Doodle Trust
Like us, if you have a doodle at home, you know they’re one of the most loving and energetic breeds and can make valuable members of the family.
What is a Doodle?
A doodle is a cross between a poodle and another dog.
These breeds have increased in popularity over the years and many of us have decided to seek out these wonderful pooches to be part of our families.
What are the most popular poodle crosses?
Cockapoos – a recent study found that cockapoos are the most popular dog breed in the UK! They are kind-hearted, easily trainable & relatively small in most cases, but we have come across 20kg cockapoos. That said, being the result of two active working breeds, cocker spaniel and poodle, means they have the potential to cause chaos. Exercise requirements and mental stimulation aren’t always met in this cross and whilst they have the potential to make great family dogs, being around children, unless the children are older, can mean the dog is in a constant state of excitement resulting in parents tearing out their hair.

Labradoodles – the original poodle cross that started the ‘designer dog’ trend. Their characteristics are often compared to that of a small child because of how playful and curious they are. Again, like the cockapoo, we have a mixture of two working breeds. The same level of chaos but with a bigger dog!

Goldendoodles – a golden retriever cross is once more a dog with a working background. Boundless energy, super smart, a prey drive you probably haven’t dealt with before, and a constant desire to be mucky. They make a fantastic family pet if you can cope with all of that and keep it controlled.
Sadly, as many of us know, Pet owners may face decisions in life that can ultimately lead to pooches being surrendered to various charities and doodles are no exception to this. Breed-specific charities are becoming more frequent today to provide for dogs every need, which is why organisations like the brilliant Doodle Trust were set up.
What is the Doodle Trust?
Based in Scotland and in 2007 the Trust helps to rehome beautiful poodle crossbreeds and poodles all over the country. They’re also a big advocate of breed education and strive to let the public know all the pros and cons of owning poodle cross dogs.
If you or someone you know is going through hard times, Doodle Trust will work with them, no matter what the issue is and can support them throughout the whole rehoming process.
Are you wanting to add a new member to the family?
The Trust has lots of resources for potential and current owners of doodle breeds on their website:
Care needs
Compatibility with other breeds and animals
Genetics
Tips on owning a doodle breed with small children in the house
How can you support Doodle Trust?
There are lots of ways to support the charity. Click the link below to see how you can donate money directly:
If you’d like to have your own fundraiser then please contact them for further information.
You can also visit the website’s education page where you’ll find out that a hypoallergenic dog is nothing but a myth and help spread the truth about these cute, but high energy, demanding dogs.
What about fundraisers?
Doodle Trust has lots of supporters who regularly fundraise for them, but you may want to look at their Facebook page; Doodle Trust, also, their group Doodle Trust Friends is great for help and information from fellow doodle owners, and to keep up with fundraising news. You can also pop by the Doodle Trust EmPAWrium, on Facebook, to see if you can pick up any bargains, or indeed sell something of your own to raise funds.
The big fundraising event of their year is Doodlefest. A three-day weekend in the summer that takes in camping, shows, discos, free-running dogs, fancy dress and lots more. Honestly, a field with a multitude of doodles, making friends and memories doesn’t come much better than this.
Could you foster for Doodle Trust?
Doodle Trust is always looking for fosterers who have the time to offer a temporary home to a rescue dog. You’ll play a crucial role in helping with the process of assessing and re-homing dogs that come into their care.
The main requirements are a loving, dog-friendly home, and a secure back garden but bear in mind a lot of dogs coming into rescue have issues that need resolving; that means they may be destructive, not be house trained, have anxiety issues, the list goes on. Foster dogs may be with you for three weeks, three months or even longer; each case is unique, but Doodle Trust have a knowledgeable and experienced team to support you.
March 18, 2022 — Reece Hussain

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