When it comes to Poodle-mix designer breeds, there are a lot of options to choose from. There are many such hybrids, and they all vary in their characteristics. They can be cuddly and cute, or energetic and mischievous. It is often hard to find a designer breed that has a truly balanced set of character traits. But, if you’re specifically seeking a dog that will quickly become a member of your family, you may have just found it. The Springerdoodle is one of the most popular designer dog breeds (it is a a cross between a purebred English Springer Spaniel and Poodle) because it makes a fantastic family pet. They have a variety of lovely traits, and at their core they are just big friendly goofs. These enthusiastic and active dogs really love being around people, and they also enjoy being around other pets. The dogs thrive off of company and make an effort to plaster smiles on the faces of everyone around them. They are loyal, smart, easy to train, and eager to please. In other words, Springerdoodles are absolutely ideal family pets.
This dog breed could be perfect for your family if you want a dog who will lift your spirits and entertain you both in the great outdoors and inside your home. They can even show a bit of a protective character, guarding their family with utmost loyalty. And while it’s hard to imagine a home that wouldn’t benefit from the presence of a Springerdoodle, every dog owner has their own needs and interests. Most people would adore having one of these pups around, while others might have different qualities that they seek out in a canine companion. Keep your eyes glued to this page and scroll away to learn some important facts about these great dogs and find out if this could be the ideal pup for you! There could very well be a Springerdoodle in your future. The only way to know for sure is to read on!
The Springerdoodle is a cross between a purebred English Springer Spaniel and Poodle.
When it comes to relatively new and unique crossbreeds, it is always challenging to find their exact origins documented. In the past, many designer breeds came about by chance or accident – with two purebreds mating with one another without any design behind it. With that, it could be entirely possible that a Springerdoodle was made decades ago – there’s no way of knowing for certain. Still, even though we don’t know these particulars, there are things we can say with relative certainty. The Springerdoodle is a designer crossbreed from the United States, but unfortunately, there hasn’t been much official documentation kept about the history of designer dogs so we don’t know much beyond that. No breeder has claimed credit for creating or even naming these remarkable pups. All we know is that they entered the dog market at some point in the late 20th century. Our best bet is that the breed was specifically created during the 90’s, when there was a real craze for unique designer dogs, and many crossbreeds appeared for the first time then. Either way, the lack of a definite origin does not prevent us from adoring every little bit out of a Springerdoodle – they’re here now and here to stay, and that is all that matters in the end.
And while the origins of their emergence are not really known, their parentage can tell us pretty much all we need to know. The Springerdoodle is a cross between a purebred English Springer Spaniel and Poodle. These are old and loved breeds, with origins reaching far back in time. Looking at them, we can certainly learn a lot more about their offspring, the Springerdoodle. Still, like all hybrid dog breeds, which traits any Springerdoodle puppy will take from the parental breeds is almost impossible to predict. Some will favor the English Springer Spaniel more than the Poodle, while others will go the other way. It’s a roll of the dice every time and no two Springerdoodles are exactly alike (even amongst puppies born to the same litter!). In fact, even the most reputable breeders won’t be able to tell you for certain how a litter will turn out. However, you’ll find that many dog owners love that no other pup will be quite like their unique hybrid, while others prefer the predictability of a purebred pup. It’s a matter of taste. Either way, don’t expect your breeder to hand over a tidy pedigree which follows a set list of breed characteristics. There’s simply a lot that is unpredictable with the Springerdoodle!
Food / Diet
For every dog, no matter their breed, a healthy diet is one of the foremost aspects of their wellbeing. To keep your Springerdoodle at a healthy weight and give him the nutrients that his body needs to thrive, you should select a high quality dog food. If you choose to feed your pet a dry kibble, a good place to start is anywhere from 1½ to 2½ cups every day, but split these up into multiple servings. You can also feed your dog a canned canine diet, but you should adjust the amount of dry food that you are feeding if that is the case, as you don’t want your dog to overeat and gain too much weight.
If you are ever concerned about what to feed your dog, it’s always wise to check in with a veterinarian first. Sure, dog food manufacturers and pet blogs provide useful feeding guidelines. However, all dogs are different and each has their own needs. The only person qualified to determine the specific dietary needs of your pooch is a vet. So, always consult your vet before making any changes to what you pour into your pup’s food dish. A sudden change of diet can have an adverse effect on your dog’s digestive system and health, so if making a switch, it's best to get advice on it from a professional.
The Springerdoodle is a smart dog that is easy to train.
Training is a very important part of your dog’s early life, and should certainly not be overlooked. Every responsible owner can and should train their pet, even if it is just the basics. The Springerdoodle is a smart dog that is easy to train. You should find that your pooch requires fewer repetitions to grasp his training. Stick with using a consistent and firm approach, and always use positive reinforcement and rewards for the best results. An overly negative approach is far closer to abuse than training and should be avoided at all costs.
A combination of obedience training, off-leash training, and socialization will ensure that your dog will make the perfect family pet, especially if you start training your dog while he is still a puppy. With the right strategy, your dog will enjoy learning how to perform tricks and will be a lot of fun to interact with. Remember that it is best to start training early, while your pet is still a puppy. It is during this time that they tend to learn quickly and with ease. So, arm yourself with patience, treats, and confidence and success is all but guaranteed.
A medium sized breed, the Springerdoodle weighs between 30 and 60 pounds. This is one of the classic medium dog breeds, but its size is nevertheless on the larger size of the spectrum. You will notice their robust paws, a tall rear end, and a generally muscular and even build. This makes them far from a lap dog, but their size is still acceptable for apartments and small homes. Of course, you wouldn’t want to leave your Springerdoodle cooped up in such homes. Their size requires exercise and regular play time, so make sure to balance out the inside and outside times.
To that end, it is important to note that Springerdoodles are not susceptible to obesity. This can happen only in extreme cases of neglect. Its long legs and tall powerful build make it a naturally active and energetic dog, and that means that they will have an easier time shedding extra weight than gaining it.
In order to make your pet feel comfy and happy, you should always ensure that they have plenty of free space to stretch, relax, play, and exercise. They will be best suited for moderately sized homes and apartments, and anything larger than that. Of course, the best option is to have a fenced-in yard, where your pet can play as much as they need to.
Temperament / Behavior
The Springerdoodle is such a beloved breed because it has an outstanding personality. These dogs are loyal, gentle, and eager to please you and entertain you. When interacting with your pet, or even just watching him play, you should find that he’s quite funny. This breed has a remarkable ability to put a smile on the face of everyone that crosses it’s path.
These playful pets are ideal for families, as they thoroughly enjoy the company of their human companions. They are also tolerant of other pets and children, and they have a sweet, calm, and mellow nature. They don’t bark very much, and they are also accepting of strangers, particularly when they are trained from a young age to meet new people.
Common Health Problems
Generally, Springerdoodles are quite hardy. However, as is the case with any other hybrid dog breed, the Springerdoodle might be susceptible to the health conditions that commonly afflict its parent breeds. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that your dog will inherit any of those problems. After all, every animal is an individual and its long-term health is impossible to predict.
Some of the conditions that may affect your Springerdoodle include hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, ear infections, eye conditions, skin problems, epilepsy, patellar luxation, bloat, epilepsy, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, PFK deficiency, Von Willebrand’s disease, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
It’s important to maintain regularly scheduled checkups with your vet (especially as your pooch ages into his senior years) to ensure that any potential health issues are identified and treated as soon as possible.
The Springerdoodle has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. A big life for a little dog. When compared to some other breeds, 15 years can be on the highest end of the spectrum for their size – and amongst the highest lifespans of all dog breeds. Of course, this makes them ideal as companion dogs – furry friends that will stay by your side for a good chunk of your adult life. Of course, for your pet to reach such an advanced age, they need to be properly cared for and all their needs met.
To keep your Springerdoodle in shape, you should give him access to a moderate amount of outdoor activity. These dogs even enjoy playing in the water and going for a swim. There are so many ways to turn a Springerdoodle’s playtime into a doggy workout. It’s just a matter of letting these pups cut loose.
On-leash activity in the form of daily walks or jogs is also necessary, so make sure that you have the time to give your dog the exercise that he needs to remain happy and healthy. If your dog doesn’t have the chance to burn off all of their excess energy during the day, they will find more mischievous ways to tucker themselves out.
When your dog is inside the house, keep him busy, as well as mentally stimulated, by giving him a lot of different toys to play with. Again, without positive mental stimulation through toys and games, their little minds will get up to trouble.
Naturally, the best solution for these dogs would be a fenced-in yard. If you have a bit of a controlled environment and a patch of comfy greenery, your Springerdoodle will rejoice! Here they can run amok and spend all their energy under your careful supervision. Just make sure the area is fenced in! Otherwise, an inquisitive pet might make a dash for it and quickly get lost.
In the case you don’t own a yard, the park will do just fine. Just make sure you are in a controlled environment where there is minimal chance for your pet to get lost or get in danger. No matter how loving and timid your Springerdoodle is, they can still be goofy and full of energy – and that means that they require constant supervision.
The Springerdoodle is such a beloved breed because it has an outstanding personality.
The Springerdoodle is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
Springerdoodles feature a soft coat that can be anywhere from medium to long, but it is also thick and double layered, so regular grooming will be necessary to keep the coat and the skin healthy.
If your dog inherited more of the Poodle coat, it will be low shedding, but if he inherited the English Springer Spaniel coat, he will end up shedding more and will need to be brushed more often. Either way, brush your dog gently a few times a week to prevent the coat from becoming matted.
You can also clip the fur short during the summer to help your dog keep cool, and then let it grow long in the winter to keep him warm. Either way, Springerdoodles don’t require too much grooming work. Casual and basic brushing once or twice per week will do the trick, and can be managed by every owner. Of course, there’s no denying that this unique breed is quite the ideal show dog. Their exotic parentage and lovely looks make them ideal for grooming of all kinds. If you want to emphasize this and make your pet a true charmer in the park, you shouldn’t hesitate to get them to a professional dog grooming salon at least once a month. That way you can ensure their coat gets all the necessary attention and that they look their very best.
Springerdoodle puppies will be very small and should be handled with care (make sure to keep an eye on these puppies around children who don’t tend to know their own strength). You should start training your dog from a young age in order to properly socialize him and get him used to being around a lot of different people and pets.
It is key to give your Springerdoodle puppy all the necessary attention and care from the earliest stages of their life. This – alongside socialization– is the key component of rearing a healthy and loving pet. Make sure they get enough contact with other friendly dogs, and with people outside your family, too. With all this and some patient training, a Springerdoodle will undoubtedly grow up into a loving and friendly dog. To that end, they can be quite excellent around children. Just be careful around the youngest and smallest of kids: a Springerdoodle of moderate size can be somewhat unaware of their energy and build, and that can end up in some accidental bumps and falls.
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