Oodle breeds have become increasingly popular as a dog choice for many dog owners, often for their loveable nature and teddy-bear like appearance. Oodle breeds are a mix of both a purebred dog and a poodle but can also be a mixed breed that cross with the oodle such as the Aussie Mountain Doodle which is Aussie Shep, BurneseMountain Dog, and Poodle. With many popular breeds now such as the Groodles (Golden retriever x poodle), and the labradoodle (Labrador retriever x poodle) and the Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles x poodle).
With so many oodle breeds as part of our Vet Family, we thought we would share a few insights into the breed for either wanna-be, soon-to-be or those who already have an oodle at home, and reveal why oodles are such well-loved breeds.
An oodle’s temperament is dependent on their lineage and the way they are raised by their owner, so if you are looking to become a first-time oodle owner we recommend researching the personality of a poodle and the secondary breed. However, oodles are generally described as active, friendly, and playful breeds. Oodles often form strong attachments with their owners and the family and retain their playfulness with age. What’s not to love?
Due to their intelligence (thanks to their poodle lineage) oodle breeds are relatively easy to train, which is another reason as to why they are so popular! This makes them great breeds for first time dog owners. Like most dogs, it is recommended to start training them when they are a puppy. Some oodle breeds can be prone to separation anxiety, which is in part due to their intelligence and strong emotional bonds. Additionally, some breeds tend to bark when someone is at the door or when they can hear something outside. These behaviours can be mitigated by training your pooch as a puppy, that way they will be used to being home alone and be well socialised by the time they are older.
One thing that must be kept in mind is that regular grooming is required for oodle breeds. Their fleecy or curly fur gets caught with other curls once they shed, so in order to prevent knots and matting, regular brushing is required. Matting, in particular, can cause multiple issues for your pooch including hidden fleas and ticks, infection, discomfort, and skin rashes. If you notice signs of an infection on your oodle which includes red and raw skin, a bad smell, or even pus, please come in and see us! We also recommend that you take your pooch to a groomer if you notice matting in their fur, as trying to remove it at home increases the risk of an accident and even a trip to the vet which could have been avoided. It is recommended to begin grooming your oodle when they are a puppy so that they are used to it being a regular occurrence.
Despite being considered healthy breeds, oodles can still have health issues that are not uncommon. We recommend regular vet check-ups to monitor their health and catch possible warning signs early on. Like most breeds with hairy faces dental disease is a big problem in oodles with many having plaque build up before they are a year old. Brushing is gold standard so start your and lots of praise and rewards. Grab an Oxyfresh starter kit from the clinic next time you are in and keep those pearls white.
If you have any concerns or further questions about your pet please book in for a consultation either online or by calling our awesome reception team on 9369-1822