Fluffy hybrid dogs with great non-shedding coats and unique personalities that come in all shapes and sizes? What’s not to love about doodles in 2022? Below is our list of the best doodle breeds that make great companions for families searching for a doodle to call their own!
(Golden Retriever + Poodle)
Goldendoodles are the most well-known and commonly seen doodle in 2022. This shouldn’t be a shock, though, considering Golden Retrievers were the 3rd most popular dog in 2021. Goldendoodles are a versatile breed that loves to be outdoors and engage in social interactions between family, friends, and even other pets. These affectionate and playful doodles come in various sizes to accommodate just about any lifestyle or owner preference.
Goldendoodles are very soft-mouthed dogs who do great with kids and are even known for being friendly toward strangers, which can be a massive bonus if you often have visitors in your home. Because Goldendoodles are so popular, they have a more extensive network of breeders and owners than some of the more rare doodle breeds. Having a great community surrounding the breed makes them more readily available, which has lowered the price of a Goldendoodle puppy for new families buying a Goldendoodle.
(Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier + Poodle)
Whoodles are the next top contender! Doodles are generally sought out for their non-shedding hypoallergenic coats. Whoodles are a unique hybrid dog where both parents are non-shedding breeds. Similar to the Poodle, the SCWT doesn’t shed. They don’t have an undercoat and require regular grooming. This can be a strong deciding factor for anyone with allergies to pet fur. Although it is still possible to develop allergies to a dog’s saliva and urine proteins, most people with mild allergies or asthma can tolerate a hypoallergenic dog with no issue.
As you learn about Whoodles, you will see some of their other highlighted qualities. Whoodles are more independent than some other breeds, which means they are less prone to separation anxiety and can usually kick it at home by themselves without issue. Even though they’re a less common breed of doodle, they fit in with the comparable small to medium-sized doodles and even have the advantage of being less vocal than other doodle breeds. This can make a massive difference for dog owners living in an apartment or shared housing since you won’t want to disturb the neighbors, and Whoodles are usually small enough to fit in with an apartment building’s height and weight requirements.
Maltipoo Doodle Breed
(Maltese + Poodle)
If you know anything about Maltipoos, you’re probably familiar with their cute and tiny teddy bear-like appearance. Maltipoos are a small doodle breed that does exceptionally well with both children and the elderly. Due to their affectionate nature and low exercise needs, many families find the Maltipoo a perfect, low-maintenance pet that is easy to clean up after with non-shedding coats.
Having such a small breed makes it easy to prevent dangerous accidents and even aids in training. You won’t have to worry about counter surfing or a rambunctious teenage dog bumping into grandma hard enough to knock her down. Maltipoos are very clingy and love to be near their owners. They fit in very well with the definition of a “lap dog,” always wanting to be nearby and closely connected. For this reason, they’re easier to leash train than other dogs, and they make great companions for families who enjoy a lifestyle with less activity.
(Border Collie + Poodle)
Bordoodles are an incredible breed! Combining the top two most intelligent dogs in the world was no mistake here. Bordoodles are very loyal and excel in sports like agility and obedience and other active events such as hiking, swimming, and showing off new tricks. This doodle breed has a very keen mind and can even seem too smart for their own good at times!
Bordoodles come in a variation of sizes and colors, making enjoyable combinations to suit each owner’s preferences better while still maintaining the intelligence and temperament of the Bordoodle as a breed. Bordoodles are known to be highly sociable pets and are rarely aggressive. Be warned, though, these doodles can crop up some bad habits out of sheer boredom without proper mental stimulation and physical exercise.
Cockapoo Doodle Breed
(Cocker Spaniel + Poodle)
The Cockapoo is well known for its wild hyperactive energy. These dogs come in small packages, usually weighing no more than 12-24lbs once fully grown. But don’t be fooled by their small size. These dogs were bred to be active adventure buddies with small compact bodies. These very affectionate doodles are seemingly the best of both worlds. Cockapoos build intimate relationships with family and have a very sweet demeanor that makes them great with children. Due to their intuitive nature, Cockapoos also excel as emotional support and therapy dogs for those in need.
Cockapoos often have a very fluffed up, curly coat and shed very little if they shed at all. These dogs are great for a life at home since they won’t leave behind fur and are small enough to fit comfortably in tighter living quarters. Their soft and gentle need for affection compliments their active, playful nature. The energy level and time spent bonding with their owners make them a very balanced choice in the doodle world.
Matching your lifestyle and family’s personal preferences with the most suitable doodle is critical to finding peaceful companionship between man and dog. Doodles aren’t a one-size-fits-all type of dog, so the best choice for your neighbor, aunt, or cousin may not be the best doodle for you. Luckily there’s a wide variety of doodles to choose from, and there’s a doodle for nearly any kind of lifestyle. Picking a doodle that’s right for you is all that matters when welcoming one of these lovely dogs as a member of your family.