The Terri-Poo does not have a history yet so you have to look at the histories of the Australian Terrier and the Poodle for more information. The Australian Terrier is the first breed that was recognized in Australia and is considered the National Terrier of Australia. This is a working breed that was developed in the early 19th century to hunt mice, rats, and other vermin. They were bred from Yorkshire Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Skye Terriers, and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. They have had several different names over the years such as the Rough-Coated Terrier, Blue Terrier, and Toy Terrier and is well-known for its blue and tan colors. Although they were first used for hunting pests, they were found to be loyal and lovable companions and soon became lap dogs. In 1887, the Australian Terrier Club originated in Melbourne, Australia. However, the breed standard was not established until eight years later. They did not get noticed in America until 1925 and it took another 35 years before they were recognized by the American Kennel Club.
They are the 136th most well-liked dog in the United States today. The Poodle has origins in Germany but was perfected in France, according to the experts. Some say they have been around since the first century, while others say they have been around much longer. They are supposed to be the oldest known breed in the world and are bred from a mix of several different European water dogs. Another story is that the Poodle is a descendent of the North African Barbet or Asian herding dogs. Sometime in the 15th century, breeders decided to develop smaller sizes of Poodles by mating smaller Poodles together. The Toy Poodle was used mainly as a lap dog while the larger two were used for hunting and finding truffles. They were found to be very intelligent and made it to the circus when the gypsy crowd discovered their talents.
They are still very popular in America, and are the 7th most common breed according to the American Kennel Club, where they have been registered since 1887.