Poodle crosses have developed many small companion dogs with low-shedding coats. The Moodle is one of them, crossed with a Toy or Miniature Poodle these fun loving bundles of fluff have a wide appeal to all ages and types of families.
The Moodle usually inherits the woolly low-shedding coat associated with Poodles, a potentially good option for allergy sufferers. Moodles are said to be smart dogs, like their poodle parent breed. The Maltese is a friendly, healthy toy dog and the Moodle usually shares these qualities.
The Moodle is bred to produce a small, healthy low-shedding family dog.
The Moodle’s appearance may resemble the Maltese parent or the Poodle parent but in most cases will look like both. They can range in weight from around 2.2kg to 5.5kg. Moodles can come in a variety of colours. Light colours (including white, silver and cream) are more common, but Moodles can also throw a black or chocolate coat.
Moodles are feisty, cuddly, alert, gentle and loving. They will alert you to guests or intruders and will need some form of training to deter them from talking too much. They are usually the life of the party and love to be involved in every aspect of home life from gardening and washing to TV watching, driving and socialising. Moodles are an active dog that will enjoy walks and trips to the park, they like ball games and playing with other dogs. Socialisation from an early age is the key to a well balanced friendly dog, It is important and easy to stop ‘little dog syndrome.’ Moodles are generally good with children, but, as with all dogs, supervision and training are recommended. Moodles are sometimes very small and can be hurt so may require protection from young children.
Moodles are usually low-shedding to non-shedding. They require daily brushing and combing to prevent the coat from matting. They will also need regular clipping of nails, around the eyes and bottom and keeping the coat a manageable length for the owner.
Moodle's eyes need to be cleaned up several times a week and there are many products on the market to help reduce the appearance of tear stains.
Health problems experienced by Moodles could include liver shunts, epilepsy, common skin problems, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and hip dysplasia.
The average lifespan for the Moddle is about 10 - 15 years but parenting and diet will also influence longevity.
Moodles can live in a house or apartment as long as they are able to relieve their load of energy on a long walk or serious romp in the park.