Mini Irish Doodle
Hunter the Irish Doodle (Photo: @hunterdoodle530 / Instagram)
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By helloBARK! staff
Updated on May 02, 2019
Fact Checked This article was fact checked by one of our writers on May 02, 2019.

Mini Irish Doodle is a hybrid of an Irish Setter and a Miniature Poodle

They’re smaller version of the Irish Doodle, which are a cross between an Irish Setter and a Standard Poodle.

Mini Irish Doodles share the traits of both breeds in a more manageable size than the Irish Doodle.

With a relatively long lifespan, Mini Irish Doodles were bred to be companion-sized dogs that don’t shed a lot.

They were also developed to be used as service and therapy dogs due to their caring, obedient, loving and well-balanced temperaments.

Like most designer breeds, Mini Irish Doodles are quite expensive dogs that aren’t very common.

We’ll break down this article on Mini Irish Doodles into the following sections:

• What is an Irish Doodle?
• What is a Mini Irish Doodle?
• How big do Mini Irish Doodles get?
• Mini Irish Doodle temperament
• Do Mini Irish Doodles shed?
• Are Mini Irish Doodles hypoallergenic?
• Mini Irish Doodle Therapy dogs
• Mini Irish Doodle prices
• Mini Irish Doodles to follow on Instagram
• Are there miniature Irish setters?
• Anything else to consider?
• In conclusion

What is an Irish Doodle?

Hunter the Irish Doodle (Photo: @hunterdoodle530 / Instagram)
Hunter the Irish Doodle (Photo: @hunterdoodle530 / Instagram)

Let’s start by taking a look at the Irish Doodle. These dogs are hybrid of an Irish Setter and Standard Poodle.

Males can grow to a height between 24 and 28 inches and can weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. Females are around 22 to 26 inches tall and can weigh between 40 and 60 pounds.

Given the Irish Setter and Poodle were both used as gun dogs during hunts for game and ducks, these dogs are quite athletic.

What is a Mini Irish Doodle?

A Mini Irish Doodle is a mix between an Irish Setter and a Miniature Poodle that results in smaller dog.

The result is a companion sized canine that will show their owners a lot of affection and love.

They enjoy socialising with other dogs (and people) thanks to their outgoing personalities.

How big do Mini Irish Doodles get?

As you might expect, Mini Irish Doodle are quite a bit smaller than the Irish Doodle.

Mini Irish doodles will usually grow to an average height of between 12 and 17 inches. That’s at least five to seven inches smaller than an Irish Doodle.

They can weigh as little as 25 pounds but can weigh up to 35 pounds, which is slightly less than a very light female Irish Doodle.

What color are Mini Irish Doodle?

Mini Irish Doodle tend to be red, apricot, black, while some with have a splash of white.

Puppies with rare colors such as apricot tend to be more expensive.

Mini Irish Doodle temperament

Mini Irish Doodle tend to be obliging and sweet little dogs that like to keep their owners happy.

They’ve got a gentle personality, while they do well around young children as they tend to be patient pups.

However, you should never leave a dog alone with a child regardless of whether you believe you can trust your canine or not.

Mini Irish Doodle enjoy some playtime given Irish Setters and Miniature Poodles are both relatively active dogs.

They’ll relish the chance to play a game of fetch in the backyard or garden, while they do well when mixing with other pooches.

Given the background of both the Irish Setter and the Poodle, Mini Irish Doodles should do quite well at agility training.

Do Mini Irish Doodles shed?

A Mini Irish Doodle shouldn’t shed a lot given the influence of their Poodle parents.

The French breed are notorious for having low-shedding coats, with their tight curls a signature feature of the breed.

While Irish Setters are moderate shedders, they’re by no means a heavy shedding breed.

As a result, Mini Irish Doodles tend to be moderate to low shedders depending on whether they take after their Irish Setter or Poodle parents in that regard.

Their coat will require frequent brushing to ensure the fur doesn’t become matted and tangled.

Mini Irish Doodles will need regular trips to the groomer every couple of months to trim their luscious locks.

Are Mini Irish Doodles hypoallergenic?

Irish Doodle Bubba (Photo: @bubba.thedoodle / Instagram)
Irish Doodle Bubba (Photo: @bubba.thedoodle / Instagram)

The American Kennel Club make it clear on their website that there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog breed.

However, some dogs are more suited to allergy sufferers than others, such as the low-shedding Poodle. The AKC list 19 dog breeds that they recommend if you’re allergic to dogs.

These don’t include designer dog breeds such as Cavapoo, Cockerpoo, Sheepadoodle, Goldendoodle and the Irish Doodle.

However, Irish Doodles and Mini Irish Doodles are thought to be potentially a good breed for those looking for a dog that doesn’t shed a lot.

It can depend on whether a Mini Irish Doodle takes after a Poodle or an Irish Setter when it comes to shedding.

There’s no guarantee that they’ll be 100 per cent hypoallergenic won’t trigger allergies. Other factors such as dander and salvia can be equally problematic as dog hair.

We recommend contacting your local doctor or health expert before adopting a dog if you’re allergic to canines.

Mini Irish Doodle therapy dogs

Mini Irish Doodles have a reputation for being great therapy dogs given their adorable personalities and patient nature.

These hybrid dogs were bred to be service and therapy dogs, according to DarlingDoodles.com.

They’re easy to train, which should come as no surprise given the Poodle is the second-most intelligent dog in the world.

Mini Irish Doodles are eager to please so they’re quick to learn new commands and tricks.

Mini Irish Doodle prices

Mini Irish Doodles are Irish Doodles that can in a smaller package. However, they’re usually more expensive than Irish Doodles.

You should expect to pay around $2000 for a Mini Irish Doodle puppy. The price can fluctuate depending on each individual breeder.

Mini Irish Doodles to follow on Instagram

If you want to learn more about Mini Irish Doodles, you should check out some examples on Instagram.

In our experience, dog owners are very forthcoming with information about their breed on the social media site.

Here are two Mini Irish Doodles you should follow on Instagram if you want to learn more about these wonderful little dogs.

1) Tucker (@tucker_theminidoodle) – 1,200 followers

2) Nori (@nori_thedoodle) – 534 followers

Are there miniature Irish setters?

Based upon our research, Miniature Irish Setters have usually been mixed with another breed to reduce their size such as the Mini Poodle.

Anything else to consider?

There are no guarantees that your Mini Irish Doodle pup will be hypoallergenic.

It won’t become clear whether they take after their Poodle parents until further down the line.

You should ask your breeder a lot of questions about the parents and their health before deciding to adopt a Mini Irish Doodle.

In conclusion

Mini Irish Doodles are sweet little dogs that like to be around people.

They make great family pets due to their balanced personalities, while they’re easy to train.

Mini Irish Doodles have moderate to low shedding coats depending on which parent they take after.

However, these dogs don’t come cheap so be prepared to dig deep into your pockets.

Alternatively, you could check to see if there are any Mini Irish Doodles that need to be rescued.