Referred to as doodles or Poos, Poodle crosses are one of the most popular mixed breeds you can own right now. In fact, the Poodle terrier mix is becoming a favorite among dog designers and mixed-breed dog lovers.
Aside from the Poodle Terrier mix, there are other common Poodle crosses like the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle. The Labradoodle is Poodle- Labrador cross while the Goldendoodle is a mix between a Poodle-Golden Retriever Mix.
What is The Poodle Terrier Mix?
The Poodle Terrier Mix is a mixed breed or a cross between a purebred poodle (one of the most loved dog breeds) and a purebred terrier of any kind. With this breed, you get the best of both worlds since the pup carries desirable traits from both parents.
Among Doodles, the Poodle terrier mix is the most diverse because there are many kinds of terriers. How many types of terriers are there? Well, more than 30! The American Kennel Club (AKC), recognizes 31 kinds of terriers falling into toy, small and medium-sized categories.
The poodle terrier mix is truly diverse and comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The dog is long-haired but it’s a surprisingly low shedder and some have even called it a hypoallergenic mixed dog breed. Poodle terrier mix dogs also have temperaments of both parents so these dogs are highly intelligent, glamorous, and courageous.
There are many Poodle-terrier crosses but some of the most common include the Westiepoo, Yorkiepoo, the Whoodle, and the Schnoodle.
History of the Poodle Terrier Mix
Tracing the history of the poodle terrier mix is a bit difficult because it is a mixed breed dog and there isn’t much literature about them. So, it’s not really clear when these dogs emerged.
However, if you want to understand your mixed-breed dog, you need to understand its parents’ characteristics.
Poodle History, Characteristics & Temperament
The Poodle is a French or German (depends on which side you stand) water dog breed. There are four varieties of poodles according to size – the Standard, Medium, Miniature, and Toy.
The Standard Poodle stands between 45 and 62 centimeters (18 and 24 in)
The Medium Poodle stands between 35 and 45 centimeters (14 and 18 in)
The Miniature Poodle between 28 and 35 centimeters (11 and 14 in)
The Toy Poodle is 24 and 28 centimeters (9.4 and 11.0 in).
Texture ranges from coarse and woolly to soft and wavy. They are high-maintenance dog breeds that require frequent brushing and clipping to prevent their fur from getting mats and tangles. Show poodles require at least ten hours of work a week while pets can be clipped down to low maintenance cuts. However, pet owners should still anticipate grooming their poodles every 6 – 8 weeks.
Poodles are said to be hypoallergenic; their follicles take long to grow and they have tightly curled overcoats that trap the dander and hair shed.
Poodles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. These include white, black, brown, blue, gray, silver, café au lait, silver beige, cream, apricot, and red, and patterns such as parti-, abstract, sable, phantom, and brindle.
Quiet, Calm, highly intelligent and trainable, athletic, sociable, very loyal, and protective of it owners.
Terrier History, Characteristics & Temperament
Terriers are dogs that were originally bred to hunt vermin in farms and fields. They originated in England, Scotland, and Ireland.
The name Terrier is derived from the word ‘Terra’ which is Latin for ‘earth’ or ‘soil’. Most terriers are small, fearless, and eager dogs because earlier terrier jobs involved burrowing/ digging into small tunnels – a job they took quite seriously.
Almost all terriers are small-sized dogs weighing less than 25 pounds with the exception of the Giant Schnauzer terrier which can weigh anything between 60 and 110 pounds and the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier which weighs 30 – 40 pounds.
Depending on the terrier breed, these dogs are independent, playful, eager, fearless, and mischievous. They also like to dig.
How are Terrier Poodle Crosses Named?
These mixed breeds are named by adding -poo, doodle, or -oodle to the first few letters of the terrier breed’s name.
- Bossi-poo (Boston Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Terri-poo (Australian Terrier / Mini Poodle Mix)
- Schnoodle (Schnauzer / Poodle Mix)
- Ttoodle (Tibetan Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Westiepoo (West Highland Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Woodle (Welsh Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Jack-a-Poo (Jack Russell Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Airedoodle (Airedale Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Rattle, Roodle or RatDoodle (Rat Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Silkypoo (Silky Terrier/Poodle Mix)
- Wire-Poo (Wire Fox Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Skyepoo (Skye Terrier/ Poodle Mix)
- Cairnoodle (Cairn Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Whoodle (Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier / Poodle Mix)
- Scoodle (Scottish Terrier / Poodle Mix)
Are Poodle Terrier Mixes Hypoallergenic?
Most terriers are already considered hypoallergenic so crossing them with a Poodle will result in a hypoallergenic dog.
However, you should remember that ‘hypoallergenic dogs’ can still cause allergic reactions in people with pet allergies. So, it’s very important to spend time with the mixed dog breed before you get one.
Here’s a list of Terriers That are Considered Hypoallergenic
- Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Australian Terrier
- Airedale Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Welsh Terrier
- Cairn Terrier
- West Highland Terrier
- Tibetan Terrier
- Lakeland Terrier
- Scottish Terrier
How Big Do They Get?
The size of the Terrier poodle mix depends on the size of the parents. Given that there are different-sized poodles (Toy, Miniature, and Standard) and different-sized Terriers, you’ll get different-sized Terrier poodles mixed depending on which parents you pick.
Most terriers are already small-sized dogs weighing under 25 pounds so crossing them with a miniature poodle will result in a miniature terrier puppy.
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier and the Standard Schnauzer are medium-sized breeds weighing 35 – 45 pounds each. Crossing them with a Standard Poodle will result in a medium-sized pup.
Large-sized Terrier poodle mixes can be obtained by crossing large terriers like the Giant Schnauzer and the Airedale Terrier with the Standard Poodle.
Terrier Poodle Mix Lifespan
Terriers and Poodles enjoy fairly long lifespans so crossing these breeds will result in dogs with almost the same life expectancy as the parents. For instance, the small-sized Westiepoo has a lifespan of 13 – 16 years. Larger doodles like the Airedoodle have a life expectancy of 12 – 15.
Terrier Poodle Cross Temperament
With mixed dog breeds, you never really know what you’re going to get.
There is so much that goes into making a dog’s temperament. The individual parents’ breeds play a major role but there are other factors too – like how the pup is handled in the first two months of its life.
Poodles are quiet, calm, highly intelligent and trainable, athletic, sociable, very loyal, and protective dogs; terriers, depending on the breed, are independent, playful, eager, fearless, and mischievous. So the pup you get may have any combination of these traits.
Where Can You Get Terrier Poodle Mix dogs?
The best place to get a Poodle Terrier mix dog is from a reputable doodle breeder. You can get one from Puppy Mills but I wouldn’t advise you to do this.
Puppy mills are the worst places to buy your pets from. Puppies are born under inhuman conditions and aren’t given the care and love they need in the first few weeks of life. You’ll therefore get pups that are hard to train or have aggression issues, and their probability of having long-term health conditions is quite high. In fact, here’s a list of some of the worst puppy mills you can do business with.
You could also find some on Petfinder.com. Here you’ll find Poodle and/ or Terrier Rescue groups under Resources.
How Much Do Poodle Terrier Crosses Cost?
It depends on the demand of the particular doodle you’re looking for and the quality of the breeder you’re buying the puppy from. Poodle terrier crosses from a reputable, high-quality breeder will set you back more than $3000. On the other hand, Poodle terrier mixes from Puppy Mills will cost you anything between $900 and $2900.
Common Health Issues of the Poodle Terrier Mix
Terrier Poodle crosses are predisposed to the following conditions:
- Thyroid issues
- Addison’s disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Hip dysplasia
These health problems can be avoided if you get your puppy from a reputable breeder. Make sure your pup gets examined by a vet after getting him/ her. Regular medical check-ups will also go a long way to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Caring For Your Poodle Terrier Cross
Poodle terrier mix dogs are not complicated. They are easy to take care of. All you have to do is follow these guidelines to keep him/ her happy and healthy.
Keeping Poodle terrier mix dogs don’t require lots of food. But they need high-quality food. Be meticulous about the type of food you give it. These dogs are predisposed to hip dysplasia and other conditions so make sure their diets aid in the prevention of these conditions.
They need regular brushing to keep their coats regal and tidy. Since they have medium to long coats, regular trips to a dog groomer near you every 6 – 8 weeks will help to keep Poodle terrier mix coats nice and tidy.
Poodle terrier mixes also need regular baths. Be sure not to use products that will dry out their skin and hair.
Exercise and Training
Poodle terrier mix dogs are energetic dogs. So they’ll need daily exercise to burn off all that energy. A game of fetch in the backyard and/ or a walk should be enough. Some of them might like to dig so if you have a backyard, let them do it!
You’ll also need to keep your dog well-socialized by taking him/ her to the park to play and bond with other dogs. You could also organize doggy dates with your friends.
Terrier Poodle mix dogs aren’t hard to train. Both their parents come from intelligent dog breeds so you shouldn’t have a hard time. Be sure to give them firm commands to let them know who’s boss – or else they’ll want to own you!
Is the Terrier Poodle Mix the Right Dog For You & Your Family?
Poodle and terriers are great family dogs. They are intelligent, playful, loyal, and protective. Poodle terrier mix pups get these traits from their parents if they’re raised right during the first few weeks of its life. This can only mean that Poodle terrier mix dogs make wonderful, lovable family pets.