Based on its name, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Whoodle is a mixed breed. So far, the mixed breed has found favor with a wide range of people out there. However, it is important to note that the mixed breed is still new in relative terms, meaning that there hasn’t been enough time to establish a single set of breeding standards. Due to this, the exact characteristics of a Whoodle can see significant variation from dog to dog, which is a serious concerns for most mixed breeds in similar circumstances. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Whoodle:
1. Crossbred from the Standard Poodle
On one side, the Whoodle is crossbred from the Standard Poodle. This is an important distinction because the term poodle encompasses three separate breeds. The Standard Poodle is one. Meanwhile, the other two are the Toy Poodle and the Miniature Poodle, both of which were derived from the Standard Poodle.
2. Crossbred from the Wheaten Terrier
On the other side, the Whoodle is crossbred from the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, which is a kind of Irish terrier that has existed for more than two centuries. In spite of its name, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier wasn’t limited to chasing burrowing animals. Instead, it was closer to being an all-purpose farm dog that could perform a wide range of tasks that included guarding livestock, herding livestock, and exterminating vermin.
3. Has More Than One Name
Since the Whoodle was crossbred from the Standard Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, it shouldn’t be difficult to see how it winded up being named as the Whoodle. However, since the mixed breed hasn’t become well-established, it has some other names that see use as well, which include the Sweatenpoo, the Wheatenpoo, and the Wheatendoodle.
4. Can Be a Multi-Generational Crossbreed
On a related note, there is no guarantee that a particular Whoodle will be the direct offspring of a Standard Poodle and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Instead, it is perfectly possible that it will be a multi-generational crossbreed, which is something that interested individuals will want to take into consideration when they are thinking about bringing a particular Whoodle in their home.
5. Mix of Characteristics
As stated, the Whoodle tends to be a somewhat unpredictable mix of characteristics from both the Standard Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. Generally speaking, this means that they are friendly dogs that get along well with humans, which explains why they have a fair amount of popularity as family dogs.
Generally speaking, the Whoodle is a smart animal. This is unsurprising because the Standard Poodle is one of the smartest breeds that can be found out there, so much so that some people rank it just below the Border Collie and no other breed. With that said, a smart dog can mean some additional complications, which is something that interested individuals will want to keep in mind.
7. Needs a Firm Hand
For instance, the Whoodle tends to be a very energetic animal when it is still young. Combined with their intelligence, this means that a particular Whoodle can be a real terror when it is poorly trained, which is why a firm hand from the dog owner is so important in their development. Fortunately, the Whoodle tends to respond well to training, not least because of that very same intelligence.
8. Needs Plenty of Stimulation
On a related note, the Whoodle needs plenty of stimulation. They aren’t particularly active dogs once they have matured, but they still need regular exercise for them to do their best. Otherwise, there is a real chance of the Whoodle developing behavioral problems, which can mean additional complications.
Both the Standard Poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs. Due to this, the Whoodle tends to be considered a hypoallergenic dog as well.
10. Shouldn’t Be Complacent about Whoodle Health
It’s true that a mutt tends to be healthier than a purebreed when other factors are the same. However, that doesn’t mean that dog owners can be complacent about their Whoodle’s health by assuming that it will be perfectly healthy beause tendencies are not guarantees. Theoretically, it is possible for a Whoodle to experience health problems from either side of its descent, meaning that a Whoodle owner will want to watch out for this.