The Whoodle is a hybrid, or designer, dog. They can be bred in three sizes: miniature, medium or standard. They can be 12-20 inches in height and weighing between 20 and 45 pounds. The original dogs for this breed are a cross between a pedigree Soft coated Wheaten Terrier and a pedigree Poodle. After the original crossing the Whoodle should only be bred with another Whoodle but it is possible for them to be mated with either of the original parent breeds as well. It is important that you check the percentages of each breed in the dog you are getting; the breeder can give you this information. The overall look also depends which bloodline is favored by the father and which is favored by the mother. Generally, though, they should have a head that is proportional or a hint larger with a medium length neck leading to a deep chest with muscular shoulders. Their back will be straight and their rear legs are strong and powerful looking. Their body length is a little more than the dogs’ height.
History. All hybrids have a limited history. The modern trend is to find a dog that is easier to care for and requires less exercise, whilst being easy to train. The Poodle is a popular choice for designer dogs as they are highly intelligent and are the easiest dogs to train. As time goes on and when all the excitement dies down, around the designer breeds, the reputable breeders will try to lay down reliable standards. The disreputable dealers will have moved on to their next money spinner. When a reliable standard is introduced the hybrids will be easier to decide on which dog you want as their traits will be more reliable. The shift towards temperament rather than abilities will have to be recognized by the kennel clubs and some of today’s hybrids will become tomorrow’s pedigrees.
Temperament. A Whoodle will be affectionate and intelligent with a playful and friendly disposition. They will enjoy playing with older children but will not get on well with rough or disrespectful children. If they are well socialized they will be quite happy with other canine pets. It is important to assert yourself as this dogs’ leader and to train them properly. Training needs to be given in a firm, fair fashion with lots of praise when a task is performed correctly. If the dog makes a mistake do not shout or chastise the dog just move on. If this breed detects a weak minded owner they will try to take over the home and assert themselves as the pack leader. A dog is always happiest when they know their place in the family. Playtime will give them the mental stimulus they require. If the dogs’ needs are met you will have a loving and lovable pet that is a pleasure to be around.
Grooming. It is safe to assume you will need to brush the Whoodle every couple of days and that you will need to take them to the groomer every 9-12 weeks unless you maintain a puppy cut.
Living conditions. As long as they get adequate exercise and mental stimulation the Whoodle will be happy living in an apartment.
Living with a Whoodle
The Whoodle is a happy, playful, confident and agreeable dog.
The Whoodle is a great family dog that gets along with all people, cats and even birds.
The Whoodle is a low to non-shedding dog.
For stunning appearance and comfort, the Whoodle should have a clean puppy cut, with a medium length beard and tail. The coat needs frequent brushing to prevent matting.
The Whoodle should be trained with a soft and gentle hand without harsh tones or tactics. Lots of positive reinforcement will work well for them as they live to please.
The Whoodle is an extremely intelligent dog that can be stubborn at times. They are very well behaved dogs and typically not destructive. After being potty trained, they can usually be left out of the crate during the day.
The Whoodle is not a barker. They typically don’t bark even at the front door.
The Whoodle is very sensitive to the heat and sun and seeks the shade when outside. They don’t seem to be affected by the cold.
The Whoodle requires a moderate amount of exercise and typically enjoy more shorter walks throughout the day than one long daily walk.