Doguedoodles are a cross between the standard Poodle and the Dogue de Bordeaux. The history of Dogue de Bordeaux isn’t exactly known, but it’s believed they originated in France. It’s also believed the large dogs are ancestors to the Bullmastiff breed. As a reference, if you grew up in the 1980s, the dog in the movie Turner and Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux.
Poodles, on the other hand, can be traced back to ancient times. Originally bred as duck hunters, Poodles have been elevated to royal status and are one of the most popular breeds in the world.
Mixed together, a Doguedoodle is a large, intelligent breed that makes a great family watchdog. However, they can be stubborn, so obedience classes are important to teach the pup to obey commands.
Doguedoodles love being outdoors exploring. It takes them back to their ancestors who hunted for ducks (Poodles) or fought bulls. It’s best to keep your pup on the leash because their sense of smell is as strong as their prey drive. You can use a harness for more control, too.
When hiking with your pup, be sure to bring water. You can give your pup a job by filling a doggie backpack with the water bottle and bowl. This breed has a long history as a working dog and that’s when they are happiest.
Before you start hiking, be sure the area is pet-friendly and allows dogs. Many state parks allow dogs on hiking trails.
Fetch is a beloved game for many dog breeds. A Doguedoodle would be no exception to this. Poodles were bred to hunt ducks, which is somewhat similar to fetch, especially if you do it in the water. But given the large size of your dog, you have to take a few precautions with the normal game of fetch.
Fetch can be played in any weather if you have a big enough house. But if you've ever heard the phrase "a bull in a china shop," you understand that fetch in a house with a Doguedoodle is not quite the same as fetch with a smaller pup. Take safety measures for any and all breakable items.
An hour of fetch should be enough for your pup, at least for a few hours! Your dog will probably want a drink after and then slobber all over you.
Doguedoodles are highly intelligent but also very stubborn. While they are friendly around kids and other animals, they still need to be trained in obedience. They simply don’t know their own size sometimes! A basic obedience class will teach you and your pup commands such as “sit,” “down,” “drop it” and “come.” An obedience class makes it easier to let your pup off-leash in areas with fences.Obedience classes can be pricey, but they are very important to have a well-behaved dog, especially when your dog may end up bigger than you and many other people.
Most classes are held indoors, so they can be done in any weather. They average about an hour or so, and it’s a good idea to exercise your pup a little beforehand so they can focus.
Your gorgeous Doguedoodle will be the hit of the dog park! Some people might be intimidated at first, but they will soon realize your pup is a friendly ball of slobber. Your pup should pass through any breed restriction lists, but double-check with your town before taking Fido to the park.
Once you’re at the park, be sure to release your pup from the leash once inside the secured fencing, as leashed dogs can feel threatened by off-leash dogs. Doguedoodles are friendly dogs who shouldn’t have any problems finding other dogs to romp with at the dog park.
You can jog with your Doguedoodle if your pup has had beginner obedience training so they know how to heel and walk on the leash. To jog with your dog, you’ll need a harness and special jogging leash to tie the two of you together. Once you’ve trained your dog to mind the leash, you can jog in unison. It’s a great way to tire your pup out (and you, if Fido's legs are longer than yours).
Doguedoodles are highly energetic dogs that need at least an hour of exercise per day. If not properly exercised, your pup can exhibit destructive behaviors and nuisance barking. They definitely prefer outdoor activities, such as hikes, jogging, and off-leash dog parks.
Obedience training is a must for a Doguedoogle, given their size and stubborn nature. The good news is they would visually intimidate anyone who tried to break in, but they’d also probably lick the intruder instead of growling.
Routine grooming is important to maintain the dog’s coat if they inherit the Poodle’s curls. If your pup is a swimmer, you should brush their fur before and after swimming to prevent matted hair and tangles.
As long as you can handle the work that goes into having a behemoth dog, your Doguedoodle will be a great addition to any famil!