If you are considering welcoming a new dog into your home, it is always crucial to find out everything you can about the breed before deciding if it is the right dog for you and your lifestyle. As new and designer breeds are introduced, it is even more important to find out what you can, as the breed may be unfamiliar to you. One such breed that is relatively new is the Whoodle, and this dog has plenty of attributes that mean it will suit a lot of people. It also has some negative points to consider. To help you decide if this is the right breed for you, here are 20 things you probably did not know about the Whoodle
1. It is a Cross Between a Poodle and a Wheaten Terrier
According to Dog Time, the Whoodle is a mixed breed. It is a cross between a Poodle and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. While the Poodle was first popular in France, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier was first popular in Ireland, and it dates back to the 1700s when it was used as a herding dog.
2. They Have Been Around Since the Mid-1900s
Although it is difficult to determine the first time that Whoodles were bred for the first time deliberately, it is believed that they were first bred during the mid-1900s. The aim of doing so was to create a dog that possessed the best attributes of both breeds. Another reason for the crossbreeding process was to eliminate or reduce the risk of some health conditions associated with each breed. It is worth noting that the Whoodle was unofficially around since before this time as the unintentional breeding of Poodles and Wheaten Terriers may have occurred for as long as both breeds have existed.
3. This Breed is Known by Many Names
Although commonly called Whoodles, this designer breed is also known by several other names. For one thing, they are called Doodles, which is simply the name given to any designer breed that has a Poodle in the mix. Breed-specific nicknames include swheat-n-poo, sweatenpoo, wheatenpoo, and wheatendoodle. If you here any of these other names, there is no difference between them and a Whoodle, it is simply different terminology.
4. They Do Not Shed a Lot
Whoodles do not shed a lot, and this is due to the genes they inherit from their Poodle parent. It is an attribute that many dog owners find appealing, as there is less cleaning of hair from around the home required than for some other dog breeds. Poodles are also considered hypoallergenic as dog allergy sufferers are less likely to suffer from allergy symptoms, which is another trait the Poodle parent passes to the Whoodle.
5. They Are Available in a Variety of Colors
If you have a color preference, then you are sure to find a Whoodle that matches your preference as they are available in a wide range of colors. They can inherit any of the colors associated with Poodles and Wheaten Terriers. Some of the most common colors available are a creamy tan, black, red, or peach. Some dogs have patches of two colors, and others are spotted
6. This Breed Can Vary Significantly in Size
Whoodles can vary in size significantly, depending on the size of their parents. While Soft-Coated Wheaton terriers are all within a similar height range, Poodles come in toy, small, medium, and large varieties. It is possible to get Whoodles in three sizes: small, medium, and large, although there is no toy variety of this designer breed. The adult height of a Whoodle can range from 12-inches tall to 20-inches tall. Therefore, it is possible to choose a Whoodle that best suits your lifestyle and the size of your home. For example, if you live in a small house and do not have time to take long walks daily, then a small Whoodle is suitable. On the other hand, if you have a large property with land and can devote the time to take long walks with your dog, you may find that a Whoodle is the better option.
7. Whoodles Can Weigh Up to 45 Pounds
Similarly, the weight of each Whoodle can vary significantly from one dog to the next. Of course, their height is one factor that impacts their weight, and large dogs are significantly heavier than small dogs. Diet, exercise, and health are other factors that impact on a dog’s weight. A healthy adult dog can weigh anything from 20 pounds to 45 pounds. To ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight, feed them a healthy diet for their age and size, and ensure they get regular exercise.
8. They Are Playful and Energetic
Each breed has a range of personality traits, and two of the most prominent in Whoodles are their energy and playfulness. They love being active, running around, having fun, and interacting with people. Due to their energy levels, a Whoodle needs lots of walks, exercise, and playtimes. Their need for play and exercise means they are not the best option if you live in an apartment.
9. This Breed is a Good Option for Households with Children
If you have children in your household, it is essential that you choose a dog breed that has a good reputation when it comes to being around kids. Fortunately, the Whoodle is excellent around children due to its affectionate and playful nature. For some dogs, it is the children that pose a risk as they can handle dogs roughly, which puts more delicate breeds at risk of injury. However, the Whoodle is robust enough to cope with playtime. It is important to note that you should include interaction with children as part of a Whoodle pup’s training, as early socialization will set boundaries.
10. They Are an Attention-Seeking Breed
Whoodles love constant attention, so they enjoy spending time with their human family and getting involved in any family activities. They also love being stroked by their owner. On the other hand, they cope quite well when left alone in the house and do not tend to suffer from separation anxiety. Their need for attention is one of the features that make them a great dog to have as a companion.
11. They Love to Chase
Whoodles have a natural chasing instinct, and this is something that they inherit from their Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft-coated_Wheaten_Terrier) parent. If you take your dog to the park or for a run in a field, you are likely to find that they will chase small animals, such as mice, birds, or squirrels. Their chasing instinct means they also enjoy ball or fetching games. Likewise, the Whoodle is an inquisitive dog, so it will want to explore areas such as hedgerows.
12. Whoodles Are Usually Very Intelligent
Poodles are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Their intelligence is one of the reasons why they are used so often to create designer breeds. This intelligence is usually passed onto a Whoodle. You will notice your Whoodle’s intelligence during the training process.
13. Training a Whoodle Can Take Patience
As the Whoodle is an intelligent breed, they will often pick things up quickly. However, their other personality traits can mean that training them can take patience on your part. This breed is often stubborn and may believe that it knows better than you. Also, they do not like shouting, so this is something to avoid during training. The right training approach to use with a Whoodle is lots of encouragement and positive reinforcement. If you show kindness during training, you will find that you can easily train your Whoodle.
14. They Require Regular Grooming
The parent breeds of a Whoodle, a Poodle and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, are high-maintenance breeds when it comes to grooming. In turn, this means that a Whoodle is also a high-maintenance dog. Whoodles have a soft and silky coat of wavy fur. To keep their coat free from tangles, you should ideally groom your dog daily. They also need regular baths, and you should use a conditioner to ensure their coat stays in good condition and tangle-free. Another vital element of the grooming routine is trimming their nails, which grow quickly. If you are uncomfortable with this task, you should make sure you take your dog for regular grooming appointments with a professional.
15. Whoodles Often Struggle with Heat
While some breeds are adaptable to any environment, that is not the case with Whoodles. They prefer colder climates to hot weather, and it is likely that their thick coat is one reason for this. They are prone to suffering from heat exhaustion, so you need to take steps to avoid this happening. You should avoid taking your Whoodle out for walks in hot weather and make sure they have a shaded area in the yard. You should also ensure they have access to plenty of fresh water during hot weather.
16. Most Are Happy to Live with Other Dogs
If you have other pets living in your home, you should make sure that your new pet fits into the mix. Some breeds do not respond well to sharing a home with other pets. The Whoodle is a sociable animal that will usually get along well with other dogs, although you should introduce them gradually to see if they are compatible. On the other hand, you may want to take a little more care if you introduce a Whoodle to your home and have cats or smaller pets. The natural chasing instinct of Whoodles is something that can distress other pets, although it is unlikely that a Whoodle will do any deliberate harm. At first, it is best to supervise your pets together.
17. They Can Live Up to 15 Years
According to Pet Guide, the Whoodle will live for between 12 and 15 years. As with any breed of dog, life expectancy depends on many factors. The level of care a dog receives, its diet, exercise regime, and its general health can all impact the life expectancy of a dog.
18. Eye Problems Are Common
One reason that Poodles and Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers were bred was to eliminate some of the health conditions that are associated with each of the breeds. However, this does not mean that there are no health conditions that are associated with the Whoodle. One of the most common problems is that they can suffer from eye problems. Their eyes can become weepy, leaving substance in the hair around their eyes. If the hair around their eyes is particularly long, it can help to have it trimmed regularly. Another eye problem linked to this hybrid is retinal atrophy.
19. They Are Also Prone to Several Other Conditions
Eye problems are not the only health condition that is associated with the Whoodle. Some other health conditions that are linked to this hybrid include ear infections, kidney disease, and Addison’s disease. The latter is a hormonal condition where the dog’s adrenal gland produces too much of a hormone called cortisol. It is a serious condition that requires medical attention and treatment as soon as possible. If you notice the symptoms of any of these conditions, it is vital to get your dog checked over by the vet as soon as possible.
20. The American Kennel Club Does Not Officially Recognize This Breed
Currently, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Whoodle as an official breed. It classifies the Whoodle as a hybrid of two pure breeds. The American Kennel Club now recognizes some hybrid dogs, so it is possible that this could happen for the Whoodle in the future. However, some organizations do recognize this breed, including the International Designer Canine Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the American Canine Hybrid Club (http://www.achclub.com/).