I make the pup. YOU make the pet.
Originally located in the 'Tri-Cities' area of NORTHEAST TENNESSEE, close to interstates 81 and 26

Zuri is in season!
Zuri and Patsy are have moved to the Roanoke area as part of a new breeding program.
And Zuri has just come in season. She will be bred next week (9/17/18---).
Please contact Donnie at for more information.

Website is always current.

Pictures of previous litters, birth through 12 weeks

Things are different at Mountain Summit.

Unlike most Whoodle breeders, my dogs are house pets and for 2018 I have only 2 breeding females, my older girl, Peri and the "baby," 3 years old Zuri.This means I have just 1-2 litters a year and my pups are all spoken for very quickly. I seldom have "older" pups or young adults available, except for the extremely rare rescue/rehome.

Everything here is done naturally... little artificial insemination, no forced breeding, no tail docking or front dewclaw removal, no forced weaning or removing pups from their mom. AND I keep all puppies to a minimum of 12 weeks so they can learn to be dogs before being separated from their siblings.

When she is around 5 weeks into gestation, I do an ultrasound to confirm a bred female is actually pregnant. Only then do I start taking reservations on that SPECIFIC litter. Since reservations are limited to four, my list usually fills up within a week of opening. Once the litter is born, I take deposits on pups over the four reserved. Generally, the entire litter is spoken for by the time the pups are able to walk around; often before their eyes are open.

Keeping my breeding program small and in-house means I know each and every pup personally. I screen all prospective buyers and approve them for a puppy before accepting ANY money. And I reserve the right to change my mind and NOT place a pup with that family if something new comes to light that makes me feel it is not the right home (refunding your money immediately, of course.)

Please take the time to explore my entire website. There is a LOT of information about Whoodles and dogs in general. And more pictures of them at all ages and in all coats and colors than anywhere else on the internet.

Something else different around here... you won't find me on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter. Too many other things to keep me busy! Besides, if you'd "like" us on Facebook, you'll LOVE us in real life.

I respond to all email, usually within 12 hours. If you haven't heard back from me in a reasonable amount of time, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM OR JUNK MAIL FOLDER. If nothing is there, feel free to call or email again. Thanks!

Not part of the operation, but our pride and joy...
my great grandson, Gray

One more thing...

For Whoodles, there are no generally accepted size specifications for mini or standard. Usually a mature Whoodle who has a STANDARD Poodle parent or grandparents will be large... 50 pounds or more (sometimes a lot more!) while a Whoodle with a MINIATURE Poodle parent or grandparents will be in the 20-40 pound range.

With that in mind, when asking about Whoodle pups, it is better to state what approximate WEIGHT you are looking for once the pup is all grown up than to just say you want a mini or standard.

I no longer use standard Poodles in my breeding program.

What is a Whoodle?

A Whoodle is the cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and any size Poodle.

Esther Kadin at 13 months.
Esther is a mini Whoodle backcross (F1 Whoodle mom, parti klein Poodle dad) who lives in New York.
She is pictured in a clipped coat.

I've been in the dog game a while now ( about me ) and for a number of years I raised and showed Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. I love their spirit, the joy with which they greet each day. They are a wonderful size, not too big for city living and not too small for families. But there are a few things about them I'd change... the somewhat minor detail of them coming in only one color... wheaten... and the more basic problem of them being terriers with a degree of terrier temperament. They are not the dog for the novice pet owner.

I am one of the very first deliberate breeders of this cross even though when I started, about 15 years ago, it was because of an accidental breeding of one of my Wheaten girls and my standard Poodle guy. (I coined the name "whoodle" by combining the "wh" from wheaten with the common ending for larger Poodle crosses and it stuck, to my great amusement! By the way, smaller Poodle crosses are generally "-Poos," like CockaPoo and YorkiPoo while larger ones are usually "oodles.") The puppies from my first litter were lovely! Grown up, they ranged from the usual wheaten color to reddish brown to black. Most had a tad more curl to their coat than my SCWTs (except for Brogue who has a very curly coat) but not as much undercoat. And they were about the same size or slightly larger than purebred Wheatens. BUT the major difference was in temperament... soft, laid back, very non-aggressive, even the males. I no longer breed purebred Wheaten Terriers as I feel the addition of Poodle gives me just about the perfect dog.

My Whoodle program now includes my two F1 Whoodle girls, my klein Poodle girl and my male Wheaten. My pups are usually in the 20-35 pound range. You would think there would be some predictability such as pups sired by my SCWT weighing 30-40 and those sired by my mini, 20-25. Alas, that is not the way it goes as it doesn't seem to matter much which size male is in the immediate background. I've had a couple in the 50-60 pound range and the smallest pup, so far, has been around 15 pounds. (I'm not really interested in producing pups under 20 pounds and never use a toy Poodle in my Whoodle program.) Additionally, I notice little, if any, difference in attitude, temperament, demeanor between pups with standard or miniature Poodles in the background. My dogs are ALL calm and sweet natured, regardless of breed or size, and their offspring are the same.

ALL the dogs I use for breeding are pictured on this page.
For photos and info on the dogs who are now retired from breeding, click here.

FYI... Whoodle tails are NOT docked.
(As a matter of fact, according to the revised SCWT breed standard, purebred Wheatens no longer have to have their tails docked... even if they're going to be shown!)

And I am adamantly against early spay/neuter so my pups are placed intact.
( early neutering )

Pictured are the dogs involved in my Whoodle breeding program.
For photos and info on the dogs who are now retired from breeding, click here.

Click on each photo below for information and more pictures of that dog.

Ladies first!

PERI (F1 Whoodle) the last man dog standing!
I may choose to breed her one more time after we get settled in Oregon.

ZURI (F1 Whoodle) * * * * * PATSY (klein Poodle)

Zuri and Patsy pups will be available from Donnie at
My boy!

BOON (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) now in Charleston SC.

       Finally Here!
And in their new homes as of 7/15/18!

Peri and Boon went courting!
Repeat of their June 2016 litter.

3 weeks:

Happy in their new homes.
12 and 13 weeks old

Mom and Dad

I respond to all email, usually within 12 hours. If you haven't heard back from me in a reasonable amount of time, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM OR JUNK MAIL FOLDER. If nothing is there, feel free to call or email again. Thanks!

Just so you know...
Puppies go to their new homes with a shot record detailing all their worming, shots and treatments. They'll also have a small amount of the food they are eating and their microchip registration application. ALL pups see my vet for a departure exam within a couple days of leaving AND must see their NEW vet within 72 hours. They also go to the groomer the day before departure.

Pups are wormed the first time at 3-4 weeks and then 3 and 6 weeks later. Usually the heartworm preventative people use also prevents infestation with round and hook worms. However, it is a good idea to worm specifically for rounds and hooks at least once a year as well.
I start heartworm prevention... ivomectin (which is the main ingredient in Heartgard...) around 10-12 weeks (whatever is closest to the first of the month.) Folks, it takes 6 months for heartworm to show up in the test so do not be fooled into doing a heartworm test on a pup that isn't older than that.
Puppies receive their first shot, a 5-way, at 8 weeks and the second shot, a 5-way WITH LEPTO, at 12 weeks. They need a third shot at 16 weeks, another 5-way with lepto. Generally, most vets want pups to finish the puppy series before getting their first rabies vaccine. I buy my shots from my vet and give them myself.
While they are here, I treat the pups with Advantage for fleas AND Frontline for ticks, just like I do my BREEDING dogs. Yes, I use both. They are different chemicals. Regardless of what the packaging says, neither prevents both. I use one the first of the month and the other in the middle of the month. My dogs and I live IN the woods. Many years, ticks are around all 12 months. If YOU do not have ticks in your area and do not travel to places with ticks, YOU do not have to use a preventative for them. My NON BREEDING dogs are on Nexgard which is terrific for preventing both fleas and ticks. Ask your vet how prevalent they are where you live.

Lastly, during the 2-3 weeks before pups leave me, I send out a series of informational emails on things like general health, care and feeding, adjustment periods in new homes, etc. The first one is on
"what to get before puppy moves in and takes over your life"
and talks about crates, leads, food, toys and sleep medications (for you.)


WHOODLE INFO: So what's a Whoodle? It's the cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle. Why Whoodles? Sizes. Terminology. Read more...

WAITING and RESERVATION LISTS I keep a waiting list that is basically an emailed early warning system about what's going on here puppy-wise. The reservation list, on the other hand, is a firm commitment to get a pup from a specific litter and is limited to four spots. Read more...

PRICING/PAYMENTS Pricing varies according to...

SHIPPING and why I no longer offer it.

NO SHED?HYPOALLERGENIC? There is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic breed, mix or individual dog or a non-shedding dog. Read more...

PICKING A PUPPY Want to choose the exact right puppy for you? Close your eyes and put your finger on a picture. Read more...

HOUSE BREAKING When working with animals, the trick is to be smarter than they are. For some folks, that's not so easy. Read more...

PARASITES External parasites... fleas, ticks, mange mites... are easily prevented and almost as easily dealt with when they get past our precautions. Internal parasites... Read more...

EARLY SPAY/NEUTER Many breeders spay/neuter their 7-10 week old puppies. Ummm... Read more...

ABOUT ME For a dog breeder, I am ancient.... Testimonials. Things I have learned. Read more...

VISITATION I allow no visitation for a variety of reasons. The fact that I live in the middle of nowhere is just one of them. Read more...

WHY MIXES After 40 years breeding and showing purebreds, I now breed ONLY Whoodles. Read more...


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