Spoodle: The Social Butterfly Of Dogs
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Dog breeders are always trying to combine the perfect parts of dog breed personalities to make the perfect pup for the situation. In this instance, they really managed to strike gold with the Spoodle.
The adorable Spoodle is the world’s #1 designer dog breed in many ways, including being the first designer dog breed ever to have been invented!
By combining the non-shedding coat and intelligence of Poodles with the devotion and outgoing nature of a Cocker Spaniel, the Spoodle breed has become incredibly popular – everybody loves them.
They’re great with kids, good with other pets and just an all-round pleasure to have around. Very similar to but not to be confused with their furry cousins, Cavoodles.
Are you thinking of becoming a Spoodle mum or dad? Or maybe you already are; either way, find out more here.
Spoodle fast facts
|Life span||13 – 15 years|
|Coat||Curly, straight or wavy|
|Colour||All colours and colour combos|
|Litter size||Around 4 to 7 puppies|
|Height||36 – 38 cm|
|Weight||9 –11 kilograms|
|Grooming||Regular brushing (daily for curly/wavy coats and twice weekly for straight)|
What makes a Spoodle a Spoodle?
This charming and good-natured pup was first invented in the 1960s in the US by combining the Cocker Spaniel and the Toy Poodle. Their cute name comes from similarly mashing the breed’s names into one adorable word.
You can totally see why these designer dogs, sometimes also called hybrid dogs, are good-natured. The two breeds they descend from are both lovely to be around so it’s no wonder Spoodles are irresistible.
A big positive – they’re hypoallergenic(ish)
Spoodles are low-allergy dogs because of the non-shedding Poodle heritage. Dogs that cause fewer allergies are sometimes called hypoallergenic (there are hypoallergenic cats too). Although that’s not to say that they’ll never trigger allergies.
Fun fact: Poodles are hypoallergenic-ish because they have hair instead of fur. While fur grows to a certain length and then sheds, hair will actually never stop growing. This means more trips to the dog barber, but with the upside of fewer allergens about the house.
It’s not just Poodles; Maltese dogs have also been blessed with these luscious locks of hair. Some owners take great pride (and time) in making sure they’re always styled fabulously!
Spoodle? I thought it’s a Cockapoo?
Sometimes dog breeders might feel that the name another breeder gives to a dog can be improved upon. It seems that this was certainly the case with the Spoodle. The Spoodle goes by more than one name; in fact, we’ve counted a total of three with only a quick search.
In no particular order, here they are:
We’d like to think that the name has settled on these few, but it’s impossible to know what the future holds for these naming conventions.
Mixed bred vs purebred health
If we’re gonna be technical, Spoodles aren’t purebred dogs. They’re actually not even recognised as a breed by any of the major breeding clubs (yet). However, they most certainly have plenty of fan clubs 😊.
Spoodles are actually a mixed breed dog. And if you’ve ever wondered ‘do mixed breed dogs have less health issues?’ well, the answer is yes … probably.
Purebred dogs need to exhibit the same physical and temperamental characteristics generation after generation. To get this desired outcome, breeders will make sure that their dogs come from a very specific, and very limited gene pool.
Unfortunately, this often results in hereditary conditions becoming more prevalent in certain breeds. For example, you’re more likely to find hip dysplasia in Labradors, or find IVDD in Dachshunds. Just like Beagles are more prone to epilepsy. Wondering if your mixed breed dog might have some of these disorders? A dog DNA test might help shed some light on their parentage.
However, Spoodle parents and fans far and wide claim that this dog breed has better health due to outbreeding. Outbreeding, or hybrid vigour, is the widening or opening of a gene pool. While that sure is great news to hear, Spoodles can still inherit health issues from their parents, just like any other animal.
As we were discussing above, here are some of the more common health issues Spoodles may be prone to:
- Heart problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Eye problems
- Ear infections (due to floppy ears)
To help yourself make sure you get the healthiest Spoodle possible and you’re not supporting cruel and unhealthy breeding practices, we fully endorse finding ethical dog breeders to buy from. We also have simple tips to avoid puppy scams: see here.
These ethical dog breeders take extra care of their breeding dogs and thoroughly check them for health conditions. They’re also not likely to be forcing their breeding dogs to whelp too many litters. All this means that they’re less likely to pass on illnesses onto their pups.
Responsible pet parenting with dog insurance
Another way to keep your Spoodle healthy (and happy, of course) is with a dog insurance plan. Bonus – if you get it while your pooch is still a heart melting puppy, you’ll save on three fronts:
- Your puppy will have a health plan for longer because you’re supporting them (and your bank balance) across their lifetime
- Your pet insurance will cover non-congenital conditions that start after you get your plan, so you’re covered if you start early
- While your pup is still a baby (more specifically is not yet one year old), if you sign up online with us you’ll score even more FREE pet insurance than parents of older pets.
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