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A Poodle hybrid is a cross (hybrid) between a Poodle and some other breed of dog. Poodle hybrids have become very popular as pets. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The Poodle's nonshedding coat is the usual impetus behind such experimentation, where potential pet owners are looking for a nonshedding version of a breed for health or hygenic reasons. Some of these crosses have been developed deliberately, while others have happened accidentally.

A breed cross is not a recognized breed, although some breeders promote them as such. They do not have predictable size, appearance, temperament, or health like purebred dogs. Some Poodle crosses do shed, and they can cause allergic reactions. The generation of hybridization might make a difference, too. It is possible that first-generation hybrids are less likely to carry the genetic weaknesses of either breed, but second-generation hybrids might begin to suffer from inbreeding problems as do some purebred dogs.

Names for hybrids

None of the following hybrids have been recognized as breeds, but many people who sell such dogs give them invented names to enhance their marketability. The crosses are usually with the appropriately sized Poodle for the size of the second breed; for example, Cockapoos are usually Miniature Poodle mixes.

Name Mixed with
Bichon-Poo, Bicha-Poo Bichon Frise
Cavadoodle, Cavoodle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cockapoo, Spoodle Cocker Spaniel
Goldendoodle Golden Retriever
Labradoodle Labrador Retriever
Lhasa-Poo Lhasa Apso
Maltipoo Maltese
Pekeapoo Pekingese
Pomapoo Pomeranian
Schnoodle Miniature or Standard Schnauzer
La Schnoodle Labrador with Schnoodle
Scottiepoo Scottish Terrier
Shepardoodles German Shepherd Dog
Shih-poo Shih Tzu
Westiepoo West Highland White Terrier
Yorkiepoo Yorkshire Terrier

In fact, any crossbreed with a poodle is usually given a "...poo" or "oodle..." based name, although most of these are fanciful concoctions by individual owners, such as pooter or perrier for a poodle-terrier mix, and are not part of the mainstream.

See Poodle

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