Terripoo Dog: Australian Terrier Poodle Mix

Terripoo Dog: Australian Terrier Poodle Mix

Height: 9-15 inches
Weight: 9-14 pounds
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Colors: white, black, cream, brown, tan, red, blue
Suitable for: Families with children, first-time dog owners, those living in apartments
Temperament: Mischievous, affectionate, confident, loyal

Looking for a new furry friend to add to your family? You might want to consider a designer dog! Designer dog breeds have become increasingly popular since they got their start in the 1980s. One of the breeds growing in popularity is the Terri-Poo (also known as the Terridoodle and Terrypoo), which is a mix between an Australian Terrier and a Poodle. This adorable doggo combines the fun-loving, mischievous personality of the Australian Terrier and the smarts of the Poodle, making for an empathetic, loyal, and playful pet.

Terri-Poo | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Terri-Poo | Dog Breed Facts and Information

This breed is wonderful for all pet owners — from families to singles, old hand pet owners to brand new. They’re also great for those who have an aversion to dog hair since they shed less than other breeds. Adopting one of these pups will guarantee you enjoy loads of fun and a friend for life.

Terri-Poo Dog Breed Information and Pictures
Terri-Poo Dog Breed Information and Pictures

What is a Terripoo?

  • The Terripoo is a bundle of doggie fun for any family and brings together the intelligence of a Miniature Poodle and the mischievous nature of the Australian Terrier for a people-loving pooch that is playful, loyal and intuitive to his owner’s needs.
  • The Terripoo brings the smarts of the Miniature Poodle together with the mischievous nature of the Australian Terrier.


The Terripoo likely dates back to the 1980s when breeders responded to a growing demand for dogs that were smaller, hypo-allergenic, healthier or simply gentler variations on some of the more popular breeds, by creating designer dogs.

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


The Terripoo doesn’t qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) because he is not a pure-bred however both parent breeds are members; the Alaskan Malamute joined the club’s “terrier” group in 1960 while the Poodle became a member of the “non-sporting” group in 1887.

Diet and Nutrition

The Terri-Poo is a relatively small breed, judging by his adult size. Like other dogs of his stature, his metabolism is quicker, and he matures faster. That directly impacts what his recommended caloric intake is and, thus, the food that he should get. You should feel your puppy small frequent meals to ensure that his blood sugar stays stable.

We suggest regular mealtimes, after which, you take up the foods after feeding him. That will teach your pup to eat his meal promptly. That will also help you monitor his eating habits better. Larger breeds can skip a meal without causing alarm. For the Terri-Poo, that’s a problem. Small dogs can’t go too long without eating.

How easy are Terripoo to train?

Terripoos require early socialization and obedience training to help curb the head-strong, attention-seeking side of their personality. Early socialization will help ensure he learns to play nice with kids and other animals while a consistent, firm approach will establish you as pack leader. As with all dogs, rewards and praise for a job well done will go a long way to achieving the results you want and with the Terripoo, anything that is interactive and fun will help engage his attention.


The Terripoo typically weighs in between 12 and 14 pounds.

How would you describe the temperament of Terripoo?

This fun-loving pooch makes a wonderful family pet. His loyal, bonded nature to his human pack makes for a dog that craves attention and loves being involved in all things family. He considered a highly intuitive dog, that responds to his owner’s moods making him a great potential therapy dog. Because of their Terrier background, early socialization is important to make sure he knows how to play well with children and other animals.

How healthy are Terripoo?

Every breed has its health issues. It’s inevitable, especially when they gain the attention and popularity that many enjoy. Unfortunately, it invites overbreeding, which increases the risk of genetic defects. This practice causes this uptick if breeders don’t refrain from dogs that have a condition with these implications. Luckily, many reputable breeders and clubs have taken charge to mitigate the problems.

Australian Terriers and Poodles have their share of health disorders. Many breed clubs have taken the initiative to reduce these risks. An influential partner is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). This organization provides recommendations by breed for screenings that protect the dogs, breeders, and pet owners. Many conditions that plague the Terri-Poo are part of these health checks.

Serious Conditions
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Mitral valve disease
Minor Conditions
  • Eye disorders
  • Ear infections

How long will Terripoo live?

The Terripoo has a life span of between 10 to 15 years.

How active are Terripoo?

When it comes to making sure your Terri-Poo gets enough exercise, you’re only looking at around 30 minutes to 1 hour a day of activity. While a fairly active breed, due to their smaller size, they won’t need as much exercise as a larger breed would. A short walk each day, plus a romp in the backyard, should suffice. Your dog should also have a stable of toys to play with inside, whether they’re playing with you or by themselves. Regular exercise will help keep them from gaining too much weight, and it will ensure they don’t become overly bored and act out.

Recognized Clubs

The Terripoo is also known as the Terri Poo, Terridoodle and Terrypoo and is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


  • Due to their Poodle parents, Terri-Poos don’t shed as frequently as other dogs, making them a good choice for those who hate loads of dog hair or who have allergies. However, their coats may be a bit dense, depending on which parent they take after more. Brushing once or twice a week is typically recommended.
  • Bathing should be infrequent as too much of it could strip natural oils on the dog’s skin resulting in dryness and itchiness. Simply bathe as needed, and they should be good.
  • The Terri-Poo’s hair and nails will need regular trimming. If you don’t think you can do this yourself, you can find a good groomer in your area with the necessary expertise. Their ears will also need to be cleaned and checked for infection about once a week. Other than that, you’ll just need to brush their teeth a couple of times a week.


Terripoo pups are tiny and because of this dog’s propensity to joint issues later in life, handling by children should always be supervised. Socialization and obedience should begin at an early age and exercise / leash training must begin slowly and progress as he gets bigger to prevent over-stressing tiny legs and joints.

Related Questions

Do Terripoos Get Along with Other Pets?

Likewise, the Terri-Poo is not as buddy-buddy with other pets in the household. That’s not unusual in a dog that has a tendency toward separation anxiety. He’s not going to tolerate other canines on his turf that can keep you from giving him all your attention.

Are Terripoos Good for Families?

  • Terri-Poos are excellent family dogs. A look at the history of the parent breeds provides some compelling evidence to support that statement. Australian Terriers lived close to their families, whether at the sheep station or the waterfront. It was a lonely life sometimes, which help to foster strong bonds between the dogs and their owners. That makes them loyal pets and excellent watchdogs.
  • The love that Terri-Poos have for their families is evident. As long as the kids are gentle and respectful of their space, all is well on that score, too. They are cautious with strangers, which is natural for a pooch bred as a watchdog.

What’s the Price of Terri-Poo Puppies?

  • Terri-Poo puppies are considerably less expensive than their purebred parent breeds. You might find some competition for finding a pup, considering that Poodles are the sixth most popular breed, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Australian Terriers are far down on the list, ranking at 145th in 2019. The biggest obstacle you’ll likely encounter is scarcity, which can drive up the price.
  • Expect to pay in the neighborhood of $800–$1,000 for a puppy. Our guess is that you might find waiting lists for pups, which is not surprising, given how adorable these dogs are, especially when young. Make sure to get one that is at least 8 weeks old so that you can rest assured that he is weaned and ready to be on his own.

Final Thoughts

The Terri-Poo is a sweetheart for the individual or family who can provide the love and affection that he needs to be happy. He’ll reward you as an excellent watchdog that will lavish the same on you and members of your household. This hybrid needs a job. If you can give him enough to do or the exercise to make it happen, the Terri-Poo is an ideal choice for a pet that will provide the love you want from a pet.

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.