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|Here is the Scoodleat a Glance|
|Average height||8 to 12 inches|
|Average weight||10 to 20 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium to long, wavy to curly|
|Hypoallergenic?||Yes – Poodle and Scottish Terrier both are|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization – better with older children|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good but needs socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good but needs socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average to very high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Moderate to very good depending on which parent he is more like|
|Trainability||Moderately easy but can be stubborn|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Average to above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, Craniomandibular osteopathy,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems, Scottie Cramp|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||Unknown|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$680 to $780|
Where does the Scoodle come from?
The Scoodle is one of the more recent designer dogs to come out, having been around for just about 5 years or so now. Poodle mixes are very popular in the hybrid dog world as you can get dogs that are smart, hypoallergenic and of a great temperament. A designer dog is a purposely bred mixed dog, not just the offspring of two dogs that happened to hook up! Often though the designer name is used for both the purposely bred as well as the mutts nowadays. These first generation dogs could have any mix of their parent’s genes so even in the same litter there are very different looks and personalities. There is not anything known about where its origins are so to get a better feel for him we look at the parents.
The Poodle comes from Germany where he was bred to go out hunting and retrieving waterfowl. When he came to France they loved his look and refined the breed to their own tastes. Around the 1400s they bred the toy sized Poodle that became a popular companion to the rich. The miniature sized Poodles were used as hunters of truffles, and the standards continued as waterfowl retrievers. Circus performers
adopted him and sculpted his coat into various fanciful shapes. Poodle owners saw this and also adopted this fanciful sculpting.
Today the Poodle is often stereotyped into being snobbish and outlandish in appearance. In fact if he knows you he is anything but. He is affectionate, loving, playful and quite entertaining. He is also intelligent and with his eagerness to please he is easy and quick to train. He does have a fair bit of energy to burn off and he can take a while to accept new people.
The Scottish Terrier
While we know the Scottish Terrier is a very very old breed we really do not know precise details about its history. There is a written record of when the Romans came to Britain and described a small terrier dog they called Terrarii which meant worker of the earth. This referred to the hunter the Scottish Terrier was bred to be. It is thought the ancestor of the Scottish Terrier, the Old Scotch Terrier is also the ancestor of many other terrier breeds we have today. It was described as a dog with lots of stamina, strength and courage. It was in the 1800s that there became two distinct breeds of terrier, the Scottish which had rough hair and the English which has smooth hair.
Today the Scottish Terrier is a solemn kind of dog, more reserved that joyful. With others he can be aloof but with his family he is affectionate. While he is slow to accept strangers he is devoted to his owners. He is sensitive and if other dogs leave him alone he will leave them alone. But if other dogs challenge him he will accept the challenge and fight hard.
The Scoodle is an intelligent and alert dog. He is very loyal to his family and prefers having companionship to being alone. With his family he is very affectionate and loving too. He is energetic and loves to play. He can be quite brave and protective and will act if needed to defend you. He is quite steady and gentle and still can have strong hunting instincts. It is important he gets socialization to improve how he gets on with other animals but he is good with people.
What does the Scoodle look like
He is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds and standing 8 to 12 inches tall. He has a coat that can be any kind of a mix between the Poodle and Terrier coats, medium to long, straight to curly, wiry or silky. Common colors are black, white, silver and wheaten. It has long legs and a squared body.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Scoodle need to be?
Scoodles are just slightly active, being small means with their indoor play along with a couple of 15 minute walks a day they will be happy. This also means they are perfectly suited to apartment living, just make sure they have toys to rotated through and that they also get enough mental stimulation. Almost anyone could own and easily take care of a Scoodle as long as they can be manage two short walks a day. It would also appreciate the occasional trip to a dog park though to play and go of leash. Just keep it leashed where it is not safe as he does like to chase small animals.
Does he train quickly?
The Scoodle is moderately easy train, he is smart and training will not need a lot of effort but results will still be a gradual thing. He is sensitive so he responds best to positive efforts, using treats, offering praise and rewards, encouraging him not scolding or punishing. You need to be firm still though so that it is clear you are the boss. Consistency and patience will also be important. Start socialization and training as early as you can, the sooner it begins the easier he learns and the better he will pick it up. The early socialization will help him better deal with other dogs too.
Living with a Scoodle
How much grooming is needed?
Scoodles can shed anywhere from a low to moderate amount depending on its coat and who it takes more after. It will need to be brushed daily preferably, at least twice a week otherwise. The more Poodle like the coat is the more care it will need. As well as more regular brushing it will need to be taken to a professional groomer for trimming and stripping. In terms of keeping the coat clean it can be bathed just as needed. Too often and it will dry out his skin.
The Scoodle will also need his teeth brushed two to three times a week and his nails clipped when they get too long. As there are blood vessels and nerves to be careful of this should be done with care or by a professional like a groomer or vet. You should also carefully clean his ears once a week and use that time to check for signs of infection.
What is he like with children and other animals?
In general the Scoodle is friendly but he is not happy being teased and has the potential to snap if young children are too much for him. Therefore he is best with older children though if he is raised with the children things go better too. Young children who do not take care should be supervised. With older children he is playful and will run around for ages with them. Early socialization and training play a very important role in how he gets on with other dogs and other pets though too. He can be aggressive otherwise with them or at least very vocal and challenging.
He is alert and will bark to let you know of an intruder. He can bark excessively at other dogs and sometimes other animals so training is important to control that. Otherwise he is an occasional barker. He will need to be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals a day.
There are health concerns that the Scoodle can inherit from his parents. These include Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, Craniomandibular osteopathy, Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems and Scottie Cramp. Buy from a good breeder so that you have better odds at a healthy dog. Visit the puppy before you purchase to check on it and the breeder. Also ask to see parental health clearances.
Costs involved in owning a Scoodle
The Scoodle puppy cost is currently unknown as it is not a common designer dog and prices were not source-able at the time of writing this article. Initial costs for him for medical needs and items such as blood tests, an exam, deworming, neutering, micro chipping, shots, crate, carrier, collar and leash come to between $455 to $500. Annual costs for medical essentials like check ups, flea and tick prevention, pet insurance and shots come to between $460 to $560. Non-medical needs like food, toys, treats, license, grooming and basic training come to about $680 to $780 each year.
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Scoodles can be a great companion as they are a nice mix of playful and lap dogs. They are probably best with a single or couple owner given their dislike of young children, but would also make a good family dog in a home with older children. He is good for hypoallergenic owners as both parents are hypoallergenic but this is best tested before you purchase if this is a vital part of what you need in your new dog.
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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.
- Where does the Scoodle come from?
- What does the Scoodle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Scoodle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Scoodle
- Popular Dachshund Mixes