Wheaten Terrier vs. Whoodle – (why Whoodles are the best)

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You’re looking for a fuzzy creature to add to your family, but you feel torn between a purebred wheaten terrier vs. a whoodle. They’re both adorable and brilliant. You’ll also notice that they have quite a few similarities. But, despite this, whoodles will most likely win your heart over in the end.


Breed Name Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Whoodle
Breed Terrier Hybrid
Weight 35-45 lbs 20-40 lbs
Life Span 12-15 years 12-15 years
Color Wheaten black, brown, cream, red, and silver-grey.


Wheaten terriers are purebred because both parents are the same breed. Whoodles, on the other hand, are considered hybrid dogs. Hybrid dogs have parents from different breeds. The parents can either both be purebred or hybrid dogs.

A whoodle is a mix of a purebred wheaten terrier and a poodle. They’re also called wheatenpoo, sweatenpoo, or wheatendoodles. Whoodles are designer dogs that started showing up in the mid -1900s.

The Wheaten Terrier dog originated in Ireland as a farm dog, and the Poodle comes from France. Wheaten Terriers are known for their soft coats and Poodles for their intelligence.

Wheaten Terrier vs. Whoodle Physical Characteristics

The appearance of these two pups is where you’ll see a big difference.

Wheaten Terrier
Whoodle Puppy


A Wheaten Terrier is considered a medium-sized dog. They can be anywhere from 35-45 lbs for males and 30-40 lbs for females. Their height ranges from 18-20”.

A whoodle, on the other hand, can be either small or medium. Whoodle males and females will weigh anywhere from 35-55 lbs and be 18-21″ tall.

There are different types of Whoodles – the Standard Whoodle, which weighs between 45-55 lbs, and the miniature Whoodles, which weighs around 35-40 lbs.

There is also the Toy Whoodle, Teddy Bear Whoodle, etc. These breeds will range anywhere from 20-60 lbs.

Purebred Wheaten Terriers will be consistent in size, while Whoodles range in size, depending on the type you get.

Coat Color & Grooming

Wheaten Terriers get their name from their coat color – wheaten. They only have wheaten coats, and their hair is soft and wavy.

Whoodles can have many different colored coats, including black, brown, cream, red, and silver-grey.

Whoodles inherit a luxurious coat from the wheaten terrier parent. They will typically be even softer than that of a wheaten terrier and will have silky waves.

Both breeds have medium hair length and need brushing daily to prevent matting. They’ll also need to visit the dog groomers every 2-3 months.

Allergies to dog fur? No problem, both Wheatens, and Whoodles are hypoallergenic and perfect for a family with allergies.

Wheaten Terrier vs. Whoodle Personality

Whoodle dog parents adore their pups and love their strong personalities.


  • Energetic dogs
  • Enthusiastic
  • Playful
  • Smart
  • Hard to Train
  • Family dog


Whoodles are not for the faint of heart. They are a robust and confident breed that needs lots of training and attention. The whoodle is not for novice dog owners.

Whoodles have some strong opinions about things, such as; they don’t like hot weather or being alone.

Whoodles also need quite a bit of training, which isn’t easy. Whoodles are stubborn fluffy creatures that like to walk all over their owners. They do not like the word ‘no’, so positive reinforcement from a young age is ideal.

Overall, they are strong, confident, friendly pups that are highly affectionate.

Wheaten Terriers are relatively similar.

  • High Energy
  • Extremely friendly
  • Hard to Train
  • Diggers
  • Playful


Terrier breeds, in general, are dogs who dig, and Wheaten Terriers will do the same. So, if you have a fenced-in yard, you may want to reinforce it underneath.

Wheaten Terriers are also hard to train, similar to whoodles. However, they are very friendly and respond well to other dogs and kids.

They are incredibly energetic and need a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily – otherwise, they start getting into trouble. They also do not like hot weather and prefer cooler temperatures.

Both Wheaten Terriers and Whoodles love children and are excellent choices for families.

Neither dog likes being alone, and some show separation anxiety. It is recommended to have another dog in the house to keep your pup company.

Wheaten Terrier vs. Whoodle Health

Of course, not all dogs become sick with disease, but some dogs are more prone to certain genetic disorders than others.

Wheatens are prone to;

  • Protein-Losing Nephropathy – where the dog loses an accessive amount of proteins and plasma through the kidney.
  • Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE) – where the dog loses an accessive amount of proteins and plasma through the GI tract.
  • Addison’s Disease – where there is insufficient production of adrenal hormones.
  • Renal Dysplasia – where there is abnormal development of the kidney, resulting in early renal failure.


Whoodles are considered healthy but can suffer from;

  • Addison’s Disease – where there is insufficient production of adrenal hormones.
  • Kidney Infections
  • Eye Diseases
  • Retinal Atrophy – where there is degeneration of the retinal tissues.
  • Epilepsy – where there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain.


Like any breed of dog, Wheatens and Whoodles require regular checkups at the vet.

Mixed breeds, such as doodles, are often healthier than purebred dogs. Genetic disorders are recessive, so when the gene pool is small (typical for purebreds), the dog is more likely to have the recessive gene. Doodles are more genetically diverse and, therefore, less likely to fall victim to genetic disorders.

Wheaten Terrier vs. Whoodle Final Thoughts

With Whoodle dogs and puppies, you get all of the benefits of a Wheaten Terrier and even more.

Whoodles come in all different sizes, like the Mini Whoodle and the Standard Whoodle. You can choose the breed of Whoodle you want based on your desired pup size, whereas a Wheaten Terrier will always be around the same size.

Whoodle dogs come in all different colors (some rare Whoodles even come spotted!). You can often choose a pup based on the color of the coat. They have lovely coats that are high maintenance but are unbelievably soft and fluffy.

Mixed breed dogs are more likely to be healthy and avoid genetic disorders.

They are fun-loving, child-friendly, and active pups who want a loving family to spend time with them. Whoodles are intelligent, curious, and love to be social.

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For more information on Whoodles, see: Why Mini Whoodles are Great Emotional Support Dogs