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|Here is the Ttoodleat a Glance|
|Average height||15 to 18 inches|
|Average weight||30 to 50 pounds|
|Coat type||Double or curly|
|Grooming Needs||Moderate to high|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good to very good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent at smaller end of size scale, if more towards a large dog may need more room|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Average to high|
|Major Health Concerns||Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems,|
|Life Span||12 to 16 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$600 to $1500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$680 to $780|
Where does the Ttoodle come from?
The Ttoodle is one of the latest designer dogs to come about. Designer dogs is a term used to refer to the deliberate mixing of usually two purebred dogs. The intended mixed first generation dog is often given a name that reflects each of their parents. Designer dogs are a trend that continues to be popular among the public and among celebrities too. Care must be taken though as a lot of puppy mills and irresponsible breeders are taking advantage of the high prices some people are paying for designer dogs. These places do not put any thought or care into their breeding and can be found to have some pretty despicable practices. Also be aware that one Ttoodle may not be exactly like the next, even between siblings. With not much known about who and where the Ttoodle was first designed we will take a closer look at the parents for some background.
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 Tibetan Terrier
The Tibetan Terrier is a dog originally from the mountains of Tibet where he was bred and raised by Buddhist monks and acted as highly valued companions. As dogs considered to bring luck they were also used by nomadic herdsmen as guard dogs. These dogs were never technically sold as this was considered tempting fate so they were gifted or traded for services and favors. He would likely have stayed a remote unknown breed if not for a Tibetan giving one as a gift to Dr Greig for saving his life. She got herself a male too and started breeding them. In England it was recognized as a breed in 1937, it came to America in the 1950s and was recognized by the AKC in 1973.
This is an affectionate and clever dog who tends to be very dedicated to his owners but more wary of strangers. He can be lively as a puppy but settles into a calmer dog though he is still fun loving. He is a great watchdog but is not good being left alone for too long.
The Ttoodle is an affectionate and loyal dog with a lot of charm but also with some independence and likes to do her own thinking. She likes to play and can be energetic but she also can be calm and gentle. This is an intelligent dog and she will likely do very well at learning and will like to show off her skills. She is quite sensitive and will sense the mood her owner is in and adapt. She is wary around strangers and she will do best in a home that offers her a variety of stimulation and action.
What does the Ttoodle look like
This is a medium sized dog weighing 30 to 50 pounds and standing 15 to 18 inches tall. She can look like either parent and her coat can vary too from wavy to curly, single to double and quite dense. She is more likely though to have a coat more like one or the other rather than an odd mix and she has flappy ears. Common colors are grey, white, black, blue, brindle, brown, golden, apricot and tricolor.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Ttoodle need to be?
The Ttoodle is of a size where she can adapt to apartment living as long as she has enough toys to rotate through for indoor play and mental stimulation, and she gets a couple of walks outside a day still. Having some time at a park where she is allowed off leash to run, play and socialize with other dogs is also a very good idea. She is fairly active so expect to spend at least 30 minutes a day exercising her on top of her indoor time. It is possible some Ttoodles will need a little more. She does well at activities like agility courses and jogging.
Does she train quickly?
With her brains and joy to be around you she is moderately easy to train, but that freethinking or more independent side to her can makes things a more gradual progress. She is best trained and socialized early on when she will learn more and be less willful. Be firm with her, but also be patient and positive. Offer her rewards, treats, praise and encouragement to get the best out of her. Her agility means she is especially good at learning tricks as well as a number of obedience commands.
Living with a Ttoodle
How much grooming is needed?
Frequent grooming is likely to be needed as she will require brushing at least 3 times a week, regular trimming and cutting and so on. Her coat when more like the Poodle sheds a lot less but when not like the Poodles it will likely shed a moderate amount. Brushing helps to keep up with loose hair and regular clipping can make the coat easier to maintain. Around the face she will probably needs trimming every 4 weeks and everywhere else 2 to 3 months. A lot of dog owners make the mistake of bathing their dog too often thinking it is keeping them healthier too. In fact bathing too often damages the natural oils in their skin so can lead to skin irritation. Just give her a bath with a dog shampoo when she really needs one.
Her nails should be clipped by the groomer or a vet when they get too long. It is something you can learn to do but make sure you are careful, dog nails should not be cut too low down. Her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week and her ears cleaned and checked for infection once a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
They are a playful and energetic dog so they get along great with children, they play well together but are also super loving too. She also has a patient side which is handy for younger children, but these toddlers should be supervised still to ensure they do not mishandle her and to teach them how to be careful and kind to animals. With other pets she tends to be good if well socialized though sometimes that is more of a tolerating situation. With other dogs she does need socialization to help curtail dominance issues.
She is alert and should bark to let you know if an intruder is entering the home. She otherwise just barks occasionally. She needs to be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals a day.
There are health issues she can inherit from each parent that you should be aware of though if you use a good breeder, and they are able to show you health clearances for both parents, this should be less of a problem. Those health issues include Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, Hip Dysplasia and Skin Problems.
Costs involved in owning a Ttoodle
A Ttoodle puppy can cost anywhere from $600 to $1500 depending on where you buy from, who you buy from and how ‘trendy’ it is at the time you are looking. Your puppy should take a trip to a vet for an exam, blood tests, deworming, shots, spaying and micro chipping and this will cost about $270. You will also need some basic equipment such as a crate, carrier, collar and leash which cost around $185. Each year there will be some basic costs, medical and non-medical in nature. Medical costs of $460 to $560 for things like flea prevention, shots, check ups and pet insurance will come up each year. Non-medical yearly costs for grooming, food, treats, toys, basic training and license come to between $680 to $780.
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A Ttoodle is a great all round dog, she can be a wonderful companion, watchdog, show dog and best friend. She can adapt to different types of owners and different homes as long as she gets early socialization and training. She is a lovely affectionate dog but keep in mind she can be a freethinker so you may have entertaining and frustrating moments with her where she has her own ‘plans!’
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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 Ttoodle come from?
- What does the Ttoodle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Ttoodle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Ttoodle