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Irish Doodles Are the Poodle Hybrid That’s Trending Right Now—Here’s Why The Breed May be Right for Your Fam


Today, there are so many breeds of dogs. In fact, according to the American Kennel Club, 195 different dog breeds are formally recognized and 79 others are in the works toward getting AKC recognition. From purebreds to designer dogs, puppies come in just about all shapes, sizes, and breed combinations nowadays. And one such dog breed that has been getting a lot of attention lately—though it’s not yet recognized by the AKC—is the Irish Doodle.

Maybe you’ve heard of the Golden Doodle or Labradoodles. Similarly, the Irish Doodle is a cross between two dog breeds known for their hunting skills. The result is a designer dog bred specifically for its exceptional hunting and retrieving skills. It just so happens to be pretty cute, too!

Thinking of adding an Irish Doodle to your family? Here’s everything you need to know about the fairly new dog breed.

What Is an Irish Doodle?

An Irish Doodle is a type of designer dogor an intentionally hybrid dogthat is a cross between an Irish Setter and a Poodle. According to, the Irish Doodle is also often referred to as Irish Doodle Setter, Irish Poo Setter, Irish Setterdoodle, or Irish Setterpoo.

Both Irish Setters and Poodles are known to be intelligent hunting breeds, which historically, have been coveted for their prey drive and water-retrieving skills. By combining these two breeds together, the Irish Doodle has an excellent reputation as a hunting dog, but also fares well in agility, tracking, and obedience training.

According to, the disposition and temperament of Irish Doodles are generally thought to be pleasant, playful, and "family companions." It's also thought to be a very smart and active breed that requires a lot of stimulationboth mental and physical.

Physically, Irish Doodles usually end up being red, apricot, or black in color and sometimes feature white in their coats. Their coat is most often long, dense, and wavy.

The average size for female Irish Doodles is about 40 to 65 pounds; male Irish Doodles generally weigh in between 50 to 75 pounds. Height-wise, Irish Doodles are a medium-sized dog that can measure anywhere from 24 to 26 inches tall.

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Are Irish Doodles Hypoallergenic?

Dogs that are considered hypoallergenic are less likely to induce allergies, though the AKC specifically states, "While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. These dogs have a predictable, non-shedding coat which produces less dander."

Poodles, from which the Irish Doodle stems, are often considered a hypoallergenic dog breed because they are low-shedding dogs.Irish Setters, however, are considered moderately-shedding dogs, which ultimately makes the answer to this question a bit more complex.

Most likely, most Irish Doodles will be low-to-moderately shedding dogs, but every dog is different. Most Irish Doodles should be hypoallergenic and not give someone with dander allergies an issue; but the reality is, it's a case-by-case basis.

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What Is an Irish Doodle and Golden Doodle Generation?

Not sure what F1 and F1b means when it comes to bringing home a Doodle? There are different generations of both Irish Doodles and Golden Doodles.

There are five generations of Golden and Irish Doodles: F1 (First Generaton), F1b (First Generation Backcross), F2 (Second Generation), F2b (Second Generation Backcross), and F3 and Multigenerational.

So, what does each mean? A First Generation Golden Doodle refers to a dog that is a direct result of breeding a Golden Retriever with a Poodle. Similarly, a First Generation Irish Doodle would refer to a dog that is a direct result of breeding an Irish Setter with a Poodle. First Generations usually have a "decrease in health risks," which is known as heterosis or "hybrid vigor," according to Pride and Prejudoodles.

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With F1b—First Generation Backcross—the result is still a genetically First Generation Doodle, however traits of one parent in particular are "intensified," Pride and Prejudoodles reports. This is because "backcrossing" is the crossing of a hybrid with one of its parents or a dog genetically similar to its parent. F1b Doodles are usually about 75 percent Poodle and have a greater likelihood of being low-shedding and allergy-friendly.

Second Generation Doodles—F2 Doodles—are the result of breeding two First Generation Doodles together. This breeding technique can result in puppies more likely to shed; it also can result in either a full Poodle or a full Golden Retriever or Irish Setter, depending on what the other parent is.

Depending on which generation a Golden Doodle is, you will notice variations in allergy potential, shedding, coat textures and colors, and their grooming requirements.

For these reason, First Generation (F1) and First Generation Backcross Doodles (F1b) are the most sought-after types of Doodles. However, the F3 and Multi-generation Doodle is the most likely to be most hypoallergenic; this generation is most likely to not shed as it can be intentionally bred by two parents with zero shed potential. If you are specifically looking for a hypoallergenic Doodle, F3 and Multi-generation may be your best bet.

Irish Doodle: How to Groom Their Hair

Irish Doodles are generally considered to be hypoallergenic or low-to-moderately shedding dogs. But a low-shedding dog does not a low-maintenance dog make! Their coats should be cared for frequently. In fact, Irish Doodles should be brushed at least once daily if their coat is intentionally kept long.

An Irish Doodle's coat is generally long, dense, and wavy. However, it also depends on each individual dog and the parent (either the Poodle parent or the Irish Setter parent) that the dog resembles most. In general though, Irish Doodles are moderate-to-high-maintenance when it comes to grooming.

Most Irish Doodle owners keep their dog's trim short on the body and tail, then keep the face an tail trim a bit longer. recommends allowing your Irish Doodle's coat to grow out fully, until they're anywhere from six to nine months old, before clipping their coat.

If your dog's coat is clipped, brushing their coat anywhere from two to three times a week should suffice; however, if your Irish Doodle's hair is kept longer than that, you'll have to brush it daily due to the threat of knotting and matting.

To maintain an Irish Doodle's coat, you should either take them to the groomer every four to six weeks if you prefer a long and fluffier coat. Additionally, still comb your dog's coat once daily. The coat of a Doodle is also susceptible to matting, so air-drying after a bath is not ideal; because the dog's hair should be blowdried after a bath, most groomers will recommend bringing an Irish Doodle into the groomer for such maintenance.

If your Irish Doodle's hair becomes increasingly matted, the groomer might suggest shaving it. To avoid matting, brush your dog's coat frequently and don't let it air-dry after bathtime.

What Does a Full-Grown Irish Doodle Look Like?

Full-grown Irish Doodles look very similar to Golden Doodles or Labradoodles, but are often darker in color than Goldens. Irish Doodles generally have coats in red, apricot, or black, sometimes with white flecks throughout the coat.

In height, a full-grown Irish Doodle could be anywhere from 24 to 26 inches tall. A male Irish Doodle's weight generally ranges between 40 to 65 pounds, whereas male Irish Doodles generally weigh anywhere between 50 to 75 pounds.

Not sure what a full-grown Irish Doodle looks like? Here's a photo of our friend, Hunter, a male F1 Irish Doodle who was born last July.

He's pretty cute, huh?!

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