What is a Doodle?
A doodle is a hybrid dog. At Old Mill Doodles, a doodle is the product of breeding a Golden Retriever or an English Springer Spaniel and a Poodle. Goldendoodles were originally bred as the perfect solution for people wanting a companion that wouldn’t agitate their allergies; the Goldendoodle low shedding coat has made them a family favorite since the mid 1990’s. The Sproodles are a newer addition, offering a non-shed coat in a miniature size. If you and/or your family members are mildly allergic to dog hair, you may have found the perfect pet. However, if dander and/or saliva are your allergens, any pet that licks their coat may trigger allergic reactions.
We primarily breed the first generation cross or F1 doodle. The coat of an F1 is thick, very low shed, straight to wavy. Goldendoodles and Sproodles have a coat with a silky texture. While their coats don’t require trimming, most families opt to have them trimmed every 3-4 months for ease of maintenance. A weekly brushing is all that’s needed to keep your doodle looking fabulous. You will notice a little shedding if you don’t trim the coat a few times each year.
Doodles have the best of their parents’ temperament. They are devoted, obedient, kid-friendly and intelligent like Retrievers, Spaniels, and Poodles. They also have their parents’ love of water. They love to play and fetch and very patient and easy to train, Doodles are social and enjoy the company of other dogs and strangers. They’re comfortable with either city or country life, as long as they have your good company.
Moderate exercise is sufficient for a Doodle, a daily fetch game and a long walk is all it takes to keep them happy. It is important to embrace their social nature and provide them with lots of companionship, since they can be mischievous if they get lonely from long periods by themselves. Having a variety of “challenge” toys is a great way to keep your doodle busy while you’re away.