History of the Irish Doodle
Designer dog breeds are a new concept, and the Irish Doodle is one of the newest ones out there. It was only in the 1980’s that the rising popularity of the Labradoodle opened a new world of possibilities. Prior to this, cross-breeds, or mutts as they are often known, just weren’t as popular as their purebred counterparts.
We can surmise that the Irish Doodle was developed as an intentional mixed breed at some point over the last 30 years, although there may have been accidental litters around before that. We also know that it is likely to have been first seen in the United States, but their history is not well documented.
Amazingly, in this time, opinions have changed and many designer dogs, including the Irish Doodle, are now more coveted and expensive that their purebred parents!
Despite the unknown details of the exact origin on the Irish Doodle, through the parents breeds they do have a long history of sorts. The Irish Setter originated in 18th century Ireland, and the Poodle is an even older breed, with records stretching back as far as the 15th century in Germany.
Due to the inconsistency of the resulting pups, as some bare more traits from the poodle side and some from the setter side, there is not yet a recognised set of breed standards for Irish Doodles. This means they are not recognised by the Kennel Club and your pup cannot have pedigree papers.
Most commonly a standard poodle is used to create these dogs, but sometimes a miniature poodle is used as the stud and mixed with a smaller Irish Setter bitch. This produces the Mini Irish Doodle.
Irish Doodle Puppies
We may be biased, but we think Irish Doodle puppies might just be one of the cutest kinds around! Don’t you agree?
Like their parents, Irish Doodle puppies crave time and attention from their human families from a young age, and they will thrive in a bustling family home.
Although Doodles, as mentioned above, are usually bright intelligent dogs, they can sometimes be unpredictable. Irish Setters can be stubborn and easily distracted, so these crossbred pups will sometimes inherit their ‘deaf ear’. For this reason it is important to start puppy training as early as possible to combat this.
How much does an Irish Doodle cost?
These beautiful puppies can go for anything in the region of £1000 to £4000 from a reputable breeder.
Caring for your Irish Doodle
Irish Doodles thrive on company, in fact they need attention and stimulation more than they need vast amounts of physical exercise. They are not a breed of dog that would be happy to be left alone for any length of time. But if you put the time in with your dog you will be rewarded with an eternally loyal and loving companion.
The exact texture of an Irish Doodle’s coat can vary from dog to dog, depending which one of their parents they take after more. Generally though the fur will be long and dense and is considered medium to high maintenance. If your pets coat is kept long and not regularly clipped it will need to be brushed daily. Fortunately most dogs enjoy this and it can be a fun bonding exercise.
If your Doodle’s fur is kept clipped, which most owners choose to do for ease of maintenance and to keep the dog comfortable, then brushing just a couple of times a week should suffice. If you employ a dog groomer to clip your dog they would probably suggest paying a visit around every 6 weeks.
It is recommended to not allow your Doodle’s fur to air dry after a bath due to the risk of tangling and knotting, so the groomer will treat your pooch to a blow dry.
Like many other designer breeds, these dogs may benefit from what’s known as hybrid vigor. As crossing two breeds dilutes the gene pool, the resulting offspring often become more resilient than their parents.
Irish Doodles can still be susceptible to several potential health problems that you will need to keep an eye on throughout their lifetime, such as hip dysplasia and bloat. It is always worth keeping up to date with your vet check ups, especially as your pet gets older, to keep an eye on any potential issues developing.
Most Irish Doodles live to between 10 and 15 years.
- Most Irish Doodles would make the ideal pet for allergy sufferers. Poodles are generally considered as hypo-allergenic, and even though Irish Setters are not, most Doodles will be low shedding dogs.
- Before the name Irish Doodle stuck for these loveable dogs, a variety of other names were tried out, including Irish Doodle Setter, Irish Setterdoodle, Irish Setterpoo, and even Irish Poo Setter!
- These dogs are known for their memories- once a new skill, task, trick, or habit is learned, it is tough to get this mixed breed to unlearn it…. So make sure they learn the good habits before the bad!
- These are the perfect family pet because they LOVE children.