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Best Type of Doodle for Seniors

Mixed Breed Poodle dog with grass stains in fur standing in green grass

In the last 15 years, doodles have become increasingly famous due to their nature and characteristics. These hybrid dogs are developed by crossbreeding poodles with other dog breeds. The primary aim behind their development was to create hypoallergenic, non-shedding family dogs that are easy to breed and have minimum health issues. Moreover, these dogs are calm and easy to train, which makes them ideal for seniors. In this article, we will discuss some of the best type of doodle for seniors.

Best Doodle Breeds for Seniors

The following are some doodles that can become ideal companions of senior citizens.


Person in a white sweat shirt with only the torso visible, holding a Maltipoo puppy to their chest

This dog breed is a cross between Maltese and Poodle. Maltipoos were first bred in the United States of America (in the 1990s) and have a compact profile. A well-grown Maltipoo, on average, will weigh 7-14 pounds and is 8-12 inches tall. These dogs have soft, curly, and low-shedding coats with minimum dandruff. Cream, white, or silver are the most common colors of this dog.

Maltipoos are quite meek and can easily adapt to a new environment. They behave amiably in front of strangers because these dogs are highly interactive and social.

Training a Maltipoo is not difficult because they always look to please their masters. Moreover, these dogs don’t require a lot of exercise (only 10-15 minutes daily) and grooming. Some members of this breed can be a little barky, but this issue can be resolved through training.

Toy Goldendoodle

Toy Goldendoodle laying in grass outdoors

Goldendoodles were first bred, in 1969, by mixing Golden Retriever and Poodle to make a compact doodle dog. However, their size still falls into the medium range. Therefore, different combinations were tried and later Toy Goldendoodles were introduced that only grow 10-15 inches in stature. The weight of these dogs goes from 4.5 to 9 pounds. Most of these pups have brown curly fur, and they look like adorable teddy bears.

Toy Goldendoodles are extremely friendly and loyal, just like their Retriever parent. They get along really well with elders and kids. These puppies are not too enthusiastic, but they still require adequate exercise and toys.

They are good at training and are always keen to learn. Toy Goldendoodles must only be fed high-quality food because they can be susceptible to health issues.


close up portrait of a Shih-poo outdoors

These dogs were bred by mixing Shih-Tzu with the Poodle breed. Shih-poos have a coat made of short and curly fur and are usually white, white with tawny patches, or all black. They mostly weigh from 8 to 18 pounds and are 8 to 18 inches tall.

Shih-poos are renowned for their calm and lazy nature. They don’t bother going out to play rather they enjoy playing in-home or in the backyard. So, there is relaxation for those seniors who don’t have much strength to take their pooch on a walk.

These dogs also do well in a small and quiet accommodation. Shih-poos are friendly and possessive towards their owner and are always ready to guard them. The stubbornness of this breed can be a drawback that they inherit from their Shi Tzu parent. It can complicate the training, but this issue can be minimized with early conditioning.


Pomdoodle sitting on outdoor patio swing.

This dog breed is developed by mixing the famous Pomeranian with Poodle. Pomdoodles fall in the category of tiny dog breeds, known as teacup doodles, who weigh only up to 10 pounds. These dogs are often tan, red, black, white, or tri-colored. The main problem with these dogs is that they are prone to shedding, unlike many other doodles.

Pomdoodles make excellent pets for older people and those who have packed schedules. This is because they are quite independent and don’t rely heavily on their owners. They are also good for apartment life because these small pooches don’t require much space. These dogs should be trained early in their lives for better socializing. Given that they are brought up well, they can make excellent companions.


Portrait of a Cavapoo indoors with head tilted

This breed had existed naturally for years until designer breeders of Canada wittingly began crossing Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with Poodle. Cavapoo comes with a low stature of 9-14 inches and a weight of 12-15 pounds. These dogs come in a variety of colors depending on the genes of their parents. Their round faces, floppy ears, and endearing eyes make them extremely adorable.

Cavapoos have a nature full of serenity and affection. They always search for attention and love from their owner. Separation anxiety is a massive issue with these dogs, which can lead to destructive behavior. These pups can become excellent apartment companions as they are easy to care for. However, their exuberant personality can make training a bit tricky.


Havapoo puppy asleep on persons jean covered leg

This dog is a hybrid of Havanese and Poodle and was first bred 30 years ago. This breed is also known by some other names, like Poovanese, Havanoodle, and Havadoodle. The exact appearance of Havapoos depends on the ratio in which genes of both parents are present. Generally, they have curly or wavy coats that come in different colors.

Poovaneses are very friendly, outgoing, and can easily adapt to different environments. They always seek your love and their gorgeous appearance always implores your attention. These dogs require 2-3 hours of indoor play and some backyard fun to ease their energy. These cute hairy pals are the perfect addition to your house, apartment, or even farm. 


Corgipoo is a mixed breed that develops on the combination of Corgis and Poodles. Their appearance looks pretty similar to their corgi parent (the curlier fur is the only marked difference). Unlike corgis, shedding is quite less in these dogs. Therefore, they are easy to groom as regular brushing saves their fur from tangles.

The weight of these pups varies from 12 to 28 pounds while their height stays restricted to 12 inches. They have round heads with eyes full of expression. Corgipoos very friendly and do equally well with elders and kids. They are quite easy to train because they are crazy for treats. These dogs love to be entertained with new toys and tricks.

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