Doodle Colors & Patterns | Merles, Partis, Sables, Brindles

Who doesn’t love a doodle, with their cute faces and curly coats?

A doodle is a very popular breed of dog, especially for those of you who suffer from allergies. This is because a Doodle is seen as a hypoallergenic dog, as it shed little to no hair.

These kind, smart and lovable dogs are the ideal family dog.

However, doodles aren’t actually a pedigree breed due to being a mix of between a poodle and another breed of dog.

Goldendoodles and labradoodles are the two most well known forms of doodle dogs that you can get. However, there are many types of doodle dogs out there, all with different coat patterns and colors.

In this article, we are going to go through some doodle colors and patterns that you can expect.

History Of Doodle Dogs

As we have established, the doodle dog is a mixture of other breeds, they were originally bred in Germany.

The first recorded doodle was named “Muffin” by its owner. He had been given the name after he looked like a muffin when he was born.

Muffin was bred from a Poodle and a German Spitz. They were later crossed with a Cocker Spaniel and a Labrador Retriever. After this cross-breeding, the first doodle was born.

Poodles and Cocker Spaniels were among two of the most popular dog breeds in the 1940s in America. Thus, these two breeds were mated and the first recording of a Cockapoo was in the 1950s.

Soon after that came the Yorkiepoo (Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier) and the Peekapoo (Poodle and Pekingese).

Then in the 1980s, Wally Conron was trying to breed a puppy to become a guide dog for a blind woman who had a husband that was allergic to dog hair.

After three dozen poodles, Conron crossed a Poodle with a Labrador Retriever. Thus, the first labradoodle was created.

The next step in the history of doodles was when the American Kennel Club (AKC) started registering them as a separate breed. Since then, the number of registered doodles has grown dramatically.

Today, there are more than 1 million doodles registered with the AKC.

Colors And Patterns Of A Doodle



Solid is referring to the basic colors that you can expect a doodle to be. Sometimes there may be a white accent mark on the chest or underside of the dog.

The main colors you can see a doodle in include:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • Blonde

Solid colors are seen in the following breeds:

  • Golden Mountain Doodle
  • Goldendoodle
  • Bernedoodle


Parti colored doodles are desired as doodles that have two colors on their coat. While around 30% or more of their coat and body is actually white.

Parti colors are seen in the following breeds: ​

  • Bernedoodle
  • Sheepadoodle
  • Goldendoodle
  • Golden Mountain Doodles


Merles like the name sounds has a marbled looking coat. These can come in chocolate merle, blue merle and sable merle. It is common for these doodles to have blue, for partially blue eyes.

Alongside that they can also appear in variations of the parti, tri and phantom doodle color and pattern types.

Merles are often seen in the following doodle breeds:​

  • Goldendoodle
  • Golden Mountain Doodle

Sable And Brindle

Sable and Brindle poodles have some unique and interesting coats. Their coloring is known to change, whether that is it gets lighter or darker as they grow up.

They come in various shades, and it is known that one just one hair follicle you will be able to see 3 or more different colors on it.

As a result, even a haircut can make your doodle change color.


Sables are similar to parti’s but instead of having black and white markings, they have black and brown markings. Compared to other coat patterns, they have a much more solid like coloring.

Sable colors are seen in the following doodle breeds:

  • Goldendoodle
  • Bernedoodle
  • Sheepadoodle


Brindles are doodles that have one solid color and one striped color. When shaved down, you will notice that the brindle has a similar appearance to a tiger stripe.

Brindle colors are seen in:

  • Golden Mountain Doodle
  • Bernedoodle
  • Goldendoodle
  • Sheepadoodle

Other Doodle Colors And Patterns



Phantoms have similar markings to Doberman and Rottweiler dogs. They have markings around their legs, eyebrows, chest and underneath their tail.

Phantom colors are seen in:

  • Bernedoodle
  • Golden Mountain Doodle
  • Goldendoodle


Tri is a combination of Parti and Phantom. They have the same coloring as a Bernedoodle. They are known for mirroring their parent dog breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Tri colored doodles are seen in the following breeds:


There are many types of doodles out there. Each with their own unique characteristics, colors, and patterns. Some are very easy to spot, while others are harder to find.

If you are looking for a new pet, then you should consider getting a doodle. You will not regret it!

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