Breeds

The Most Popular Poodle Mixes

Reviewed by Elise Remp

March 30, 2022

Although certain doodle mixes were all the rage back in the 1940s—starting with cockapoos—it’s hard to ignore the more recent “doodle boom” that has reignited with curly cuties like golden and Labradoodles. Now, dog lovers around the world can find almost any “doodle,” “oodle,” or “poo” combo of dog breeds that their heart desires.

Why Are Poodle Mixes So Popular?

Poodles have oodles of delightful qualities that dog parents want, like:

  • High intelligence
  • Affection toward their humans
  • Plenty of energy
  • Low shedding or hypoallergenic qualities (note: not all poodle mixes will be low-shedding!)
glendoodle puppy

Where Can I Find A Poodle Mix?

Try starting your search for the doodle of your dreams at your local shelters, rescue groups (breed-specific rescues, too!), or by hopping on to sites like petfinder.com to search for a poodle mix near you. Chances are you can find just about any breed (or breed combo) in need of a loving home.

Take advantage of the AKC Rescue Network to track down existing breed-specific rescues near you!

Related Article: 23 Ridiculously Cute Husky Mixes

What Are The Most Popular Poodle Mixes?

Labradoodle (Labrador + Poodle)

labradoodle with stuffed toy

Surprisingly, Labradoodle mixes didn’t magically appear with the wave of a wand and a shouted “LABRACADABRA” incantation. But feel free to use that expression to train your labradoodle to come over to you and impress your friends. MAAAGIC!

It turns out that these pups were actually first bred back in the 1960s by an Australian man named Wally Conron. He wanted to breed a hypoallergenic guide dog for a blind woman in Hawaii who was allergic to dogs.

Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever + Poodle)

goldendoodle in a bucket

Please don’t call them groodles. They’re better than that.

Although goldendoodles really started to gain popularity in the 1990s, they were being bred much earlier (around the 1960s) as an alternative to the labradoodle. Fun fact: Monica Dickens, great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, is actually credited as being one of the first to breed a goldendoodle.

Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog + Poodle)

bernadoodle in some long grass

Much like Bernese mountain dogs, Bernedoodles are known to be adorably gentle giants. The only problem is that they KNOW how adorable and awesome they are, which leads many of them to develop a stubborn streak. Ain’t no shame in being awesome, bernedoodles!

Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle)

Cockapoo puppy

“Cockapoodle-poo!” Like an eager rooster announcing the start of a new day, cockapoos (sometimes called cockapoodles) were first on the scene of the poodle-mix craze of the 1960s. These guys started the trend of breeding more allergy-friendly oodle, doodle, and poo mixes.

Yorkiepoo (Yorkshire Terrier + Poodle)

yorkiepoo in a sweater

She’s the lass with all the sass! These little pups have the playful spirit of a Yorkie and the intelligence of a poodle, making Yorkiepoos one spicy little ball of fluff.

Maltipoo (Maltese + Poodle)

maltipoo on a pillow

Maltipoos are said to have all the best qualities the Maltese and poodle, making them extremely friendly and lovable. They do, however, crave attention from their human companion and don’t like to be left alone long. (Us too, Maltipoo, us too.)

Schnoodle (Schnauzer + Poodle)

schnoodle puppy

It’s just incredibly fun to say! Schnoodle!

Some descriptions of this mixed breed label these pups as “forever happy.” Not only is this the best description we’ve ever read about any animal in existence, but that’s all the info we needed to decide that schnoodles now need to be placed at the top of everyone’s dog list.

Jack-a-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier + Poodle)

jack-a-poo puppy

These energetic little jack-a-poos are just about as silly and spunky as their name. Jack Russell terriers are the Energizer bunnies of the dog world, so expect these pups to go, go, and go some more.

Peekapoo (Pekingese + Poodle)

peekapoo in an apartment

Peekapoos have a mighty sense for adventure and a commanding bark for their wee size. They’re playful and affectionate, but be sure to get them lots of exercise. (You might want to consider throwing in some free earplugs for the neighbors, too!)

Shih-poo (Shih Tzu + Poodle)

shihpoo with heterochromia

I can only imagine the first to discover the shih-poo calling a secret meeting, like:
Person: “Ok guys, we have a shih tzu and a poodle, so please shout out some name ideas for this breed.”
A slight whisper over the Zoom call: “shih t…”
Person: “NO! No Todd, we’re not calling it that!”

Whoodle (Wheaten Terrier + Poodle)

whoodle in a bandana

You can’t convince us that a Whoodle isn’t the name of some mythical creature with a rich history of folklore. A pup this cute just can’t actually exist in real life. His silky coat has powers unbeknownst to mankind.

Poogle (Beagle + Poodle)

poogle puppy out for a walk

It’s pretty hard not to chuckle at the name poogle. It’s delightfully goofy, much like these energetic little pups. Of all the poodle mixes, this breed seems to differ in color and hair length from litter to litter. Some puppies may take after the solid colors of their poodle parent, whereas others display more of their beagle parent’s splotchy-colored coat.

Poochon (Bichon Frise + Poodle)

poochon puppy on a blanket

“Excuse me, do you have any grey poochons?” Their fancy-pants name matches their spicy attitudes. Get ready to wait on these pups hand and foot!

Doodles We Think More People Should Know About (Because They’re Just So Dang Cute)

Newfypoo (Newfoundland Dog + Poodle)

newfypoo puppy

If you have suddenly redirected your life goals toward the pursuit of adopting a Newfypoo after seeing their pics, we 100% support the endeavor. There can be no greater joy than cuddling up next to this soon-to-be giant bundle of fluff.

Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog + Poodle)

sheepadoodle with some toys

Had a rough year (or years)? We’re talking ugly-crying over your Cup-o-Noodles while watching trending cat dance TikToks in an attempt to cheer yourself up, kind of rough? Well I have some good news for you! Sheepadoodles are known for their keen sense of reading human emotions, and they make fantastic emotional support friends!

Bordoodle (Border Collie + Poodle)

a bordoodle at the beach

The border collie and poodle intelligence combo basically creates a bordoodle pup with a wicked smart superpower. They’re playful and energetic, but watch out for those stubborn streaks! They know what you’re asking them to do, they just don’t care. This cutie is a strong independent dog who don’t need no human.

Pyredoodle (Great Pyrenees + Poodle)

pyredoodle relaxing

If Pyredoodles existed in human form, they would be one of those people on the street with a sign reading, “FREE HUGS!”

Reviewed by Elise Remp

March 30, 2022