Poodle and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix A Complete Guide

Poodle and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Mix

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. For people with allergies but who can’t resist cuddling with furry friends, their luxurious coat is a true delight.

If you’re looking for an affectionate, adaptable dog, read on 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
Colors Apricot
Black
Blue
Brown
Gray
Red
Silver
Silver Beige
White
Black
Brown
Cream
Gray
Red
Silver
Wheaten
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
Temperament Very playful
Very protective
Pretty playful
Pretty protective
Average playfulness
Average protectiveness
Health Issues Bloat
Hip dysplasia
Eye disorders
Kidney problems
Addison’s disease
Hip dysplasia
Eye disorders
Kidney problems
Addison’s disease
Renal dysplasia
Hip dysplasia
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
Poodle, Whoodle, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Comparison Table

About Poodles

Did you know that the Poodle originates from Germany despite their strong association with French history and culture?

In fact, as the third largest producer of a diverse selection of distinct dog breeds in record history, Germany doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. 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 unquestionable intelligence, superior resistance to the elements, and superb swimming instincts.

Poodle Dog Breed
Poodle Dog Breed

For the royalty and upper-class people of centuries past, the dignified appearance and nature were highly sought after and found within the Poodle.

Today, the breed still finds work mostly as an entertainer on top of its companionship. Somewhat surprisingly, Poodles also make for excellent truffle hunters. 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 or any of its offspring is the hypoallergenic nature of its fur coat. Although you might refer to the coat as “fur”, the skin and coat 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 potatoes or Guinness beer first and foremost. However, breeds like the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier are another proud product of the Emerald Isle and should be acknowledged as such.

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 guarding livestock and ratting. At the end of the day, they would always be fast asleep in the comfort of an owner’s lap.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Breed
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Dog Breed

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 mange and matting was a must. While some consider it a chore, the resulting silky fur is reward enough for most people.

About Whoodles

If you saw a Whoodle in a lineup of other Poodle mixes like the Labradoodle, you may be unable to tell them apart except that the Whoodle would be a little on the smaller side.

Even so, the Whoodle won’t be beaten when it comes to smarts and affection – their eager-to-please attitude makes training fairly easy with positive reinforcement techniques.

Is The Whoodle A Hypoallergenic Breed?

Both the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle 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, more research has been done and 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 fur or hair
  • Skin particles or dander
  • A dog’s saliva

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 anatomical 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 hair and skin 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 irritate and dry out 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.

Conclusion

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 thrive everywhere thanks to their versatility, enjoying large, fenced-in backyards as well as the enclosed spaces of a small apartment.

They will need some socialization and training like any other dog breed, but they will respond quickly to become your perfect companion.