The Best Doodle Rescue to Find a Doodle-Type Dog

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Doodle breed dogs, such as the Labradoodle (Poodle and Labrador Retriever cross) and Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle cross), are a favorite because of their reputation as being low-shedding and great family dogs.

Because Poodle mix dogs are part Poodle, they are often active, energetic, and brilliant. They make wonderful family dogs for people who want a friendly dog with lots of energy.

While getting a Doodle from a breeder is an option, there are still many Doodle breed dogs out there that are looking to be rescued and rehomed through specific Doodle rescue agencies. Rescuing a Doodle can be great because often, you are skipping the puppy stage and while puppies are cute, they are tons of work.

To help you find a Doodle rescue near you, I’ve compiled a list of rescues so you can possibly find a new four-legged member for your family.

Note: the Poodle mix rescues listed below are listed by country and then by state. There aren’t many Doodle rescues, however, Doodles often end up in local animal shelters rather than breed-specific shelters. Check with your local dog rescue on top of the below Doodle rescues to see if any Doodle-type dogs are available.

Find a Doodle Rescue in the United States

To learn more about the above rescues, please click on the relevant link (as we add to our directories, more links will be added below):

Find a Doodle Rescue in Canada

Find a Doodle Rescue in the UK

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Is a Doodle Right for You and Your Family?

Before adopting a Doodle, it’s essential to try and decide whether a Doodle is right for your family. Many Doodles end up in a shelter because their previous owners didn’t anticipate how much work owning a Doodle dog really is. Even though they make incredibly family dogs, they require lots of work. Let’s go through some the reasons why Doodle dogs end up in shelters so you can decide whether or not you want to go forward and adopt this dog.

  • Being part Poodle, Doodles are very intelligent and require lots of mental enrichment and have medium to high levels of energy. Some people hope their Doodle will be lazy, but that’s usually never the case.
  • Just like any dog, the Doodle requires proper training and socialization otherwise they can end up with behavioral issues.
  • Doodles require lots of brushing and grooming (30 minutes – 45 minutes of brushing per day for a large dog if you want to keep their coat long, otherwise they will need to go to the groomer for a shave every six weeks. A groom costs us anywhere from $100-$150).
  • Doodles are generally high-energy dogs that require lots of exercises, or they can get destructive and bored (I suspect this is why a lot of dogs end up in rescues, not just Doodles). Ours receives around 2 hours of mental and physical exercise a day.

We have compiled information on many different popular Doodle dogs so you can research and pick the right one for your family:

If you think a Doodle is the right dog for you, take a look below at some of the Doodle rescues!

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How Do I Find a Doodle Rescue Near Me?

After looking at the above list, you may realize that there are a lack of Doodle rescues near your town/city. In some cases, you may have to drive to or transport the dog you wish to adopt! It’s worth reaching out to the Doodle rescue to see how they work with out-of-town applicants.

You can also check Doodle breeders. Many breeders take back dogs in situations where their homes can no longer take care of them and then adopt them out. We put together a directory of Doodle breeders divided up by Doodle dog and location:

Also, keep in mind that Doodle dogs don’t always go to a specific “Doodle rescue” and they may end up at your local animal shelter or adoption agency, and you should look to dog shelters as well to see if they have any Doodle-dogs available.

Fostering Doodles

Many dogs are looking for foster homes while they transition to their forever homes, so why not help them in the process?

If you aren’t ready to commit to being a Doodle owner just yet, but still want to take care of animals, consider fostering! Fostering dogs is a rewarding way to take care of an animal, help your local shelters, and help other dogs find their forever homes.

Through fostering, you can see what owning a Doodle is like. Reaching out to your local rescues (and the ones we’ve listed above) can help you get the process started.

If you’re open to other breeds to potentially rescue, take a look at some of our other breed-specific rescue lists:

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19 thoughts on “The Best Doodle Rescue to Find a Doodle-Type Dog”

  1. looking a dog Max size 30 pounds

    • Just a reminder that we are not a rescue organization. Please use the list above and reach out to the organizations listed.

  2. Would like a rescue pr an older doodle

    • Just a reminder that we are not a rescue organization. Please use the list above and reach out to the organizations listed.

      • I sadly 5 weeks ago had to put my Woodle Wheaton/poodle to sleep. He was 12 yrs old. My companion my life my everything. I am desperately looking for a Woodle or a doodle due to allergies. They do not have to be a puppy. Please contact me if one you know needs a home.

    • Yes…. I’ve had dogs since I was born, i have always loved them…. My Pitt is going to die soon…. I’m 60. Soon to be 70…. I want to leave no animal behind, although I have 3 kids all dog owners and lovers…. But still I thought I’d try to help a poor baby who lost her parents and finds herself alone…. I need a teeny one as I plan to travel (my son is in the us and my family in Europe) and I won’t put the dog with the luggage.
      I decided adopting an older abandoned dog would be the kindest for both of us..´
      Thank you
      Tina Zaidan
      [email protected].

  3. I am looking for a medium sized intelligent dog that does not shed. I want a dog under 3, but not a newbie. Suggestions? Ps. I live in the high country in Arizona. Hot summers but cold temps and lots of snow in the winter. I want a real dog not just a puff ball

    • Just a reminder that we are not a rescue organization. Please use the list above and reach out to the organizations listed.

  4. Hello

    I am looking for an adult poodle mix, i.e. maltipoo, bichonpoo, shihpoo, havapoo. A medium size poodle would also be great. I am not certain how this works so if someone can get back to be to explain the process.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Tina! I recommend using the list above to find a Doodle rescue in your area. I’ve linked to their websites, so you can click on their website and reach out to them for more information. We are not a rescue organization, this is just a directory of different places you can reach out to. Best of luck in your search!

  5. I am looking for a doodle puppy for myself. I am fully aware of the work with a puppy. I used to HAVE 7 GREAT DANES that I showed at akc dog shows. I have Parkinsons disease and I am looking for a service dog as a companion. I have a little money to pay for one but I am on a fixed income. I am also awareof how much a dog eats Trust me. hahahaah

    • Great Danes are beautiful! Best of luck in your search for a Doodle to adopt!!

  6. Looking for a poodle mix to rescue, adult size, about 20-25 lbs.

  7. Wow! This comment section cracks me up. Even if you don’t read the site maybe all of the responses in the comments section are a clue? Thanks for the information! FYI, the first link to the poo-mix site doesn’t go anywhere.

    • ? And thanks for letting me know about the broken link Jennifer! I’ll get that fixed 🙂

  8. I am 74 years old and I am looking for a small poodle mix. Not a puppy. But not an old dog either, and I need him/her to be potty trained.
    I live in Pacheco, Ca. It’s near Martinez. Please help me find a rescue. He/she would be my everything.

    Thank You

  9. March 2020 put down our 15 yr. old SCWTerrier “Sherman”. Looking for a “Whoodle”. Previously owned a Miniature Schnauzer, Giant Schnauzer and our Wheaten Sherman. 2, 3 or older. Want to train as service dog for children’s library, special needs persons etc. we have a big heart for a “Whoodle”. Thank you

  10. My name is Ann Miller and I live in Aspen, Colorado. I am looking for a cavapoo who is 15-20 lbs. I would love a cavapoo who is potty trained. I know this is a pretty tall order but I am desperately looking .

  11. I have a 128 pound 6.5 year old Goldendoodle. Don’t let the size stop you. He adopted me, not the other way around. Great dog. Sits in the passenger seat when we go for a ride.
    Don’t be afraid about the size.

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