There are many different breeds of dogs that exist in the world, and poodle mixes are one of many that have increased in popularity in recent years. There are currently more than 40 different types of poodle mixes, more affectionately called doodles. These dogs are typically born from poodles and other purebred dogs like Labradors, Cocker Spaniels, Maltese, and Golden Retrievers.
While some owners find smaller doodles more appealing, others would prefer a larger poodle mix to share their life with. So, what are the best large poodle mixes for your family?
The best large poodle mixes include:
- Saint Berdoodles
- Irish Wolfadoodles
- Great Danoodles
Part of the reason for the increasing popularity of poodle mixes is their longer life spans and hypoallergenic properties. Most mixes also have non-shedding hair. In this article, we will go through some of the best large poodle mixes; including how much they cost, how big they are, and some additional good information to know.
1. Saint Berdoodles
Cost: Average of $1,000 to $2,000 if bought from a breeder.
Size: Between 100 to 150 lbs. and 15 to 30 inches. This Poodle mix is probably the biggest one out of them all.
History: Historical records show Saint Bernards being bred in Europe in the 1700s. While the story of this Poodle mix’s breeding is a little vaguer, it is said that they began being intentionally bred in the United States beginning in the 1880s.
Characteristics and Personality: Saint Berdoodles have thick, curly hair that needs a lot of attention. If you live in a place where there is colder weather, they will love having their thick coat to play in the snow. However, if you live in a place with a warmer climate, you might need to shave their hair every so often.
As for a Saint Berdoodle’s personality, these dogs love to please and are very loyal and affectionate. They are also rather easy to train and love other people and animals.
Cost: Anywhere between $2,500 to $5,000 if purchased from a quality breeder. Tri-color Bernedoodles are normally the most expensive.
Size: About 70 to 90 lbs. and 23 to 29 inches.
History: This hybrid is a mix between the Bernese Mountain Dog, originating in Switzerland, and the Poodle, originating in Germany and France. The Bernese were first introduced to America in 1926, while the American Kennel Club registered their first poodle in 1886. The Bernedoodle is actually a rather recent mix, first introduced in 2003. These dogs were specifically bred for companionship.
Characteristics and Personality: A Bernadoodle’s coat often comes in double or tri-color. Their hair is nearly hypoallergenic, but grooming should be performed once every day if possible (even if it’s only a simple brush down). Bernadoodles are usually easy to train but can lose focus easily. They are not easily scared or upset and they can typically keep their excitement to a minimum. Lots of exercise and outdoor activities are needed to help this breed stay healthy.
Bernadoodles love to play and can be clumsy and goofy, but they are also good-natured and calm. They’re kid-friendly and are a great dog choice for families. Bernadoodles are also great around elderly people and do well with large groups of people. Friendly to strangers and other animals, these dogs are easy-going, but you might need to remind them to be gentle sometimes because they love to wrestle and play.
Cost: About $1,500 to $3,000. Labradoodles cost much less if you get your dog from a rescue shelter. However, the purchase price of a labradoodle may cost even more than $3,000 if the dog is either from a reputable breeder or if it’s a smaller breed of Labradoodle.
Size: 50 to 65 lbs. and 22 to 24 inches.
History: In 1955, the term “Labradoodle” was used by Donald Campbell to describe his Labrador and Poodle mix, although the use of the word wasn’t originally popular. The breed was eventually introduced to the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia in 1989, and this was when it began to be more common to use this particular mix as a guide and service dog.
Characteristics and Personality: Their hair comes in a variety of different varieties: wiry, curly, straight, etc. Their short hair is easy to groom, but you have to do it constantly so the hair doesn’t get matted. And yes, they do shed a bit, but not as much as some other dog breeds.
Labradoodles are good at hunting, fetching, and swimming (they LOVE the water). They are also fairly easy to train. They are affectionate and love attention, and are also intelligent and open dogs. Labradoodles make good companions and working dogs, which is why they are so suited to being good service dogs and therapy dogs too. Owners should take these dogs outside to play at least once a day, praise them regularly during any type of behavioral training.
Cost: Average of between $1,000 to $3,000. Small Sheepadoodles will cost at least a few hundred extra dollars, and if you want specific traits such as eye or hair color, you should plan to pay more.
Size: Standard sized mixes will be 50 to 90 lbs. and 16-28 inches.
History: This cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle originated as an experiment in the 1960s. The United States Army was looking for a good breed to use as a military dog, and the Sheepadoodle was the result. This breed became more popular in the 1980s when people saw how little this dog shed and how easy it was for them to be around those with allergies.
Characteristics and Personality: The Sheepadoodle is a dog breed that doesn’t shed (unless maybe it’s brushed), thanks to its Old English Sheepdog parent. Their bodies are a little shorter and come in a variety of colors, and their hair is long, soft, and curly. Sheepadoodles must be groomed daily and are also susceptible to hip and joint issues like other big dogs.
Sheepadoodles are good with kids but must be trained to be gentle. Because they are so big, sometimes they can hurt others without meaning to. Sheepadoodles like being given jobs to do, which is great for their training, and they love to engage with others and play.
Cost: Prices range anywhere from $500 to $8000, depending on age and training. The more common average is $1000 to $2500.
Size: About 50 to 80 lbs. and about 21 to 26 inches.
History: This specific poodle mix was first bred by Monica Dickens in 1969. This breeding was meant to combine the typical non-shedding coat of a Poodle with the lovable temperament of a Golden Retriever. The Goldendoodle breed didn’t gain much popularity until the 1990s when more breeders began to breed them in North America and Australia.
Characteristics and Personality: One of the best mixes on this list for non-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs. However, Goldendoodles are prone to hip and joint issues, but you can provide supplements which make these conditions less likely to develop.
Goldendoodles have lots of energy, do best with ample outdoor space, and do well in families with children. They are also commonly used as service, guide, and therapy dogs, or even as sniffer dogs.
Cost: Much cheaper than some other poodle mixes, Mastidoodles will typically run you between $350 to $650. Plan on spending another $300 for the initial medical costs like chipping, grooming, neutering, and blood tests.
Size: Anywhere from 55 to 110 lbs. and 25 to 36 inches.
History: Mastidoodles haven’t been around for long, but the exact time that this mix began is unclear. It’s speculated that the breed started in the Americas, but they didn’t seem to appear until around 20 to 30 years ago. Mastidoodles are considered to be designer dogs, so they could likely have been introduced as far back as the 1980s.
Characteristics and Personality: Mastidoodles are not as big as their Mastiff parent and can live up to 12 years. They are an athletic dog that is alert, agile, and strong. Mastidoodles are also good family pets with a rather calm demeanor and can be good with other animals if properly socialized at a young age.
Cost: The average cost for a Newfypoo puppy will be $500 to $1,600.
Size: 65 to 140 lbs. and 22 to 30 inches.
History: This breed is the result of the union of Newfoundlands which started as working dogs brought from Newfoundland to England, and Standard Poodles, which originated in Germany. Besides that, not much else is known about the origin of the Newfypoo, or when exactly they began to appear. We do know that Newfypoos originated in the United States and that, as of 2009, the International Designer Canine Association has officially begun to recognize and record the breed.
Characteristics and Personality: Newfypoos must be washed and groomed regularly because they have a very fluffy, thick coat. They are loyal to family and love to engage with others. Newfypoos have a big heart and need lots of time, space, and attention to be happy.
8. Irish Wolfadoodles
Cost: If you are adopting an Irish Wolfadoodle, you can find one for as low as $300. If you plan to purchase this dog from a breeder though, plan on spending around $1,500 to $2,800 to bring one of these giants home..
Size: 90 to 120 lbs. and 16 to 32 inches.
History: A mix between an Irish Wolfhound and a Poodle, this breed’s origin is uncertain. We do know, however, that the Irish Wolfhound was a common dog owned by royalty, and spent its fair amount of time in royal courts, as well as being gifted to other royal families.
Characteristics and Personality: These dogs have long legs, long tails, and long bodies. They are sturdy and lean and are rather athletic, especially when it comes to endurance running.
Cost: Expect to pay anywhere between $700 to $2500, depending on the characteristics and circumstances of the specific Pyredoodle you choose.
Size: 85 to 110 lbs. and 15 to 32 inches.
History: The most commonly accepted origin for this mix of Great Pyrenees and Poodle is that Pyredoodles were first introduced in the 1980s when breeders began experimenting with the breeding of Poodles and other breeds to produce more hypoallergenic dogs.
Characteristics and Personality: Pyredoodles typically have white hair and tend to have fewer health issues than their parent breeds. They have high intelligence, are calm, and pretty fearless. Pyredoodles are great for anything from being a family dog to guarding livestock, they have a lower energy drive than poodles but a strong prey drive. Pyredoodles are more sensitive to strangers as well, so proper early socialization is key.
Cost: Average price will be between $250 and $1,800.
Size: 60 to 100 lbs. and anywhere from 12 to 27 inches.
History: Rottles are a designer dog, the product of Rottweiler and Poodle parents. Rottweilers are believed to have descended from Roman Mastiffs and were common guard dogs used in both World War I and II. The exact time the Rottle was introduced is unknown, but it’s believed that the intention behind its creation was to make a better working dog by combining the characteristics of both parent breeds.
Characteristics and Personality: Rottles have a longer life span of up to 15 years and aren’t hypoallergenic, but don’t shed too much. Rottles have a more aggressive guardian instinct and need lots of room and ample time for proper training.
11. Great Danoodles
Cost: $800 to $1,500. The average annual medical expenses for Great Danoodles run around $485 to $600.
Size: 80 to 110 lbs. and 23 to 34 inches.
History: Great Danoodles are a mix between a Great Dane and a Poodle. This mix has likely existed since the early 1900s. Because of their long-standing history and ancestry from two great European breeds, they are more stable than other recent hybrids. One important thing to know is that they are currently not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Characteristics and Personality: Great Danoodles possess higher energy as puppies, but at about 2 years old they have lower energy needs. While Great Danoodles do better with more room, they will be okay with apartments and smaller spaces. This breed is also loyal, social, and eager to please.
Cost: While Boxerdoodles can be one of the most expensive hybrid dogs, the average cost for a puppy is actually between $650 and $1,500. Watch out for breeders that sell this poodle mix at especially low prices, as these breeders may not have used a purebred Great Dane or Poodle in the breeding process.
Size: Boxerdoodles comes in at quite a range, with the normal weight being anywhere from 12 to 70 lbs. and the height is between 10 to 25 inches.
History: A mix between a Boxer and a Poodle, this breed is much more recent and seems to have been created sometime in the last decade or two. Not much else is known about their history or origin. The Boxer is believed to be related to Bulldog breeds and is known for its great hunting and fighting skills.
Characteristics and Personality: Depending on the nature of the parent, Boxerdoodles can have either a curly or clean coat and might have hip, joint, or heart issues. They have a happy temperament, are easy to train, like to play, and are good with children of all ages and larger families.