The first Poodle crossbreed was way back in 1989 in Australia. Wally Conron was working for the Guide Dogs charity and decided to breed a Poodle to a Labrador in the hopes that the puppies would not trigger allergies and would also have the right temperament for support work.
Since then, so-called “designer breeds” have exploded in popularity, but the Labradoodle remains one of the most popular Poodle crosses. Many breeders will call their dogs a “breed” but this is not accurate. Any dog that has mixed parentage is a crossbreed. Crosses are not recognized as breeds themselves.
That has not stopped dog breeders from becoming more adventurous with the breeds they choose to cross. Some are relatively successful, whereas others create dogs with behavioral or hereditary issues. Here, we look at a few of the lesser-known successful Poodle crosses.
HUSKYPOO: Siberian Husky and Poodle Mix
This is the result of crossing a Siberian Husky and a Poodle. Usually, this would be a Standard Poodle, but some breeders have attempted crossing Miniature Poodles with small Siberian Huskies. The Huskipoo is a wonderful crossbreed but does need an experienced dog owner.
Both Poodles and Huskies have high energy levels, so a Huskipoo will need lots of daily exercises and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and behavioral problems. They have a generally friendly nature but can be wary of strangers. They are highly intelligent dogs and do well at agility and advanced training. They are dogs that require work to keep them focused and engaged.
One thing to be mindful of is that Huskipoos tend to be pretty independent dogs. This comes from their Siberian Husky lineage. These dogs need a lot of consistent and patient recall training to prevent them from running off. An untrained Huskipoo when let off leash will just run around following whatever smell entices them! If you are considering Huskipoo, you must be prepared to put in the work to ensure your dog is well trained.
Most Huskipoos will show the traditional Husky markings, however, they may also have a solid color coat with white markings on the chest and legs or a mostly white coat with solid color patches (usually black or chocolate).
The Huskipoo will reach between 13 and 25 inches tall, depending on the parents and will weigh in the region of 45-60 pounds. Although they have Poodle ancestry, the Huskipoo is a moderate shedder. They have a soft undercoat and a thick outercoat. They require regular grooming to prevent matting, but most Huskipoos love water, so this shouldn’t be a problem! With a lifespan of 10-13 years, you will have plenty of time to spend with your Huskipoo.
BLACK MALTIPOO: Maltese and Toy Poodle Mix
Crossing a Maltese and a Toy Poodle will give you a Maltipoo. Since the Maltese are all white or white with pale lemon coloring, a Maltipoo puppy being born with a black coat is pretty rare. This can only happen if the Poodle parent is black or carries the gene for a black coat. Black Maltipoos do not have any characteristics different from other Maltipoos.
The Maltipoo is a small, friendly dog, bred to be a companion animal. They are smart and obedient dogs if they receive proper training. They are fairly active, requiring around 45 minutes to an hour of off-lead exercise daily. They are also prone to destructive behaviors if they are not mentally stimulated.
A Maltipoo can be expected to weigh no more than 11 pounds and to grow no taller than 12 inches. Some Maltipoo breeders use Miniature Poodles, which are taller and heavier than Toy Poodles. Maltipoos with a Miniature Poodle parent will grow to be taller and heavier than a Maltipoo with a Toy Poodle parent.
All Maltipoos have a continuously growing coat and require grooming every 6-8 weeks. They also need to be brushed at home regularly to prevent their coat from matting. Most Maltipoos have a thick, wavy coat, however, they can also have a silkier, less curly coat.
12 years is the average life expectancy of a Maltipoo and they are generally healthy dogs, although they are prone to joint problems and gastrointestinal illnesses.
AUSSIEPOO: Australian Shephard and Poodle Mix
This adorable dog is a cross between an Australian Shephard and a Poodle. They are a fairly new crossbreed, with the first cross believed to have occurred in the early 2000s.
There are 3 standard Aussipoo sizes; Toy, Miniature and Standard. These are dependant on whether the Poodle parent was a Toy, Miniature or Standard Poodle. Toy Aussiepoos are the smallest, growing to 10 inches and weighing 15 to 20 pounds. Miniature Aussiepoos are slightly bigger, with a height of around 17 inches and a weight of approximately 25 pounds. The Standard Aussiepoo will grow up to 22 inches and can weigh upwards of 30 pounds.
Coat colors are almost impossible to predict for Aussiepoos. This is because Poodles have 10 recognized coat colors and Australian Shepherds have 4. Some coat color genes are dominant, whereas others require both parents to carry the gene for that coat color to show.
Since most Australian Shepherds have merle coats, the most common Aussiepoo coat color is merle. This is when the coat shows mottled patterns of different coat colors. Some Australian Shepherds also have tan markings on their face and legs, which means any crossbreed puppies also have a chance of displaying similar markings.
The Aussiepoo coat is either thick and wavy or long and silky. A small number of Aussiepoos will have tight curls like a Poodle or have a long wavy coat. They require regular grooming to prevent matting.
Aussiepoos have a great temperament but require a lot of exercise. Both parents are working breeds, so an Aussiepoo that does not receive regular exercise and training will quickly become destructive.
The lifespan of an Aussiepoo is 10 -13 years. Smaller breeds tend to live longer than large breeds, but this is also dependant on the dog’s overall health. Small breed crosses are prone to more health issues than larger breeds.
ROTTIE-POO: Rottweiler and Standard Poodle Mix
Last on this list is the Rottiepoo or Rottle, crossed from a Rottweiler and a Standard Poodle. These dogs are basically large, fluffy teddy bears! Since all Rottweilers are black with tan markings on their face, chest and legs, most Rottiepoos show these same patterns, although their coat color could be other colors aside from black. Rottiepoos can also have solid coats like Poodles or have parti coats (solid color with large white patches).
Rottiepoos have thick, wavy coats that need regular brushing. They also need grooming/clipping every 6-8 weeks. Like most Poodle crosses, they shed a small amount, but much less than purebred Rottweilers.
Temperament is difficult to predict in Rottles. Rottweilers are famous for being excellent guard dogs, but they are also friendly, loyal and playful. They are also very intelligent, which is something many people overlook. Poodles are also intelligent but tend to be accommodating of strangers.
Rottiepoos are easy to train and are great with other dogs if they are well socialized from an early age. They do well with protection training but are also fantastic family dogs. They get on well with children and love to chase balls and go swimming. They need a fair amount of daily exercise and do best if given opportunities to mentally tired themselves.
This crossbreed will grow to be at least 30 pounds but can be as heavy as 90 pounds! Their height can range from 15 to 27 inches depending on the size of both parents. Rottiepoos have an average lifespan of 10 years and are one of the healthiest Poodle crossbreeds. Aside from joint issues, there are not many conditions that a Rottiepoo is prone to developing.
Why get a doodle when you can get a poodle?
With responsible breeding, socialization and proper training, Doodles are fabulous dogs full of character and personality. Although they may require more exercise than some other crossbreeds, they bring so much life to a household and generally have better health expectations than most purebred dogs.
Many breeders list their Poodle crossbreeds as hypoallergenic, but this is never a guarantee. Even Poodles shed, but at a very minima rate. Poodle crossbreeds, do shed, but it is much less noticeable than purebreds. Someone thinking of getting a dog for allergy reasons, should spend some time with that dogs of that crossbreed to see if their allergies are affected.
A Poodle cross can be a great addition to someone’s life with their intelligence, loyalty and playful nature. They are great working dogs, with many going into protective working, supportive therapy or law enforcement.