So what's a Whoodle? It is a cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle, usually a Standard or a Miniature, but occasionally a Klein (bigger than a mini, smaller than a standard,) but rarely a Toy. |
Why a Whoodle? Well, personally, I get tired of looking at just one color and Wheatens come in only one color (shades of wheaten, from off white to light red.) By crossing with a Poodle, you can get colors like apricot, red, black, silver and POSSIBLY chocolate and parti (spotted) through backcrossing. There are some other, rather minor, differences. For instance, Whoodle coats TEND to be a little curlier than purebred Wheatens, but coat type is really difficult to predict. This is because Wheatens have several different types as do Poodles and the combination possibilities are many.
Another difference I have noticed is a mellowing of the slightly "terrier-ish" attitude many Wheatens have, especially males. I see less feistiness with Whoodles while maintaining spirit. The Poodle seems to add enough of its attitude to make the Whoodle really into pleasing its people. And a dog that wants to please is always easier to train and live with.
Size, as with all dogs (purebreds as well as mixes,) depends on the background. A smaller Wheaten (25-30 pounds) bred to a Miniature Poodle will USUALLY have pups that mature under 30 pounds while pups from a normal size Wheaten (30-40 pounds) bred to a Standard Poodle will often mature at 40-60 pounds or more. I have not used a Toy Poodle with my Wheatens or Whoodles.
A little about the terminology in the hybrid world...
A word about NON-SHEDDING... ALL dogs shed. Even PEOPLE shed. It is basically a matter of how much hair is lost. Long haired breeds seem to shed less that short haired ones because the dead hair tends to get caught up in the long hair, causing mats and tangles. The breeds/crosses that are supposedly NON-shedding are all ones that require frequent and regular grooming. Wheatens and Poodles are low shed breeds and USUALLY Whoodles are too... but nothing is written in stone!