By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023


The Foodle, a cross between a Toy Fox Terrier and a Poodle, is a small-sized dog with long, slender legs. Characterized by long floppy ears, black nose, round black eyes, and a furry tail, these designer dogs are commonly kept as family pets. Their small and lightly-built stature makes them agile and active.

Foodle Pictures

Quick Information/Description

Other namesToy fox terrier-poodle mix, toy foodle, foxipoo
CoatShort length either thick and dense or fine, the lower legs have curly fur
ColorBlack, white/cream, black and tan, dark brown/chocolate, or a combination of these colors
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedTerrier
Lifespan10-13 years
Weight9-13 lbs (4-5.9kg)
Size and HeightSmall; 10-12 inches
SheddingLight to moderate
TemperamentLoyal, friendly, loving
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inUSA
Competitive RegistrationDBR, IDCR, DDKC, DRA, ACHC

Foodle Video

Temperament and Behavior

Known for its affectionate and loyal nature, this dog has the tendency to attach itself closely with any one member of the family. However, it does not mean that the foodle is not fond of the other family members. It mingles freely with children, but proper training is required at a young age. Since it has the inherent marking and hunting instincts of its Poodle parent, it is not compatible with the other small household pets. It is naturally attentive and alert to its surroundings, making it suitable for watching and guarding activities. The foxipoo alerts its owner of an impending danger with a loud bark.



Plenty of activities with long jogging and playing sessions are needed to keep them fit and happy. Taking them out on a leash for long brisk walks every day is recommended. As they are a good jumper and fast runner, allow them to play freely inside fenced yards.


Its coat is easy to take care of and does not need much maintenance. Just brush its coat once a week to keep away dead hairs. Keep its fur clean by bathing with a mild shampoo. Since their ears are prone to accumulating dirt, cleaning them gently with a cotton ball is recommended.

Health Problems

Although no breed-specific health issues are known, you should check out for the general dog disorders like hip dysplasia and luxating patella. As crossbreed dogs suffer from hereditary health issues, check with the breeder about the health history of your pet’s parents.


Since the foodle inherits the characteristic intelligence of its parent breeds, it can easily be trained. To make it more sociable and friendly, especially with the other pets, introduce the puppies to obedience and socialization training by adopting firm and consistent methods. You may take professional help while teaching the dog how to perform tricks, but do employ innovative methods because repetition of the same tricks may induce boredom and stubborn behavior.


The foodle requires the same kind of diet common to other small-sized dogs. You may provide it with dry dog food regularly, divided into two equal amounts each measuring around half a cup. Fresh fruits and vegetables make excellent treats, but do not give onions, garlic, cherries, raisins, grapes, mushrooms, currants, raw potatoes, apricots, and rhubarb as they are fatal for your pet.

Interesting Facts

  • Because of their extremely strong bite, these dogs often cause damage to their toys while playing.
  • Some foodles may develop allergic reactions when exposed to grass.

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