Dogs are furry, friendly bundles of joy, which is why humans love them so much. They are an act of socialization, an act of friendship and an overall great part of any modern-day household.
However, dogs aren’t all fun and games; there’s a specific regime in which you need to follow for your dog to live its best life.
Dogs need love, socialization, commitment, and copious amounts of attention, and these are all things it will give back as well.
A dog is more than a cuddle buddy, it’s 10-15 year friendship that you will take on, and it will give you some of the happiest moments in your whole life.
It loves the company of people, growing to become a great addition to your family or the start of a new one altogether.
They are always high alert and make great watchdogs, further signifying their loyalty to their owners.
Today, I have constructed this guide to act as an almanac of sorts to assist you with seeking out the dog of your dreams.
I will go through the fundamentals of this particular breed to make the search a little easier.
If you’re looking for a cute and cuddly companion that will provide love, and care, as well as protection throughout the nights, read on to find out more about the extensively classy Terri-Poo!
Terri-Poo: Before You Buy
Getting your first dog is not a swift process. Ideally, you should be putting a lot of preparation into welcoming it into your home.
It can be a bit of a stressful time, but it is worth it to make your job as a dog owner a little easier.
Plus, this labor does come with the future prospects of a fluffy little canine licking at your legs, so it’s a win-win situation!
Before purchasing a Terri-Poo, you will need to determine what color and gender you want, as well as your preferred preferences on it being spayed/neutered.
You will need to pre-purchase play equipment and designate a space in your household for it to both rest and play.
You will most likely have to change around your schedule quite a bit to provide it with the needed training and socialization from a young age.
By evaluating these factors and organizing them, you will make your adoption easier for yourself, and happier for your puppy.
How much does a Terri-Poo puppy cost?
Price is a huge factor in purchasing a puppy and can determine which size, style and breed you get, as well if you’re financially fit to own a dog at all.
The Terri-Poo is not on the cost-effective side of dogs, however, it is a cheaper alternative to most designer dogs.
You will look at spending around $800-900 for the Terri-Poo, which is considerably cheaper than the $1500 price point of a Poodle and just under the $1000 price point of an Australian Terrier.
So if you’re looking for a puppy with the traits of one of those purebreds, the Terri-Poo is a budget-friendly alternative.
How to find a reputable breeder?
Purchasing from breeders is, and always will be a risk. We never know the actual process of the breeder, and there’s no way to peek behind the curtains of what they don’t show us.
It is important to buy from an ethical and professional breeder as the decisions they make can affect the temperament and physical health of a dog, as well as alter their whole life expectancy.
However, there are quite a few judgments that you, as an aspiring dog owner can make when purchasing from a breeding establishment that’ll help you determine the quality in which they operate.
Before visiting these businesses, it is wise to do some research and ask any dog owners you know for any tactics or information.
When purchasing a puppy from a breeder, it is important you look at where the dogs are habituating and whether they have the room to grow and play.
The Terri-Poo is small and therefore doesn’t require the largest amount of space, but it should be in an environment where it can move around and participate in physical activity.
It is also important that you analyze how the breeder treats the dogs to determine whether or not they’re getting the needed training to prepare for suburban assimilation.
An ethical dog breeder will help you out with any needed equipment, as well as vital information on their dietary needs, physical requirements, and grooming to ensure they grow the best they can.
Three little-known facts about the Terri-Poo
- Don’t let its cute demeanor fool you; the Terri-Poo is an effective guard dog.
- The Terri-Poo is incredibly intelligent and can learn tricks much faster than other breeds.
- The Terri-Poo loves to swim!
The Physical Traits of the Terri-Poo
Due to the Terri-Poo being a hybrid, it can inherit the features of both its predecessor purebreds, with the stronger similarities depending on each particular dog’s genetics.
Usually, it will have a shaggy, thick coat, ranging from white, blue, red, cream, black, brown and tan colors. It tends to have floppy ears, alert brown eyes and either a black or brown nose.
They have sturdy legs with curled toes, and a short, straight tail.
How big is a full-grown Terri-Poo?
Terri-Poo is on the higher end of the scale when it comes to small breed dogs, and can grow anywhere between 9-12 inches.
This is smaller than the 11-15 inches of a Poodle, and basically the same in size of that of an Australian Terrier.
Weight-wise, the Terri-Poo will grow to a mass between 10-15 pounds, with both genders being around the same size.
Although not a large dog, it is still recommended that you supervise it around small children for safety.
What is the life expectancy of the Terri-Poo?
The Terri-Poo has the average lifespan of small dogs, averaging around 10-15 years long. This is the same life expectancy of both the Poodle and Australian Terrier.
Life expectancy changes throughout each puppy depending on the status of its health, so make sure to keep a lookout for any illnesses or sickness.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Terri-Poo
The Terri-Poo is loving, cuddly and friendly, and craves the company of humans at all times.
If far away for a human for too long, it can suffer from separation anxiety, and become particularly destructive and rebellious.
They are initially wary of strangers, but after a few encounters, it will become comfortable and quickly learn that they are a friend, not foe.
It can go through phases of stubbornness in training, so obedience training should be heavily emphasized and rewarded with treats for positive reinforcement.
Although it does enjoy the company of children, it will not tolerate rough play, so it is important to supervise them during these times.
The dietary requirements of the Terri-Poo
As a small dog, the Terri-Poo will not rely on a large amount of daily food consumption.
Expect that it will most likely consume 1 bowl of food daily, averaging around $20-$30 a month.
You should try to prioritize a dry food diet for the dog to consume its needed nutrients.
However, you can switch up with vegetables and grain-based cereals if your dog gets bored. Do not feed the Terri-Poo meat, as its small body tends to struggle with the consumption.
How much exercise does the Terri-Poo need?
The Terri-Poo is a bright and enthusiastic dog, thus needing a moderate amount of regular fitness to maintain its gleeful mood.
It roughly requires around 40 minutes of activity per day, and approximately 8 miles of walks every week.
The Terri-Poo can get most of its activity requirements inside. However, it is important to take it out for a walk or game of frisbee in the park daily.
Because of its small size, the Terri-Poo can live comfortably in a small apartment provided it has a designated play area, and you take it outside regularly.
The health concerns and conditions of the Terri-Poo
As a smaller dog, the Terri-Poo doesn’t inherit the same quantity of illness possibilities that a large dog does.
However, it is still important to schedule regular physical examinations at the vet, as well as check-ups on the eyes, urine, and blood.
Serious issues include:
- Mitral Valve Disease
Minor issues include:
- Skin diseases and disorders
- Lens Luxation
- Addison’s Disease
Overall the Terri-Poo is a bright, enthusiastic, loving and cuddly designer dog that also doubles as an incredibly effective watchdog.
If you’re a first-time dog owner, this dog may sport a minor challenge, however with persistence and dedication; the Terri-Poo will more than likely become your best friend.
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.
- Terri-Poo: Before You Buy
- How much does a Terri-Poo puppy cost?
- How to find a reputable breeder?
- Three little-known facts about the Terri-Poo
- The Physical Traits of the Terri-Poo
- How big is a full-grown Terri-Poo?
- What is the life expectancy of the Terri-Poo?
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Terri-Poo
- The dietary requirements of the Terri-Poo
- How much exercise does the Terri-Poo need?
- The health concerns and conditions of the Terri-Poo
- Terri-Poo Conclusion