Poodle: The World’s Second Smartest Breed

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Brown Poodle in girl's lap: Poodle GuideDepending on whom you ask the poodle is considered to be one of the world’s smartest dog breeds, but is that what makes this dog so lovable?

Poodles come in three different sizes (and are often mixed to make other cross breeds) and their non-shedding hair (instead of fur) is great for those who have allergies.

Read on to find out more about poodle’s characteristics including their history, various types, cuddly appearance, intelligence and their overall temperament.

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History

The poodle as we know it has been seen throughout history for hundreds of years. Depicted in paintings this breed has a long bloodline of sorts. However, there is quite a bit of controversy that surrounds the origin of the poodle’s creation.

Ask most people and they will tell you that the poodle originates from France – this is perhaps due to cartoon depictions of the perfumed French poodle. According to the American Kennel Club however, this breed has its roots in Germany where its purpose was to serve as a water retriever. Still, there are some who disagree with this German story of origin and put the point of origin of the poodle at Denmark.

Regardless of just where the poodle claims its motherland though, one thing is for certain — its roots are found in three different breeds.

French Roots

The poodle claims its heritage from the Barbet, the French water dog and the Hungarian water hound. Each of these breeds contributed to the “final product” that we know today as the poodle. The water-loving nature of all three of these breeds is instilled in the poodle and many believe that this is why the breed received its name – a bastardization of the German word Pudel which translates to mean “one who plays in water”.

The poodle had many functions throughout history. Hunters used the dog as a retriever when hunting water fowl as well as a gun dog and even a truffle seeking dog. As time progressed however, the intelligence of this breed became obvious and the French began using poodles as circus performers as well. It is through this type of exposure as a trainable and intelligent breed that the poodle became extremely popular in France, so much so that many began to refer to the dog as the French poodle.

The poodle is distinguished as a gun dog and is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. This breed is formally recognized by the following organizations: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CCR, APRI, ACR, DRA and the NAPR.

Varieties

Overtime the poodle breed began to take three separate paths. The original standard poodle began to diverge in to smaller dogs while also maintaining their size; this caused three classes of poodle to be distinguished. The three varieties of poodle are still recognized today as the standard poodle, the toy poodle and the miniature poodle. The differences between these breeds will be made evident as we look at the physical appearance of the poodle.

Standard Poodle

Black standard poodle standing on sidewalkThe standard poodle was the first of the poodle breed to be developed. Also recognized as the Caniche, barbone, chien canne, grosse pudel and the French poodle, this breed stands at 15 inches or taller. The standard poodle can weigh anywhere from 45 to 70 pounds with the females averaging between 45 to 60 pounds and the males averaging 45 to 70 pounds.

While weight differs between poodle classes, it is actually the height that is most important in distinguishing which group a poodle belongs to. The standard poodle is considered to be a medium to large-sized breed.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle in green sweaterThe miniature poodle stands between 11 to 15 inches tall and weighs between 15 to 17 pounds. It is crucial for this class of poodle to be over 10 inches and under 15 inches tall to classify as a miniature poodle. If the dog fails to meet this requirement it will be considered either a toy or a standard poodle.

Toy Poodle

The toy poodle stands up to 10 inches tall and weighs between 6 to 9 pounds. If the dog stands taller than 10 inches tall at the highest point of the shoulders it cannot be considered to be a toy poodle and will instead be considered a miniature poodle. The toy poodle is currently the smallest of the poodle breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club however, breeders are in the process of developing two other poodle classes.

The Poodle As A Royal Dog

During the 18th century the smaller poodles that had been bred down from the standard poodles that began the breed, became popular as dogs of royalty. These smaller dogs became an accessory as well as a status symbol among the upper class.

Newer Poodle Classes

There are three more poodle classes that are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, however, they are being developed by breeders. The Klein poodle is being considered an “in between” sized poodle which tends to stand between 15 to 20 inches tall. The Klein is generally described as the smaller standard poodle.

Breeders are also working to develop a much smaller poodle known as the tea-cup poodle. The tea-cup poodle tends to stand less than 9 inches tall and weigh less than 6 pounds.

Finally, the Moyen poodle is a medium-sized poodle (between miniature and standard poodle sizes), but is not currently recognized by the AKC. None of these poodle variations have been recognized by the AKC.

Physical Traits

Grey Poodle sittingThe poodle has a long and straight muzzle with long ears that hang close to the head. The dog’s tail may or may not be docked. The feet of the standard poodle are quite small.

Coat

The coat of this breed is perhaps one of its defining characteristics and has a corded or curly appearance. There is considerable variety in the color of the poodle coat but it should always be solid in color – however, some breeders are working to breed parti-colored poodles that are not currently accepted by show standards. The most commonly seen coat colors in the poodle are: blue, black, gray, silver, apricot, cream, brown, white, red and café-au-lait.

Clip

The poodle is most commonly recognized for its traditional hair clip. While many believe that this clip is designed for visual appeal, it was actually developed for a much different reason. As a hunter and retriever, the poodle often found itself in the elements and this led their handlers to develop a clip that best protected the dog without hindering it. The clip features hair on the legs, this was left intact in order to prevent sharp reeds from cutting the dogs legs while retrieving game as well as to help trap warmth and prevent chilling.

There are a number of different poodle clips known today; the most common for pet owners is called the “lamb clip” or the “puppy clip.” This variety of cut simply involves cutting the hair closely all over the body. Other popular poodle clips include the Continental clip, the modified continental clip, the town and country clip, the Miami clip and the kennel clip.

Grooming

Even if the poodle is not working or being shown it is important to regularly clip their coat and maintain a regular grooming schedule. The poodle should be bathed and clipped once every couple of months or less if deemed necessary. Unlike other dogs that shed frequently, the poodle is not a shedder and as such it requires regular grooming and clipping to maintain a healthy and manageable coat.

Grooming can be expensive but it is a must for anyone considering owning a poodle. If you are unable to financially commit to regular grooming every four to six weeks for your poodle then you may want to consider another breed that requires less maintenance. Another option is to learn how to groom your poodle yourself to save on grooming costs but it is recommended that you only attempt to do this with instruction from a professional.

Personality

Temperament

Large white poodle standing on treeThe poodle is a graceful and proud dog and when raised in a healthy household they are a cheerful breed.  The poodle is a breed that is particularly sensitive to tone of voice so it is important for poodle owners to be firm but not harsh. A calm and confident owner is the best owner for the poodle breed. Harsh discipline will not be tolerated or heeded by this intelligent breed.

The poodle is a sociable dog and does not thrive as an “outside dog” or a dog that is not given adequate time with its pack members. It is important to socialize and begin training this breed as soon as possible to ensure a healthy and well rounded adult dog.

When socialized from an early age, the poodle does very well with other animals as well as children and is also relatively friendly with strangers. While friendly with strangers however, the poodle can be used as a guard dog in some circumstances depending upon the dogs overall personality.

The poodle can become a very highly strung dog and experience separation anxiety as well when not trained and socialized well. A lack of exercise (both physical and mental) can also lead to these types of behaviors.

Exercise

The poodle is a dog that is generally calm and inactive when indoors but they must receive sufficient exercise to stay healthy. A daily walk is a must for this dog but off leash play time and more rigorous activities is recommended to keep this breed fit and happy. Where the smaller poodle breeds can get away with less exercise, the larger standard poodle must receive adequate exercise daily.

Mental stimulation is also an important part of owning any type of poodle. As the world’s second most intelligent dog breed, it is crucial to keep this dog stimulated to avoid problem behavior. Activities that poodles enjoy include retrieving, agility work, watchdog work, learning new tricks and competing in obedience trials. If you are unable to provide these types of activities it is recommended that you combine regular exercise with problem solving toys and games to encourage psychological growth and exercise.

Exercise is a must for any dog breed, particularly working dogs. If you are considering owning a poodle however, exercise is a particularly prominent concern. Without sufficient exercise this breed will become obese, destructive and unhappy. You must be willing to dedicate yourself to a daily walk as well as off leash play in a secure area to make sure that this dog thrives.

Health Concerns And Lifespan

The poodle is considered to be a long-lived breed with an average life span of 12 to 15 years. Despite being long lived however, the poodle is prone to a number of health conditions, many of which are genetic.

Some of the most common health concerns for poodle owners to look out for in their dogs include: cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, runny eyes, skin conditions, allergies, ear infections, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, bloating (in larger poodles) and premature graying.

Most dog breeds have health concerns and many of these can be avoided by researching a dog’s genetic lines prior to purchasing a puppy. If you are looking to purchase a poodle make sure that you conduct thorough research to ensure that your dog comes from sound genetic stock. It is also important to know that even dogs from the best genetic lines can experience health concerns that can be costly. That’s why we recommend you get pet insurance to help cover some of the expenses.

The long lifespan of the poodle is also something that should be considered when you are deciding if this is the right breed for you. There are a number of dogs that have much shorter average life spans; the poodle is not one of them. Before bringing any dog home it is important to know that they could live as long as sixteen years or longer, the poodle is notorious for having this type of extended lifespan. Any dog is a commitment, just be aware that for a poodle this commitment could be longer than many other dog breeds.

Video: Poodle 101

Watch this breed in action and learn more about the history, different sizes and what it’s like to have a poodle as a pet in this four minute video from Animal Planet.

Is A Poodle The Right Dog For Me?

While many people jump at the chance to own one of the world’s most intelligent dog breeds, it is important to understand the amount of responsibility that this label brings. Unlike some other breeds that are happy with a game of tug of war, the poodle requires frequent and challenging games to maintain engagement with its owner.

Being able to meet this breeds psychological needs is not the only thing to consider when deciding whether a poodle is right for your household though. If you are away from home all day and cannot provide companionship and exercise for your dog in the form of a mid-day walk, a dog walker or dog sitting, you may want to reconsider owning a poodle and look into other dog breeds. This is a very family oriented dog that thrives on companionship as well as exercise.

Do you have a poodle or want one?

About The Author:

Sadie graduated from the Moody School of Communications at the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Advertising and minor in Business. Her love of pets started from an early age with her childhood cocker spaniel, Peanut, and two cats. She is currently dog mom to Lexie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a professional dog sitter for more than a decade, Sadie has cared for dozens of canines of various breeds, sizes and temperaments. The responsibility of caring for others' pets has helped her understand the importance of giving animals a loving home. She has experience potty and house training as well as teaching dogs tricks such as sit and shake. Sadie is passionate about canine well-being so she feeds her pup all-natural meals and no table scraps.

Sadie and her husband live in Washington DC and enjoy walking Lexie to nearby dog parks or patios and taking her canine companion on trips. Having an adventurous, long-haired Blenheim means frequent baths and home grooming to maintain a clean coat. A small dog also requires more frequent dental care and Sadie is proactive with Lexie's oral hygiene.

She has been covering dog-related topics since 2012 and is proud to share her latest personal experience, resources and information with fellow pet parents. Her expertise has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest, Apartment Therapy, and other regional news organizations.

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Jim
August 1, 2020 1:58 pm

I grew with 3 different black female poodles.

Hawkers magical red standard poodle
July 2, 2020 4:35 pm

We have been breeding red standard poodles for many years now, and I would not have a different breed of dog. They are smart easily trained, very social but protective towards their family, they do better in a pack. They can have anxiety if left alone and will cry so the pack is a plus for the sake of the dog. The breed can train the people that care for them. They have that intelligence so they do train better with stricken voice discipline rather than physical. This breed of dog in my book is the best overall breed to have.

Holly Bricker
June 21, 2020 3:59 am

My aunt could never have children and took to the companionship of a fur baby, which happened to be a toy poodle. She had that dog for 12 years before her fur baby passed and she desperately wants and needs to find another toy poodle. Not to replace her baby but to help fill the void and bring happiness back in her life. Please help. We can’t seem to find any that aren’t crazy overpriced or several hundred miles away. Any advice or guidance would be a complete blessing. Thanks so much. I hope to hear back from you soon.

Jennissa L Bonilla Bracero
June 6, 2020 11:33 am

Hi, I’m looking for a boyfriend to my princess toy poodle.

Matthew
May 25, 2020 11:36 am

The first sentence in the history paragraph makes no sense. Says poodles have been around for 400 years, then mentions the 15th century (520-620 yrs ago) then mentions the 1st century (2000 years ago)

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Dane Morgan
June 16, 2020 9:21 am
Reply to  Matthew

I apologize for the delay in response to your comment. We were experiencing an issue with our comments and some went straight to the trash folder, but we are actively working on approving and replying to comments like yours. There is controversy based on the origins of the breed due to varying opinions and historical reports which explains the different time periods.

Monty
May 24, 2020 10:55 am

When my wife brought Bijou home I immediately fell in love with her. She’s very smart, loving and loyal. Definitely daddy’s girl now.

Mimi
February 21, 2020 10:34 pm

Poodles are wonderful for Baby’s. They do not mules baby’s or small children too death. Police Men says there very well put. I think family’s should never leave Pit bulls or Rottwellers around baby’s or small children
I love them.

Dale Alan Scot
January 6, 2020 5:22 pm

Hey folks my sister had a black standard poodle named Charlie. He was a good guard dog and I loved him dearly. I never saw him as a foofy dog.

Charlie lived for 13 years, which is a long time for a large dog. I think about him all the time.

Right now I am in a nursing home. I will be out in the late Spring. One the first things I am going to look for in another Charlie Dog.

Sincerely,
Dale esq.

Tori Raddison
January 2, 2020 4:46 pm

I had no idea that poodles were clipped that way to keep them protected instead of just to look fancy! It’s really interesting that poodles are so smart. I always thought of them as show dogs, but I’m glad I learned otherwise.

Dale Alan Scot
January 6, 2020 5:33 pm
Reply to  Tori Raddison

You bet poodles are smart. My sister’s dog learned how to open up doors with a standard door knob. Good luck to you and Gaston. Dale

Hope MacIntyre
November 20, 2019 2:27 am

My boy Gaston weighs in at 85 lbs and is the best dog ever, 4 years old and spends time with people with developmental disabilities and chases bears away … he is my first poodle but not my last. So smart and listens the first time , it’s like he know exactly what I am saying .. we live in the rural area and lots of wildlife around , he projects the yard and let’s strangers know to wait for the door but at the same time loves kids

Paul & Amanda
October 30, 2019 10:42 am

Poodles are just about as popular over here in the UK as in the states. My love of these wonderful dogs began thirty five years ago when my mother announced she was getting a miniature poodle. I went mad with her saying she couldn’t be considering bringing such a fu Fu dog into our home. I have never been so wrong. From the moment she arrived it was very clear how clever she was and how much she wanted to please everyone in the house I fell in love with her and the breed. I can’t recommend the poodle enough. If you want a very intelligent loyal and loving pet you can’t go wrong with a poodle. Watch out for the grooming costs though they can be expensive to keep in tip top shape. My wife and I currently have two poodles, one 7 year old chocolate coloured miniature and most recently a white and black standard parti who has lots of relatives in the United States. As I have stated above poodles are definitely brilliant pets. As long as you have the time to dedicate to them they will return your dedication in space full’s

Sandie
August 29, 2019 6:26 pm

We are fostering what we believe to be poodle mix who was rescued from an unscrupulous breeder who kept his dogs in rabbit hutches. Our rescue is seven years old. He is a sweetheart and loves my husband. We need to socialize him, teach him to walk on a leash, and potty train him. Any advise on raising him would be appreciative. We may adopt him ourselves. Thank you.

Joan
January 6, 2020 7:13 pm
Reply to  Sandie

If you have access to FB check out the various sites for poodles. Standard poodles are great is one, Stsndard Poodle Rescue and Rehome is great. If you don’t have a standard or want one, one of those groups can help you find the best site for your interest.

Dale Alan Scot
January 6, 2020 5:42 pm
Reply to  Sandie

You know some people are just plain sick.

They should be put outside in a dog house in the dead of winter.

This sounds bad but some people need to realize what the poor dog is going through.

Hey let the punishment fit the crime.

I will quit venting and get off of my soap box now.

Dale

Kathy Bell
October 6, 2019 10:40 pm
Reply to  Sandie

Sandie, bless you and your husband. You have a wonderful opportunity to bond with an intelligent dog. My poodle was a rescue, also. He is loyal, smart and loving. Good luck and thanks.

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Kimberly Alt
September 3, 2019 12:45 pm
Reply to  Sandie

I think you’ll find these articles helpful:
How To Socialize Your Puppy
Teach Obedience Commands
House Training An Older Dog
Bonding With Your New Rescue Dog

We have a lot of resources for you. I suggest using our search feature to browse any subjects you are curious about. You can find the search bar in the top right section of our website. Let me know if there’s anything else you need help with.

Connie Conrad
July 11, 2019 7:38 am

My Toy Poodle is 14 years old and WOW he means the world to me. I never wanted a poodle, thought they were ugly and yappy.My husband refused any small dogs.
12 years ago an angry truck driver was dumping a scared mess of a dog. Poor thing was petrified of the noise and possibly the man. I took the sad shaking mess to my vet who had to shave his hair and the rest is history, I was in love. My husband named that 8 lb white poodle Budweiser and they became best buds.
He definitely changed my life after only owning large breed dogs.
I am on the hunt for another small poodle or poodle mix.
I have been searching the rescue site as I would like to give a Senior dog a happy rest of their life.

Kathy Bell
October 6, 2019 10:35 pm
Reply to  Connie Conrad

I met my best friend at the Houston ASPCA. Bijou loves music and sings with me to several songs. He dances especially to Sausa music. We play games. Look for naturally occuring behaviors that can be addapted. Also weather permitting we visit the dog park several times a week to play with others.

Susan
July 10, 2019 10:05 pm

I love my 2 standards,a red and a brown. They are both males and get along fairly well. The brown is a very sweet and quiter 4 yr. Pld while the red has a tremends amount of energy and follows me everywhere. He is only 19 months. Both are very attached to me but both are very friendly with mos people. If you like dogs i suggest standars becase they are non shedding , hypoallergenic loyal and extremely inteligent. They do require frequen trips tp the gromer and exercise and human contact.

Jennifer Bills
June 27, 2019 10:13 am

Quick note – moyens and kleins are actually 35cm to 45cm so should not reach 20″ according to their written breed and show standards. FCI is to many European countries what AKC is to the United States. Also, as a multi colored breeder of Poodles, another common misconception is that they cannot be AKC registered. All of mine are AKC registered and UKC which is the second largest kennel club in the US does allow them to be shown and they do have an organized breed club for mutli colored Poodles. There are those of us working hard to bring their quality to the level of the solid show champion counterparts. Interestingly, the original Poodles were spotted which has been well documented so they are not new to Poodles by any means. The solid preference did not come along until much later when the breed was accepted into AKC and it was decided to follow the French fashion for solids. How ironic that solid colored poodles were at one time the fad and not the norm.

Marzena
June 3, 2019 8:45 pm

I’d love to get a toy poodle but I don’t know how to make sure that the puppy doesn’t come from a puppy mill. Can anybody advise me? Also, how to find a reputable toy poodle breeder? Thank you.

Jean Magee
February 19, 2020 12:15 am
Reply to  Marzena

I found my purebred toy poodle through Puppy Spot. They screen the breeders of the puppies they show on their site to assure they are not from puppy mills. And, they interview prospective owners to make sure that the breed will be a good match for the person and their home environment will be a good one for the puppy.

Rescuing a dog from a shelter is so admirable, and I may choose that option in the distant future. However, this time I wanted a puppy with the specific characteristics that the toy poodle has. My Suzy came from a wonderful and responsible breeder who supplied pictures of her “parents” before I made my final decision and a copy of her full lineage after I purchased her. My experience with both Puppy Spot and the breeder was excellent. Best of all, Suzy is all I dreamed she’d be, and she and I are having a great life together!

Gale
March 12, 2020 12:59 am
Reply to  Jean Magee

I also found my Poodle at PuppySpot! I was thorough I my research, but it was the sweet face and sensitive eyes that captured me. My first Poodle, Angel is everything I could have hoped for and more!! I’d love tips on interactive games to keep him from getting bored. I’m laid up recovering from knee replacement surgery.

Anngray Anderson
July 17, 2019 6:27 am
Reply to  Marzena

Joan Scott, Wilmington Delaware. She had been needing to poodle for at least 40 years. Her tops are beautiful, healthy and smart

Bobbi
June 22, 2019 11:31 am
Reply to  Marzena

Adopt from a shelter or sanctuary.. there are so many needing homes

Timothy Burris
March 1, 2019 3:15 pm

Actually, standard poodles were orginally multi colored, breeders specifically bred them to get solid colors when they brought them to the states, in the UK, Parti’s are accepted/recognized and are able to show, a lot of breeders here in the states will put parti puppies down b/c they cant show them. I have a black and white standard, hundreds if not thousands of people have seen her and think she is prettier solids.
The orginal poodles were multi colored and originated from Germany, do your homework!

Paul & Amanda
October 30, 2019 11:09 am
Reply to  Timothy Burris

Hi Tim, was just reading your comment on parti and solid colour poodles. We currently have a standard parti (white and black) as well as a chocolate solid colour poodle. I agree with you the parti poodle is definitely more beautiful, we are stopped and asked for info on our own parti every time we take her out. Unfortunately though your not totally correct about the parti poodle being recocnised here in the UK. They can be registered as thoroughbred dogs with the Kennel club UK. “But” the Kennel club does not recognise the colour of any parti, and while our own lovely girl has an excellent pedigree it states at the very top ” colour not recognised” additionally in the Kennel clubs own wording. Any poodle shown that has more than one colour should be severely marked down. Shame on them. As you say the original poodle was parti coloured and like yourself I believe them to be superior to the later developed solid colours, and they should be recognised and allowed to be shown alongside solid colours without any bias

Linda
January 30, 2019 10:42 am

We have a year old small standard, Klein or moyen, poodle. She is wonderful. She’s very smart and well-behaved. We’re doing obedience classes now and are planning therapy training. We’ve had four toy poodles and a maltipoo before. I love poodles!

Becky and Ira
March 11, 2019 2:31 am
Reply to  Linda

I love poodles also
I would love to have a teacup…so adorable
I did know they hunting dogs
Our Daisy is crazy. she is so funny and adorable

Thanks
We are still on the road searching for just that right one

Have a good day

Jennifer Bills
June 27, 2019 10:20 am
Reply to  Becky and Ira

There is no such thing as teacups and that the other even mentions them is sad. These are runts selected for breeding and it is not a healthy or repsonsible breeding practice. I don’t understand why people think an 1″ and a pound of weight matters so much and mean absolutely no insult to you. I simply hope you will support and consider a really good, experienced, ethical toy Poodle breeder and perhaps they will put you on the list for one too undersized for anything but pet rather than breed or show quality.

Trish
June 3, 2019 1:24 pm
Reply to  Becky and Ira

If you want a small dog, may I suggest a healthy, reputable bred toy poodle. I have had two teacup poodles. They were sweet but very fragile. Their little hips are easy to go out. Saying that, they are precious dogs. Especially if you want a lap dog. I now have a wonderful, playful, healthy toy poodle. Hope this is helpful.

Susan
December 3, 2018 1:17 am

Wow! We were looking to get a poodle, and i did not know most of this! it is good to do lots of research before getting a pet!!

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Kimberly Alt
December 3, 2018 10:01 am
Reply to  Susan

Yes, so glad you did research beforehand so you know what to expect!

Lisa Helns
November 20, 2018 11:44 pm

I love my poodle. Georgie is very smart and sensitive. Very social too. Very very very kind because everyone wants to touch him. As an apricot poodle he is unique and with a teddy bear cut adorable. Loves attention and his outdoor time.i Love Georgie 100% apricot oversized 7 lb toy poodle. So loving and smart

BrittanyP
April 1, 2016 12:43 pm

This is very useful info, I have been on the fence about getting a Mini Goldendoodle for some time now but don’t see the Golden Doodle listed here, aren’t they a type of poodle too?

Lindsay
May 29, 2020 9:35 pm
Reply to  BrittanyP

There are lots of nice Golden Retriever/Poodle (Goldendoodle) crosses out there, but most people would be better off getting either a Golden or a Poodle. Crosses tend to have coats that are really difficult to work with (Poodles curls are easy to care for because they don’t have a fuzzy undercoat or much oil; Goldens have more oil and more fuzz, but they shed it off; when the two are crossed you can end up with a coat that wants to form a big greasy mat). They can also develop weird temperament issues when their traits combine because Goldens are often sensitive and Poodles are often intense, and an intense sensitive dog is a recipe for behavior challenges. The problem is, you can’t really predict how the puppy will turn out when it is a puppy. I’d say either get an adult Doodle from a rescue – then you can see that it’s a dog you already like – or, if you want a pup, decide whether you like Goldens or Poodles better, and pick one or the other, from a good breeder, not a BYB or a mill.

Ted
November 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Reply to  BrittanyP

Any “doodle” is a very expensive mongrel dog. You would be better off to choose which breed is better suited to your personal needs and find a reputable breeder. In the other hand, it is sad that so many dogs don’t find homes and are killed in “shelters.” If a pure bred is not important, please rescue one of the thousands awaiting adoption.

Jami
December 3, 2018 11:48 am
Reply to  Ted

We rescued our one year old male golden doodle who got “too big” for the owner. Planning to find a forever home for him, we could not part with him. That was 12 years ago. The awareness and intelligence he had was like no other animal we experienced. I learned that the “Lassie” dog does truly exist. Like a “guide” dog with a playful nature, he thought his job was to take care of us. So grateful

Trish
April 25, 2019 9:47 pm
Reply to  Jami

Golden doodles are amazing dogs! I’m so glad you met yours! Who rescued who?

Flora Hitchery
October 2, 2018 4:54 pm
Reply to  BrittanyP

Don’t waste hour money on a cross. You can get a purebred from a reputable breeder for less. Love my standard poodle puppy

Stephen Quirke
March 24, 2018 2:02 am
Reply to  BrittanyP

Hope you didnt do it. Get a poodle or a lab but not a cross bred. The disreputable breeders try to cash in on the latest trends and think nothing of the integrity of either breed. Its all about money for them. It took many years to bred a true poodles or retriever and this should be kept in mind.

Sadie Cornelius
April 4, 2016 11:12 am
Reply to  BrittanyP

Brittany, yes Goldendoodles are a cross-breed between a golden retriever and poodle but they are not a technically a poodle since it’s a hybrid.