There is a dramatic increase in the demand for Poodles, which were crossed with other breeds. These hybrids, so-called ‘designer dogs’, combine the attributes of especially family-friendly breeds with hypoallergenic properties of the Poodle. Besides, Poodle Mixes designer breeds are highly intelligent.
Cockapoos are a cross between a Poodle and Cocker Spaniel. They are also referred to as Spoodles. This breed became so popular because of its intelligence and playful personality. The Cockapoo is a loyal, clever and very affectionate dog. He is an eager student, which makes it really easy to train. This is not surprising since the Cockapoo is the offspring of one of the smartest dogs in the world- Poodle. This is one of smartest Poodle Mixes.
Even though representatives of this breed are low shedders, they need regular brushing and combing in order to prevent matting. Also, Cockapoos should undergo professional grooming at least once a year. The coat varies in color and texture. Hence, some species will have a sleeker coat like the Cocker Spaniel, while others may have a curlier coat of the Poodle.
The Maltipoo is a designer dog, created by crossing the Maltese with a Poodle (Toy or Miniature). Originated in the United States, these dogs are wonderful companions, which is why they are often used in Canistherapy. The Maltipoo is well-proportioned, athletic dog, which is always in a cheerful mood. Representatives of this breed are active, agile and very mobile. Maltipoos are friendly, calm and easy-going dogs. They are rather affectionate, loyal and loving. This is one of greatest Poodle Mixes.
This breed weighs between 3 and 4 kg, and it comes in a variety of colors, depending on the Poodle coloring. Hence, the coat color can be cream, white and silver. The Maltipoo’s coat can be long, straight, slightly wavy or curly. Even though this breed is a low shedder, it needs daily brushing to keep the coat clean and healthy.
The Labradoodle is a hybrid (designer dog), which was developed by crossbreeding the Poodle (Standard, Miniature or Toy) with a yellow and/or black Labrador Retriever. The Labradoodle learns with ease since he is a very smart dog. Labradoodles are very energetic, and they make great family companions and good guards. These dogs were bred to be hypoallergenic, though not all Labradoodles have this particular trait. Also, they may even vary in appearance. This is one of the most popular Poodle Mixes.
Since the Labradoodle is a designer dog, there are no specific standards in terms of general appearance. Labradoodles come in a variety of colors. They can be gold, apricot, black, red, silver, chocolate and blue. Since this breed is considered to be an extremely low shedder, it is relatively easy to maintain. However, regular brushing and combing are necessary to prevent the hair from tangling. Use a stiff brush or a damp cloth to clean the dog’s muzzle. In addition, bathe your pet only when necessary.
The Cavapoo (also known as the Cavadoodle) is a designer dog, created by crossing two pure breeds: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. The Cavapoo is an affectionate, loyal and very popular hybrid. This popular Poodle Mix does well with older children who know how to behave around dogs, and it is very friendly toward other dog breeds and smaller pets. In case of any unusual sound or possible threat, the Cavapoo will bark loudly to notify his family. Cavapoos are completely focused on the man and cannot be alone for long. Mixes,
The Cavapoo is a compactly built dog, small or medium in size. This breed’s ears are distinctive and long, while its round face is rather expressive. It is usually well-built, agile and very hardy. Soft and silky, the Cavapoo’s coat can be slightly curly. Depending on the type of the coat, Cavapoos may need either regular cleaning with a comb to prevent tangling or even professional grooming. It is important to regularly check on their ears and to keep them clean. Also, make sure to regularly cut the dog’s claws.
The Lhasapoo is a hybrid, which was created by crossing the Lhasa Apso and a Poodle (usually a Miniature Poodle). Such breeds are called designer dogs and are usually very popular family companions. Lhasapoos are affectionate, loving and very loyal. These dogs are very family oriented and cannot bear being alone for a long period of time. Moreover, boredom and loneliness will lead Lhasapoos to destructive behavior and excessive barking. This breed gets along well with older children, who know how to handle a dog. Also, it coexists peacefully with other dogs and small pets, provided that they grew up in the same household.
Compact dog breed of medium size, with good body proportions, the Lhasapoo has a strong constitution and large, expressive eyes. This Poodle Mix is a nimble, alert, and courageous dog. The Lhasapoo’s coat can vary. Hence, it is either long and straight (of a Lhasa Apso), or soft and curly (of a Poodle). Depending on the type of the coat, Lhasapoos can be quite demanding when it comes to cleaning routine, and they may require professional trimming. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears of your pet to prevent the development of infectious diseases.
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