If you think single Doodles are cute, wait till you see what they create together – the Double Doodle! It is as if the double doodle took all the cuteness of its Labradoodle and Golden Doodle parents and amped it up a few folds.
This witty, charming medium breed has been winning the hearts of some dog parents worldwide. And that’s for a good reason: they were bred to be gentle and mild-mannered with the quirkiness of their parent breeds: Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers.
Let’s find out everything you need to know about Double Doodles.
Creating designer hybrid breeds in pet dogs has been going on for a few decades in the dog breeding industry. This practice aims to take the best and most lovable attributes of two specific breeds’ and combine them into a new hybrid breed.
The hybrid breed is bred to be slightly smaller so people with smaller urban homes can accommodate them. The other primary purpose is to create a puppy that will not have the pure-breed specific health issues that some breeds display after centuries of breeding them for human companionship.
This is how Double Doodle dogs came into existence. Their parent breeds are hybrid designer breeds, too – the Golden Doodle and the Labradoodle.
The Golden Doodle is a mixed breed between the Golden Retriever and the standard-sized Poodle. Meanwhile, the Labradoodle is a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a standard-sized Poodle.
The lineage of all these three breeds dates back centuries as working and hunting dogs. They have been favored by many dog lovers and loved for their mild manner, docile nature, and relative ease of training.
The average lifespan of the Double Doodle is around 12 to 15 years.
Double Doodles are considered a medium to large-sized breed. Full-grown double doodles grow up to 23-25 inches in height and weigh between 30 to 70 pounds.
Yes, the difference between the maximum and minimum weights is significant, but this is very common for designer hybrid dog breeds. The heaviest puppy in the litter can be double the size of the lightest puppy. This is why this dog breed falls between medium and large-sized breeds.
In terms of other physical characteristics, they have long, wavy, or curly hair, and they can come in beige, brown, black, or white colors or any combination of those colors. Thanks to the Poodle in their lineage, these dogs shed very minimally and are pretty hypoallergenic.
They come with the typical button eyes, and their facial expressions will always look like they are excited and happy.
Double Doodles are gentle and eager to please, loyal and high-energy dogs. They have a general happy-go-lucky disposition. Everyone will fall in love with them.
They are playful and, at times, mischievous, so be careful with them in the yard as they will chase after a squirrel if they see them. This is thanks to the remnants of their parent breeds, who have been bred to chase after animals their masters hunted for centuries.
Some poodle characteristics are a little different than Golden Retrievers and Labradors. Poodles can be cautious with new faces and possibly bark at them. Double Doodles can have that trait in them too. However, their loving nature also makes them quickly adapt to new humans around them. That might make them less-than-stellar watchdogs, making them super popular with your friends and family.
They can be barky at times, but that can be fixed with proper training and patience.
They are extremely friendly and can mix well with other animals and pets. These brilliant dogs can be trained for any activity.
Training and Socialization Requirements
Sometimes Double Doodles can be classified as hyperactive dogs – especially in their younger years. This is why these highly energetic dogs will need plenty of exercise. Two half-hour walks daily would be ideal, with a play and bathroom break in the middle.
They will also need a lot of socialization to keep their intelligent minds well stimulated and avoid behavioral issues. Playtime, cuddle time, and puzzles and challenges will keep his brain stimulated to keep them content.
Due to their highly social nature, these dogs get along well with other dogs to keep them company.
Because of their high intelligence levels, we recommend you start training them early in their puppy stages.
Like all other dog breeds, Double Doodles are omnivores. They will need an adequate well-balanced diet of animal proteins, carbohydrates, and some fats, along with vitamins and minerals to keep their bodily functions at optimal levels.
Consult a vet and get them on a high-quality dry food kibble diet. Be very mindful and strict with the portions you feed them. They will need about 2-3 cups of dried kibble food daily. Consult your vet before starting their diet regimen.
Due to their lineage breeds, Double Doodles can be quite the voracious eaters. So, sticking to strict portions will be necessary. In addition, you should avoid giving them too many treats throughout the day.
You can give them a treat after every walk as a healthy snack between meals, and sometimes you can treat them as a reward for good behavior throughout the day.
Health, Maintenance, and Grooming Needs
Hybrid dogs are generally very healthy dogs as they bypass the probability of acquiring any pure-breed specific health conditions. However, there is always a chance that the health conditions of the parent breed may pop up with your puppy.
Some health conditions Retrievers, Poodles, and Labradors have include:
- Patellar luxation – a condition that dislocates the knee cap in some dogs
- Willebrand’s disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
- Hip and joint Dysplasia
There is always a chance that Double Doodles may develop these health conditions over time. However, routine yearly checkups with the vet will ensure the dog is in total health.
Since they don’t shed hair, they will need very little maintenance in terms of grooming. A weekly brushing and quarterly grooming at the groomers will be sufficient. If your pup gets dirty in the mud, you can use a gentle, mild shampoo to wash them. Do not use human shampoo as that is too harsh on the dog’s skin.
Pay special attention to their teeth and ears. Regularly brushing their teeth will keep them safe from many illnesses.
You should also regularly check their big floppy ears for ticks and infections.
Speak to your vet about getting the proper tick and flea protection to keep the pup away from flea and tick infestation.
Who are They Best For
The Double Doodle is perfect for nearly every type of family situation.
Double Doodles are perfect for someone who is a single urban professional who works most of the day and loves to go for runs and walks with the dog in the afternoon or evening.
They are perfect for a young family with small children, as kids will love their buddy and keep each other happy. They are also great for families with newborn infants – you will have a 24/7 crib-side guard with these pups, never wanting to leave the side of a newborn baby.
The dog is also perfect for families with teenage kids, as the dog will have a special bond with each kid and can withstand a hectic household with people going in and out at all times.
The Double Doodle is also perfect for a senior with special mobility needs. The double doodles can be trained to be guide dogs for those with mobility issues.
Double doodles also make for great therapy dogs for those with autism or other developmental challenges. Sometimes, a dog can reach a child with autism in ways that humans cannot.
Finally, they are also great for those who are lonely and depressed from living solitary urban lives.
There you have it. We have provided you with all the information you need on the Double Doodle breed.
We can’t recommend this breed strongly enough for anyone looking for a new dog. The responsible breeding techniques used to create this hybrid breed makes them a safe choice for a dog with a healthy lifespan.
Their friendly and loving nature makes them a perfect companion for family members of any age.
With proper training, healthy nutrition, and minimal maintenance, Double Doodles will make for the perfect companion dogs for years to come.