Terrier Poodle Mix Puppies Breed Guide

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.

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.

The Best Terrier Poodle Mix Breed Guide
The Best Terrier Poodle Mix Breed Guide

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

Size

  • 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.

Purpose

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.

Independent

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.

Terrier Poodle Mix Breed Guide: Pictures, Facts, FAQ and More
Terrier Poodle Mix Breed Guide: Pictures, Facts, FAQ and More

Temperament

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.

Hunters

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.

Terripoo Mixed Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts
Terripoo Mixed Dog Breed Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts

Diggers

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.

Energetic

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.

Poodle Terrier Mix: See How Incredible This Hybrid Breed Is
Poodle Terrier Mix: See How Incredible This Hybrid Breed Is

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.

The Poodle

Purpose

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.

Size

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.

Temperament

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.

Poodle Terrier Mix
Poodle Terrier Mix

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

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