Cadoodle – Owner’s Guide

Reviewed By Kim •  Updated: 08/24/22 •  6 min read
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Have you ever heard of the Cadoodle dog breed? If not, you’re in for a treat and you’re not alone! This was a new one for us, too!

If you love curly dog breeds that are highly intelligent, the Cadoodle may be for you! We’ve put together some information about these dogs. Our goal is to help you see if this is the right dog for you and your family. Let’s get started!

What is a Cadoodle?

The Cadoodle is a hybrid dog breed that’s the result of mixing a purebred Collie with a purebred Standard Poodle! What a lovely combination this dog breed is! You may hear Cadoodles referred to as Colliepoos, Colliedoodles, too.

With a combination of the Collie and Standard Poodle, you can bet these are wonderful family dogs that are highly intelligent and filled to overflowing with energy! This is a fairly new dog breed, so we don’t know much about its history. However, we can learn more about these dogs by taking a quick look at both purebred parents.

Quick Overview of the Collie

The Collie is a dog that originally came from Scotland, where they were bred to herd sheep. These dogs are highly intelligent and sensitive. They’re highly in tune with their humans and seem to know when something’s wrong. The dogs are very loyal and devoted to their families. And they’re very playful and gentle, even with kids.

The dogs are wary of strangers and make great watchdogs. They will bark; however, Collies are not aggressive. Collies are highly adaptive and can live in all kinds of different situations. They do need plenty of exercise, though. They also love relaxing with the family and playing with the kids. However, Collies can have a strong herding instinct that may come out when playing with the kids.

The Standard Poodle

Poodles are one of the oldest dog breeds that were developed to hunt and retrieve waterfowl. It’s thought the dogs were originally developed in Germany but were further developed in France.

Poodles are usually considered pampered pooches; however, they were born to work and still like to work today. The dogs are also famous for their curly hair that needs to be trimmed regularly.

There are three sizes of Poodles, including Toy, Miniature, and Standard Poodles. The toy is the smallest, while the standard is the largest Poodle. The Standard Poodle is the oldest version of this dog breed.

These dogs are very playful and highly intelligent. They are trainable and eager to please. The dogs love to learn new things. Poodles also love to spend plenty of time with their families. And they get along great with kids!

With parents like these, how could a Cadoodle go wrong?

The Cadoodle usually stands between 22 to 26 inches tall and weighs between 50 to 75 lbs. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Cadoodle Appearance

The Cadoodle is an adorable dog that’s large and agile. They are very athletic and slim dogs. Cadoodles have a medium muzzle that has a broad tip at the nose. They have dark eyes that show this breed’s high intelligence and alertness. The dogs also have floppy ears that hang down, though some Cadoodles’ ears may stand erect and fall forward at the tip like their Collie parent.

Cadoodle’s coat can vary depending on which parent they most resemble. Some dogs may have a double coat that’s thick, with a smooth or wavy texture. The dogs can have coats that come in mixed colors, including sable, blue merle, black, brown, pied, and white.

Cadoodle Temperament

Cadoodles are highly intelligent dogs that have a ton of energy. They need plenty of attention and engagement. These dogs are usually calm as adults and need space to run, though they don’t require a lot of exercise.

Cadoodles are highly trainable and easily learn cues and tricks. They learn quickly and are not stubborn like some other dog breeds.

What’s more, these are dogs that love to have a job to do. They can be trained to help with some tasks around the house, to do tricks, and more.

Are Cadoodles Good Family Companions?

Yes, Cadoodles make excellent family dogs! They are best for families that have multiple family members they can have fun with. And if the dogs are socialized from a young age, they can get along quite well with kids.

Do Cadoodles Get Along with Other Pets?

Thankfully, Cadoodles can learn to get along with other pets, especially if they’re raised together. The dogs learn how to become used to the other pets of a household. And they’re great with cats and other small pets.

Cadoodle Food Requirements

Cadoodles are active dogs that need between 2 to 3 cups of dry dog food a day, divided into two meals. Like other large dogs, Cadoodles can develop joint issues, so it’s best to find a dog food that supports these dogs with joint supplements.

Cadoodle Exercise Requirements

Cadoodles are highly energetic dogs that need plenty of exercise every day. They need at least 60 minutes of daily exercise, though some dogs may benefit from more exercise.

These dogs benefit from having a large fenced yard where they can run and use up all that energy!


Cadoodles are highly intelligent dogs that are easy to train. Most of the dogs learn quickly and are eager to please their pet parent!


Cadoodles can have different coats, depending on which parent they most resemble. However, these dogs do benefit from daily brushing to keep their curly or wavy hair from matting. And if they most resemble their Poodle parent, the Cadoodle will benefit from regular trimming, too, to get their hair in good shape and prevent snarls.

Summing It Up

The Cadoodle is an excellent hybrid dog breed that is the result of mixing a purebred Collie with a purebred Standard Poodle. These large dogs are highly intelligent, eager to  please, and easy to train. They make wonderful family companions!

We’re  pretty sure if you decide to adopt a Cadoodle, you’ll have a dog who provides plenty of love and adventure for years to come!

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Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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