- Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Group: not applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles and seniors, houses with yards
- Temperament: Playful, energetic, friendly, loving
If you were to picture a medium-sized dog with a soft, curly coat then you might be picturing the Whoodle – a cross between the Standard Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Because Poodles come in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard), the Whoodle also comes in three sizes – miniature, medium, or standard. Hybrid breeds like the Whoodle are sometimes referred to as “designer dogs” and sold for exorbitant prices. It is important to remember, however, that designer dogs are mixed breeds, not purebreds, and unless you purchase one from a reputable breeder, it may have more than just the Standard Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier in its bloodline. Do your homework – it’ll be worth it in the end!
The Whoodle also comes in three sizes – miniature, medium, or standard.
Hybrid dogs have been in existence for many years, so the first crossing of Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle may have occurred long ago. The Poodle was originally developed in Germany as a water dog and its origins can be traced back to the 15th century or earlier. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is an Irish breed developed over 200 years ago as an all-purpose farm dog.
The Whoodle is a hybrid breed, a cross between the Standard Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Because the Poodle comes in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard), the Whoodle also comes in three sizes – miniature, medium, or standard.
The Whoodle comes in three different sizes so you should choose a dog food formula appropriate for the dog’s size. Miniature Whoodles should be offered a dog food formulated for small-breed dogs while the standard Whoodle should be fed a medium-sized breed formula.
The Whoodle responds well to training and can learn quickly.
The Poodle is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds, and the Whoodle is smart as well. This being the case, the Whoodle responds well to training and can learn quickly. Because these dogs can be energetic as puppies they require a firm and consistent hand in training. Positive reinforcement-based training methods are recommended and you should start your puppy with training and socialization as early as possible to prevent the development of problem behaviors.
The Whoodle is a cross between the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle which comes in three sizes – toy, miniature, and standard. The Whoodle, then, also comes in three sizes – miniature, medium, and standard. The size and weight of the Whoodle varies greatly depending on breeding but most weigh between 20 and 45 pounds.
The Whoodle exhibits a combination of the personality traits for which the Poodle and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier are known. These dogs tend to be friendly and fun-loving and they get along particularly well with children. Whoodles are active and playful so they need a lot of exercise and active playtime. Because these dogs are also smart, they require regular mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored and developing problem behaviors. They love people and children, making a wonderful companion and family member.
Common Health Problems
For the most part, the Whoodle is a healthy breed. In many cases, crossbred dogs are less likely to develop congenital conditions than purebred dogs simply because the gene pool is much larger. That is not to say that the Whoodle isn’t prone to developing certain conditions – all breeds have the potential to be affected by a number of different diseases. Some of the conditions that could affect the Whoodle breed include hip dysplasia, ear infections, allergies, and progressive retinal atrophy.
The average lifespan for the Whoodle is 12 to 15 years.
The Whoodle is not an overly active dog but it does require a good deal of daily exercise. This breed requires a long daily walk and would appreciate some active play time or free time in a large fenced yard. Because this breed is intelligent, it may be prone to destructive and problem behaviors if he doesn’t receive adequate exercise.
These dogs tend to be friendly and fun-loving and they get along particularly well with children.
The Whoodle is not recognized by the AKC because it is technically a hybrid of two pure breeds rather than a new breed. This breed is, however, recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.
The Whoodle exhibits a coat that combines the appearance of the Poodle’s curly coat and the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier’s long, silky coat. The Whoodle’s coat may be either wavy or straight and it comes in a variety of colors including black, red, chocolate, apricot, silver, or parti (spotted). Because the coat is typically long it requires regular brushing and frequent grooming – Whoodles should be trimmed every 8 to 12 weeks. This breed is a great choice for allergy suffers, as his coat is hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed much.
As puppies, the Whoodle may have a dark coat that lightens with age as the puppy matures. As is true with all dogs, it is recommended that you start the Whoodle with training and socialization as early as possible to prevent the development of problem behaviors.
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