Recently we pinned an infographic (you can see it below) about “designer dogs” on one of our Pinterest boards. It’s just a cute compilation of some interesting facts about these purposeful cross breeds, starting with the first purposeful Doodle–a Labradoodle mix bred in the late 1970s when a woman needed a service dog but her husband was allergic.
The mix of a Labrador Retriever and a low-shedding Poodle created the Labradoodle and, as they say, the rest is doodle history.
The infographic went on to share cute photos of some of the most popular doodle breeds. They were all cute dogs with even cuter names.
The reaction, however, was not nearly as cute. Almost instantly, a comment came in that “ANY mixing of TWO breeds is a MUTT, that DOES NOT make it a ‘designer’ dog, which does not exist. It’s a fancy name people put on mutts to make them feel like they have something special or ‘worth more.’ Shame on you, DogTipper!”
Now, everyone who knows us knows that we love mixed breed dogs. (Excuse us, but we do not like the term “mutt,” as we’ve written about here in the past. We consider it a pejorative about the dogs with which we share our hearts and our home.)
But I digress.
Could the designer dog craze help shelters?
Our dogs have always been–and will always be–rescue dogs. When many people think of these designer dog crosses, they think of purposeful crossbreeding. Technically a “designer dog” –like a doodle — is the mix of two purebred dogs.
But, nonetheless, we feel that the term “designer dogs” is one that could help shelter dogs. If people want to spend an often considerable amount for a purposeful crossbreed of purebreds, perhaps they’d be willing to look at the many mixes that fill shelters everywhere in a different light.
If it takes a cute name like Aussiedor (Australian Shepherd and Labrador Retriever), Borgi (Border collie and Corgi), or Boxita (Boxer and Akita)—all currently in use to describe the purposeful mix of two purebreds—then we think shelters can also get creative with their mixed breed dog guesses!
Our Tiki is a Poodle-Doberman-Sheltie-Bulldog mix. Could she be a Doodleman Bulltie?
If the acceptance of “designer dogs” makes dog lovers take a second look at the numerous mixed breed dogs, we think it’s a trend that shelters can use to help publicize and promote the great dogs that sit and wait for forever homes.
After all, a dog by any other name will be just as fantastic!
37 Types of Doodles
As quickly as people have become interested in Doodles, the names for the various hybrids have evolved. Here’s a look at the super cute names by which various Doodles are known!
Aussiedoodle: Australian Shepherd and Poodle mix
Bassetoodle: Basset Hound and Poodle mix
Bernedoodle: Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix
Bordoodle: Border Collie and Poodle mix
Bossi-Poo: Boxer and Poodle mix
Boxerdoodle: Boxer and Poodle mix
Cadoodle: Collie and Poodle mix
Cavapoo: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix
Chipoo: Chihuahua and Poodle mix
Cockapoo: Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix
Dalmadoodle: Dalmation and Poodle mix
Double Doodle: a mix of a Goldendoodle and a Labradoodle
Doxiepoo: Dachshund and Poodle mix
Escapoo: American Eskimo Dog and Poodle mix
Golden Doodle: Golden Retriever and Poodle mix
Irish Doodle: Irish Setter and Poodle mix
Jack-a-Poo: Jack Russell Terrier and Poodle
Labradoodle: Labrador Retriever and Poodle Mix
Lhasa Poo: Lhasa Apso and Poodle mix
Maltipoo: Maltese and Poodle mix
Newfypoo: Newfoundland and Poodle mix
Peekapoo: Pekingese and Poodle mix
Pomapoo: Pomeranian and Poodle mix
Poochon: Bichon and Poodle mix
Pooshi: Shiba Inu and Poodle mix
Pugapoo: Pug and Poodle mix
Rottle: Rottweiler and Poodle mix
Saint Berdoodle: Saint Bernard and Poodle mix
Schnoodle: Schnauzer and Poodle mix
Sheepadoodle: Old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix
Shepadoodle: German Shepherd Dog and Poodle mix
Shihpoo: Shih Tzu and Poodle mix
Weimdoodle: Weimaraner and Poodle mix
Westiepoo: West Highland White Terrier and Poodle mix
Whoodle: Wheaton Terrier and Poodle mix. Generally the Whoodle is the result of breeding a Wheaton Terrier with a Standard Poodle, but you’ll also see mini Whoodles, the combo of a Wheaton Terrier and a Miniature Poodle…and Toy Whoodles, the result of the breeding of a Wheaton Terrier and, you guessed it, a Toy Poodle.
Woodle: Welsh Terrier and Poodle mix
Yorkipoo: Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle mix
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