Doodle is fun to say, it feels good on the tongue. Mr. Doodle Pants, Doodlicious, Doodle Head, Doodle, Doodle Pup, Where’s My Doodle, whatever, it’s fun.
We have Doodles of all types in our classes every single session. And as with all puppies, sans breed, when a little one walks into our training area, I am meeting a new soul a new living being, and we start to form a relationship based on who we are on the inside, nothing else. Breed does not matter to me in my relationships with the dogs I work with.
I am a stock dog owner, I have Border Collies, I play in the big world of competition, demonstrations, and the like. I own intense and hard working dogs, but all of my dogs have had Doodle puppy friends, and some of my good friends are Doodle owners or have taken the leap and become Doodle Aficionados, where their knowledge and enthusiasm on all things Doodle trumps everything else.
By now I think we all know the story of the dude in Australia wanting to create a hypoallergenic Service Dog, and he mucked around for a bit, came up with the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle, and his experiment was a failure for many reasons, and now after all these years he has regrets about ever doing this.
Since the experiment in Australia we now see ‘Poodling’ of pretty much everything. Bernerdoodles, Borderdoodles, Cairndoodles, Dobedoodles, Cockadoodle, Cavadoodle, Mini Poodle Goldendoodle, Aussiedoodles, Mini Aussie Goldendoodle, Jackerdoodles, Teddy Bear Doodles, Double Doodles, Mini Doodle Double Doodle, seriously it’s ridiculously fun to say.
And then you hear about the F1, F2 … F6, and you start to get a genetic run down of the line of Doodle standing in front of you. Doodle owners with a new genetics hobby.
But, there is a hard line, and sometimes a canyon size divide between those breeding and owning them, and those working in the dog world. The friction is palpable at times.
So why the hard line from professionals, why the divide? I am pretty sure dog professionals don’t dislike the dog standing in front of them, or the person who just paid for one. I don’t believe that is the problem, it isn’t for me anyway. The real friction seems to be between Dog Professionals and Doodle Breeders.
And here’s why –
The marketing strategy surrounding the Doodle world is incredible. There was a genius behind this movement at some point who influenced an entire generation of humans to believe that mixed breed dogs with fun names were worth more than a top line competition dog bred with care.
For example if you were to propose in a crowded room that you had a litter of mixed breed puppies, were selling them for $2000, there was no health guarantee, and you couldn’t guarantee the temperament either, but their name would be fun to say, well I would bet you wouldn’t get any takers.
So some fun things to know –
There is an enormous price tag because the market is supporting it, and because of kick ass marketing, Doodles are in demand. We have seen $900-$4000 for a Doodle.
Doodle Kennels are pumping them out, as in huge numbers per year. One kennel in our area boasts 10-15 litters per year, 9-11 pups per litter, $2500-$4000 per puppy, no returns, no guarantees, and IXOYE God told her to be a breeder, you do the math. It is a lucrative business for breeders.
Doodles are mixed breed dogs. Fact.
You cannot guarantee health with a mixed breed dog. Fact.
If you do the research on genetic wonk of the Poodle and whatever the breeder is Poodling it with, that will give you a heads up of what the mix really is, health considerations and all.
You cannot guarantee no shedding if one parent is a shedder, Mother Nature is cool that way.
If you get a non-shedding dog it is not synonymous with hypoallergenic if you take them out into the world, attend puppy play dates, or have a yard and garden. Their fur picks up everything along the way; grass, dirt, puppy saliva, other puppy hair, bunny dander, poop, dust, human epithelials, etc. If you are truly allergic to dogs, as in life limiting, cannot breathe, epi-pen needed, please do not get a dog, seriously.
Non shedding, if you get one, means heavy grooming. Every 6-8 weeks a trim, shave, cut, of some sort, and then daily brushing so the hair does not mat and pull at the skin causing sores, is the lifestyle.
A Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle are in fact two types of hunting dog in one dog, and this is most of the time a lot of dog for a person looking for a nice dog with a fun name.
Most households are not prepared for the level of energy that a Doodle puppy offers.
Most Doodle breeders do not take puppies back if they don’t work out.
Some Doodle breeders spay and neuter at 8 weeks of age so you cannot breed their line of Doodle on your own, dear god …
Just like all puppies of any breed, as litters are like a village, there is always a variance in temperaments. Just because Doodle is attached to a dogs name it does not guarantee you a specific temperament, a ‘Doodle’ does not mean nice happy dog in and of itself. Personally we have had super nice Doodle mixes in class over the years, and conversely we have had sociopathic Doodles that have caused a lot of damage, and then a little bit of every temperament in between.
New Doodle owners are usually given information from their breeder and are led to believe in some sort of genetic superiority in the specific way they cross bred their Doodle to create Doodle on Doodle for multiple generations, or have a … wait for it … out cross of an Australian Doodle, second generations Doodle to Doodle, bred to a Mini Poodle Golden Doodle that was Doodle to Doodle bred for three generations. If Dr, Seuss had signed his name under some of these statements I would have believed it came from one of his lovely books.
Does it matter in the long run?
Does it really matter that people want Doodles and want to tell the world they have a Doodle, and that they love their Doodle? Absolutely not, may all dog owners be so happy, and all dogs be so loved.
But we should also start calling a spade a spade, and a Doodle a mixed breed over priced dog. I think if that were the case, there would not be as much friction and push back from people in the professional dog world. And Doodle breeders would have to get really real really quick.
Talk with any rescue that has a litter of mixed breed puppies who were loved and taken care of at a foster home and are asking a nominal $100 for adoption and will 100% take that puppy back if it isn’t the right fit. They probably grind their teeth daily at the thought of people paying thousands of dollars for a mixed breed puppy because of marketing, yet their awesome little fur nuggets are being passed on.
Puppies have no choice in who their Mother or Father are, they don’t choose their breeder, and they are at the mercy of the breeder in hopes of finding a good home.
All little new souls need kindness, love, consideration, and understanding in order to flourish, no matter the breed.
All puppies deserve our efforts.