with in increase of hypo allergenic dog popularity I’m seeing more and more mixes. The 2 most recent are Irish doodles. An Irish setter and poodle. When I met my husband 25 years ago he had an Irish setter. I fell in love with flame. He was a retired show dog. Very obedient and just a great dog. He could open doors and do tricks. Just a very smart beautiful dog. My in-laws moved to the country with no more fenced yard. The second week they let him out and he took off after a rabbit and was never found. An Irish setter is an extremely smart dog with high prey drive. If you google dogs to own they are not for a novice dog owner. They require lots of exercise and are highly driven. Let’s look at the second cross I’m seeing. The Aussie doodle. This is an Australian Shepherd crosses with a poodle. The 2 smartest dogs. Aussies are fun. They love to work. So teaching them tricks comes easy. Our neighbors had 2 growing up. I spent many a day on their farm watching them herd animals and kill ground hogs. The word work is very important. They get bored and can be destructive. They require lots and lots of exercise and a job to do. I’m not bashing either cross. Each breed has a popularity because they serve a purpose. I love the above breeds and have lots of fond memeries from both. I want to educate newbies who are new to the doodle world and poodle cross. Make sure you understand the mix. The personality both bring to the table. Does it fit your lifestyle and expectations in a dog? Being cute just doesn’t cut it. All puppies are cute. When a pup fits in your family it makes for a wonderful life long companion. If you are beating your head into the wall everyday that’s not enjoyable for you or the pup. I personally love the Goldendoodle. The snuggles and being close. The low key companion that want to please. Like Velcro. They are with me 24/7. We take walks but they are content on a Sunday afternoon to sack and watch a movie.