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Everything You Need To Know About Whoodle Breed

Last Updated - September 24, 2022

The Whoodle is a plush, teddy bear-like hybrid dog breed with a deceptively large amount of energy given its cute, cuddly appearance. This fun-loving dog makes a great family dog or the pet of owners who are out and about and needs a daily companion.

So is the Whoodle a good fit for you? Let's look at some of the breed's needs and overall temperament so you can better understand if this luxuriously silky dog is for you. 

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

Apartment Living

How easily a dog deals with living in an apartment. Despite the dog's size, you should also consider energy level, calmness, and friendliness.

Being Alone

Some breeds bond very closely with their family and are more prone to panic and separation anxiety when left alone. When left alone, they can become very destructive, bark, whine, chew and cause mayhem. These breeds do best in a home with a family member around during the day, can go to work with their owner, or recommend attending doggy day care if the owner is not home during the day.

Sensitivity Level

Low sensitivity dogs are easygoing, tolerant, and resilient. They can handle a noisy and chaotic household, a loud or assertive owner, and tolerate an inconsistent or variable routine.

Tolerate Cold Climate

Short coat and little to no coat breeds are vulnerable to cold climates. These breeds will have a low cold tolerance and need to live inside in a cool climate and should have a jacket or sweater on for chilly walks.

Tolerate Warm Climate

Breeds with a thick and double coat are vulnerable to overheating. Breeds with a short nose and flat face are also vulnerable as they can't pant as well to cool themselves off. If these breeds of dog live in a warm and humid environment, you will need to be extra cautious about taking them outdoor in the heat.

Friendliness

Cat Friendly

Friendliness towards cats and humans is very different. Some breeds are gentle and accept cats readily as part of the family. Some breeds will chase, fight, or rough play with a cat and cause severe injury. However, no matter the breed, proper socialization, and training can improve the situation.

Dog Friendly

Friendliness towards other dogs. Some dogs may try to dominate other dogs and attack and fight, while others would rather play. However, no matter the breed, proper socialization, and training can improve the situation.

Family Friendly

How affectionate a breed is likely to be with family members or other people he knows well. Some breeds are independent, some breeds can be aloof with everyone but their owner, while others treat everyone they know like it's their best friend.
Breed, however, isn't the only factor affecting affection levels. Proper socialization and training can improve the situation.

Kid Friendly

Kid-friendly dogs should be gentle with children, be more tolerant of screaming and running children as well as other children's behavior.

Openness To Strangers

How welcoming a breed is likely to be towards strangers. Some dogs will greet a stranger with wagging tails, while others are shy, reserved, cautious, or aggressive. However, no matter the breed, proper socialization, and training can improve the situation. 

Health And Grooming

Coat Grooming Frequency

Amount of bathing, brushing, trimming, and professional grooming needs. Consider how much time, patience, and budget you have for this type of care when looking at the grooming effort needed. All breeds require regular nail trimming.

Drooling Level

Drool-prone dogs may drape ropes of slobber on your arm or wet spots on your clothes when they come over to say hello. If you've got a laid-back attitude toward slobber, fine. But if you are a neat freak, dogs that are drool prone may not be the right choice for you.

General Health

Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems. However, this doesn't mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases, and it just means that they're at an increased risk.
If you're adopting or rescuing a puppy, it's a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you're interested in. You may also want to ask if your shelter or rescue has information about the physical health of your potential pup's parents and other relatives.
If you are purchasing from a breeder, be sure to do your research. Purchase from a reputable breeder and ask for the parent's health records to understand what potential health issue your pup may have.

Shedding Level

Amount and frequency of dog hair shedding.

If you are getting a dog, you'll need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house. However, shedding does vary greatly among the breeds. Some dogs shed year-round, some "blow" seasonally, some do both, and some shed hardly at all. 

Trainability

Easy To Train

Easy-to-train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt, an action, and a reward (such as treats, appraise, or toys). Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training.

Intelligence

Dogs bred for jobs requiring decision-making, intelligence, and concentration, need to exercise their brains. Such as, dogs bred to run all day need to exercise their bodies. If they don't get the mental stimulation they need, they can become destructive and exhibit behaviors such as digging and chewing. Obedience training and interactive dog toys are good ways to give a dog a brain workout, as are dog sports and careers, such as agility and search and rescue.

Potential To Mouthiness

Common in most breeds during the puppy stage. Mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn't puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or "herd" their human family members, and they need the training to learn that it's fine to gnaw on chew toys but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy squeaky toys, as well as a good chew on a toy that's been stuffed with kibble and treats.

Prey Drive

Dogs who were bred to hunt have an inborn desire to chase--and sometimes kill. Anything whizzing by, such as cats, squirrels, or rabbits, can trigger that instinct. Dogs who like to chase need to be leashed or kept in a fenced area when outdoors, and you'll need a high, secure fence in your yard. These breeds generally aren't a good fit for homes with smaller pets that can look like prey, such as cats, hamsters, or small animals. Breeds that were originally used for bird hunting, on the other hand, generally won't chase. But you'll probably have difficulty getting their attention when birds fly by.

Bark Or Howl Tendencies

Some breeds are more vocal than others. When choosing a breed, think about how often the dog vocalizes with barks or howls. While some breeds will bark at every passing bird, some may use other sounds to express themselves.

Physical And Mental Needs

Energy Level

The amount of physical and mental stimulation a breed needs. High-energy breeds are ready to go and eager for their next adventure. Low-energy breeds are like couch potatoes - they're happy to lay around and sleep.

Exercise Needs

Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. Others need daily, vigorous exercise, especially those originally bred for physically demanding jobs, like herding or hunting.

Mental Stimulation

How much mental stimulation a breed needs to stay happy and healthy. Purpose-bred dogs can have jobs that require decision-making, problem-solving, concentration, or other qualities. Without the brain exercise they need, they can be destructive and have unwanted behavior issues.

Territorial

A dog's inclination to be protective of his family members, home, yard, or even car.

Watchdog Ability

A breed's tendency to alert you that strangers are around. These breeds are more likely to react to any potential threat, whether it's the mailman or a squirrel outside the window.

Origin

The exact origins and date of the development of the fluffy Whoodle are unknown. The designer breed was likely developed in the mid-1900s along with many of the other poodle hybrids since the allure of a hypoallergenic coat was increasingly popular, and many hybrids were being tested.

The Whoodle is a mixed breed combining the qualities of the unique fur of Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers and the smarts of a Standard Poodle to create a fluffy companion with lots of energy and affection. 

The Whoodle is also known as the Wheatendoodle, Wheatenpoo, Sweatendoodle, and Sweaten Poo. The American Kennel Club does not yet recognize this hybrid due to the breed's recent origins and lack of breed standard in appearance or temperament. However, it is recognized by such clubs as the designer dogs kennel club, the international designer canine registry, and the American canine hybrid club.

gender
male

Height: 14-20"

Weight: 20-45 lbs

female

Height: 12-20"

Weight: 20-45 lbs

Life Span: 12-15

Breed Group: Hybrid

Size

The Whoodle is a medium-sized breed. However, if the dog was bred with a toy or miniature poodle, it is possible to get a small-sized Whoodle. A standard-sized Whoodle will grow 12-20 inches tall and weigh between 20-45 pounds. 

Personality 

The Whoodle is an active, enthusiastic, and playful dog. This dog is overall friendly, easy-going, and loves to be around people while still being an affectionate and loving companion. 

Appearance/Colors

Whoodles have a silky, medium-length coat that can come in various colors and markings, thanks to the poodle genes. This coat can be black, brown, white, red, fawn, gold, silver, grey, or cream. They have very silky coats that are soft to the touch and consist of loose curly hairs.

Temperament

Whoodle are great, easy-going dogs that can make great family pets. They are good with children and other animals, provided they are trained and socialized early and thrive in active family settings. These hybrid dogs are also great for individuals or families with allergy sensitivities since their coats are generally more hypoallergenic.

Whoodle make good therapy and service dogs. They are very energetic dogs and can be a bit wild, so they must be adequately exercised and trained so as not to accidentally cause harm to anyone or anything in their general excitement. But of course, this will all depend on the individual dog.

Diet/Nutritional Needs

As a medium-sized dog, the Whoodle has pretty basic dietary needs for its size. Quality food should be provided along with fresh water every day. As to the quantity of food, you will want to discuss with your vet what the best course of action is given your Whoodle's age, size, and activity levels.

Activity/Exercise Needs

One of the biggest considerations when it comes to deciding if the Whoodle is for you is whether or not you have the time to commit to this breed's high activity needs. These very active dogs need daily mental and physical stimulation to prevent them from developing negative behaviors like anxiety, destructive chewing, or excessive barking. 

These dogs will require daily activities such as walks, jogs, runs, hikes, off-leash dog parks, swimming, and dog sports. It would help if you strived to include your Whoodle in everything you can and let it be a part of your daily life and activities. 

For mental stimulation, Whoodles love puzzle games, toys, and games like hide-and-seek and trick training. 

Grooming Needs

The other main consideration when deciding if you want to bring a Whoodle puppy home is the amount of time daily you will have to groom your pup's dog hair. While Whoodles may be a low-shed dog breed, their long, silky coats are prone to tangling and mats, which will require daily brushing to keep under control.

This can be managed a bit easier if you have your Whoodle's coat trimmed every two to three months, but even so, you should be prepared to brush your dog every day. Pet owners should also not plan on attempting to bathe their Whoodle themself since incorrect grooming can result in much worse mats and tangles in this high-maintenance coat. 

Nails should be trimmed as needed, and ears and eyes examined regularly to check for infection or irritation. 

Adaptability

Whoodle are pretty easy-going and adaptable dogs, provided they get to be with their people. These dogs make good apartment dogs if they get adequate exercise but also thrive in homes with big backyards. These dogs do well in cold climates but are a bit more sensitive to heat, so extra care should be taken to keep your Whoodle cool in the summer.

Whoodles can be anxious dogs when left alone, so it is important to plan on bringing your Whoodle along with you in your day-to-day life as much as possible. They are good with other dogs or small pets if they are introduced early and enjoy the additional playmates. 

Trainability

Whoodle puppies can be quite headstrong, so training early and keeping consistent will be very important in your Whoodle's puppy years. You will need to establish your dominance and leadership from day one, using positive reinforcement and consistency to train your Whoodle to be respectful and obedient. They are not the easiest dogs to train and may not be a good choice for first-time dog owners or individuals who don't have the time to commit to rigorous training. They are easily distracted, and with their Poodle intelligence, they can be rather willful. 

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of a relatively healthy Whoodle is 12-15 years and potentially longer if they are a miniature or toy breed. 

Potential Health Issues

As with most hybrids and designer dog breeds, mixing genes results in fewer health issues overall than in purebred dogs. The Whoodles are generally pretty healthy dogs, the most common health issues stemming from either their poodle parent or their soft-coated wheaten terrier parent.

Kidney Issues

Kidney issues can manifest in several ways and can oftentimes be very serious. Symptoms of kidney issues are kidney failure include pale gums, loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, bad breath, ulcers, and weight loss. You should take your dog to a vet immediately if you suspect kidney issues. 

Addison's Disease

Addison's disease affects your dog's ability to produce certain necessary adrenal hormones. It is a condition that can be aided and managed with medication. 

Retinal Atrophy

Or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a group of degenerative diseases that lead to deteriorating eye cells that eventually lead to blindness. There is no cure available though checking litter parents' health reports can help reduce the chances that your dog could develop PRA. 

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a mostly genetic condition that results in the malformation of a dog's joints, either as a puppy or as an adult. There is little a dog owner can do to prevent this condition, and as a progressive and degenerative condition, it will only get worse as your dog ages.

About the Author

Lara Girsko

Doctor of veterinary medicine with extensive experience in animal welfare with a strong interest in feline medicine and plans to pursue ABVP-Feline specialty board certification. A key member of many local veterinary associations and avid reader of animal related science journals and studies.

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