- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Double Doodle Breed Profile
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A Double Doodle is a cross between a Labradoodle and a Goldendoodle. Double Doodles tend to be loving, friendly, social, and intelligent dogs with playful personalities. They are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but you can register a Double Doodle with the Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Double Doodles are large fluffy dogs that love to cuddle and love to play. They tend to be described as big teddy bears. In addition to their sweet, affectionate disposition, these dogs also have a cheerful and friendly personality.
They tend to get along fantastically with children, other dogs, and other pets. They may tend to bark at strangers, but they are generally open and friendly with strangers as long as they have been properly socialized.
Double Doodles are moderately adaptable dogs. Their size and high energy levels make them a better fit for larger homes with yards where they can run. They can adapt to apartments, but you will need to be able to dedicate a lot of time to making sure they get the daily exercise and mental stimulation they need.
As with any dog breed, Double Doodles are sensitive to heat. They tend to do relatively well in the cold. But, if you live in an area with a harsh winter, it’s not a bad idea to stock up on some standard winter dog products. Because these dogs are highly social and are family-oriented, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Are mixed-breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? They can be sometimes. Just as a mixed-breed dog has the chance to inherit none of the health conditions common to their parent breeds, they also could inherit a combination or even all of them.
For the Double Doodle, potential health conditions to be aware of include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and thyroid issues. They can also be prone to having sensitive stomachs. Due to their size and shape, Double Doodles can also be at risk for bloat, which can become dangerous.
So, you do want to know how to reduce the risk of bloat in dogs and also the symptoms to look for so you can get medical attention quickly. You also want to ask the breeder about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. Reputable breeders will be screening their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies, so they should be able to answer your questions.
Double Doodles are highly intelligent dogs that pick up on things quickly and are eager to please. This tends to make them a great fit for owners of all experience levels, including first-time dog owners.
They tend to respond well to obedience training as long as it is consistent and keeps them interested. These dogs thrive on your approval, so they respond best to training that focuses on praise and reward. Even if you don’t need them, puppy training classes can still be a good idea because they offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
A Double Doodle tends to have a long, slightly wiry, and curly coat. Although they are low-shedding, they do need a lot of maintenance to keep their coat looking great. Brushing a few times a week, if not daily, is recommended to remove tangles and prevent mats. Professional grooming every 4-6 weeks is also recommended.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Double Doodle’s nails, ears, and teeth. The groomer can help with some of it, but you will still need to take care of these tasks at home between appointments.
Depending on how quickly they grow, you will need to cut your dog’s nails once or twice monthly. This is essential to keep them from growing too long and causing issues. Weekly ear checks and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. Plus, if anything is happening, you can catch it early and get to the vet.
Unfortunately, many dog owners overlook dental care for dogs, which is why gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. But, it doesn’t have to be for your Double Doodle. By starting early and practicing good dental care throughout their life, you can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life. Using an enzyme toothpaste or brushing their teeth every day is ideal.
Double Doodles are high-energy dogs. They need daily walks plus playtime and time to run to be happy and healthy. And, they love being active with you, so they will likely be up for more activity if you are.
Since they are sociable and friendly dogs, playtime with people, play dates with other dogs, or trips to the dog park are great activities for them. Because they are athletic dogs, you can try a lot of different activities with them once they are fully-grown and their joints have finished developing.
Double Doodles usually stand 23-25 inches tall and weigh 30-70 pounds.
A Double Doodle generally lives for 12-15 years.
Although Double Doodle is the most common name for this designer breed, they are also sometimes called a Golden Labradoodle, North American Retriever, or a Double Doodlepoo.