Looking for a new furry friend to add to your family? Why not consider a doodle? Doodles are a mix of two different dog breeds (a poodle + another dog breed), and they come in all shapes and sizes. They’re the perfect choice for people who want a playful, friendly pet that’s also hypoallergenic and non-shedding. However, before you run out and adopt your very own, be sure to avoid these top 10 mistakes people make when picking a doodle!
1. Not Doing Your Research
There are tons of different Doodle breeds out there, and it’s important to do your research before you pick one. Not all Doodles are created equal, and some may be better suited for your lifestyle than others. Be sure to learn about the different Doodle breeds and their individual temperaments before making your final decision.
2. Adopting From a Pet Store
While it may be tempting to adopt your new furry friend from a pet store, this is generally not a good idea. Many pet stores get their animals from puppy mills, which are inhumane breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for profit. Puppies from these mills are often sick and have behavior problems due to the poor conditions they were raised in. Instead of adopting from a pet store, look for a reputable breeder or rescue organization.
3. Not Meeting the Parents
When you’re looking to adopt a Doodle, it’s important to meet the parents (if possible) to get an idea of what your puppy will be like when he or she grows up. If the breeder or rescue organization you’re working with can’t provide you with information about the parents, it’s best to move on to another option.
4. Skipping the Vet Visit
Before bringing your new Doodle puppy home, be sure to schedule a vet visit. This is important for two reasons: first, you’ll want to make sure that your puppy is healthy and doesn’t have any underlying health conditions. Second, you’ll need to get your puppy vaccinated to protect him or her from diseases.
5. Not Training Your Doodle
All dogs need some basic obedience training, but this is especially important for Doodles. Because they’re intelligent breeds, Doodles can be quick learners—but they can also be stubborn if not properly trained. Be sure to enroll your Doodle in a positive reinforcement-based obedience class as soon as possible.
6. Not Socializing Your Doodle
In addition to training, it’s important to socialize your Doodle early on. This means exposing him or her to different people, places, and situations in a positive way so that he or she learns to cope with new experiences. If you don’t socialize your Doodle, he or she may become anxious or fearful in new situations, which can lead to behavioral problems down the road.
7. Not Walking Your Doodle
Doodles are high-energy dogs that need plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. If you’re not prepared to walk your Doodle several times a day, this breed may not be right for you. Without enough exercise, Doodles can become destructive and difficult to live with.
8. Not Grooming Your Doodle
Doodles have special grooming needs that must be met in order to keep their coats healthy and free of mats and tangles. If you’re not willing to commit to regular grooming sessions, a Doodle may not be the right breed for you.
9. Not Planning for Shedding
While many people believe that Doodles don’t shed, this isn’t always the case. Some Doodle breeds (such as the Bernedoodle) are actually heavy shedders, so it’s important to do your research before bringing one home. If you’re allergic to dog hair or simply don’t want to deal with shedding, be sure to choose a non-shedding Doodle breed.
10. Not Being Prepared for Puppyhood
Puppies are a lot of work, no matter what breed they are. Doodles are no exception! Be sure that you’re prepared for the challenges of puppyhood before bringing one home. This includes having patience, time to commit to training and socialization, and a willingness to deal with messes and accidents.
If you’re thinking about adopting a Doodle, be sure to do your research first. These lovable pups are definitely not for everyone! But if you’re prepared for the challenges that come along with owning a Doodle, you’ll be rewarded with a lifelong friend.
For more information on doodle breeds, be sure to take a look at our breed pages.