Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

Irish Doodle – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 10 ·

The Irish Doodle is an Irish Setter Poodle mixed dog breed. This pooch was bred for hunting and retrieving and has ended up as a designer dog. This is a popular hybrid among many as this doggo is pleasant, playful, and entertaining.

Let’s learn more about this companion dog.


Poodles can come in three different sizes from toy, miniature, and standard. Irish Setters are large dogs, so you can expect the Irish Doodle to be on the bigger side, most likely being medium to large in size. On average, this crossbreed can grow to be about 22 to 28 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 40 and 75 pounds. Male Irish Doodles tend to be a little bit bigger than females. 

This pup can look like either parent breed. Sometimes they’ll have a square and sturdy body type like the Irish Setter, or they’ll be straight and fine like the Poodle. Their coat type will depend on genetics, of course, but Irish Doodles typically take after their Poodle when inheriting the coat. They can have a long, dense coat that’s wavy or curly. 


This doggo loves to learn. Irish Doodles are intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train. They’re sweet, friendly, and crave human attention. They’ll make an excellent companion dog and want to be near you at all times. With that said, they are prone to separation anxiety if they’re home alone for too long. Unfortunately, this may also result in destructive behavior.

While this pup is good with children, they are also pretty sensitive and may scare easily. So, if you have young kids at home, then it’s a good idea to socialize with your furry friend early. Also, keep an eye on the dog and the children when they play together. Like how the dog needs to learn how to play and be gentle with kids, the kids need to learn how to be gentle with the dog.

Caring for your Irish Doodle

With proper care, your Irish Doodle can live an average of 10 to 13 years.


Chances are, your Irish Doodle will not be hypoallergenic. Poodles are considered hypoallergenic, but Irish Setters are not. So, this crossbreed may be low-shedding or moderately shed their coat. If you have allergies, you’ll want to be careful and be on the safe side. Regardless of the shedding, Irish Doodles need to be brushed daily.

The reason for this is that if they shed, this will get rid of any loose hairs before they make it onto your floor, furniture, and clothes. If they’re low-shedders, brushing daily will eliminate any dead hair on their back and keep knots and tangles to a minimum. Luckily, this pooch won’t need to be bathed often, only as needed if they get into something they’re not supposed to.


Since this crossbreed is medium to large in size, they’ll need more calorie intake than other dog breeds. Ideally, this pooch will probably need about three cups of high-quality kibble per day. It’s also a good idea to give them dog food high in protein to help curb their energy levels.

Talk to your veterinarian about the best meal plan options for your pooch.


Irish Doodles have high energy levels. This doggo will need at least 90 minutes of exercise and playtime per day. Due to their size and energy needs, they won’t do well in an apartment living situation. They will much prefer a bigger house with a fenced-in backyard. That will allow them to run around, get out some energy, and stretch their legs.

Health problems

Like all other dog breeds, the Irish Doodle is prone to getting certain health issues. They can inherit health conditions from both parent breeds. Some health concerns to watch out for may include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Eye disorders
  • Skin diseases
  • Epilepsy

Be sure to bring your furry friend to the vet at least once or twice a year for regular checkups.

Where to find an Irish Doodle

You’ll be able to get an Irish Doodle from a shelter or breed-specific rescue. Alternatively, you can search for a reputable breeder who has Irish Doodles for sale.

If you decide to go through a breeder, be sure to do your research about them. Good breeders will be knowledgeable about the parent breeds and the mixed breed. They won’t let the puppies go before they’re eight weeks old, and they’ll want to get to know you before they decide to sell to you.

How much does an Irish Doodle cost?

An Irish Doodle can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $2,800. Then, of course, they can go from $2,500 to $3,500, depending on the popularity and demand. Some breeders are more expensive than others. Getting this doggo from a rescue or shelter will most likely have a lower price. This is Murphy…

Should you bring home an Irish Doodle?

If you have a big enough home and a fenced-in yard for the Irish Doodle to run around, then this pooch will most likely be a good fit for you. This doggo is energetic, friendly, and affectionate. They make an excellent companion dog where the two of you can spend a lot of quality, fun time with one another. 

Irish Doodle Photos

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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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