Its no wonder doodles are so popular. They come in a large variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There is literally a doodle for any lifestyle or family. Along with sporting many different qualities that make them wonderful companions. As as added bonus they are adorable. Doodles are a hybrid and result in a mix of two different breeds of dogs such as a poodle and a Bernese Mountain dog. Purebred dogs suffer from many genetic ailments, often prone to shorter lifespans because the gene pool is so small. By introducing a new gene pool through crossing two breeds that are prone to different sets of genetic concerns, the offspring will be healthier. This is a phenomenon termed as “Hybrid Vigor” and is one of the reasons people love Doodles.

In purebred dogs the gene pools are relatively small resulting in dogs being inbred or linebred. Inbreeding increases homozygosity that results inbreeding depression. Inbreeding depression comes with negative effects referred to as "loss of vigor


Heterosis :hybrid vigor  is the reversal of the loss of vigor that defines inbreeding depression as a result of an increase in genetic heterozygosity.

When dogs are inbred, conception rate declines, sperm count is reduced, litter size decreases, neonatal survival is lower, and the lifespan is greatly reduced. 


Though it is proven that hybrid vigor is beneficial to dogs if both parents carry a disease, or temperament trait it can still be passed on to offspring therefore health testing and  temperament testing is still a very important part of cross-breeding healthy, sound-minded dogs. 


Intelligence:  Poodles are listed as one of the top smartest breeds of dogs. Not only are very smart, but they’re also proud, active dogs, because of their high intelligence, poodles can be easily trained to do many different jobs, tasks and tricks. Therefore adding this breed into the cross of a doodle just makes sense. Doodles are known to be intelligent, biddable, super social and due to their intelligence they make wonderful family companions. 

Minimal Shedding:  There’s really no such thing as a 100% non-shedding dog however doodles will shed much less than average dogs due to crossing in the poodle. Shedding levels can vary within the same litter. Some puppies will be mild shedders, moderate shedders and non shedders.

Doodle Generations

 F1 is a first generation dog, so a purebred (Bernese, Aussie, or Border Collie) crossed with a Poodle. Coat type will vary regardless of what generation cross and type of Doodle you choose. Typically, an F1 pairing will produce straighter & wavy coats closer to the non poodle parent breed. However, with a well-bred poodle all of these puppies will have Doodle coats or furnishings

F2 would be an F1 crossed with an F1. = Aussiedoodle X Aussiedoodle, Or Bernedoodle X Bernedoodle, Or Borderdoodle X Border Doodle.

F3 is an F2 with an F2 and so on. F2's are also called double doodles. F2B and Multi-Gen pairings will typically produce straight, wavy, and curly coats. 

“b” represents a back-cross. Meaning a bernedoodle bred back to a parent breed, either Poodle or Bernese.

F1B pairings typically produce wavy & curly coats closer to that of the poofle


However an F1b is not a 75/25 combination as many assume, and an F2 may be 50/50, 80/20, 20/80 or 70/30, etc

An F1 generation is indeed 50/50, because it is a mix of 100% poodle and 100% BMD, Aussie or BC. That poodle can only give poodle DNA, and the other breed being crossed can only give it's DNA. However, the puppy produced by the F1 cross, does not give its DNA to the next generation in an equal split of its two parents' DNA. Its DNA is half poodle and half BMD, BC or Aussie, but it may give its progeny more poodle DNA than BMD, BC or Aussie, or vice versa. Therefore percentages in future generations are simply a guess.


Doodle Sizes

Toy: 7-15 lbs- Usually crossed with a toy poodle and a smaller breed, or a toy f1 doodle cross.


Mini- 15-25 pounds or smaller. Usually crossed with a miniature poodle or a cross of a poodle and a smaller breed. Such as Mini Aussie, or a smaller F1 doodle. 

Moyen- 30-35 lbs. Crossed with a Moyen or smaller poodle and a mid size breed. 

Standard- 50-90+ lbs Crossed with a Standard poodle and larger breeds such as the BMD

Some doodles do shed and the generation doesn’t make a difference. There is no such thing as a 100% non-shedding dog unless you choose a hairless breed. However, doodles will shed much less than the average dog.  For example an Aussiedoodle will shed much less than an Aussie but possibly more than a poodle. There is no guarantee that a dog breed will never shed and no breeder can guarantee you that a puppy will not shed. If you want to minimize shedding keep your dood brushed and groomed on a regular basis. 

CC/CT/ TT: These genes affect how much a dog sheds. Dogs with furnishings or wire-haired coats tend to be low shedders regardless of their result for this gene. In other dogs, a CC or CT result indicates heavy or seasonal shedding.

 Dogs with a TT result tend to be lighter shedders. Dogs with long fur, dogs with a TT or CT result will likely have a wavy or curly coat like the coat of Poodles . Dogs with a CC result will likely have a straight coat—unless the dog has a "Likely Furnished" result for the Furnishings trait, since this can also make the coat more curly.

FF/Ff/ff These genes are  responsible for “furnishings”, which is another name for the mustache, beard, and eyebrows that are characteristic of  most doodles. A dog with an FF or Ff result will have furnishings. A dog with an ff result will not have furnishings. 

We test all of our dogs for their coat traits to ensure that all of our puppies have the "doodle look."

Further reading on Furnished vs Non-Furnished

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