The Whoodle. His name alone sounds playful and sweet. And when it comes to this diverse and adorable hybrid dog, you’re certainly getting all that and more.
In a time when crossbreed doodle dogs are becoming increasingly popular, this is one such pup who has yet to skyrocket into fame. But don’t count the Whoodle out. A combination of intelligence and charm, beauty and braun, the Whoodle is a dog who will steal your heart.
But that doesn’t mean this is the right dog for everyone. Are you wondering if the Whoodle would fit in with your home and lifestyle? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Join us today as we cover 15 things you should know about the Whoodle.
1. The Whoodle Is A Crossbreed, Which Is Somewhat Controversial
Newer generation crossbreed dogs are riddled with controversy, though the practice has been ongoing for centuries.
Crossbreeding is the practice of breeding two purebred dogs in the hopes of creating a hybrid with different yet desirable characteristics from both parent breeds.
The Whoodle is one such crossbreed dog who is the offspring of two specifically chosen purebred parents. Other names for crossbreeds include hybrid dogs, designer dogs, and mixed dogs.
The difference between a modern-day crossbreed and a mutt is confusing, as both are a combination of different breeds. However, many crossbreed enthusiasts insist that crossbreeds are different as they are the product of two specific purebred parents, while mutts are an accidental combination of several different breeds.
While this is part of the controversy of crossbreeding, it’s not the only issue.
Crossbreeding is a practice that has been ongoing for centuries. However, what was once used for the sole purpose of creating new breeds has now become a trend amongst modern-day breeders and dog enthusiasts selling first and second generation mixed dogs.
A first generation crossbreed is a dog who is the direct offspring of two different purebred parents. A second generation crossbreed is a dog who is the offspring of two first generation crossbreeds. And so on, and so on.
Originally, crossbreeding was used as part of the process of creating purebreds. It typically takes generations of crossbreeding and perfecting before a dog can be considered a purebred, which results in many of these dogs’ traits becoming more predictable.
When it comes to first and second generation cross breeds like the Whoodle, certain aspects like appearance, temperament, and even health are more likely left up to chance.
While this can be a concern for some, others claim that, like mutts, many crossbreeds may actually be healthier than their purebred counterparts due to the wider gene pool.
Others claim that crossbreed dogs like the Whoodle are just as susceptible to inheriting certain genetic health problems as their parent breeds. We should also note that crossbreed dogs like the Whoodle are not eligible for show, nor are they accepted by most major breed clubs as their own breed.
There are other, smaller arguments surrounding crossbreed dogs, but those are some of the most prevalent. And since buying and selling of modern-day crossbreed dogs is still relatively new, the jury is still out as to who is right and who is wrong.
But there is one thing we know for sure – crossbreeds like the Whoodle aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and there’s a large group of fans rallying around this adorable and unique hybrid.
With that in mind, let’s learn more about whether or not the Whoodle is right for you.
2. The Whoodle Dog Is A Mix Between the Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle
To better understand the Whoodle and his temperament, you must first understand where he comes from. This is a hybrid who is the offspring of two highly intelligent, family-oriented, and athletic parent breeds.
The Wheaten Terrier
The Wheaten Terrier is a bred working dog known for his terrier-like disposition and versatile work ethic.
The Wheaten Terrier is a soft-coated dog with a playful, outgoing personality. Hailing from Ireland, the Wheaten Terrier was once renowned for his versatile work ethic. This dog played many roles for his family depending on their needs, including serving as a herding dog, birding dog, ratting dog and even guard dog.
And though he is a terrier, his sweet and devoted nature and eagerness to please sets him apart from his more independent and bossy terrier counterparts. That said, the Wheaten Terrier can be stubborn from time to time. He is also very high energy and requires plenty of exercise and playtime each and every day.
Height: 17 – 19 inches
Weight: 30 – 40 Pounds
Coat: Soft-coated, long, wavy, hypoallergenic
Life Span: 12 – 14 years
Personality: Intelligent, affectionate, adoring, playful, energetic
Poodles come in three different size varieties. The above Poodle is a standard poodle.
Often referred to as the French Poodle, the Poodle’s true origins have him hailing from Germany. Used as a water retrieving dog, the Poodle’s famous haircut was first established in an effort to protect him while swimming in the freezing German waters.
Eventually, the Poodle made his way to France where he became a renaissance dog of sorts. His devoted and trainable nature made him the perfect companion for street performers, and he also starred in circus acts. Soon, the charming Poodle and his fancy haircut landed him alongside noblewomen of France, where he became a stunning companion and fashion statement.
The Poodle was bred down from his standard size by noble women looking for a fanciful lap dog, and today the Poodle breed comes in three size varieties including standard, miniature and toy.
Height: 9 – 15+ Inches
Weight: 6 – 70 Pounds
Coat: Thick, curly, hypoallergenic
Life Span: 10 – 18 years
Personality: Loving, intelligent, athletic, playful
3. The Whoodle Is A Very Clever And Energetic Dog
Whoodle’s are a combination of two intelligent and hard-working parent breeds.
Now that you know more about the Whoodle’s parent breeds, it should come as no surprise that this hybrid dog is going to be incredibly intelligent. In fact, he comes from two of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, making him a top contender for families who are looking for a versatile and trainable family companion.
He is also highly energetic, and will enjoy active families who spend lots of time outdoors camping, hiking, jogging or swimming.
However, his intelligence and athleticism can be problematic for owners with busy schedules or for those who don’t understand working breeds.
Very clever dogs like the Whoodle can be more prone to anxiety and boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing, barking and bathroom accidents. It’s very important that your Whoodle is kept busy both mentally and physically to ensure he stays happy and healthy.
And don’t think you can simply let your Whoodle out in the backyard and leave him to his own devices. This is a crossbreed who requires active play with his favorite people, and will insist that you join him in all his endeavours.
4. The Whoodle Is A Hypoallergenic Dog, Which Is Great for Allergy Sufferers
Both the Wheaten Terrier and the Poodle are hypoallergenic dogs, so your Woodle will be hypoallergenic too.
Though it is true that the Whoodle is considered hypoallergenic, we should note that there actually is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog.
All dogs shed, even Poodles and Wheaten Terriers, although both of these purebreds shed much less than many other dog breeds. Their fur also produces less allergy-inducing dander than some dogs, making them ideal for those who suffer from allergies.
As such, their Whoodle offspring is going to make an excellent addition to those who either don’t want to deal with lots of excess fur on furniture and bedding, or for those who are allergic to most other dog breeds.
5. Your Whoodle’s Appearance Could Vary Depending On His Generation
This Whoodle is a good mix between a wheaten and a poodle, but some may look more like one parent than the other.
Because the Whoodle is a mix of two different purebred dogs, his appearance can and will vary. This is especially true if you get a first or second generation Whoodle. Depending on the generation of Whoodle you get, your dog could look more like a Poodle or more like a Wheaten Terrier.
Or, he could look somewhere in between, like the Whoodle pictured above. Your Whoodle dog’s size is also up to genetics and depends greatly on the Poodle side. Remember, Poodles can come in three size varieties, which will have a large impact on the overall size of your Whoodle dog.
If you would prefer a Whoodle with a more predictable appearance, your best bet would be to go through a breeder who sells second or third generation Whoodle puppies. You also have the option of rescuing an adult Whoodle whose appearance has already been established.
With all that in mind, there are some average traits your Whoodle is likely to inherit. Let’s take a look at the potential characteristics of a common Whoodle dog below.
Whoodle Height: 9 – 19+ inches
Whoodle Weight: 6 – 70 Pounds
Whoodle Coat Color: Brown, black, grey, silver grey, cream, and red with potential spots or patches of different color
Whoodle Coat Type: Wavy, silky, lightly shedding or hypoallergenic
Whoodle Eye Color: Brown
6. The Whoodle Can Do Well In Apartments So Long As His Exercise Needs Are Met
Most Whoodles do best in homes with backyards where they can run and play freely.
Although the Whoodle is a high-energy dog, he can do well in apartments with the right owner or family. He does not necessarily need lots of space or a backyard, so long as he is well exercised each and every day and kept mentally stimulated.
One or two good walks or jogs a day should suffice, as will free playtime in a backyard or dog park.
The Whoodle is not a particularly vocal dog, though he can be prone to destructive behaviors if left to his own devices for too long. This is not a dog for owners with very busy schedules, and he will do well in a home where his family is around often.
If left to his own devices for too long, especially in a small, confined space like an apartment, the Whoodle can become bored and destructive.
When leaving your Whoodle alone, consider crate training him or at least ensuring he is properly exercised before you head out. You might also consider leaving him with puzzle toys or chew toys to keep him busy. It’s also best not to leave your Whoodle alone for longer than three to five hours at a time.
7. The Whoodle Is Eager to Please and Lovely To Train
Whoodle dogs are very eager to please and will be a joy to train and work with.
Training a clever dog like the Whoodle is a dream come true, especially for devoted owners who are willing and eager to spend quality time with this hybrid. Because of his devoted nature, the Whoodle is eager to please and will enjoy learning new tricks.
His brilliant mind will ensure you are able to teach him a number of cues, and he even has the potential to be helpful around the house. If you’re feeling ambitious, consider training your Whoodle to help sort the laundry, load the dishwasher, or even carry in groceries from the car.
Training your Whoodle should be kept game-like and fun. Avoid using harsh training techniques like punishment or scolding, which can cause your Whoodle to shut down. Instead, stick with positive reinforcement training using treats and praise, and give your Whoodle breaks often.
You can begin training your Whoodle as early as eight weeks, and training should continue throughout his lifetime to help keep him feeling happy and mentally stimulated.
8. Like All Dogs, The Whoodle Can Be Prone To Genetic Health Issues
The Whoodle can be prone to a number of genetic health issues any potential owner should be aware of.
All dogs can be prone to genetic health issues, regardless of if they are purebreds, mutts or hybrid dogs. And while the Whoodle comes from two relatively healthy purebred parents, he still has the potential to suffer from some serious genetic health problems a prospective owner should be aware of.
With a lifespan of around 10 – 18 years, the Whoodle’s health issues could include:
- Addison’s Disease
- Protein-Losing Nephropathy (Leading To Kidney Issues)
- Protein-Losing Enteropathy (Leading To Gastrointestinal Issues)
- Renal Dysplasia
- Eye Disorders
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Idiopathic Epilepsy
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Immune-Mediated Disorders
- Luxating Patellas
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Gastric Dilatation with Volvulus (AKA Bloat)
- Ear Infections
- Dental Disease
What You Should Know About Your Whoodle and Bloat
Bloat is a serious and life-threatening condition that can come on suddenly and requires emergency medical assistance. It occurs when air or gas fills the intestines, causing the stomach to turn or flip. Your Whoodle is more at risk of Bloat if his Poodle parent is of the standard size variety.
Symptoms of bloat include pacing, panting, unproductive vomiting, obvious pain, extended or bloated abdomen, and collapse.
You can help prevent bloat by ensuring your Whoodle does not eat his meals too quickly, and does not eat or drink directly after intensive play or exercise.
9. The Whoodle Is An Excellent Dog For Dog Owners Who Have A Basic Understanding Of Working Breeds
Whoodles can be eager to please and easy to train, but they are also working dogs who require a certain patience and commitment.
The Whoodle is a family-friendly dog who does well with novice dog owners, though any potential owner is encouraged to research the hybrid and understand as much as possible about his working background.
Working dogs often require more commitment than dogs bred simply for companionship, and as such they can be a bit more high-maintenance. However, unlike many working breeds like the German Shepherd or Husky, the hybrid Whoodle is more laid back and relaxed, and more likely to go with the flow.
For this reason, he can do well with a versatile group of owners so long as they are committed to exercise, playtime, training and affection with their Whoodle dog.
10. Whoodle Dogs Need To Be Socialized and Trained At An Early Age To Reduce Behavioral Issues
Socialization should begin as early as possible and continue throughout your Whoodle’s life.
Like all dogs, the Whoodle will thrive when he is properly socialized and trained. As we mentioned above, you can begin training your Whoodle from the moment you get him, (generally when he is around eight weeks old), and training can continue on for the rest of his life.
Because the Whoodle does have a tendency to be stubborn from time to time, work to ensure training is kept fun and gamelike. Break it up into five minute sessions with lots of play time in between, and use high currency treats (treats that are very smelly and palatable to dogs) to help motivate your Whoodle. And remember, steer clear of punishments during training.
Positive reinforcement has been proven to work best when it comes to training dogs, especially devoted and loyal dogs like the Whoodle.
Along with training your Whoodle, it’s also imperative that he is properly socialized. Socializing your Whoodle dog should begin as early as possible and continue throughout his life. Socializing includes introducing him to as many new people, places, animals, sights and sounds as possible to ensure he is well adjusted and adapted.
Try and ensure first impressions are positive for your Whoodle, and never force him to do something that clearly frightens him.
11. The Whoodle Does Best On A Quality Dog Food Specified For His Age, Weight and Activity Level
A proper diet will help maintain your whoodle’s health and vitality.
The Whoodle is an athletic dog who will remain active for the majority of his lifetime, even into his senior years. For this reason, he will do best on a high quality dog food that is rich in real animal protein, healthy fatty acids, carbs, vitamins, minerals and water.
Steer clear of dog foods that contain fillers and additives like corn, soy, wheat and byproducts.
You also have the option of feeding your Whoodle wet, dry or raw dog food. Some owners find that they even prefer giving their Whoodle homemade dog food. If you do opt for the homemade dog food route, we suggest you speak with your veterinarian to ensure you are providing your Whoodle with all the nutrients he needs to thrive.
12. The Whoodle Has A High Prey Drive
Whoodles need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy.
It’s very important to understand that your Whoodle comes from two purebred parents who were once hunting dogs. As such, the Whoodle is prone to chasing anything that moves. This includes smaller animals like cats, squirrels, and rabbits, as well as young children and even cars.
Though the Whoodle is a gentle dog, his chasing could get him into trouble and even put him in dangerous situations, especially if he takes off running near a busy street.
A potential owner should keep this in mind and work with their Whoodle to ensure he has a strong recall. Even then, make sure your backyard is secure with a tall fence and that you refrain from walking your Whoodle without a proper leash and harness.
13. Whoodle Dogs Can Make Wonderful Additions To Homes With Children And Other Pets
When properly socialized, whoodle dogs can get along well with children and other pets.
Whoodles are very gentle and loving. They make sweet, cuddly companions to families of all ages and enjoy having children siblings to play with and entertain. They can also get along well with other pets like dogs and cats, though remember that the Whoodle does have a high prey drive and might be inclined to chase their smaller pet siblings around the house.
They will not do well left alone with rodent pets like guinea pigs, hamsters or birds, however, so refrain from leaving a Whoodle unsupervised with smaller furry companions.
We also suggest that you teach young children how to respectfully play with and handle the Whoodle to ensure everyone is getting along safely and no one is playing too rough.
14. A Whoodle’s Grooming Needs Are Moderate, Depending On His Coat Length
A whoodle dog’s coat can grow quite long, and the longer it is the more maintenance it will require.
The Whoodle is considered hypoallergenic and he is a bit easier to maintain, especially when his coat is kept short. However, his coat can grow out long and become prone to matting, so owners should take care to keep their Whoodle routinely brushed.
Along with routine brushing with a quality dematting comb, your Whoodle should also have his ears cleaned and checked routinely to keep debris and wax build-up at bay. He will need his teeth brushed once a day using a dog-safe toothbrush and toothpaste, and his nails should be trimmed often to reduce chances of them cracking and splitting.
Whoodles can also be prone to eye issues, so try and ensure his hair is trimmed out of his eyes and that you take care to keep his face clean and free of tear-stains.
15. Whoodle Puppies Can Be Expensive, But Don’t Cut Corners
When going through a breeder, Whoodle puppies can be costly, but it’s important to go through a reputable source..
Whoodles are growing in popularity, which means they are becoming increasingly more expensive. On average, a Whoodle puppy can cost around $1,200, although this price can vary depending on the breeder and the quality of the Whoodle’s parent breeds.
And while this does seem like a hefty amount of money to fork over for a puppy, it’s important not to cut corners. Avoid going through backyard breeders or unqualified online sellers when looking for a Whoodle puppy at a bargain price. If you do so, you are more likely to wind up with a sick puppy that can cost you much more money in the long run. Furthermore, you may be accidentally contributing to a puppy mill.
Instead, go through reputable and qualified breeders who can offer health certificates proving their puppies have been health screened and cleared of any serious health issues. You may also be able to get a look at your Whoodle puppy’s parent breeds, and you can ask questions to find out if your Whoodle is a first or second generation crossbreed.
If you are looking to save money or rescue, you’re in luck. In most regions there are organizations that specialize in certain breeds or mixes. Simply do a bit of research on local shelters to find the right one for you.
When going through a rescue to adopt a Whoodle, make sure you ask plenty of questions and explain what you are hoping for out of your new dog. This way, the shelter can help match you with a dog that suits your lifestyle and personality.
Three Products A Whoodle Owner Will Love
Whoodles will love puzzle toys and good training treats, and owners will love how these products help keep their dog happy and engaged.
If you’ve decided that the Whoodle is right for you, then you’ll be thrilled to find a list of products below that are perfectly suited for this dynamic hybrid. Remember, the Whoodle is a mix of two highly intelligent and athletic purebred dogs. He will need lots of mental and physical stimulation, which can come in the form of toys and other gear.
Don’t worry, we have done the hard work for you and have listed three of our favorite products below just for Whoodles. Take a look!
PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness
Walking your Whoodle each day will help keep him feeling his best, and will also help reduce potentially destructive behaviors. However, because he has such a high prey drive, it’s important to ensure you are always walking your Whoodle on a leash and harness.
Our favorite harness for active dogs is the PetSafe Easy Walk Harness listed above. This harness reduces pulling and helps making walking more fun and comfortable for both you and your pooch. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes as well, and is easy to fit, put on and take off. Best of all, it is a front clip harness which helps gently redirect your dog if he tries to run after a squirrel or rabbit during your walk.
Nina Ottosson Puzzle Toy
Puzzle toys are very helpful when it comes to keeping intelligent dogs busy and engaged. The above puzzle toy is designed to use treats to help hold your Whoodle’s attention, and he’ll love solving the puzzles to try and find the tasty treasures inside the cubbies.
You can order the toy in different levels, so they become more challenging as your Whoodle solves them. The styles are also interchangeable as well. Best of all, the toy reduces destructive behaviors and helps keep your Whoodle busy, happy, and entertained while you are away.
Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
Slow feeder dog bowls are key in helping reduce bloat in certain dog breeds. If you have a Whoodle who is more at risk of suffering from gastrointestinal issues, a slow feeder is highly recommended.
The above slow feeder is designed to help slow your Whoodle down while he eats, reducing the amount of air that gets into his belly when he swallows. This feeder also provides mental stimulation to brainy dogs like the Whoodle, making meal time more fun and challenging.
You can order the bowl in different sizes and colors, and even in different patterns depending on your taste.
And that’s it!
We hope this has been a helpful guide on the Whoodle crossbreed and that you now have a better idea as to whether or not this would be the right dog for you. Now it’s your turn. Are you head over heels for the Whoodle? Why or why not?
Leave us your thoughts on the Whoodle in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading!
Jen Jones is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with more than 25 years of experience. As the founder of ‘Your Dog Advisor’ and the ‘Canine Connection’ rehabilitation center, she applies a holistic, empathetic approach, aiming to address root causes rather than merely treating symptoms.
Well known for her intuitive and compassionate approach, Jen adopts scientifically-proven, reward-based methods, encouraging positive reinforcement over punishment. Jen specializes in obedience training, behavior modification, and puppy socialization. Her innovative methods, particularly in addressing anxiety and aggression issues, have been widely recognized. Jen has worked with many of the world’s leading dog behaviorists and in her free time volunteers with local animal shelters and rescue groups.