This one’s a tiny ball of pure happiness! The Choodle is a small pup that loves to have fun and whose cuteness is positively to die for. While they may be tiny, Choodles are incredibly high in energy and love. This breed is a cross between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Chihuahua. These pups love to follow their humans around while they take care of their day-to-day tasks. All they really want is to be around their loved ones but are fairly independent and will be alright if left alone from time to time. These dogs are great for families and single-person households alike. If you’re looking for a new best friend, look no further, the Choodle is the ideal candidate!
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact time and place this breed originated, but a rough estimate would be in the 1970s, the same time as Cockapoos in the United States. Mixed-breeds don’t usually get the level of attention they deserve, which results in a clear lack of documentation as compared to purebred dogs. However, this does not make them any less worthy of your love! Chances are, the Choodle existed in nature through accidental breeding between the Chihuahua and the Poodle before any intentional efforts to cross the two breeds began. The Choodle is not a registered breed as of yet. However, they have a large following of admirers and pet owners across the world!
They love to play and cuddle up next to their humans. Unlike their Chihuahua and Poodle parents, both of whom are known to get incredibly attached to their owners to the point of developing separation anxiety, the Choodle is an independent pup. While they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods or be kept outdoors in a kennel under any circumstances, these pups will be perfectly fine doing their own thing or watching you go about your day-to-day tasks. They don’t need as much attention as their parents but will be more than happy when you give them love and affection. These are very intelligent and active dogs who like to keep themselves entertained at all times.
An average Choodle will grow up to be anywhere between 5 to 15 inches tall and weigh around 5 to 20 pounds.
Choodles are healthy dogs, especially when compared to their purebred parents. The mixed-breeding means they usually possess some level of hybrid vigor owing to the larger gene pool. However, healthy parents make healthy puppies, which is why you must ask the breeder you are getting your Choodle puppy from to share the health clearances of both parent dogs. Do not buy from breeders that mate dogs younger than two years old. Regular visits to the vet should be scheduled so that any issues are caught and treated early on. Your Choodle may be predisposed to overactive tear glands, glaucoma, hypoglycemia, and patellar luxation.
Despite their rather small size, Choodles are positively bursting with energy. They love a good play session and tend to become easily bored due to their high level of intelligence. Their need for physical and mental stimulation must be met. Otherwise, this tiny pup may become a destructive little goblin. Give them lots of toys and trinkets to keep them engaged and make sure they get to release all their pent-up energy. When it comes to training, Choodles are incredibly easy dogs. They have an eager-to-please nature and pick up commands with ease due to their smarts. This makes them the perfect pup for new owners who do not have any previous experience when it comes to training dogs.
Speak to a veterinarian to assess your Choodle’s nutritional needs before coming up with a feeding plan. Divide up their recommended daily serving into two to three separate meals to keep your pup satisfied and prevent any gastric issues. Steer clear of free-feeding.
Their coats can vary in length and degree of curliness, but on average, they are relatively low-shedding.
The Choodle is very easy to groom, with a coat that pretty much only requires regular brushing to keep it healthy. Brushing will also ensure that the coat stays healthy and free of any tangles or matted fur, keeping it smooth and shiny. If you feel as though your Choodle’s coat is growing too long, schedule in a trim. If their nails don’t wear away naturally, be sure to have them clipped. Ensure good oral hygiene by regularly brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent any build-up. Bathe your dog only when necessary since too much soap and water can dry out a pup’s skin and cause irritation.
A Choodle can cost anywhere between $500 to $950.