Having my own Doodle, I did A LOT of research about Doodles and Poodles before getting my own and I also considered getting a Poodle but in the end, I decided not to.
Lots of people that have previously (or currently own) a Poodle might not understand why suddenly everyone is obsessed with Doodles when you can get a purebred Poodle that is a lot more predictable than a Doodle mutt.
Their argument is that if you’re planning on getting a Poodle mutt you might as well get one from the nearest shelter and give a dog a second chance instead of spending $1000 and beyond that for a “designer dog”.
While I totally understand that saving a dog from a shelter and giving it a second chance is better than buying (any) dog from a breeder, there are reasons that I think a Doodle is better than a Poodle.
I did visit my closest dog shelter multiple times before deciding to buy a Doodle puppy and I had a few reasons to decide to go against adoption and rather get a puppy.
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Why I decided Against A Shelter Dog
My mum was bitten when she was young and she is still to this day scared of big dogs (even though we have a Yorkshire Terrier). She wasn’t comfortable with adopting a big dog from a shelter that she didn’t know and would have probably never fully trusted.
My mum is also very prone to developing allergies to specific pets which is why we wanted to get one that is as low shedding as possible. She has allergies to some dogs that she has met which made her uncomfortable with getting a dog that sheds a lot.
Yes, Doodles can shed too but here at least you know what kind of dog you’re getting into (what the parent breeds are).
These are my reasons for buying a Doodle puppy instead of a shelter/rescue dog.
Yes, of course, a shelter dog is better regardless but since we also already have a dog and he’s very shy and not very good at socializing, we thought a puppy would be a better fit for us.
Doodles Come In A Lot Of Colours
If (like me) you absolutely love a specific breed but you already know that they shed a lot, you’re probably considering a Doodle.
I’m completely in love with the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Australian Shepherd, both not exactly low on the scale in the terms of shedding.
Now I already know that Doodles are falsely advertised to being completely non-shedding and that’s not true for the majority of the time. I personally still prefer a Doodle that has the breed-specific colouring and some of the traits too.
I later decided to get an Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd x Poodle) and the litter of puppies was very diverse in colour.
The Poodle mum has a light beige, almost white, coat and the father is a blue merle Australian Shepherd and yet the litter has all kinds of colour combinations.
I definitely loved the fact that there were so many different colour combinations to chose from, which isn’t typically the same when you get a Poodle.
Poodles will come in a lot of colours too there’s no doubt but I personally don’t like the “boring” one colour coats but prefer a more unique coat.
Doodles Are A Shedding-friendlier Variety Of Other Shedding Breeds
Don’t get me wrong, Doodles can definitely shed.
Since my mum is already prone to allergies and is allergic to some dogs and other pets, she didn’t want a dog that sheds.
Doodles (in my experience) shed less than purebred dogs that are known to shed a lot.
I have an F1 Doodle (first-generation) meaning that his coat is neither straight or curly but wavy. A wavy coat isn’t completely shedding friendly but it does shed less than a straight-haired coat.
If you’re looking for a completely shedding friendly Doodle then you can read more about this in my other article where I explain the different Doodle generations.
You Don’t Like The Way The Poodle Looks
I searched for shedding friendly dogs when my family first decided to get another dog. Since we already have a Yorkshire Terrier and he doesn’t shed at all, we wanted something like that again.
When you’re looking at puppies, of course, they all look cute and you’d take any puppy home if you just randomly found them on the street but when you’re planning on buying a puppy you have the advantage to make the choice.
You get to chose which breed and puppy you want.
I looked at multiple Poodles as grown-up dogs and I just don’t like the way they look. At last, it does come down to personal preference and my mum and I agreed that we don’t like the way Poodles look.
It has nothing to do with these typical Poodle haircuts that you see often or the fact that they require a lot of grooming or even that they have the reputation to be “Sisi” or “Fifi” dogs.
Doodles might look similar to the Poodle but they also don’t. Nobody would go up to my dog and ask if he’s a Poodle because he clearly isn’t.
Doodles Have Behavior Traits From Other Breeds
Doodles are partly Poodle which is why they are said to be super easy to train and can occasionally get separation anxiety as well as other Poodle traits.
Poor breeders will advertise that Doodles get the best traits of both Breeds but that is not true. A quality breeder will tell you that they have no control over which traits the puppies get.
The traits are randomly selected and that is why over many years breeders bred specific dogs to create a standard breed that has specific traits.
Mutts aren’t like that. They are a surprise package. You never really know what you’re getting with a mutt. Even though breeders won’t advertise with this but Doodles are mutts which is why they are unpredictable BUT having a mutt also has its ups.
Yes, the Doodles will get traits from both the Poodle and the other breed that you chose. I always wanted an Australian Shepherd because they are so easy to train and can learn so many tricks extremely quickly.
So, I got an Aussiedoodle and he’s certainly smart and learns new commands very quickly, which is what I was looking for.
You Don’t Like The Super Curly Coat
Most Doodles that are the first generation hybrid of the Poodle and another breed have wavy hair.
There are doodles that can have a curly Poodle coat but they aren’t as common as you might think.
Usually, the first generation of Doodles is a mixture of the curly Poodle coat and the straight Australian Shepherd (or Golden Retriever, Labrador, etc.), resulting in a wavy coat.
Personally, I never liked the extremely curly Poodle coat from the way it looks.
Now, of course, there is nothing wrong with a Poodle. They are elegant, athletic and smart dogs but personally, I don’t like the way they look.
A Poodle might be for you and Poodles are definitely not “Fifi” dogs like they are often portrayed to be but it comes down to personal preference in the end.
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