Let’s not lie: all dogs, crossbreed or purebred, are adorable. But still, Whoodle puppies are among the cutest ones ever. They go under many names: Sweatenpoo, Wheatendoodle, Wheatenpoo.
The Whoodle is a relatively young dog breed, or better yet, a crossbreed. Not much is known about these pups. All we do know comes from the parent breeds: the poodle and the Soft-Coated Wheaten terrier.
With the rise of the Whoodle’s popularity, it is for sure dog lovers from all over the world will learn a thing or two and add it to the Whoodle handbook.
Let’s dig a hole into the Whoodle world!
Poodle + Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier = a Whoodle
The mid-1900s have brought us another dog breed, the Whoodle, by accident!
The point was to create a small dog with a standard poodle’s intelligence and the Wheaten’s soft, alluring coat. Thus, a Whoodle was born – the slightly larger teddy bear generations love!
No wonder as its parents were already popular for centuries! The poodle became France’s most beloved pup ages ago, while the Wheaten Terrier dates back to the 1700s! The Wheaten Terrier was once used as a herding dog.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers were especially popular in Ireland. Fun fact: their natural resilience helped them successfully overcome one of the greatest troubles in history – the Irish potato famine!
The Whoodle is a designer dog with a rich history, and unfortunately, not so bright future. Despite the fact they’re adorable teddy bears of the dog world, many Whoodle puppies find themselves left in dog shelters.
How Big Is The Whoodle?
Actually, there is no standard Whoodle.
The size of a Whoodle puppy depends solely on the size of its parents. The Whoodle can be either medium or stay small. If one of the parents was a toy poodle, the puppy might remain small-sized.
This is not a purebred dog, so nothing’s written in stone with this poodle mix. The Whoodle, like many other mixed breeds, can weigh somewhere between 20 to 45 pounds.
Once more, their weight, height, and general body characteristics can resemble one of the parents or both at the same time.
Their Temperament: Are Whoodles Full Of Cuddles?
Indeed, the Whoodles are full of fun!
They’re not tough fellas who serve and protect. They’re more like the fun guy of the gang who’ll do backflips to entertain you.
You’ll often hear people describing the Whoodle as an enthusiastic breed, energetic and smarter than the pooch next-door.
These are the pups that will pick up every toy at the pet store. Yes, that’s how much they love playing around! So, don’t think skipping daily exercise and playtime is even an option. They need it as much as they need air.
Another thing these pups need is human company. Yes, they’re active dogs, but they’re also very affectionate. The Wheatenpoo thinks of you as his friend, not its owner.
What you can reciprocate the love and care by spending every free moment with your Wheatendoodle. They love long walks on the beach; it’s not a cliché.
The Whoodle is quite inquisitive, so he’ll love snooping around that big park near your place you never go to.
One thing is for sure: life with a Whoodle is never dull. To make your life with this Sweatenpoo even sweeter, you will have to pay attention to early socialization. It’s the key to normal functioning for these pups.
Their high energy level is nothing compared to the amount of stubbornness they have.
The Wheatenpoo is a born leader, and he’ll do anything to prove to you he’s in charge. Here’s where your patience kicks in during the training. You can’t let the dog run your world, no matter how sweet he looks!
How Healthy Is A Whoodle Puppy?
Fear not, the Wheatendoodle is a generally healthy puppy. Mixed breed dogs are usually healthier than purebred dogs because of their diverse genetics.
Naturally, some health issues might affect your pup:
• hip dysplasia
• ear infections
• eye conditions
• kidney diseases
• Addison’s disease
• retinal atrophy
Luckily, many of these issues can be prevented with regular vet check-ups and occasional trips to the groomer. Proper care and nutrition will take care of your dog’s well-being.
Remember, prevention does half of the work for you!
Grooming 101: Keeping That Curly Coat Cute
Coming from two dog breeds that are high-maintenance when it comes to grooming, the Poodle and the Wheaton, it’s only natural to say the Whoodle requires plenty of grooming too!
Their silky coat requires daily brushing to stay so fine to the touch. Regular coat trimming, every three to four months, is suggested. Whether your Whoodle has straight or wavy hair, you should know he doesn’t shed as much as other dogs. Hurrah!
The Woodle comes in several different coat colors:
The coat can also be spotted!
Another piece of good news is that the Wheatenpoo is hypoallergenic!
What’s not so happy about them is that you’ll have to clip their nails regularly, so a pair of good nail clippers would be a good investment. Or, pay a visit to your groomer.
What’s important is the dog is well-groomed. It doesn’t matter if you do it yourself or let the pros do it for you.
Feeding Tips For Your Whoodle
The Whoodle pup needs proper food suitable to its needs.
This is a medium-sized breed with a medium energy level, and thus, the food requirements should be adjusted accordingly.
The Whoodles diet should consist of enough proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fat, and water to get him through the day. Naturally, their diet changes through puppyhood, to adulthood, and finally, when he is a senior.
It would be best to follow guidelines of how much food your medium-sized dog needs. Too much food can lead to obesity, and obesity can lead to a major health problem of this dog breed – hip dysplasia.
Feed in moderation and watch out for the quality of the food. An occasional treat here and there is absolutely fine, but it shouldn’t pass the suggested 10% of daily food intake.
Family Dog: Are Whoodles Good With Kids?
Much like his brother from another mother, the Goldendoodle, the Whoodle is also good with kids.
They make amazing pets for active families as they are playful and active.
However, people with small children should learn how to treat the Whoodle. These dogs don’t take it well if provoked or mishandled. It’s better to teach kids not to play too rough with these stubborn pups, especially during the first few months of them adjusting to a new home.
The Wheatendoodle is also good with other pets, but keep in mind that the introduction might go a bit bumpy.
Generally, a life with this dog breed is simple enough if you pay attention to training. Positive reinforcement always does wonders with puppies if conducted regularly.
The Wheatendoodle is quite an easy-going fella, so the trainability wouldn’t be troublesome at all.
How To Make A Mini Whoodle Part Of Your Family
The Mini Whoodle is a crossbreed, meaning it’s sometimes difficult to find one in shelters. Thankfully, there are many miniature poodles or Soft-Coated Wheaten terrier shelters rescue groups where you can possibly find this dog breed.
Try your luck at:
• S’Wheat Rescue and Adoption
• Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation, Inc
When buying from a reliable dog breeder isn’t an option, adopting is a much safe and better way. You’ll be saving two lives: the pups and yours too!
There you have it!
We hope this information will help you make one of the biggest decisions of your life: to get a Whoodle puppy or not.
If you choose option number one, your life will be blessed with a small, scruffy teddy bear that’s always ready to play with you and give you a bunch of wet kisses.
If you go with option two, you’ll wish you went with option one instead!
Either way, you’re going to end up with a Whoodle puppy because that’s the right thing to do.