Poodles vs Doodles: What Is The Difference?


Poodles are known for being brainy lap dogs, and it isn’t hard to see why the breed is so popular. Their popularity has seen the rise of an entirely new breed known as the Doodle, which leaves many people confused about the differences between the two.

What is the difference between a poodle and a doodle? Poodles have been recognized by the American Kennel Club as being its own distinct breed of dog. Doodles are off-spring of Poodles and other dog species, hybrids, which means Doodles are not their own independent breed. The differences between the two can vary from weight to allergies.

The differences don’t stop there, and we’ll go into further details in the article. You’ll learn the history of the poodle and when the first Doodle was bred. Topics such as temperament and health risks will be brought up to help you learn everything there is to know about one of the smartest breeds.

History Of The Poodle

Poodles are believed to have originated from Germany, where they developed for hunting waterfowl in France. The true origin of the Poodle is highly debated. Due to the proof that poodles were around during Ancient Greek and Egyptian artwork, many believe that the breed was a result of breeding European water dogs. These poodles were categorized according to their size, which was labeled as:

  • Miniature
  • Toy
  • Standard

Their name in German, ‘Pudel,’ means “Splash of Water.” This references the Poodle’s innate water-hunting characteristics. The poodle is ranked second out of most intelligent dog breeds, with the Border Collie being the first.

The Standard Poodle is the largest size of the three and acted as a retriever for duck hunters and bird hunting that took place more upland. It has been used in the US and Canada since the early 1990s as fowl hunters. Their use in this declined many years later, where they began to grow popular for circus performances and used as a status symbol amongst the wealthy.

Their reintroduction to hunting sports is something that has begun to see another rise in popularity. It is reported that more and more Poodles are finding their ways out on the hunting fields after 30 years of breeding to refine the hunting genome.

Poodle LifeSpan

The lifespan of the Poodle is quite long, averaging at 12-15 years. Poodles are susceptible to many forms of eye disease that take the form of cataracts or Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Cancer is another risk that runs high among the breed, with additional worries being tumors.

Check out this article I recently wrote on cancer in poodles. In it, you’ll learn which cancers are most common in poodles and the symptoms that may suggest the onset of cancer.

Additional Health Risks

One of the many perks of owning a poodle is not having to worry about dander as often as you would with many other breeds. This means that whenever they do start to shed more than usual it could be caused by many underlying problems. Keep your eye out of things such as ringworm and if your dog is experiencing allergic reactions.

Do Toy Poodles Have Separation Anxiety?

Toy Poodles require a lot of human attention, especially at a very young age. If you’ve come home and seen your toy poodle has wrecked the place, it wasn’t out of contempt. The poodle was simply scared about being away from its pact and destroyed small objects around the room when they were no longer able to control it.

This is a very common issue amongst rescue dogs and won’t show as often for dogs that have only known one family their entire life. Toy Poodles can simply start to freak out when left alone if they’ve been abandoned before out of fear of it happening again, or even if another pet that you had is no longer around.

Thankfully the toy poodle is one of the most trainable breeds alive. They are also very high energy making a simple walk before you leave a very effective way to tire them out. Leave your dog alone for five-minute intervals at a time before slowly increasing the amount of time you are gone. This can help you get your poodle used to your absence, and since they know you’ll be back, they won’t destroy everything.

I recently wrote this article on how to stop separation anxiety in poodles. In it, you’ll learn how to identify this anxious behavior and fifteen ways to help fix it.

If you are noticing that nothing is helping your poodle with separation anxiety, then it is a wise idea to branch off to other methods. You can use supplements such as Ultra-Calm that will relieve your dog’s anxiety for up to two hours. For longer amounts of time, there is always the option of using a pheromone plug-in that is used to help with anxiety stop stress-related behaviors such as chewing up pillows.

If your poodle is going through separation anxiety, then it is a bad idea to punish them for being destructive. It’s irritating to have to replace and clean up your home, but taking corrective in the form of punishments can only worsen the symptoms. Poodles, specifically Toy Poodles, were bred for their loyalty and companionship.

A great behavioral training course can really help your poodle deal with separation anxiety. I found a fantastic video training system called Brain Training for Dogs. With this training, I was able to discover my dog’s fears and use the training system to help eliminate the triggers that caused his anxiety. This is an awesome program and crazy inexpensive! Check it out here to see more detailed information.

Poodle Temperament

Poodles are beloved for their wholesome nature and necessity to spread it around. Their temperament is a direct reflection of their I.Q. They act as loyal companions for children, although, like most dogs, it is recommended to never leave them alone in the same room for an extended amount of time.

They love the water from their evolutionary history of hunting waterfowl, such as ducks. Because of this, they make for proficient swimmers. Evolutionary features such as the fur on their ears help keep the water out of them

Poodles are generally okay with apartment living, even though their intelligence will often lead them to boredom. They favor hotter climates over colder ones, as their fur isn’t thick enough for their body to be properly acclimated.

History Of The Doodle

The very first Doodle bred was a labradoodle in the early 1980s. The man responsible, Wally Conron was a puppy-breeding manager for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. His goal was to breed an allergy-free service dog for a visually impaired woman who suffered from allergies relating to dog dander. It took Wally two years and 33 attempts to successfully breed a Standard Poodle and a Labrador.

Although it wasn’t an overnight hit, the breed started to see a rise in popularity in the following years. Unfortunately, the popularity only helped enable the overbreeding that followed it. It wasn’t very long before many puppy mills were breeding the dogs and marketing them as “hypo-allergenic” to make cash.

Depending on the cross-breeding, the Doodle can have a variety of hairstyles, or even be born with multiple at the same time. Because of this, Doodles often times are high maintenance in their appearance and may make you visit a groomer every eight weeks.

Doodle LifeSpan

The average lifespan of a Golden Doodle lies anywhere from 10-15 years which is great for a medium to large size dog. Both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are healthy breeds, and it makes sense that many of the healthy genes between the two would get coupled for the off-spring. This was thought to be standard with the breeds very laid-back attitude, which helped it avoid many stress-related illnesses.

Health Risks

Golden Doodles are going to be prone to many hip-related diseases such as hip dysplasia and can even suffer from various eye disorders. If you notice anything seems off about your dog, then get them to the vet for consultation. Golden Doodles run the risk of having health problems from

Hip Dysplasia: This is a very apparent condition that is able to be seen in young puppies. This condition is when the joints do not develop properly and can cause future problems from arthritis to possible lameness

Progressive Retinal Atrophy: If you notice that your Goldendoodle is bumping into things more often than usual, then it may be a symptom of this disease. This begins as night blindness slowly gets worse and can leave your pet blind completely.

Atopic Dermatitis: Though we said that you won’t see as many shedding issues with a Doodle as you would with any other breed, they still share many of the same skin allergies. This condition will leave your pet’s skin dry and inflamed, which may cause pain if anyone were to touch them. The solution to this problem could be as simple as changing their diet.

While you can certainly get the best of both genes by mixing up these two breeds, the same can be said about the health conditions. When breeding these two, you are essentially leaving the outcome to chance. Yes, you could see a very relaxed and smart family pet that will love you for many years to come, but you could also breed a Doodle that has many health problems impeding on its quality of life.

Keep in mind that there is also no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Allergens are going to be carried by dander and saliva. This means that there isn’t a single breed of dog that is void of this condition. Everyone who is allergic acts differently around dogs and the same can be said about dogs who posses certain allergen levels. There is really no way of knowing how allergic to the dog you are going to be prior to meeting.

Doodle Temperament

Doodles are known for their temperaments, and like the Poodle, it is reflected by their intelligence. The breed that we have been referencing throughout the article as an example known as the Golden Doodle is one that really gives truth to the claim. Both the Poodle and Golden Retrievers are known for being fiercely loyal to their families.

Any breed of Doodle is going to want to join in on family activities, and it makes great for a family pet. They have a necessity to be where people are, and their energy levels can go from non-existent to everywhere in a short amount of time. They are known for being easy to train and one of the more obedient breeds.

Doodles won’t make excellent guard dogs. They will notify you of an intruder, but if your house were to be broken into while you’re away then your Doodle is more likely to ask for belly rubs than it is to scare them away. They have been described as lazy, thought eager to please showcasing the uniqueness of their personalities.

Reasons To Own A Poodle Or Doodle

There are many reasons to adopt one of the best breeds on the planet, but below we will list just the top few reasons you should get one yourself!

There’s A Size For Everyone

As stated earlier in the article, there are three different sizes for poodles that encompass both purebreds and crossbreds. Standard Poodles are for those that like a medium to large size dog while the Toy Poodle can be lugged around in your purse. Miniature Poodles are great for those that can’t decide between the other two and give the best of both worlds.

There’s A Style To Match

Poodles are known for having some funky and iconic looks about them. This goes double for the poodles we’ve seen used as wealthy status symbols. The poodle hairstyle in the crossbreeds is something that rarely ever looks out of place. It manages to utilize a sense of fashion that would look plain weird on other breeds and keep their shedding to an all-time low.

They Rarely Shed

This is a win-over for many. While they will shed from time to time, it’s nowhere near the cleaning commitment that you would find with any other breed. Those with allergies may not see very severe symptoms because of this. Poodles and doodles have a very curly coat of hair that is very similar to humans, and though it requires some routine maintenance the coat won’t leave clumps of hair everywhere.

They Are Perfect For New Owners

Poodles and doodles are commended for being some of the easiest breeds to train, which works out well for owners that may not have any real experience caring for a pup. It’s best to train your puppy as soon as you get it to help it overcome problems like separation anxiety early and to help make crate training a breeze if their anxiety gets too them frequently.

They Have Amazing Temperament

Poodles and doodles are rarely ever aggressive and are calm the majority of the time. If you are able to socialize them properly, then they will not have a single problem dealing with other dogs. They make great companions for children, though it is wise to never leave the two alone for an extended amount of time. No matter their size, your poodle or doodle is going to believe they’re a lap dog.

Even though having a calm dog can have its benefits, there may be situations where a breed that’s more authoritarian could help. Because of your dog’s high temperament, their first few actions won’t be going after an intruder that broke in but really act more as a host for the time they are there.

They Are Extremely Intelligent

The intelligence of Poodles and doodles are what helps them stay so calm and receive training so quickly. They are very quick-witted dogs that rank only second to the Border Collies in intelligence, and their heritage often means they have a fond love for water.

Seeing how poodles are very friendly and not afraid of crowds, they have the potential of acting as a service dog for those that need extra assistance throughout the day. Their natural high intelligence makes it much easier to train them for the job, which will help them stay focused on the job throughout the day.

Are Doodles Able To Reproduce?

Two doodles reproducing is very possible, and the offspring is known as a “Double Doodle.” This does not mean that the dog is 50% one type and 50% of the other. It is a very common practice to cross-breed multigenerational dogs, which means that it could be a mix up of species. The breed is also known by many names including

  • North American Retriever
  • Golden Labradoodle

The potential mixing of the breeds can cause a wild variation of temperaments. It’s best to look up the traits of the Double Doodles to see which ones your dog matches up the most with.

Brent Hartman

I'm Brent Hartman. I've been a dog lover my entire life and have owned many animals over the years. When my black lab Angus passed away, I was looking for another friend to share my life with. As a result of my research, I've come to love poodles and wanted to share some of what I've learned with you. Whether you're looking to adopt a poodle, or already own one, I created Poodle report to be the ultimate guide to help you find the answers you need.

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