In my opinion, Poodles hit all the marks when it comes to choosing a dog. That’s why I chose one. Well-bred Poodles come in a variety of sizes and colors, they hardly shed, and they are extremely smart. Doodles have quickly become one of the most popular dogs in America, despite not being a recognized breed. So why are Poodles and Doodles ending up in shelters?

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Why are there so many poodles and doodles in shelters?

The rise of Poodles and Doodles in shelters stems from their popularity, leading to impulsive buying and unethical breeding. Misconceptions about their care, especially their grooming and hypoallergenic traits, leave owners unprepared for unexpected challenges. Overwhelmed, these owners often surrender or abandon their dogs.

Believe it or not, Poodles and Doodles entering the shelter system is a very real problem with complex causes.

The popularity of Poodles, Doodles, and Poodle Mixes

Why Are Poodles So Consistently Popular?

Poodles have consistently ranked in the top 10 most popular dogs in America. All popular dogs are more likely to end up in shelters for the simple fact that there are more of them in the community.

Poodles are second in intelligence only to the Border Collie. Their non-shedding coat can be grown out for cold weather or cropped short for hot weather. Poodles come in a range of sizes and colors to meet the needs of just about any household. 

This sensitive, loving breed is deeply devoted to their family and typically does well in most households. This is among the most versatile of breeds, able to do service work, retrieve ducks and other game, all kinds of dog sports, and be a well-behaved house pet.

I’m certainly convinced that the Poodle is a great dog, I have one myself.

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It doesn’t take much to convince me why Poodle’s are awesome. Mine fits in with our family just perfectly.

The Emergence of Doodles

When did Doodles become popular? The term “doodle” has been used since at least the 50s to describe crossbreeds with Poodles. However, breeding programs were not introduced until the 1990s, and doodles did not become the very popular dog they are today until the mid-2000s.

One of the first usages of the term “doodle” appears in Into The Water Barrier, a book by Donal Campbell from 1955 where he chronicles his speed boat racing career and anecdotally shares stories of his beloved Maxie the Labradoodle.

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Many writers anecdotally credit Monica Dickens, great-grandaughter of author Charles Dickens, with breeding the first Goldendoodle in 1969 (what a fabulously small world it would be?). However, I can’t find any evidence to substantiate these claims. 

Others fast-forward to 1989 and point the finger at Wally Conron who was breeding and training Labradors to be guide dogs in Australia. It’s well documented that he was contacted by a blind woman in Hawaii who needed a service dog, but her husband was allergic. So he crossed a Standard Poodle with a Labradoodle and created the “first” deliberate Doodle from a breeding program.

Regardless, the goal in creating these early hybrids was always the same: get a dog with the temperament of a Retriever with the hypoallergenic fur of a Poodle.

I talk more about the science behind this later, but I will say that Doodling does result in particularly cute dogs. Something about those wavy curls is just irresistible. I can see how someone would look at a litter of adorable Goldendoodles and think “what else can I doodle?”

Doodling Explained

The most common and popular Doodle remains the original Goldendoodle. However, there are lots of other Doodle types passing through shelters, too:

  • LabraDoodle (Labrador)
  • Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel)
  • BerneDoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog)
  • AussieDoodle (Australian Shepherd)
  • Maltipoo (Maltese)
  • Schnoodle (Schnauzer
  • Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier)

Doodling doesn’t always involve breeding a purebred poodle with another purebred dog. Many breeders are taking it a step further and crossbreeding their Doodle hybrids.

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Poodles and Doodles are typically terrified in a shelter environment

Doodle breeders use F+(number) to describe the percentage of each breed in the puppies. 

  1. F1: Purebred Poodle breeds with another purebred dog
  2. F1b: F1 Doodle breeds with a purebred Poodle
  3. F2: F1 Doodle breeds with another F1 Doodle
  4. F2b: F2 Doodle breeds with a purebred Poodle
  5. F3: F2 Doodle breeds with another F2 Doodle
  6. F3b: F3 Doodle Breeds with a Purebred Poodle
  7. All subsequent generations are simply called “Multigen”

Poodle Mixes

Not every mixed breed Poodle is a Doodle. Doodles are deliberately bred for specific traits. Any mutt can have some poodle in them, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a “Doodle” (even though your local shelter will probably call them one).

These mixes are typically the result of accidental litters or backyard breeding “programs” where little thought is given to selecting breeding partners. These mixes may or may not show the desirable poodle traits the breeders were going for, and are likely to end up in shelters because of it.

Misidentification of Poodles, Doodles, and Poodle Mixes in Shelters

Accurately identifying a dog’s breed is incredibly difficult without DNA testing, and because Poodles and Doodles in shelters come in a range of sizes and colors, correctly identifying their mixes in even harder.

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Is this actually a Poodle? It’s anyone’s guess in the absence of genetic testing

At shelters, any dog that comes in with curly or wavy hair typically gets labeled as a Poodle. Similarly, anything with a big, boxy head gets labeled a Pitbull and anything small and smooth-coated gets labeled a Chihuahua (part of why there are so many Pitbulls and Chihuahuas in shelters, too). 

But there are many other common breeds of dogs that have hair and contribute to the large number of “Poodles” passing through shelters. Here are just a few examples:

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Maltese
  • Bichon Frise
  • Havanese
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Afghan Hound
  • Portuguese Water Dog

Simply put, many of the dogs you see in shelters and in rescues that are billed as “Poodles” are not, in fact, “Poodles.”

Poodles and Doodles in Shelters Don’t Stay Long

Let’s get one thing clear: you are unlikely to see a Poodle at your local animal shelter. I see a Poodle or Poodle mix at my municipal shelter every now and then, but they never stay long. 

Since no Doodle can be registered with the AKC, it’s difficult to estimate just how many they are. However, anecdotally, we know they are surging in popularity.

“Doodles are on a meteoric rise, accounting for one out of every 10 new pets added to our platform,” – Kate Jaffe, Rover Pet Trends Expert.

People who want to adopt-not-shop for their poodle or doodle are likely to be faced with stiff competition both from other fans of this breed and from rescues looking to skim some money off the fate of the dog.

In fact, the New York Times reports that “Over the past 15 years, rescue organizations have shipped millions of shelter dogs from poorer communities in the South to wealthier places in the Northeast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest, where stricter spay and neuter laws have resulted in a dwindling supply.”

Poodles are generally affable and get on well with other dogs

Why are private rescues snatching poodles from shelters and relocating them to wealthier communities? The answer is simply supply and demand. There are more homeless poodles and poodle mixes in the south, so rescues can’t ask for as high a price for them.

Up north, poodles and doodles can be sold at high prices, into the thousands of dollars. This is a great motivator for a rescue desperate to bring money in to save more dogs. That lucrative poodle shipped north means more non-poodle dogs that would otherwise be euthanized can be saved in the south.

Why So Many Poodles and Doodles in Shelters and Rescues?

Unethical Practices

Where there’s money to be made, there are bound to be people doing it unethically.

Irresponsible breeders interested in making a quick buck at the expense of the dogs and gullible, desperate buyers end up producing vast numbers of these dogs, often with serious health and behavioral problems.

Impulsive buyers who are willing to buy from an unreputable source are not likely to be the most responsible pet owners, landing large numbers of these dogs in shelters. Uneducated buyers who think they won’t be allergic to a poodle or a doodle get the dog home to find out that they are in fact allergic and then surrender the dog to a shelter.

Those shelters, desperate to clear kennels, collaborate with rescues of all sorts, handing over fully vetted Poodles and Doodles for free or cheap. Some of these “rescues” then “adopt” those dogs out for high fees (I’ve seen up to $1,000 for a rescue poodle). 

High Demand

High consumer demand for Doodles means many unethical “rescues” take more poodles and doodles than they can care for properly. A recent case saw the founder of the now-closed Georgia Poodle Rescue arrested for animal cruelty after police seized 56 unhealthy, neglected poodles. Despite likely acquiring many of these dogs for free and keeping them in poor conditions, she still charged between $150 and $900 per poodle.

Other adopt-a-dog websites are actually just brokers for puppy mills. Unethical breeders sell cheap dogs to, or coordinate with, fake rescues who in turn deceive well-meaning buyers. Thinking they are rescuing a puppy, those buyers end up paying astronomical adoption fees for puppy mill dogs.

Cute right? A puppy this adorable leads to some impulse buys. Breeders looking to cash in often don’t have their dog’s interests at heart.

Unethical breeders, as unconcerned with the well-being of their breeding stock as they are for the puppies they are breed, frequently abandon these dogs when they are older or get sick. 

These breeders and “rescues” also often ignore health and behavior issues and lie to adopters in order to make quick sales. Many of those dogs end up back in shelters when their owners face these challenges they were unprepared to handle.

The temptation of easy money also affects poodle and doodle owner behaviors. They may avoid fixing their dogs in the hopes of breeding them some day, leading to unplanned litters. Owners often breed these adorable dogs casually, without a well-suited home lined up for their dogs. 

These owners often end up with older dogs with behavior issues that they give away for free or cheap to people who don’t know what they’re getting into, further increasing the poodle and doodle population in shelters and rescues.

It’s crucial for potential dog buyers to do their research when buying poodles and doodles. Their cute appearance often leads to impulsive purchases from unscrupulous sellers.


The Poodle Handbook

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The Puppy Primer

The “Puppy Primer” by Dr. Patricia McConnell and Brenda Scidmore is a favorite among dog trainers. While not specific to poodles or doodles, it’s ideal for buyers, adopters, fosters, volunteers, and anyone else who wants a well-adjusted puppy.

Behavioral Issues

Many people who get a poodle or mix assuming it’s a passive, mellow, froufrou dog are shocked to find themselves with a full-on working dog who needs much more engagement, exercise, and training than they were expecting.

There’s a reason that the first Doodle was made. I adore my Poodle and I’m glad I chose this breed, but it’s not for everybody.

If not properly managed, a poodle’s intelligence and sensitivity can make them overly independent, unreasonably fearful, and surprisingly aggressive. These traits also come out in Doodles.

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A Poodle or mix is a LOT of dog, which not everyone is prepared for.

This is bad in any circumstance, but for a dog that requires at least monthly grooming, poor training can result in painful coat matts that can lead to health issues.

Overcorrecting by using harsh training methods can easily wound your sensitive poodle, resulting in a simpering, terrified dog that may become aggressive.

Owners of these dogs, unprepared to deal with the physical and mental needs of a poodle or poodle mix, opt to surrender their dogs rather than confront these challenges.

Misleading Marketing

One of the most common misconceptions spread by some breeders is the extent of the grooming needs of poodles and Doodles. Many breeders downplay the grooming needs of Poodles and Doodles. This often leads to unintentional neglect, causing potential skin issues beneath matted fur. Additionally, the cost of professional grooming is an expense that’s frequently understated.

Also, the term “hypoallergenic” is often used to market Poodles and Doodles, but this is exceptionally misleading. While Poodles shed and lick/drool less than other dogs, reducing owners’ exposure to common canine allergens (dandruff and saliva), no dog is entirely hypoallergic.

And when Poodles are crossed to create Doodles or mixes, the resulting litter doesn’t necessarily inherit any hypoallergenic traits from the Poodle parent. Despite this, word on the street remains that doodles are a hypoallergenic alternative for pet parents with allergies, resulting in lots of poodles in doodles in shelters when their new owners start sneezing.

Poodles come in a wide range of sizes, from 5 lb to well over 50. The dogs they are mixed with can also be highly variable in size, so their mixed offspring’s size can be unpredictable

This unpredictability extends to their behavior as well. Doodles are often advertised to be the best of their parents, calm, loving, intelligent, and great with kids. In reality, the combination of breeds can result in unpredictable behavioral traits. 

All of these factors contribute to owners ending up with dogs they were not prepared for, which in turn results in these dogs going to shelters.

Geographical Considerations

Poodles have curly, dense coats that require frequent trimming in hot climates. When crossbred with double-coated breeds like Labradors, their coat becomes even thicker. Many Doodle owners prefer not to shave them, as the bouncy, wavy coat is one of the doodle’s main appeals. 

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Poodles can adapt to farms or apartments just as well with the right training and socialization.

However, in warm climates, Poodles and Doodles can quickly overheat, making it difficult to exercise them. Managing their high energy without overheating can be challenging, sometimes resulting in behavioral issues and rehoming.

Many believe that Poodles and Doodles, known for their adaptability, are suitable for apartments with a short walk once a day. However, Poodles are historically high-energy working dogs. 

Despite their posh image, even small poodles and doodles require significant outlets for their mental and physical needs. Owners that don’t provide their Poodles or Doodles with sufficient mental and physical stimulation will be met with dogs that have figured out how to entertain themselves, typically in ways the owners isn’t thrilled with. 

Grooming and Maintenance

I spend about 3 to 4 hours a month maintaining my Poodle’s coat in the summer and about half that in winter. This is a lot of time. Professional grooming can cost over $100 per session. Whether DIY or professionally done, maintaining a Poodle or Doodle coat is a significant commitment. 

Doodle breeders often promote the misconception that Doodles are lower maintenance than Poodles. In fact, on average, Doodles require more grooming because the inconsistency in their coat types can result in increased matting. 

Floppy ears that grow dense hair inside them, such as Doodles and Poodles have, are a recipe for ear infections. Plucking the hair may help, but there’s also some argument that it may make infections more likely. 

Poodles and Doodles often need dental work, particularly smaller-sized individuals whose teeth can become crowded in their mouths. This kind of dental work can get expensive, especially as the dog gets older.

Pro Tip: The DIY poodle groom is actually pretty easy, and you only really NEED a couple of things to do it cheaply at home. A metal comb like this one is essential. You’ll also need detangling assistance like this detangler by We Love Doodles (truthfully though, I just use cornstarch, which works great).

Get Some Clippers

The last thing you NEED is a pair of clippers. There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to buying clippers for your poodle or doodle:

#1 – Buy two pairs of inexpensive clippers. You can switch to the back up when the first gets hot or the battery runs out. You’ll need to replace them every couple of years because the blades will wear out quickly. This is the route I went, and these clippers by HOLDOG are the clippers I use.

#2 – Buy one pair of high-quality clippers. These can be used for longer periods of time without getting hot or dulling. You’ll likely want to have the blades professionally sharpened every now and then, but you may find the quality worth the higher up-front cost. These clippers by the Andis Store are the ones I may get if I go that route.

Health Issues


Poodles are generally pretty healthy. However, Poodles and many of the breeds they are commonly doodled with are prone to some common health issues like hip or elbow dysplasia. Epilepsy and progressive retinal atrophy are also common. Miniature Poodles and Doodles are prone to IVDD, which requires lifelong management and can result in paralysis.

Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat), occurs in deep-chested breeds like Poodles and can be fatal and expensive to treat. Poodles have Addison’s disease in their lineage, and many also suffer from allergies. Since so many of the things that Poodles and Doodles are prone to are chronic, owners may get frustrated and surrender them rather than deal with the issues.

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Doodles and Mixes

It’s possible for Doodles to get any of the genetic conditions that Poodles get. First-generation Doodles are less likely to express genetic conditions than purebred dogs, although they’re more likely to carry them. 

Any issues present in both parent breeds can be inherited by the puppies. Since hip dysplasia is common in both Labradors and Poodles, if a Poodle and a Labrador that both carry a gene for hip dysplasia are bred together, the puppy is just as likely to get hip dysplasia as if two purebred Poodles who carried the genes for hip dysplasia were bred together.

First-generation hybrids are least likely to express genetic diseases due to hybrid vigor or heterosis. But the more subsequent generations are bred back to the Poodle or another doodle, the more likely it is that one of the genetic diseases will come out. 

Size variation in Doodles can also lead to issues. Mixing dogs of different sizes together can result in issues like structural problems and overcrowded teeth and dental disease in smaller dogs. 

Smaller doodles may also be more likely to experience patellar luxation. Because the breed may already be prone to hip dysplasia, it’s possible to end up with both hip and elbow problems in the same dog, which is otherwise fairly uncommon. 

Typically large breed dogs are affected by hip problems and small breed dogs by elbow problems. Behavioral characteristics like the tendency of labs to overeat can result in issues like obesity in the Doodle.

Adopt Responsibly

Want a Doodle? You’re not alone. There’s high demand to rescue these dogs, although opportunities do come up. Owners willing to adopt a dog with medical or behavioral issues, a dog bonded with another dog, or older Poodles or Doodles in shelters are more likely to be able to find one.

If you want to buy a Poodle or a Doodle, that’s perfectly fine. However, do it responsibly. 

Be aware that there may be more scams and unethical breeders when it comes to these kinds of dogs than other breeds. When I bought my poodle from a breeder, I did a LOT of research and insisted on meeting the whole litter and the parents.

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We bought our puppy from a breeder who takes great care of her dogs and health checks before breeding.

Choose breeders who perform health testing on all breeding dogs and are committed to ruling out genetic diseases. Only choose breeders who house their dogs in homes with families who love them, not in kennels where they don’t receive the appropriate social, mental, or physical stimulation they need.

It’s up to you whether you want a Poodle, a Doodle, or to seek out a rescue dog or a breeder. There are lots of opinions about whether these dogs are a good pet or should even be bred at all. However, it’s up to you to make responsible, ethical decisions by choosing a great breeder or adopting poodles and doodles in shelters.


26 thoughts on “Rescue Poodles And Doodles In Shelters

  1. Very glad a friend sent this to me. I was unaware of many of the issues even though we had an epileptic poodle when I was a youth. We always kept our dogs in a puppy cut… short. I just hate to pay show dog prices for a pet.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! I worked hard researching and writing this article, so I’m excited that folks are finding it helpful. If you want to get notified when we publish another article, feel free to subscribe here:

  2. Thank you for this informative article. I have an Irish Doodle. Not a rescue. But I have a rescue dog too part pitbull and part lab. My Doodle is so smart and very energetic but I have a big fenced backyard. My rescue is almost as smart and energetic. And he is a sweetheart he got all lab personality and has one pitbull eye and one lab eye and a pitbull overbite. It does cost over a $100 for grooming and $45 for a rescue bath.more than worth the expense!!

  3. I got 1 yr old from rescue, was told giant schnauzer, DNA shows pure German Shepherd for daddy and pure poodle mother. 7 inches of hair cut at first grooming.

    1. Hey Anita,

      Yikes, 7 inches is a lot! I can see how a German Shepherd/Poodle mix could end up looking like a giant Schnauzer, though. It’s a good thing they ended up with someone who’s taking good care of them!

  4. Excellent information for people who have never had a dog, or, think of raising one dog is just like raising any other dog. They are all different and you have clearly explained this. I volunteer at a no kill non- profit in Texas and the number of dogs in our state that are dumped or abandoned is horrific. Thank you for this article.

    1. Hey Sherry,

      Thanks so much for commenting! My goal was to make a helpful resource for people who may not know what they’re getting into, so I’m so glad you found it useful! We live in Florida and it seems that states in the South have a harder time handling unchecked breeding and strays than other regions. Thank you so much for volunteering! If you want to get notified when we publish another article, feel free to subscribe here:

  5. So if you want a maltipoo is it a bad idea to look at shelters? What traits do you look for in shelters. Rather than buying from a breeder I always look to rescue.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I think you’re unlikely to find a Maltipoo at your local shelter, and if you do, you’re going to end up competing with tons of other adopters and rescues for them. If you want to find a rescue Maltipoo, I’d look at PetFinder, which is an online, searchable directory that connects prospective pet adopters with shelters, rescue groups, and adoption organizations across the United States. If you’re willing to travel, you’ll surely be able to find a Maltipoo at a rescue organization.

      As far as what traits to look for in a shelter, that’s such a great question. I probably should write a whole article about it. But off the top, the best shelters or rescues will have these traits:

      A good shelter will be clean and well-maintained. You should be able to see pictures of the facility on their website. If not, or if the pics are dirty, that’s a red flag.

      They’ll have clear, transparent adoption, intake, and care policies that are clearly stated or easy to access. All the animals should be vaccinated, have received any necessary medical care, and be spayed or neutered before you take them home. They should provide you with a behavior assessment of the dog to ensure they’re a good fit for you. The staff should be knowledgeable and be able to answer questions for you about the dog and the facility.
      They should also offer you counseling before you adopt and follow up with post-adoption support. Check their reviews and their reputation. It’d be great if they deliberately provided enrichment for the dogs, too. They should always be willing to accept the dog back if it’s not a good fit for you.
      While these are ideal traits, many shelters operate with limited resources. Not meeting all these criteria doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t doing their best with the resources available to them. The most important thing is that the animals are treated with care and respect. If something feels off or makes you uncomfortable, trust your instincts and ask questions.
      Thanks again for commenting! You got me thinking this morning haha

  6. Our neighbors had a goldendoodle, her boyfriend who she was living with bought him for her kids and when they split up he moved out and she got back with her husband and they left him loose and no one came back to feed or water him.
    I started going over and feeding him and watering him daily. He would not leave their yard. He finally started to trust me. His ĥair was so matted he could not run or jump. I reached out to her on Facebook and she said well if your so worried about him call the humane society to come get him or you take him. So I did. He is a very happy baby who is now fixed, chipped and groomed on regular basis and is playful and is my permanent shadow.

    1. wow that’s disgusting the way the family left him in the yard and moved!! I got a pet that way also, was left inside a destroyed apartment the owner left midlease in the night, no one ever knew there pets were in there at all, it was so sad to see them left!! people can be TRASH, poor little baby is so lucky YOU were there!

    2. Hi Mandy,
      It blows my mind how many dogs end up abandoned because of changes in their owners’ lives. I can’t imagine leaving behind the family pet! It’s a good thing he ended up with someone who’s taking such good care of him. And my poodle is like Velcro, too!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  7. Here in central NC it’s very rare to see hypoallergenic dogs in shelters. Majority are only short-haired which is a real bummer for those of us allergic. Then we have to buy one from a breeder which is 1k to 5k. It’s ridiculous!

    1. Exactly! And those rescues that charge those prices likely got the poodle/doodle from a shelter fixed and medically treated for free. Then sent the dog straight into a volunteer fosters home until the adopter comes along and writes them a check. Most of them do use that money for good in the community, but I completely agree that it’s ridiculous, and it really makes it difficult to feel good about “adopting” from them.

  8. Thank you for the article. I have just skimmed it but will read it after work for sure as I have 3 mini golden doodles (all related), and the youngest has behavior issues) and one of three became back leg paralyzed at age 2 from an IVDD gene (weak back with ruptured discs) these breeds can carry and the breeder kept breeding.
    Both the mom and dad carried this gene and the breeder didn’t care to share
    Or the warning signs. A brother dog also has IVDD but was able to cage rest via learning our sad journey. So sad that these dogs, small, medium or large, are ending up in shelters. I love my golden girls and wouldn’t give them up for all the money in the world! Please research IVDD because it happens to all breeds and all over the world and there are great people caring for them. It is so inspirational. Thank you to ALL pet lovers!

    1. Sorry to hear that your doodles have the IVDD variant, as did mine which Idescribed in a comment. I hust want to mention that UC Davis is in the forefront of IVDD research and is currently conducting clinical trials with dogs who have experienced the symptoms of the disease. All you have to do to participate is submit a blood draw taken by your vet. It does not require travel. All the information is here and they are still seeking participants so one day IVDD qill be better understood.

  9. Great article!! Thanks for all the information. I just wanted to add one more medical condition to watch for in poodles. It’s called Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). It can result in leg paralysis and, in some cases, can progress to Myelomalacia. We recently lost our 3 year old mini as a result of this. There is a lot of research being done at UC DAvis in California where we took our little guy. He was playful and happy one night and paralyzed the next morning with no warning. He did show one DNA variant on his Embark test for IVDD but we were unfamiliar with it and completely blindsided by this horrific disease. It’s only been two weeks now but we’ll go for another poodle because our boy brought us three years of many joyful memories and we miss him terribly. They truly ARE great dogs!!

    1. Kitty, thank you for sharing about IVDD, I will check out UC Davis. It is an awful disease that needs shared with pet owners and veterinarians. It is a heartbreaking disease and so sudden. Hoping our stories about our pups help save other dogs. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Hi Julie,
    Yes, this is this is truly a heartbreaking disease. It’s also critical for pet owners to know that it is critical to have surgery qithin 24 hours of onset which then leads to a 50/50 chance of surgical success. Our poodle passed on 8/2 after neurosurgery and 3 days of critical care. We are still weepong. Thank you for your kind words and I’ll keep you and your pups in my thoughts and prayers as well…let’s help bring awareness to IVDD…..the single comment on the alphpaw site illustrates the la k ofawareness

    IVDD Awareness In Dachshunds and Other Breeds – Facebook

  11. I had a Bernedoodle that was AKC registered – unfortunately we had to put her down just over a year ago. I currently have a Pyredoodle and now I have a Poodle that I rescued. They are high maintenance and pretty expensive due to the grooming but they have such amazing temperaments and they are so smart.

    1. I don’t want to be rude but you do realize that mutts can not be registered for the AKC doodles and any mixes are mutts so they can’t be registered.

      1. I’m not sure what the original poster’s specific situation is with their Bernedoodle, but did you know that you CAN actually register mutts, including doodles, with the AKC?

        It’s called the AKC Canine Partners program. Any dog who meets their eligibility requirements, regardless of whether they are purebred or mutts, can register for the program. Once they’re in the program, the dogs are “eligible to compete and earn titles in most AKC events and are also eligible for a number of other benefits.”

        While it doesn’t give them the full benefits of a purebred dog with AKC registered parents, it IS, technically, a registration with the AKC.

        You can find out more about the program here:

        Thanks for commenting!

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