SPOODLE

SPOODLE

The Spoodle is a cross of the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle and has become increasingly popular in recent years.  This breed will share the traits of both parent lineages.  The Cocker Spaniel makes a wonderful family friend and a devoted companion.  They thrive on and need, the companionship of human beings.  Poodles are renowned for their intelligence. 

The Spoodle therefore, may be considered an intelligent and devoted dog who will enjoy spending time with people including children.  They have a gentle temperament and love to learn new tricks and play games.  Many also choose the Spoodle in the hope of getting a dog with a non-shedding coat or perhaps a dog that is advantageous for people with allergies. 

SIZE

The Spoodle is a small to medium sized dog, generally weighing between 5kg to 14kg and standing 25cm to 38cm tall.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Spoodles can live for around 12-15 years.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Lively and intelligent, they like to be involved in all aspects of family life. They may be vocal and have a tendency to bark.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

Excellent. Ensure positive socialisation practices while young and continue this throughout life.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

The Spoodle may inherit elements of the Poodle-type coat which is a single coat that has the quality and appearance of lamb's wool. The Spoodle coat is more likely to be wavy and while they will shed, the hair becomes tangled and trapped in the surrounding coat.  This can give the appearance that they don’t shed or shed only minimally.  In general, Spoodles must be groomed regularly, or the coat becomes knotted.  They will require weekly brushing as well as a clip every 6 weeks.

Their coat comes in a range of colours including blonde and gold or darker colours such as brown or black.  This may be a good choice for allergy sufferers, however allergic response varies amongst individuals.

A balanced diet, regular exercise and routine are needed.  A good idea to keep the ears clean is a narrow food bowl which will keep the long ears either side of the bowl and not in the food. Every dog must be house-trained, obedient and easy to manage. Love is the most important requirement of all. In return, you will be rewarded with love and loyalty from your Spoodle.

IDEAL OWNERS

Almost anyone. The Spoodle may suit apartment living provided their exercise needs are met and are an excellent choice for families, even with young children.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Spoodle is the dog for you and you are able to provide a safe and secure back yard for it to explore, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)