Because the Double Doodle is a modern hybrid, documentation on their history is limited. Instead, let's take a look at the history of the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle.
The Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed composed of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The breed became popular in the 1990s. The original purpose of the breed was to develop hypoallergenic guide dogs.
The Labradoodle is a hybrid breed composed of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. An Australian breeder named Wally Conrad crossed the breeds at the Royal Guide Dog Association in 1989.
Taking a closer look at each breed associated with the Double Doodle, the Golden Retriever was originally bred in Scotland in the mid-19th century. Water Spaniels were crossed with the existing Yellow Retrievers, who were developed to be able to retrieve game from both land and water. The Golden Retriever first came to the United States in the early 1900s and was registered with The American Kennel Club in 1925. Today, Golden Retrievers are used in hunting, as service dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, and in tracking. They usually rank in the top 10 most "pawpular" breeds with the American Kennel Club.
The Poodle was bred as a water retriever. It is believed they originated from the breeding of the French Barbet and the Hungarian Water Hound. Other researchers believe the Poodle originated from a German water breed. In the 18th century, they became very popular in Spain. In France, they were the beloved pets of Louis XVI during the late 1700s. The Poodle is France’s national breed.
There are 3 types of Poodles: the Toy, the Miniature and the Standard. They are considered the second most intelligent dog breed; the Border Collie is in first place. The Poodle won "Best in Show" at the Westminster Dog Show in 1991 and 2002, and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010.
Some researchers believe that the Labrador Retriever may have originated in Portugal and then been brought to Newfoundland by Portuguese fishermen. Labrador means “laborer” in Portuguese. Other documentation shows that, during the 19th century, English aristocracy began to import dogs from Newfoundland for hunting purposes. These dogs were known as St. John's Water Dogs. The Kennel Club of England first recognized the Labrador Retriever as a breed in 1903. The Labrador Retriever was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1917. Today’s Labrador Retrievers are wonderful family pets and are used as guide dogs for the blind, as service dogs, therapy dogs, in drug and explosive detection, and in search and rescue work.