Terrier Poodle Mix Puppies Breed Guide
Poodle crossbreeds are one of the most popular dogs to own.
Often referred to as doodles or poos, these family friendly dogs can be found in homes around the world.
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The most popular of the doodle dogs are the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle.
Both are a cross between a poodle and a retriever type breed. But there are more, great poodle mix breeds to choose from.
Some of which you may have not heard of like the Ratdoodle or the Woodle.
These dogs are a cross between a poodle and a breed from the terrier group. Join us as we take a look at the terrier poodle mix dog and all they have to offer.
What is a Poodle Terrier Mix Breed?
A terrier poodle mix is a dog that has one parent that is a poodle and the other parent is a breed from the terrier group. The most popular of the terrier poodle crossbreds are; the Yorkiepoo, the Westiepoo, the Schoodle and the Whoodle. But you can find all types of terrier poodle mixes.
To understand what terrier poodle crossbreeds are like, you first need to learn about each of the parent breeds. Let’s start with the terrier group.
The Terrier Group
- Most terriers are on the small to medium side with a few exceptions. One such exception is the Giant Schnauzer which is the largest terrier in the group. An average adult Giant Schnauzer can weigh between 60-110 pounds. However, most Terriers are less than 25 pounds and a few, like the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, are in the 30-40 pound range.
- Small Terriers like the West Highland or Cairn terriers have a compact build that allows them to fit into the tunnels of burrowing animals, thus, limiting the places their prey can hide.
Terriers originated in England, Scotland and Ireland. Their name comes from the Latin word “terra”, meaning earth or soil. It’s fitting name since the original terriers were bred to hunt unwanted small animals on farms and in the fields. They did this by digging in the ground or squeezing into a burrowing animal’s tunnel. It was the terrier’s job to rid the lands of vermin and they took that job seriously.
You will often hear the word independent used to describe a terrier. This is due to their breeding. They were bred and trained to hunt rodents independently. That independence can cause a power struggle between a dog and its humans.
It also means that terriers prefer to be only dog in the house. Though, if they are raised with other dogs they will learn to accept living with them.
The exact temperament of a terrier depends on their breed, but they are all considered to be intelligent, brave, active, independent and playful. Many are also viewed as friendly, mischievous, and fearless.
Terriers are born hunters. They take their job to hunt small prey seriously and will chase small rodents whenever they can. Because of this, it is best not to let your Terrier off leash outside unless in a gated area. The instinct to hunt may be greater than their desire to listen to you.
Also unless they are raised with other animals, terriers are prone to aggressive behaviors towards other animals including cats.
Our Ratdoodle will hunt small insects and spiders that make their way into the house. She also keeps our yard free from squirrels.
Since terriers are bred to dig out underground animals, some will want to dig in the yard even when there is no prey to find. This can be easily remedied by giving them a place where they can dig.
Most terriers are energetic and want to be active but few live in an area with rodents to hunt. So it is important to have a way to channel that energy, otherwise they can become mischievous.
When is a Terrier Not a Terrier?
When they are a Boston Terrier or a Tibetan Terrier. Although both of these dogs have the word terrier in their name, neither breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Terrier. Instead they are part of the non-sporting group.
The original Boston Terriers were bred from bull and terrier breeds, but over the years the breed was refined into the small Boston Terrier we know and love today. These dogs no longer hunt or fight; instead they are bred to be companion dogs.
According to the Tibetan Terrier Club the breed was developed in Tibet by the Lamas. They were used a companion dog, a good luck charm and a watch dog. It is believed that the Tibetan Terrier was given terrier name by European travelers that thought the breed looked like a terrier.
Poodles were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl for German hunters. The original German name for the poodle was Pudelhund. This word loosely translates to puddle dog. Later on the French started to use these dogs for hunting too.
Poodles officially come in three sizes; the standard poodle, the miniature poodle and the toy poodle. There is also a Moyen Poodle, which is a medium sized poodle, but Moyen Poodles are not recognized in the USA.
Poodles are believed to be the second smartest dog breed in the world, surpassed only by the Border Collie. Poodles are energetic, easily trained, enjoy being outside and of course, they love the water.
Could an Terrier Poodle Mix Dog be Right for You?
If you are looking for a fun, energetic dog with an independent personality then an Terrier Poodle Mix dog is right for you. However if you don’t have the time to train them or the financial means to pay for regular grooming you should look for another breed.
Once you decide which Terrier Poodle mix dog is right for you, it important to make sure you find a reputable breeder. In our post How to Find a Reputable Dog Breeder we show you what to look for in a dog breeder. Also look for our post on How to Pick a Puppy from a Litter
How Long Do Terrier Poodle Mixes Usually Live?
It has been shown that smaller dogs live more years compared to larger dogs. Since terriers live around 10 to 20 years, their offspring may considerably live long. A Standard Poodle’s life span is around 12 to 15 years, almost the same as a Mini Poodle.
Since both terriers and Poodles experience a longer life span, your Terrier Poodle mix inherits a longer life too.
Of course, there will still be several factors to that, such as your dog’s health condition, so always be sure to provide supplements and food nutrients for a long-lasting companionship.
How to Take Care of Your Terrier Poodle Mix
Taking care of your Terrier Poodle mix is not as hard as you think. There are just a few requirements that are needed to be done to make sure your dog is well-maintained.
Most Terrier Poodle mixes are small which means feeding them is cost-friendly as they don’t require a lot of food. Your dog’s diet will mainly depend on its energy and activity levels.
High-quality foods are more preferred to make them go lively throughout the day. You may also check out if your dog will benefit more when given a raw food diet.
Also, be careful not to overfeed your dog! Being overweight will make it prone to hip dysplasia. Being meticulous about your dog’s food and dietary supplements will give it a more energetic and healthy lifestyle.
Your Terrier Poodle mix only needs regular brushing which can be done a few times a week. This helps in making its luxurious coat healthy and to distribute its natural oils evenly. This avoids the entanglement of your dog’s coat while making it look neat and shiny.
Baths are important too. Just make sure to use canine products that don’t dry out your dog’s skin.
Since most Terrier Poodle mixes have medium to long lengths of coats, taking them to a groomer will make their appearances look more regal and tidy. The fun part about owning long-coated dogs is that you can accessorize them with cute ribbons and hairclips!
Training and Exercises
Regular exercise can help improve your dog’s overall condition. Terrier Poodle mixes are usually small; therefore, they don’t require a lot of it.
A daily walk in the park is ideal. If your dog likes to splash around the water, that is good as well due to its Poodle ancestry. A game of fetch can excite them too.
The type of exercise you provide all depends on what interests your dog the most. Just as long as your Terrier Poodle mix is exerting energy on a regular basis, then that works fine.
In terms of training, Terrier Poodle mixes will not give you a hard time! They are naturally intelligent so giving commands won’t be hard work for them to understand you. You need to be firm and make them realize that you are in charge or else they will own you.
Be consistent with them and be generous at praising their efforts. Lively dogs with adequate exercise respond better in challenging training. Don’t forget to take your dog to socialization classes too so it could learn how to bond with other dogs.
Common Health Issues of the Terrier Poodle Mix
Just like any other dogs, Terrier Poodle mixes are prone to have genetic health issues. A Terrier Poodle mix may potentially have the following conditions:
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Thyroid issues
- Hip dysplasia
- Addison’s disease
The health problems above are common for both of this dog’s parents, so there is a possibility that the puppy will inherit them.
Don’t forget that these are just ‘potential’ health risks and most of them can be avoided. Just make sure that your breeder is reputable and honest about the puppy that you are getting.
Also, please avoid getting puppies from puppy mills! Backyard breeders ignore the health standards in raising puppies and this creates long-term health damages. Dogs are very likely to become aggressive and hard to train because of bad living conditions.
Terrier Poodle Mix Breed FAQ
Are Terrier Poodle Mixes Hypoallergenic?
Most dogs of this type do not shed too much. As a result, the allergen in the form of dander on their fur does not get released. There are a few Terrier Poodle mixes, however, that are not hypoallergenic such as the Jack-a-Poo.
To ensure that you are not risking your health, it is advised to bond with your prospective dog first before actually getting it. In this way, you would be able to see if the dog does not trigger your allergies.
After all, just because a dog is labeled to be hypoallergenic does not automatically mean that it will not trigger any allergic reactions. You wouldn’t want to be sneezing around your dog all the time!
What is a terrier poodle mix called?
Terrier poodle mix breeds get their name by mashing doodle, oodle or poo with beginning of the terrier breed’s name. Examples of this is the Airedoodle which is an Airedale Terrier and a poodle or the Schnoodle which is a Schnauzer and poodle crossbreed. When poo is mashed with the terrier name a vowel is also added. An example is the Jack-a-poo which is Jack Russell Terrier and poodle or the Westiepoo, which is a West Highland Terrier and a poodle. Here is a list of all the common terrier poodle mix dog breeds.
Terrier Poodle Cross Breeds
|Terrier Poodle Mix Names||Breeds that are mixed|
|Airedoodle||Airedale Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Bossi-poo||Boston Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Cairnoodle||Cairn Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Jack-a-Poo||Jack Russell Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Rattle, Roodle or RatDoodle||Rat Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Schnoodle||Schnauzer / Poodle Mix|
|Scoodle||Scottish Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Silkypoo||Silky Terrier/Poodle Mix|
|Skypoo||Skye Terrier/ Poodle Mix|
|Terri-poo||Australian Terrier / Mini Poodle Mix|
|Ttoodle||Tibetan Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Westiepoo||West Highland Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Wire-Poo||Wire Fox Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Whoodle||Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Woodle||Welsh Terrier / Poodle Mix|
|Yorkipoo||Yorkshire Terrier / Poodle Mix|
Woodle (Welsh Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Its coat may come in solid colors such as black or brown and its coat’s length is medium.
Westiepoo (West Highland Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Westiepoo is also known as a Westiedoodle that needs lots of exercise due to its high energy level.
Ttoodle (Tibetan Terrier and Poodle Mix)
This intelligent Ttoodle weighs around 30 to 50 pounds and stands up to 18 inches. Its coat may come in blue, gray, or apricot.
Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Yorkipoo is a less aggressive dog. It is usually a Yorkshire Terrier mated with a Mini-Poodle and is convenient when you live in apartments.
Wire-Poo (Wire Fox Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Wire-Poo is a medium-sized dog that’s affectionate and friendly. It is outgoing too and is easy to train.
Whoodle (Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Whoodle is a medium-sized dog with a curly coat. The size of your Whoodle will depend if you mate the terrier with a Standard or Mini-Poodle.
Scoodle (Scottish Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Terri-poo (Australian Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Terri-poo is perfect for first-time owners as this is extremely intelligent and trainable. They are good for apartment-style living as well.
Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle Mix)
A Schnoodle has high levels of energy which will require 30-60 minutes of daily exercise. This is an excellent family dog as well due to its protective and loyal nature.
Rattle (Rat Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Rattle is suitable for families, hunters, and farmers and could also be an excellent watchdog. This dog is intelligent, active, and agile.
Cairnoodle has a broad head and expressive eyes. It is compact and is capable of playing for hours.
Jack-a-Poo (Jack Rusell Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Early socialization for Jack-a-Poos is recommended. Its stubbornness can lead to a rougher play with other pets, but it can be the best family companion if trained well.
Airedoodle (Airedale Terrier and Poodle Mix)
An Airedoodle requires regular exercise and has a medium-length coat. This Terrier Poodle mix loves to please its owner and enjoys family activities.
Bossi-Poo (Boston Terrier and Poodle Mix)
Bossi-Poo can adapt to any living condition unless it is too cold. This can grow up to 15 inches and can weigh up to 50 pounds.
Does a Poodle Terrier Crossbreed Shed?
Although all dogs shed to a certain extent, poodles and some terriers are considered to be non shedders. Meaning they shed minimally. Therefore, many poodle terrier mixes will also be low shed dogs. But being low shed does not mean they are low maintenance. In fact poodles and doodles with long wavy or curly hair are very high maintenance dogs that need to be brushed more often than non-hypoallergenic breeds. Plus they need to be groomed regularly to keep their fur from becoming matted.
|Hypoallergenic/Low Shed Terriers breeds:|
|Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier|
|West Highland Terrier|
What is a Terrier Poodle Mix’s Temperament?
Whenever you take two purebred dogs and crossbreed them you never really know what you will get. In general terrier poodle mixes will be highly intelligent, independent, energetic, fearless, alert and playful. But they can also be stubborn and dominant. These dogs are generally not for first time dog owners.
Also remember that a dog’s breed is only one part of the equation when it comes to their temperament. The temperaments of the breeding pair and how the puppies are handled in the first 8 weeks of their life will all have an effect on the puppy’s temperament. This is why getting your dog from a quality breeder is so important.
How Big Does a Poodle Terrier Mix Get?
- How big a terrier poodle mix will get all depends on the parents. But since most terriers are small, weighting under 25 pounds, breeding them with a miniature poodle should result in a small dog.
- The exceptions to this are the Standard Schnauzer and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Both of these dog breeds fall in the medium sized range and weight between 35 -45 pounds. Depending on if they are crossed with a miniature poodle or a standard poodle they can be a bit smaller or larger.
- For a large sized poodle terrier mix the Ariedoodle can be a large dog if an Airedale Terrier is crossbred with a Standard Poodle.
How Much Do Poodle Terrier Mixes Cost?
- The popularity of this dog increases from time to time, so the price will vary depending on the demand. If you get your puppy from a reputable breeder, then you will get exactly what you paid for.
- The price of this dog from quality breeders can be around $3,000 and the average cost in the first year of raising it is $2,600, which includes food, medical, and veterinary costs.
- The price is lower when you are purchasing a Terrier Poodle mix from puppy mills or backyard breeders, which is not recommended that you do so. Puppies from these places may range from $800 to $2,800.
- If you are willing to pay an amount like this, just go to your trusted breeder that makes sure the puppy is healthy and active. A quality dog will mean lower chances of future medical bills.
Where Can I Get a Terrier Poodle mix?
- Unfortunately Poodle Terrier mixes are most commonly sold by Puppy Mills either on line or through pet stores. Please do not buy a Puppy Mill puppy. Instead look for a quality breeder. Though it may be hard to find one, if you take the time to look, you will be rewarded with a health, trainable puppy.
- You can also find Poodle Terrier Mixes for adoption on Petfinder.com. This is how we found our Rat Terrier Poodle Mix breed dog when she was just 9 weeks old. You can find a list of rescue groups that specialize in terrier or poodle breeds under resources.
A word on puppy mills
Puppy mills are the worst possible place you can get a puppy from. The puppies tend to be sick from the start or come with long term health issues. Puppies from puppy mills are born under terrible, inhumane conditions. They are harder to train and can have aggression issues. They are not socialized or even cared for at the mills.
If you check out our post “5 Puppy Potty Training Mistakes to Avoid” you will see that buying from a Puppy Mill is the number 1 reason why people have a hard time potty training their puppy.
A word of caution
Be careful when looking for a breeder, puppy mills often disguise themselves to look like a small quality breeder. Make sure to do an extensive background check on any breeder before buying. Also check out the Humane Society’s “The Horrible Hundred”. It lists that top 100 worst puppy mills in the U.S.
Terrier Poodle mixes are one of the best dogs you can ever get. They can be easily trained because of their intelligence and they are a pleasant sight to look at as well.
Who would not want to see a cute and dignified dog wagging its tail, waiting behind the door when you come home from a long and tiring work?
The fun part is that you have a lot of choices out of this type. You can get a Yorkipoo, Terripoo, or whatever Terrier Poodle mix you find the most suitable for you. These dogs are just simply one of the best pets there is!