I know all of the different opinions on poo mixes and purposely breeding them. I have been thinking about specifically the poodle/cocker mix and the poodle/golden retriever mix. I myself love poodles and think they are one of the best all-around pets--they are so versatile. The only reason I can think of to breed them with another breed would be the following: and I'm sure I will hear if I have it all wrong or not. Just my thoughts. The biggest downside for me owning a poodle is the grooming involved. Correct me if I am wrong, but a poodle should be groomed(meaning combed out) every day or at least a few times a week. Because their curls are so tight they matt easily; now I could keep it cut very short to lesson this, but they still need a lot of grooming/scissoring, plus they look so nice with more coat. Am I correct in saying a poodle mix with a cocker or golden retriever would produce dogs from straight/wavy to tighter curls(but with curls looser than a poodle). (I am not including the popular lab/poodle mix since curly and straight coat often produces wire. ) Would this trait-looser curls--not make them easier to groom, perhaps matting less? They may or may not shed less, depending upon which parent's coat they inherited more of. Or do I have it all wrong? Forget about if you think actually breeding them is ethical or not, but if their combination produces an easier to care-for coat. They still need more grooming and clipping and I would consider them a higher maintanance dog in that regard. If a person was to breed purely for coat type (obviously temperament and good health too) would they be able to produce an dog with an easier-to-care-for coat than the purebred poodle?