Updated on 05/24/2021 by Sadie

Do not be fooled by the compact size of this pup. It will be ready to stand guard at any moment. How effective they may be at holding off threats is another story completely. The Foodle is an incredibly adorable little dog that loves its owners unconditionally. A cross between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and a Toy Fox Terrier, these pups love to have fun. They will put a smile on your face with ease using their silly antics and will always be ready for a good cuddle session. The Foodle combines the intelligence and fun-loving nature of the Poodle with the alertness and high-energy of the Toy Fox Terrier. This pup’s a feisty one and will be loyal to you no matter what.


Origin & History of Foodles

It is generally believed that the Foodle originated sometime in the 1980s since that is when Doodle dogs and other hybrid breeds became all the rage. It is difficult to say exactly when and where this pup first originated, and no breeder has laid claim to crossing the two breeds for the first time. Chances are the Foodle existed in nature through accidental breeding between the Poodle and the Toy Fox Terrier long before any intentional efforts to bring the two together began. Mix-breed dogs usually suffer from a lack of documentation due to a lack of interest in the breeds, as opposed to their purebred parents. However, this in no way makes them any less worthy of your love and attention. This is not a registered breed, but the Foodle has a dedicated following across the world.

Personality and Temperament

These pups are incredibly high in energy despite their small size. They love to play and goof around, and they are known to show a lot of affection to their owners. The Foodle is an adorable little guy, and you can bet he knows it! They may develop a stubborn streak which is why early training and socialization are incredibly important. They have destructive tendencies due to their constant need for mental stimulation, so be sure to keep them occupied. These pups don’t like being alone, so do not leave them on their own for long hours. If you want to get a good idea of the kind of personality your Foodle will grow up to have, spend some time around the Toy Fox Terrier or Poodle parent. The personalities of the parents are usually fairly good indicators of the kind of personality your puppy will grow into.

Foodle Size

On average, the Foodle will grow up to be around 10 to 12 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 9 to 13 pounds.

Foodle Health

Foodles, generally speaking, are healthy pups. However, the best guarantee of a healthy puppy is healthy parents. Make sure the breeder you are getting your Foodle puppy from shares the health clearance certificate of both parent dogs, and be careful not to buy a dog from a breeder that mates dogs that are younger than two years old since that is the age when genetic illnesses begin to show symptoms. Schedule regular vet checkups so that any issues are caught and nipped in the bud. Illnesses that you Foodle may be predisposed to include issues relating to the joints and various digestive issues such as gastric torsion (bloat).


Foodle Care and Training

Do not be fooled by their small size. Foodles need more exercise than you’d expect! These pups love running around and exploring, and a good hour to hour and a half daily walk is recommended for this pooch. Do not commit to a Foodle if you don’t enjoy long walks because, with this pup, you’ll be going on a lot of them. They are also very smart, which means they will grow bored rather easily. If they do not get the mental and physical stimulation they need, the Foodle will get destructive. Provide them with a lot of toys and trinkets to keep them engaged throughout the day. They are easily distracted, so training may be a bit of a hassle, but nothing too bad.


Speak to your local veterinarian when designing a meal plan for your pup to assess their exact nutritional needs. Avoid free-feeding and give your pup their daily recommended serving in two to three separate meals throughout the day.

Coat Color, Types, Shedding

The Foodle is a low-shedder with a coat that can be wiry or curly, depending on which parent they take after.

Foodle Grooming

These pups have rather floppy ears, which means their ears need to be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infections. Brush their coat regularly to keep it healthy and tangle-free. Do not bathe your Foodle more than necessary since regular interaction with soap and water may irritate their skin.

Deciding on a Foodle

The Foodle is a right fit for you if:

  • You have children and want a family dog
  • You enjoy walks
  • You want an affectionate dog

The Foodle is not a right fit for you if:

  • You don’t like walking
  • You want a dog that can be kept in a kennel
  • You want an aggressive watchdog

Getting a Foodle

How Much is a Foodle Puppy?

On average, Foodle puppies cost anywhere between $800 to $2000.

Foodle Breeders

Rescue and Adoption

Here is a list of organizations that shelter Foodles (among other breeds):


3515 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
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