You may have heard of the famous Goldendoodles and Labradoodles, but did you know that these dogs can be twice as lovable, enthusiastic, and trainable?
20-29" in height at the shoulder and between 50-80 lbs.
White or cream, Golden, Black, Brown, Tan, Red
12 to 15 years
Did You Know?
According to the two most widely accepted definitions of a Double Doodle, the Golden- and Labradoodle are bred together to create the Double Doodle.
When these two breeds come together, you get the Double Doodle, one of the world’s most popular breeds for families, service dogs, and general companionship. To learn more about this precious breed, see the overview below.
What Is the Double Doodle?
Defining the Double Doodle dog breed – also known as the “Labra Goldendoodle” or the “Golden Double Doodle” – is a tricky business since the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize designer breeds. The Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, and the Double Doodle all fall under that umbrella.
Since there is no official breed standard that the Double Doodle is required to meet, the dogs tend to be a bit unpredictable in terms of body size and temperament, mainly.
However, the Dog Registry of America does recognize the Double Doodle as an official breed. So, if you want your new puppy to come with authoritative paperwork describing their pedigree, look for breeders who file with the DRA.
Pedigrees and related paperwork are essential when buying any Doodle from a breeder. These dogs tend to vary dramatically in their genetic expression, which may influence their size, behavior, health, and many more factors.
The primary points of concern to keep at the forefront of your mind when shopping for your brand-new Double Doodle puppy include:
- Pedigree: If you plan on breeding your dog at any point, you’ll need to know as many details of your dog’s lineage as possible. Consult with the DRA to determine whether you can track down the line’s history and ensure that they are all healthy and have a balanced temperament before you attempt to breed any more.
- Genetics: As mentioned previously, Doodles – Double Doodles included – are all somewhat of a mixed bag when it comes to genetic expression. Even an experienced breeder can’t be sure of what medical conditions may arise when producing these pups. So, you’ll need to be extra careful when monitoring your dog’s health.
- Behavior: The way a dog behaves is partially inherited from their parents. However, in the same way that health can differ in this breed versus its contributing pure breeds, its temperament, trainability, and other behavioral aspects can, too. Thus, you should closely observe and get to know a Double Doodle puppy before taking it home.
Although Double Doodles aren’t as behaviorally or medically predictable as their purebred relatives, you can still adhere to some general expectations when you plan on bringing this pup into your life. These general guidelines are discussed in further detail below.
Double Doodle Pictures
Double Doodles are some of the most adorable dogs on the planet. Their sweetness transcends their behavior and is shown clear as day on their friendly faces. Take a look at some of these precious pups below.
What Is It Like Owning a Double Doodle?
Doodles and their contributing breeds are widely beloved because of their gentle, playful, and nurturing dispositions. These and the following traits are all why these dogs have become the quintessential family animal.
- Training: They are very easy to train, thanks to their enthusiasm for learning and a strong need to please their owner. They’re very social with people and dogs, so taking them to the dog park or inviting loved ones over should never be too stressful.
- Socializing: Speaking of friendliness with people, Double Doodles make great family pets.
- Note: See the ‘Are Double Doodles Good with Kids’ section for more information.
- Allergens: Many people claim that these pups are “hypoallergenic,” they do shed. The vet that originally created the original Doodle intended them to be less triggering to humans’ allergies than other existing breeds. Still, it’s almost impossible for any organism with hair or fur not to lose its hair periodically or produce allergens of some sort.
- Note: It might not be as much as a true lab or golden, but these dogs’ hair can still carry the following in their coats*:
- Dander: These are just dead skin cells, so all breeds, including the Doodle, can produce dander.
- Saliva: Dogs groom themselves all the time, which can leave saliva on their skin and in the coat, which will eventually dry up and contribute to a dirty coat.
- Urine: Yes, urine! Some puppies are a little uncoordinated at first and may accidentally pee on their bellies.)
- Energy: Double Doodles are relatively high-energy dogs, so they’ll need lots of stimulation in their home life to stay happy and fulfilled. If they have no energy outlet, they’re likely to express that pent-up frustration by digging, destroying your belongings (e.g., clothing, furniture), or barking. The following can help with maintaining good behavior:
- Daily exercise: Walking, jogging, fetch, and other games that get your pup’s blood flowing.
- Training: Doodles were originally bred to be service animals, meaning they are specialized for learning complex tasks. Take advantage of this and teach them tricks or how to be a supportive pet.
*You’ll still need to maintain a regular grooming schedule for your Double Doodle pup. This way, everyone (including your fur-baby) stays happy and sneeze-free.
With this in mind, it’s best to take your Double Doodle to the groomer’s at least once every two months for a bath. Despite how glorious and fluffy their coats can be (which can be wavy, straight, or curly), they must get a haircut just about once every three months.
Neglecting to do so invites matting, which can lead to discomfort and further complications with their coat.
Double Doodle Breed Information
As you can see, there are a lot of details to keep track of when you decide to bring a Double Doodle into your life. Even if you trust the line that your dog was bred from, these dogs’ personalities and health can change as they grow older. Getting a handle on training and vet routines in puppyhood is crucial.
According to VetStreet experts, “Doodle breeds… can be a bit of a genetic wild card.” It is nearly impossible to predict which physical or behavioral traits will emerge throughout your dog’s life, and this is something you’ll need to accept as a Double Doodle owner. Still, the following information will help provide a clearer picture of what to expect from your new puppy.
Double Doodle Cost – How Much Are Double Doodles?
Remember when shopping around for your new puppy that these dogs are part of a designer breed. This means that they’ll be significantly more expensive than either of their purebred parent breeds and might even cost more than the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle.
The typical pricing for a Double Doodle can range from a low of $1,000 up to $5,000. Considering the Labradoodle’s ($500-3,000) and Goldendoodle’s ($1,500-2,500) price range, this is on-par with the idea that a Doodle puppy is about twice the average of each contributing parent.
Are Double Doodles Good Apartment Dogs?
The primary behavioral factors you’ll need to think about when determining whether your dog will be good in an apartment setting is their susceptibility to anxious behaviors, separation anxiety, and of course, their energy levels.
As mentioned previously, Double Doodles are relatively high-energy dogs, especially due to their contributing breeds. The Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, and the purebred Labrador and Golden Retrievers are all incredibly lively dogs.
So, if you plan on keeping one in an apartment, it’s best to keep them engaged in routine play and exercise for the prevention of destructive behaviors.
In regards to anxiety and separation behavior, the Double Doodle dog breed is a bit more of a mixed bag. Based on the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ), recent research has shown that Doodles can have significant behavioral differences depending on if they were bred from a Standard (might be too big and rambunctious) vs. Miniature Poodle (smaller, but more nervous and fearful).
Consider the following points when determining whether a Double Doodle is right for your life in an apartment:
- Double Doodles can be good apartment dogs, depending on the temperament and size you get. A calmer dog (especially one with low separation anxiety) would do great in an apartment.
- Mini Double Doodles can do well in apartments, but if you have an energetic Standard Doodle, then you’d be better off in a single-family home with a yard.
- Double Doodles don’t shed as much as their related breeds, so cleanup is relatively easy.
- They can be moderate barkers, so you’ll need to get that under control (otherwise, neighbors in an apartment complex are likely to complain).
What Are Some Common Double Doodle Health Issues?
Unfortunately, the Double Doodle dog breed can suffer from a variety of medical problems. While some can be handled with just a few visits to the vet clinic, others can severely impair the dog’s quality of life.
The most notable health issues your Double Doodle can suffer from include:
- Hip dysplasia: This is a condition in which your dog’s hip is not fully enclosed in its socket. Because of this, walking can be quite difficult, as the hip can either partially or completely dislocate.
- Heart disease: Heart disease can take many forms in dogs, one of which is:
- Subvalvular aortic stenosis: The aortic valve narrows, blocking the dog’s blood flow and forcing the heart to work harder.
- Genetic eye problems, including: Retinal atrophy: The eyes slowly weaken over time, leading to blindness. Cataracts: The eye becomes cloudy, which blurs the vision. Glaucoma: The eye suffers from a buildup of excess pressure due to inadequate fluid drainage. Ultimately, this can lead to blindness.
- Sebaceous adenitis: This is a complication with your dog’s immune system. The issue leads to an unbalanced inflammation response, which affects the dog’s oil glands in the skin.
- Addison’s disease: Also known as hypoadrenocorticism, this disease is marked by unusually low hormone production rates from the adrenal gland.
- Von Willebrand’s Disease: A bleeding disorder that inhibits the platelet’s ability to stick together and form clots.
It’s best to take your Double Doodle to the vet 1-2 times per year for a regular check-up to prevent these issues.
Are Double Doodles Hard to Train?
Double Doodles are a pleasure to train! Doodles were first created to be the quintessential service dog. Before things started to get genetically unpredictable, Double Doodle temperament was perfect for helping people in need, and their coats were ideal for people with allergy sensitivities.
Although the Double Doodle’s genetic waters are somewhat murky nowadays, you can still depend on them for service and casual training. Take Libby, the puppy, for example. When she was enrolled in a board-and-train program, she learned all her basic obedience commands (including sit, stay, and heel) with professional guidance.
However, not everyone wants to send their dog to boarding school. To train your Double Doodle at home, you’ll just need to learn their learning preferences. For example, you’ll need to know the difference between these two motivation styles:
- Play-motivated: Dogs that are motivated by play won’t respond very well to treats. Instead, you should allow a quick game of fetch or chase when they follow instructions well.
- Food-motivated: These pups love to eat! As long as they smell that sweet food in your hand, you’ve got their attention for any task or trick you want to teach them.
Get familiar with your dog’s learning style to improve your chances of success when training on your own.
What Colors Do Double Doodles Come in?
The most common colors you’ll find in the Double Doodle dog breed include:
- White or cream
Their coat color depends on that of their parents and is driven primarily by the interaction of two mammalian pigments, eumelanin (black) and phaeomelanin (red or yellow). The dog’s genetic makeup will determine how these pigments are expressed and in what concentration, so check the parents’ records if you want a specific color from a litter.
Otherwise, you can happily peruse through shelters to see the Double Doodle colors and pick the one you feel is the most beautiful and behaviorally well-suited to your family.
How Big Do Double Doodles Get?
The norms for Double Doodle dogs are as follows:
- They typically reach between 20-29″ in height at the shoulder.
- These are considered medium-sized dogs and reach between 50-80 lbs when fully grown.
Just like all other aspects of the Double Doodle, its size can vary widely as well. Make sure to get a good look at your pup before adopting because there’s no guarantee that they’ll stick to these standards.
If you’re buying instead of adopting, take a look at the parents. How heavy are they? Although your puppy is not guaranteed to reach its size in adulthood, the parents are typically a good indication of how large your dog will be.
Upon visiting the parents, if you see that they are 80+ lbs, you can reasonably expect that your pup will be a big dog when they’re older. The same applies to smaller dogs, especially if they’re bred with Miniature Poodles.
Are Double Doodles Good with Kids?
Although they are generally quite a good choice for families with children, be careful when allowing your Double Doodle to play around toddlers and babies. These pups can be pretty rambunctious, and those that reach 80+ lbs can be a bit much to handle for the little ones and may cause injury.
(Some doodles can get up to 100 lbs – it truly depends on what type of Labradoodles or Goldendoodles its parents were. It’s best to exercise extra caution if you have children and learn the details of their lineage early on so you don’t accidentally violate a rental pet policy down the line.
You don’t want to give your new pup a chance to knock the kids over or cause any serious accidents.)
Please also recognize that Double Doodles can have issues with owner-directed aggression, again, depending on their parents.
In the study mentioned earlier, the rates of aggressive responses to rough handling, defending food or toys, etc., were quite low for the Doodles in comparison to the other breeds, thankfully.
Still, incidents related to this behavioral drawback can occur, especially since Golden Retrievers received surprisingly high scores for this trait. So, if your potential Double Doodle is more like a Golden Retriever than its other parent breed, you may want to reconsider if you have children.
4 Fun Facts You Should Know About Double Doodles
Not only is the Double Doodle dog breed cute, fun, and generally a delight to share one’s life with, they’re also full of surprising facts:
- The original Doodle was a Labradoodle, bred by Wally Conron, a puppy-breeding manager for Australia’s Royal Guide Dog Association. Conron made the breed for a visually-impaired woman in the ’80s.
- The other half of the Double Doodle, the Goldendoodle, was bred by Monica Dickens (Charles Dickens’s granddaughter) in 1969.
- Because of their contributing breeds, Double Doodles are among the smartest dogs in the world. (Both the Golden Retriever and Poodle are number 4 out of 150 of the world’s smartest dog breeds.)
- Double Doodles can potentially be healthier than their related pure breeds because of a phenomenon known as “hybrid vigor,” where crossing two separate lines or breeds creates better health for the dog.
There’s quite a lot of information you should know before welcoming a Double Doodle into your life. Don’t hesitate to return to this overview before you adopt or purchase a new puppy. That way, you can be confident of your knowledge of the breed and what to expect before committing to a new canine companion.