Irish Troodle

Updated on 05/27/2021 by Sadie

If your main motivation to get a pup is so that you can have a friend waiting up for you at home, you’re in luck. The Irish Troodle is as friendly as they get but also fiercely protective of the people they love! This breed is bursting at the seams with love and affection, and they want nothing more than you shower it all on you. They are feisty pups, and if socialized early on, they make wonderful family dogs. A cross between the Poodle and the Irish Terrier, the Irish Troodle is a medium-sized pup. While your cat may not love this pup due to its tendency to chase smaller animals around, the Irish Troodle may just be your new BFF!

Origin & History of Irish Troodles

When it comes to mixed breed pups, it is almost always a struggle to pin down the exact time and place of origin. Hybrid breeds usually do not get the same level of attention as their purebred parents, which means there is quite a lack of documentation. No breeder has stepped up, claiming to be the first to bring the Poodle and the Irish Terrier together, and chances are this pooch existed naturally through accidental breeding long before any intentional efforts to mix the two began. Chances are, this pup first came onto the scene sometime in the 1980s since that is when the craze for designer breeds started.

Personality and Temperament

Irish Troodles are some of the sweetest dogs around once they get to know you. These pups are full of love, and they are incredibly protective of the people they love. These are rather alert pups, which means they won’t hesitate to let you know with a bark or two if they find something suspicious. For this reason, they make great watchdogs. They are gentle enough to live in a house with children and get along fairly well with other dogs. However, smaller animals may not want these pups around because of their high prey drive. The Irish Troodle loves to be around humans, so they should not be left alone for long periods. To get a good idea of the kind of personality your pup will grow into, try spending some time around the Poodle or the Irish Terrier parents. Their personalities are usually fairly good indicators of the kind of temperament your puppy will grow into. Start socialization early to make sure your pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality. If the option exists, you can even consider a puppy kindergarten class.

Irish Troodle Size

The Irish Troodle is a medium-sized pooch. They can grow up to be anywhere between 22 to 24 inches tall and weigh around 50 to 60 pounds.

 

Irish Troodle Health

Generally speaking, the Irish Troodle is a healthy dog. This is mostly due to the hybrid vigor that most of these pups possess due to the larger gene pool in mixed breeding. However, there is still a possibility that some illnesses that are known to affect the Poodle and the Irish Terrier may affect your Irish Terrier as well. When it comes to health, there is no better guarantee of a healthy dog than healthy parents. Make sure the breeder you are getting your puppy from shares the health clearances of both parents and does not mate dogs that are younger than 2 years old since that is when most genetic illnesses surface. The Irish Troodle may develop health issues relating to the joints, as well as gastrointestinal problems such as bloat.

Irish Troodle Care and Training

It is important to schedule regular appointments to have your Irish Troodle checked out by the vet so that any issues can be caught early and nipped in the bud. This pup is one that lives for playtime! The Irish Troodle is an active dog that loves running around and having fun. While they are fairly active, they don’t need to engage in vigorous exercise, and fun games of fetch or long walks will be perfect for this playful pooch. They are very smart dogs and may end up displaying destructive behaviors if they get too bored. It is best to keep them engaged with a good amount of toys and trinkets. Irish Troodles are known to have a bit of a short attention span, which means they are very easily distracted. This may prove to be an issue when it comes to training, but with a little patience and a lot of positive reinforcement, this pup will be picking up tricks and desired behaviors in no time!

Feeding

When it comes to the Irish Troodle, dietary needs may vary from one pup to the next. In order to come up with a sustainable meal plan that meets all of your pup’s needs, speak to a veterinarian. In general, it is best not to allow free-feeding. Divide your pup’s daily recommended serving into two to three separate meals to prevent issues such as bloat.

Coat Color, Types, Shedding

The Irish Troodle usually has a thick and curly coat that is low-shedding.

Irish Troodle Grooming

These pups may require regular grooming sessions to maintain their curly coat. Daily brushing will ensure your dog’s coat stays healthy, and trimming should be done whenever the need arises. Be sure to only bathe them when necessary, as too much bathing can dry out and irritate their skin.

Deciding on a Irish Troodle

The Irish Troodle is a right fit for you if:

  • You want an active
  • You want a low-shedding dog
  • You want a watchdog

The Irish Troodle is not a right fit for you if:

  • You have small animals like cats and mice at home
  • You want a low maintenance dog
  • You want a dog that can be kept outdoors or in a kennel

Getting a Irish Troodle

How Much is a Irish Troodle Puppy?

Irish Troodle puppies can cost anywhere between $300 to $800.

Irish Troodle Breeders

Rescue and Adoption

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

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