What is Spoodle?
A Spoodle is a mixed breed consisting of a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.
These two breeds together create an active family dog that is smaller than an Aussiedoodle or a Bordoodle, has the energy of Cocker Spaniel and has the intelligence, trainability and low shedding coat of a Poodle.
The Spoodle's Temperament
Spoodles are affectionate, energetic, playful, friendly and loyal.
They are very sociable and friendly which when combined with proper socalisation and training, get along with all age groups of people, other dogs and cats.
Spoodles are hyperactive which makes them perfect for people who love to exercise. Spoodles also are intelligent which means they need plenty of mental stimulation to prevent boredom.
Spoodles and Health
Spoodles have diverse genetics due to being a mixed breed.
This makes them less likely to develop genetic disease when bred by a responsible breeder who genetically tests the parents.
The main genetic diseases that can appear in Spoodles are:
PRA – Progressive Rod Cone degeneration of the eyes, this comes from the genes of the Poodle.
Degenerative Myelopathy – This disease causes a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord in older dogs, this occurs in both poodles and CKC Spaniels.
Puppies Downunder conduct full breed profile genetic testing on all our sires and dams. We carefully select which dogs we breed together and only breed from Clear to Carrier or from Clear to Clear.
Spoodles have long ears and can sometimes have fur growth inside which comes from the poodle making them more prone to dirty ears and ear infections.
Always check your Spoodle's ears for any foul smells or buildup of debris as well plucking out any fur that is growing inside the ear and clean them when needed.
If you suspect your Spoodle has an ear infection take your Spoodle to the Veterinarian for advice on treatment.
Spoodles can develop Progressive Rod Cone degeneration (PRA) or cataracts. Check your Spoodle’s eyes on a regular basis and if you notice anything of concern, take your Spoodle to your Veterinarian.
Hips and Knees
Spoodles can develop Hip Dysplasia although this is uncommon, this is most likely to happen due to improper nutrition, not enough exercise or too much exercise.
Luxating Patella (Slipping Kneecaps) is more common in toy Spoodles; this causes your Spoodle’s knee to slip out of the joint and has a grading system on the severity of it. Seek veterinarian advice if you suspect you Spoodle has either of these conditions.
Spoodles are more predisposed to developing two types of liver disease; Copper Toxicosis and Chronic Active Hepatitis. If you notice your Spoodle displaying any symptoms such as weight loss, increased thirst, vomiting, seizures etc. Take your Spoodle to your veterinarian.
What size do Spoodles grow to?
Spoodle are a mixed breed so they don’t have a set breed standard of size; the size can vary due to the generation and the parents of the dog. If you’re unsure what size your puppy will grow to ask to see the parents to get an idea of the size..
Our Spoodle puppies at Puppies Downunder have a size range of:
Height: 30 - 40cms
Height: 45 - 45cms
Do Spoodles Shed?
This varies depending on which breed/parent they take after as well as the individual puppy’s coat.
There are 3 coat variations as well as single and double coats.
A single coat of densely packed curls
A single or double coat with waves
A double coat with a wiry top coat on top of a fuzzy undercoat.
Top coat and Undercoat
All dogs shed their old fur so new fur can grow in, and all dogs produce dander (dead skin cells). Depending on the kind of the coat the dog has deems it less or more likely to trigger allergies.
What is the Best Coat for Allergy Sufferers?
Dogs with a wool (curly) single coat are more suitable for those suffering with allergies. These coats have the lowest allergens due to curls that catch dander and are low shedding. Dogs with wool single coats shed slowly and their curls help trap hairs as they fall out.
These coats are high maintenance requiring daily brushing. This should be done with a high-quality slicker brush which helps detangle surface hair and remove dander, dirt and debris.
Low Maintenance Coats
If allergies are not an issue and a low maintenance coat, is preferred, a fleece or hair coat would be most suitable.
This type of coat is average to low shedding due to undercoat hairs falling out and new ones coming in.
How Active are Spoodles?
Spoodles have a high activity level. They require daily 30 to 60 minute walks, lots of playtime and mental enrichment to prevent them from being bored.
As adults they make the perfect jogging partner since they love to go on running marathons.