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Irish Troodle

Nicole Cosgrove

Irish Troodle - Irish Terrier and Poodle Mix
The parents of Irish Troodle. Left: Irish Terrier, Right: Poodle

The Irish Troodle is a mixed breed from breeding together the Poodle and the Irish Terrier. He is a medium to large sized dog with a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years. He is multi-talented taking part in activities that include guarding, obedience, watchdog and agility. He is a loving, watchful and obedient dog and makes a great family dog or companion.

Here is the Irish Troodle at a Glance
Average height Up to 24 inches
Average weight 20 to 60 pounds
Coat type Curly, dense, shaggy
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low
Brushing Twice a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good to excellent with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to fairly high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Fairly easy to train
Exercise Needs Ranges from fairly to very active
Tendency to get Fat Average to above average
Major Health Concerns Addison’s Disease, Bloat, Cushing’s disease, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, SA , Von Willebrand’s Disease
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, eye problems
Life Span 10 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $800
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $510 to $600

Where does the Irish Troodle come from?

Also known as a hybrid dog the Irish Troodle has no known specific origins or history to speak of. He is part of a trend in the last two decades of breeding two purebreds together to create what is called a designer dog. Some designer dogs are successful and some are not but there are no breeding standards with them and there are no guarantees. Sometimes you get the best of the two parents, sometimes more of a mix and sometimes the worst. There are also a lot of mills and breeders who have no care about the health or well being of the dogs they breed and are just out to make money. Therefore be careful who you buy from. Since we do not know anything about his origins we can look to the ancestors to get a feel for their temperament, looks and traits.

The Poodle

One of the older breeds around still today is the Poodle. While many believe the Poodle is a French dog in fact his origins are German where he was bred to be a waterfowl retriever. It was the French though that refined the breed into what we know today. And it was also the French who gave us the sculpting coat and dyeing it idea! For hundreds of years there have been three sizes of Poodle, the Standard, the miniature (used to hunt truffles) and the toy (kept as companions by the rich). The Gypsies and traveling circuses saw the Poodle and adopted him in their shows discovering he was very trainable and it was they who first sculpted the costs, which the French nobility saw and copied.

Today the Poodle is regarded with some amusement thanks to the sometimes outlandish coasts they bear, and can be seen as being aloof. While that may be the case with strangers, he is actually very affectionate, loyal and playful when with his owner and family. He likes to entertain too by clowning around. He loves to please and with his intelligence is easy to train. He has a lot of energy that needs regular physical and mental stimulation to burn off.

The Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier became recognized in the late 1800s and is thought be be one of the older breeds of Terrier. He was bred to be a guard dog, a companion and a hunter. It was these dogs that led to the complete banning of ear cropping in Great Britain eventually. In World War I Irish Terriers were used as sentinels and messengers and were noted for their loyalty and courage. Despite his amazing qualities he has faded in popularity since then.

Today the Irish Terrier is a great companion still, alert, with a lot of spirit and curiosity. He is devoted to his owner and quite adaptable. He can also be quite independent and strong willed which means he not always easy to love with and can be harder to train. He also tends to not get on well with other dogs. He needs plenty of exercise and mental activity with a firm hand. He loves people and would prefer to be with an active family.


The Irish Troodle is an alert and watchful dog who is also obedient and a great family pet. He is intelligent and can get easily bored when not getting enough mental stimulation such as puzzle toys and activities. He will express that with chewing, barking and other destructive behavior. He is brave and loving and affectionate to his family. He gets on well with children and loves to play. He will act to protect the family should he think it is in danger. He will chase smaller animals. His intelligence means he is fairly easy to train though you need to keep lessons interesting because he bores easily. He is quite lively and energetic.

What does a Irish Troodle look like

The Irish Troodle is a medium to large dog weighing 20 to 60 pounds and measuring up to 24 inches in height. He has a long head that is flat on top and well proportioned to his body. He also has a long muzzle with a black nose and oval shaped eyes. His ears are flop down. His coat is curly and shaggy, dense and comes in common colors of black, tan, red, chocolate, salt and pepper, brown and white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Irish Troodle need to be?

He is quite an active dog with a lot of energy so he will need daily long walks and plenty of play. He would be happy joining you on jogs or hikes and would love trips to the dog park. He needs to keep that level of activity daily to ensure he is well behaved and stays healthy. Avoid jogging with young Irish Troodles though, save that for after he turns one. He can adapt to apartment living as long as he gets lots of exercise outside each day, but it would be preferable to have a yard for him to play in.

Does he train quickly?

He is fairly easy to train as he is smart. However he can get bored very easily and has a lower attention span than some dogs so lessons need to be kept fun, short and well paced. Use positive and gentle training methods with him, reward and praise works far better than any harsh methods. As with any dog early socialization and training are important. Be firm and consistent in how you handle him and he will respect you as his pack leader and obey.

Living with an Irish Troodle

How much grooming is needed?

Usually the Irish Troodle is a low shedding dog and is hypoallergenic though that is something you should test with a visit to the puppy if allergies are a concern. He has low grooming requirements needing a brush twice a week and a bath just when he gets really dirty. Make sure you use a dog shampoo. He will also need his teeth brushed at least two or three times a week using a dog toothpaste and brush. Check his ears once a week and give them a wipe using a cloth or cotton ball. You can moisten with water or use an ear cleaning solution. His nails will need to be clipped too if they grow too long but take care as his nails are not like yours, he has blood vessels and nerves in the lower section so you cannot cut too far down.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He loves to play with children and is quite good with them especially with early socialization and training. He makes a good companion and is usually good with other dogs. If he grows up with other pets in the house with socialization too he is good with other animals. Smaller animals he sees outside though he may be prone to chasing as prey.

General information

The Irish Troodle is good in most climates and can adapt to apartment living with enough exercise. He is not a barker and will need to be fed 2 1/2 to 3 cups of high quality dry dog food at least twice a day.

Health Concerns

To get a healthy dog or have better chances at a healthy dog you need to buy from reputable breeders. Ideally you will ask and have seen health clearances for both parents too. Any dog has the potential of inheriting its parents health issues. For the Irish Troodle these include Addison’s Disease, Bloat, Cushing’s disease, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, SA , Von Willebrand’s Disease, Joint dysplasia and eye problems.

Costs involved in owning an Irish Troodle

An Irish Troodle puppy will cost between $300 to $800. At the time of purchase you will also need things like a collar and leash, food bowls, crate and have some medical blood tests done, chipping, neutering, shots and deworming. This will cost between $450 to $500. Each year you will have both medical and non-medical costs. Things like food, health insurance, toys, treats, license, training, vaccinations, flea prevention and check ups and so on which will come to $995 to $1200.


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The Irish Troodle is a great pet to have as long as you can exercise him regularly and can keep the training well paced so that he does not bore quickly.

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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.