If you’re looking for a dog that resembles a teddy bear, then you may wish to bring a Terripoo into your home.
This miniature crossbreed is so adorable that it looks more like a cuddly toy than a canine!
The Terripoo is also commonly known as a Terridoodle and Terrypoodle. You probably can guess who its parents are by their name.
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If you haven’t thought about it already, the Terripoo’s parents are the Australian Terrier and Poodle.
First of all, the Australian Terrier is believed to come from Great Britain and was brought into Australia during the 19th century. This dog is naturally small and bred for multiple purposes. Such purposes the Australian Terrier had was that it hunted rodents and snakes, alongside being a watchdog and companion. Other terrier doodle breeds that you might want to read about are the Airedoodle, the Boodle & The Woodle, so make sure you read about it also.
Whereas the poodle came from Germany and was bred to be a waterfowl dog. It then became popular in France and expanded to the rest of the world, creating three types the standard, toy, and miniature. It is the miniature poodle that is the parent of the Terripoo.
It’s then believed that the Terripoo came into existence during the 1980s as there was a demand for small breeds that were hypoallergenic and healthier.
What Will I Learn? 👇
What does a Terrier poodle mix look like? 🐩
Now you have some background knowledge on the Terripoo, let’s explore what they look like. First of all, this crossbreed is small in size and can reach 9-15 inches / 23-38cm tall when fully grown. Similarly, it can weigh between 12-14 Ibs / 5-7kg. However, their gender can influence their height and weight by a great deal.
The Terrier Poodle has distinct dark oval eyes, brown or black nose, medium-sized ears that flop down on the side of its head. They also have petite legs, small feet, curled toes, and a straight tail.
In addition to this, a Terripoo is known for its various coats. Its coat can differ depending on the qualities it inherits from either parent. First of all, this dog can either have a short curly coat like its Poodle parent or a shaggy, thick, and coarse coat like the Australian Terrier.
When looking to bring a Terrier Poodle home, you can be spoilt for choice by the coat colors that are available. They can have white, red, brown, cream, tan and blue.
Terripoo Temperament ✨
If you’re thinking about bringing a Terripoo home, they’re a cute bundle of surprises. What’s remarkable about this crossbreed is that they have lots of unique qualities combined into one. For instance, their personality consists of a fun-loving streak with a mischievous and loyal nature.
Yeah, I know it sounds like your work could be cut out as a dog owner!
But, you won’t ever be bored with this beautiful canine. The Terrier Poodle mix will quickly bond with one human and stick to them. This is because its Australian parent is renowned for being a cuddler and showing lots of affection towards its owner.
Just like its parent, the Terripoo is incredibly smart and in tune with your emotions. If you’re angry, they will know when you have a temper, they will understand when you’re happy and will become excited as a result, and will be able to detect when you’re sad too. Most of the time, the Terrier Poodle will strive to keep you happy with its fun-loving nature. Because of their intelligent nature, they often act as therapy dogs.
Due to their affectionate nature, they will often want to be the center of attention amongst all of your family members. Because of this, it makes them a great addition to any household.
They love to play and have lots of energy they need to use up. Once they’ve used up such energy, they love to have a good cuddle and display affection towards their owner. On the contrary, if they inherit their personality from the Australian Terrier, they could have a stubborn and dominant streak.
This needs to be ruled out as soon as possible, ideally when they are young, as they could walk all over you. You must train and socialize them from an early age so they can be comfortable around other children, adults, and pets. The best way to do this is frequent exposure to others while young and through positive reinforcement.
After all, they have a Terrier instinct which means they may want to hunt or bark at others. Therefore adequate training can calm them down and allow them to identify new things as opposed to dangerous.
Grooming requirements for a Terrier Poodle ✂️
If you’re someone who suffers from many allergies, then you should be ok with a Terrier Poodle. This breed is hypoallergenic, which means they don’t shed too much. But, then again, it depends on what they inherit from their parents.
If the Terrier Poodle takes after its Poodle parent, then it won’t shed much at all. However, if it inherits more from its Australian parent, it will tend to have a thicker undercoat. This means they may shed in-between seasons, but in comparison to other breeds, they don’t shed that much.
Whatever coat it inherits from its parent, this crossbreed tends not to need much maintenance. On average, you should brush it around 2-3 times each week. Every couple of months, you should take this dog breed to a professional groomer to keep its coat intact. You should also inspect its ears every week as they can be prone to infections, so look out for any redness, inflammation, or itchiness. Similarly, you should trim the hair around their ears to stop any dirt from getting in.
Likewise, to prevent gum disease, you should brush Terrier Poodles teeth every day. Their nails should also be cut once a month by yourself or a professional groomer.
Exercise requirements for a Terripoo 🥎
Even though this crossbreed has an energetic nature, their exercise is manageable. All they require is a few walks a day and exercise, adding up to 45-60 minutes. You might want to mix up their exercise routine by playing fetch with them, mental games like using a kong toy, and even running.
Feeding a Terrier Poodle Mix 🦴
This small breed should be fed high-quality grain-free food that provides energy. They should have two-three meals a day. Similarly, there may be a risk of them developing bloating like their Poodle parent; therefore it’s recommended you exercise them for one hour before eating. Plus, their food will vary whether they’re a puppy or an adult. To know the best brand and diet to feed them, I recommend seeking the help of your local veterinarian.
Terripoo health problems 💊
On average, a Terripoo can live between 10-15 years if fed and looked after well. However, they can be prone to experience the following health problems:
- Mitral Valve Disease: This is where a Terripoo’s mitral valve leaks into other parts of their heart. Typical symptoms are a heart murmur, fatigue, fainting, cough, and even collapse.
- Cataracts: Cataracts often tends to be hereditary, and this is when a Terripoo’s eye lens clouds over. As a result, the water balance is altered, causing sight problems which could lead to them becoming blind.
- Diabetes: When their body produces too much or too little insulin. If they have this, the Terripoo’s diet will usually have to change and may require insulin injections.
- Addisons disease: When a dog’s adrenal gland does not produce enough hormones. Typically the Terripoo could experience muscle weakness, low mood, fatigue, increased thirst, and low blood pressure.
- Cushing’s disease: High levels of cortisol causing them to drink and urinate more frequently.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: An inherited orthopedic disorder causing a Terripoo’s hind limbs difficulty moving.
- Progressive renal atrophy: Several degenerative diseases combining together, causing difficulty to the Terripoos eyes and eventually leading to blindness.
- Hypothyroidism: An underactive thyroid can cause weight gain, lethargy, and changes to their coat and skin.
If you own a Terripoo and feel that they have any of these, you should consult the advice of a veterinarian.
Terripoo puppy cost 💲
The price of a Terripoo does not apply to every part of the world; your location, breeder’s reputation, parents, and availability can influence the price. In the USA, the average price for this crossbreed is between $250-$750. However, this can differ in other countries.
Similarly, it’s believed that the average cost of their medical expenses in the USA range from $435-$534. Plus, their nonmedical expenses are estimated on average between $540-$640.
Yes, you must be financially stable to own a Terripoo, as there are vet bills, food, toys, grooming, and more to pay for.
The Terripoo is a fascinating crossbreed that has two purebred parents, the Poodle and Australian Terrier. This breed is a fun-loving dog but can have a stubborn nature which should be removed while young through socialization and positive reinforcement.
This dog is smart and can detect what emotions you’re feeling, plus mirror them! The Terripoo is great for people that suffer from allergies, as they are hypoallergenic and shed minimally. Because of this, they don’t need excessive grooming and only washed every few months.
Their small size, fun loving, and mischievous personality make them a dog loved by many.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.