Dog Breed Group: Companion
Weight: 20-45 lbs
Height: 12-20 inch range
Common health issues: ear infections, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and allergies
Coat colors: silver, apricot, wheat color, chocolate, red, black, or parti (spotted).
Whoodles (also known as Swheat-n-poo, or Sweatenpoo) are hybrid dogs, which means that they come from a mixture of different dog breeds. We can find three different sizes of Whoodles: standard, medium or miniature. Its weight can vary between 20-45 inches and its height between 12-20 inches. The dog breeds that gave the origin to this whole new breed are Poodles and Wheaten Terriers. Whoodles are typically bred with the dogs that gave them an origin and with other Whoodles. The final look of every Whoodle will depend on the dominant side of the breed from both of her/his parents.
Whoodle Breed History
Every hybrid breed of dog has a very limited history. However, as Whoodles come from a mixture of two very defined dog breeds, we can explore both breeds origin and analyze some aspects. The origin of Whoodles would be, therefore, found in the two different breeds that originated them. The following paragraphs will explain some information about the origins of both Poodles and Wheaten Terriers:
The Wheaten Terrier Part
We can start with the Wheaten Terriers, who were bred in Ireland for about 200 years. These dogs had the task to be all-purpose farm dogs. Hunting and killing vermins was a part of their tasks, but also, watching and guarding the current livestock. They became popular in the XIX Century, the first Wheaten Terrier exported to the US arrived in the 1940s, and to Australia in the 1970s. It is important to mention that this brand also shares common ancestry with Irish Terriers and Kerry Blue Terriers.
The Poodle Part
Regarding Poodles, Several countries claim to be the place where the breed was born. There are plenty of sources of different information and research that say the breed has its origins in France. However, the American Kennel Club (AKC) states that the breed originated in Germany. This dog was, in the beginning, a water retrieving dog, also known as “Pudelhund” in Germany — This name comes from the words “Hund” and “Pudel”, meaning “dog” and “to splash” respectively.
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) says that Poodles have their origin due to a cross between the French Barbet dog and the Hungarian water dog. Afterwards, the breed became standardized in France; here the breed functioned as a water retriever. Currently, French people use the word “Caniches” to talk about Poodles, because this breed likes to hunt a female duck that is called “caniche”.
Due to their popularity in the country, Poodles became the national dog breed of France. They became the best friends and companions for the social elite. Many French aristocrats, including Louis XVI, had poodles. Also, paintings of famous painters around Europe included Poodles, such as Francisco Goya (Spanish) who shows how caniches were a common pet on the 18th century in Spain.
Whoodles can have curly or straight coats, depending on their heritage and their dominant resemblance (whether it is a dominant resemblance to Poodles or Wheaten Terriers). If they have a similar percentage of Poodle and Wheaten Terrier heritage, they will likely have a soft wavy hair. Their colors can vary a lot, including silver, apricot, wheat color, chocolate, red, black, or parti (spotted). They can weigh between 20 and 45 lbs and have 12-20 inches in height.
Whoodle Training and Personality
It is undeniable that these lovely dogs are intelligent and affectionate with playful and friendly environments. They really enjoy playing with humans that give them love and happiness. However, they will not have the best response with unpleasant approaches from other humans/dogs. Their intelligence is outstanding, which makes it easy to train them.
Part of the Wheaten Terriers history (and therefore part of the Whoodles history), mentions them in farms taking care of several tasks on a daily basis. This part of their history makes Whoodles prone to overtake a behavior of “pack leaders”. For this reason, in order to train them, it must be you who becomes a “pack leader”. You will achieve this behavior by developing a firm but gentle training from puppyhood. We recommend you to do not let them walk before you, nor scream while training them.
They are very involved in family activities, love to play, be active and alert. They have a great personality, and people often point out similarities with human behavior and intelligence.
Whoodles need to practice regular exercise to avoid the destructive and uncomfortable behavior. It is recommended to train them to prevent any kind of behavioral issues. And to maintain their physical health at its best.
The amount of hair in a Whoodle and its texture can vary depending on his/her heritage. Despite its amount of hair, for your dog to have good hygiene, you must provide frequent grooming to him/her. Besides regular brushing and baths, grooming Whoodles also involves checking other body parts such as eyes, ears, teeth, and claws. This type of routine is recommended every 9-12 weeks to keep him/her healthy and beautiful.
The frequency of baths will mainly depend on the lifestyle of the Whoodle. Indoor and calmed dogs should receive baths with less frequency than highly active dogs with access to outdoor environments.
This breed can be susceptible to skin allergies and other types of skin diseases. It is highly recommended to utilize medicated shampoos during your dog’s bath. Consult a veterinarian in order to give the most suitable shampoo to your dog.
Whoodle Health Issues
Whoodles come from a mixture of two different breeds, regarding health issues, this is something good. As two different types of dogs originated them, the normal health issues related to the “purity of the breed” are typically absent. However, they are still prone to suffer from certain health situations such as:
Ear Infections – In most dogs, infections are caused by yeast or bacteria. However, dog’s ears are particularly sensible, infections in this area can appear due to allergies, foreign bodies, excessive hair, some irregularity in hormones, moisture or wax, among other. You can evaluate the condition of his/her ears and analyze his/her behavior to provide information to the veterinarian in case of an infection.
Hip Dysplasia – this is an inherited condition that causes an irregular hip joint that is not properly formed. Because the joint is not fitting her/his body properly, the dog’s legs will move too much, which causes pain. This condition could be easily diagnosed by your veterinarian.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy – This condition is not yet well understood by science. However, we presume that it comes from a genetic issue. It refers to several degenerative eye disorders that are the origin of blindness in both eyes.
Allergies – Every single dog is unique and can develop allergies to many different elements, from food to the environment. However, there are some elements that are known to trigger allergies in dogs with more frequency, among them we can find: chocolate, pollen, dust, mites, some nuts, etc. Consult your veterinarian if you believe that your dog is developing unusual reactions to any element within his/her environment.