puppies could have curly hair but most of them will have wavy hair and a few of them even straight hair!
Why Should I Want A Doodle With Curly Instead Of Wavy Hair?
If you want a Doodle that doesn’t shed hair, you should look at second-generation Doodles.
The curly hair of a second-generation Doodle will be the same hair as a Poodle has. Because the hair is curly, the hair that falls out of the coat will get caught in the curly and prevent the dog from losing hair.
This means that you can also expect not to have the dog’s hair all over your clothes, furniture and floor.
A Doodle with curly hair also prevents dander (dead skin cells) from falling off of your dog, which is what makes them allergy-friendlier than other dogs.
People react to the dead skin cells that the dog sheds which isn’t the case with a curly coat.
You can still react to the dead skin found in your dog’s saliva and excrements though, which is why no dog is allergy-friendly towards all people.
Make sure to test if you are allergic to the dog you want to adopt or buy and also ensure that no other person in your household has a reaction.
You just need to spend a few hours around the dog and have a lot of contact with the dog to test whether you are allergic to him or not.
Grooming A Wavy Or Curly Doodle Coat
A Doodle coat can take a lot of work. Most of the time you’ll need a few brushes and a dog groomer.
Of course, you could also try to cut your dog’s hair yourself but in my experience cutting it yourself most of the time turns your dog into a bit of a mess.
Do you cut your hair yourself? Well, cutting a dog’s hair is three times harder because the dog has hair all over their body that needs to be cut and not just on the head.
Your dog is going to need to get a haircut between 2-4 times a year. I have noticed that as my dog aged, he needed fewer haircuts the older he got.
Apart from getting haircuts, you’ll want to brush your dog’s hair about every week or when you notice that a lot of dirt is stuck in it.
This brush I love using you just attach to your hand.
It’s so great because the hair can be removed so easily without any complications at all and is very soft so that it feels more like a back massage for your dog rather than torture.
I admit that my dog also didn’t like the first time I brushed him but you need to give your dog some time to get used to it, especially when a lot of stuff gets stuck, it can be irritating to your dog.
With time and treats(!) it definitely gets better so don’t worry if the very first time your dog isn’t enjoying it.