The Whoodle is a crossbreed variety of dog. This unique hybrid is the result of crossing a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Standard Poodle, classified as an F1. Whoodles are also referred to as a Swheat-N-Poo. Since the Whoodle is a crossbreed, the appearance can vary, but F1 stage dogs will often resemble a wheat-colored wolfhound.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an extremely sturdy dog. Alert, sociable and playful, the Wheaten makes a great family pet. Wheaten puppies are black at birth with the coat color changing during the first year. The Standard Poodle is very intelligent and loves to be around people. The combination of these two breeds is thought to be a good match, though it is hard to predict which characteristics will dominate.
The appearance and temperament of multiple generation crossbreeds in the F1B, F2 and F3 categories may differ from the F1 cross.
Approximate Adult Size
As with many hybrid breeds, size and weight will vary. The Wheaten and the Standard Poodle have size and common weight generally in common. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of either the male or female is 17 to 20 inches at the withers. The wither are measured at the highest point of the shoulder. Adult Whoodles could weigh between 30 and 45 pounds.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain health conditions problems associated with that specific breed and the Wheaten and the Poodle are no exception. The Wheaten has relatively few health issues compared to other breeds though they may be prone to kidney and vision problems. Poodles are prone to glaucoma and epilepsy. As with most hybrids and the introduction of multi-generational breeding, a full understanding of potential health issues is difficult.
This disease list is provided only as an informative guideline and your Whoodle may not experience these conditions. Consult a veterinary professional for more comprehensive information.
As with any dog, the puppy stage, 0 to 12 months of age, is the time for shots, boosters and check up. As an adult, the dog should have an annual veterinary checkup including a dental exam. Avoid feeding your dog sweets and certain human foods.
The coat of a Whoodle will be generally soft and silky. Regular brushing will help maintain a clean and healthy coat. The process of grooming provides you an opportunity to examine the dog for skin problems and strengthen the emotional bond between you and your dog.
Dental health is important and the teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities and periodontal disease. Poor canine dental hygiene can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious health conditions.
The claws should be trimmed regularly and the paws examined for signs of injury.
With proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions, a Whoodle should be able to live a long and healthy life. Given the hybrid nature of these dogs, an accurate prediction of life expectancy is not possible at this time, but could range between 10 and 15 years.
American Canine Hybrid Club
As a hybrid breed, the Whoodle is not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club or their affiliated organizations.
Litter size is said to average between 3 and 6 puppies.
Every dog is an individual so not everything in this article may be correct for your dog.
This information is intended only as a good faith guideline..