Although it is not exactly as popular as other mixed breeds, the Woodle is equally admirable. Otherwise known as Welshpool Terrier and Welshdoodle Terrier, this mixed breed is a fluff ball that always looks like a puppy regardless of their age.
However, they are not as common as other designer dogs just yet, mainly because of the scarcity of Welsh Terriers and Poodles being used for other crossbreeds (e.g. Goldendoodle and Labradoodle).
If you are contemplating owning a Woodle, continue reading this article and we will answer all the common questions about this mixed breed.
What is a Woodle?
As mentioned in the introduction, Woodles are a combination of Welsh Terriers and Poodles. They should not be confused with Whoodles, which is a mix of Wheaten Terrier and Poodles.
With cute little eyes and beautiful fur, you might mistake a Woodle for a stuffed toy. Do not be fooled though, as this crossbreed is typically well-built and has a sturdy frame. For a more detailed description of the appearance of this pooch, check out the following sections.
Size and Built
The size of each individual or group of Woodle varies by a couple of inches, depending on what type of Poodle was used for crossbreeding (i.e. either a standard, toy, or a mini-Poodle).
Another determinant of size is gender. Males tend to be larger than females, although this is not always the case. Male height ranges from 15 to 20 inches, and each one can weigh from 20 to 50 pounds. Females stand between 15 to 18 inches and weigh anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds.
Their coats come in different colors — black, white, cream, brown, tan, and red. Woodles are known for their curly or crimped fur, which can grow very long and is thick especially in the ears.
Their irresistible circular eyes are brown and their button-like nose is black. The snout and ears are not that long, and the latter hangs in the sides of their face and can reach nose levels.
The front and hind legs are straight, and their feet are rather big and round. Their tails are short, but you can expect to see them wagging excitedly when they are happy.
Origin of the Woodle
The Woodle is not that big of a name yet in the world of designer dogs. For this reason, the best way to investigate its history is through its parent breeds, the Poodle and Welsh Terrier.
The Poodle is an old breed in terms of history. They’ve been made popular by artists in Germany since the 15th century when they painted these adorable canines in their artworks.
Don’t be fooled with their charming appearance, as they were originally used as hunters for truffles and waterfowls. This job allowed them to develop water-resistant coats and webbed feet, which are perfect for hunting.
Once they were exported to France, the elite put this breed under the spotlight, parading them as “accessories” and sort of a status symbol. It is this mesmerizing looks and demeanor that made them popular amongst breeders.
The Poodle comes in three sizes and is now at the center stage of dog grooming competitions, where they are dressed like models and their coats painted.
This breed is not just pure looks though. The Poodle is known to be very intelligent and is ranked next to the Border Collie. Evidence of that is their regular appearances in circus performances and even magic shows. This dog was formally introduced and classified into the non-sporting group by the American Kennel Club in 1887.
Similar to the Poodle, the Welsh Terrier can be traced back as early as the 1450s. Originating from Wales, the Welsh Terrier is a descendant of Black and Tan Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, and Border Terrier.
They are excellent hunters of badgers, vermins, foxes, and otters. This activity required tenacity and extreme agility, and these characteristics made them very popular in Britain during the 1700s to 1800s.
Officially classified by the American Kennel Club in 1885, the Welsh Terrier started to arrive in the United States in about the same year. This breed is very energetic, loyal, and affectionate. They like to entertain people, and they can be sure eye-catchers in circuit shows because of their magnificent coats and pretty face.
The Woodle’s life expectancy ranges from 12 to 15 years. Of course, this is highly influenced by their health condition and nutrition. That is why it’s very important to know what the common health issues for this mixed breed are, and how to keep them properly nourished.
While crossbreeds are generally healthier than their parent breeds, this isn’t a sure thing 100% of the time. Sure, 12 to 15 years is a relatively long lifespan, but the Woodle may inherit some of the disorders of their parent breeds.
Listed below are some of the common disorders that you may encounter with your lovely pooch.
- Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation is the condition in which the kneecaps move in and out of their place. This is usually encountered in small dogs and can be diagnosed through X-ray or orthopedic check-ups. Some individual dogs tolerate this well, whereas some may find it difficult to move around and will require surgical intervention.
- Addison’s Disease
This disease affects the adrenal glands in both humans and canines. However, it’s very difficult to detect this in dogs, and usually, a blood test is necessary. Once confirmed, a medication to be taken daily will be prescribed to treat the condition.
- Eye disorders such as glaucoma
Glaucoma must be treated very seriously since this may lead to blindness. In some cases where the pain is unbearable, the affected eye is removed. Obviously, we don’t want either of these conditions to happen to our lovely dogs, so better to keep an eye on them (no pun intended).
- Skin problems such as atopic dermatitis
Usually caused either by the environment or food they eat, skin problems and allergies can cause itchiness and redness. Since some areas of their bodies are itchy, our dogs inevitably scratch, rub, and lick those parts, causing bacterial and yeast infection. These contaminants will just aggravate the problem.
To determine what causes the reaction, blood analysis or intradermal tests must be performed.
- Cushing’s syndrome
Cushing’s syndrome, or Cushing’s disease, is the popular name for the medical term hyperadrenocorticism, or the overproduction of certain hormones by the adrenal glands.
There are three types of Cushing’s disease, and each one is caused by different things and will therefore require different treatments. These three causes are tumor to the pituitary gland, tumor of the adrenal gland, and prolonged use of steroids.
Whatever is the cause, the signs of Cushing’s disorder are the same. The increase in the level of the hormone cortisol results in an increase in appetite and water consumption. Consequently, our dogs will appear bloated or pot-bellied.
The other signs of this disease include panting, thin skin, dark-colored spots (hyperpigmentation), chronic skin infections (pyoderma), poor skin healing, skin mineralization (calcinosis cutis), and persistent bladder infections.
To diagnose this syndrome, an ACTH or LDSS test is commonly carried out. Once confirmed that it is indeed Cushing’s disease, treatments include medications, surgery, or gradual withdrawal of steroids.
- von Willebrand’s disease (vWD)
This one is one of the most serious and life-threatening inherited diseases in both humans and dogs. It is caused by the lack of the protein von Willebrand factor, which helps the platelets in its job to clot blood. Signs of having this disease include hemorrhage and non-stop bleeding after surgeries.
The diagnosis is performed through a screening test. Several medications may cause vWD, though a drug called DDAVP is also the treatment. In emergency cases, blood transfusion is necessary, and DDAVP is also given to the donor dog.
- Other disorders
The other common diseases in Woodle are hyperthyroidism, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. Some of these diseases are caused by certain foods like in the case of allergies. Therefore, it is equally important to focus on the proper nourishment of your dogs.
In terms of diet, the Woodle is not hard to feed. Two cups of high-quality dry food usually suffice every day for adult dogs, while puppies may need a little bit more to support their growth.
The Woodle usually inherits the Poodle’s coat, which means they’ll require regular visits to professional groomers for trimming. Alternatively, some owners shave their fur to cut down on cost.
Their ears must be cleaned and inspected regularly for infection, and plucking must be conducted when necessary. A few days per week of brushing their teeth will suffice, and they must be bathed and their nails clipped once a month.
Woodles are known to be calm and affectionate. They like to please their owners and will appreciate positive reinforcements, but may feel sad when scolded. They may also experience separation anxiety as they love to be around people.
Exercise and Training
Because of their Poodle genes, this mix breed is also intelligent and easy to train. Constant guidance to keep a consistent training attitude is required. They will also love to play in a park or a yard, though they are relatively calm and don’t bark too often.
How Much Does A Woodle Cost?
A new puppy will cost you anywhere between $400 to $900, depending on a lot of factors. The annual medical cost is around $460 to $560, whereas non-medical expenses are even more expensive at $680 to $780.
Are Woodles A Good Family Dog?
Definitely! Being fond of people and children, this crossbreed will make a great family pet. They can also befriend your cats or other dogs. Their versatility also makes them an ideal dog whether you live in an apartment or a house with a huge yard.
They may not be as popular as the other cross breeds, but Woodles are equally worth the try. Their calm demeanor and high intelligence are their best characteristics. If you have been searching for the right pup for your home, try getting one of these adorable pooches and see exactly what we’re talking about.