Goldendoodles came onto the scene in the 1990s and are renowned for their loyal, people-loving personalities and teddy bear cuteness. They’re happy-go-lucky and love nothing more than cuddles or lap time with their favorite people and animals.
Their coat color ranges from white, cream or gold to brown, chocolate, black and practically everything in between. In recent years, breeders have introduced doodles with mixed colors and pretty coat patterns, adding even more variation to this much-loved dog breed.
As poodle descendants, goldendoodles shed less than other dogs, making them popular among families with mild allergies. Nonetheless, they inherited a double coat from their golden retriever parent. As such, they require regular grooming and brushing to keep their fur soft and matt-free.
Their gentle nature makes them a dream pet for families with children and other pets — even cats. They love to socialize and are extremely affectionate provided they receive adequate training and socialization as puppies. Boasting two of the smartest dog breeds as parents, these pups are highly trainable and love to learn tricks and delight their human companions.
Because of their smarts and high energy levels, goldendoodles require at least 30 minutes of daily walking and plenty of play time. They love to swim, run, walk, play with other animals and learn new tricks. The curlier the coat, the more you’ll need to brush them, and we’d recommend a monthly bath or trip to the groomer.
Labradoodles were introduced in Australia in the 1980s and have been steadily growing in popularity ever since. Bred for their hypoallergenic coat and intelligent temperament, they were initially intended to be service dogs. They have a shaggy coat that presents in a range of different textures, the curliest of which are the least allergenic. They come in a broad variety of colors, including golden, blue, silver, red and black.
They’re confident and kind dogs that are only slightly more serious than their golden cousins due to their original status as working dogs. They can get very excited by people and pets and require proper training as puppies to ensure they’re on their best behavior as adult dogs.
While doodles are excellent companions, they don’t make the best guard dogs because they’re just so loving. Nonetheless, they’re very eager to please their owners and love nothing more than learning new tricks that delight their loved ones. Games such as fetch, agility training, scent training and mantrailing will bring endless happiness to your doodle and keep it from getting bored.
You’ll need to brush curlier labradoodles more than those with straight hair and take them to the groomer every month or so.
Cockapoos are famous for their teddy bear eyes and boundless energy, and they’ve been delighting human companions since the 1960s. People love them because they shed less than other dogs, have an easygoing personality and adore spending time with their favorite people. The cockapoo’s parents are the lively cocker spaniel and the refined poodle.
These adorable little dogs idolize their families and are always eager to please and proud to bring a smile to people’s faces. This desire to delight their owners combined with their intelligence means they’re easy to train and don’t like spending time alone. Look no further if your priority is finding a puppy to give and receive unconditional love.
Despite being great with people and pets within the family, cockapoos have inherited a strong prey drive from their parents. As such, you’ll need to keep a close eye on them around little critters such as squirrels and rabbits. They usually have wavy hair and come in three distinct sizes: toy, mini and standard. They’re usually single-coated, and the dog’s most popular coat colors are chocolate, apricot, red, buff, black and white.