According to the American Kennel Club, Poodles are one of the most popular dog breeds around the United States. These intelligent dogs have amazing personalities and their small size makes them adaptable to small spaces. When given proper training, these great dogs can make a poodle parent happy and will make for great family pets.
In this article, we give you the ultimate guide to Poodle mix breeds and share what makes each of them excellent family pets.
The Best Poodle Mix Dogs
Many Poodle crosses are called “Doodles” but can also have many names according to their cross breeds. Below is a curated list of the best Poodle mixes you might want to consider.
1. Cockapoo (Poodle x Cocker Spaniel)
While the Cocker Spaniel is considered to be a mid-sized dog, it’s still smaller compared to others in the same size range. First conceived in the 1950s, the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle came together to form the Cockapoo as one of the very first Doodle hybrid dogs. Coming in at just 25 pounds, these lap dogs are friendly and will get along with everyone, including young children, making them excellent family dogs.
One thing to keep in mind is that they’re distracted easily and will need a bit more training to get the response you want. They’re very vocal and will bark a lot compared to other dogs and will also have thick and soft coats which can be wavy, straight, or curly with various colors like black, tan, brown, white, and golden. These are friendly dogs that will do well with small children and will enjoy their time playing with their humans.
2. Pomapoo (Poodle x Pomeranian)
If you love dog breeds, you’ll adore the fusion of a Poodle and a Pomeranian, a cute pair that makes one of the most popular poodle mixes. Because both parent breeds are positive and friendly pups, it’s very likely that their children will be similar. Most of the time, the Pomapoo usually has a calm nature and will be quite sociable.
Pomapoos are smart dogs that are intelligent and easy to train, making them a great choice for first-time owners. Because of the Pomeranian influence in their genes, these dogs will often bond with a particular family member. Even so, they will get along well with everyone and are a great choice for dog-loving families.
3. Akipoo (Poodle x Akita Inu)
The Akita Inu is most famously known for the story of “Hachiko,” a brave dog known for the loyalty it carried for its owner, where a statue was erected for it in Japan. In 1937, Helen Keller bought the Akita to America after she was given a puppy during her tour around Japan. This paved the way for these two great purebred dogs to create the Akipoo, although the breed has only been introduced in recent years.
These doodle dogs are born with many traits from the Akita Inu, including their adorable looks, loyalty, and courage, which are combined with the outgoing and quirky personality of a Poodle. In addition, they are also a smart and agile breed and will tend to look more like their Akita parents, donning a fluffy coat that can be wavy or straight. They will have mostly black coats with white and tan markings but can also work in reverse depending on their parent’s genes.
4. Bernedoodle (Poodle x Bernese Mountain Dog)
If you like larger dogs, a Bernedoodle is a friendly dog that you can consider adding to your happy family. They will often carry the same good looks that Bernese Mountain Dogs and Poodles have, and will typically have medium-length wavy hair. These cute dogs will also inherit the color of their Bernese Mountain Dog parent along with brown or blue eyes to complete their unique look.
These giants are gentle yet playful dogs, depending on the kind of Poodle used for breeding. Puppies will inherit loyalty and intelligence from both parents and are great in most kinds of social experiences. Introduced in 2003, they were originally developed to become companion dogs; this is probably why they’re drawn to children, making them an excellent choice for families.
5. Cairnoodle (Poodle x Cairn Terrier)
A combination between the Mini Poodle and the Cairn Terrier — two beloved lapdogs from the U.S. and the U.K. — resulted in the Cairnoodle. This combination will almost always guarantee that you’ll have a dog with an allergy-friendly coat. These cute dogs can serve as both water retrievers and hunters since the Poodle is originally a water dog while the first Cairn Terriers were bred to be companions to hunters.
Because of its intelligence and work ethic, this small dog will need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to prevent them from getting bored.
6. Cavapoo (Poodle x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
If you’re looking for a teddy bear puppy, then look for this combination between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These energetic dogs love to play and are happy to learn; just make sure that they get to spend time with the whole family. Unfortunately, these dogs may suffer from separation anxiety so don’t leave them alone too long.
They can also be stubborn, but giving them plenty of love and attention will help to encourage their clever nature.
7. Bolonoodle (Poodle x Bolognese)
This designer dog has an appearance that’s close to that of a trimmed and tucked Poodle, but with hair that’s even curlier. They are the result of breeding a Toy Poodle with a Bolognese; where the latter has a calmer personality compared to the former. This combination equates to a dog that’s both reserved and alert.
While Bolonoodles love having fun, they’re also well-balanced when it comes to being playful and well-behaved which you can count on when needed. Even with their curly coat, these tiny dogs are mostly hypoallergenic, and there isn’t a lot of variety that comes out of this hybrid.
8. Whoodle (Poodle x Wheaten Terrier)
Whoodles are a cross between the Poodle and the Wheaten Terrier, which is known for its beautiful, soft coat. When breeding the Whoodle, breeders may use different sizes of Poodles which is why they come in many sizes. Apart from being a playful dog, this breed is also a fantastic guard dog thanks to its Wheaten Terrier genes.
Whoodles aren’t typically vocal — they mostly bark as a warning sign for their humans when they sense danger. However, you’ll need to watch them closely when introducing other animals into their environment since they have hunting instincts.
9. Bassetoodle (Poodle x Basset Hound)
What do you get when you mix the adorable Poodle with the Basset Hound? The Bassetoodle takes the best of both breeds, so you get a pup with droopy ears and the long body of the Basset Hound, along with the long legs of a Poodle. Both of these parent dogs are some of the most common and popular dogs in France, which is why it’s the most popular crossbreed there.
Depending on which genes are more present, the puppy may come with short and wiry fur, or long curly fur, both of which aren’t hypoallergenic.
10. Chinese Crestepoo (Poodle x Chinese Crested)
These little dogs may seem strange-looking, but many pet parents find that they are very loving; their favorite things to do is a mixture of playtime and cuddles, but can also be quite vocal. This unique blend between the Poodle and the Chinese Crested dog is an uncommon result since the latter isn’t as popular compared to the other canines on this list. Because each dog has such different looks, they will often have a distinct collection of characteristics from the two.
Some dogs will have long hair, others will have curly or wavy hair in places that could be black, brown, or white; others won’t have much hair apart from the head.
11. Bossi-Poo (Poodle x Boston Terrier)
When you take a Poodle and breed it with a Boston Terrier, you’ll get a cute Bossi-Poo. This dog doesn’t look much like a typical Doodle since they will generally produce the color and coat of a Boston Terrier rather than a Poodle. Because Boston Terriers have a short snout and a more compact face, it’s difficult to eat and breathe; this is why they will often be mixed with other dogs.
These health issues are corrected with this Doodle, which results in a dog with a well-proportioned face and longer snouts. They have white and black fur that ranges in length from short to long, while their ears can either be floppy or erect depending on the genes they have.
12. Poogle (Poodle x Beagle)
These active dogs are the lovechild of the intelligent Poodle and the playful Beagle, which results in puppies that are full of energy and affectionate. Because the genes between these two breeds are strong, Poogles may inherit a wide range of characteristics from both parents, resulting in a mix between them. You’ll often see them with the muted colors they inherited from their Beagle parent, along with wavy, medium-length fur.
Thanks to their great qualities, they are a good choice for families and will be great buddies with other pets. But because they inherit their Beagle parents’ prey drive, you may need to watch them around smaller animals.
13. Corgipoo (Poodle x Corgi)
These Doodle mixes come from the combination of the Poodle and the Welsh Corgi. They will come in various looks because both breeds have such different body shapes, sizes, and coat compositions. But one thing certain about the Corgipoo is that it will always get the stubby, short legs of its Corgi parents since it’s such a strong trait.
Luckily, most people will find this adorable on the little guy, and it will also inherit the Poodle’s curly coat but may also come with a more fuzzy coat type.
14. Pit Boodle (Poodle x Pit Bull)
The unusual combination between a Poodle and Pitbull results in the Pit Boodle, a muscular and highly active dog that’s loyal and has a more manageable coat compared to the Pitbull. These medium-sized dogs won’t weigh more than 50 pounds and are extremely active, but they won’t inherit traits of a working dog. However, they will pester you for time and attention, so be sure to give them at least 45 minutes of exercise each day to work off their excess energy.
Pit Boodles can function in all kinds of environments, as long as they are given proper exercise every day, making them a great addition to a family of dog lovers.
15. Great Danoodles (Poodle x Great Dane)
This gentle giant is a mix between the Great Dane and the Standard Poodle; males will grow over 100 pounds and will shed less compared to their parents. While they aren’t hypoallergenic dogs, they are considered to be a low-shedding breed. Their coat color will vary depending on their genes but because both parents share a few colors, you’ll commonly see black and white on Great Danoodles.
These dogs will typically live up to 10 years, adding a few years to the Great Dane’s usual lifespan. Once they pass the puppy stage when they turn two years old, their energy needs will be reduced, making them the perfect choice for families. While they will do well in small living spaces, they are much better off in big houses where they can roam around.
16. Poo-Ton (Poodle x Coton de Tulear)
This cute combination between a Poodle and a Coton de Tulear results in a dog that many people will find highly appealing and is also referred to as the Cotonpoo. While they’re available in such a sweet package, don’t be fooled; they come with a lot of energy and plenty of intelligence. Because of this, they don’t need to exert themselves to be accepted into a family, and they would want nothing more than to be a great companion for you.
They’re also hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for allergy sufferers.
17. Peekapoo (Poodle x Pekingese)
Much like their name, Peekapoos are charming and popular mixed breeds that are loved by many. They come from breeding a Toy Poodle with a Pekingese that produces a small, cute dog. However, both the Pekingese and Poodle breeds love being spoiled, so they’ll demand their humans to give them attention by using their lovable personalities.
Despite their diva-like tendencies, Peekapoos are protective and loyal dogs that are happy to love their family, which might become too much to handle. They’re also jealous pets, so take the time to properly introduce them to a new pet.
18. Froodle (Poodle x French Bulldog)
The Froodle is a highly popular hybrid and has recently been accepted into the American Canine Hybrid Club. Their popularity has been attributed to the recent buzz surrounding the French Bulldog, one of the parents that made this terrific pup. These small breed dogs tend to look more like their Frenchie parents compared to their Poodle parents, which makes them highly valued in today’s market.
Because they’re so sociable and friendly, they can quickly become loving family members. Despite being very smart and highly adaptable, they will still need lots of love and attention to stay healthy and happy.
19. Pyredoodle (Poodle x Great Pyrenees)
When you create a hybrid between a Poodle and a Great Pyrenees, you get the Pyredoodle, which is big, fluffy, and will always look like it’s smiling. When bred with the Standard Poodle, this loving dog can become a giant dog breed, reaching as much as 100 pounds. They are also called the Pyreneesdoodle, Pyrepoo, or the Pyreneespoo, and are surprisingly one of the more common hybrids.
Be sure to check local shelters to see if they have one there — they’re highly adaptable to a wide range of living conditions, but they will thrive when given the exercise they need. They are great with older children but can become overprotective should they feel threatened but it’s a good thing their hearts are just as big as their bodies. They will often have a similar color to their Great Pyrenees parent and will have long fur that’s wavy.
20. Sheepadoodle (Poodle x Old English Sheepdog)
In contrast with many of the other hybrid breeds that are usually small and delicate, the Sheepadoodle is a large and powerful hybrid that stands out from the more common combinations. It was developed by mixing a Poodle with a Sheepdog but it can also be mixed with a Toy Poodle to create a smaller version. A Sheepadoodle will often look more like a Sheepdog, abandoning the curly hair that most Doodles have.
Instead, they have fur that’s straight or wavy that’s mostly white and black along with variations in markings between these colors. The Sheepadoodle is friendly and it loves children; when socialized early, it can get along with other dogs but won’t adapt well if put in an apartment. One thing to look out for is a little bit of their herding urges may surface if they favor the Sheepdog personality.
21. Shih-Poo (Poodle x Shih Tzu)
If you love small dogs, the good news is that two of the smallest and cutest breeds on the planet, a Toy Poodle and a Shih-Tzu have produced the Shihpoo. Because of the Shih-Tzu’s reputation as a wonderful family pet, these Doodle hybrids have become almost as popular. These little bundles of joy are mild-mannered and carry a charm and elegance about them thanks to their fluffy coats.
They’re also cuddly and will get along with most other pets, especially, dogs, cats, and rodents. While they will do well in families, it’s important to understand that they’re very small and may easily get hurt, so it may not be a good idea to leave them with younger children.
22. Chipoo (Poodle x Chihuahua)
Another cutie on this list is the Chipoo, a wonderful mix between the Poodle and the Chihuahua. Because the Chihuahua is among the most beloved breeds around North America, they have been used to breed a wide range of designer dogs. Small, playful, and affectionate, the Chipoo comes in a small package thanks to the compact size of both parent dogs but will have vastly different personalities and looks so consistency isn’t common in a litter.
In general, these dogs will happily fit into a family as long as they get a bit of independence to themselves. They will naturally inherit their Poodle parent’s allergen-friendly coats and intelligence as well as the sassy personality of a Chihuahua. These traits combined make it a wonderful dog for anyone willing to give it the attention and love it deserves, including first-time owners.
23. Doodleman (Poodle x Doberman Pinscher)
The Doodleman is what you get when you mix a Poodle with a Doberman Pinscher — this unlikely hybrid is possible but can be hard to find. This cross can be done using a Standard Poodle, resulting in a great blend between the body shapes of these two dogs. In general, the coat that the Doodleman gets is a beautiful mixture of both parent breeds.
Doodleman mixes will come with medium-length hair along with small waves rather than the curly coat of a Poodle or the short coats that Dobermans have. A combination of these dogs will often result in a big dog and inherit the Doberman’s black coat. Just like Dobermans, the Doodleman is always alert and loyal, making it an amazing guard dog for the whole family.
24. Goldendoodle (Poodle x Golden Retriever)
The Goldendoodle is what you get when you mix a Poodle with the Golden Retriever. Because both of these breeds are highly popular, it only makes sense that their babies are just as popular. As a result of their parents’ combination, you get a fantastic dog that’s both fun-loving and calm. Depending on the Poodle variety used for breeding, these intelligent canines can range in weight from 10 to 80 pounds.
Because these Doodles don’t shed, they will need dedicated owners who will keep up with their demanding grooming needs to keep them clean and healthy. Generally, mixed breeds aren’t recognized as a breed of their own, but because the Goldendoodle is so popular and prolific, they are starting to branch off as a breed of their own.
25. Papipoo (Poodle x Papillon)
If you thought that the Papillon was cute, wait until you get a load of the babies they make when bred with Poodles. These pups have flowing long ears and sweet faces that are often colored grey or all white, but a bit of brown can also be found in their mix. Because they are a mix of two breeds that love learning and are very intelligent, be sure that you provide them with enough mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored.
They don’t require much physical activity and their manageable coats only need a weekly brushing, so they’re perfect for older people and those who may have busy schedules.
26. Poochon (Poodle x Bichon Frise)
When you think of the Bichon Frise, you’ll see an undeniably cute dog, much like Toy Poodles — if you can’t decide which one is cuter, you may want to consider their offspring. The Poochon is every bit as cute as its parents, inheriting the white or yellow fur from the stronger genes. Depending on the breed of Poodle used for breeding, the Poochon’s size can significantly vary.
Because both parents are intelligent, the Poochon breed is naturally smart and is often called the “Velcro dog” because of the way it sticks to its owner. They can also be very vocal when they feel lonely or bored, so be sure to give them a lot of exercise to curb this habit.
27. Pugapoo (Poodle x Pug)
This option probably isn’t one of the first things that come to mind when people look for a great Poodle mix. Because the Poodle and the Pug are two completely different dogs in attitude and appearance, people wouldn’t think they’d make a good match — surprisingly though, you can get a nice combination out of them. Through the Pug, the offspring will get a goofy and lively nature while they get a combination of pride and grace from their Poodle parent.
This mixture produces a Pugapoo that’s a bit more reserved but will also enjoy playing the goof of the family. Since they’re usually small dogs, they will do well in apartments with different kinds of family situations.
28. Labradoodle (Poodle x Labrador Retriever)
If you’re wondering if the Poodle and Labrador can be mixed together, then the Labradoodle is the answer to your question. This mix looks like equal parts of both parents but will carry different personalities — they are incredibly energetic, social, and playful, and loves spending time with people. This Doodle was first introduced in Australia as a wonderful guide dog that can help people suffering from disabilities but can also be quite adaptable since it can grow into a wide range of sizes.
Thanks to their Labrador parents, Labradoodles will have a bit more patience compared to other breeds and will come in a variety of colors, which include black, chocolate, tan, cream, white, or multicolored. Their gorgeous coats will be similar in texture to their Poodle parent, which will be curly or wavy.
29. Eskipoo (Poodle x American Eskimo)
When you breed a Poodle with an American Eskimo Dog, you get the absolutely gorgeous mix known as the Eskipoo. While it looks similar to a Pomapoo, it can come in other colors such as white and black rather than beige hues. The size you get will depend on the type of Poodle you use for breeding but will always produce a fluffy baby which will shed more than many of the other Doodles.
While it looks adorable, you need to know that this dog that has limitless energy and is easily excitable, which makes them vocal at times.
30. Doxiepoo (Poodle x Dachshund)
Mixing a Poodle with a Dachshund will result in the cute Doxiepoo, an intelligent, spirited, and self-confident dog that may inherit the stubbornness of both parents. They’re also known to have a perky and loving personality that can easily make them the joker of the family. If you want them to be extra petite, be sure to breed them using a Toy or Mini Poodle.
The Doxiepoo will often get the elongated body and short legs of the Dachshunds because their genes are quite dominant.
31. Huskypoo (Poodle x Husky)
The Huskypoo is what you get when you cross a Poodle with the Siberian Husky — this dog is among the most lively and energetic Doodles on this list. Because they have such high energy levels, it will be quite hard to give them all the time and attention they need, so you can expect to spend a lot of outdoor time with them. Most of the time, they won’t look like their Husky parent and will embrace the coat and body type of their Poodle parent.
There will be times when they get the wolf-like traits of their Husky parents, but aside from that, they will mostly look like active Poodles.
32. Yorkie poo (Poodle x Yorkshire Terrier)
Combining a Poodle with the Yorkshire Terrier gives you the Yorkiepoo, a more common puppy found in toy mixes. This hybrid can become vocal and rowdy, so they can be a handful, but also protective and loving. To encourage good behavior, they will need to be trained consistently, which is needed given how Yorkies are known for their reputation for being yappy.
They also have vast amounts of energy, so these dogs are best for families that already have dogs or individuals who love to do activities.
33. Jack-A-Poo (Poodle x Jack Russell Terrier)
One of the newer Doodles in the block is Jack-A-Poo, a mix between the Poodle and the Jack Russell Terrier. They feature the soft and curly fur of the Poodle along with a wiry trim found on Jack Russell Terriers, which makes them look a little odd. Because they’re a brand new addition to the Doodle family, there are no set standards for their appearance or temperament just yet.
However, they have been observed to be very intelligent and loving, and won’t need much grooming since they don’t really shed.
34. Irish Doodle (Poodle x Irish Setter)
A great designer dog born out of the cross-breeding of a purebred Poodle and the Irish Setter, the Irish Doodle can vary in size according to its Poodle parent. It will typically get its deep orange coat from its Irish Setter parent and will be covered in curly hair like a Poodle, although there aren’t complete standards for this dog yet. Carrying a playful attitude, the Irish Doodle can also be used for various purposes, including retrievers, hunters, and companions for active individuals.
The Irish Doodle will do best when given hours of exercise. It will also do better when it resides in country settings but can also do well when given enough mental and physical stimulation.
35. Aussiedoodle (Poodle x Australian Shepherd)
Featuring a mix of the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd, the Aussiedoodle is usually bred with the Standard Poodle to get a medium-sized dog but can also be bred with Toy Poodles. Because of their intelligence, they have become very popular and are also trained for work as service animals. They also shed very little, so they’re considered to be hypoallergenic which is rare for medium and large dog breeds.
As such, they can be a wonderful choice for people with allergies and are known for their friendly and happy temperament. Their color can range from brown to cream, black, and white, while their fur will often be curly or wavy that’s thick so they will need frequent grooming.
36. Bordoodle (Poodle x Border Collie)
This beautiful and energetic cross between the Poodle and Border Collie will take on the appearance of the parent that has the stronger gene pool. The Bordoodle can look similar to the Border Collie parent but with wavy fur and a soft face like the usual Doodle, and they will mostly be white and black. Because they carry a blend of the most intelligent dog breeds, these pups will need lots of mental stimulation and exercise.
Because of this, you’ll need to give them various puzzles or tasks to keep them interested and to give them a challenge. While the Bordoodle is known for its over-protectiveness with family, it will show boundless love and devotion.
37. Saint Berdoodle (Poodle x Saint Bernard)
This remarkable Doodle is a mix between a Poodle and Saint Bernard which comes together to make a fluffy, gigantic teddy bear. This dog is very loving and compared to its Saint Bernard parents, it doesn’t drool as much. Even with the genes of the considerably smaller Poodle, this hybrid will still reach more than 100 pounds in weight.
Thanks to their Saint Bernard parents, these dogs will also have thick fur but will also be curly so they will need a lot of grooming and will need supervision during summer. The Saint Berdoodle is generally easy to train since they’re so eager to please and are also known to be loyal and affectionate.
38. Shepadoodle (Poodle x German Shepherd)
When mixing a Poodle with the German Shepherd, you’ll get the Shepadoodle, a highly obedient and trainable breed that’s capable of performing various jobs and tasks. Because it’s among the smartest Doodles around, they’ve become quite popular with dog lovers. Their German Shepherd genes allow them to be courageous and loyal dogs that also bring their hunting instincts with them.
When combined with the Poodle’s intelligence, the Shepadoodle can become a well-balanced and valuable dog for many jobs and inside families.
39. Airedoodle (Poodle x Airedale Terrier)
When you want a big dog but don’t want something as gigantic as a Saint Bernard, the Airedoodle is what you get when you cross a Poodle with the Airedale Terrier, resulting in something that’s a bit smaller. Because both parents are very well-known, they have a graceful air about them. Even so, their hybrid will pack a lot of energy, so they’ll need a few hours of exercise every day to help them stay behaved.
Because of their high energy, they will be well suited for more active owners.
40. Havapoo (Poodle x Havanese)
You can take a Toy Poodle and a Havanese to create this splendid mix, the Havapoo. Even the cute name it has will encourage dog lovers to adopt it and its cheerful nature allows it to excel as an emotional support animal. This breed also inherits the graceful demeanor and gentle heart of their parents.
They will often be blessed with wavy and curly hair that comes in various shades of white, beige, and brown. The Havapoo can also come in black and white but this combination isn’t as common.
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While we only list a few of the possible hundreds of Doodle varieties, you’ll be happy to know that all kinds of Poodle mixes make for a great pet. They will always deliver happy dogs and will almost always guarantee that you’ll be taking care of the sweetest and cutest dog in the neighborhood. Just keep in mind that each breed of Doodle will have its own personality, so be sure to adopt one that will fit in with your family.