The first thing to address is precisely what a poodle cross breed is and how they operate.
In short, a poodle cross breed is a breed of dog that has been mixed with poodle. Normally, the name will reflect this by being a portmanteau of the two breeds involved. For instance, a Labradoodle is a combination of a Labrador and a Poodle combined into a single pet. The mother might be the Poodle and the Labrador the father, or it may be the other way around.
At any rate, the resulting dog will have traits from each parent. What’s less certain though is whether the traits will be predominantly from one parent or the other, or which traits will come from which side.
This means that most cross breeds will have an inherent amount of variability. So while it’s true that many Poodle cross breeds have curly fur, it’s also true that many won’t – even within the same litter! That’s because they might have inherited their fur from their Labrador parent, or their Schnauzer parent.
This is something to keep in mind when considering your dog. Many people choose their Poodle cross breeds because of specific desirable traits – such as their intelligence or their lack of molting. But when you consider that not every example of the breed is going to have those traits, you realize that this is something you need to check very carefully because you invest! Always go and see the litter and make sure that the dog offers the combination of traits you’re looking for.
And if you want to be extra sure, then you can always look for a multi-generational dog instead. Essentially, a Poodle cross can be first generation, second generation, and so on. This denotes just how many Poodle parents they have.
So if you have a Labrador and a Poodle and they have offspring, these will be Labradoodles and they will be first generation Labradoodles – they are the first of their kind in their family tree.
But if you were to take two first generation Labradoodles and they were to have puppies, these would then be second generation Labradoodles. And so on.
The more generations in you go, the more certain you can be that your dog is going to have the qualities that are traditionally associated with that cross. That means that you’re much more likely to have a non-shedding, curly haired dog if they are a 5 th generation Labradoodle rather than a 1 st generation Labradoodle.
Another thing to consider when choosing your Poodle cross is the size of the dog that was used. Poodles come in three different sizes, those being:
Toy Poodles are tiny and only just bigger than the palm of your hands. They are often more practical as a result as they are easy to scoop up if you notice danger near a road, and because they require a little less food and are capable of doing less damage. At the same time though, they tend to get underfoot more easily and they are also more prone to getting easily hurt.
Miniature Poodles are essentially the “mid-range” size of poodle.
The standard size is the largest size of Poodle. These are very large dogs that come past your waist.
They’re also rather muscular and athletic, which means they have a lot of energy to burn off! If you like larger dogs for their hug-ability though, or for their protection, then this might well be the breed of choice for you.
Again then, make sure you enquire as to this point before you make your purchase – or you could be in for quite a surprise if your dog is much larger or smaller than you anticipated!
With all that said, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of poodle cross.