As a groomer I see many types of poodle crosses, including cockerpoos, labradoodles, and of course Dougal is a goldendoodle (a poodle/golden retriever X.)
Poodle crosses are currently very popular as the positives of a fantastic temperament and ease of training are evident in every dog. If you are considering this type of dog be prepared to be astounded at the high level of intelligence - you may find that your new puppy has you trained in no time!
Please be aware that not all poodle crosses are free from moulting; it depends on which genes have been inherited from each parent and of course these will also determine other features. If you have an allergy relating to dogs please find a reputable breeder who is better able to give you advice regarding your choice of puppy, as this can vary greatly within the litter. If you wish to find out more about goldendoodles, follow this link to one of the best goldendoodle breeders in the UK, who I can highly recommend.
From a grooming perspective, all poodle crosses need regular visits to a professional groomer to maintain a non-matted coat of manageable length. Do introduce your new puppy to your groomer as soon as possible after his 2nd vaccination - follow this link for more information about first grooms for puppies.
With regard to the different coat types, the non-moulting coats are most likely to resemble the poodle coat, and be curly or fleecy in appearance and texture. The picture above of Dougal illustrates this type of coat.
Moulting coats are likely to be shaggier and straighter in appearance and likely to have a coarser texture, particularly in labradoodles. Cockerpoo coats can be silky and look wavy or curly, or have a woollier texture which is more difficult to keep mat free. Some of the cockerpoos I groom regularly have beautiful coats which appear to be slightly easier for owners to maintain at home between visits.
I would stress to anyone thinking of having one of these wonderful poodle crosses to please do your research first; talk to good experienced breeders who will give your new puppy the best start in life and ask them about the steps they take to help prepare their puppies to fit in with family life. Also find a good groomer who has experience of these types of coat, who can advise you about the correct brush you will need for your puppy and will show you how to groom safely and regularly. Please do not consider this type of dog if you do not have the time or inclination to groom it regularly between visits to your groomer, as you are likely to be shocked when your dog's long coat is shaved off everytime because you were unaware of matting close to the skin! No groomer likes to shave off a dog's coat but it is sometimes unavoidable, as it would be painful to your dog to try to brush out carpeted mats which have already formed.
On a lighter note, poodle crosses respond well to positive reward training and will be happy to be brushed when treats and kindness are part of the process!
Here are some of my lovely cockerpoos ......