If you’ve ever wondered what the Tibetan Terrier-Poodle mix, a.k.a Ttoodle is like, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we discuss everything about the Ttoodle, from their appearance and coat types to personality and daily care requirements.
PS! The Tibetan Terrier-Poodle mix is sometimes also called the Tiboodle. However, the Tiboodle usually stands for the Tibetan Spaniel-Poodle mix. So, for the sake of clarity, we’re only going to use the Ttoodle name for the Tibetan Terrier-Poodle mix in this guide.
Table of Contents
- What Is A Ttoodle?
- Ttoodle Physical Appearance
- Ttoodle Pictures (Puppy & Adult)
- Ttoodle Size: How Big Will A Ttoodle Get?
- Ttoodle Variations & Generations
- Personality & Temperament
- Ttoodle Health: Do Ttoodles Have Health Problems?
- Ttoodle Lifespan: How Long Do Ttoodles Live?
- Exercise Requirements
- Training A Ttoodle
- Coat Care & Grooming
- Where Can You Get Ttoodle Puppies?
- Ttoodle: FAQ
What Is A Ttoodle?
The Ttoodle is a cross between the Tibetan Terrier and Poodle. They’re loyal, super lovey-dovey, and intelligent Doods that won’t go unnoticed by anyone thanks to their fluffy coats and adorable looks.
The purebred Tibetan Terrier flaunts one of the most distinctive coats a dog could have. They have long, shaggy coats that often hide their features. But let’s be fair, it’s all part of their charm! Tibetan Terriers have a long history, dating back about 2000 years when they were bred as companions for Tibetan monks. They were also raised as herding dogs.
The Poodle is also well-known for its unique looks. Namely, the tightly curled coat that can be groomed in many ways. We’ve all seen those intricate haircuts that Poodles often have! Although Poodles also date back a few centuries, they’re still newbies compared to Tibetan Terriers. What’s more, Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers, which perfectly explains their athleticism and quick wits.
Tibetan Terriers and Poodles could not be farther from each other when looking at their appearance and even history. While Tibetan Terriers originate from Tibet, Poodles were first bred in Germany.
But with the Ttoodle, there simply cannot be too much of a good thing. The Tibetan Terrier-Poodle mix is every bit as adorable as its purebred parents, combining the best traits from both sides of its lineage.
Ttoodle Physical Appearance
Ttoodles are small to medium-sized dogs with a sturdy and muscular build that’s covered in fluffy, shaggy fur ranging from curly to wavy to straight. Overall, they look like a true hybrid of the purebred Tibetan Terrier and Poodle. They also have those signature floppy ears that most Doodles inherit.
Ttoodles may inherit a wide variety of coat colors from their parents, such as black, brown, blue, gray, red, golden, cream, silver, white, and any combinations of these colors. They may also sport beautiful sable, brindle, phantom, or abstract coat patterns.
In fact, both Poodles and Tibetan Terriers can have numerous different coat colors and patterns, which means the possibilities are pretty much endless with the Ttoodle! It all depends on which genes are more dominant in their genetic makeup.
Coat, Shedding, & Hypoallergenic Level
Like Tibetan Terriers and Poodles, Ttoodles have thick and fluffy coats that require a fair bit of upkeep. They’re generally low-shedding and allergy-friendly, some even hypoallergenic. However, make no mistake, not all Ttoodles are hypoallergenic dogs. Some of these pups may still inherit a lightly shedding undercoat.
To make sense of it all, we must first understand the Ttoodle’s heritage. Indeed, the Poodle is praised for its low-shedding and hypoallergenic coat. After all, that’s why they were initially crossed with other breeds – to produce low-shedding and allergy-friendly guide dogs.
But, we must also take into account the other parent in the mix. In this case, we have the Tibetan Terrier that’s a double-coated breed, meaning that these dogs also have a shedding undercoat. Fortunately, Tibetan Terriers aren’t the heaviest of shedders and they tend to shed seasonally a few times a year. In addition to that, their long coats usually trap in any loose hair, preventing it from falling out of the coat.
As with anything else, a Ttoodles genetic makeup will dictate whether or not they’ll have a shedding undercoat, and which coat type they’ll inherit. Ttoodles can have either curly, wavy, or straight coats, the latter two may also come with an undercoat.
Naturally, curly-coated Ttoodles that take after their Poodle parents are the most hypoallergenic of them all. They have very thick and textured curls and they don’t have an undercoat. Ttoodles with this coat type also require the most grooming, as they’re very mat-prone.
On the opposite side we have the straight and shaggy coat that’s mostly inherited from the Tibetan Terrier side of the lineage. More often than not, Ttoodles with the straight coat will also inherit a lightly shedding undercoat that could pose issues for severely allergic people.
And finally, the wavy coat is a perfect balance of the previous two. It’s usually the least high-maintenance and it may sometimes come with a lightly shedding undercoat.
Ttoodle Pictures (Puppy & Adult)
It’s one thing to explain how a Ttoodle looks like, but it’s a completely different story when witnessing this cuteness overload with your very own eyes:
Ttoodle Size: How Big Will A Ttoodle Get?
Ttoodles are small to medium-sized dogs with a sturdy and muscular build. Their weight can range from as little as 14 pounds and go up as high as 45 pounds. However, Ttoodles most commonly fall within the 20-30 pound weight range. Their average height is between 10 and 20 inches measured from the shoulder.
*A dog’s height is measured from its withers – the highest part of its shoulder blades.
The size of a Ttoodle will largely depend on the size of its parents. The Tibetan Terrier can weigh between 15 and 30 pounds, so for the sake of consistency in their litters, breeders would use similar-sized Poodles in the mix.
The Poodle actually comes in three different sizes – from the largest to smallest: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. For the Tibetan Terrier-Poodle mix, the most suitable Poodle pairing would either be a larger Miniature Poodle or a smaller Standard Poodle, sometimes also referred to as the Moyen Poodle or Medium Poodle.
By the way, male Ttoodles may be a tad bit larger than females, especially in the Standard Ttoodle size category. The size difference between sexes is most noticeable in larger-sized dogs.
Ttoodle Variations & Generations
An important thing to remember with Ttoodles and other hybrid crosses is that there are many possible variations to them. We have the first-generation Ttoodle (F1 Ttoodle) that’s the direct offspring of a purebred Tibetan Terrier and a Poodle. Then there are backcross variations and second-generation Ttoodles. For example, a first-generation backcross, or F1b Ttoodle has an F1 Ttoodle parent that’s crossed back to a Poodle.
While it can be difficult to predict the outcome of F1 Ttoodles, breeders can achieve more control and consistency over the litters with backcross generations and later generations of the Ttoodle, where the majority of their genetic makeup comes from the Poodle.
Here’s a helpful Ttoodle generation chart explaining it all:
|% Tibetan Terrier*
|F1 Ttoodle (first-generation)
|F1B Ttoodle (first-generation backcross)
|F1BB Ttoodle (first-generation backcross backcross)
|F2 Ttoodle (second-generation)
|F2B Ttoodle (second-generation backcross)
|F2B Ttoodle (alternate cross)
|F3 / Multigen Ttoodle
|F1B Ttoodle or higher
|F1B Ttoodle or higher
*These are generic calculations only – genetics are rarely mathematically accurate.
Keeping in mind that the Tibetan Terrier-Poodle mix is very new and relatively rare to come across, they most commonly come in F1 and F1b generations. But as we’ve seen on other crossbreeds that have become more and more popular over time, it’s safe to assume that more breeders will start specializing in this hybrid cross and later generations will also become more readily available.
Personality & Temperament
The Ttoodle’s personality can be summed up in a couple of words: they’re super affectionate, fun-loving, intelligent, playful, and loyal dogs. They make great family pets thanks to their gentle nature and ability to get along well with young children as well as other pets. Of course, early socialization is vital to teach your Ttoodle pup how to properly interact with kids and other animals.
These goofy pooches also tend to be quite mischievous, getting up to all sorts of fun (or not-so-fun) antics to amuse themselves and their loved ones. Fortunately, with proper training from a young age you’ll be able to curb any undesired behaviors before they get out of hand.
What’s more, Ttoodles may sometimes inherit a stubborn streak from their Tibetan Terrier parents. They like to dominate the pack and this could sometimes make your training sessions a bit more time-consuming. Still, it’s nothing impossible to get through with patience and consistency. Ttoodles are very smart and also eager to please their owners, which will outweigh their stubborn side.
It’s also not uncommon for Ttoodles to be a bit aloof around strangers. They may bark at strangers or simply be more reserved when meeting new people. They can be quite protective of their beloved human parents, so they may alert you when strangers are around.
Since Ttoodles are known to form very strong bonds with their owners, they can suffer from separation anxiety. They’re also sensitive, which means that they best thrive in households where they’re not left alone for the whole day.
Ttoodle Health: Do Ttoodles Have Health Problems?
While generally healthy dogs, Ttoodles may suffer from health conditions like hip and elbow dysplasia and patellar luxation (common joint problems in dogs), eye disorders like cataracts, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), as well as diabetes, geriatric heart murmurs, canine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, and cancer. They’re also at risk of epilepsy, Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s Disease, and von Willebrand’s Disease.
Hybrid breeds like the Ttoodle are thought to be healthier than their purebred parents thanks to something called hybrid vigor. This indicates that hybrid breeds inherit superior genetics from their parents, putting them at smaller risk of certain genetic conditions. However, it’s still absolutely crucial to only adopt from a reputable Doodle breeder that extensively tests its breeding dogs for numerous genetic illnesses to minimize the risk of the puppies inheriting any serious or life altering conditions.
In addition to the health problems we listed above, it’s also not uncommon for Ttoodles to struggle with some minor health conditions. Most commonly, they suffer from food sensitivities and allergies that are brought on by certain ingredients in their food. Typically, these are either protein sources or ingredients like wheat or corn. They may also be allergic or sensitive to ingredients in their grooming products like shampoo and conditioner. If necessary, you can switch to a hypoallergenic shampoo instead.
Finally, Ttoodles are also prone to ear infections due to the restricted airflow in their floppy ears. To prevent these painful infections, be sure to regularly clean your Dood’s ears with a dog ear cleaner and always dry their ears after swimming and bathing.
Ttoodle Lifespan: How Long Do Ttoodles Live?
Ttoodles have an average life expectancy of around 12 to 18 years. Smaller Mini Ttoodles often live a few years longer than larger Standard Ttoodles, as it’s often the case with smaller dogs.
To prevent illnesses and keep your Ttoodle as healthy and happy as possible, you should feed them a high-quality diet that matches their life stage. We also recommend you calculate how much to feed your dog in different life stages so that you’re not accidentally over or underfeeding your pup.
Daily exercise, regular grooming, and routine vet checkups are also necessary to keep these Doods healthy. Be sure that your dog stays up to date on their vaccinations. Yearly vet visits will take much of that stress off your back, as your vet can run all the blood tests and scans that could indicate possible health conditions early on.
Ttoodles are active dogs and they need about 60 minutes of exercise each day to stay healthy and also prevent boredom. As the usual recommendation goes, aim to take your Ttoodle out for walks a couple of times a day and also schedule in some playtime and training sessions along the way. Regular walks are great for low intensity exercise, but they also love to run around and burn off all that excess energy during playtime.
In addition to exercise, you should also mentally stimulate your Ttoodle with training sessions, fun games, and interactive toys. Basically anything that requires your pooch to use its smart lil’ brain. This will prevent boredom and also help tire them out by the evening, minimizing hyperactiveness and destructive behaviors. Once your Ttoodle becomes bored, it’s only a matter of time that you have to deal with excessive barking, digging, or other behaviors that aren’t exactly desirable.
Training A Ttoodle
Like their purebred parents, Ttoodles are smart dogs that are eager to please their owners. Thanks to this, they’re usually easy to train and they tend to pick up new tricks and desired behaviors relatively easily. Even though they may be a bit stubborn from time to time, this won’t be much of an issue if you’re staying consistent and patient with your pooch.
Remember that Ttoodles can be very sensitive dogs, so you should never scold or punish your pup. Instead, only use positive reinforcement and always reward your pup for behaving well. Lots of praise and tasty treats will usually do the trick.
The easiest way to get your Ttoodle started off on the right foot is to start training them from a young age. As soon as you bring your new puppy home, set a daily schedule for them and introduce them to potty training, crate training, and obedience training from day one. Not only will this help enforce those desired behaviors and habits early on, this will also build your pup’s confidence and help them feel more safe and secure in their new home.
It’s equally important to socialize your Ttoodle puppy so that they learn how to be around people of all ages and other pets. Safely introduce them to kids, adults, and elderly, and also let them socialize with adult dogs and even cats if possible. This will prevent fear, anxiety, and aggressive behaviors later down the line.
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What’s so great about this program is that you’ll learn all those crucial skills on how to successfully raise your pup yourself. You can cover each topic at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home, so there’s no need to go to in-person training classes.
Of course, this does mean that your pup won’t be able to socialize with other dogs as they would in training classes. So, be sure to put extra emphasis on that part of your puppy’s upbringing so that they don’t miss out.
Coat Care & Grooming
Ttoodles need to be groomed frequently to prevent matting and minimize shedding. Although they are generally low-shedding and allergy-friendly dogs, regular brushing is absolutely vital to keep them this way. As they’re also prone to matting, this is also a huge consideration to keep in mind. Daily brushing with a good quality slicker brush will keep those painful mats at bay.
About every two months you should also have your Ttoodles hair trimmed to keep it at a healthy length. If you prefer that longer signature Doodle look on your pup, keep in mind that it’ll also require more maintenance to prevent tangles and matting. It’s generally easier to maintain shorter hair.
When it comes to grooming, there are two ways you can go. To save some money, you can learn how to groom your Ttoodle at home with the help of our easy-to-follow online course. However, if you’re not too keen on handling clippers and scissors, take your Dood to a professional grooming salon every 6 to 10 weeks.
Every few weeks or so, Ttoodles also need to be bathed with a specially formulated dog shampoo and conditioner. Keep in mind that bathing your dog too often could lead to skin and coat health issues like skin dryness, irritation, and excessive hair loss!
In addition to trimming your Ttoodle’s coat, don’t forget to also trim their ear hairs. This is a great way to prevent ear infections along with using a dog ear cleaner and drying the ears after bathing.
Moreover, their nails need to be trimmed about once a week to prevent ingrown nails, overgrown nails, and discomfort when walking. We also strongly recommend you brush your Ttoodle’s teeth at least a few times a week with a dog-safe toothpaste and toothbrush. Never use human dental products on your dog!
Where Can You Get Ttoodle Puppies?
Finding reputable Ttoodle breeders will likely take some time and effort, as they’re not easy to come across. Also, there are many Doodle scammers and puppy mills that attract unknowing customers with below-the-average prices. So, first things first, we recommend you read our in-depth guide on How To Choose A Responsible Doodle Breeder to ensure that you’re getting a healthy pup from a reputable breeder.
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to adopt your Ttoodle pup, it’s time you head to our Doodle Breeder Directory where we list reputable Ttoodle breeders all across the US and other countries.
But how much does a Ttoodle cost to adopt? In the US, the prices for a Ttoodle puppy can range from $1,200 and go as high as $6,000. If you cannot budget for the cost of adoption, please consider adopting a pet from a dog rescue or a reputable shelter instead. Indeed, you probably won’t be able to find a Doodle puppy from there, unless you’re very lucky. However, you won’t be supporting unethical puppy mills or Doodle scammers.
Keep in mind that puppy mills might sell you a puppy for a fraction of the price, but you’ll most likely pay thousands and thousands on veterinary care over the upcoming years. Unfortunately, many times these pups have very severe, even fatal conditions. Not to mention, they often suffer from severe trauma as well as emotional and behavioral problems.
Ttoodles are loving, cheeky, highly intelligent, and overall amazing pets to have around. They adore their human parents and they’re generally gentle and well-behaved dogs, making them excellent pets for almost anyone, including families with children. Of course, early socialization and training is crucial to raise your Ttoodle puppy into a well-behaved and well-rounded adult. But thanks to their great intelligence, this should be quite a breeze with these Doods.
Yes, like most other Poodle mixes, Ttoodles are known to bark, but usually when meeting strangers or if they’re sensing a threat. Also, they may start to bark excessively if they’re not properly stimulated both physically and mentally.
A Ttoodle is best for someone who’s looking for an active and intelligent companion. Thanks to their size, they can be excellent companions for apartment dwellers, as long as you set aside plenty of time for daily walks and playtime both indoors and outdoors. Also, as these dogs need to be groomed often, that’s also something to carefully consider before adopting a pup.
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