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Best Family Dogs – Let’s Compare Doodles (With Data)!

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If you’re wondering which Doodles are the best family dogs, then this article is just for you! Before bringing your new pup home, make sure to have a look at the survey results we’ve gathered from different Doodle breed owners. 

We’ll cover all the areas that are essential for determining the best family dogs: affection with family, kid-friendliness, friendliness toward other dogs and cats, hypoallergenic levels, trainability, sensitivity level, energy level, and also playfulness. 

In this article, we are going to discuss and compare only Doodle breeds. All the results are based on personal observations and experiences from fellow Doodle owners. 

Are you ready to find out which of the Doodles make the best family dogs? Let’s get started!

Best Family Dogs for Affection

Survey participants evaluated their Doodle’s Affection with Family from Poor to Excellent. Poor being the least affectionate and Excellent being the most affectionate. 

Our survey participants evaluated Bernedoodles to be the most affectionate. Not far behind are Goldendoodles with mostly Excellent results. 

Aussiedoodles are thought to be a bit less affectionate than the other Doodles. Participants reported them mostly Excellent. However, they also received some Fair evaluations, which indicates that Aussiedoodles may not be that affectionate.

Best Family Dogs for Kids

Kid-Friendliness area shows you how gentle a Doodle is with children, but also how much they can handle the common things all kids do. For example, children running around, screaming, hugging, and petting. This is especially important if you have small children who might not yet understand perfectly how to behave with a dog. 

Survey participants evaluated their Doodle’s Kid-Friendliness from Poor to Excellent, where Poor represents least kid-friendly and Excellent represents the most kid-friendly.

All Doodles evaluated to be excellent with kids. The kid-friendliest are shown to be Goldendoodles and Bernedoodles. 

Likewise, Aussiedoodles and Labradoodles were reported Excellent by most survey participants. However, Aussiedoodles did receive the biggest amount of Fair evaluations out of all.

Friendliness Toward Dogs

The friendliest with other dogs were reported to be Bernedoodles, with all participants evaluating them above Satisfactory. Aussiedoodles received mostly Excellent evaluations. In contrast, some owners also reported them to be not as friendly toward other dogs.

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For Friendliness Toward Dogs, Labradoodles received the smallest amount of Excellent evaluations and some participants even reported Poor for this area. But overall, they’re perceived to handle other dogs very well.

No matter which Doodle you get, keep in mind that early training and socialization will surely be beneficial for him. This will ensure that they’ll get along with other dogs later on in life.

Friendliness Toward Cats

We’ve got some colorful results here! If you’re already a cat owner and would like to add a Doodle to your family, this one’s for you! 

Participants reported Bernedoodles above Satisfactory, with just a very small amount of people reporting them to be not as friendly with cats. If you’re looking for the best family dog for a household with a cat, a Bernedoodle might be a good choice.

Next up are Aussiedoodles and Goldendoodles where most survey participants reported them above Satisfactory. However, these Doodles did receive a fair share of below Satisfactory evaluations. 

Further, Labradoodles received the highest amount of below Satisfactory results for Friendliness Toward Cats. But again, early socialization might do the trick here.

Best Family Dogs for Allergies

Hypoallergenic Level chart shows us how allergy-friendly our Doodle owners evaluated their dogs. Survey participants evaluated their Doodle’s Hypoallergenic Level from Poor (triggers allergies) to Excellent (doesn’t trigger allergies).

The main allergy trigger is usually dog dander. The more a dog sheds, the more dander usually floats around and triggers allergic reactions. Generally, Doodles are less or even non-shedding. Thus, they’re the best family dogs for people suffering from allergies. 

From this chart we can see that all Doodles were evaluated mostly Excellent or Very Good, in regard to their Hypoallergenic Levels. Gotta thank those Poodle genes! However, Labradoodles did receive the most evaluations for Fair and Poor out of all the Doodles.

Sensitivity Level

Sensitivity Level describes how much a Doodle can handle a noisy household with lots of action going on. If you’re in search of the best family dog who can handle a chaotic household, this is something to have a closer look at. This area is especially important if your family has kids.

All Doodles were reported between Satisfactory and Excellent in this area. Goldendoodles received the biggest amount of Excellent results, whereas Bernedoodles received the highest amount of above Satisfactory evaluations. 

Labradoodles and Aussiedoodles both got quite a lot of Poor evaluations and the least amount of Excellent results. These Doodles would probably do better in a less noisy household. 


Our survey participants evaluated their Doodle’s Trainability from Poor to Excellent. Most people reported all Doodles Excellent or Very Good. Thanks to the Poodle parents, Doodles have inherited very high intelligence levels, which makes training them a breeze.

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Photo Credit: William Warby

The biggest amount of Fair evaluations got the Aussiedoodle. They’re known to sometimes outsmart their owners, so that might be the reason why. But who wouldn’t love an extremely smart dog, right? 

Labradoodles and Goldendoodles also got some below Satisfactory results. On the other hand, Goldendoodles got the biggest amount of Excellent evaluations!

Energy Level

Survey participants evaluated their Doodle’s Energy Level from Poor (low energy) to Excellent (high energy). 

From this chart we can see that Goldendoodles were reported to have the highest energy levels. Labradoodles and Aussiedoodles both evaluate between Satisfactory and Excellent. Meanwhile, Bernedoodles were reported to be the least energetic of them all. 

If you’re looking for an active companion for your daily jog, Goldendoodles would be a great choice. If you prefer a dog with lower energy levels, a Bernedoodle will probably be the best family dog for you.


Last but not least, let’s look at the playfulness of each Doodle. Survey participants evaluated their Doodle’s Playfulness from Poor (not playful at all) to Excellent (very playful). 

All Doodles were overwhelmingly reported Excellent in regard to how playful they are. So be prepare yourself for lots of fun and playtime with all of them!

Now, as we already know, Bernedoodles were reported to be the least energetic of these Doodles. Naturally, they were also evaluated by some participants to be less playful. 

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Chloe’s face says it all…

However, you should also keep in mind that the younger your Doodle is, the more they will want to play. 

Image by Shelby L. Bell, licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Image by William Warby, used under CC BY 2.0 / Enhanced from Original

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