- There are over 25 Poodle mixes known including Maltipoo, Yorkipoo, Shih Poo, Chihpoo, Poochon, Doxiepoo, and more.
- In addition to the above, some of the most popular Poodle mixes are Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever mix), Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog mix), and Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever mix).
- The Poodle is one of the most intelligent dog breeds, so it’s no wonder that Poodle crossbreeds are much loved in the canine world.
Lovingly called Doodle dogs, Poodle mixes are some of the most popular designer breeds today. The most common mixes include Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Sheepadoodle. Poodles are among the easiest-to-train dogs, making them a popular choice (and often the best dog breed) for first-time dog owners. Due to their general good natures and the relative ease of caring for them, they’ve become a common dog to mix breeds with. What I love most about Poodles is that they are hypoallergenic dogs, which is often a trait acquired by Doodles.
Curious about the different Poodle mixed breeds? Check out my list below—some of which you may have never seen before.
The Cutest and Best Poodle Mixes
A fairly common Poodle mix, the Maltipoo is part Poodle, a part Maltese. A fairly active dog, these charming pets are great with kids and families as well as those who love having a bit of extra company.
The Yorkipoo is part Yorkshire Terrier, part Poodle, and all fun. A cute little dog that’s got a better attitude than most Yorkies and more energy than a Poodle, it can easily fit into just about any household.
This lovely dog is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. What that means for most dog owners is that they’re really going to get the best of both worlds, all in a much smaller package than they’d end up getting from the traditional standard Poodle. This is a great mix for those who love to play but who have limited space.
While this chihuahua/Poodle hybrid might not be a purebred dog, it’s one of the more popular Poodles mixes out there right now. It’s been recognized by a whole host of international organizations as its own breed, with enough unique markers that it’s starting to move away from the characteristics of its forebears. This little dog is feisty and independent, so be prepared to work on training.
This mix of the Poodle and the Bichon Frise is a great fit for those who want a low-shedding dog breed. A fair bit of work went into the creation of this breed, but this one has ended up being a real winner. It does require a fair bit of exercise, but the Poochon loves hanging around with people and other pets.
Though you might know this one by a number of other names, this doxie/poodle mix is one of those breeds that can have a lot of looks. It generally takes after one parent or the other, so you might see a Doxiepoo that’s very long or one that’s very short – but you’ll always see one of these dogs dutifully playing with its people.
Part Poodle and part Basset hound, this dog is a curious and cute breed. It tends to spend a lot of time exploring the world, but it also has plenty of time for its favorite people. Though it does need to spend a lot of time on a leash, this dog is also one that can be just as at home cuddling on the couch.
A combination of two of the most well-loved breeds in the US, the Boston Terrier Poodle mix has it all. it’s not just smart and happy, but also outgoing and incredibly loyal. With a short coat and a relatively fragile build, this is a dog you’ll have to dote on to ensure that it doesn’t get hurt but don’t worry – this breed absolutely adores the attention.
Cavapoos are a relatively new breed, appearing only in the 1950s. A mix of Poodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this dog has long ears and a soft coat. It’s a beautiful dog with a very playful personality, making it a great fit for families. It does, however, need a little extra attention because of its smaller size.
The Lhasa Poo is a true lap dog, with a tiny frame and without the tendency to shed on its owners. Affectionate and intelligent, the Lhasa Apso Poodle mix loves getting attention from its owners. Though it definitely picks out its favorites quickly, this is also a dog that gets along very well with both children and with other pets.
Cocker spaniel and Poodle cross breeds, cockapoos are a very popular Poodle mix. One of the earlier designer dog breeds, it’s an incredibly popular choice for those who love the energy of a spaniel mixed with the relative ease of training of the Poodle parent—typically from toy poodles. As a bonus, this dog is incredibly affectionate and loves to spend its time with people.
While many of the miniature Poodle crosses are happy to lay about, the Schnoodle is a real runner. With much energy and strength coming from the miniature Schnauzer heritage, these playful dogs are an incredibly loyal companion who love to spend time moving around. As such, the dog is also an incredibly strong choice for anyone who loves the look of a Poodle mix but wants to spend more time playing around.
Another one of the early Poodle crosses, this one is a bit rarer than a Cockapoo. With that said, this Pekingese Poodle crossbreed is a small dog that is actually an excellent watchdog and does a fantastic job of trying to protect his or her family. This is a great lap dog that really can help you to keep your home a little safer.
One of the funniest parts of the Pompapoo is that we really don’t know where it comes to from. We definitely know that the dog has a lot of Pomeranian in it, of course, but beyond that, we’re really just sure that this breed is cute. With an affectionate streak, a mile wide, and much more energy than its small frame seems to be able to hold, this is an adaptable dog that can be a great choice for many.
The noble Eskapoo is a tiny dog with a short muzzle and a big chest. With curly fur, it does look a lot like a Poodle – and the daily brushing required by this pet will certainly remind you have had a Poodle as well as the American Eskimo dog. Even with that said, the dog is a friendly but loud companion who can bring a lot of joy to your life.
The Pugapoo is one of those breeds that are great not just because it’s cute, but because it’s helping to keep the genes of the Pug breed around. With a number of variations in terms of coat type and personality, these dogs are incredibly unique pets who can quickly become valuable parts of the family for those who are willing to get to know them.
If your goal is to get a small, smart dog, you’re going to want to look at the Jack-a-Poo. These dogs have all of the intelligence of a Poodle and all of the energy of a Jack Russel Terrier, making the breed a formidable beast when it comes to playing games or getting out of a yard. With that said, this cross can be an incredible pet when you’re sure to give it enough exercise.
Half Havanese and half Poodle, the Poovanese is a tiny pup with a happy vibe all the way. Their silky coats are actually low-shedding silky coat—it can be styles in many ways! Highly affectionate dogs, a Poovanese or Havapoo will love you unconditionally and will be happy to obey your commands for your attention. These dogs can be beautiful playmates for kids, and their loyalty makes them well-treasured pets for families. They are also popular with city dwellers because of their size and easy personality.
There’s definitely something fantastic to be said for the Poogle. Again, this is a breed that really gives you the best of both worlds, with all of a Beagle’s loyalty and friendliness crossed with all of a Poodle’s intelligence. Energetic and happiest when they have room to play, these dogs do need some solid training in order to become their best selves.
Medium-sized and slim, this cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle is an amazing crossbreed that comes in a number of colors but that almost always has a great personality. What’s really great about these dogs is that they are quite smart – they come from two smart breeds, after all, but they absolutely outstrip both of their forebears in terms of thinking ability.
The Goldendoodle is definitely one of the ‘it’ dogs of the moment, available in both small and large sizes and with an incredible amount of diversity in terms of looks and attitude. They may either have curly coat or straight coat. These dogs are essentially meant to be the larger version of a Cockapoo. Because the parents are two of the most popular dog breeds of all time, Goldendoodles are well loved because of their great personality and a fantastic amount of intelligence to help them integrate with virtually any family.
Labradoodles were actually originally meant to be working dogs. Bred to be guide dogs that wouldn’t trigger the allergies of their handlers, they are a well-established breed that still has the hard-working instincts of working dogs in its makeup. However, they easily became regarded as the first designer dogs. With that said, this cross takes the good things about its parent breeds making it incredibly friendly and fits in with almost any family quickly.
The Bordoodle is a cross between two of the most beautiful dog breeds out there, the Poodle and the Border Collie. Bred to be excellent companions, these dogs can actually pick up the physical traits of either side of their parentage so there’s a lot of variation within the cross itself. Though they may take a fair bit of maintenance to keep looking their best,
This is definitely one of those breeds you may not have thought about, yet it’s an incredibly cute cross in and of itself. The Saint Berdoodle is, as you might have guessed, a mix between a Saint Bernard and a Poodle, a cross that’s got the same kind of gentle-giant charm as one parent while still having all of the intelligence and trainability of the other. Though this dog needs a lot of supervision and training to stay safe, it’s also a breed that is great with people and that tends to be very fond of its owners.
This one might be shocking, but it’s actually a lovely cross. This Rottweiler cross-breed can get big, yet it’s still an adorable dog with a fiercely loyal streak. Incredibly smart and great at playing games, this dog is also surprisingly gentle and fantastic with kids. Of all the Poodle crosses, the Rottle might be among the most perfect family dogs.
Other poodle mixed breeds not on the list above include: Westiepoo (West Highland White Terrier mix), French Buldoodle (French Bulldog mix), Whoodle (Wheaten Terrier mix), and the Irish Doodle (Irish Setter mix).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best poodle mix dog?
It really depends on what you’re looking for in a dog. The vast majority of people are going to point towards the Cockapoo, Goldendoodle, or Labradoodle here, and there are certainly arguments to be made for each cross. With that said, you really do need to stop and think about what you’re looking for in a dog and then figure out which one of the many Poodle mixes is going to have most of those qualities in order to figure out which one is best for you. To know the best Poodle mixes is a matter of personal choice.
2. What is the calmest Doodle breed?
While many of the different Poodle mixes are fairly calm, you may want to look into a Labradoodle if you need a pet with a very specific type of disposition. Though these dogs do thrive when they have enough exercise, the breed was also created as a guide breed and thus has a lot of patience. It’s generally a good idea to look at this cross if you need a dog that’s intelligent and that has the ability to wait when necessary.
3. What is the cutest poodle mix?
This one is absolutely in the eye of the beholder. While there are many Poodle mixes, it’s hard to say that any of them aren’t cute. Even breeds that you wouldn’t think are all that cute somehow become very cute when they are crossed with Poodles, so it’s really down to the individual dog. For most, though, it’s the tiny breeds that tend to be the cutest – Cockapoos, Pomapoos, and the like are all tiny dogs who have a great deal of personality.
4. Do Schnoodle dogs shed?
The bad news is that Schnoodles do shed. The good news is that they do not shed very much, especially if you groom them regularly. These dogs are generally a good choice for those who deal with severe allergies, as their low level of shedding makes them much easier to be around. With that said, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your Schnoodle’s coat to prevent any excess shedding.