If you love Hybrid breeds, then Doberdoodle must top your list. Doberdoodles are a mix of Doberman and Poodle that can be perfect for you and your family. Both poodle and Doberman breeds come from Germany and are bred to give you a beautiful pup, Doberdoodle, who is also known as Doodleman Pinscher.
What Is a Doberdoodle?
Doberdoodle is a mix of Poodle and Doberman. Both breeds having a lot in common bequeath the best of their qualities to a Doberdoodle. With Doberman’s intelligence and Poodle’s playfulness, Doberdoodles stand somewhere in between. To understand the structure and physique of a Doberdoodle, we need to have a look at each of its parents closely.
Doberman is a strong dog that grows up to 24 – 28 inches and weighs between 60 – 100 lbs. Poodles, on the other hand, grows up to 15 – 22 inches and weighs between 40 – 70 lbs. (depending upon the environment it is brought up in), have deep chests, long bodies, and slim and lean muzzles. The only difference that appears is that of their coat.
The Doberdoodle’s appearance and attributes depend much on what they inherit most from either of their parents. Generally, a Doberdoodle grows up to 24 – 28 inches and weighs up to 66 – 85 lbs. On the other hand, their bodies appear to be very strong and incredibly muscular. Like their parents, Doberdoodles have long-stretched necks and legs. Their eyes are almond-shaped and have droopy ears with fluffy tails.
Doberdoodle’s haircoat length is from short to medium, and the texture of their hair depends on the genes, i.e., they can either have a straight coat from Doberman or curled coat from Poodle. The interesting fact about the crossbreed is that the coat of Doberdoodles is water-resistant.
Are Doberdoodles Hypoallergenic?
As Poodles are considered hypoallergenic, there is a high chance for Doberdoodles to be hypoallergenic as well if they inherit more from Poodle. The best thing about Doberdoodles is that they don’t shed much, which makes them excellent companions for people prone to pet allergies. At the same time, they require very less grooming and are easy to pet and maintain.
Doberdoodles are family dogs, and they love to play around with humans. They can develop separation anxiety if they don’t get the required attention from the owners. Doberdoodles are naturally protective towards their families and owners.
Require Less Grooming
Because of their short coat, Doberdoodles require less grooming, but you should brush them daily to keep all the dirt away from their coat. With that, you don’t have to bathe your Doberdoodles frequently. Rather, we would advise you to wait for a month to bathe them as too much bathing can dry out their skin and cause irritation.
They Are Very Intelligent
Intelligence runs in the genes of Doberdoodles as both Doberman and Poodles are highly intelligent breeds. Doberdoodles are smart and are always eager to learn new tricks. They are quick learners and are also known to have a stubborn streak which may create some difficulties in pet training. But once they are trained, they never forget.
They Are Brave
As their appearance shows, Doberdoodles are strong, brave, and muscular who can be very daring at times. At the same time, keep in mind that they can be aggressive too! They only get aggressive when they perceive a threat and want to protect. Because of their brave nature, they are kept in the police to protect and guard. But the young generation of Doberdoodles has a calm temperament.
They Love to Exercise
Doberdoodles are very active, and they love to exercise. In fact, to pet them, you need to have a lawn or some play area as they require a large space to live in. They love long walks, swimming, and runs. Surprisingly, Doberdoodles are great swimmers too. If you don’t let your Doberdoodles exert sufficient energy, they may develop bad habits like biting your furniture and chewing on other things.
At the same time, you need to keep your pup’s mind active as they can get bored too soon, which affects their mental stimulation.
They Are Emotional and Sensitive
A tough as Doberdoodles may seem, they are a baby at heart, emotional, and sensitive. They don’t drool but have runny noses when they become sad and emotional.
They Are Possessive
Doberdoodles are very possessive about their owners as they become utterly devoted and attached to them, so sharing is not an option for Doberdoodles. They want to rule your hearts alone and would not like to share you with any other pet animal. At the same time, they are overprotective and would do anything to keep you safe from all troubles.
They Are Prone to Certain Health Problems
On average, a Doberdoodle lives for about 12 – 15 years. Most of their lifespan is healthy, but there is a probability that your Doberdoodle can be prone to several health diseases such as:
Wobbler’s syndrome is an inherited condition where the spinal cord of Doberdoodle contracts or becomes compressed. In such a situation, the dog has a lot of back pain, neck pain, and leg pain. If things go bad, Wobbler’s syndrome can even lead to paralysis.
Doberdoodles are also prone to thyroid or hypothyroidism, which can cause other health problems like obesity, lethargy, hair loss, and even epilepsy. To prevent and treat hypothyroidism, your dog needs to follow a certain diet, take proper medication and consult your vet.
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, also known as GDV, is a life-threatening disease for Doberdoodles. In this health condition, the stomach bloats and is filled with gas, air, or fluids. It makes the Doberdoodle feel full, and sometimes they end up vomiting. It also plays a role in dropping blood pressure. If this disease is not treated on time, it may become fatal for your dog.
Cardiomyopathy is the condition in which the muscles of the heart become too thin and extremely weak. This disease causes heart failure because not sufficient blood is pumped around the body to function properly.
This is another very common health condition in Doberdoodles where their thighs are not aligned with their hip joint. Because of this, the dog experiences a lot of pain and movement issues.
Doberdoodle is a challenging companion who offers tons of love, devotion, and companionship to his human friend. They are highly possessive and obsessed, sometimes stubborn, and a little challenging to handle as well. However, every dog from every single breed is special and deserves all your love and care.