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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Foodle is a small dog also called the Foxpoo or the Foxdoodle and is a mix of the Poodle and the Fox Terrier, in most cases the toy sized of each. She is have life expectancy of 10 to 13 years and participates in agility. She is a very spunky, alert and attentive little dog and makes a great family pet or companion for one person.
Here is the Foodle at a Glance
Average height 10 to 12 inches
Average weight 9 and 13 pounds
Coat type Dense or fine, short, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Rare
Touchiness Moderate to high
Tolerant to Solitude? Not for long periods
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Good but not extreme
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good, definitely no extreme
Good Family Pet? Very good to Excellent
Good with Children? Very good to Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Good
Trainability Very good to excellent, should be easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns Legg-Perthes disease, deafness, Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, LPD, Patellar Luxation
Other Health Concerns Eye problems, hip dysplasia
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 – $700
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 – $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $265 – $400

Where does the Foodle come from?

Dogs that mix two purebreds are called hybrids or designer dogs. Designer dogs have become a very popular pet in the last decade or two and all we really know about the origins of this one is that it happened sometimes in the 1990s or 2000s and that it was in America. To understand the temperament and history of such a recent hybrid dog we have to look at the characteristics and details about the parent breeds.

The Fox Terrier

The Fox Terrier was bred in the late 1700s in England when fox hunting became popular and hunters needed a dog that could enter the den and drive the fox out. There were two types of fox terriers, the Smooths and the Wires. They were thought to be the same breed but two different varieties and for years were bred together often however recently this interbreeding was stopped. Fox terriers were the dogs of royalty and nobility. In 1879 the first fox terrier came to America. In 1985 the American Kennel Club recognized the wire and smooth fox terriers as separate breeds.

This dog is very lively, alert, quite sly and mischievous! He will have you laughing over though and he is friendly though early socialization helps. He is alert and makes a good watchdog but they can be barkers. They do not got on very well with other dogs though.

The Poodle

This dog is a good two thousand years old at least as his ancestors can be found in ancient drawings and artifacts. Believed to be from what is now called Germany they were used by hunters to go and retrieve waterfowl from the waters. When he made his way to France he was bred and changed into something closer to what we see today. There are three sizes, the standard the French continued to use for duck hunting, the miniature they used to hunt for truffles and the toy that became the companion to every noble lady in France.

Today the Poodle is known for his outrageous coat shapes and colors and for being somewhat disdainful. Away from these stereotypes though he is actually very clever, very loyal, very eager to please and easy to train. He is loving to his family and affectionate but also has a cheeky playful personality. His aloofness tends to be reserved for strangers who he is naturally wary of.


The Foodle is a sweet, lively and active dog, great for a family pet and very loyal. She does not like to be left alone for a long time and can be very spirited. She is alert and affectionate though she can sometimes form a closer bond with one family member than the rest. Early socialization and training helps to bring out her best qualities. She also has a gentle side to her.

What does a Foodle look like

She is a small dog weighing just 9 to 13 pounds and 10 to 12 inches tall. She has long slim legs, dark nose and eyes and a slim muzzle too. Her coat can be dense or fine, short and the tail and legs can have feathering. Common colors include white, black, brown, cream, chocolate and tan.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Foodle need to be?

While small she is full of energy and needs to get a lot of activities in each day to keep her balanced and healthy. A long brisk daily walk plus play time is a minimum amount she needs each day, ideally you can add in some jogging and other activities too. She loves to run and is very fast and she is also a great jumper. Be warned that Foodles can cause damage to their toys because they do have very strong bites. If she has access to a yard make sure it is fenced in and let her use it daily to play in.

Does she train quickly?

She is a clever dog, agile, loves to learn and play and keen to please. This makes her an easier to train dog than many, she will need less repetition so it will also be quicker. To avoid the sly or mischievous nature of the terrier interfering just be firm and consistent and keep it positive. Since Foodles love their food use treats to reward and motivate. She will love learning new tricks and performing for your entertainment. Early socialization and training are important to have a better chance at an even tempered dog.

Living with a Foodle

How much grooming is needed?

She has low to moderate grooming needs depending on her coat. She is a low shedder and could be hypoallergenic but that should be tested before purchasing as it varies even within the same litter. Brush her once a day to remove mats and debris. A bath is only needed when she gets really dirty and make sure you use a dog shampoo not a people one.

Other grooming needs include cleaning his ears carefully each week, make sure you do not insert anything down into the ear. Her nails need to be clipped before they get too long too. If you know not to cut too low into the quick where there are nerves and it can hurt your dog, then you can get proper dog nail clippers and do it yourself. If it is not something you know about ask a professional groomer to do it for you. Finally look after her teeth with regular brushing at least three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is very good with children and loves to play with them, add to their energy and be affectionate. She is also good with other pets and dogs though her hunting instincts can make her want to chase smaller pets. Early socialization and training really help even this out.

General information

She is able to adapt to most climates but not either extremes. She does not bark much unless there is an intruder in the house in which case she will alert you. Her hunting instincts causes her to chase birds and squirrels and other small animals. She will need ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry food each day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns

When looking for a puppy of any kind you should buy from breeders who are honest and ask to see a health clearance certificate. Foodles can inherit the health conditions from their parents and also can have an allergic reaction to grass. Those health conditions include Legg-Perthes disease, deafness, Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, LPD, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems and hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Foodle

A Foodle puppy will cost somewhere between $200 to $700 depending on where you are and what extras come along with her. The more trendy a dog is the more expensive the puppies will be too though these attract the puppy mills and other disgusting breeders you want to avoid. Other costs for medical essentials and so on will come to $360 – $450. Yearly costs are medical such as vaccinations, flea prevention and check ups and emergency health savings for $435 – $550. Yearly costs that are non medical for things like license, training, food and so on will be $265 – $400.


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This is a very loyal dog, alert and attentive when she needs to be and spunky and full of life. She tends to bond to one person in particular so is especially suited for single owners but can still easily and happily fit into a family too. She will certainly entertain you and being an energy to your home.

Featured Image Credit: Left – everydoghasastory, Shutterstock; Right – No-longer-here, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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