In certain circles of canine culture, “part Poodle” is considered de rigeur. Take the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, and the union between the two, the ever-trendy Doubledoodle — if you can find one, that is. They are as desirable-a-dog as any purebred — often fetching the highest price tags and appearing on longest wait lists in the marketplace.
Now let us tell you something you haven’t already heard: The American Canine Hybrid Club counts more than 60 different Poodle mixes on its rosters — and most of them are not among the most popular dogs in America. Have you ever seen an Airedoodle (Airedale Terrier and Poodle)? What about Alhasapoo (Poodle and Lhasa Apso) or Lacaspoo (Cockapoo and Lhasa Apso)?
Here is a list of Poodle hybrids that, for whatever reason, have not captured the hearts and minds of dog lovers anywhere. Read more about them:
Bassetoodle: They have a longer torso and shorter legs than a real Basset Hound, which gives the Bassetoodle the look of having recently been photo shopped. And they tend to shed — which Poodles, also hypoallergenic, do not. Bonus points for being able to do the splits like this Bassetoodle.
Eskapoo: This is what happens when you mate a miniature Poodle with a larger, Husky-like breed (in this case the American Eskimo Dog) that’s already amixture…justbe prepared for a pooch whose head is smaller than his body.
Havapoo (Havanese and Poodle): Most Poodle hybrids, like this one, come to the party already being part-Poodle and part-something else. If a Poodle hybrid doesn’t have to be part-purebred, how can we tell if a doodle is actually “part Poodle?” Is part Poodle just a euphemism for mongrel with slightly curly hair? Consider the Jackapoo, the Papipoo, and the Bolonoodle, who look more mongrel than designer dog.
Pootalion: The urge to merge a dog that’s smart (the Poodle) and one that is fast (the Italian Greyhound) is understandable. Many of the dogs on the list ofpooshave some purpose, if not popularity. The Airedoodle is the Airedale Terrier with longer legs, and the Dalmadoodle is a Dalmatian without spots.
Poovier (Bouvipoo/Flandoodle): This Poodle hybrid seems to have it all — great hair, temperament, energy, and name. (It is part Poodle and part Bouvierdes Flandres, a breed that originated in Flanders, ergo the fancy name.) Although the Poovier looks and acts like one, it lacks the marketing and the star power of the Goldendoodle.
Saint Berdoodle: The brains of a Poodle and the brains of a Saint Bernard, this doodle is bred to be brilliant. But at somewhere between 100 and 200 pounds, it might be too big not to fail. You’re likely not to see the Saint Berdoodle at a dog park any time soon — such as an Alpine Trek.
Scoodle: It will take more than a neck accessory to help this particular hybrid (part Poodle, part Scottish Terrier) to catch on. Here’s why: It has neither the great hair (it needs regular brushing so it doesn’t tangle) nor the legs of a poodle (although it requires a lot of exercise). It doesn’t have the cache of the legendary Scottie.
Dunckiedoodle (second generation standard Poodle and second generation Cockapoo): A one-of-a-kind doodle mixture and all things positive about a part Poodle. He’s bigger than a small-sized Cockapoo and smaller than a standard Poodle. Duncan weighs 35 pounds, doesn’t shed, is hypo-allergenic, leaps for tennis balls, is smart and funny — and this writer’s very own. No more doodles need apply.