Bich-poos littermates, Zoey and Bonnie as puppies at 9 weeks old
People seem to have a fascination with Poodle mixed breeds. Why? Who knows; maybe because Poodles are very intelligent and do not shed. They tend to be hypoallergenic for most owners and are often a good choice for allergy sufferers. Keep in mind however, if you mix a Poodle with a dog that does shed the Poodle mix may shed, if it inherited the shedding trait from the non-Poodle parent. Many different Poodle mixes are emerging. And it’s not just Poodle mixes, many different "designer" dogs (as the media has labeled them) are being bred. What is a "designer" dog, you ask?
Please Note: A hybrid dog is not a BREED; it is a hybrid, which means it is a mix of more than one purebred dog.
Scientifically speaking, the term "hybrid” is incorrect as all dogs are a sub-species of wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) and as such, it is impossible to have a hybrid as they are two of the same species. Although technically incorrect, the term "hybrid" is the name which is predominantly used for these mixes and therefore it is the name we will also use when referring to them.
Official AKC-Recognized Poodles
Non-AKC Poodle Types