Foodle (Toy Poodle & Toy Fox Terrier)

There isn’t a large amount of information out there on the Foodle, regarding its history. However, we can learn more about this particular breed by looking at its parent breeds.

The Poodle has ties that date back to ancient Egypt. However, it became popular in Germany and France.

The miniature Poodle was used to hunt ducks in the water, while the Toy Poodle was used to collect truffles in forests.

Its name derives from ‘Pudel,’ the German term for a puddle. The Toy Poodle was also renowned as a companion to royalty.

The Toy Fox Terrier was one of the first breeds to originate in the United States during the 1800s. It was used for rodent hunting, as it could fit into small holes and attack its prey at the source.

It is considered to be the 113th most popular dog breed in the United States today.

With this type of history and heritage, the Foodle is bound to be a great companion, with a mean instinct for loyalty and activity.

It will inherit some stubbornness from both its parent breeds, but with persistence and dedication, it will become a loving, helpful canine.

I have constructed this manual to guide you through the fundamentals of the Foodle, and the things you will need to know before obtaining one.

Dogs can be a difficult animal to look after at times, but there’s a reason as to why they’re one of the most popular pets in the world, and classified as ‘man’s best friend.’

By detailing the physical features, behavioral traits, costs, diet and more, I hope to make your future as a dog owner a little easier.

So if you want to learn more about the Foodle and what it has to offer, keep on reading.

Foodle: Before You Buy

A Foodle looking up
The Foodle is an inexpensive dog breed.

Let’s face it; dogs can be fussy. Whether it’s food, toys or a slew of other things, dogs are sometimes incredibly difficult to deal with.

So to ensure a calm temperament and a well-behaved pup when you bring it into your home, there are a few things you should consider planning.

These things include:

Designated areas for your puppy to sleep, play and laze. The Foodle is a toy breed and can settle into a house or an apartment.

Your daily schedule. Dogs need attention and socialization from a young age, and either you or a family member need to make time to accommodate this.

Gender, and color preferences.

Spaying/neutering. This is an important thing to choose carefully as the process of spaying/neutering can decrease the chances of particular health issues, but it also means your dog can never reproduce.

How much does a Foodle cost?

We know, dogs have some pretty hefty price tags attached to them at times. It can be difficult stretching your budget around for the dog you want, as sometimes they can just be so pricey.

Luckily, as a smaller hybrid, the Foodle is quite cheap.

You can pick a Foodle up for around $200-$400 from a breeder, making them significantly less expensive than that of a Toy Poodle, which can cost a minimum of $1000, as well as the Toy Fox Terrier, which will cost you around $400-$600.

This makes the Foodle an excellent choice for buyers on a budget.

Alternatively, you can adopt, which tends to be significantly cheaper. However, it is common that shelters also attach a $175 adoption fee.

How do I find a reputable breeder?

Finding a professional breeder and of high quality can sometimes be tough. There’s a slew of breeders out there today, and it can be hard to choose one from the flock.

To make sure that you are choosing a reputable breeder, it is important to make attentive judgments on your visits to these different establishments.

Also, make sure to ask around your neighborhood for any recommendations.

A good breeder will:

  • Provide a clean, healthy and spacious environment for puppies pending purchase to be kept.
  • Make a conscious effort to socialize, and converse with the dogs to begin the socialization process.
  • Demonstrate experience and knowledge on the Foodle, as well as its two parent breeds.
  • Assist you, as the buyer, with any questions or queries you have regarding raising this dog.

They should provide a contact number, as well as various recommendations on equipment, food and grooming needs.

Three little-known facts about the Foodle

  1. The Foodle is a hypoallergenic breed. This means that it is sensitive to those with allergies, making it an ideal pet for those who tend to sneeze around dogs. This also means that it has minimal shedding.
  2. The Foodle is an avid lover of water and swimming. It’ll love a trip down to a river, lake, ocean, and of course. A nice bath!
  3. They may be small, but they contain a huge amount of courage. They will stand up to anything that it feels threatened by.

The Physical Traits of the Foodle

A Foodle looking at itself in a mirror
The Foodle eats a bit more than similar breeds.

As a hybrid, the Foodle inherits physical traits of both its parent breeds. However, the superior resemblance depends on genetic makeup.

One may look more like a Toy Poodle; another may look more like a Toy Fox Terrier. Some may even look like a complete splice, merging the two into a unique, adorable crossbreed.

It varies throughout each puppy.

Common traits of the Foodle include:

  • A thick, curly coat that is medium in length and can be either black, brown, white, or tan.
  • Floppy ears that are large in comparison to its small, circular head.
  • Tiny, beady eyes that are painted a dark brown, along with a muzzled, black nose.
  • A broad chest, with short legs, and a fluffy tail.

How big is a full-grown Foodle?

The Foodle is said to be a small, designer toy breed. It grows up to 12 inches long, with 9 inches being the usual average for this breed. This makes it just as easy to carry, as it is to walk.

When it comes to its mass, it is equally as light as it is short. The Foodle is said to only weigh up to 12 pounds, with 9 pounds being the common median.

Both genders are the same size, and this further solidifies the toy breed label. Children need to be careful around the Foodle, as it is a brittle, easily hurt the dog.

What is the life expectancy of the Foodle?

The Foodle is said to love around 10-13 years long, which is around the average lifespan for most small-sized breeds.

This is slightly shorter than the 10-15 years of a purebred Toy Poodle, and roughly the same as the 13-14 years of a Toy Fox Terrier.

Make sure to keep an eye on the health of the Foodle for it to live its most extended life.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Foodle

Toy Fox Terrier and Poodle Mix outside
The Foodle loves running and swimming.

The Foodle is quite a cuddly dog and will love to snuggle up on the couch and watch TV. Its size may say otherwise, but the Foodle makes a great guard dog.

It is high alert and can sense danger, as it will warn you with its bark. Its hunting background has made it tough, and it will face any foe that threatens it, big or small.

Because of this, the Foodle may be wary of strangers and other pets initially.

However, it is proven to be a natural dog to train, and while stubborn, nowhere near the amount as the Toy Poodle.

Simple tactics such as positive reinforcement will make this dog obedient.

The dietary requirements of the Foodle

The Foodle eats a slight bit more than other toy-sized breeds, consuming around 1 and a half cups of dog food a day.

The Foodle has a considerably cost-effective dietary regime, only costing around $30-$40 a month.

The Foodle will stick to a pretty simple dry dog food diet, with some sliced meats chucked in for some wholehearted goodness.

Try and sprinkle in some kibble, diced fruits, and fiber-based cereals for some added nutrients as well.

How much exercise does the Foodle need?

The Foodle, for its size, is an incredibly active dog. It needs physical exercise to maintain its behavior, or it can become destructive and mischievous.

It is estimated that the Foodle will need 90 minutes of exercise a day, and 10 miles of walking a week.

It will love swimming, hiking, jogging, and long walks, so places like the beach or various national parks will bring the Foodle immense happiness.

It will also love various games like frisbee and flyball at the park. Any exercise makes the Foodle happy!

Health concerns and conditions of the Foodle

The Foodle is going to need the occasional trip to the vet for examinations on hearing, blood, eyes, and skin.

Possible illnesses include:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Entropion
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts

Child Safety

The Foodle is an adorable little dog that is extremely fond of playing and makes an ideal pet for your children to spend quality time with.

The Foodle is quite a small dog and as such, there is no need to be concerned about it accidentally hurting your children.

This petite breed of dogs grows to a maximum height of 12 inches, with 9 inches being the average height. Moreover, the dog only weighs 9 to 12 pounds, which is quite lightweight for a dog.

These physical traits make it very safe for your children to play with this dog without the fear of getting hurt as the dog is not tall or heavy enough to accidentally hurt your children.

Even though the Foodle is a very active and energetic dog, its small stature and build do not pack enough energy to hurt your children on sudden impact.

It is perfectly fine if a spacious place is not available for your children to play with your Foodle because this dog does not require much space and can easily play in enclosed spaces.

Even though this dog does not pose any apparent threat to the safety of your child, precautionary measures are still in order to ensure the safety of your children.

You need to train your dog firmly from an early age to instill friendly, gentle, and amiable qualities in it.

Moreover, the dog should be taught from the start that your children are important and any aggression towards them will be punished.

Furthermore, if you take your dog out regularly and allow it to meet new people, it will become a very responsible part of your family, taking complete care of your children.

It is also important to ensure that your children carry a good code of conduct while handling and playing with your Foodle so as not to provoke or anger the dog.

Foodle ConclusionToy Fox Terrier and Poodle Mix

Overall, the Foodle is a friendly, affectionate toy breed that will double as a cuddly companion and a guard dog.

If you can provide it with its needed exercise, you will both thrive on friendship.


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