The Wapoo is a designer dog produced by cross breeding the Chihuahua and the Poodle. It is also referred to as the Chipoodle, Chi Poo, Poochi and the Choodle. This dog can live for up to 15 years with proper care, and has talents in competitive obedience, agility and watchdog. It is sweet, loyal, playful and super-friendly, and will happily boss everyone in the house if it is allowed to.
The Wapoo is miniature in size with a weight ranging from 3 to 20 pounds, and a height between 5 to 15 inches. It has a small head, feet and body like that of a Chihuahua, with ears that can either be erect or lay flat over the head. Its eyes are black to dark brown in color, while the nose is black. The coat varies widely from wavy to curly, short to long and smooth to fluffy. Some of the common coat colors found in the Wapoos are black, white, cream, brown and gray.
Wapoos are sweet, fun loving and friendly dogs with a playfulness that can be quite entertaining. They are smart, energetic, loyal, and love to be cuddled when tired. Though these dogs make great family pets, they should not be left alone with children due to their small size.
They can also be quite bossy and independent to the point where they believe they rule the house, so it’s important that you make it clear who is really in charge early. Early socialization is also necessary to prevent them from being over protective and suffering from separation anxiety when you leave.
Health & Care
Wapoo is usually a healthy dog. However, it may be prone to certain health conditions inherited from its parents like low blood sugar, hip dysplasia, heart problems, eye problems and patellar luxation. Scheduling regular checkups with a veterinarian is crucial to keep your dog in optimal health.
Most Wapoos are low shedders, hence there is not much cleaning needed after them. They should be brushed (with a soft bristle brush) 2 to 3 times a week depending on the length of the coat, but once a day is better. If your dog has long hair, he might need to be frequently taken to a groomer for trimming.
In addition, bathing should be done once every 4-8 weeks. However, you should wipe your dog every few days to keep him clean. Other grooming needs that should be done regularly include, wiping his ears, brushing his teeth and clipping his nails.
The Wapoos are very intelligent dogs, hence they are fairly easy to train. They can be stubborn at times, but with firmness, patience and positive reinforcement like praises and treats, training this breed should be a breeze. It is important that training and socialization be done early to prevent any behavioral issues. Note that this dog can be sensitive, so it is not recommended to use harsh training methods.
Wapoos are small dogs with low exercise needs. As long as they have enough room indoors to run and play, they are fine. However, they also enjoy the outdoors provided the weather is not too cold.