Have you seen or heard about Double Doodles? When you hear the name, you may think that it is unique, but at the same time you also wonder what two breeds make a double doodle. Well, you are able to read the explanation about breeds which make a double doodle and also some other information about double doodles below.
Breeds That Make a Double Doodle
A Double Doodle is not a purebred dog which means that this dog is a crossbreed. According to the Dog Breed Info site, Double Doodle is a cross between the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle or various combinations of the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, meanwhile Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. It is important for you to note that not all of these hybrid dogs which are bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. Breeding multi-generation crosses is common to be done by breeders. It is also important to note that when a Goldendoodle and Labradoodle is crossed, the Double Doodle which is produced by them is not always ¼ Golden Retriever, ¼ Labrador Retriever and ½ Poodle since it depends on what generation dogs the parents were.
As explained on the Pet Guide site, since the Double Doodle is not purebred, so this breed will not enter the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) roster.
Double Doodle is an offshoot of the growing popularity in hybrid dogs or designer as explained on the Pet Guide site and it first appeared in 1970s and ‘80s. There is a goal in creating a hybrid namely to introduce special attributes which are associated with certain breeds. Not only that, by creating a hybrid, usually breeders wanted to produce dogs which would boast the traits of their purebred parents. Double Doodle has the gentle nature of Labrador and Golden Retrievers. Double Doodle also has a coat with the hypoallergenic and low shed properties of Standard Poodle as explained on the Per Guide site.
The History of Double Doodle Breed
Well, according to the Wag Walking site, the Double Doodle is a modern hybrid. So, the documentation about their history is limited. Even on the Pet Guide site, it is explained that there is no information about where or when exactly these mixed breed dogs came. On Pet Guide, it is also explained that there are no breeders who claim Double Doodle breed is their brainchild. Well, even though there is no information on when and when Double Doodle is bred, let’s see the history of the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle instead as Double Doodle parents.
Goldendoodle is a cross breed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. It is known that Goldendoodle is popular in the 1990s. The initial goal of the breed to be created was to develop hypoallergenic guide dogs.
How about a Labradoodle? This dog is a cross breed between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. There was a breeder from Australia named Wally Conrad who crossed the breeds at the Royal Guide Dog Association in 1989 as explained on the Wag Walking site.
The Appearance of Double Doodle
The appearance of Double Doodle can vary because this dog comes from three breeds so that Double Doodle can get three breeds’ traits to draw from. The coat of Double Doodle can be straight, curly, wavy and even ultra-curly. However, it is often to find curly, wiry sides. The coat color of double doodles ranges from white to black with the creamy color of a yellow lab, the brown color of a chocolate lab and the golden color of a Golden Retriever which work as the colors in between as explained on The Happy Puppy Site.
How about the Double Doodle’s shape of face? Their face shape also varies. However, usually they have a tendency to have big eyes and wide snouts. Usually, Double Doodles are 23 to 25 inches tall and their weight ranges from 30 to 70 pounds.
The Personality of Double Doodle
As explained earlier, Double Doodles come from three similar breeds. So, they may be intelligent, people-loving, and active. They are also obedient and they can be trained to do some tasks. Double Doodle can be a great watchdog as well. Since this dog comes from all three parent breeds which have hunting backgrounds, so there is a possibility for Double Doodles to bark at strangers. Nevertheless, Double Doodle is very sociable and they have a tendency to love everyone and they also expect everyone to love them back.
As explained earlier, the parents of this breed have hunting background so that it can make Double Doodles prone to chasing scents. So, being careful in letting this dog off-leash is important.
Double Doodles do not have a tendency to be aggressive. However, it is important for you to note that all breeds can bite if they feel that they are threatened.
The Health of Double Doodle
Some health conditions can be faced by Double Doodles. Even though mix breeds have a tendency to be healthier than purebreds, but they are able to develop any conditions that the parent breeds can have. According to The Happy Puppy Site, here are some health conditions that a Double Doodle may have.
- Eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and retinal dysplasia.
- Skin problems such as infections, allergies, inflammatory skin disease and tumors.
- Bloat where food and gas become trapped in the stomach.
- Hip Dysplasia where the hip socket does not form properly.
- Patellar Luxation which is dislocated kneecap.
- Hypothyroidism where thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.
- Hyperthyroidism where thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone.
- Epilepsy which is a seizure disorder.
- Addison’s Disease which is adrenal glands which do not produce enough hormones.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease which is not enough blood supply to the hips
- Collapsed Trachea
- Ear Infections
To keep the Double Doodle healthy, taking them to the veterinarian is a need to perform regular check-ups. Not only going to a vet, Double Doodles also need to be groomed regularly and it can be done by a professional groomer. Cleaning the ears of the dog regularly is also needed since they are prone to ear infections.