Within the last 10 years, the doodle has become one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. It’s very likely that you have heard of one of these Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, or Bernedoodle dogs because they are considered to be mostly nonshedding and hypoallergenic. Thus, these dogs are great if you hate vacuuming and you have any mild form of pet allergies.
Today, we will talk about a relatively new form of doodle which is called the “double doodle”. Originally, a Double Doodle referred to just a Goldendoodle and Labradoodle mixed together. Recently, we’ve seen many breeders refer to a double doodle as a dog that is mixed with two different doodle types. We will also talk about what it means to be a “mini double doodle”.
We also made a video about Double Doodles! Feel free to watch it below:
What is a Double Doodle?
Double doodles are a relatively new form of dog breed that is a mix between two doodles. For instance, if an F1 Goldendoodle and an F1 Labradoodle breed together, they would form a type of double doodle.
Ultimately, these dogs combine to create a double doodle that has three different dog genetics. In the case of an F1 Goldendoodle and an F1 Labradoodle, the double doodle dog would have 25% Golden Retriever genes, 25% Labrador Retriever genes, and 50% Poodle genes. A double doodle still typically looks and acts like your standard doodle dog because they still typically don’t shed fur and are mostly hypoallergenic. The double doodle still has a mild temperament and gets along well with strangers.
What about a Mini Double Doodle?
A mini-double doodle is bred between two doodle dogs and is less than 30 pounds. They usually stand around 16 to 18 inches tall depending on the type of doodle breed and the amount of Poodle genetics (Poodles usually have long legs).
Breeders usually get a miniature double doodle by breeding two mini-double doodles together (i.e. a mini Goldendoodle bred with a mini Labradoodle). Please note that there is no standard definition of a “mini double doodle”, but the general rule of thumb is any doodle dog weighing less than 30 pounds. These miniature double doodles are in high demand due to their small size and teddy bear looks.
Common Double Doodle Dog Types
There are several different double doodle dog types because it is any two different doodle breeds bred together. However, we will go in-depth to the most common double doodle breeds.
Goldendoodle Labradoodle Mix
By far the most common double doodle is going to be a Goldendoodle Labradoodle mix which also goes by the name as Golden Labradoodle. The Goldendoodle and Labradoodle are the two most popular types of doodle breeds due to their nonaggressive temperament and beautiful looks. Additionally, they inherit outstanding genes from the Poodle that make them nonshedding and hypoallergenic.
It’s worthwhile to note that the Goldendoodle and Labradoodle come in several different types of coat colors, so it’s virtually impossible to know what your double doodle will look like without observing the parent dogs. The standard double doodle sizing is going to be mini, medium, and standard sizes.
Double Labradoodles are a common double doodle which just means it’s a mix between a Labradoodle and another doodle. It doesn’t necessarily have to be mixed with a Goldendoodle, but there are many other mixes including the Labradoodle Bernedoodle mix, Labradoodle Aussiedoodle mix, or Labradoodle Maltipoo mix. The variations of the double Labradoodle are essentially infinite, but they are trending amongst doodle breeders.
Aussiedoodle Goldendoodle Mix
The Aussiedoodle Goldendoodle mix is a type of double doodle that is trending in popularity because of the merle colored coat. In addition, one of the biggest downsides of an Australian Shepherd is they shed a lot of hair all over the house and your clothes. Combining an Aussiedoodle with two different types of doodles makes this dog a lot less likely to shed. This is because an Aussiedoodle is only going to be roughly 25% or less Australian Shepherd genetics.
Australian Double Doodle
Australian double doodles don’t only have to be combined with Goldendoodles, but they can also be mixed with various other doodles. We’ve seen several Australian Labradoodle mixes or even Australian Bernedoodle mixes. The Australian double doodle is an extremely trending dog because of the multi-colored merle coat. Pet owners are seeking out these types of exotic coat colors in dogs. Additionally, the Australian double doodle is going to be mostly hypoallergenic and nonshedding which are outstanding genetic features in a dog.
Golden Mountain Doodle
The Golden Mountain Doodle is a Bernese Goldendoodle Mix and is one of the most popular double doodle breeds. The Bernese Mountain Dog and Goldendoodle are a trending dog breed because of the tri-color coat including the colors black, brown, and white. This breed is considered highly trainable, and less energetic than a standard Goldendoodle. So if you’re looking for a dog that is multi-colored and isn’t going to have a crazy amount of energy like the Goldendoodle then this might be the right choice for you.
Double Doodle Size
The three most common double doodle sizes are going to be mini, medium, and standard. We explain more information about each size below.
Mini Double Doodle
The mini double doodle is a small dog that is less than 30 pounds. Please note that there is no standard “mini” size, it’s simply a rule of thumb that breeders call doodles less than 30 pounds the miniature double doodles. The mini double doodle size is one of the most common sizes because dog owners are looking for smaller-sized companions. In addition, miniature double doodles can work well if you live in a small living space like a condo or apartment.
Within the mini double doodle class, you may find that some breeders also say teacup, petite, or micro double doodle sizes. These are simply smaller-sized mini-double doodles. The micro double doodle is generally considered the smallest of the mini double doodles and weighs less than 13 pounds.
However, as a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t be buying double doodles that are less than 20 pounds. This weight is unnatural to the doodle breed. The way that you create the micro double doodle is that you selectively breed the “runts” of each litter to get smaller and smaller dogs. This inherently creates health and genetic issues for your mini-double doodle.
Medium Double Doodle
The medium double doodle size is generally considered to be a dog that is between 20 and 45 pounds. They generally range in height from 18 inches to 21 inches depending on the exact breed of double doodle.
These medium-sized dogs are great for people who want a dog that will actively run with them or go on hikes. In general, double doodles have tons of energy, and the larger the dog is the more energy they will have. A medium double doodle will likely have more energy than a mini-double doodle. They work great for people with houses and small backyards.
Standard Double Doodle
The standard double doodle is the largest size double doodle that weighs more than 45 pounds. These are going to be big and tall dogs so you’ll likely need a big backyard or live an active lifestyle to get their energy out. Since double doodles are extremely smart dogs, if they don’t adequately release their energy every day, they will engage in destructive behavior around your house chewing on objects or scratching at things.
However, the standard double doodle is big enough to provide someone with a sense of security and is great for people who like larger dogs. The bonus of having a standard sized double doodle is that they don’t shed a ton of hair like most other big dogs. You won’t have to vacuum the dead hair every day from your dog’s coat.
Double Doodle Colors
Double doodles come in several different coat colors. The Poodle comes in over 10 different standardized colors so you will always see a spectrum of different colored double doodles. In addition, you will even see some merle-colored double doodles (from the Australian Shepherd) and you will see parti double doodles (also known as multi-colored double doodles.) The coat color of your dog will highly depend on the parent dogs’ coat color. Some of the most common double doodle coat colors are below.
Golden Double Doodle
One of the most popular and common double doodles colors is golden. The golden double doodle typically has some sort of lineage to the Golden Retriever and usually comes from the Goldendoodle. However, it’s not uncommon to find Labradoodle mixes that are also golden in color. Golden is a popular double doodle color because it makes your dog look like a teddy bear and many people think that this look is cute.
The golden double doodle color typically either has black or brown features on their noses, eyes, or paws. They are usually one solid color, but you may also see some white and golden double doodles.
Chocolate Double Doodle
The chocolate double doodle is a highly sought-after color but is rather unique to the double doodle breed. Most of the time, the darker coat colors are going to come from a recessive genetic gene. This means that most of the double doodles you see will be lighter in color like golden or cream instead of chocolate. In order to get a chocolate double doodle, you need to breed with a darker colored poodle and hope that recessive genetics pass through. It’s rare that you find a litter of all chocolate double doodles because of the recessive traits.
Cream Double Doodle
The cream double doodle is another common color for the double doodle. This color can range from an off-white to a faded gold and is very typical when breeding with a lighter-colored poodle. This is probably the easiest color to breed when it comes to creating these dogs.
Double Doodle Generations
Double doodle generations are interesting because they are all going to be multi-generation doodles. For instance, if we analyze the Golden Labradoodle then we can’t get Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Poodle to breed all in a single generation. This needs to happen over multiple generations of breeding (i.e. Goldendoodle Retriever breeding with a Poodle. Then this Goldendoodle breeding with a Labrador Retriever.)
I’m going to use the Goldendoodle Labradoodle mix to describe the double doodle generations. First, a Golden Retriever needs to breed with a Poodle which creates the F1 Goldendoodle. Next, this Goldendoodle can breed with an F1 Labradoodle to get an F2 Double Doodle. Basically all double doodles are going to multi-generation.
If you want to figure out the exact generation of your double doodle, you can contact me with the lineage and I will help you figure it out. In general, most people want a double doodle that has a significant amount of Poodle genetics because they will be more non-shedding and hypoallergenic.
Double Doodle Price
Unfortunately, double doodles are still really expensive dogs and will be similar in price to a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle which is roughly $1,500 to $2,000 if you go through a reputable breeder. The demand is really high for these dogs so they are currently in short supply which causes the prices to be high. It also highly varies on which state you buy from.
However, it’s not uncommon to see double doodles sell for more than $3,000 if they are smaller sizes and multi-colored. If you’re seeking a teacup, petite, or micro double doodle then you should expect to pay more. In addition, if you’re looking for a coat color that is two or three colors then you will also pay more money.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Double Doodles Hypoallergenic?
Double Doodles are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs because they don’t shed very much at all. This means that less dander is released from their coats, which minimizes the potential for allergic reactions.
The reason the Double Doodle is a hypoallergenic dog is because of its poodle parentage. The poodle is a hypoallergenic breed and a great choice of dog for allergy sufferers. Because the double doodle is a cross between two doodle breeds (the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle), both of which have a poodle parent, the Double Doodle inherits the poodle’s hypoallergenic coat.
However, it is important to remember that while several dog breeds are considered hypoallergenic due to the low-shedding nature of their coats, there really isn’t such a thing as a truly hypoallergenic breed. Some breeds, like the Double Doodle, shed much less than others, making them safer in terms of allergies, but no breed is 100% hypoallergenic.
Are Double Doodles Aggressive?
Generally speaking, the Double Doodle is a gentle and friendly dog breed that doesn’t have a particular tendency towards aggressive behavior. If anything, you may find that your Double Doodle is more inclined to excitedly lick strangers to death rather than displaying aggression.
With that being said, any and all dog breeds can potentially become aggressive if they are not trained or socialized correctly or thoroughly. All dogs, including the Double Doodle, may lash out if they feel that they or their family members are being threatened.
Even though it’s not in the nature of the Double Doodle to be aggressive, the best way to ensure that your Double Doodle never behaves aggressively is to take your dog to regular training sessions as early as possible.
One reason why a Double Doodle might start to behave with uncharacteristic aggression is trauma. Researchers have found that dogs who experience traumatic events can sometimes develop symptoms akin to PTSD symptoms in humans. Because the Double Doodle is a relatively sensitive breed, it may be more prone to post-traumatic stress than some other breeds.
Trauma could stem from a wide range of incidents and life changes. A natural disaster such as a hurricane or a fire in the home could trigger traumatic stress in a dog.
An attack from another animal could also be a potential cause. Sudden aggression after such an event could indicate emotional trauma. If you suspect that your Double Doodle might be behaving aggressively due to trauma, you should have your dog seen by a professional as soon as possible.
Do Double Doodles Bark a Lot?
The Double Doodle is a pretty average barker compared to other dog breeds, meaning that it’s neither particularly quiet nor vocal.
Most of the time, a Double Doodle will bark to make its owners aware of approaching strangers or what they perceive as a potential threat. A Double Doodle may also bark to greet you when you come home, or during an excitable play session.
If your Double Doodle is barking a lot and you’re not sure why, you might be able to work out the underlying reason based on the pitch of the bark.
Generally, a high-pitched bark is used as a form of greeting or to express excitement. Sometimes, a higher-pitched bark may be an indication that your dog has been startled. If the bark sounds a little whiny, it could be that your Double Doodle is bored or lonely and wants your attention.
However, a low-pitched bark implies that your Double Doodle is feeling a negative emotion such as stress or irritation.
If you feel that your Double Doodle is barking excessively, which is out of character for the breed, the best approach is training through positive reinforcement. Double Doodles love praise and are highly responsive, so training your Double Doodle to stop barking so much shouldn’t be too difficult.
Are Double Doodles Easy to Train?
Leading on from our previous question, prospective Double Doodle owners will be pleased to learn that this breed is very easy to train.
As we mentioned earlier, the Double Doodle is a cross between the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle. This means that it shares genetics with the Poodle, Labrador, and Golden Retriever. All of these dogs are highly intelligent and very trainable, so it’s no surprise that the Double Doodle takes after its parents in this respect.
However, as with any dog, the Double Doodle will need socialization training as well as obedience training from an early age to make sure that good behavior is ingrained. It’s also very important to establish a ‘pecking order’, so to speak, in your home, so that your Double Doodle knows to listen to and respect your commands.
Because the Double Doodle is emotionally sensitive, it responds much better to positive reinforcement than to punishment. Negative reinforcement can affect your dog on a deep and emotional level and is more likely to disrupt than improve training.
Therefore, it’s important to maintain positivity during your training sessions and let your Double Doodle know that you are pleased with its progress through praise and treats.
Do Double Doodles Like to swim?
While all dogs are individuals, which makes it difficult to say that a breed as a whole is fond of swimming, the Double Doodle may enjoy swimming more than many other dog breeds.
Due to their poodle parentage, both of the Double Doodle’s parent breeds (Labradoodle and Goldendoodle) have it in their genetics to enjoy swimming and move well in the water. The Poodle was actually specifically bred to retrieve hunting game from water, so it’s one of the best swimmers in the dog world.
Additionally, the Golden Retriever is a proficient swimmer, which gives the Double Doodle an extra swimming advantage from its Goldendoodle side.
Not all Doodles take after their Poodle ancestors in terms of swimming, but both the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle are typically good swimmers and are not averse to water. Therefore, it stands to reason that most Double Doodles will be able to swim quite naturally and may actively enjoy the activity.
Can Double Doodles Have Straight Hair?
Double Doodles can have straight hair, although this is quite a rare occurrence and you’re much more likely to encounter Double Doodles with coats that are either wavy or curly.
The reason why Double Doodles occasionally have straight coats is that some Goldendoodles and Labradoodles physically take after either their Golden Retriever or Labrador parent more than their Poodle parent.
This means that certain Labradoodles and Goldendoodles may have straight coats (although, again, this is quite rare), and they may pass this trait on to Double Doodle offspring.
Please bear in mind that it’s difficult to tell whether a Double Doodle will have a straight, wavy, or curly coat until they are older. This is because puppies’ coats are much shorter than adult coats, and this can make curly coats initially appear much straighter than they will end up being as the dog matures.
While Double Doodles with straight hair often aren’t prioritized by breeders or buyers because they don’t fit the typical aesthetic profile of the breed, a straight-haired Double Doodle can be a blessing when it comes to grooming since straight coats are usually easier to work with than curly ones because it’s easier to prevent tangling and matting.
What is an F2 Double Doodle?
If you’re looking into getting a Double Doodle, you may have come across the terms ‘F1’ and ‘F2’ being applied to the breed in your research. Understandably, if you’ve never heard these terms before, this might be confusing.
Luckily, the distinction between an F1 and F2 Double Doodle is actually very straightforward. Before we explain what an F2 Double Doodle is, though, it makes sense to start with what F1 means.
A hybrid dog like the Double Doodle will be labeled ‘F1’ if the particular dog in question is from the first generation. An F1 Double Doodle, therefore, would have one purebred Goldendoodle parent and one purebred Labradoodle parent.
An F2 Double Doodle, on the other hand, is considered a second-generation Double Doodle. This means that its parents would both be F1 Double Doodles.
As you might already have guessed, two F2 Double Doodle parents would then produce an F3 Double Doodle, and so on.
So, to summarize, an F2 Double Doodle is a Double Doodle that has two first-generation Double Doodle parents. Because of this, an F2 is considered to be a second-generation Double Doodle.
Conclusion for The Ultimate Double Doodle Guide (2020)
There are several different double doodle dogs to choose from including the Goldendoodle Labradoodle Mix, double Labradoodle, Aussiedoodle Labradoodle mix, or double Aussiedoodle. This dog also comes in a variety of different sizes including miniature, medium, and standard sizes. In addition, they have a variety of coat colors that vary depending on the parent dogs’ coat color. We hope that we helped you learn about the double doodle!
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Dr. Sabrina Kong graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in England in 2016 and has been working at a small animal clinic in Northern California since then. She grew up in the Bay Area and got her bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She also became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through a program at the University of Tennessee.
When she isn’t in the clinic taking care of her four-legged patients, she enjoys traveling and trying new foods with her friends and her three-legged dog, Apollo. She adopted Apollo from her clinic when he was a puppy with numerous health issues. Dr. Kong truly cares about taking care of animals.