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|Here is the Woodle at a Glance|
|Average height||14 to 18 inches|
|Average weight||20 to 50 pounds|
|Coat type||Curly, silky or wiry, medium to long, thick|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Barking||Occasional to frequent|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate to very good depending on the coat he inherits|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate to good depending on the coat he inherits|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization -may chase small animals as prey|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average to above average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good to very good|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good – but experience with training would help|
|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, Glaucoma,|
|Other Health Concerns||Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems, Allergies|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$400 to $900|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$680 to $780|
Where does the Woodle come from?
The Pyredoodle is one of a growing number of so called designer dogs. Where once there were tens of them, today there are hundreds. Designer dogs is a term coined to cover purposely bred, first generation, mixed breed dogs. These dogs are often too given a name that blends parts of the parents names together. Most often there are two purebred parents though there are a few exceptions. Their popularity has seen a lot of prices for them go higher than some purebreds and unfortunately has attracted the attention of puppy mills and backyard breeders wanting to make a quick buck. Try to do some research before you buy a designer dog so that your money is not funding such bad breeders. With no origins known for the Pyredoodle we can look at the parents to have some background knowledge.
The Welsh Terrier
The Welsh Terrier appears to be a very old breed though the details of its beginnings is obscure now. From the prints and paintings it appears in it would seem it was one of the first terrier dogs and back then was called the Old English Terrier or Black and Tan Wire Haired Terrier. This was because as well as being found in Wales he was also popular in several parts of 19th century England. He was bred for hunting animals like badgers, foxes and otters and he was also a great vermin catcher. He was classified as the Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club in 1885 and started to arrive in the states in 1888.
He is a clever and happy dog with a lot of energy. He loves to play and he is very loyal and loving with his family. He enjoys being social and loves to entertain people and get attention. He does not tend to have the terrier temper and all of that makes him a great companion or family dog. Training can be tricky as he does have an independent side.
This is a very old breed of dog, coming from Germany originally not France as many presume. He was a retriever for hunters of waterfowl, his coat kept him protected from the water. When he came to France, probably in the 15th century he was bred more to the Poodle we know today. There were three sizes, the Standard continued to retrieve waterfowl, the miniature sniffed out truffles and the toy sized were kept by the aristocracy as companions they carried around with them. When the wealthy saw the Poodles performing in circuses having outlandish shaped coats they adopted this and also took to dying them too. He was registered in England in 1874 and in America in 1886.
Today the Poodle is a clever, loyal, loving and playful family dog. He is easy to train because he loves to please. With strangers he is wary and that gained him a reputation for being aloof. But with his owners and family he is friendly, entertaining and affectionate. He does have a lot of energy and he doe s not do well when left alone.
The Woodle is a calm and friendly dog who is very affectionate and loves to be around people, play with them and entertain them. He is not aggressive and he is very active and energetic. He is also a very happy dog with a great zest for life who can be very charming. He is alert and does have a protective side to him. He is quite sensitive so does best when not being constantly scolded and will not like raised voices. He is also not good at being left alone for long periods of time and can suffer from separation anxiety.
What does the Woodle look like
This is a small to large dog – it ranges because the Poodle comes in three sizes, Standard, Miniature and Toy so it can depend on what size Poodle is used to create the mix. Weight ranges from 20 to 50 pounds and height from 14 to 18 inches tall. His coat too can vary from a curly Poodle like coat to something more like the terrier. It can be thick, wiry or silky, medium to long, wavy to curly. Common colors are apricot, black, white, tan, golden, cream or light brown. His ears tend to be flappy.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Woodle need to be?
Woodles are really energetic and love to be active so will be fairly active. He can live in an apartment at his smaller size as long as he gets a good length of walking each day a couple of times. He will also need some time off leash somewhere safe like a dog park. He will loves to run free, play some games with you and socialize too. If there is a yard that is a good bonus place where he can also play and explore. Make sure he has plenty of toys to play with a rotate through too indoors and that you give him plenty of mental stimulation.
Does he train quickly?
The Woodle is a smart dog and with the right kind of owner and training he can be moderately easy to train, but in general he is harder because he is independent and he will need someone with experience. Housebreaking too can be difficult. Be firm and remain the clear pack leader. Be patient and consistent in your approach. Also keep it positive, use treats, rewards, praise and encouragement not scolding or punishing. Also make sure he gets early socialization as it will help him grow into a more confident and trustworthy dog.
Living with a Woodle
How much grooming is needed?
When the Woodle has a Poodle coat it is low shedding, needs daily brushing but also needs regular professional care to keep it clipped at a groomers. Bathing is only needed when he gets really dirty as doing it too often can dry out his natural oils which can lead to skin irritation. Even a coat more like the terriers is still going to need occasional trimming and care.
Give him an ear clean and look for infection once a week. There are ear cleansing solutions you can buy, just be sure not to put anything into the ear. Have his nails clipped when they get too long if he does not wear them down naturally. Take care with this as there are live blood vessels and nerves in the lower part of the nail. Accidentally nicking or cutting too low will not only really hurt your dog it will cause a lot of bleeding. Also remember to take good care of his teeth, they should be brushed at least two to three times a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Woodle gets on well with everyone with early socialization. He likes to play so children and games and running around means he can have a great time. But he is also affectionate with them too. He also gets on really well with other dogs. With other pets he needs a bit more help and may like to chase smaller animals as ‘prey’.
He is an occasional to frequent barker so training is needed to control that. He is alert though and will bark to let you know of an intruder, he may even act to defend his family. He should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day split into two meals.
There are health issues that he can inherit from his parents though the best way to avoid inherited health problems is to use good breeders only who can show you health clearances for the puppy’s parents. Those issues can include Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, Glaucoma, Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems and Allergies.
Costs involved in owning a Woodle
A Woodle puppy can cost anywhere between $400 to $900. Other initial costs for blood testing, deworming, an examination, vaccinations, micro chipping and neutering come to about $280. A collar and leash, carrier and crate are going to be another $200. Annual non-medical needs like flea prevention, grooming, food, toys, license and treats come to between $680 and $780. Medical yearly costs for basics like shots, check ups, flea and tick prevention and pet insurance come to $460 to $560.
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The Woodle is an exuberant, cheerful and charming dog, full of life, love and joy. He makes a great family dog and companion and can fit into any household as long as he gets early training and socialization and the right level of activity that he needs.
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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 Woodle come from?
- What does the Woodle look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Woodle
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Woodle