Small Poodle Mix is America’s Most Adoptable Rescue Dog

Per a survey of 784 rescues and shelters

By Chelsey Hall

small poodle mixSECAUCUS, NJ – Many people have seen the list of the most popular dog breeds in the country. However, that list only includes roughly 16% of the purebred dogs that are registered with the AKC. The majority of the remaining dogs are adopted. Small poodle mixes were named the most adoptable rescue dog by a survey of 784 rescues and shelters conducted by World Dog Expo.

Rescue and shelter directors were asked a series of six questions that included, “What breed or breed mix is easiest to adopt?” and “What color or color combination is the most adoptable?”.

Examples of small poodle mixes include: Cockapoo, Maltipoo, Yorkipoo and Peekapoo. Because they are the most coveted dog to be adopted, they can often be difficult to find in a shelter or rescue. The most common breeds found in shelters are, in order: Pit Bulls, Labradors, Hounds, German Shepherds, Cattle Dogs, Terriers, Chihuahuas and Chows.

The survey also discovered that, small-breed, hypoallergenic dogs, such as poodles, are 20 times more likely to be adopted over their canine counterparts. Taking that a step further, if the poodle is white or cream colored, they are an additional 26 times more likely to be adopted compared to other dogs in rescues and shelters.


World Dog Expo works to promote dog rescue, fostering and adoption. The show takes place June 9-10 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The weekend spectacular event will celebrate dogs everywhere in a large–scale, cutting edge multimedia format. With multiple stages, attendees will enjoy caliber events, such as dock diving, disc dog, lure coursing, weight pulling and schutzhund, just to name a few.