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The Springerdoodle is a mixed breed the result of crossing an English Springer Spaniel and a Poodle. Sometimes it is a standard sized Poodle leading to a medium sized dog which is what this article is based on, but it can also be a miniature Poodle resulting in a smaller Springerdoodle. Other names for him are Sproodle, Springerdoodle Retriever, Springerpoo and Springerpoo Retriever. He has a life span of 10 to 15 years, has talents in competitive obedience and agility and is a friendly and funny dog.
|Here is the Springerdoodle at a Glance|
|Average height||16 to 23 inches|
|Average weight||40 to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium to long, thick, wavy to curly|
|Grooming Needs||Moderate to high|
|Shedding||Low if coat is more like a Poodles, moderate if like a Spaniel|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good - may chase smaller animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Fairly high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Trainability||Easy to train|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Hypothyroidism, bloat, patellar luxation, Von Willebrands, Cushings, epilepsy, eye problems, Addisons, Legg-Perthes, PFK deficiency,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip dysplasia, skin problems, ear infections|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$600 to $1800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$355 to $775|
Where does the Springerdoodle come from?
The Springerdoodle is one of many mixed breeds being bred now as part of a going trend for so called Designer dogs. Most of these designer dogs are created using two purebreds, sometimes there are some quite unusual pairings. Some have been bred for a reason by a breeder who cares about their work but a lot are created by either ignorant or bad breeders and puppy mills to make money. Be careful when buying a designer dog.
Since most come with very little information about their origins, the Springerdoodle included, we look to the parents to see what goes into the mix. However it is important to understand that one cannot guarantee anything with genetics. A lot of designer dog breeders talk about putting one purebred with another to have a dog with the best of both parents. But that cannot be controlled or predicted with this type of breeding. Even pups in the same litter might not look alike or grow up to have similar personalities. The Poodle is a popular choice in an attempt to get a low shedding hypo-allergenic offspring with other qualities from the other parent. Again it is not always successful.
The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.
They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.
The English Springer Spaniel
Spaniels are believed to originate from Spain hundreds of years ago and arrived in other parts of the world thanks to the Romans or trading. English Springer Spaniel ancestors can be found in paintings dating to the 1600s. They were bred and used to help when hunting small game and birds. In the 19th century they were classified not according to breed but according to how they were used for hunting. Smaller dogs were used for woodcock so were called Cocker spaniels and larger ones were used to spring game out of hiding so called Springers. In the early 20th century the Springer came to Canada and America and eventually there became two types, field bred and show bred.
He is a popular dog usually friendly and easy to train because he is so keen to please. There have been problems with some lines becoming more aggressive or timid and having separation anxiety though. This is as a result of poor breeding. When bred properly he is energetic, obedient, good with children with some socialization but may tend to hunt smaller animals in the yard and chase smaller pets.
The Springerdoodle has a great personality, he is fun, entertaining and can be quite the clown. He can also be sweet, gentle and affectionate and very friendly. He gets on with everybody, seniors, families and children. He is smart and easy to train too. He does not like being left alone though and can become destructive when he is bored. As well as being playful and loving he is loyal and very much a people orientated dog. He loves being with his family and getting lots of attention.
What does the Springerdoodle look like
He is a medium sized dog weighing 40 to 60 pounds and standing 16 to 23 inches tall. At his smaller size when bred with miniature Poodles he is closer to 25 to 40 pounds. He has a medium to long coat, thick and wavy to curly. Colors include white, tan, cinnamon, black, blonde and chocolate.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Springerdoodle need to be?
He loves to be active and has a lot of energy so make sure he gets enough each day. Some suggest at least 30 minutes plus some play time, some have found their Springdoodles need more, up to two hours in fact. He loves water, chasing things and running, playing fetch, going to dog parks. He can live in an apartment without a yard but needs plenty of activity still. A yard though gives him space to play and explore. He should be given some mental challenges too to keep his mind active.
Does he train quickly?
He is easy to train, he listens and obeys and is eager to please. With positive training, treats, praise and a firm and consistent approach he will likely need less repetition so will train more quickly than some other dogs. Early socialization and training are important to ensure he is well rounded and can be the best dog he can be.
Living with a Springerdoodle
How much grooming is needed?
When he has a coat like a Poodle's he is very low shedding and more likely to be hypo-allergenic. His coat may need grooming or clipping and it will need daily brushing to take care of tangles and burs. A coat more like the spaniels will shed more and should be brushed at least 3 times a week to remove loose hair and he will need vacuuming up after. Either way he should be given a bath just when he needs one and have his nails clipped when they get too long. His ears should be wiped clean and checked once a week and his teeth should be brushed at least three times a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Springerdoodle is very good with children he loves to play with them and is affectionate with them too. He can get on with other pets but sometimes has a tendency to chase them, an instinct from his hunting days, so socialization will help as will growing up in a house with them. He also gets on well with other dogs.
He is not a good dog to get if you want one who will act as a watchdog. He rarely barks though and he will need to be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of high quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals at least. He is good in most climates.
When you are ready to buy a Springerdoodle puppy you need to give yourself the best odds on having a healthy dog. Visit the puppy at the breeders to see he conditions he is in and ask to see health clearances for the parents. Issues from the parents he could potentially inherit include Hypothyroidism, bloat, patellar luxation, Von Willebrands, Cushings, epilepsy, eye problems, Addisons, Legg-Perthes, PFK deficiency, Hip dysplasia, skin problems and ear infections.
Costs involved in owning a Springerdoodle
A Springerdoodle puppy could cost between $600 to $1800. Other costs such as collar, leash, crate, carrier, blood tests, deworming, shots, chipping and neutering come to about $455 to $500. Non medical costs for things like grooming, food, toys, treats, license and training come to $355 to $775. Medical costs for basic needs like check ups, vaccinations, pet insurance and flea prevention come to between $460 to $560.
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The Springerdoodle is a great dog for anyone looking for a companion with a lot of personality, humor, energy and smarts. He will be very loyal and loving but needs a lot of attention and cannot be left alone for too long before he becomes destructive and upset.Advertisement