by Tammi Thompson
The Whoodle breed is becoming increasingly popular and has taken on the label of a “designer dog”. But, what are the characteristics of a Whoodle, and why should you own one? If you want to have an easygoing dog in your own home, then you should look for a Whoodle. A Whoodle is a hybrid breed of the Poodle and the soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. These dogs are great additions to your family for at least these five reasons:
1. Whoodles are playful and affectionate
This may be the top reason why Whoodles are lovable, especially to families with children. Whoodles just love playing with children and can get along well with anyone. Because of their non-aggressive nature, children won’t get scared by Whoodles (unless they have been improperly trained). However, these dogs won’t have a good time with people who treat them roughly. Despite the breed’s friendliness, a Whoodle can become troublesome as a puppy if it has been treated poorly.
2. Whoodles are highly intelligent and trainable
Training them is easy relative to training other breeds of dogs. Potty training is usually easy and they can be trusted in open areas within the house when potty training ends, unlike some other dog breeds. However, during training, you should follow some simple guidelines. Use plenty of positive reinforcement (such as dog treats and praising) when your Whoodle does something good, and don’t reinforce a bad action. Also, NEVER treat a Whoodle violently. Following these two rules will accelerate the process of training your Whoodle.
3. Whoodles don’t typically bark
Unlike many other dog breeds, Whoodles won’t bark even when strangers are present. This allows people around a Whoodle, especially children, approach it without fear that they may get barked at (or bitten). This also lessens disturbances at night, when people around the dog are already sleeping. However, when a Whoodle gets bored, it can begin barking more often and more loudly than usual. So it’s better to provide plenty of companionship for it to remain kind and properly behaved.
4. Whoodles can get along well with other pets
If you have other dogs, you should have not much trouble introducing a Whoodle into your home environment. It can also get along well with cats and birds. However, your Whoodle should be socialized early with these other animals (if you have them) so it won’t be frightened later in its life when it sees them. Also, you should act in a way that makes your Whoodle see that you are the leader of those animals. While raising your voice often is bad policy for training a Whoodle, speaking sternly when making a command is good for asserting authority.
5. Whoodles have a soft, non-shedding coat
We know having pets can be very messy at times. Fortunately, with a Whoodle you do not have to worry about shedding hair leaving a mess on your furniture and around your house. A Whoodle has a non-shedding coat, just like its parent Poodle and Wheaten Terrier breeds. This also makes it ideal for those with mild dog allergies, as Whoodles generally will not affect a dog-allergic owner. With Whoodles, you do not need to worry about fur scattering all over the floor of your home, although you still need to groom it properly once in a while.
If you want a dog that can change your life for the better, don’t hesitate to go for a Whoodle. If these five reasons aren’t enough, just ask any Whoodle owner about their lovable companion and we’re sure you will be convinced!