Irish Doodle

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Irish Doodle History

The Irish Doodle is one of four recognized variations of a cross-breed between a Standard or Miniature poodle and a Labrador retriever. The Labrador Retriever is a sporting and gundog that originated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Labrador has a muscular, well proportioned body, with a dense coat that sheds moderately. The tail is thick and set high, and hangs down when the dog is at rest. The poodle was bred as a water retriever, and is an intelligent, agile, and fun-loving breed. The poodle has a curly, low shedding coat. The Labradoodle, or “Labrador/Poodle”, is a cross-breed between a purebred Labrador Retriever and a purebred or mixed-breed poodle. The Labradoodle has become very popular in recent years, and is now recognized as its own distinct breed of dog by the AKC. The “Irish Doodle”, another name for an Irish Labradoodle, is a cross between a purebred or registered Irish Water Spaniel (IWS) and any variety of labradoodle. The IWS is a medium-sized, hardy, and compact spaniel that was originally developed in Ireland as a duck-hunting and upland game-shooting dog. The IWS has a natural wavy or curly coat, and comes in three different colors: red, liver and black.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Irish Setter, Poodle

Irish Doodle Physical Characteristics

The Irish Doodle is a small, medium, or large size crossbreed that typically stands between 16 and 20 inches tall at the shoulders and weighs between 45 and 80 pounds. They have a medium, sturdy, athletic build. They have a thick, double-layered coat of fur that is either white or black. They have a square head, large, erect ears, and a sharp, straight muzzle. Their nose and pads on their paws are always a darker shade of their coat. They have dark eyes and wide, smiling mouths. They have an agreeable, sweet temperament.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Cream, Brown, Black, Blue, Silver, Red, Gray

Height Range

Male Height Range: 24 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 50 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 65 lbs

Irish Doodle Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Irish Doodle Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Eye Diseases and Disorders, Epilepsy, Color Dilution Alopecia, Skin Diseases and Disorders

Irish Doodle Temperament and Behaviour

The Irish Doodle is a happy, playful, and outgoing breed of dog. They are very intelligent and easy to train, as well as highly adaptable, which makes it easy for them to fit into any home. They are friendly and sociable with humans and other animals, and are known to be very gentle and polite.

Irish Doodle Activity Requirements

Irish Doodles are a mix between a Poodle and an Irish Terrier. They tend to be smart, friendly, and loyal. While the Irish Terrier side of their parentage gives them a hardy, determined temperament, the Poodle side makes them a more laid back and fun-loving companion. Irish Doodles tend to live long, happy lives, but they do have some health issues. They are prone to a variety of joint problems and can experience eye and skin problems. They also have a tendency toward obesity. While a sedentary lifestyle is not good for any dog, it can be particularly problematic for Irish Doodles. A daily walk or a game of fetch is recommended to keep them healthy and fit. If you are looking for a new canine companion, consider an Irish Doodle. They are sweet and outgoing, and they make wonderful, devoted companions.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Irish Doodle is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Irish Doodle is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Irish Doodle is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Irish Doodle is part of the Unclassified group.

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