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All Dixie Poodles are AKC papered and pedigreed and health tested and guaranteed!
All Dixie Doodles are F1B or later to ensure maximum coat quality and are also papered/pedigreed and health tested and guaranteed!
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Perhaps you are like many people and wonder...
Which dog is a better fit for me, a doodle or a poodle?
What's the difference between a bernedoodle and a goldendoodle?
Which dog is better for allergies, a poodle or a doodle?
Which doodle is a better family dog? Or is a poodle better with families?
...If so, you've come to the right place for answers!
A little about temperaments...
Intelligent and joyful companion dogs, Poodles can be trained to a high degree and are very willing and happy to please. They are comical and clever and are often used as circus dogs, but what may come as surprise to some is that the Poodle was originally bred for hunting and is a supreme choice for hunters the world over and throughout time. It cannot be overstated that Poodles are a highly intelligent breed; they rate 2nd behind the Border Collie. The more intelligent a dog is the more it needs its mind occupied and needs its owner to be a firm pack leader to avoid unwanted behaviors and to stay mentally stimulated. Poodles cannot live outside in a kennel and need to be part of the family. They can be high-strung if not given proper exercise. It's important to not allow the Poodle to develop Small Dog Syndrome (when the dog is led to believe it is alpha over humans). As smart as they are, they can push boundaries much as a child does. Proper training and leadership can prevent them from becoming sensitive, nervous, or distrusting of children or strangers, along with other behavior issues. On the flip-side, the Poodle's ability to comprehend and behave much as a small child is one of their most endearing qualities. The key is to socialize them well along with proper physical and mental stimulation. They are very good watchdogs and seldom ever become aggressive. As with any dog, Poodles may start to bark a lot without a proper human to canine communication, rules to follow, and limits to what they are allowed to do. Poodles are preferential for and one of the most friendly dogs particularly with other canines and non-canine pets.
Goldendoodles are gentle, affectionate, and easy-going. They are extremely intelligent and, according to the Goldendoodle Association of North America, they score in the top 4 of the 150 smartest breeds. They have an extremely social personality and love to be with their owner. As a watchdog, a Goldendoodle may not be the best choice as they are simply friendly to everyone and usually don’t bark at people they don’t recognize. The loving and social Goldendoodle personality makes them great family pets as they get along with kids and other pets. Keep in mind, because a Goldendoodle is a mix of two different breeds, sometimes you will get more of a Poodle’s personality, and sometimes you will get more of a Golden Retriever’s personality. Their overall temperament relies heavily on good breeding from parents of impeccable temperament and care and attention to proper socialization. Because they are so intelligent, Goldendoodles are easy to train and are often recommended for first-time or timid pet owners. Some even call Goldendoodles people pleasers because they always want to make their owner happy. If your Goldendoodle is a people pleaser, training will be a breeze. Good Goldendoodle behavior should be rewarded with positive reinforcements. Goldendoodles require 20-30 minutes of exercise each day to prevent them from getting bored and keep them in good health. If possible, take your Goldendoodle swimming. Both Golden Retrievers and Poodles are water dogs, making the Goldendoodle a swimming fanatic. It is recommended that you do not adopt a Goldendoodle if you live in an apartment because Goldendoodles need plenty of room to roam around and play.
The Bernedoodle is a companion dog through and through. The breed inherits the intelligence of its Poodle parents and the charming, goofy, happy-go-lucky temperament of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernedoodles are happiest when they're spending time with their families, children included, and are willing participants in playtime and cuddle fests alike. Sometimes they get more Poodle traits and other times they more closely resemble the Bernese. As with Goldendoodles, Bernedoodle temperaments rely heavily on good breeding from parents of impeccable temperament and care and attention to proper socialization. Bernedoodles are adored for their friendliness, playfulness, intelligence, and affection. They are equally happy playing outside as they are cuddling up with their favorite humans. Bernedoodles crave attention and are best suited to a home where they are not left alone for long periods of time. Bernedoodles are fairly adaptable and go with the flow. Smaller sized Bernedoodles make better apartment pets than Standard Bernedoodles, who do best with a yard to burn off energy. This breed has moderate exercise needs that are usually met with at least one long daily walk.
Sadly, some breeders are misinforming the public about doodles. Whether this is to be intentionally deceitful or just a lack of research, one thing is clear... Two wrongs don't make a right. Many breeders will say that a doodle hybrid is healthier than their pure bred counterpart and that hybrid breeding 'cancels out undesirable traits or genetic issues'. As an honest breeder, we wish to inform that the only way this is true is if you are breeding dogs that are genetically clear of all health issues. Common sense shows that if two people with a history of genetic health issues have offspring, then their offspring will not magically be void of either parents' genetic anomalies. The same is with dogs. That is why Dixie Poodles & Doodles will only breed health tested dogs, with excellent temperaments, and offers a health guarantee on all pups. Whether we have the perfect pet for you or not, PLEASE choose only to work with responsible breeders who health test their dogs.
What is a Moyen?
Moyen is the French word for the fourth size of Poodle in France, it simply means 'medium'. The remainder of Europe, as in Germany, refers to them as Kleins meaning 'small' or 'mini'. Commonly referred to by either term, the size falls between the Miniature and Standard Poodle, and contrary to false belief and advertising of many breeders who do so, it is NOT obtained by crossing the two. Kleins (Moyen) are less common than the Standard poodle in the United States. Because they are small, they are generally placed in pet homes as they cannot successfully compete in the AKC ring against their larger counterpart, the Standard. However, they can compete in the UKC conformation venue and many are champions. Here in the U.S., they are shown in the Non-Sporting Class. In the UKC ring, they show in the Gun Dog Group.
Average Height/ Weight/ Life Expectancy Poodle/Doodle
Mini: The Mini and Micro Mini poodle and doodle are clumped into this size and vary by breed
Height: 11-20 inches
Weight: 15-30 pounds
Life expectancy about 15 years
Moyen/Medium: Falls in between the Miniature and Standard Poodle size. Not an official AKC size variation, however, as they are considered 'standard-sized' according to AKC.
Height: 15 - 20 inches
Weight: 20 - 30 pounds
Life expectancy about 12-15 years
Standard: The largest of the breed size
Height: 21 inches+
Weight: 45-70+ pounds
Life expectancy about 12 years
Dixie Poodles & Doodles never breed poodles (or doodles) larger than the smallest end of the poodle's standard size (45 lbs and smaller).
Let's talk about color!
Did you know that poodles and doodles come in all colors including black, blue, silver, gray, cream, apricot, red, white, brown, sable, merle and cafe-au-lait? While it does not make the written 'show' standard for a poodle, we often breed parti-colored poodles. Also referred to as 'Party', this rarer and often favorable poodle coloring can be identified by the bi-colors or tri-colors. Ticking, another coloring variance found in many breeds refers to flecks of color in the coat. Both the dam and sire must carry these recessive genes to be present in their offspring. Those who are educated in this beautiful coloring know that this rare genetic coat arrangement is variable and is NOT associated with health issues not typical of a poodle. Notwithstanding, poodles and doodles with MERLE (an even more rare color variation on a coat) coloring (which is described as mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-colored eyes present) require responsible and educated breeding so as to not tamper with potential offspring issues. There is much conflicting information regarding the merle color pattern. We highly suggest if researching this topic that you go directly to reliable sources such as genetic labs and not off of unprofessional opinions. Here at Dixie Poodles & Doodles, we aim to offer something a little extra. We take great care to breed responsibly with genetically health tested dogs. We love to provide an outstanding and unique color for that 'WOW' factor for all our pups while protecting the integrity of their health.
What grooming/hypo-allergenic coat can I expect?
Poodles grow hair like humans and not fur. Therefore, this needs to be considered and adjusted to determine the level of grooming pertaining to doodles. For a poodle, they must be brushed and bathed regularly and clipped every six to eight weeks. Clean and check the ears frequently for wax or mites or infection and pull out hairs growing inside the ear canal. The teeth need regular scaling. Since the poodle coat does not shed it needs to be clipped (for doodles, shedding varies on the generation and genetics *see further down for more on this). Haircuts and styling can be an area of fun and expression as there are several different types of poodle and doodle clips to choose from. The most common clips for pet owners is an easy-care clip called a "pet clip," "puppy clip" or "lamb clip," where the coat is cut short all over the body much like the "doodle clip". Popular show clips are the English saddle and the Continental clip: the rear half of the body is shaved, bracelets are left around the ankles, and pom-poms are left on the tails and hips. The AKC poodle standard allows for a dog under a year old to be shown in a show-style puppy clip which has special requirements such as a pom-pom on the end of the tail. Other clip styles are the modified continental clip, town and country clip, kennel or utility clip, summer clip, and the Miami or bikini clip.
Poodles (and doodles varying on the care and proper attention paid to genes and coat-type) are fabulous for allergy sufferers. While the hair coat of a poodle has superior hypo-allergenic properties to a doodle and does NOT shed, here at Dixie Poodles & Doodles we aim for the highest level of a genetic and coat tendency for hypo-allergenic properties in all our doodles. *Please ask for a t-shirt test for any allergy concerns.