Key Breed Facts
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Children and Other Pets
Caring for a Sproodle
Average Cost to keep/care for a Sproodle
The Sproodle is a cross between a Poodle and an English Springer Spaniel and they first appeared on the scene in the 1980's when breeders wanted to develop a dog with a low shedding coat and one that boasted being energetic, intelligent and biddable. The result was a charming dog that soon became a popular choice with people because they make such great family pets. Today, Sproodles have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people in the UK and elsewhere in the world although they are not yet recognised as a breed by The Kennel Club.
The Sproodle first appeared on the scene back in the 1980's when breeders wanted to produce dogs with low shedding coats. Since then, these charming dogs have consistently remained one of the more popular modern cross breeds thanks to their charming looks and their kind, well-balanced, loyal and affectionate natures. They can range in size and weight depending on the size of their parent breeds.
They are often called Springerdoodles and have established a big fan base in the UK and elsewhere in the world with more breeders producing healthy first and second generation litters every year. They are not as yet recognised by any of the International Breed Organisations, which includes The Kennel Club. However, many local Sproodle breed clubs have been set up with an end goal being to continue to produce healthy, well-bred dogs and to ensure a breed standard is eventually set for these charming, high energy and intelligent dogs.
Height at the withers: Males 45.72 - 55.88 cm, Females 45.72 - 55.88 cm
Average weight: Males 22.67 - 31.75 kg, Females 22.67 - 31.75 kg
Sproodle pups from the same litter can look very different because it depends on whether they have thrown to the Poodle or to an English Springer Spaniel. With this said, both parent breeds are of a similar size which means their offspring tends to be around the same size as the parent breeds used in a breeding programme. Their coats can vary quite a lot too with some dogs having more of a Poodle coat whereas others have straighter, more Springer-type coats.
Sproodles are generally well-balanced dogs that boast kind and gentle, albeit mischievous expressions in their eyes which is an insight into their playfulness. They have nicely proportioned heads with ears being set quite wide apart and which fall down to the side of a dog’s head. Their muzzles are moderately long and dogs usually have quite distinct stops. Their eyes are round to oval in shape and typically a dark colour with dogs having a keen, intelligent look about them.
They have nicely arched necks, a trait inherited from both parent breeds and Sproodles also have strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite. They have strong, nicely laid back shoulders and well sprung ribcages. Front legs are straight and strong showing a good amount of bone. Their backs a lightly arched with dogs having strong, well-muscled hindquarters and muscular back legs. Feet are compact with firm pads and strong, dark nails. Their tails are set quite high which dogs carry gaily when excited or alert, but lower when resting or relaxed.
A Sproodle's coat can vary quite a lot, but it is usually very weather resistant and soft to the touch whether the hair is straight, wavy or curly. Some dogs can have a moderate amount of feathering on their ears, body, front legs and bodies as well as on their hindquarters. When it comes to colours, the most commonly seen in Sproodles are as follows:
Both Poodles and Springer Spaniels are nice natured and intelligent dogs and they have passed on both traits to the Sproodle. Since they first appeared on the scene, Sproodles have proved to be among one of the most popular modern crossbreeds both with people here in the UK and elsewhere in the world. They make wonderful family pets because they are so good around children of all ages and they are always so affectionate, loyal and biddable.
However, sharing a home with a Sproodle means having a high energy companion in the house and one that needs to be kept busy both mentally and physically for them to be truly happy, well-balanced characters. The good news is that Sproodles love to please and being so intelligent they are fast learners and always willing and biddable which makes their training such a pleasant experience.
They are very good choice for people who lead active, outdoor lives and who like to have a busy, smart and eager canine companion at their side. They are also a good choice for first time owners, but only if they have the time needed to dedicate to such an intelligent, high-energy dog. With this said, it's really important for these dogs to be well socialised from a young age so they grow up to be confident, outgoing mature dogs.
Their socialisation has to include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated. It's also crucial for their training to start early too and it has to be consistent. A Sproodle is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance. If they don't know who is the alpha dog in a household, they may quickly take on the role of a dominant dog which can make them harder to live with and handle.
The Sproodle is a very smart dog and a quick learner, much like both parent breeds. The downside to this is they are just as quick to pick up bad habits as they are the good. As such their training has to begin early and it has to be consistent and always fair throughout a dog’s life so that a dog understands what their owner expects of them. Sproodles are never happier than when they are given something to do which is why they are so amenable to learning new things.
They excel at many canine sports which includes activities like flyball, agility and obedience because they thrive on the attention they get during their training and the one-to-one contact when competing with their handlers. The key to successfully training a Sproodle is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition. It's also a good idea to keep training sessions short which helps a dog stay more focussed on what's being asked of them, bearing in mind that the more intelligent a dog is, the faster they get bored.
They do not answer well to harsh correction or any sort of heavy handed training methods, but they do respond extremely well to positive reinforcement which always brings the best out of these intelligent and quick witted dogs, especially when there are high value rewards involved.
Sproodles are known to be very good around children thanks to their gentle, placid natures. However, because of they can be quite lively and boisterous at times, any interaction between toddlers and a dog should always be well supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous which could end up with someone being knocked over and hurt, albeit by accident.
When dogs have been well socialised from a young enough age, they generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they usually get on well together too. However, a Sproodle would think nothing of chasing off any other cats they encounter because they would see them as fair game. Care has to be taken when they are around any smaller animals and pets because they may see them as "fair game", as such any contact is best avoided.
For further advice please read our article on Keeping Children Safe around Dogs.
The average life expectancy of a Sproodle is between 10 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.
The Sproodle is known to suffer from a few hereditary health issues which are worth knowing about if you are planning share your home with one of these active and good looking dogs. The conditions that seem to affect the breed the most include the following:
As with any other breed, Sproodles need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in top condition. They also need to be given regular daily exercise to ensure they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, dogs need to be fed good quality food that meets all their nutritional needs throughout their lives.
A Sproodle's coat can vary quite a bit because it depends on which of their parent breeds they have thrown to. Some dogs have curlier coats than others, but the one consistent is that Sproodles need to be professionally groomed several times a year which makes it that much easier to keep their coats looking good in between visits to a grooming parlour.
They shed little throughout the year even during the Spring and the Autumn, but a quick brush every few days helps remove any dirt and debris a dog may have picked up in their coats and it also helps prevent any knots and tangles from forming. It's important to check a dog's ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax is allowed to build up it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure with ear infections.
The Sproodle is a high energy, intelligent dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs. They need anything from 40 to 60-minutes exercise a day with as much off the lead time as possible. If they are not given the right amount of mental stimulation and exercise every day, a Sproodle would quickly get bored and could even begin to show some destructive behaviours around the home which is their way of relieving any stress they are feeling and not necessarily because they are being naughty.
A shorter walk in the morning would be fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon is a must with as much off the lead time as possible. These dogs also like to be able to roam around a back garden so they can really let off steam. However, the fencing has to be extremely secure to keep these lively and energetic dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they will soon escape and could get into all sorts of trouble.
With this said, Sproodle puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing. This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs. Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing serious problems later in their lives.
If you get a Sproodle puppy from a breeder, they would give you a feeding schedule and it's important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. You can change a puppy's diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don't develop any digestive upsets and if they do, it's best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with the vet before attempting to change it again.
Older dogs are not known to be fussy eaters, but this does not mean they can be given a lower quality diet. It's best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it's good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It's also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. Obesity can shorten a dog's life by several years so it's important to keep an eye on their waistline from the word go.
If you are looking to buy a Sproodle, you would need to pay anything from £400 to over £1000 for a well-bred pedigree puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Sproodle in northern England would be £25.34 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £45.91 a month (quote as of August 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet's premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog's age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.
When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food whether wet or dry making sure it suits the different stages of a dog’s life. This would set you back between £20 - £30 a month. On top of all of this, you need to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with a Sproodle and this includes their initial vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which quickly adds up to over £900 a year.
As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Sproodle would be between £60 to £80 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog, but this does not include the initial cost of buying a well-bred puppy.
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