Updated on 05/24/2021 by Sadie

On the lookout for a protective new best friend? The Doberdoodle is the pup for you! This big boy will love you fiercely and with everything he’s got. The Doberdoodle is the result of a cross between a Doberman and a Standard Poodle. The cross gives us a pup that is incredibly loving and playful but can also be watchful and assertive when needed. They have the Doberman’s protective streak and the Poodle’s smarts, all combined in a big furry package. These are great watchdogs, and if you are looking for a pup you can play with and love during the day and who can watch over you at night, the Doberdoodle is the perfect dog for you!


Origin & History of Doberdoodles

The Doberdoodle is a mixed breed pup, because of which there is a clear lack of documentation when it comes to this dog’s past. Mixed-breeds don’t usually get the same level of attention and respect as compared to their purebred parents, but that doesn’t mean these pups are any less loveable! Due to the lack of documentation, it can’t be said for sure when and where this breed originated. Chances are, this pup existed naturally through accidental breeding between the Poodle and the Doberman long before any efforts to intentionally bring the two breeds began. It is likely that breeders started intentionally crossing the two sometime in the 1980s in the United States since hybrid dogs became all the rage at that time. This is not a registered breed, but it holds a special place in the hearts of several devoted fans and Doberdoodle owners across the world.

Personality and Temperament

Doberdoodles are incredibly intelligent dogs and are rather attentive listeners. Their intelligence means they get easily bored, so it is important to keep them mentally stimulated to keep any and all boredom at bay since they may become destructive otherwise. They are incredibly devoted and will stick to you like glue, due to which they don’t handle being left alone for long periods too well. Unless socialized early on, the Doberdoodle won’t get along well with other dogs. These pups are territorial thanks to their Doberman genes, and the sight of new dogs may agitate them. These are fiercely loyal pups who will love and protect you no matter what. They make great watchdogs for this very reason.

Doberdoodle Size

Doberdoodles are generally medium-sized or large dogs.

Doberdoodle Health

On average, Doberdoodles are healthy dogs. They are mixed-breeds, which means they usually possess some level of hybrid vigor due to the increased gene pool. However, the best guarantee for a healthy dog is healthy parents. Due to this, you must ask the breeder you are getting your puppy from to share health clearance certificates of both parent dogs with you. Take care not to buy from breeders that cross dogs younger than 2 years old, since that is when most genetic illnesses surface. Your Doberdoodle may be predisposed to the same genetic illnesses that affect the Doberman and the Poodle. Regular vet check-ups are essential so that any potential issues can be caught early and treated promptly.


Doberdoodle Care and Training

Doberdoodles are physically demanding dogs. They need quite a bit of exercise to stay feeling happy and healthy. If a Doberdoodle is not allowed to release all its pent-up energy, chances are it may cross over into destructive territory, and that is something no dog owner wants. An hour-long play session outdoors should be enough to keep your Doberdoodle satisfied. When it comes to training, this dog is a complicated case. While their intelligence and brainpower allow them to pick up commands rather quickly, whether they act on the commands is a different story entirely. Doberdoodles may deal with some issues when it comes to dominance and stubbornness, so you may want to seek professional help if you are new to this.


Speak to your veterinarian to come up with a diet plan that works best for your Doberdoodle. Every dog is different and has varying nutritional needs, which is why their recommended daily serving should be tailored to their individual requirements. Avoid free-feeding and break up their daily serving into two to three smaller meals to prevent bloat.

Coat Color, Types, Shedding

Doberdoodles are generally low-shedding because of the Poodle genes. Their coat type depends on which parent they take after and may come in varying degrees of curliness and length.

Doberdoodle Grooming

Daily brushing is ideal when it comes to this dog, as this will keep their coat free of any tangle, knots, debris, or matted fur. It is best to only bathe Doberdoodles when necessary since the regular interaction with soap and water may dry out their skin and cause irritation. Brush their teeth regularly and keep their eyes and ears clean.

Deciding on a Doberdoodle

The Doberdoodle is a right fit for you if:

  • You want a watchdog
  • You want an active dog
  • You want a big dog

The Doberdoodle is not a right fit for you if:

  • You are looking for a mild-mannered pup
  • You want a dog with minimal exercise needs
  • You want a dog that gets along with other animals

Getting a Doberdoodle

How Much is a Doberdoodle Puppy?

Doberdoodle puppies can cost anywhere between $700 to $1500.

Doberdoodle Breeders

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