Springerdoodle (Springer Spaniel & Poodle Mix): Info, Pictures
|Height:||18 – 24 inches|
|Weight:||30 – 60 pounds|
|Lifespan:||10 – 15 years|
|Colors:||Black, brown, white, cream|
|Suitable for:||Families with children and other pets, singles of any age looking for a companion|
|Temperament:||Loyal, Smart, Easy to train, Friendly, Gets along with other pets, Gentle|
The Springerdoodle is a designer dog breed that crosses the English Springer Spaniel with the ever-popular Standard Poodle. The resulting hybrid is a medium to large dog that is considered highly suitable as a companion pet for owners of any age. It will also integrate well into a family unit, will usually get along with other dogs and animals, and is playful and energetic so will keep the kids entertained. The Springerdoodle is a friendly, happy and confident dog. He is rarely vocal and while this makes him a great family pet, it means that he does not make a good guard dog.
This breed will adapt to life in an apartment but will also appreciate having a yard in which to run and play, especially with his family. Intelligent and willing to please, the Springerdoodle can be trained readily, and depending on which parent breed is dominant, he may also benefit from being considered hypoallergenic. The Standard Poodle does not shed like most other breeds but does require some grooming and general maintenance, so if this breed is dominant, the resulting puppy might prove suitable even for those with asthma and allergies.
The Springerdoodle is an increasingly popular designer breed. There are a decent number of Springerdoodle breeders, due to their popularity. When choosing a breeder, take a look at their premises and make sure you can see where the puppies and parents are being kept. Try to ensure that the puppies are being kept in good condition, with access to food and drink, as well as the opportunity to exercise.
If you are looking for a companion, the Springerdoodle is loyal and gentle and you will most certainly enjoy their company.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Springerdoodle
1. The Springerdoodle May Be Considered Hypoallergenic
One of the reasons for the popularity of the poodle breed is that they are described as being hypoallergenic. Dog allergies are known to affect up to one in five adults, and asthma sufferers can also face a difficult time when faced with dog hair and dander.
It is the allergen Can f 1 (Canis familiaris allergen 1) that is known to cause allergic reactions from allergy sufferers and so-called hypoallergenic dogs are thought to produce a lower concentration of this allergen. Poodles are one such breed so if your Springerdoodle inherits this trait from his Poodle parent breed, it is possible that even the most allergic sufferer could live with the dog.
However, scientists dispute the fact that these dogs produce less of the allergen, and while some breeds are known to be less of an irritant to sufferers, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog breed.
2. The Springerdoodle Is One of Dozens of Poodle Hybrid Breeds
It is impossible to say exactly how many designer breeds exist, let alone how many of them incorporate the Poodle breed into their genetics. Kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club, do not recognize hybrid breeds, only purebred dogs. However, the American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes more than 220 crossbreeds, and more than 20 of these are considered Poodle crosses. The Labradoodle is one of the best known, but other examples include the Spoodle and the Saint Berdoodle, which cross the Poodle with the Cocker Spaniel and the Saint Bernard respectively.
3. The Springer Spaniel Is Named for Its Hunting Style
The Springer Spaniel, one of the Spingerdoodle’s parent breeds, is so-called because of his style of hunting prey. They were bred as hunting dogs and would cause game and birds to spring from their hideout, effectively flushing them into the open so that hunters could shoot them. Springers would also retrieve game. Their hunting background means that the Springerdoodle is full of energy and vitality.
A typical dog will run for hours, reach fast top speeds, and have an incredible turn of pace: this, along with the fact that they like to chase birds and are perfectly at home in the water, is worth bearing in mind when you visit the dog park. Ensure their recall is excellent before letting them off the leash.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Springerdoodle 🧠
Smart and intelligent, the Springerdoodle is a popular breed with owners that enjoy agility classes and training their dogs. Your Doodle will want to please you, has more than enough energy to cope with even the most grueling of tasks and workouts, and he seemingly has the capacity to understand every word you say.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
The Springerdoodle makes a great family pet. He will get on with children and not only put up with them, but actively get involved in games for hours. He will also enjoy long family walks and family activities, before settling down to cuddle on the sofa with his owners.
It is always a good idea to socialize dogs when they are young. This will help ensure that they get on with other people, and despite the Springerdoodle’s good nature, early socialization is still recommended.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
The Springerdoodle doesn’t discriminate and will usually offer his love and playful attitude to any family member, regardless of breed. They can be introduced to cats and small animals, although it is never a good idea to leave your dog alone with very small animals. Springers enjoy the canine company and can thrive in a pack environment with other dogs of the same breed and of either sex.
Things to Know When Owning a Springerdoodle:
The Springerdoodle, also called the Sproodle or Springerpoo, are medium-sized dogs, although some can grow to a large size if the Standard Poodle is the dominant parent breed. The look of the Springerdoodle will depend on which parent breed is dominant. However, this breed usually has a curly double-layered coat and its size will be determined by the size of the poodle parent.
Both parent breeds are energetic and lively, so the hybrid breed does exhibit these personality traits. They are also loving, and with early socialization, you can ensure that your puppy follows in its parent’s footsteps. Both breeds prefer company to being left alone, and both are good with children. This mix makes the resulting designer breed a great companion dog for children of any age.
As is typical of breeds of this size, Springerdoodles have a good life expectancy, although there are a few known health issues that you need to keep an eye out for.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
The Springerdoodle may not be a giant breed, but it is a lively one with seemingly boundless energy, and your pet could have the appetite to match. Expect to feed anywhere from two to three cups of food every day. Ensure that it is a good quality dog food, ideally, one that is suited to high-energy, high-octane dogs, and you should have some tasty treats on hand to make training even more effective.
The Springerdoodle is a very active breed and your dog will have seemingly boundless energy. They will happily go on long walks, they love to swim and jump around in the water, and you should expect your Springer to spring. You should encourage your dog to swim, where possible, so consider a walk to the beach or a lake so that they can get wet and get healthy exercise.
Expect to go on two walks a day, lasting at least 30 minutes each. You should also find some way to offer your dog some high-energy sport or activity. They are especially effective at and benefit from agility classes, frisbee, and flyball activities.
The Springerdoodle will adapt to life in an apartment, but they prefer a property with a decent sized yard. If you do have a yard, ensure that it is fenced-in, and look for any areas where they might be able to stage a getaway. A fenced yard enables you to throw a ball or other toy to fetch, without the worry of him getting away.
The Springerdoodle is an intelligent breed. This means that endless ball throwing will get boring for your dog. Look for ways to challenge him mentally as well as physically.
A great way to offer mental stimulation to your dog is through obedience training, as well as agility classes. Although the Springerdoodle is known to be loving and friendly, early socialization will help ensure these tendencies surface. Training classes offer a safe and friendly environment in which to socialize your puppy.
Always eager to please, this hybrid breed is considered easy to train. They will pick up commands quicker than other breeds, and usually require less repetition because they are alert and astute. Your Springerdoodle will enjoy learning new tricks and showing them off.
Poodles are often referred to as being hypoallergenic with the assumption that they do not shed. In reality, all dogs shed, but those with curly hair retain the shed hair in their coat. This means while the house will remain relatively dog hair free, if your dog adopts the curly-haired coat of the poodle, it will require frequent brushing. Brushing your dog removes the loose and dead hair and it prevents the fur from matting. Expect to brush your dog every day, potentially twice a day during the shedding season.
You should also brush your dog’s teeth two or three times a week, and you will need to check their eyes and ears for signs of dirt and debris. If there is any wax or other buildup, use a damp cloth and remove it so that your dog remains healthy, infection-free, and comfortable.
You should avoid bathing dogs unless it is absolutely necessary. Bathing strips the fur of natural oils, which means that frequent bathing can actually do a lot more harm than good.
Health and Conditions ❤️
The Springerdoodle is prone to a range of ailments and conditions associated with its parent breeds, as well as those that are associated with dogs of this size and type. In particular, medium to large dogs are prone to joint dysplasia. If you see any signs of limping or discomfort from the joints, have your dog checked out as soon as possible in order to identify and treat the problem as early as possible.
- Skin conditions
- Joint dysplasia
Male vs Female
There is very little difference between the male and the female Springerdoodle, although the male Springerdoodle is likely to grow slightly bigger than his female counterpart.
The Springerdoodle is a hybrid breed that combines the features of the Springer Spaniel with the Poodle. Although any size poodle can be used, the Standard is the most common size and the one most often associated with the crossbreed. In any case, the resulting breed is an energetic and lively, friendly and welcoming, patient dog that will grow to be a medium to large dog.
Your Springerdoodle will require plenty of exercise and he will be happy to join in with almost any game and any outdoor activity. He excels at agility classes and other agile activities, and although he can survive apartment living, he much prefers a house with a fenced yard where he can burn off energy and chase his toys in a safe environment.
Early socialization is always important, along with training, although the Springerdoodle is known to mix well with people and animals of all sorts. He has a good life expectancy of up to 14 years and although there are some health concerns, he is generally considered to be a healthy and active breed that makes an ideal companion dog for singles and families.
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