International Doodle Dog Day: Celebrating Poodle Mix Breeds
May 1st every year is a special day dedicated to celebrating Poodle mix dog breeds from all over the world. International Doodle Dog Day (IDDD) was created by Jeanine North, one of the original founders of Ripley and Rue, a merchandise store for dogs with a focus on women’s niche markets. IDDD is an opportunity for Poodle and Doodle owners to take their furry little friends on a playdate, to a dog parade, or to simply spoil them with treats. But IDDD is not just meant for Doodles; it’s also a time for Doodle owners to socialize with other owners, get Doodle care and maintenance advice, and make friends. In this article, we will take a closer look at what Doodle dogs are and explore the history of IDDD, plus fun ideas on how to celebrate your Doodle.
What Is a Doodle Dog?
A Doodle dog is created when a Poodle is mixed with a different dog breed. Most people consider Doodles to be either designer or mixed dog breeds. The term designer breed refers to situations when breeders intermix two purebred dogs in a bid to get the best traits from each species in the new puppy. In the case of Doodles, you end up with an intelligent family dog that has a low-shedding coat and is generally good-natured. Doodles have slowly been rising in popularity starting with the infamous Labradoodle owned by Wally Conron, a breeding manager. Conron mated a Labrador with a standard Poodle in 1989 to breed a non-shedding guide dog. He ended up with 3 puppies, which he called Labradoodle; a name coined to be a joke but later became a sensation worldwide. Today, there are at least 44 Poodle mixes in existence, featuring different sizes and shapes. Doodle puppies are generally loving, sweet, and playful, featuring all the Poodle traits that we have come to appreciate over the years.
What Is International Doodle Dog Day?
Doodles are considered members of the family, bringing joy and laughter, so it makes sense for them to have a special day dedicated to celebrating their companionship. IDDD was created as an opportunity for Doodle owners to officially celebrate their furry friends. Since 2015, IDDD has grown to become an event celebrated worldwide, with over 75 cities across the world participating in 2022, including New York, San Francisco, and Melbourne.
One of the best things about IDDD is that it celebrates all types of Doodle Dogs, from the Fluffy Sheepadoodle to the mini English Goldendoodle. IDDD provides Doodle owners with a unique opportunity to connect with other owners, socialize, and have fun. And with over 80k followers on their official Instagram account, the popularity of IDDD continues to grow.
How to Celebrate International Doodle Dog Day
In 2023, IDDD is scheduled to happen on May 1st. However, you can plan an event with your city and schedule a different day if necessary. Celebrate IDDD by donating to charitable organizations or shelter homes for canines, or by volunteering your time to working towards bettering the lives of dogs. You can also adopt a Doodle dog on IDDD as a symbolic commemoration of the day, but it’s best to adopt one from a canine shelter to give another dog a chance at a better life. Sharing your favorite memories with your Doodle on social media is also a great way to celebrate. Just snap a photo as you play around with your dog and post it, preferably on Instagram with the hashtag #InternationalDoodleDogDay to flaunt the cuteness of your Doodle Dog among other owners.
Creating Your Own International Doodle Day Event
Setting up your own local International Doodle Day Event is easy if you follow these steps:
1. Plan event details and submit them to Ripley and Rue.
2. Determine the activities for the day that will be most attractive to other Doodle owners, such as romping at the dog park, starting an auction or raffle for a local charity, or hosting a block party or parade.
3. Select a suitable location depending on the size of your event.
4. Create awareness of your event by advertising it on social media.
Doodle dogs are some of the most popular dog breeds in the world, providing us with unquantifiable companionship. International Doodle Dog Day is an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these furry little creatures at least once a year. Whether you donate money to dog shelters, volunteer your time, or adopt a Doodle dog, IDDD is a special day to commemorate the companionship of your Doodle. Creating your own IDDD event is an excellent way to connect with other Doodle owners and have fun. Remember, Doodles bring us joy and laughter, and they deserve more than the occasional chew toy to show our appreciation.