Canis lupus

Last updated: April 13, 2021
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Whoodles are good swimmers

Whoodle Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Whoodle Conservation Status

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Whoodle Facts

Fun Fact
Whoodles are good swimmers
Common Name

Whoodle Physical Characteristics

  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Red
  • Black
  • Cream
  • Silver
Skin Type
12 to 15 years
60 lbs

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Whoodles inherited a love of swimming from their poodle parent.

When you breed a poodle with a soft-coated Wheaten terrier you get what’s known as a Whoodle. This canine has a friendly, affectionate personality and is very energetic. Whoodles belong to the hybrid group of dogs.

Though Whoodles originated in the United States, no one knows exactly when they were first bred. These dogs shed very little which is a trait they get from both sides of the family.

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These dogs are popular with families because of their playfulness and ability to interact well with children.

The 3 Different Types of Whoodles and Whoodle Mixes

The size of a Whoodle varies according to the size of its poodle parent. The Whoodle will be one of three sizes depending on whether the breeding involves a toy poodle, mini poodle, or standard poodle. The three types of Whoodles include:

  • Toy Whoodle
  • Mini Whoodle
  • Standard Whoodle

3 Pros and Cons of Owning Whoodles

Pros! Cons!
Sheds very little
Whoodles shed very little hair which simplifies their grooming routine.
Very energetic
These dogs have a high energy level. An owner must be devoted to giving this pet at least 60 minutes of exercise once a day.
Whoodles get along well with children which makes them a favorite of families with kids of all ages.
Tricky to train
Though Whoodles are intelligent, their high level of energy can affect their focus during training sessions.
Toy and mini Whoodles are suitable in size for apartment living!
Doesn’t like to be alone
This dog suffers from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. Their anxiety can take the form of chewing or causing other damage.
Whoodle relaxing

Whoodle Size and Weight

Standard Whoodles can grow as tall as 20 inches from head to foot. Furthermore, these dogs can weigh as much as 60 pounds, fully grown. At 8 weeks of age, standard Whoodles weigh around 10 pounds and they are considered fully grown at 18 months.

Height (Male) 20 inches tall
Height (Female) 20 inches tall
Weight (Male) 60 lbs. fully grown
Weight (Female) 60 lbs. fully grown

Whoodle Common Health Issues

Understandably, Whoodles have some of the same health issues of poodles and Wheaten terriers. One of those issues is epilepsy. This condition is a result of abnormal electrical activity in the dog’s brain. It can cause a dog to have seizures. These seizures can come in the form of convulsions or a dog can lose consciousness. This is usually diagnosed in a dog between the ages of 1 and 5 years old. Fortunately, there are some medications that can control seizures.

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Another health issue is Progressive Retinal Atrophy. This is when the cells in a dog’s eyes deteriorate over time leading to partial or total blindness. A dog that’s reluctant to go outside in the dark is one possible sign of this condition. Sometimes supplements can slow down its progression.

Whoodles are also prone to bloat. This is when the dog’s stomach becomes twisted trapping food, liquid, and air. Bloat decreases blood flow to other organs and is very serious. Eating food too quickly can lead to bloat. Some symptoms include a distended stomach, retching, and trouble breathing. A veterinarian can relieve bloat with a special tube or even surgery. It’s important for an owner to be aware of the signs of this condition.

The most common health issues for Whoodles include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Bloat

Whoodle Temperament and Behavior

These dogs have a playful, goofy personality and an affectionate temperament. They love to run, jump, and play games with their families. In fact, they are well-known for their energetic behavior! These dogs are intelligent and eager to please just like their poodle and Wheaten terrier parents.

The trait of intelligence is helpful when training any dog. However, they are inquisitive which means they are easily distracted during training time. So, having very few distractions around and keeping training sessions short are both helpful in providing obedience instruction to this hybrid dog.

How to Take Care of Whoodles

An owner who wants to take excellent care of their pet can begin by learning as much as possible about this canine. Taking into account the diet of a puppy or adult as well as its exercise needs, health issues and grooming requirements can help an owner to make a sensible plan of care for this lively dog.

Whoodle Food and Diet

Not surprisingly, a puppy and an adult dog require different types and amounts of nutrients in their diet. Discover some of the basic nutrients to include in the diet of puppies and adults.

Puppy food: Omega-3 fatty acids and DHA in a Whoodle puppy’s diet contribute to the healthy development of its eyes and brain. Supporting a puppy’s eye health early on can help to prevent Progressive retinal atrophy in this hybrid breed. Calcium is an important ingredient that provides strength to the puppy’s growing bones and teeth. Fat is essential for giving these active puppies the energy they need to explore and discover their environment. Like most puppies, Whoodle puppies consume more calories than adult dogs because they burn them more quickly. Protein in the form of chicken, whole grain wheat, or pork liver adds strength to developing muscles and joints.

Adult dog food: Antioxidants support a healthy immune system in an adult Whoodle. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to the healthy vision of this dog and serve as some protection against Progressive retinal atrophy. Fish oil along with glucosamine contribute to maintaining strong cartilage for this fast-moving dog. Protein supports strong muscles and tendons. An adult Whoodle should still have fat in its diet, but a limited amount. A limited amount of fat offers an adult dog the energy it needs without adding excess weight. An adult Whoodle should receive three small portions of food, three times a day. This prevents the dog from gulping down food (along with a lot of air) leading to a possible case of bloat.

Whoodle Maintenance and Grooming

How much does a these dogs shed? One of the many reasons why this hybrid is so popular is it sheds very little hair.

A grooming routine for the dog should include brushing it two to three times per week. A slicker brush is useful for removing mats and tangles. Make sure the bristles of the slicker brush have plastic covers, so they brush lightly against the dog’s skin. It’s a good idea to go over the dog’s coat with a nylon brush. This grooming tool stirs up natural oils and makes the dog’s black, silver, or rust coat look shiny.

Sebaceous adenitis is a common skin condition. Hair loss and redness are both signs of sebaceous adenitis. There are some topical salves that can help treat this condition.

Whoodle Training

These are intelligent dogs. This quality makes them easier to train. But, along with being intelligent, they are easily distracted. So, it’s best to schedule short training sessions in an area that is free of distractions.

As a comparison, labradoodles are easy to train and are not as easily distracted as Whoodles.

Whoodle Exercise

Regular exercise plays a part in maintaining the good health of these dogs. They need around 60 minutes of exercise each day. Playing chase, walking in a nearby field or woods, or visiting a dog park are all great forms of exercise for the dog.

A toy or mini Whoodle would be suitable for apartment living. However, in terms of size, a standard Whoodle is a little too large to live comfortably in an apartment.

Whoodle Puppies

Puppies are anxious to explore their environment from the get-go. It’s best for an owner to allow these puppies to wander in a fenced-in, safe area until they get some obedience training.

Whoodle puppy playing with frisbee

Whoodles and Children

These dogs, that have been socialized, are good with kids of all ages. They love to run around outside and have fun or cuddle next to a family member indoors.

Dogs Similar to Whoodles

Other breeds similar to these dogs include:

  • Labradoodles – Labradoodles and Whoodles are intelligent and shed very little. Both dogs can have a black coat, however a Whoodle’s fur can be many other colors such as silver, chocolate, or rust.
  • Goldendoodles – Goldendoodles and Whoodles have a friendly, playful temperament. In terms of energy, a Goldendoodle is less energetic than a Whoodle.
  • Cockapoos – Cockapoos and Whoodles have an affectionate temperament. When it comes to size, a Whoodle weighs more than a Cockapoo.

Popular names for these dogs include

  • Buddy
  • Sophie
  • Ollie
  • Ellie
  • Piper
  • Griffin
  • Abby
  • Duncan
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Whoodle FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What is a Whoodle?

A Whoodle is a cross between a soft-coated Wheaten terrier and a poodle. The poodle in the mix is the one that dictates the size of the Whoodle. If the father is a standard poodle, then the Whoodle will be a standard size. The same goes if the poodle father is a mini or a toy.

Whoodles can be black, silver, rust, cream, brown, or spotted.

Breeders decided to combine these two purebreds to make a dog that is a low shedder, intelligent and affectionate.

How much does it cost to own a Whoodle?

The purchase price for a Whoodle is around $1100. But the price varies among breeders.

A Whoodle rescue organization is a less costly option for someone looking for a Whoodle.

The veterinary costs for a Whoodle range from $100 to $400 per year. Of course, costs change if the dog develops a health issue.

The food costs of a Whoodle range from $50 to $100 each month.

Are Whoodles good with kids?

Yes! Whoodle puppies and dogs are known to be good with kids.

How much does a Whoodle cost?

The initial price of a Whoodle is approximately $1100. This would be a price charged by a breeder.
Another option is to look for a Whoodle at a rescue organization. A rescue organization will charge less than breeders.

How long do Whoodles live?

The lifespan of a Whoodle is 12 to 15 years.

Are Whoodles aggressive?

No, these dogs have an even temperament and aren’t aggressive. Keep in mind any dog that feels threatened or trapped can become aggressive out of self-preservation.

How big do Whoodles get?

Standard Whoodles can be as heavy as 60 pounds and grow to 20 inches tall head to foot. A mini Whoodle can weigh as much as 20 pounds and measure 14 inches tall. A toy Whoodle can be 12 inches tall and weigh around 15 pounds. So, the size of a Whoodle depends on its type!

Are Whoodles hyper?

Some breeders categorize Whoodles as hyper. These dogs have a lot of energy which can be interpreted as hyperactivity. That’s why daily exercise is so important. It allows these active dogs to get the wiggles out!

  1. Dog Breed Info, Available here: https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/whoodles.htm
  2. Hello Bark, Available here: https://hellobark.com/dogs/whoodle/

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