Have you heard of a Double Doodle? What is a Double Doodle?
These days people are well aware of the famous Labradoodle or the Goldendoodle. These hypoallergenic and often non shedding dogs have have captured the hearts of people across the globe.
But are you familiar with the hybrid-breed, the Double Doodle?
The Double Doodle is a hybrid offspring of 2 other hybrids (Goldendoodle and Labradoodle). This is a real mix up compared to most typical hybrids where both parents are purebreds.
As you would expect, by breeding these two hybrid dogs, you are going to end up with one of the friendliest, most cheerful, and intelligent dogs you’ll ever come across.
It’s easy to see why this adorable breed is becoming more and more popular.
PARENT BREEDS: LABRADOODLE AND GOLDENDOODLE –
To further analyze the famous Double Doodle, we should first break down the two parent breeds individually, and attempt to understand their personality traits beforehand.
A Labradoodle is one of the friendliest crossbreeds you’re going to come across, as it mixes the lovable Labrador Retriever, with the intelligent Poodle.
They are known for being energetic, friendly, obedient, and hypoallergenic (plus they look like teddy bears!).
Labradoodles have been round for ages but the “story” is that the first known Labradoodle was bred in 1988 by an Australian breeder named Wally Conran, with the goal being to combine the intelligence and good nature of the Labrador Retriever with that of the hypoallergenic Poodle.
This discovery would eventually help to set the trend for the future, with North American and Australian breeders combining Poodles with just about any dog you can think of.
Goldendoodles are exceptionally friendly crossbreeds that mix a Golden Retriever with a Poodle.
They are known for their fun-loving attitude, wittiness, and adorable features. Similar to the Labradoodle, Goldendoodles are very energetic, and love to spend time outside, as well as with the family.
The “story” is that first Goldendoodle was bred in 1969 by Monica Dickens (great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens), but didn’t become popular until the 90’s (after the positive response to the Labradoodle).
Being that they are the offspring of Golden Retrievers, and Poodles, these dogs are typically very well-tempered, friendly, and low-non shedding.
The Origin of the Double Doodle
The Double Doodle has been around since the 1970’s and 80’s, with the goal to combine two of the friendliest, most intelligent, and hypoallergenic breeds into one.
It is a mixed breed of 3 famous purebred dogs, the Poodle, the Labrador Retriever, and the Golden Retriever. All of which carry slightly different traits, temperaments, and personalities.
Double Doodles have traditionally been referred to as just a Goldendoodle, and Labradoodle mixed together.
Though recently there have been more and more breeders referring to a Double Doodle as a dog that is mixed with two different doodle types. .
What is the personality of a Double Doodle?
The personality of a Double Doodle is going to be fairly similar to that of their parent breeds: friendly, gentle, smart, social, and obedient. However, Double Doodles specifically are renowned for having an extremely calm, and patient demeanor.
As well as having a gentle nature when dealing with children, family, friends, or even other animals. Double Doodles are very high-energy dogs which will require a lot of mental, and physical stimulation.
However, the good news is that much of this energy can be exerted by simply taking them on regular walks, and allowing them to meet strangers/other dogs. Double Doodles are going to absolutely love going on trips to the dog park, spending time outside with the family, or staying busy with outdoor activities.
This will mean that if you are hoping to bring in a Double Doodle, it would be best for those living in larger spaces.
Apartments can be suitable for Double Doodles, but typically this is not the case. This breed is very high-energy, and so it will need a rather large amount of space to feel comfortable.
Double Doodle Appearance
The Double Doodle can have a variety of different physical characteristics since it hails from not one, but two crossbred parent breeds. Due to their hybrid nature, they are going to vary dramatically depending on their parentage, and which direction their genetics lean towards.
They are medium-sized dogs that (when fully grown) will stand about 20-29 inches tall, and weigh between 50-80 pounds.
A Double Doodle coat is classified as “medium-long”, and very dense, typically coming in a cream, black, brown, or white coloration.
They generally have brown eyes, a black nose, and a long tail as well.
Double Doodle Health and Lifespan
Double Doodles are very high-energy, and are typically classified as “medium-sized dogs”, so you’d be surprised by how much these guys can eat.
It’s recommended to feed a fully-grown Double Doodle around 2-3 cups a day of dry food. Though, keep in mind that the amount of food required will depend on the age of the dog, as well as their overall size.
Since this is a hybrid breed, Double Doodles are likely to not suffer as much from the same genetic problems that their purebred ancestors have to face. Instead, the variation within their gene pools helps them to live much healthier lives (for the most part).
It is still important to note that they can sometimes illustrate some genetic deficiencies, such as joint or digestive issues. For example, foods that are high in fat can worsen the digestive issues that Poodles are known to have (like pancreatitis and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis). The good news is that these hybrid dogs are very healthy in general, and (when cared for properly) can live up to 12-15 years.
Double Doodle Exercise Requirements
As previously mentioned, the Double Doodles are known for being extremely active, and playful in nature. As you can imagine, this means that they are most well-suited for environments that can offer them large spaces to run around, or the time to explore the outdoors.
It’s ideal if the Double Doodle has a large yard to run around in, or can be taken on regular walks. It is recommended that Double Doodles receive at least 1 hour a day of moderate exercise.
Keep in mind that this exercise/play time becomes extremely important with all high-energy dogs. If you withhold the ability for your dog to release their pent-up energy, then they are going to have to exert it in other ways (likely negative).
If high-energy dogs are not cared for properly, behavioral issues and disobedience can arise.
Don’t be fooled by the (relatively) small size of the Double Doodle, these dogs are going to need a lot of time, effort, and attention to keep up with their physical demands.
Double Doodle Trainability
Aside from the Double Doodle’s gentle, and loving nature, and their crazy high-energy lifestyle. These dogs are also renowned for how easy they are to train.
In fact, not only are they easy to train, but they actually love to train.
Similar to other Poodle-mixed breeds, the Double Doodle’s intelligence, and desire to please are what make them obedient dogs (when trained properly). They are remarkably quick at picking up new tricks, and respond exceptionally well to treats, and praise (as most do).
It is no secret that Double Doodles are tremendous family dogs when socialized, and when trained from an early age. Most dogs enjoy following someone’s lead once they know who’s in charge.
So, as long as you’re consistent, and patient, you shouldn’t have too much trouble building up a strong bond with the dog.
Double Doodle Grooming and Shedding
Another thing that Double Doodles are very well known for is their dense, long, and wiry coat that tends to shed very little (if at all). Much like other cross breeds with Poodle heritage, the Double Doodle is a go-to option for those that are even mildly allergic.
However, since they do not shed very often, you will be required to brush regularly to help prevent knotting and matting. They should be brushed on a weekly basis.
To help make life easier, most Double Doodle owners try to have their pup professionally groomed. This way you can also have the groomer add a little more personality to the dog’s appearance, as well as make sure that the coat never gets out of control, and uncomfortable.
The dog’s coat will continue to grow, so it is important to make regular appointments with the groomer so that hair doesn’t get in the way of the dog’s vision, or senses.
When grooming yourself, try to pay extra close attention to the dog’s ears. Since Double Doodles have long, and floppy ears, there is a greater risk of water, dirt, or grime building up, and causing an infection. Be extra aware of certain areas. Double Doodles should also be bathed with shampoo once every 2-3 weeks.
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