Why We Love Poodle Mixes
What's the difference between a schnoodle and a jack-a-poo? Where would one find a whoodle? If you love dogs and have an appreciation for the different dog breeds that are popular right now, then these strange names may already be familiar to you. If you're not familiar with popular dog breeds, but ready to learn, then you're in the right place.
Whether you're a dog person or not, you have to acknowledge the wonderfulness of the "poo universe." I'm speaking, of course, of the rainbow of mixed-breed dogs that are half poodle and half something else, and the awesome names that these hybrids have -- for example, the cross between a poodle and a labrador retriever, which is called a "Labradoodle," and the cross between a poodle and a maltese, which is known as a "Maltapoo." These are adorable, smart, and generally very gentle animals, and this lens will introduce to a few of them. So let's get up close and personal with some Scnoodles, some Whoodles, and maybe a Jack-a-Poo or two!
Popular Dog Breeds: The Whoodle - (Poodle/Soft-Coated WheatonTerrier)
Aw, what a cutie. Whoodles are a cross between a poodle and a soft-coated wheaton terrier. The Wheaton originated in Ireland, and it has four coat varieties: traditional Irish, English, American, and heavy Irish. Their single coat sheds relatively little, which makes them an excellent choice for people who are allergic to dogs. The breed was used in Ireland on farms where it was valued as a killer of rodents and other pests, but it was also capable of herding and guarding sheep and other livestock. In more recent times, Wheatons are used in "animal-assisted therapy," which uses dogs and cats to help comfort, and possibly heal, people suffering from serious physical or psychological illness.
When crossed with a poodle to produce the Whoodle, Wheatons contribute their soft coat, intelligence, and trainability to the hybrid.
Popular Dog Breeds: The Maltepoo - (Poodle/Maltese)
The Maltapoo is a cross between the poodle and the maltese, which produces a small dog with a luxurious coat. The maltese is a "toy" dog, meaning it's bred to be tiny. The breed comes from the Mediterranean Island of Malta, hence the name, and there are mentions of it as far back as ancient Rome, when it was referred to as "Canis melitaeus." The Kennel Club settled on the name "Maltese" for the breed in the 19th century.
In the "Maltepoo" hybrid, the maltese brings its compact size and placid demeanor into the mix.
Popular Dog Breeds: The Labradoodle - (Poodle/Labrador Retriever)
The Labradoodle is a cross between the poodle, either toy or standard, and the labrador retriever. Retrievers, as the name implies, are bred for their ability to jump into water or thick underbrush to find game, typically birds brought down by a hunter. For this reason they fall into the group of "gun dogs." That's an unfortunate name for such a friendly, non-violent breed! Labs are among the most popular choices for family pets, since they are both good gun dogs, enthusiastic playmates, and gently with children. The breed brings these characteristics to the Labradoodle mix, which is fast becoming one of the most popular of the poodle mixes listed here.
This Labradoodle Was Mistaken By Neighbors for a Lion... - And there was a flood of panicked calls to 911!
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Popular Dog Breeds: The Jack-A-Poo - (Poodle/Jack Russell Terrier)
The Jack-a-Poo, in addition to having the most, um, interesting name of the bunch, is also one of the more energetic of the poodle/purebred hybrids. Originally bred for fox hunting, the Jack Russell is energetic and needs a high level of exercise and room to run. It is also hardy and tough, and suffers from few of the health complaints that can sometimes afflict pure-bred dogs. Mixed with the poodle, the Jack Russell's bouncy, up-for-anything nature produces a cute and shaggy animal with energy to burn.
Popular Dog Breeds: The GoldenDoodle - (Poodle/Golden Retriever)
The GoldenDoodle is another poodle/retriever mix, with characteristics similar to the Labradoodle. The primary difference is its light-colored coat, which, when combined with the poodle's coloring often produces a striking light-blonde animal.
Popular Dog Breeds: The Cockapoo - (Poodle/Cocker Spaniel)
Not to be confused with the cockatoo, which is after all a kind of bird, the cockapoo is a hybrid of the poodle and the cocker spaniel. The cocker spaniel is one of the most distinctive, and adorable, of the breeds -- it gives new meaning to the word "puppy-dog eyes." The word "cocker" in its name refers to its original use as a hunting dog in the pursuit of woodcocks, a kind of wild hen hunted for sport throughout Europe; the word "spaniel" is thought to refer to a spanish origin of the breed. Both Nixon and Truman owned a cocker spaniel while president.
Crossed with the poodle to produce the cockapoo, the cocker spaniel's distinctive round eyes and luxurious coat contribute to a beautiful and generally sweet-tempered animal.
Poodle Mixes: The Cavapoo - (Poodle/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
This adorable pup is a cross between the poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Cavalier King is a small spaniel classed as a toy dog by The Kennel Club. It's smaller than other spaniels, and has a luxurious silky coat, which, when crossed with the poodle's kinky fur, results in a flowing, soft, curly coat. Unfortunately, this breed is susceptible to some serious genetic diseases, especially mitral valve disease, which leads to heart failure. The disease will affect most Cavaliers at some point in their lives.
Cutest. Puppy. Ever. - "Bichipoo" Bichon-Poodle mix puppy
Poodle Mixes: The Lhasa Poo - (Poodle/Lhasa Apso)
This cute dog is a cross, or hybrid, between the poodle and the lhasa apso. Lhasa Apso simply means "long-haired Lhasa dog," though some argue that the word "apso" is actually a corruption of the Tibetan word for "goat," which may be a reference to this breed's wavy, pale coat. Crossed with the poodle, this breed results in a small, baby-faced dog that is in high demand among city dwellers.
Poodle Mixes: The Schnoodle - (Poodle/Schnauzer)
The Schnauzer is a dog breed that originated in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to some sources, the word "schnauzer" is a middle-Germanic word for "mustache," and looking at the face of a schnauzer dog you can see why. Crossed with a poodle, this breed is a bit mellower and less prone to sudden outbursts of energy; lthough the schnauzer is considered a terrier-type dog, they do not have the typical terrier temperament. The Schnoodle is among the most appealing of the poodle crosses, and is accordingly popular among families and suburb dwellers.
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Takkhis on January 21, 2014:
All these dog breeds are cute but I want a Whoodle! :)
Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 26, 2012:
I like the mixes, esp. the Whoodle. The fun title pulled me in to this great lens.
Sara Dowling on November 20, 2012:
What a great lens! I am mum to two Shoodles - Toy Poodle/Shih-zu - they are beautiful dogs, one looks very much like a toy poodle and the other more like a shih-zu. My cat is a mixture too - he is a Layanese - which is a himalayan/tokinese cross - stunning looking cat!
greener on November 19, 2012:
We are guardians to a large black standard poodle and a small whoodle and they are both fabulous dogs! The poodle temperament combined with the lack of shedding makes them a wonderful pet! Thanks for a great lens!