The Dish on Doodle Dogs: Setting the Record Straight on Allergies, Personalities and More

Personality and Health

Doodles generally like to be where people are. Their activity level ranges from laid-back to active. They are good watchdogs but don’t count on them to be aggressive toward burglars — they’re typically more likely to show an intruder around and then suggest a game of fetch. Individual Doodles have been described as slightly lazy, goofy, mildly stubborn, easy to train and eager to please. With so many different crosses, it’s important to know the personality types of both parent breeds so you can have some idea of what you might expect from your pup.

Depending on the breeds crossed, Doodles may live up to 12 or 15 years, which is a pretty good lifespan for a dog on the medium to large side, but they can be prone to the same health problems as purebred dogs. Some may develop hip dysplasia, heart disease, genetic eye problems and gastric torsion (bloat). Buy your Doodle from a breeder who tests both parents for genetic issues common in their respective breeds before producing a litter. You should be able to find test results — positive and negative — through canine health registries such as Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and Canine Health Information Center.

The most important thing to know about Doodle breeds is that they can be a bit of a genetic wild card. With designer dogs, you never know exactly which personality traits or physical characteristics will come to the forefront. It's important to adjust your expectations accordingly if you decide to go with a Doodle dog.

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