Whoodle - Soft-Coated Designer Breed
One of the designer breeds that are enjoying a popularity rise is the Whoodle. It is a mix between the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle. These dogs make great active companions, but you should consider some things before deciding to get one.
Getting any dog is a big responsibility, and most future dog owners think about all the good times they will share with their new family members. We rarely focus on all aspects of owning a dog, and especially one that is as active as the Whoodle. Dogs have needs, and if their needs are not met, they can (and most likely will) develop behavioral problems. Here is what you need to know about the adorable Whoodle.
The Whoodle is a mixed breed, a crossbreed between the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle. Dog breeders are deliberately mixing these two breeds so they could get the best out of them, but sadly, that is not how genes work. There are far too many possible combinations to be sure which exact characteristics the crossbreed puppy will inherit, so it is impossible to know how they will turn up to be.
After careful research, we managed to summarize the most important Whoodle facts, traits, and things all future owners will be interested in. Here are some of the most important things to know about this fluffy designer dog breed.
One of the two most important things about any dog is the character. To be a good dog owner, a person should get a dog that matches their lifestyle. If the owner prefers an active lifestyle that includes biking, hiking, jogging, or swimming, it would be wise to get an active dog breed that will enjoy doing things with them. They wouldn’t want to end up with a dog that can’t keep up with its owner’s pace.
Whoodle is a cross between the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle, and both breeds are pretty active. It was natural to assume the Whoodle puppies will end up with the same traits. We were right, and nearly 100% of Whoodle owners reported their dog is active. These designer pooches love all sorts of activities, and they will be down to embark on any adventure you would want them to go on.
These dogs make great family pets. About 85% of Whoodles are incredibly kid-friendly. They love playing with them and are relatively gentle when interacting with small children. This characteristic is fundamental if you want to get this dog for a family that has children. The remaining 15% of Whoodles lacked contact with kids and weren’t properly socialized. That isn’t a problem if you are not planning on having kids.
If you want to get a dog and you have children, check out this guide - Dogs and kids.
However, socializing your dog is a must, and they should know how to act in different environments and settings. If you are not sure how to properly socialize your dog, check out this article for ideas - Socialization tips and tricks.
These dogs are considered fairly smart and trainable. Whoodles are part Poodles, so you shouldn’t be surprised they inherited intelligence. They will require plenty of training; physical and mental stimulation. Working with the dog can improve their behavior and help them become the best possible version of themselves. If you are not the most experienced dog owner and don’t know much about the significance of dog training, check out this article - What will obedience teach your dog.
The second thing all dog owners need to consider is size. You can’t have a large dog if you live in a tiny apartment. Mind you, nothing is impossible, but it would be very impractical. Large dogs need a lot of space to move, so make sure you pick a dog whose size fits your home.
Whoodles are flexible about the size. They come from Poodles that come in three sizes - Toy, Miniature, and Standard. That means Whoodles can come in three sizes; it all depends on which Poodle is their parent. However, they can never become huge dogs, and they will stay in the small to medium range. Most Whoodles are between 12-20 inches tall and weigh 20-45 pounds.
Coat and grooming should play an important role in any dog’s life. Whoodles should be regularly groomed. Their parent breeds require quite a bit of grooming, and it is no surprise that these adorable pups need it as well. They can have a straight or curly coat that barely sheds.
This is one of the most significant advantages when it comes to this crossbreed. You don’t need to worry about dog hair being left all over the place. It is a piece of vital information for all wannabe owners that hate vacuuming. If you are interested in learning about hypoallergenic dog breeds, check out this article - Best hypoallergenic dogs.
Since Whoodle is a crossbreed, they can be affected by health issues coming from both sides of the family. When it comes to pureblooded dogs, their health concerns are pretty well documented, and most responsible breeders test their puppies for these problems. Designer dogs like the Whoodle don’t have a detailed history of breeding or medical issues, so there is no way of knowing what health issues can affect them. Some issues owners reported were;
We can certainly appreciate the appeal of getting a dog that has specific characteristics you want out of them, but the truth is, getting a well-bred designer dog could be tricky. This is not a registered breed, so there is no official breeding club or registry controlling the breeder’s breeding processes. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know if a puppy was carefully bred.
Most breeders that produce mixed dogs do it for one simple reason - earning money. There is a possibility you run into an ethical breeder that tests their breeding dogs and puppies, but without proper institutions regulating that, it is very hard.
If you absolutely want to get a Whoodle, then it might be a good idea to adopt. You can contact Poodle rescue centers and ask if they have any Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle mixes. It would be a lot better to save a shelter dog’s life than to finance a questionable breeder creating unregistered dogs.
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