If you are in the market for a dog that is friendly, devoted, lighthearted, and hypoallergenic, Irish Doodle could be your best choice.
But, falling in love with this breed is much easier than becoming a proud, happy owner of a healthy puppy.
There are so many things that should be considered before you make the final decision that this is the dog you want to welcome into your home.
First of all, you need to get completely familiar with all the things that come with this dog.
Also, you need to know how to find a reputable breeder and get what you paid for.
Many breeders lack the needed breeding experience and whose pups have both physical and mental problems.
So, to help you out in your search for the perfect puppy, and to make sure you are willing to become an Irish Doodle owner, we have prepared an in-depth guide on this breed.
You will learn everything there is about these dogs, and even learn how to distinguish a reputable breeder from bad ones.
To start the things off, we will talk about the facts you need to know before you buy a puppy.
The Irish Doodle Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before buying a puppy, there are three things you should know.
First, you need to know the price range of the puppy so that you are sure you can afford one.
Second, you need to know how to find a reputable breeder so that you know the puppy you buy is high-quality and without any genetically heritable health conditions.
And third, you need to know what living with this puppy actually means and that you are ready for your life together.
So, let’s start with the price range.
What price are the Irish Doodle puppies?
The average price range of Irish Doodle puppies, from reputable breeders, goes from some $1300 and can go all the way up to $3000, for premium-quality pups with breeding rights and guarantee that they will win medals and trophies at dog shows.
But, if you are only looking for a pet, not a competitor or breeding material, the price you can expect will be at the bottom end of the range
How to find reputable Irish Doodle breeders?
Finding a reputable breeder can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to pay attention to and what to avoid.
Here are the red flags you should keep an eye on during your reputable breeder search.
- Always available puppy selling ad with a per-puppy price way below the market price
- No pedigree, no medical records of the litter, or the parents
- No health test clearances for the pup’s parents
- Not meeting you where the pups are being raised, but on a neutral ground
- Home delivery
- Online payment
- No official breeder website
- Lack of knowledge on the breed and advice on taking care of your dog
- No recommendations from previous customers
All of these signs are telling you that you are dealing with either a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. They are only interested in the profit and lack the essential breeding experience the reputable breeders possess.
On the other hand, if you are dealing with a reputable breeder, he will be the opposite of every red flag we mentioned here and be the one that chooses where his dogs go.
He needs to make sure they are going to a loving home that can provide proper care, thus ensuring the breed, in general, is getting stronger and healthier.
So, don’t be surprised if certain breeders tell you that they don’t want to sell you their puppies because they think that your lifestyle or your home is not suitable for the breed.
3 Little-known facts about the Irish Doodle puppies
After making sure the price suits you and that you know how to find a reputable breeder, it’s time to see if you are ready to live with an Irish Doodle puppy.
They are incredibly smart
Irish Doodle pups come from two extremely smart breeds so no wonder they are highly intelligent as well.
You will be amazed at how quickly they pick up commands and realize what they are and aren’t allowed to do, even while they are just small puppies.
They are hypoallergenic
They shed very little or even not at all, which makes them ideal for people who suffer from allergies.
They are very loyal and devoted
Irish Doodle puppies will connect with you from the moment they meet you, and create an unbreakable bond that will last as long as they live.
The puppy will always check if you are near him and look for you if you go away.
So, if you are out of the house for longer periods (working long hours or traveling a lot) there’s a great chance that your puppy will suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive (chew on your shoes, furniture, and pillows).
Physical Traits of the Irish Doodle
Let’s take a look at how big these dogs get when they are grownups, and how long can you expect your puppy to be a member of the family.
How big is a full-grown Irish Doodle?
Irish Doodles have a height range that begins at around 22 inches (females) and stops at around 28 inches (males).
The same goes when the weight is concerned. Males are heavier and are usually around 70 pounds of weight, while the females will stick around the 45-pound limit.
What is the life expectancy of the Irish Doodle?
If you take proper care of your Irish Doodle, and by that, we mean a proper, healthy diet, regular exercise, and regular vet checkups, he will reach old age (in dog years of course).
This means that you will have your companion by your side for some 12 to 15 years. Plenty of time for numerous happy memories, wouldn’t you agree?
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Irish Doodle
Irish Doodles are very lighthearted and friendly dogs that are great as family pets.
They are loyal, confident, and very smart, and in their attempt to please their owners, they tend to get into the center of attention by clowning around.
When they are young, they will demand lots of attention, and thanks to their high-energy levels, playtimes will be often and long.
But, if you don’t want your dog to become spoiled and annoying, he will need early socialization and training.
Otherwise, he might become possessive and react aggressively every time people are around you, and he feels like he is being left out of the “action”.
But, with proper training and constant exposure to other people, kids, and animals, your Irish Doodle will be happy to meet new friends and play with them, especially when it comes to kids.
However, children should be taught that pulling the dog’s ears or the tail, or messing with him while he eats, is a big NO NO!
Now, it’s true that they love to be around kids and play with them and that their intelligence allows them to be very patient.
But, when it comes to training, thanks to their Irish Setter side, they can be a bit complicated for first-time dog owners.
They need firm, yet positive leadership, and for best results, you should use treats and praise each time they do something good.
If the training isn’t interesting, they can easily lose interest and get distracted.
So, as long as you have a positive approach, don’t use harsh tone, and love your Irish Doodle, he will accept you as the leader of the pack, stay loyal to you and become a wonderful addition to your family.
He will also be a great watchdog and warn you if he “smells something fishy”
But, you need to let him know that not all neighbors should be on his bark list and that he can greet them with a friendly tail wag from time to time.
Irish Doodle Diet
When it comes to proper food choice, your breeder will agree with us that the best choice is high-quality dry dog food.
This type of food provides a well-balanced diet and proper, healthy development of your dog.
As for the recommended daily amount your Irish Doodle should have since this is a relatively big dog breed, 2 and a half to 3 cups of food will be enough.
But, instead of opting for a free feeding routine, you should divide that amount into two equal meals.
It would be best to serve the first bowl in the morning, before the big, long walk, while the second bowl should be served after the afternoon walk, an hour or two before “bedtime”.
And, of course, a bowl of fresh water should always be available, especially after walks and exercises.
How much Exercise does an Irish Doodle need?
Irish Doodles are relatively energetic dogs and they require moderate amounts of exercise daily.
Your dog will be happy with at least two or three half-hour walks, combined with half an hour of playtime that challenges both his body and mind.
The games your dog will love and that will be great, healthy exercises include fetching the ball or a stick, running around with other dogs in the park, and obedience and agility.
The Irish Doodle Health and Conditions
In general, Irish Doodles are healthy dogs that don’t have a plethora of health issues that can be transferred to their offspring through genes.
However, like every other breed, certain health conditions can find their way to these dogs.
The ones you should be aware of and talk about with the breeder so that he can show you health clearances and give you peace of mind, include:
Epilepsy, Bloat, Patellar Luxation, Addison’s disease, Hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Panosteitis, Von Willebrand’s disease, and hip and joint dysplasia.
You should remind the vet about these conditions so that he can monitor your dog’s health state on each checkup, and help you in correcting the diet or exercise if he notices some symptoms.
An Irish Doodle is known for its friendliness and affectionate personality which makes it a great dog to teach socialization.
Remember that your little pet is already a fan of people and would love to interact with them.
This is why all you need to give it, is a little push or perhaps a few guidelines and your pet will be off to make new friends easily.
Apart from this, an Irish Doodle is an extremely intelligent dog which makes it easy to teach it the rules of socialization.
This includes the dos and don’ts of meeting strangers and interacting with them.
Also, due to the fact that this is a very loyal dog and always keeps an eye on its owner, make sure you are there with your pet while it is interacting with others.
This is important because if you leave, your Irish Doodle will try to find you or follow after you instead of focusing on its social interaction.
Moreover, its size might also make it intimidating to some people and especially to other, smaller dogs which can lead to unexpectedly bad situations if you are not there to supervise your pet.
In addition to this, an Irish Doodle is very possessive and protective of its owner.
This means that if you take your attention away from your dog or make the interaction more about yourself, your dog can get angry or aggressive.
Lastly, the best way to begin its socialization is through kids because an Irish Doodle is more accepting of children than adults.
My final thoughts on the Irish Doodle
We have reached the end of our guide.
As always, if after reading this guide, you become even more determined to welcome an Irish Doodle puppy into your home, we will consider our mission successful.
But, to be on the safe side and make sure your final decision is the right one, let’s take one more look at all the important facts that explain what this breed is all about.
So, what have we learned today?
We know that Irish Doodles are dogs that can be great companions and that they are unbelievably lovely.
They can be well-mannered if you start the training and socialization early, and if you provide them with enough exercise so that they can burn off that excess energy.
The easy-going and lighthearted nature of these dogs will leave no one without a smile, and their devotion and loyalty are questionable.
The training can be a bit complicated due to their Setter genes, but with a little patience and plenty of love, you will gain a wonderful new family member that will live to be by your side.
So, what do you think about Irish Doodle dogs now? Did our guide help you in getting to know them better?
If so, don’t hesitate to share this guide on social media so that we can help other people interested in this breed as well.
Thank you for sticking with us to the end!
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- The Irish Doodle Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Irish Doodle
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Irish Doodle
- Irish Doodle Diet
- The Irish Doodle Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Irish Doodle