Cadoodle (Collie & Poodle Mix)

Height: 22-26 inches
Weight: 50-75 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, white, tan, blue, brown
Suitable for: Active individuals or families living in warmer climates
Temperament: Agreeable, Joyful, Loving, Protective, Energetic, Playful, Smart

A puffy mass of curly fur with cute, little dark eyes peeking out from beneath, the Cadoodle is an adorable dog. But with a weight spanning from 50-75 pounds for a full-grown adult, they’re certainly not little.

The Cadoodle, sometimes called a Colliepoo or Colliedoodle, is a cross between the Collie and the Standard Poodle. It’s a goofy name, but it seems to fit this breed’s playful, joyous, fun-loving personality. They have lots of energy and just as much intelligence, making them fun and outgoing companions who want to play as much as they want to cuddle.

These dogs are too large and spunky for apartment life. You’ll need a yard and some space for a Cadoodle to let off that energy. They’re especially high-strung through adolescence, calming down significantly as they reach maturity. By adulthood, their exercise needs are much lower and they’ll require only moderate daily activity.

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Cadoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

What’s the Price of Cadoodle Puppies?

Cadoodles are what’s known as a designer dog. This means that they’re a first-generation crossbreed between two parents selected for specific traits. Though popular as pets, they’re not pedigreed or accepted by major canine organizations, such as the American Kennel Club.

Because they’re not pedigreed, you might expect Cadoodle puppies to be inexpensive. If you can find them at all, you should expect to pay upwards of $800, possibly as much as $1200. Since they’re not pedigreed, finding breeders for Cadoodles can be a challenge. And because of their popularity as pets, Cadoodle puppies tend to sell quickly, making them hard to find at any price.

While we always recommend rescuing a puppy from your local shelter or humane society when possible, chances aren’t great that you’ll find a Cadoodle in any of these places.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Cadoodle

1. Cadoodles are bred from two working dogs.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a Roman hound was thought to be imported into Scotland and bred with the local herding dogs. The result was an agile dog with strong fortitude and the ability to work in any weather. It was named the Collie, and it became a shepherding dog in the Scottish Highlands.

The Cadoodle’s other parent breed, the Poodle, was originally called by another name. The Germans called it Pudelhund or “puddle dog” and the French called it the Chien Canard Caniche, or “duck dog.” This name was an homage to the dog’s excellent reputation as a water retriever for hunters.

With both parents being accomplished work dogs, it’s no wonder that Cadoodles are happiest when they have a job to keep them engaged and give them purpose.

2. Your Cadoodle might be playful or proud.

With mixed-breed dogs, it can be difficult to determine the temperament of puppies until they’re grown. They could inherit traits of both parents or take after either one.

In the case of Cadoodles, the parents are almost complete opposites of each other personality-wise. Collies are playful, fun-loving dogs, and Poodles are proud, aristocratic dogs with attitude. As a 50% mix of each, your Cadoodle has a good chance of turning out just like either, so be prepared to deal with a playful or a proud pup!

3. Some Cadoodles are hypoallergenic.

One of the characteristics that Poodles are prized for is their hypoallergenic fur. Their coats are thick, dense, and curly. With 50% of these genes flowing through their blood, Cadoodles have the potential to take after their Poodle lineage and develop similar fur that’s hypoallergenic. However, there’s no way to be sure ahead of time as each dog is different.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Cadoodle

Cadoodles are highly intelligent dogs that are just as energetic as they are smart. They need a lot of attention and a lot of engagement, especially when they’re younger. Once they reach adulthood, Cadoodles tend to calm down and need considerably less exercise, though they’ll always need plenty of space.

Because they’re bred from two lines of working dogs, Cadoodles are great at learning commands and can be easily trained. They’re so smart they can learn things very quickly. Luckily, these dogs are very agreeable and not at all stubborn like some other breeds, so they train well.

You can also train a Cadoodle to learn a job that it will repeat. This is actually great for these dogs because it gives them purpose and helps keep their mind sharp. Because they’re so smart, they need to have regular mental stimulation and a daily job can help with that.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Cadoodles can make good family dogs. Especially while growing up, they’re highly energetic and need a lot of interaction. Having multiple family members around to engage and play with a Cadoodle is great.

If socialized from an early enough age, Cadoodles can be great with children. They can also learn to do well with guests in the house, but they have to be socialized early because they’re naturally very protective.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Just like with children and guests, Cadoodles can learn to get along well with other pets if they’re introduced to them at a young age. They’ll learn to get used to them if socialized early and often. As long as you do this, they’ll be great with other dogs, cats, and more.

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Things to Know When Owning a Cadoodle:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Aside from a standard helping of high-quality dog food a few times a day, Cadoodles may also require additional supplements to keep them strong and healthy. Big dogs are prone to joint issues as they age, and it’s a common problem with Poodles. Because of this, your Cadoodle might be more susceptible to joint problems than other dogs. To head the problem off before it begins, it’s a good idea to add joint supplements like glucosamine into your dog’s food regimen.

Exercise 🐕

As puppies and adolescents, Cadoodles are high-strung and full of energy. They’re going to need an outlet for all of that energy, so they’ll need lots of exercise each day. But as they age, their needs start to lessen. By the time your Cadoodle is an adult, it should need only moderate exercise, so long as they have plenty of space to run around and play in when they want.

Training 🎾

Because they’re so intelligent, Cadoodles often take well to training. They come from two lines of working dogs as well, so it’s also in their blood to learn and follow commands. Most Cadoodle owners find that their dogs learn very quickly and are eager to follow new commands to please their person.

Grooming ✂️

Poodles are known for their thick, curled coats. Cadoodles often have a very similar coat of nappy, curly hair that will easily get matted and tangled without proper care. However, they don’t need daily attention. Combing once or twice a week should suffice, making sure to get out the mats and tangles.

Health and Conditions 🏥

It can be very difficult to predict what health problems a mixed-breed dog might inherit from either parent. One school of thought is that by crossbreeding you’re actually reducing the chances of any genetic health conditions being passed down. This may be true, but it’s not proven yet. What is known is that sometimes the offspring can display some of the same health conditions as the parents.

There are a couple of health concerns that both Poodles and Collies commonly exhibit. These may possibly show up in Cadoodle puppies as well, since both parents have the potential for them.

Progressive retinal atrophy is a disease that causes the degeneration of the retinal tissue. This will eventually cause blindness. Sadly, there is no known cure at this time.

Hip dysplasia is a painful condition that can affect all large dogs, but it is especially prevalent in Collies and Poodles. When a dog has hip dysplasia, their hip bones don’t properly set due to a deformity. Because of this, the hip bones rub together, causing pain and eventually the loss of movement.

Minor Conditions
  • None
Serious Conditions
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Hip dysplasia

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Male vs Female

Generally, the males and females are very similar in this breed, with males often being just a bit larger and heavier than females. Males can also sometimes display more territorial and dominant behavior than females, though females will often do the same when in heat.

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Final Thoughts

A smart and spunky breed, the Cadoodle is great for anyone who doesn’t mind a high-energy dog. A lot of that energy will dissipate once the dog is an adult, but they’ll always be playful and active. You’ll need a good bit of space for a Cadoodle, so apartments aren’t optimal.

These dogs do well with training and love to be given a job. Because of their high levels of intelligence, they can learn quickly, and they enjoy being given tasks to complete. They make great pets for families or individuals and they can get along well with children, guests, and even other pets if they’re socialized early enough.


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