For the past couple of decades, hybrid or designer dog breeds have taken the world by storm. Although most people still love purebred dogs like the Australian Kelpie, Golden Retriever, Poodle and several others, the hybrid breeds are rapidly making their place among them.
When we talk about hybrid dogs, we see a variety of mixed breeds but the Oodles were in high demand. If you don’t already know, an Oodle is a mixture of any dog with a Poodle. In Australia, the most popular Oodle breeds are Cavoodle, Groodle, Spoodle, and Labradoodle. According to ABC News, in 2020, people were ready to pay $15,000 for an Oodle while the standard cost was no more than $3500. Also, the Cavoodle was ranked as the most popular dog in Australia in 2020.
So, let’s find out more about Oodle dogs and their possibility of becoming purebred dogs in the near future. But first an important question.
Is crossbreeding legit at all?
There are two groups of people that come up with various reasons against and in favour of crossbred dogs.
The first group is against this practice and they consider all the designer dogs as mutts. In their opinion, the breeders are crossbreeding dogs without any special requirement just for the sake of business and money. They do also have a strong point that there are hundreds and thousands of dogs in shelters that are waiting to be adopted then what’s the need of increasing dogs’ population by such breeding practices.
On the other side, the second group do also has some valid reasons such as responsible crossbreeding can reduce health-related issues in dogs. For example, if brachycephalic breeds are crossed with other breeds, the health-related issues due to their skull shape may be reduced.
We can also take Labradoodle as a practical example of successful crossbreeding. The Labradoodle was developed in Australia by Wally Conron because he wanted a dog that has the loving and responsible personality of a Labrador Retriever and the low-shedding coat like a Poodle.
Both the diverse groups may seem right but it is a fact that hybrid breeds have become a strong reality.
Every Oodle breed is different from others due to the fact that their parent breeds have different traits. For example, a Labradoodle was developed as a therapy dog that has a low-shedding coat or a Bernedoodle was developed to combine the Bernese’s graceful personality and Poodle’s coat.
So, usually, breeders choose Poodle as one of the parent breeds because of its low-shedding coat. Not only this but Poodles have some other wonderful features.
What’s the best about Poodle dogs?
Poodles are among the top 10 breeds throughout the world for a reason. They are the second-most intelligent breed, are easier to train, and have a curlier coat that is less likely to shed. The best thing about Poodle is that it comes in four major sizes from Toy to Standard, which gives people the choice to get a dog size as per their needs.
The breeders have been mixing them with other breeds for over five decades to develop breeds having mixed traits. At the moment, there are at least a dozen Oodle breeds that have become very popular around the world. While in total, there are said to be over 100 different Oodle breeds, most of them are unpopular though.
What are the specialties of Oodles?
Also known as Doodles, the Oodles may inherit one or all the traits from their Poodle parents such as their hypoallergenic coat, agility, intelligence, and lovable personality. Additionally, they also get the perks of other parents such as the Bernedoodle is likely to get the excellent temperament and tri-coloured coat from the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Overall, the Oodle dogs are well-tempered, intelligent, easy to train, and most likely to have a low-shedding coat. Responsible breeding is the key though because breeding dogs without any health precautions and recommended practices may result in unhealthy puppies that may develop behavioural issues with time.
If bred well and trained well, the Oodles can become excellent therapy and service dogs. Moreover, they can be trained to become the best family dogs. Due to their exceptional temperament, they do well with children and other animals.
Are Oodles recognised by the national kennel clubs?
Unfortunately, no. None of the major national kennel clubs around the world recognises crossbred dogs. All such kennel clubs only recognise pure breeds and have defined standards for each breed. But for around a decade, several new kennel clubs have been established and they register hybrid breeds. Although these kennel clubs are not much authentic as the major ones such as the ANKC, CKC, or AKC, they are doing well for the betterment of designer dogs and their owners.
Would Oodles be recognised ever as pure dogs?
If we see the history and origins of pure dog breeds, many of them were developed by mixing two or more breeds. For example, the Dobermann Pinscher (that is considered a pure breed) was developed by mixing the German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler, Great Dane, and a couple of more breeds. So, we can say, there is a chance that not all Oodles but some certain breeds may make it into the list of pure breeds.
Which Oodle breeds may be recognised as purebred dogs?
As all the major national kennel clubs have strict criteria, it’s too early to predict the future of Oodle breeds. But we can assume that Groodle may be considered by the kennel clubs as a new pure breed in the coming decades.
Groodle was developed by Monica Dickens in 1969 who wanted to combine Poodle’s intelligence and low-shedding coat with the Golden Retriever’s confidence and friendliness.
What are the most popular Oodle breeds?
If we talk about Australia, the most popular Oodle breeds are Cavoodle, Labradoodle, Spoodle, and Groodle. While Bernedoodle, moodle, cockerpoo, and Shepadoodle are popular in other parts of the world. In 2020, Cavoodle dog left all the other breeds behind in terms of sales, even the purebreds were also behind Cavoodle.
With time, we are witnessing the newest breeds and we should expect more legitimate designer dogs in the near future.
Would one of the Oodle breeds ever make it into the list of other popular breeds or not? Well, the soft answer is that Cavoodle has already made its place at the top of the list in 2020. But you cannot come to a conclusion on the basis of one year’s figures. So, we’d have to wait and see.