As you probably already know, purchasing a dog is a pretty big commitment. It’s more than just a pet that may stay in its tank, or mind its own business.
It requires love, socialization, tenderness and loyalty, all while giving all those characteristics right back.
When looking for a new member to join your family, or looking to start a new one altogether, a dog is a 10-15 year bond that’ll require a lot of commitment and hard work, but bring you a lot of happiness.
The Scoodle is a smart, playful and affectionate dog who loves to be a part of families. It’s a small breed, making it an ideal choice for late-night cuddles and moderate exercise requirements.
It’s a little smaller than medium-sized breeds, and a bit bigger than your typical lap dog, so the Scoodle provides the perfect option for a potential owner looking for something a little more active than a Taco Terrier but requires less exercise than a typical Labrador.
In this guide, I will detail the vital information on the Scoodle for you to determine whether or not this dog is a suitable match for you and your family.
If you’re someone who is often at home and doesn’t travel much, and you need a companion to assist you throughout your days, scroll on down to read more about the always beautiful Scoodle.
Scoodle: Before You Buy
Before you purchase a dog, there are many factors and things that come into play to ensure happiness for both the puppy and the owner.
There is a slew of things that either you alone, or with your family need to determine before welcoming a puppy into your household.
You need to research the dogs physical, mental and behavioral traits, as well the space it needs for comfort and the socialization it needs to thrive (all in which I will detail in this guide).
Before purchasing a Scoodle, you will need to decide on a color and gender, as well as deciding if you want it spayed/neutered.
You should also closely evaluate your living quarters and daily schedule, as you will need to spend adequate time training the Scoodle and socializing with it.
What is the price of a Scoodle puppy?
When purchasing a puppy, the price is usually a make or break factor. You need to analyze whether or not you can afford the dog, to ensure both you and your dog’s happiness.
The Scoodle averages around the normal price for a dog if its size, cost around $600-$800. This is cheaper than both the $1000-$1500 cost of a Poodle, and the $700-900 price of a Scottish Terrier.
Because it is a mixed breed, it tends to be cheaper than its purebred peers and provides a great alternative for buyers on a budget.
How do you find a reputable breeder?
Finding the right breeder is a risky process, as there’s no definite way to look behind the process of how the puppies are treated.
The way a puppy is bred can play a part in its physical, mental and behavioral traits, and even alter their life expectancy, so you’re going to want to pay extra detail to where you buy.
There are some factors you can analyze when purchasing from a breeder to determine whether these dogs have been bred with love, or for the sake of money.
Before visiting a breeder, ask around your neighbors for recommendations and general word of mouth.
When adopting from a breeder take the time to inspect where the animals are kept. Although the Scoodle is quite small, it’ll require a designated area to stretch, and play.
Also try to see how the breeder treats the puppies, as socialization is required from an early age for their long-term happiness.
Keep in mind that a breeder should also be assisting you with information on grooming, dietary needs, and physical requirements, as they should care.
Three little-known facts about the Scoodle
⦁ The Scoodle is hypoallergenic, so its sheds very rarely and doesn’t affect those with allergies.
⦁ Despite their cute, lackadaisical look, they are incredibly alert and serve as the perfect watchdog.
⦁ Don’t let their innocent eyes fool you; they’re avid barkers!
The physical traits of the Scoodle
Due to being a mixed breed, the Scoodle can inherit the physical traits of both its parent breeds, the Poodle and the Scottish Terrier.
They usually have a medium-length coat, that can either be rough, silky, or curly and usually has a brown, black or white coat with silver markings.
Most of the time, they inherit the square like the body of the Scottish Terrier, with the skinny, long legs of a Poodle. They also have a medium lengthed tail, brown eyes and a black nose.
How big is a full-grown Scoodle?
The size of the Scoodle borderlines on that of a toy dog, but tends to grow a little bigger than the dogs of that category.
Roughly, a full-grown Scoodle is between 7-11 inches, and the male gender is usually bigger.
This is smaller than the 11-15 inches of a Poodle and around the same size as the 10-11 inches of the Scottish Terrier. Weight-wise, it grows to around 9-18 pounds.
What is the life expectancy of the Scoodle?
The life expectancy is around 12-15 years, which is the average for most small breeds and around the same as its parent breeds.
Life expectancy can increase, or decrease depending on the dog’s physical and mental health, as well as how it was bred.
It is important to pay attention to any symptoms of possible health issues and adopt a puppy from the right breeder.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Scoodle
The Scoodle is a dog that needs a high amount of attention and socialization.
If this is provided, it becomes an enthusiastic, kind and caring dog, that’ll love its owner as much as its owner loves them.
They are great with all kids, but they don’t tolerate rough play, so its best to keep supervised during playtime.
Their alarmed nature leads to frequent yelps and barks, so its best to always positively reinforce obedience training.
The Scoodle requires attention from a young age, and if not provided with the proper amount of socialization, it can suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive.
So if you’re an owner that travels a lot or requires long durations outside of the home, the Scoodle might not be for you.
They are initially wary of strangers, but warms up when they get to know someone, and can be trained to live with any other type of pets.
The dietary requirements of the Scoodle
For a small dog, the Scoodle eats quite a hefty amount daily. It will consume around 2-3 cups a day, costing you around $40 a month.
It is recommended that with small dogs like the Scoodle, you stick to a dry food regime, as its small body can struggle with bulky foods such as beef and chicken.
However, it will appreciate some variety in brands and alternatives like fiber-based cereal. When training, provide the Scoodle with snacks for positive reinforcement to increase happiness.
How much exercise does the Scoodle need?
The Scoodle is an incredibly active dog and will need daily exercise. It is recommended that you treat the Scoodle to 45 minutes of exercise a day, and around 8 miles of walking per week.
It is important that you keep the Scoodle on a leash when walking because it will try and chase smaller animals.
It enjoys a hefty amount of playtime both inside and outside, so you must purchase toys and equipment to increase its happiness.
Due to its small size, the Scoodle can live in an apartment provided it exercises outside daily.
It isn’t sensitive to any weather, but it is recommended you watch its composure during the heat, and never leave it outside during the cold.
The health concerns and conditions of the Scoodle
As a small breed dog, the Scoodle doesn’t contain the number of health scores a dog of a larger breed has. However, it is prone to a few issues that will need veterinarian assistance.
It is recommended that you schedule regular check-ups on the eyes, blood heart and other needed physical examinations.
Serious issues include:
- Addison’s Disease
- Cushing’s Disease
Minor issues include:
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
It is no surprise that eating the same kind of food every day gets boring for any pet, which is why you need to give your Scoodle special treats once in a while.
You can give these treats on occasions when your dog does extra effort to please you or strictly follows your commands.
Moreover, special treats are a quick way to bond with your beloved pet. And above all, you can use treats to train your dog with positive reinforcement techniques.
However, you cannot simply give a treat to your Scoodle depending on what dogs normally enjoy eating.
You will have to take the size, health, and taste preferences of your Scoodle into consideration while picking a treat for it.
A lot of foods that are rich in protein such as chicken, turkey, meat, and beef are top favorites of a Scoodle.
You can give semi-cooked or fully-cooked chicken or meat to your pet, or simply mix it with its regular food.
Since the Scoodle is a small-sized dog, make sure the protein content of the treat is not too high to cause digestion problems to your dog.
Also, your Scoodle would love carrots that can be served raw or cooked.
Do not forget to cut the carrots into small and easily digestible pieces to prevent choking.
Another option that makes for a very delicious treat is salmon which is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and will help keep your dog’s fur healthy.
In fact, a small number of fresh fruits or vegetables can also be given to your Scoodle occasionally.
These include blueberries, pineapple, celery, watermelon, spinach, apple, pumpkin, and blackberries.
If you are looking for a treat filled with a lot of carbohydrates, oatmeal is a very safe and tasty option.
Overall, the Scoodle is an affectionate, loyal and kind dog that’ll double as a cuddly companion, and effective watchdog.
If you can provide the necessary socialization and attention that it needs to thrive, as well as the daily exercise, the Scoodle will prove to be the perfect dog for any owner.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Scoodle: Before You Buy
- The physical traits of the Scoodle
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Scoodle
- The dietary requirements of the Scoodle
- The health concerns and conditions of the Scoodle
- Scoodle Conclusion