A cross between the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle, the Whoodle (also sometimes called Wheatenpoo or Sweetendoodle) is a friendly and playful pup you’ll be happy to have in your home as part of your family. This dog is the perfect mix of beauty and brains, thanks to its high levels of intelligence and teddy bear-like appearance. This one is poised to be a social media star!
While the exact time and place are difficult to pinpoint, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle are believed to have been intentionally bred for the first time in the mid-1900s. However, this breed may have existed through accidental breeding before that. In mixing the purebred parents, breeders hoped to get an intelligent pup with a coat suitable for allergy sufferers like the Poodle, with the gorgeous fur of the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. The health issues that are generally associated with purebred dogs are also minimized in mixed breeds such as the Whoodle, thus making it a more sustainable and healthy option for pet owners.
These pups are positively brimming with energy and are as playful as they get. The Whoodle can be said to be smarter than your average dog and is thus relatively easy to train since they pick up tricks quite easily. However, these dogs are natural-born leaders and so may have a stronger personality than most dog owners are used to. It may be necessary to let your dog know (through love and positive reinforcements) who the boss of the household is. Never use harsh punishments like yelling since they will do more harm than good. Otherwise, these are curious dogs that thrive in homes that have access to open spaces like woods and beaches. They like to be around humans at all times and don’t necessarily like being left alone. When it comes to the Whoodle, early socialization is of very high importance. To get a better idea of the kind of temperament your Whoodle will have as an adult, spend some time around the parent dogs. Their personalities can be fairly good indicators of the kind of personality your Whoodle puppy will grow up to have.
Due to the lack of any set standards when it comes to breeding, the Whoodle may be either small or medium-sized, depending on the parent genes. As with most mixed breeds, you can expect size variations. However, most Whoodle stand around 12 to 20 inches tall and weigh anywhere between 20 to 45 pounds.
Whoodles are generally healthy pups that, with some love and care, are set to live long, healthy and happy lives. However, as with all dogs, it is necessary to stay vigilant when it comes to certain hereditary illnesses. While it isn’t necessary that your Whoodle will develop any of these issues throughout their life, if they have a parent with these issues, the likelihood increases greatly. It is thus necessary to get health clearances of both parent dogs from the breeder when getting your Whoodle puppy. Make sure not to get a puppy from a breeder that mates dogs younger than two years old since that is generally the age that most genetic illnesses begin to show symptoms. As with any dog, your Whoodle needs to be taken to the vet’s clinic for an examination at least once a month. This way, you can rest assured that your Whoodle is in good health, and in case some issue does crop up, it can be dealt with promptly, which can truly make all the difference when it comes to effective treatment. Some issues that you Whoodle may be predisposed to include eye diseases and infections, kidney disease, progressive retinal atrophy, and Addison’s disease.
The Whoodle is an active dog and will require a fair bit of exercise on a daily basis. They are incredibly playful and need an outlet for all their pent-up energy. If their exercise needs are not met, the Whoodle will grow unhealthy, both physically as well as mentally. For the Whoodle, a minimum of a one-mile daily walk is recommended, if not more. Make sure these dogs are kept physically active and give them lots of toys and trinkets to play with so that they don’t end up bored, which may lead to some destructive behavior. When it comes to training, it must be understood that the Whoodle tends to take up leadership positions. This may result in some dominance issues when it comes to getting your Whoodle to listen to you. If you are a novice dog owner, it is best to get professional help. Make sure that boundaries are set while the Whoodle is still a pup so that when they are older, they know who’s boss. This breed requires patience when it comes to training but will do best when showered with a lot of love, kindness, and other forms of healthy positive reinforcement. Steer clear of yelling or other harsh punishments as this will definitely make your Whoodle more stubborn, ultimately doing more hard than good.
When it comes to Whoodles, or any other breed for that matter, the recommended diet really depends on the nutritional needs of your individual dog. When formulating a feeding plan for your dog, it is a good idea to speak to a professional so that you can give your Whoodle a healthy and balanced diet. Your Whoodle’s dietary needs are dependant on their size and energy levels, and these will vary as the dog ages. Don’t introduce drastic changes in your Whoodle’s diet without consulting a veterinarian first.
The Whoodle has a coat that comes in a variety of colors such as black, brown, silver, cream, and red. Their fur is silky and requires regular brushing, growing into a medium length. Most Whoodles are low-shedding and low-dander thanks to their Poodle genes. These pups prefer colder months to summer and may become easily overheated if left in the sun or without adequate hydration.
When it comes to grooming, the Whoodle (much like both parent dogs) is pretty high maintenance. They will require daily brushing to ensure their coat stays soft and silky. A trim every few months is also a good idea since you don’t want your dog tripping on their fur or having their vision impaired by hair falling into their eyes. Whoodle’s will need to have their nails trimmed regularly since they do not tend to wear away on their own. Be careful when clipping their nails since Whoodles have blood vessels present in them. It is best to seek professional help to avoid hurting your dog.
You can expect Whoodle puppies to come with a price tag of anywhere between $1200 to $5500. The price is largely dependent on whether you choose to buy from the certified breeder, as well as the traits of the particular puppy that you are interested in.