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Weight: 35-60 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate – High
The Irish Troodle is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-14 years
Bearded and cute, the Irish Troodle is a crossbreed between a Poodle and an Irish Terrier. These pups are generally healthy, but they can inherit a few health conditions that might compromise their quality of life. You, as their owner and number one companion, can ensure your Irish Troodle lives a healthy, happy life by investing in a routine vet check-up every 6 months with a reputable, reliable vet. Make it a priority to find a vet that both you and your pup can trust.
This adrenal disease affects the hormones released from the adrenal glands; a cluster of glands located near the kidneys. When a dog’s body releases too much cortisol, the entirety of their metabolism, energy levels, and normal bodily functions are affected. Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, severe weight loss, diarrhea, frequent urination, increased thirst, and lethargy. To manage this disease, a vet will administer hormone injections every 3-4 weeks.
Also known as twisted stomach, this condition occurs when fluid and gas become painfully trapped in the stomach. It is a serious health issue that could turn fatal if left untreated. Symptoms include a distended, swollen belly, excessive drooling, weakness, labored breathing, lethargy, and vomiting. Usually, surgery is required to correct this condition.
Other health problems, both major and minor, that could affect your Irish Troodle include cherry eyes, joint dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and Von Willebrand’s Disease. The average lifespan of an Irish Troodle is in the same range as their parent breeds, around 10 to 14 years.
Temperament & Train-ability
Lovable and attentive, the Irish Troodle would make a great watchdog and guard dog for a family. He loves children, especially ones he has grown up with, but he can be overly protective if he thinks his family is in danger. He may bark, or even growl, at strangers. You have to introduce new people to your Irish Troodle the same way you would introduce a new friend to your family. Eventually, he will warm up to your new friends and they will become his new friends.
The Irish Troodle is a loyal, brave pup who will rush into battle to save his loved ones. He is always alert, so he would be an ideal protector over a family at night-time. However, unless he is directly threatened, these crossbreeds rarely bite. While he gets along well with other dogs of his size, or those slightly bigger, he has a problem with chasing smaller animals. He may bolt after squirrels or rabbits if he spots them on your walks.
Your Irish Troodle needs plenty of exercise to release his pent-up energy. He can be rambunctious and bouncy when left inside for too long. Take him on regular walks, at least twice a day, and keep a few challenging toys around the house for when you’re not home. If he gets bored, he can become destructive to your furniture and shoes. Fenced-in backyards are heaven to Irish Troodles, as they love running, bounding, and frolicking, especially in snow. If you live near a dog park, be sure to socialize your pup with other dogs from an early age.
Irish Troodles are extremely smart, but they are also easily distracted. Training can be difficult if he considers the lessons boring. Schedule training sessions and make them fun, fast-paced, and quick. It will hold his attention and present his mind with just the right amount of challenge to satisfy his natural curiosities. Be firm, consistent, and patient in your commands.
Irish Troodles are hypoallergenic and low-shedding, meaning their grooming needs are easier and more manageable than most crossbreeds. Brush his coat twice a week with a medium-bristled brush to remove excess hair and debris. Bathe your Irish Troodle once or twice a month with a gentle dog shampoo. Never exceed twice a month, as these pups have special oils in their fur that protect their skin from bacterial infections.
Brush your Irish Troodle’s teeth at least 3 times a week. Clean his ears once a week with a cotton swab dipped in vet-recommended cleaning solution or warm water. Trim his nails every 6 weeks or if you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, take your Irish Troodle to a professional groomer.
Feed your Irish Troodle 3 cups of good-quality dry kibble, separated into two meals per day. His dog food should be high in protein, good fats, and fiber. It might be a bit of an expense, but you should only feed your Irish Troodle a nutritious diet of wholesome grains and lean meats. His kibble shouldn’t contain by-products, fillers, or chemicals. Many brands use unnecessary, even dangerous, ingredients to stretch their kibble. Ask your vet which brands to avoid and which ones are suitable for your Irish Troodle.
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Before you look for a breeder, search through local animal shelters for an Irish Troodle. Sure, they may be a bit older than you’d like, but these pups are looking for a forever home and a second chance at happiness with a loving family. Adoption fees range from $100 to $200.
Irish Troodle puppies are in high demand, so expect to pay between $300 to $800 if you buy from a breeder. Be sure your breeder of choice is reputable, reliable, and upfront with vet check-up results, vaccination records, and spay or neuter expectations.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Irish Troodle is a solid 2 on the integration scale. He is a sweet, friendly, loyal pup with a protective nature. He may be hard to break of his overly protective habits, but consistent training can turn him into a great family pet and excellent watchdog.
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