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Comparing: Whoodle and Schnoodle

Comparing:   Whoodle and Schnoodle

Let’s delve into Comparing: Whoodle and Schnoodle. Both Schnoodle and Whoodle are two designer Doodle breeds: they both have Poodle as one of their parents, and so has many similarities to each other. However, since both have different breeds as the other parents, obviously, there are also many differences between the two popular Doodles.

For instance, although both the Schnoodle and the Woodle have similar life span and size, they both have different coats and temperaments.

Here we will discuss the comparison between the two Doodle breeds: Schnoodle and Whoodle. We will discuss the pros and cons of each breed and some unique facts about these two adorable breeds. In the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the two breeds, and if you are looking to adopt a new pet, you can decide between the two according to your preferences.

Comparing a Whoodle and Schnoodle

Below, we will compare the two Doodle designer breeds based on several factors, namely: 

  • Temperament
  • Health/Medical Issues
  • Grooming
  • Lifespan

Whoodle Pros and Whoodle Cons

Comparing a Whoodle and Schnoodle

Compared to, for example, Schnoodle and Labradoodle, the Whoodle is relatively not popular at the moment, although Whoodles have rapidly gained popularity in recent years. 

The Whoodle is a cross between a Poodle parent and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier. The size of the Whoodle will be based on the size 0f the Poodle parent, which comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. So, Whoodle also comes in three sizes: miniature, medium, or standard-size. So whether you want a large buddy to guard your family or a petite, lovable pet, you can find them both in the Whoodle breed.

Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of owning a Whoodle in each of the respective categories:


Temperament-wise, the Whoodle often exhibits a mix of the personality traits of both parents. Poodles are obviously known for their intelligence and good-natured personality. The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers are also a very lively, tolerable dog that is known for their great interaction with kids. 

As a result of this, one of the key pros of owning a Whoodle is their friendly, good-natured temperament. They are very playful and patient, can tolerate being alone, and especially have great interaction with kids. Miniature Whoodle is probably one of the best dog breeds if you want to train your toddlers or even babies to interact with dogs. 

However, Whoodles are also very active and playful, so they need a lot of active playtimes and large enough area for a lot of exercises. This can be a downside for dog owners with smaller houses or who can’t keep up with a really active dog. Whoodles can quickly exhaust you down if you are not prepared. Since Whoodles are very intelligent (thanks to their Poodle parent, they are often bored and would require regular mental stimulations.

Overall, they are going to love your family and children, provided you can offer them attention and enough playtime. They are straightforward to handle and not prone to biting.

Health/Medical Issues

In most cases, a Whoodle is a healthy Doodle breed. However, as with any crossbreed dogs, some conditions could affect the Whoodle breed, including: 

    • Eye diseases: They may suffer from progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, multifocal retinal dystrophy, and other eye conditions
    • Hip dysplasia:  The thigh bone doesn’t fit correctly, can cause pain and lameness on the Whoodle’s rear legs
    • Ear infection: since these Whoodles have floppy ears, the inside can collect dirt and bacteria, leading to infection. Make sure to use a recommended ear wash to remove dirt and ear wax easily.

In general, however, crossbreed dogs are less prone to congenital diseases compared to purebreds due to the larger gene pool.


The Poodle parent will determine the life expectancy of the Whoodle: Toy and Miniature poodles can live around 14-15 years while Standard Poodles have a slightly shorter expectancy of about 12 years. In general, however, Whoodles have an average lifespan between 12 to 15 years.

Higher expectancy is certainly not out of the question, and you can invest in various supplements while also maintaining a proper diet. Also, make sure to visit your veterinarian regularly.


The Whoodle features a coat that combines the Poodle’s curly, low to non-shedding coat, and the long, silky coat of the Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier. As a result, Whoodle can have either a straight or wavy coat in a variety of colors like black, grey/silver, red, chocolate, and others. 

The Whoodle does inherit the Poodle’s low-shedding, hypoallergenic coats, and so they are an excellent choice for owners with allergies.

Whoodle has typically long coats, and so it will require regular brushing and grooming. You might need to invest in a good grooming kit since you’d need to trim the coat every 8 to 12 weeks or so to avoid excessive shagginess. Visit your nearest professional groomer if necessary.

Schnoodle Pros and Schnoodle Cons

Comparing: Whoodle and Schnoodle

The Schnoodle is a US-based designer breed, which is a mix between a Poodle parent and the Schnauzer. The primary purpose of developing this Doodle breed, back in the 1980s, is to get a low-shedding, hypoallergenic breed.

Both Schnauzers and Poodles can come in three different sizes: miniature, medium, and standard (toy, miniature, and standard for Poodles), and so Schnoodles can also come in three different sizes between 15 and 26 inches (38-66 cm) in length. 

Here are some of the pros and cons of owning a Schnoodle in each category:


As with any crossbreed dogs, a Schnoodle’s temperament would depend on which traits are inherited from its parents. Schnauzers are great at interacting with kids and great with people in general. Yet, they can be stubborn and too active. Poodles, on the other hand, are generally shy when compared to Schnauzers, but are more affectionate and intelligent.

As a result, Schnoodles, in general, are a fun, active, and very loyal breed. Schnoodles really love to make their owners happy and great at interacting with kids. Smaller Schnoodles are also an excellent choice if you have smaller children and toddlers. 

However, the Schnoodle cons in this category are that they are prone to excessive barking, even though they are small in size. They can be overly active when bored and can leave your furniture in tatters. 

Some Schnoodles can be stubborn, so early and consistent training is crucial with Schnoodles. Get a dog training collar and train them as soon as you bring them home.

Health/Medical Issues

Schnoodles are overall a well-developed, robust, and healthy breed, but they can still suffer from various health issues such as:

  • Bloat: a life-threatening condition where gas bloats the stomach. Make sure you give your Schnoodle nutritional supplements that promote healthy intestinal digestion.
  • Various skin problems: Schnoodles often suffer from sensitive skin and skin allergies.
  • Eye diseases: Progressive retinal atrophy can progress into the deterioration of the retina. Unfortunately, there’s no cure and can lead to total blindness. You may give your dog a good eye vitamin to prevent this.

Again, Schnoodles are mostly healthy, and crossbreeds are generally less susceptible to congenital diseases due to the large gene pool.


Schnoodles with a Standard Poodle as a parent can have a lifespan between 10 and 14 years. However, if the parent is a Miniature or Toy Poodle, life expectancy is a little longer, between 12 and 16 years of age.

Higher life expectancy for your Schnoodle is certainly possible if you maintain a proper diet and take the dog regularly to your vet. Also, give them good supplements


One of the best pros in owning a Schnoodle is that they have very minimal shedding and almost totally hypoallergenic (remember that no dogs are 100% non-shedding). Since both Poodles and Schnauzers have non-shedding coats, so Schnoodles have very minimal shedding. 

However, their coats can be tangled and matted, so you invest in a good grooming kit and brush their coats regularly. The Schnoodle will need a brush down twice a week or so and might require regular trimming depending on the coat’s type.

In Conclusion:

Comparing a Whoodle and Schnoodle

There are many similarities between a Whoodle and a Schnoodle, but there are also many significant differences.

In general, Whoodle has a better overall temperament, although that’s not saying Schnoodle has a bad temperament. It’s just Schnoodles (depending on their genetic traits) can be quite stubborn and might require more socialization and training. Both are typically healthy and robust breeds, although, as with any dogs, they can be susceptible to various diseases and congenital issues.

If you are looking for a low-shedding dog (since there are no 100% non-shedding dogs), a Schnoodle is a better overall choice, although a Whoodle can still offer very minimal shedding. Also, they both offer a similar life expectancy, although Schnoodles have a slightly better lifespan.

Overall, both are outstanding Doodle designer breeds to adopt, especially if you are looking for smaller indoor pets. Both are really good at interacting with kids and are great choices if you have small children. As with any dogs, however, early and consistent training is essential for both Schnoodles and Whoodles.

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