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Weight: 20-45 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Whoodle is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Whoodle is a crossbreed between the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Standard Poodle. Like all hybrid dogs, the Whoodle is less prone to genetic health issues than his purebred counterparts. However, there is still a slight possibility that he may experience health problems common to both parent breeds.
Some Whoodles may experience joint problems like hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Patellar luxation is when the knee joint slides easily into and out of place. This dislocation of the knee can lead to lameness in the most serious cases, and surgery may be required. Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint is malformed, resulting in the thighbone being unable to fit properly into place. This leads to discomfort, limping, pain, and, in severe cases, arthritis or even lameness. Surgery may be required in some instances. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred, so ensure your puppy’s parents have no history of the condition. Although it is hereditary, hip dysplasia can also be triggered by rapid weight gain or injury, such as falling on a slippery floor.
Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce sufficient hormones, can affect some Whoodle Dogs. Hypothyroidism can lead to issues like lethargy, hair loss, obesity, and infertility. It can be treated, but treatment will require the affected dog to take daily medication for the duration of his life.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is another possibility for the Whoodle. PRA is the degeneration of the retina, and it generally leads to failed daytime vision. There is no cure for PRA, but vision loss occurs gradually, allowing the dog to adjust. Dogs with PRA typically continue to lead happy lives.
Other health problems that can affect the Whoodle in rare cases include allergies, ear infections, and epilepsy.
Temperament & Train-ability
Although Whoodle temperaments can vary, they are generally affectionate, playful, friendly, and happy. They are confident, social dogs who are highly intelligent and are typically not aggressive. Whoodles like to entertain and enjoy being the center of attention. They are especially energetic and rambunctious as puppies.
Whoodles can live happily in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise each day. A few short walks daily should be sufficient, along with some active playtime. They do not enjoy extremely long walks, and they are very sensitive to hot weather and bright sunlight. They need a shady area outdoors if you live in a warmer climate. Due to their intelligence, Whoodles need mental stimulation as well, like puzzle toys or challenging activities. They form very strong bonds with their family members, and they prefer to have companionship the majority of the day. Whoodles are unhappy if left alone for extended periods of time, and they may not be a good choice for a household in which all members must go to school or work daily.
Whoodles like older children, but they will not get along well with younger children who may be rough or disrespectful. If you do have younger children, teach them how to play properly with a pet companion and respect his space and possessions. If socialized from a young age, the Whoodle can get along well with other dogs and smaller pets. Reaction to strangers can vary, but some Whoodles may be reserved with unfamiliar people. Early socialization can ensure that they do not become timid or fearful.
Indoors, the Whoodle is calm and is not destructive. He can be left out of the crate once he is housebroken, and you will not need to fear that he will wreck the house while you are away. Whoodles do not really bark unless they become extremely bored or lonely. This aversion to barking, combined with their typically friendly natures, means that most Whoodles do not make good guard dogs, although some may do well in this capacity.
The Whoodle is intelligent and trainable, but he can try to assert dominance if he senses that you are not a strong leader. Be firm, fair, and consistent. Use positive reinforcement like treats, praise, and playtime when earned. Clearly demonstrate that you are in charge without using harsh techniques. They do genuinely desire to please you, so verbal praise and encouragement can go a long way toward training this breed.
Most Whoodles have a long coat that sheds little to none, and they are considered mostly hypoallergenic. This makes the Whoodle a potentially good match for a dog lover with allergies. Their long coats become tangled or matted easily, and you will likely need to brush your Whoodle every couple of days. The coat may require the attention of a professional groomer every 3-4 months to keep your Whoodle looking his best.
Bathe the Whoodle only as necessary to avoid damaging the natural oils in his skin. Trim his nails when they grow long enough to touch the floor, and check his ears regularly for signs of infection like redness, tenderness, and odor. Brush his teeth at least 2-3 times weekly to maintain overall health and prevent bad breath.
On average, the Whoodle should eat 1.5-2.5 cups of high-quality dry dog food each day. Avoid by-products and preservatives when selecting food for your Whoodle. Of course, the best type and amount of food for your individual dog will depend on factors like age, weight, metabolism, and activity level.
Ensure that your Whoodle has access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times.
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The average price for a Whoodle ranges from $650-$1,600. Prices vary according to variables such as gender, breeder location, and pedigree.
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 Whoodle ranks a 2.5. He is generally healthy, can live in an apartment and does not require much exercise, and is usually calm and not destructive. He also does not bark often, and he is not overly difficult to train. Although he does not shed much, his coat does require extensive attention, and his separation anxiety means he is not a good choice for owners who spend a lot of time at work or school.
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