The Sheepadoodle is quickly becoming one of the most popular cross breeds of dogs thanks to this pooch’s fun temperament and unique characteristics. This dog is a cross between an English Sheepdog and a Poodle and possesses some of the best traits of each of these dogs… not to mention we think they are pretty cute as well.
If you’ve never seen one of these cross breeds before, take a look at what makes these dogs so special and why they may be the perfect addition to your home.
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Old English Sheepdog Meets Poodle
There are so many fun facts about the Sheepadoodle that make this dog one of the most fun and unique breeds out there today. However, the first and most important thing you need to know about this furry friend is how to spell his name! Sheepadoodle is the proper spelling of this pooch, not Shepadoodle.
So remember, when you are looking for fun pics of this dog, it is sheep, not shep, because these little pets have Sheep Dog in them! (You would be surprised at how often that happens.)
This dog is a 50/50 mix between an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle. While they may look similar to purebred Old English Sheepdogs, they are often easier to train and easier to groom.
Appearance and Personality of the Playful, Eager to Please Sheepadoodle
It is hard not to immediately fall in love with the Sheepadoodle when you see one. Traditionally, they are approximately the same size as your average Poodle. However, they look like classic Old English Sheepdogs with wavier, curlier, soft hair.
These dogs are known for being very friendly, and quite healthy and they love to socialize with other animals and people.
These dogs come in three main color patterns: all black, black and white or red and white.
While most people love staring at the adorable Sheepadoodle, one of the best things about this dog is their temperament. They are notoriously easy-to-train and always eager to please their owners. They are also known for being laid back, smart and sweet pups.
Looking for a Great Family Dog? Look No Further!
The Sheepadoodle is a popular family dog because these pets are easy to train and notoriously affectionate. They are also excellent with kids and are very tolerant of having little humans running about.
Low Shedding and Hypoallergenic Doodles
One of the many reasons, pet owners love the Sheepadoodle, is because their mix with the Poodle makes these dogs hypoallergenic. This means they are great for those with allergies. The Poodle in this breed also helps these dogs be lower-shedding than purebred Old English Sheepdogs.
5 Facts You Didn’t Know About This Old Sheepdog Poodle Mix
There are so many fun facts about the Sheepadoodle that we think to make these dogs great pets. Here are a few of our favorites.
- The Sheepadoodle is a common alternative to the Goldendoodle. However, they are smaller and require less grooming and exercise than the popular Goldendoodle breed.
- Barking is rare for Sheepadoodles, which is great for pet owners who don’t want to disrupt the neighbors!
- These dogs are typically hypoallergenic and great for people with allergies!
- Sheepadoodle litters are quite small, and typically only have around 5 puppies in them at a time.
- These dogs originated in the 1960s as a military police dog.
Playtime! All Day! Every Day! Forever!
Besides their owners, there is nothing that Sheepadoodles love more than being silly and play time.
Just ask puppy Instagram Star, Otis from the account Otis Unleashed. This Sheepadoodle is known for his funny antics and has even been featured on sites like BravoTV.com and Today.com.
Sheepdog Poodle Mix Sizes: From Mini Sheepadoodle to Standard Sheepadoodle Full Grown
A standard full grown Sheepadoodle is smaller than an Old English Sheepdog, which can get up to 90 pounds. These working group dogs have solid builds and can range in size from 45 to 80 pounds and can be between 13 and 24 inches height when fully grown.
However, there are other types of smaller Sheepadoodles as well that are smaller than the standard breed.
- Small Standard Sheepadoodle: 19.5-20.5 inches tall and under 65 pounds.
- Mini Sheepadoodle: 16-19 inches tall and 55 pounds or less in weight.
- Micro Sheepadoodle: 13-16 inches tall and 35 pounds or less.
A Puppy with Potential
Because these dogs are so naturally calm and sweet and so easy to train, they have a lot of potential for future “careers.” In addition to being great family dogs, they are also becoming popular choices for ESA and service dogs.
When you get a Sheepadoodle puppy, chances are they may look mostly or all white. This is because these dogs are born without most of their markings and will start to get their markings as they grow older. Many times, Sheepadoodle puppies that are black when they are young will fade to a grey color and grey Sheepadoodle puppies will fade to white.
Sheepadoodle Puppies for Sale
If you are looking for a Sheepadoodle puppy, you will likely need to go to a certified breeder. This is because these puppies are a relatively new crossbreed and can be more difficult to find than other purebred dogs.
When shopping for a new Sheepadoodle puppy, you can expect to pay anywhere from $900 to $2800 depending on the breeder and your location.
Micro Sheepadoodles, Mini Sheepadoodles and Tri-Color Sheepadoodles are all known for being on the expensive end, while the average standard Sheepadoodle puppy will be around $1500.
There are many Sheepadoodle breeders out there that have these fun hybrid puppies.
When searching for a breeder, it is important to find one that has all of their certifications in place and one that will be able to tell you about both the mother and father. Typically, these are very healthy dogs, but first generation (dogs that come from a Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog as parents) are the healthiest.
It may be difficult to find Sheepadoodle Rescues, but there may be some dogs and puppies in rescues that specialize in different types of Sheep Dogs and Sheep Dog mixes, or Doodle rescues.
When looking for Sheepadoodles through a rescue, keep in mind these dogs have a few different nicknames, including the Sheep-A Poo, Sheepapoo, and the Sheepdoo.
A Look at the Lifespan of a Sheepadoodle Dog
Even though the Sheepadoodle is a relatively large dog, they tend to have quite long lifespans and are generally healthy animals. You can expect a normal Sheepadoodle to live from 12 to 15 years.
But whatever age they are, they love to play!
5 Tips for Owning a Sheepadoodle Puppy/Dog
Interested in owning a Sheepadoodle puppy of your own?
We thought you would be. Here are a few tips you should know first about owning this unique type of dog.
- The Sheepadoodle is a very non-aggressive breed, which is why they are so great for families. However, they are very loyal and may be protective of their families, so don’t be surprised if your dog sounds the alarms when strangers come to the door.
- The Sheepadoodle is a working dog, so may get bored being a couch potato all day, make sure they have toys, puzzles or forms of exercise to keep them busy.
- Sheepadoodle puppies do best if they are socialized early and often.
- These dogs aren’t as naturally active as other doodles, so make sure you feed them a healthy diet and watch excessive weight gain (as they do love treats!).
- Sheepadoodle puppies can be mouthy when they are young, so make sure to stop this behavior early before they get older.
Dashing and Daring, Courageous and Caring, This Pooch is as Perfect as They Come
Many dog breeders like to claim that the Sheepadoodle is the perfect dog, and they may be right.
Tolerable, intelligent, caring, beautiful and loyal these dogs have all of the best characteristics that many pet owners today are looking for in their new companions.