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The Best Terrier Poodle Mix Breed Guide

Updated 03/26/2024 – If you’re anything like me, the mere mention of poodle crossbreeds gets your tail wagging. These adorable “doodles” or “poos” have made themselves right at home in hearts and homes across the globe. And while the Labradoodle and Goldendoodle might be stealing the spotlight with their poodle-retriever charm, I’m here to introduce you to some equally amazing but perhaps less-known members of the doodle family. Ever heard of a Ratdoodle or a Woodle? Well, these terrier-poodle mixes are about to steal your heart.

I’m the proud parent of a Rat Terrier Poodle mix, affectionately known as a Ratdoodle, who I adopted from the humane society. This little bundle of joy has turned my life upside down (in the best way possible), and I can’t wait to share the ins and outs of what makes terrier-poodle mixes such fantastic companions, plus reasons you might want to think twice before getting one.

Let’s dive into the world of terrier poodle mix breeds together!

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The Best Poodle Terrier Mix Breed Guide - with pic of a Yorkiepoo Puppy

What is a Poodle Terrier Mix Breed?

A Poodle Terrier Mix breed is a hybrid dog that combines the intelligent and hypoallergenic traits of the Poodle with the spirited and bold characteristics of various terrier breeds. They often have the Poodle’s curly coat, which is known for shedding less and being more suitable for allergy sufferers, alongside the terrier’s tenacity and energy. However not all poodle mixes inherit the poodle’s curls. Some may take after the terrier side of the mix.

The most popular of the terrier poodle cross breeds are; the Yorkiepoo, the Westiepoo, the Schnoodle and the Whoodle. But you can find all types of terrier poodle mixes.

To understand what terrier poodle crossbreeds are like, you first need to learn about each of the parent breeds. Let’s start with the terrier group.

The Terrier Group

Terriers hail from England, Scotland, and Ireland, drawing their name from the Latin word “terra,” which means earth or soil—a nod to their original role. These dogs were bred for a crucial job on farms and fields: hunting and eliminating small, unwanted animals. Terriers were, and still are, serious about their duty to keep the land free from vermin.


While many terriers are small to medium in size, there are exceptions, like the Giant Schnauzer—the largest in the terrier group.


The exact temperament of a terrier depends on their breed, but they are all considered to be intelligent, brave, active, independent and playful. Many are also viewed as friendly, mischievous, and fearless.


Terriers are often described as independent, a trait rooted in their breeding history of hunting rodents without human guidance. This independence might lead to a bit of a power struggle between the dog and its owner.

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Rattle or Ratdoodle – Rat Terrier Poodle Mix

Terriers may also prefer being the only pet in the household, though they can adapt to living with other dogs if raised together from a young age.


With their natural instinct to hunt, terriers are keen on chasing small prey, which makes it risky to let them off-leash outside of enclosed areas. Their hunting drive can overpower their obedience, making it challenging to recall them when distracted.

Additionally, terriers not raised with other pets might show aggressive behaviors towards other animals, including cats.


Bred to unearth vermin, terriers have an innate desire to dig. This can sometimes lead to unwanted holes in your yard as they may dig even when there’s no prey.


Terriers are full of energy and need to stay active. Since many don’t have the opportunity to hunt rodents, finding other ways to channel their energy is crucial. Without proper outlets, they might resort to mischievous behavior.

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The Poodle

Originally bred in Germany to retrieve waterfowl for hunters, Poodles are known for their excellent swimming abilities. The breed’s original name, “Pudelhund,” translates to “puddle dog,” highlighting their affinity for water. The French also adopted Poodles for hunting, further popularizing their use beyond German borders.


Poodles are categorized into three official sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodle. Additionally, there’s the Moyen Poodle, a medium-sized variant, though it’s not officially recognized in the USA.


Regarded as one of the smartest dog breeds, second only to the Border Collie, Poodles are known for their high energy, intelligence, and trainability. They enjoy outdoor activities and have a natural love for water.

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Canva Picture of a Yorkiepoo standing on their hind legs looking happy

Terrier Poodle Cross Breeds

Terrier poodle mix breeds get their name by mashing doodle, oodle or poo with the beginning of the terrier breed’s name.  Here is a list of the most common Terrier Poodle Cross Breeds:

Terrier Poodle Mix Names Breeds that are mixed
AiredoodleAiredale Terrier / Poodle Mix
Bossi-pooBoston Terrier / Poodle Mix
CairnoodleCairn Terrier / Poodle Mix
Jack-a-PooJack Russell Terrier / Poodle Mix
Rattle, Roodle or RatDoodleRat Terrier / Poodle Mix
SchnoodleSchnauzer / Poodle Mix
ScoodleScottish Terrier / Poodle Mix
SilkypooSilky Terrier/Poodle Mix
SkypooSkye Terrier/ Poodle Mix
Terri-pooAustralian Terrier / Mini Poodle Mix
TtoodleTibetan Terrier / Poodle Mix
WestiepooWest Highland Terrier / Poodle Mix
Wire-PooWire Fox Terrier / Poodle Mix
WhoodleSoft-Coated Wheaten Terrier / Poodle Mix
WoodleWelsh Terrier / Poodle Mix
YorkipooYorkshire Terrier / Poodle Mix

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Terrier Poodle Mix Breed FAQ

Are Terrier Poodle Mixes Hypoallergenic?

Many Terrier Poodle mixes are considered hypoallergenic, largely depending on the specific terrier breed involved in the cross. Since a number of terrier breeds are naturally hypoallergenic, mixing them with a Poodle often results in a hypoallergenic puppy. However, not all terriers share this trait. For example, the Jack Russell Terrier isn’t hypoallergenic, so a mix between a Jack Russell and a Poodle might not be hypoallergenic.

It’s important to remember that even breeds labeled as hypoallergenic can trigger allergies in some individuals. If you have allergies, it’s wise to spend time with the breed or mix you’re considering before committing, to ensure compatibility.

Does a Poodle Terrier Crossbreed Shed?

While all dogs shed to some degree, Poodles and certain terrier breeds are known to shed very little, often described as “non-shedding.” This means that many Poodle Terrier mixes tend to be low-shedding dogs as well.

However, it’s important to note that being low-shed does not equate to being low maintenance. In fact, Poodles, as well as doodles with long, wavy, or curly coats, require a significant amount of care. They need to be brushed more frequently than breeds that are not hypoallergenic to prevent tangles and mats in their fur. Additionally, regular grooming sessions are essential to keep their coats healthy and manageable.

Hypoallergenic/Low Shed Terriers breeds:

  • Australian Terrier
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Lakeland Terrier
  • Schnauzer
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

To learn more about the grooming needs of these dogs check out our post Oodle Dog Guide – What You Need to know

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Canva picture of Whoodle looking over the couch

What is a Terrier Poodle Mix’s Temperament?

Mixing two purebred dogs, like a terrier and a poodle, can produce a range of outcomes in their puppies. Generally, Terrier Poodle mixes are known for their high intelligence, independence, energy, fearlessness, alertness, and playfulness. However, they may also exhibit stubbornness and a tendency to be dominant, making them a challenging choice for first-time dog owners.

It’s crucial to understand that a dog’s breed only partially influences their temperament. The personalities of the parent dogs, along with the care and socialization the puppies receive in their first 8 weeks, significantly affect a puppy’s behavior. This underscores the importance of choosing a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and well-being of their dogs.

To learn the secrets of easy puppy training check out our post 10 Secrets to Easy Puppy Training

Where Can I Get a Terrier Poodle mix?

First, let’s talk about where you should not look for a puppy. It’s advised to avoid puppy mills, pet stores, and online puppy brokers associated with them, as these places often prioritize profit over the well-being of the animals, leading to potential health and socialization issues in puppies.

The Humane Society publishes an annual list of puppy mills called “The Horrible Hundred”. It lists 100 of the worst puppy mills in the U.S.

For a healthier, happier Terrier Poodle mix, reaching out to reputable breeders is a wise choice. These breeders are committed to the care and ethical treatment of their animals, ensuring that your future pet is well-socialized and healthy. Although finding a reputable breeder may require some effort, the reward of a loving and trainable puppy is immeasurable.

For tips on how to pick a puppy see our post titled How to Pick a Puppy from a Litter

Another option is adoption. We found our Rat Terrier Poodle Mix breed on Adoption not only gives a dog a second chance at life but also can be an incredibly fulfilling experience for you as an owner.

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White Westiepoo in a field
Westie poo

How Much Do Poodle Terrier Mixes Cost?

The price of a Terrier Poodle mix can vary widely based on demand and the seller. Puppies from a reputable breeder can cost $3,000 or more, reflecting the care and consideration that goes into breeding healthy, well-adjusted dogs. In contrast, puppies from puppy mills may be priced from $800 to $2,500, but come with significant risks.

Quality breeders select mating pairs carefully and ensure their dogs are well-cared for, living in home environments either with the breeder or under a guardian arrangement. They perform health tests on breeding dogs to prevent passing on avoidable conditions.

Adoption is an affordable alternative, with fees varying by the dog’s breed, age, and location. For more on the cost of adopting a dog, check out resources on dog adoption costs.

How Long Does a Poodle Terrier Mix Live?

Both the poodle and terrier breeds enjoy fairly long lives so combining them should also result in a long life. On average a small sized poodle terrier mix like the Westiepoo will live between 13 and 16 years. A larger sized poodle terrier mix like the Airedoodle, will live between 12 and 15 years.

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Could a Terrier Poodle Mix Dog be Right for You?

If you are looking for a fun, energetic dog with an independent personality then an Terrier Poodle Mix dog might be right for you. However if you don’t have the time to train them or the financial means to pay for regular grooming you should look for another breed.

To learn more about poodle mix breeds check out our post Oodle Dog Guide – What You Need to know for a firsthand look on what it is really like to have a doodle.

Poodle and Terrier Rescues

Here is a list of Rescue organizations that deal with Terrier and Terrier mix breeds

Selecting a Name

Once you find your perfect pup you will need the perfect name for them. To help get you started we have put together lists of names to help you to choose.

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Thursday 8th of October 2020

Thank you for all this information. It does make me a bit sad as it highlights that the rescue dog we just adopted must have been abused in the past. She's a Jackapoo who is very intelligent, sweet, and gentle, but easily scared and fearful of being abandoned leading to crying and pacing when someone leaves the room. It's only day 3 so I hope we can help her heal.


Thursday 8th of October 2020

Hi Sandra,

Congratulations on your new pup!

Since both Jack Russell Terriers and Poodles are highly intelligent dogs you are going to have one smart dog on your hands.

Although being scared and fearful can be caused by abuse it can also be due to lack of socialization as a puppy or just the fact that they were moved around a lot. By the time we picked up our current pup Bella, she had lived in three different places before the age of 9 weeks. And that doesn’t include the time to transfer her up north or her time in the vet’s office when she was spayed. Rescued dogs often go through a lot before we get them.

But I can tell you from experience that it should get better. It did for us for all three dogs we have rescued.

Best of luck with your new pup. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.



Friday 11th of September 2020

I am looking for a poodle terrier mix to adopt and don't know where to start. any suggestions i live in Surrey BC Canada. Thanks Barbara


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Hi Barbara,

We found our Rat Terrier/Poodle mix on It took about 4 months to find her, so you need a lot of patience to wait until you find the right dog for you. allows you to search by location, breed, age and a few other characteristics. You can also save the search and get email notifications.

For more tips on how to find a rescue dog please read out post Rescue Dogs: What you Need to Do to Find Your Perfect Rescue Dog. Also Dog Adoption – Finding Your Perfect Pup where we give you some tips on how not to be scammed.

Good luck with your search. Send us a picture when you find your pup.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sharon Leyton

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Are poodle/terriers good with children. Ours is 4 months and is a bit mouthy but gentler with my granddaughter.


Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Hi Sharon,

You didn’t mention what type of terrier mix you have.

In general smaller terriers may be more excitable and prone to biting. However there are terrier breeds that are great with children. A lot of it will depend on the dog’s training and exposure to kids when they are puppies. Our Rat Terrier/Poodle mix loves kids but as a puppy it took a while to get her to stop biting. She is definitely feistier than any other non-terrier dog I have had in the past.

You can find tips here on how to stop your puppy from bititng

Thanks for visitng


Nancy Taylor

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

What a great post! Very helpful to understand all the different pups! I honestly was a little skeptical of "doodles" until getting to know my friend's dog. Incredibly smart and gentle.


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Thanks! Doodles are great dogs if you get one from a reputable breeder.

Jana Rade

Monday 25th of May 2020

Wow, that is a variety of mixes! I can see how these mixes could be advantageous.


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Yes, if you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog it is better to go with breeds that are hypoallergentic from the start.