Medium-sized dogs are often overlooked in favor of the companionship of large breeds or the convenience and portability of toy-sized breeds, but they deserve just as much love as any other dog.
The Whoodle is a medium-sized dog, and the result of crossing a purebred Poodle with a purebred Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Their luxurious coat is a marvel for people with allergies who just want to cuddle with their furry friends.
If you’re looking for an adaptable, affectionate dog, keep reading to learn more about this mixed breed and its parents.
Poodle, Whoodle, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Comparison Table
|Poodle||Whoodle||Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier|
|Height||Over 15 inches||12-20 inches||17-19 inches|
|Weight||40-70 pounds||20-45 pounds||30-40 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||10-18 years||12-15 years||12-14 years|
|Coat Type||Curly with long length||Silky with medium length||Wavy and silky with medium length|
|Affections Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||No shedding||Little to no shedding||Little to no shedding|
|Trainability||Very easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Average trainability|
|Exercise||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Very open to strangers||Pretty open to strangers||Alright with strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Very high mental stimulation required||Pretty high mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||More barking||More barking||Average barking levels|
Did you know that, despite their strong association with French history and culture, the Poodle is actually of German origins?
In fact, Germany is credited as the third largest producer of distinct dog breeds in recorded history. Many breeds either come directly from Germany or German dogs are direct ancestors to modern versions of a dog.
Poodles have many attractive qualities, making them one of the top ten most popular American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized breeds. For huntsmen, this “duck dog” has superior protection from the elements, exceptional swimming capabilities, and unbelievable intelligence.
For the royalty and upper-class people of centuries past, the dignified nature and appearance were highly sought after and found within the Poodle.
Today, the breed still finds work as an entertainer or truffle hunter on top of its companionship. The Toy Poodle established itself as an icon for some celebrities even back in its inception during the early 20th century.
Perhaps the most desirable trait of the Poodle and any of its offspring is the hypoallergenic nature of its fur coat. Although you might refer to the coat as “fur”, the skin and hairs of a Poodle’s body are more similar to that of human hair than the fur of other dog breeds.
About Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
When you think of what Ireland is famous for, you probably think of things like Guinness beer or potatoes first and foremost. However, the Emerald Isle should be acknowledged for much more, including breeding dogs like the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers started as casual farm dogs, combining a terrier’s intelligence (and sometimes stubbornness) with the steadfast nature of other working class breeds.
The breed was expected to perform daily duties such as ratting and guarding small livestock like chickens. At the end of the day, they would always be fast asleep in their owner’s lap.
The unique coat of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is also known for shedding very little like the Poodle. With all of their historic roles around the farm, grooming the coat to prevent matting and mange was a must. While some consider it a chore, the resulting silky fur is quite the reward.
If you saw a Whoodle in a lineup of other Poodle mixes like the Labradoodle, you might be unable to tell them apart except that the Whoodle would be smaller.
Even so, the Whoodle won’t be beaten when it comes to affection and intelligence – their eager-to-please attitude makes training fairly easy with positive reinforcement techniques.
Is The Whoodle A Hypoallergenic Breed?
Both the Poodle and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier are considered hypoallergenic breeds, so it makes sense that their Whoodle offspring would also be hypoallergenic. While this is true when it comes to the mixed breed’s coat, no single breed is truly hypoallergenic.
Over time and more research has been done, we’ve learned that people allergic to dogs could have an allergic reaction to one or more allergen sources. These sources include:
- A dog’s hair or fur
- Skin particles or dander
- Saliva from a dog
Thankfully, the Whoodle eliminates most hair-based allergens since it sheds very little, if at all, but that leaves the other sources.
You may be happy to know that, due to the physiological features of a Whoodle’s muzzle, it drools very little, so that also removes saliva from the list of potential allergens for the most part.
How Much Grooming Will My Whoodle Need?
Part of the reason why Whoodles are considered hypoallergenic is that they lack an undercoat like many other dog breeds. This makes grooming them easier in many ways and reduces the frequency of grooming sessions.
To keep a Whoodle’s skin and hair healthy, you need only brush it about once a week. If you spot any matting within their hair, you should take care to break the patch apart with a brush or fingers.
Scissors should never be used on your Whoodle’s coat except in the hands of a professional groomer.
Your Whoodle should not need baths more than once a month unless they become particularly dirty or have an overtly “doggy” smell. Frequent baths can dry out and irritate their skin which they may then itch and risk an infection.
How Big Will My Whoodle Be?
The range of heights and weights in the table above is already quite wide but the fact is that your Whoodle could lie outside of those values. This is because the size of your Whoodle relies heavily on the type of Poodle the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is bred with.
A Standard Poodle parent will result in a Whoodle on the larger side of the spectrum, while a Toy Poodle parent could make for a much smaller Whoodle. Your Whoodle should generally lie within the listed parameters unless a significant mutation occurs.
Whoodles might not appear to be good dogs at first glance, but the fact is that they are perfect for first-time dog owners as well as families with small children.
Not only that but Whoodles are remarkably adaptable, enjoying large, fenced-in backyards as well as the enclosed spaces of a small apartment.
They will need some training and socialization like any other dog breed, but they will respond quickly to become your perfect companion.