Wheat Whoodle
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Whoodle Dog Breed

Other names:
Swheat N Poo
Toy Whoodle
Wheaten Terrier Poodle

The Whoodle is a hybrid dog and it is a cross between a Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle. They are easygoing, intelligent, playful dogs with a friendly nature. They live to please others and enjoy plenty of human interaction. They do well in an apartment setting, and can be easily trained with positive reinforcement. These dogs are also known as the Swheat-N-Poo, or the Sweatenpoo.

Whoodle Breed Details

Below are the breed specs and details for the Whoodle.

12 - 15 yrs.
12 - 20 in.
20 - 45 lbs
OverallFamily FriendlyChild FriendlyPet FriendlyStranger Friendly
Easy to GroomEnergy LevelExercise NeedsHealthShedding Amount
Barks / HowlsEasy to TrainGuard DogPlayfulnessWatch Dog
Apartment DogCan be AloneGood for Busy OwnersGood for New OwnersIntelligence

Whoodle Breed Description

Whoodles are medium-sized dogs, with a height that can reach up to 20 inches, and weight ranging between 20 and 45 pounds.

Members of this breed are moderately active dogs, only requiring regular walks and exercise. They are very easy to train and get along great with kids, families, and other pets. They are non-aggressive dogs with a playful and friendly disposition.

These are low to moderate-maintenance dogs. Rarely do they shed, and only regular brushing is needed to keep their fur untangled and healthy. They do require a groomer every nine to 12 weeks. They do well when left unsupervised, and are naturally healthy dogs.

Whoodle Breed History

Wheaten Terriers were bred in Ireland for more than 200 years to be an all-purpose farm dog. Their duties included herding, watching and guarding livestock, and vermin hunting and killing. They share a common ancestry with the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier. The first Wheaten were exported to Lydia Vogel in the United States in the 1940s. In 1970, the first Wheaten were imported to Australia by Anubis Kennels.

The Poodle is believed to have originated in Germany, where it was known as the Pudelhund. It was then standardized in France, where it was commonly used as a water retriever. "Poodle" comes from a German word meaning "to splash in the water".

Whoodle Appearance

The overall look of a Whoodle depends on which bloodline is favored by the mother and father breeds. Generally it has a head that is proportional or a hint larger to the rest of its body, with a medium-length neck leading to its deep chest and muscular shoulders. It has a straight back and strong, powerful - looking rear legs. Its coat may be soft, wavy, or straight. It's coats are also luxurious and soft.

Whoodle Colors

The images below represent the coat colors and patterns associated with Whoodles.

Additional Coat Colors

Whoodle Temperament

Whoodles are easygoing, intelligent and playful dogs with a friendly disposition. They are amusing dogs with funny instincts, as Poodles were one used as circus dogs. They are non-barkers and have a non-aggressive nature, making them excellent with people, children, and other pets. They do not even bark when strangers are present, unless they are bored.

Whoodles have the ability to learn things quickly, and should be trained with soft and gentle hands rather than harsh tones or tactics. Positive reinforcement is necessary when training because they can be stubborn at times. These dogs can be left alone with no supervision. They are tender dogs that do well in companionship. They are cordial with everyone.

Whoodle Maintenance

The Whoodle is a low to moderate-maintenance dog. They have minimal shedding, moderate to easy training, and low watchdog ability. They are fairly active and are great with kids. Grooming is needed once in a while, and some brushing may be required to help prevent their coat from being matted. If adequately exercised, they will do well in an apartment setting. They can also be left unsupervised for long periods of time.

Grooming Requirements

These dogs have long, luxurious coats that are low to non-shedding. They need regular brushing, as their coats can become matted. They should also be taken to a groomer every nine to 12 weeks, unless their puppy coat is maintained.

Exercise Requirements

A daily long walk or short walks throughout the day is necessary for the breed's physical and mental health. Running and jogging should be done every day, except in warm to hot temperatures. When Whoodles do not have enough exercise, they may be a prey of obesity.

Living Requirements

Whoodles are happy in an apartment as long as they are given adequate exercise and stimulation. They are great family dogs that get along well with other house pets. They can be trusted in open areas within the house and can be left alone with no supervision for long periods of time.

Whoodle Health

Whoodles can suffer from the following health issues: hip dysplasia, allergies, ear infection, and PRA. Hybrid dogs tend to have less health issues than purebred dogs, but may sometimes have the same health concerns as their parent breeds.

Below are common health issues with the breed:

Whoodle Health Concerns

Below are potential health concerns associated with Whoodles.

Addison's disease
Hip dysplasia
Ear infections
Progressive retinal atrophy

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Authored by:Dog-Learn
Updated:August 30, 2016