If you are looking for a new dog that is intelligent, family-friendly and has a happy go lucky nature, you should consider the Irish Doodle. It’s one of the most popular family dogs today.
In this article, we will explain the origins of this dog breed. You’ll also discover its unique traits and how to care for these gentle dogs.
History of the Irish Doodle
The Irish Doodle is also known as the Irish Poo Setter, Irish Setterpoo, Irish Doodle Setter, and Irish Setter Doodle. It is a designer breed of unknown origin. Although there is certainly a poodle mix present. Since this breed is still in development, it doesn’t have a long history. Most likely, the breed has originated in the USA sometime in the past 30 years.
We know that they are a cross between the Irish Setter and Poodle. Since the Poodle comes in 3 sizes – standard, miniature and toy – you may think that the Irish Doodle can be bred from any Poodle type. However, only the standard Poodle and the Miniature Poodle can be used. In the latter case, the result is the Mini Irish Doodle, a small breed that can fit in any dog house.
Since this breed is still in development, it means that the majority of Irish Doodles are first-generation mixes with purebred parents. It is rare to see multi-generational breedings, although some Irish Doodle mixes of this kind are also in development. This is good news for those pet owners who are looking for puppies with hypoallergenic coats since the Poodle genes in multi-generational breedings are more prevalent.
Basic Information about the Irish Doodle
Irish Doodle is one of the most popular designer dog breeds today but despite this fact, it is still not recognized as an official breed by the American Kennel Club. Although both parent breeds are recognized by the AKC, your Irish Doodle puppy won’t have pedigree papers.
Although Irish Doodles won’t grow too tall, they can surprisingly weigh a lot. This breed is usually between 13 and 15 inches high but they can weigh anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds. This puts them in the medium category of dog breeds.
Irish Doodles can either inherit physical traits from both parents equally or they can look more like one of the breeds involved. In general, Irish Doodles can either be built like Irish Setters with narrow and square physique, or they can look more like Poodles and have a straight build.
These dogs can either have oval or almond-shaped eyes, while the color of their eyes can range from medium to dark brown. Their ears are located just below the eye level and they commonly hang down on the sides.
Perhaps the biggest discrepancy in the appearance that depends on the features acquired from the parent breeds can be seen in the coat of the Irish Doodle. In fact, their coat can vary in both composition and color. Poodles usually have a short and soft single-layer coat, while Irish Setters have a double coat that can come in several shades of red. The coat of the Irish Doodle puppies is usually more similar to the coat of the Poodle.
Irish Doodles can have personality traits from both parent breeds, which means that they are highly intelligent, loyal and affectionate. Additionally, these dogs are devoted to their families and they are gentle with children and other pets. For these reasons, Irish Doodles make great family dogs.
In addition to this, Irish Doodles are kind to strangers but they are also alert and will express their suspicions when necessary. This trait makes them decent watch dogs, although they can never be guard dogs.
Like most breeds of that size, Irish Doodles can live for 12 to 15 years. Mini Irish Doodles may live a bit longer on average. Additionally, this breed is typically healthy and it may benefit from the somewhat controversial concept called hybrid vigor. This concept argues that hybrid dogs are less likely to suffer from genetic anomalies than purebred dogs.
However, Irish Doodles are still prone to health problems that are typical for their parent breeds – and there are quite a few of them. Some common conditions they can suffer from include epilepsy, bloat, hypothyroidism, certain eye problems, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, Von Willebrand disease, etc.
These problems are more likely to appear if you don’t buy your Irish Doodle puppy from a reputable breeder. Also, make sure to schedule regular vet visits for your pooch to ensure that any potential issues are recognized as early as possible.
Caring for the Irish Doodle
Irish Doodles are a fairly adaptable breed and, due to their medium size, they can live in apartments as well as houses. They are energetic dogs, so having a backyard can be beneficial but it is not necessary. Your dog can be just as happy in an apartment, as long as you provide adequate care.
Exercise and Training
This is a very athletic and highly energetic breed. With that in mind, you should be ready for a large commitment. They require at least 90 minutes of exercise per day. Daily walks on a leash can be part of it, as well as jogging, agility classes, advanced obedience training and swimming.
These dogs can be quite stubborn and you may need a lot of patience to train them. However, once you learn how to deal with them, they can be trained for various things since they are very intelligent and disciplined. In addition to this, they love having a job to do.
Some of the advanced training options you can do with Irish Doodles include agility courses, scent work and therapy dog training. Of course, they also excel as gun dogs since both parent breeds were originally bred for hunting.
This breed usually boasts a low-shedding and hypoallergenic single coat thanks to their Poodle DNA, although in those cases where the DNA of the Irish Setter prevails this may not be the case. If your dog has a double coat, he will require regular grooming. Daily brushing is the best way to deal with a shedding coat.
Still, in the majority of cases, pet owners end up with a dog that hardly sheds and doesn’t require a lot of grooming. In this case, brushing your dog’s hair a few times a week should be more than enough. Depending on the coat, you may need to cut the hair occasionally as well.
Pay attention to the ears of your Irish Doodle and check them regularly for infection. Additionally, you can trim the hair in the dog’s ears to prevent dirt and debris from building up.
Of course, you should also brush your dog’s teeth several times a week and trim his nails when necessary.
The Irish Doodle is a popular designer breed that is smart, loyal, affectionate and devoted to family. These energetic dogs are great family pets, rarely have any notable health issue, but they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to remain happy and healthy.
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