Looking after poodle crosses

Do you own an “-oodle?” Poodle crosses (such as the cavoodles and labradoodles) are very popular pets due to their friendly nature, intelligence and appealing looks.

These dogs are also frequently favoured for their coat type, which in most cases is low shedding – this means less hair on your clothes and furniture!

Are poodle crosses hypoallergenic?

Whilst poodle crosses are often marketed for their “hypoallergenic” fur, this is not always the case, as there can be great variation in coat types even amongst one litter. If you really wish to lower the chances that your dog will trigger pet hair-related allergies, it’s best to choose a pup where both parents have low-shedding coats e.g. both parents are poodles or bichons, or a cross of these two breeds.

What special care will my “-oodle” require?

Poodle crosses have constantly-growing fur, which requires regular grooming every six-to-eight weeks. In between grooming appointments, your pet will generally need:

  • Regular brushing to prevent matts, particularly behind their ears, and around their belly, armpits and groin.
  • Careful trimming of fur from around their eyes, so that long hairs don’t rub and cause irritation (ask our team for advice on how to do this if you’re unsure)
  • Regular checks of their ears and skin - some poodle crosses can suffer from allergies, causing itchy ears, skin or paws (if you notice any ear redness or smell, hair loss, itching or redness of your pet’s skin or paws, book them in for a consultation with us today)

Poodle cross dogs can also suffer from any of the common genetic diseases of poodles or other breeds in their lineage, so we’d recommend thorough research before purchasing.