Are you considering adopting a hybrid Poodle mix? If so, you may want to consider the Woodle! These lovely dogs are great for anyone who doesn’t have time for long walks or hours at the dog park. These adorable dogs can make wonderful family companions!
So, if you’d like to learn more about the Woodle, read on! We’ve put together the information you need to decide whether a Woodle will be the right fur baby for your family!
What is a Woodle?
The Woodle is a hybrid dog that results from crossing two purebred parents. In this case, the Woodle is the result of crossing a Poodle with a Welsh Terrier. What could be more adorable? While we don’t have much information about the Woodle, we can take a look at both of the dog’s parents.
Some people think the Welsh Terrier looks very similar to an Airedale; however, these dogs are quite different. The Welsh Terrier is known for having a strong personality. Consider the fact that these dogs were originally bred to hunt badgers, foxes, and otters. You know these dogs have the courage and stamina to hunt these animals!
Welsh Terriers are known for being quite intelligent. They do well at dog sports such as agility, flyball, tracking, and more. In addition, the dogs are also used in search and rescue work. They’re also used as therapy dogs.
Just like Welsh Terriers, Poodles are also energetic and were bred to hunt. The dogs were bred to hunt waterfowl and retrieve birds. However, today, these dogs are treasured family companions.
There are three sizes of Poodles, including the toy (smallest), miniature, and the standard (largest) Poodle. It’s believed the standard Poodle is the oldest of this breed. And no matter their size, Poodles are known for being intelligent, playful, and affectionate.
Poodles have a special coat that was designed to be an aid in hunting and retrieving waterfowl. Their hair is somewhat curly and looks like wool but is quite wiry and thick. Their fur was developed and kept trimmed to keep the dog from snagging on anything in the water and keeping them warm.
Woodles usually stand between 15 to 20 inches tall and weigh between 20 to 50 lbs. They have a life expectancy between 12 to 15 years.
So, what is the combination of a Poodle and Welsh Terrier like?
Temperament of the Woodle
Because Woodles are hybrid dogs, breeders have a challenging time predicting what the puppies will be like. Each puppy is a unique little being that inherits certain genes from both parents. The puppies are not a 50/50 merging of their parents. Instead, each puppy in little can inherit a different combination of genes. However, you can tell something about the puppy’s personality by looking at the parents.
Woodles tend to be highly intelligent dogs who are gently and generally happy. The dogs are also loving and loyal, forming a deep attachment to their pet parents and families. What’s more, Woodles love learning new tricks and are eager to please!
Are Woodles Good with Kids and Other Pets?
Woodles make wonderful family dogs. They love nothing better than spending time with their families, cuddling, and being part of their family pack. The dogs are quite affectionate and do well with kids and babies.
These hybrid dogs also don’t have high energy levels, making them great playmates for young kids.
Woodles usually get along with them very well when it comes to other pets. They love to have a companion, whether that’s a dog or a cat. However, they do have a strong prey drive. Remember, both purebred parents were bred for hunting. This instinct is still very strong in the Woodle. So, they should never be around small animals.
Woodle Health Issues
Woodles are usually pretty healthy dogs; however, they are prone to certain health issues, including:
- Skin conditions
- Patellar luxation
- Addison’s disease
- Cushing’s disease
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Hip dysplasia
The Woodle’s coat is usually like the Poodle parent’s. That means the dog may be a low shedder and the hair grows pretty fast. For these reasons, Woodles require regular visits to the groomer to be clipped and trimmed.
If the Woodle’s hair is allowed to grow long, it’s necessary to brush the fur each day. This keeps the fur from matting, which can be quite painful.
Woodles do best on a high-quality dog kibble that is full of protein. A meat ingredient should be first on the ingredient list of the product. They need about two cups of dry kibble a day, which can be broken down into two meals, one in the morning and the other in the morning.
If you have any questions about your dog’s diet, it’s always best to ask your vet. They have the knowledge and experience essential to all aspects of your dog’s health, including his diet!
Woodle Exercise & Training
When it comes to exercise, these hybrid dogs don’t require too much! They usually need about 30 minutes of exercise a day. That’s enough to keep the dogs fit and from becoming bored. These dogs love to walk, play in the dog park, play games, run, and more!
It’s also imperative to ensure your Woodle has plenty of interactive dog toys and games. The dogs also love to learn tricks and do well at obedience training and socialization.
Woodles should start training and socializing from a young age. Because they’re so smart, these hybrid fur babies love to learn, and they learn quickly. They also enjoy learning new tricks.
The dogs respond best to the positive reinforcement training method. That means your fur baby requires plenty of positive input and love during training. You can also include some healthy treats—your dog will love those!
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! Woodles are a great combination of the Welsh Terrier and the Poodle. They’re great for families with kids and other pets; however, they don’t do well with small pets. These dogs have a strong prey drive and should not be around small pets. Even so, these amazing dogs make wonderful family companions!
If you’d like to adopt a Woodle, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a fun, loving companion for years to come!