Growing up with a dog was such a lovely experience, we had a Cairn Terrier, and Rosie was the perfect dog. I remember collecting her and her doing a wee on me on the drive home. We called her Rosie because at the time, my youngest sister liked watching Rosie and Jim.
She was such a calm dog, despite being constantly pestered by 4 children. As we grew up it was lovely coming home to someone who was so pleased to see us.
I would really love my children to have that experience. Unfortunately, where we live, despite in some ways being perfect for a dog is also problematic. We have lots of space for a dog to run around and get lots of exercise. Unfortunately the countryside is also full of ticks. We tried to keep a dog, I always used frontline and although this seemed to prevent them attaching to the dog, I would often find them as I was brushing the dog on the couch. In the end I felt that these parasites were too dangerous, especially as we had just had a new baby. I know I could keep a dog outside but I want a pet not a guard dog.
If I ever moved, I would love to get a poodle cross, I love fluffy dogs that don’t malt a lot. These are my favourites!
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel + Poodle = Cavapoo
This would also be a great size for my family and I love those markings!
Bichon Frise + Poodle = Bichpoo
Perhaps a little bit small for me but still super cute and teddy bear cuddly!
Miniature Schnauzer + Poodle = Schnoodle
My friend has a miniature Schnauzer and it’s adorable but I love it crossed with a poodle too!
Tibetan terrier + Poodle = Ttoodle
A tibetan terrier can look very similar to a labradoodle and is a gorgeous dog anyway so it’s obviously a cute cross.
Labrador + Poodle = Labradoodle
These are adorable, and not too big. Obviously the size can depend on the poodle they were crossed with but generally they seem to be Labrador sized.
Cocker Spaniel + Poodle = Cockapoo
Probably my favourite, I think the size would be just about right for me and my small children.
Golden Retriever + Poodle = Golden Doodle
Although size can vary they can be very large dogs, like a retriever and I think it would be a bit too big for us.
Of course it’s important not to choose a dog based soley on it’s appearance, the great thing about choosing a cross though is that they tend have great temperaments and don’t suffer from inbreeding. When choosing a puppy always visit the puppy as many times as possible before you take her home, ask to see the parents and where it has been reared. Try and use a reputable breeder.