Irish Doodle Puppies

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An intelligent and social family dog

The Irish Doodle is a hybrid of the Irish Setter and the Poodle. These pups were initially developed with the goal of combining the hypoallergenic, low-shedding coat of the Poodle with the happy and social nature of the Irish Setter.

Irish Doodle At a Glance

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Irish Doodle At a Glance

  • Size: 13"-15", 40-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-13 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Shaggy, long, and wavy
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Non-Sporting
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Irish Doodle Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Irish Doodle is an all-around great family dog. These dogs thrive on being around people, and they love to please their owners and make them happy. Irish Doodles are friendly with just about everyone, but they still prefer the love and attention of their owners over anyone else. Given the intelligence of both the Poodle and the Irish Setter, the Irish Doodle is a very smart dog that catches onto commands and tricks with ease. Since they're easy to train, Irish Doodles are a great breed for first-time dog owners. Another great thing about Irish Doodles is their adaptability. They're just as content living in an apartment as they are in a large house. In general, the Irish Doodle makes a charming, devoted companion for all.

  • Health

    Irish Doodles are generally healthy dogs although there are some health conditions owners should be aware of that can be common in other dog breeds. These conditions include hip dysplasia, blindness, bloat, and eye problems like progressive retinal atrophy.

  • Activity Level

    The Irish Doodle does not need a ton of physical activity. Rather, a reasonable amount of daily movement, such as fetch and a walk or jog, will keep them happy and in good health. These dogs enjoy the chance to run around freely in a secure yard, but they also can live well in apartments.

  • Grooming

    Irish Doodles require a lot of grooming to keep their wavy and curly coats tangle free. Owners will want to brush their Irish Doodles on a daily basis to keep their coats healthy and prevent matting. Frequent grooming and short trims will keep your dog's coat manageable and easier to brush. This breed can be bathed as needed but you should avoid letting its coat air-dry as this can lead to tangles.

  • Shedding

    Irish Doodles that inherit the curly Poodle coat are light shedders. This breed is considered to be hypoallergenic and is a great fit for households with allergies.

  • Appearance

    Irish Doodles are medium to large dogs with square bodies. Their coats can vary quite a bit in terms of composition and color, but many Irish Doodles have long, shaggy coats. These dogs shed minimally and don't require a ton of grooming, so they are great for allergy sufferers.

  • History

    Irish Doodles are a hybrid of the Irish Setter and the Poodle. While designer breeds are relatively new themselves, the Irish Doodle is even newer. There isn't a well-documented history for the Irish Doodle, but it is assumed that it was created in an attempt to combine the non-shedding coat of the Poodle with the happy, friendly nature of the Irish Setter. It's likely that the Irish Doodle originated in the United States, like most designer dogs, but there's no record of when the breed first appeared. In terms of recognized clubs, the Irish Doodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) because it's not a purebred dog. It is, however, registered by some smaller dog clubs like the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the Designer Breed Registry (DBR).