Poodle hybrids are enormously popular pet dogs these days. They include the larger Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, as well as Cock-A-Poos, and the small Yorkie Poodle mix, the Shih Tzu Poodle mix, and the Poodle Pomeranian mix, to name a few.
The Poodle has many great qualities to offer when crossed with other breeds. They are one of the most intelligent of all breeds, being ranked second in The Intelligence of Dogs by Dr. Stanley Coren. They are easy to train and they love to show off for people and be the center of attention. They also get along well with other dogs and pets. Poodles are an active dog and enjoy spending time outside with people, too, though they are usually happy with moderate exercise. They are a playful breed.
Along with these good qualities, the Poodle has a single coat without an undercoat. Their coat grows slowly and curls as it grows, so they shed very little. No dog is completely hypoallergenic but Poodles are as close as dogs come. If you have allergies then Poodles are often a good choice as a pet. For this reason they are often crossed with other breeds to make hybrid dogs, or designer dogs, in the hopes of producing puppies that have a coat like their Poodle parent.
There are three size varieties of Poodles: they come in Toy, Miniature, and Standard. The Toy Poodle is 10 inches tall or less; the Miniature Poodle is 15 inches tall or less; and the Standard Poodle is over 15 inches tall at the shoulder. The Toy and Miniature are usually used to cross with Toy breeds to make small hybrid crosses such as the Shih Tzu Poodle mix. the Standard Poodle is usually used to cross with larger dogs, such as the Labrador and the Golden Retriever, to make larger Poodle hybrids.
Poodles (all varieties) are one of the most popular breeds of all dogs in the U.S. and in many other countries, so it’s no surprise that crossing them with other dogs would produce hybrid dogs that are also popular. However, whenever breeds are crossed there is no guarantee which breed the puppies will resemble. Some of the puppies may look more like the Poodle parent and some may look more like the other parent. Hybrid dogs are not necessarily more healthy than purebred dogs. If the parents have health problems, they can pass them on to their puppies. Many hybrid breeders claim that breeding this way will produce “hybrid vigor” but this is untrue. This is not crossing two different species so it’s not true hybrid vigor in a biological or agricultural sense. All of these dogs are the same species. If they share similar health problems then it’s likely that the puppies will inherit those problems, too.
Small dogs, in general, usually have a longer lifespan than larger dogs, but this is true whether dogs are purebred, mixed breed, or intentionally bred as hybrids. And it is not true in all cases. Some larger breeds have a long lifespan and some small breeds have a shorter lifespan. Breeds should be looked at on an individual basis.
It’s difficult to generalize about the temperament of hybrid dogs with a Poodle parent but in many cases Poodles give their offspring a good temperament and intelligence. Poodles tend to be confident and they make excellent pets. They usually pass these traits on to their offspring. Most Poodles are also affectionate dogs and this is also something they pass along to their puppies, though they are not the kind of dog that is usually glued to your side.
Poodles have many wonderful qualities which they can pass along to their hybrid Poodle offspring. There are good reasons why Poodle mixes are so popular. They often inherit these great qualities from their Poodle parent, along with other qualities from their other purebred parent.