Your Complete Guide To The Sheepadoodle

Your Complete Guide To The Sheepadoodle

They are pretty much the best ball of fluff you can ask for. The Sheepadoodle is a wonderful family dog. In fact, out of all the new crossbreeds, the Sheepadoodle is probably the best choice for the family.

So what is a Sheepadoodle? Great question. The Sheepadoodle is a mix of a female Standard Poodle and male Old English Sheepdog. If you’re looking for a dog that bursting at the seams with friendliest, one you can run around with and is great with children at any age then keep reading.


Oh, and did we mention despite all the fluff they are hypoallergenic?!


Article Overview:


  • What is a Sheepadoodle?
  • Sheepadoodle Varieties
  • The Sheepadoodle’s Coat
  • The Sheepadoodle’s Weight
  • The Sheepadoodle’s Size
  • Are Sheepadoodle Good Pets? - Maintenance
  • Health of The Sheepadoodle
  • Keeping Your Sheepadoodle in Tip-Top Health
    • Ears
    • Hip Dysplasia and Other Mobility Issues
    • General Health for Age & Wellness
  • How much does a Sheepadoodle Cost?
  • Sheepadoodle Breeders
  • Final Thoughts on the Sheepadoodle

What is a Sheepadoodle?

A cross between a male English Sheepdog and a female Poodle, Sheepadoodles, not to be confused with Shepadoodles, are highly adaptable dogs. Like all doodle varieties, they rarely shed making them perfect for those with allergy concerns.

They have a have a bit of an interesting history as this crossbreed was first a military experiment by the US Army dating back to the ’60s. However, you couldn’t find a Sheepadoodle anywhere until 2007.

With most crossbreeds or designer dogs, you’ll want to familiar with the parents. It has taken generations after generations to whittle down the gene pool so that a Standard Poodle always acts and looks like a Standard Poodle. This goes for all purebreds, of course.

With a first generation crossbreed like the Sheepadoodle, you don’t have the advantage of easily predicting what your dog will end up looking like.


On the plus side, crossbreeding expands their gene pool potentially making them less susceptible to genetics diseases.

Sheepadoodle Varieties

Most Sheepadoodles are a mix between a male Sheep Dog and a female Standard Poodle, but this isn’t always the case. There are two other crosses that are sometimes seen.


Tiny Sheepadoodle - A cross between Toy Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog.

Mini Sheepadoodle - A cross between a Miniature Poodle and Old English Sheepdog.


In both cases, the crossbreed is usually obtained through artificial insemination due to size differences. As well, the father will be a Poodle while the mother a Sheepdog since a female poodle would be under too much stress carrying such large puppies.

The Sheepadoodle’s Coat

Despite all the fluff, thanks to the doodle side, the Sheepadoodle is hypoallergenic and does not technically shed. You do need to groom them, so their hair doesn’t get matted or tangled. You should expect to groom anywhere between 1-3 times a week depending on the season and weather.


Their coats are super soft and long with some curls. All that dirt can trap fur in so make sure you’re prepared with the proper bathing tools. And you’ll want to keep a close eye on their ears as they are prone to locking in dirt. An all-natural and safe ear cleaner is a great product to keep around the house.

Despite both parents coming in a range of colors, breeders focus on giving the Sheepadoodle either a black/white coat or a red/white coat.

What’s fun is how the black or red coloring develops within the white creating unique and wonderful patterns. The coat plays a big part into how much you’ll be spending when buying from a private breeder.

Summary Chart

Breed

Colors

Poodle

White, Black, Apricot, Cream, Sable

Sheepdog

Blue, Blue Merle, Grey, Grizzle, White, Black

Sheepadoodle

Black, Black/White, Red/White, White

The Sheepadoodle’s Weight

The Sheepadoodle is a medium to medium-large breed depending on how much they take from their Sheepdog fathers — who can get up to 100 lbs. A good portion of that is made up of all that fur. However, it’s easy for a growing waistline to hide so keep a close eye on their weight.

Actually, you may even want to keep a real close eye on them as they are prone to overeating and gorging themselves. A fully grown Sheepadoodle will typically require somewhere around 1,200 calories a day.

Summary Chart

Breed

Pounds

Poodle

Male: 45 - 70 lbs

Female: 45 - 60 lbs

Sheepdog

Male: 70-100 lbs

Female:60-80 lbs

Sheepadoodle

Male: 60-75 lbs
Female: 45-60 lbs

The Sheepadoodle’s Size

The Sheepadoodle isn’t a terribly tall dog. They hover around 20ish inches making them the perfect height for petting without bending over. If buying from a breeder, you’ll want to see how tall the Poodle parent is — including her siblings. Some breeder may breed their Poodles specifically for height.

Summary Chart

Breed

Height

Poodle

Male: 18-24 in.

Female: 18-24 in.

Sheepdog

Male: 22-24 in.

Female: 20-22 in.

Sheepadoodle

Male: 21-22 in.
Female: 19-21 in.

Are Sheepadoodles Good Pets? - Maintenance

Oh yes, very much so! These are very low maintenance dogs, all things considered. The biggest thing that requires work is satisfying their exercise needs and energy level. This is one of the many reasons we recommend this breed to families.

If you’re living in an apartment then exercising and training becomes more important, so messes don’t happen.

Speaking of training, they are quick learners and follow commands well. In the beginning, you’ll want to watch to make sure your Sheepadoodle didn’t inherit strong herding traits. Usually, breeders are good about breeding these traits out, but it’s still a good thing to watch out for.

So why do you have to watch herding traits? Well, it can make the dog want to herd small children around, which is fine, but they may want to nip at their heels to herd. Early training takes care of this problem easy-peasy.


Grooming is pretty low intensive as you only need to groom 1-2 times a week to keep tangles out. The Sheepadoodle is pretty much hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed much at all.   


Overall, you have a dog that’s great for families and can bless us with their presence for 12-15 years, which is quite long for dogs of this size.

Summary Chart

Temperament

Calm, playful and intelligent

Daily Exercise

High

Activity Level

High

Daily Food Consumption

Medium-High

Desire For A Yard

Medium-High

Lifespan

12-15 years

Great For

Families

Health of The Sheepadoodle

Like with most crossbreeds you’re getting a dog that is healthier than their parent breed on average. This is due to hybrid vigor or heterosis.


The Sheepadoodle is prone to many of the same medical issues that all bigger dogs share like hip dysplasia. Overall, they are very healthy dogs that live very long lives.


Common Health Issues The Sheepadoodle Faces:

  • Addison’s Disease
  • Bloat
  • Diabetes
  • Gastric Dilation-Volvulus
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis

Keeping Your Sheepadoodle in Tip-Top Health

A wonderful thing about the Sheepadoodle is how relatively healthy these dogs are. In fact, by imploring a few tips and products into their health regime, you can expect to have a dog for 15 years that rarely goes to the vet.


Ears

You’ll want to monitor their ears for dirt and consider keeping an ear cleaner around the house. Some dogs, OK a lot of dogs will fight you when it’s time to clean their ears. We created an all-natural ear cleaning solution called PurOtic that features a soft silicone tip that which helps eliminate the risk of puncturing their eardrum.

Hip Dysplasia and Other Joint Issues

The Sheepadoodle is a medium-large sized breed, and like all breeds of this size group they are prone to hip & joint issues, specifically hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Hip & joint issues typically occur when they are older, but can happen at any time, so it’s important to learn the signs.


When you see the first signs of mobility issues (stiffness, pain, dog avoids playing, etc.), it’s paramount that you do one of two things. You can start them on a mobility support supplement like Advanced Mobility Support formulated with over 10 ingredients that reduces inflammation, pain, and helps rebuild vital cartilage.  

As well, you can consult your Veterinarian. We also advise consulting them if you see their mobility support not providing enough relief.

General Health For Age & Wellness

The last thing you’ll want to consider including into your dog’s health regime is Hemp CBD. Pet owners are loving the all-natural oil, and giving it to their dogs for everything from anxiety to protecting their immune system.

CBD can help the Sheepadoodle with many of the issues their breed faces like hip & joints issues, bloat, and Addison’s disease.


At Innovet Pet we offer human grade CBD in a variety of fun and highly effective forms from tasty treats to soothing topicals. This lets you cater CBD therapeutic power to your sheepadoodle specific needs.


Which CBD Product is Right for Your Sheepadoodle:

  • Hemp Dog Treats - Reward your big dog with better health.
  • Soft Hemp Dog Chews - Tasty and soft for senior dogs with chewing issues
  • Heal.protect.wag Balm - Apply CBD only to the area that needs help.
  • PurCBD+ - The original and still the favorite for its unlimited uses.  

How much does a Sheepadoodle Cost?

If you’re not sitting down, you may want to now. When buying from a breeder, you should expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 dollars on a Sheepadoodle pup.

Add almost $1,000 more if you’re looking for a Mini Sheepadoodle. It can be difficult finding one to rescue, but doing so will only cost you between $75-$300. Check out Petfinder for rescuing a Sheepadoodle mix.

You can also check out rescues specific to Standard Poodles and Old English Sheepdogs as they will often carry mixes.

Sheepadoodle Breeders

When looking to get your Sheepadoodle from a private breeder, it’s import to follow a few tips. There are many great breeders out there that are looking out for the best interest of their dogs, but then there are those that aren’t. Use these tips for spying a bad breeder.

  1. Visit the breeder's home/kennel. You should expect to meet at least one of the puppy’s parents, if not both. Make sure the place is clean, there isn’t an odor, and that all the dog’s look like they are in good shape.
  2. Watch how both the puppies and parents are reacting to everyone in the room, including you and the breeder. Look for signs of shyness and aggression. Remember that some puppies are shyer than others.  
  3. Make sure you have contact information with the breeder so you can reach them if something goes wrong.
  4. Don’t buy online!
  5. Last, ask about the parents medical history, if the puppies are updated on their vet needs, etc.  

Final Thoughts on the Sheepadoodle

If you’re looking for a dog that will pair perfectly with your family and wear out the kiddos, then the Sheepadoodle is for you. They are a great low-maintenance medium-sized breed that only requires basic training to be exceptional.

They do require grooming so their fur doesn’t get matted, but besides that, they are low shedders and hypoallergenic.

This breed faces little health issues and can live a long life of 15 years. During that time you’re going to have an obedient, intelligent, and playful dog that’s beyond affectionate and cares for each member of the family with every fiber in their body.

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