Foodle: Poodle & Toy Fox Terrier Mix

Foodle: Poodle & Toy Fox Terrier Mix

Height: 9 – 11 inches
Weight: 4 – 6 pounds
Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Colors: Tan, white, black, cream, apricot, brown
Suitable for: Experienced dog owners, families who have older children, considerate pet parents, those living in an apartment
Temperament: Affectionate, feisty, fun, active, energetic

The Foodle breed is a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Toy Fox Terrier, making them a super adorable designer dog from the get-go. Weighing in at between 4-6 pounds, this breed will reach 11 inches in height at maximum. The Foodle is affectionate, feisty, fun, and energetic but has no problem curling up with her pet parents to watch a little TV.
This breed is suited for a family with older children and tends to do better when raised and trained by experienced dog owners who are considerate to the breed’s needs. It’s important to note that the Foodle is a toy dog, which means that, though he’ll try to run with the best of them, he could easily be sat on and injured.

Foodle | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Foodle | Dog Breed Facts and Information

It’s best if this breed goes to a family that understands his particular needs because even though he’s a small pup, his personality is huge and boisterous. As with any other pet, you need to ensure you’re ready for the responsibility of owning a Foodle. In this guide, we’ll go into everything you need to know to make the right decision on whether to give a Foodle puppy a forever home with your family.

Foodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament
Foodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament

What is a Foodle?

The spirited little Foodle brings the smarts of the fun-loving Miniature Poodle together with the alert and feisty nature of the Toy Fox Terrier for an active little family dog that loves to play, cuddle and take on the role of watchdog as he feels necessary.

Foodle (Poodle & Toy Fox Terrier Mix)
Foodle (Poodle & Toy Fox Terrier Mix)

The high energy little Foodle brings together the fun-loving Miniature Poodle and the feisty Toy Fox Terrier.

Foodle (Toy Fox Terrier & Poodle Mix) Info, Pictures, Traits, Facts
Foodle (Toy Fox Terrier & Poodle Mix) Info, Pictures, Traits, Facts


As a designer dog, the Foodle almost certainly dates back to the 1980s when breeders first begin mixing pure-bred dogs to produce puppies that carried the desired traits of both parent breeds – typically a healthier, smaller, hypo-allergenic or gentler form of a popular breed.


The Foodle is the off-spring of 2 different purebred dogs and therefore doesn’t qualify to join the American Kennel Club (AKC) however both parent breeds are long-time members; the Poodle joined AKCs “sporting” group in 1887 while the Toy Fox Terrier was named to AKC’s “toy” group as recently as 2003.

How easy are Foodle to train?

Since your puppy is going to inherit an obstinate streak from his parents, it’s best to start socializing and training him as a puppy if you expect him to be well-behaved and mannered when he’s an adult. Having him around other dogs when he’s a puppy will make it easier for you to handle him as he grows up.

It’s also easy for your dog to develop small dog syndrome, which is something that happens when small dogs are pampered. You’ll want to work on stopping that from happening with your Foodle puppy.

Diet and Nutrition

The Foodle is a small but highly active dog and his food should be a nutrient-rich kibble that is suited to his age, size and activity levels. Because Poodles can run into digestive issues, look for a low-fat food and plan to feed him 2 to 3 times a day versus free-feeding in order to prevent him from overeating.

The Foodle is a loving, sometimes stubborn and always high energy dog.

How would you describe the temperament of Foodle?

The Foodle is a loving, sometimes stubborn and always high energy dog that needs to be kept active to prevent destructive behaviors such as barking and chewing. Loyalty to his family makes him a great non-aggressive watchdog – but not always the best choice for apartments. As a Terrier he is prone to chasing smaller animals if not properly socialized so off-leash situations will need supervision and homes with smaller pets should take note. Overall, he is a loving family pet who enjoys active playtime, cuddling up on the sofa with his human pack and long walks.


Your Foodle is just a little guy and will weigh no more than 9 to 13 pounds once he reaches adulthood.

How healthy are Foodle?

There are a few health issues you need to watch out for with your Foodle. These issues are listed below.

Serious Conditions

Serious conditions to watch for include patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, and primary lens luxation. If you see any symptoms of these issues in your Foodle, contact your vet right away.

  • Patellar luxation
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Primary lens luxation

Minor Conditions

Minor conditions to watch for are hypothyroidism and mitral valve disease. Again, if you notice any of these symptoms in your tiny pet, contact your vet.

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mitral valve disease

How active are Foodle?

The Foodle comes from high-energy parents, so it stands to reason that he’s going to need some exercise. It’s best to exercise your little canine friend for at least 45 to 60 minutes a day. In addition, your pup is going to need interactive exercise, which means tossing the ball with him or running around the backyard together. Even a walk to play in the park will make your pet happy and help to fulfill his exercise needs.

Make sure that your Foodle puppy has plenty of toys to play with as well for when you can’t be home to play with it.

How long will Foodle live?

You can expect your Foodle to live between 10 and 13 years.

Recognized Clubs

The Foodle is also known as the Foxipoo, Toy Foodle, Toy Foxpoo and Toy Foxdoodle and while his mixed breed status means he doesn’t qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club, he is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Breed Registry (DBR), Designer Dogs Kennel Club, (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


The Foodle’s coat can be either short, thick and curly like the Poodle or thin and wiry like the Fox Terrier. Either way, he will be a low- to non-shedding dog that needs brushing just 2 to 3 times a week to keep his coat matt- and tangle-free. If more Poodle, a trip to the groomers every 2 to 3 months will be needed and because he is a floppy eared dog, weekly ear cleaning is a must to prevent infection. Foodles can be susceptible to skin conditions so bathe only as necessary and using only shampoos designed for a dog.


Foodles will grow to be small but spirited dogs who will need socialization and obedience training early on to ensure he obeys commands and can co-exist with other animals and people. This tiny pup can also be prone to joint issues so ensure he is handled carefully and that playtime doesn’t injure vulnerable joints and limbs. They are known to have a fairly strong bite, so the purchase of sturdy chew toys is recommended.

Male vs. Female

You’ll find very few differences between the male and females of this breed. Since they’re already so small, there are no discernable differences in size. The differences would have to come in when it comes to the family they live with and their training and socialization.

Related Questions

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

We’ve already said that the Foodle has a high prey instinct, so expect him to get along with but still chase smaller animals. It’s not a good idea to have him live in the same house with rodents, however. As for other dogs and cats, as long as you socialize him early on as a puppy, you should have no problems with him living with and loving your other furry family members.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

As mentioned, while this breed is great with families, it’s best that he lives with a family that’s settled down and has older children. Since he is a very small breed, it’s easy for him to get hurt. While living with an active family is okay, it’s best not to rough house with him around for the same reason.

This breed suffers from separation anxiety if left alone too long or too often. If you’re the type of family who’s gone all the time, then you might want to consider another breed of dog. As previously stated, this breed also likes to bark at everything, so make sure your neighbors realize and are okay with your choice of pet if you live in an apartment.

What’s the Price of Foodle Puppies?

Your Foodle puppy is a designer breed, and these breeds come with a higher price tag than your average dog does. You can expect to pay between $200 to $700 for your puppy from a high-quality, reputable breeder. In reality, this is a great price for a designer puppy, especially when it’s mixed with a Poodle.

However, it’s important to remember that the price of your Foodle puppy doesn’t stop with paying the breeder. You need to add in the cost of vet visits, spaying or neutering your pet, microchipping, food, bedding, and toys as well.

Final Thoughts

This concludes our guide on the Foodle breed of dog. This dog is tiny, adorable, energetic, and loving. However, they do tend to bark, bond with one person, and need a lot of attention from that pet parent. If you feel that the Foodle is the right choice of family pet for you, then please, make sure to buy only from a very reputable breeder.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.