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


The Terripoo, developed from an Australian Terrier and a Poodle, is a breed of small designer dogs characterized by an intelligent behavior, agile nature, and well-proportioned body. It has very dark, oval shaped eyes while its medium-sized ears fold over near its head. It may exhibit the curly coat of a Poodle or the straight, shaggy fur of an Australian Terrier.

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Quick Information

Other NamesTerri-Poo, Australian Terrier-Poodle Mix, Terridoodle
CoatShort/medium, dense, rough, harsh, fluffy, wavy
ColorBlack, tan, sable, white
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedTerrier, Companion Dog
Lifespan10-15 years
WeightAbout 14 lbs (6.35 kg)
Size and HeightSmall; 9-15 inches
Size of Litter1-3 puppies
SheddingNone to low
TemperamentFriendly, affectionate, active, alert, devoted
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inUSA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationACHC, DRA, IDCR

Terripoo (Poodle/Australian Terrier Mix) Video

Temperament and Behavior

The Terripoos have a mischievous, fun-loving, and loyal personality. They are fond of human company and develop strong bonds with their families. If the owner is happy, the Terripoo will turn playful and excited; but if the owner is depressed, it will have a calm and quiet approach. These dogs are always looking to entertain their owners with their silly behavior.

Even though they make good playmates for kids and are not aggressive, their interactions with young children should be supervised because of their Terrier ancestry. They are known to be sociable, but an early introduction to other pets is needed. These pets are confident and protective by nature. They will alert their owners if strangers or intruders approach the house, which makes the breed effective as watchdogs.



As long as a Terripoo gets a fair bit of regular exercise, it will do fine in apartments and condos. Apart from taking it on daily walks, you should let it play and romp around in a safe yard. Make sure you supervise your pet closely when it is in the yard. You can keep it busy when indoors by giving some puzzle toys to play with.


Since the Terripoo is quite clean, its coat does not need much care or maintenance. Brushing once a week is sufficient to remove the dead hairs that collect in its coat. Frequent bathing or shampooing should be avoided, as it will make its skin dry and itchy. Trim its hair, specifically on the ears, between the eyes, along the tops, around the vent, and the area between the paw pads. It does not need any additional grooming except for weekly brushing of its teeth and an occasional trimming of its toenails.

Health Problems

Like most crossbreeds, the Terripoos may be affected by the same health issues as those of their parents. These include deformity of joints, dislocation of bones, diabetes mellitus, allergies, bloating, eye diseases, and hypothyroidism. Take your pet 3-4 times a year to the vet’s office to get it vaccinated against Parvo, Parainfluenza, Distemper, and Adenovirus Type 2.


Proper socialization of a Terripoo puppy is a necessity as it may show some dominance. Establish a firm leadership over your pet with early training; otherwise, it will assume the role of an ‘alpha dog’ not just among other pets but people too. Because of its smart and sportive nature, it needs obedience training to keep its mind active. Make sure you introduce progressively difficult levels of agility and obedience training since repeating the same lessons might bore your little Terripoo. You may use some toys or treats as an incentive to keep your dog motivated on a task.


If you are giving your Terripoo manufactured dog food, make sure it has healthy ingredients including chicken or turkey meat, carrots, peas, eggs, as well as fruits. Homemade foods are another good option since these do not cause food allergies. Consider feeding you pet a mix of vegetables (carrots, spinach, peas, and string beans), fruits (blueberries, raspberries, and banana), grains (pasta, barley, and quinoa), and meats (turkey and chicken breasts). An adult Terripoo’s daily serving size should be between ½ and 1 cup of dry food, divided into two smaller meals.

11 responses to “Terripoo”

  1. John Lewis says:

    We looking for a puppy Australian terripoo- female

  2. Bonnie Siemens says:

    looking for a Terripoo 1 to 2 years old a female i am widowed and lonely would love to spoil her. Bonnie siemens Wichita Ks

  3. suan says:

    Am looking for a black terrypoo puppy. Ours passed away 2 years ago am ready to have a new family member again.

  4. Greg says:

    Hi, our family had a beautiful Aussie Terrier / Poodle cross, but it passed away earlier this year. We are now keen to find another – if possible. Love to hear back. Cheers, Greg.

  5. Sherri says:

    I have a 9wk old male Terri Poo that I need to re-home.

    • susan says:

      I am looking for a terrypoo puppy. We live in Oregon. Help if you can! Black would be our preferred color as that was the color of my beloved dog that passed away two years ago. Ready to adopt again.

  6. Maria says:

    Not sure if you found one already but, I have pups, located in New Jersey.

  7. Sherry Koskiniemi says:

    I’m looking for a Terri poo. List mine after 16 years. I love the personality. Please help me find another faithful friend

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