Behind the Breed: Oodle’s and Poo’s

Behind the Breed: Oodle’s and Poo’s

Behind the breed is an ongoing series to assist in you choosing the right breed for yourself and family.

Oodle’s and Poo’s – are crossbreeds of Poodles, Standard Poodles, Miniature Poodles, and Toy Poodles. These mixed breeds have been gaining in popularity in the recent decade because of a great PR campaign.  Although these Oodle’s and Poo’s are mutts, they are being called “designer breeds”.  Breeders began breeding Poodles with breeds like Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Javanese, and just about every toy breed you can think of is being crossed with toy poodles.


Well they are definitely cute and capture that stuffed teddy bear persona.  Poodles for have been described as one of the if not the most intelligent of canines.  The breeders intentions are to capture the best of both worlds. Intelligence and attractiveness.

I have trained several Oodle’s and Poo’s here in Denver where the phenomenon has really taken off.  What I’m finding isn’t always what the breeder intended.  Of course, these guys are always cute, but their temperaments and trainability can be the worst of both breeds combined. For example, I have trained 20 – 30 Goldendoodles and Labradoodles of those two were what the breeder had intended for them.  One is actually in training as a service dog.  Maltipoo’s and Yorkipoo’s are by far in my opinion the cutest and from reports from my training staff are the easiest to train out of all of the Oodle’s and Poo’s.

When choosing any breed, purebred, rescue, or “designer breed”, learn as much as you can about the dog you are choosing.  If the dog has multiple breeds then research all of the possible breeds so you have an idea of what to expect.  Not all dogs are the same no matter what breed they are.  For instance, a litter of 10 puppies will have 10 different personalities and temperaments.

Consult your veterinarian, local breeder, and trainers for sound advice and to get an idea of what to expect.  Also, buyer beware, you may be spending top dollar for your Oodle or Poo, that’s a lot of money being spent on a mutt, and there’s many mutts at the shelter who could easily satisfy that need to have a cuddly teddy bear.


Michele is Denvers Dog Training Examiner, a certified canine trainer at Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the Dog Doctor Radio Show.


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