Popular Poodle Cross Puppies Surpass Purebred Parents

Columbus, Ohio, January 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — If you think you’ll see more Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and other poodle crossbreeds these days, it’s not your imagination. There are indeed lots of Doodles.

Not only are Goldendoodles, Labradoodles and other poodle crossbreeds increasingly popular, but they’re also far less likely to have cancer claims than the breeds used to create them, according to policy and claims analysis. for 1.61 million dogs by Nationwide, the nation’s largest provider of pet health insurance.

Among the discoveries:

Doodle’s popularity seems to have come at the expense of thoroughbreds. From 2013 to 2021, Goldendoodles alone have more than tripled their percentage among Nationwide Politics, while the percentage of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers has dropped by almost a third.



Poodle Crossbreeds (All) – Up to 160%

Poodles (all sizes) – Down 32%

Goldendoodles – Up to 347%

Golden Retrievers – Down 4%

Labradoodles – Up to 196%

Labrador Retrievers – Down 32%

Certain regions of the country have become particularly important for these curly crossovers, notably the metropolitan areas of Miami (466% increase), Houston (464% increase), Orlando and Tampa/St. Pete (both up 337%) and Los Angeles (up 302%).

“Veterinary practices have certainly noticed how many additional Doodles they are seeing, and since we track purebreds, crossbreeds and mixed breeds in our policy data, we thought it would be interesting to see how much point the trend is strong,” said Dr. Jules Benson, Nationwide’s chief veterinarian. “These results may not be surprising, but the significant difference in the relative rate of cancer claims among purebred Labs, Goldens and Poodles and their crossbred offspring is certainly a surprise.”

Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles are much more likely to have a complaint for cancer diagnosis and treatment than Labradoodles and Goldendoodles. Nationwide’s veterinary analysis team studied the cancer claims of 1.61 million dogs over a six-year period, from 2015 to 2021. The result of this analysis showed that the combined relative risk for the parent breeds of Goldendoodles to have submitted a cancer claim is four times that of their crossbred offspring, and for the parent breeds of Labradoodles it is 2.6 times.

Among the dogs insured by Nationwide:

  • Golden Retrievers and Standard Poodles, which are the parent breeds of Godlendoodles, are 3.8 times more likely to have a cancer claim than Goldendoodles.
  • Compared to all other dogs, Goldendoodles are almost half as likely (47.4%) to have a cancer claim.
  • Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles, which are the parent breeds of Labradoodles, are 2.5 times more likely to have a cancer claim than Labradoodles.
  • Compared to all other dogs, Labradoodles are just over half (61.9%) likely to have a cancer claim.

The analysis also showed that the relative risk of a cancer claim for all Thoroughbreds is approximately double (188.5%) than for all non-Thoroughbreds (Mestizos and Crossbreeds combined).

To learn more about Nationwide’s findings on the popularity of Doodles compared to their contributing breeds and the relative rates of cancer claims for these popular crosses, visit www.PetInsurance.com/veterinarians/research.

With Nationwide Pet Health Insurance, many veterinary expenses associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment are eligible for reimbursement depending on the member’s chosen coverage. To explore pet health insurance coverage for Doodles or any type of dog, cat, and many avian or exotic pets, visit PetInsurance.com.

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