Sheepadoodle – All You Need to Know About the Cute Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Are you looking to bring a little Sheepadoodle to your family?

Sheepadoodles are adorable little dogs that are a cross between a Standard Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. Needless to say, these dogs have killer looks and a lovely personality.

When looking to buy a dog, it is essential that you ensure that he fits your lifestyle like a glove. Dogs are a long-term commitment, and you should choose a breed that meets your needs while adding happiness to your life.

Sheepadoodles are designer dogs which means that they’ve got the best of both worlds.

In this blog post, I’ll share everything that you need to know about the Sheepadoodle dog breed to help you figure out whether or not it is the right pick for you.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Introducing the Sheepadoodle: A Look at the Family!

Sheepadoodles are a designer breed which means that they’re the result of mating two well-established dog breeds.

You get the stunning and gorgeous Sheepadoodle when you mate an Old English Sheepdog with the Standard Poodle.

However, as with all designer dog breeds, the looks, personality, and temperament of the Sheepadoodle vary depending on which side of the family this dog takes after. Whatever the case may be, one this is for sure, though.

Sheepadoodles love their family unconditionally.

These dogs are obedient, kind, loving, and energetic.

One of the best things about Sheepadoodles is that these dogs tend to shed minimally which means that you can give the vacuum cleaner a break!

Let’s take a look at this dog’s unique family history to know more about the breed.

A Look at the Standard Poodle

Poodles are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

In fact, these dogs were quite popular with upper-class women as they were small in size and relatively easy to train and keep.

These dogs find their origin in Germany where they were bred to hunt waterfowl.

Because of their immense popularity, breeders experimented with crossbreeding the Standard Poodle with various other breeds including the Old English Sheepdog.

Poodles come in three varieties:

  • Standard Poodles are more than 15 inches tall at the shoulder
  • Miniature Poodles are 15 inches on an average
  • Toy Poodles stand less than 10 inches

All the varieties of the Poodle dog breed have the same proportions and build. You can find these dogs in the Continental Clip at dog shows. However, pet owners have a preference for the Sporting Clip.

These dogs have a zest for life.

As a breed, Poodles are athletic, eager, and wickedly smart dogs. They’re known to be extremely versatile, and the Standard Poodle is an all-around athlete. These dogs are highly trainable and make excellent pets.

They’re also loving and kind!

Meet the Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdogs gained popularity in the 1800s. These dogs were quite popular with farmers that used the dogs to herd sheep as well as control other farm animals. So, these dogs were trained to do all the heavy lifting in and around farms for a century!

Why decide to breed the Poodle with the Old English Sheepdogs, you ask?  

Well, this dog breed is known for its activeness and intelligence. Not just that, Old English Sheepdogs are also low shedding and family-friendly dogs that compliment the Standard Poodle’s personality to create the cute little Sheepadoodle.

The Old English Sheepdog has a double coat underneath which the dog has a compact and muscular body. These dogs stand tall at 21 or 22 inches at the shoulder and have deep, intelligent eyes which may be dark brown or blue in color.

These dogs are highly intelligent beings!

Because of their working dog history, these dogs need a lot of physical activity to be happy. They are strong and able-bodied little dogs and have a bunch of good personality traits.

These dogs make excellent watchdogs and are courageous, kind, watchful, and intelligent dogs. They also make excellent companions for children!

The Origin Story and History of the Sheepadoodle

Let’s take a look at the Sheepadoodle’s history to help you determine whether or not the breed is right for you.

Looking at a breed’s genetic history can give you a fair idea about its temperamental traits and behaviors which can help predict the breed’s behaviors.

The Sheepadoodle dog breed was first bred by the US Army in the 1960s as an experiment. This dog breed was to be used as military dogs.

The word ‘doodle’ was first used for this breed in the year 1992.

While this loving, kind, and energetic dog breed has been around the block since the 1960s, it gained mass popularity in the year 2007. More and more people started getting interested in the dog breed in 2015.

However, Sheepadoodle gained more popularity in 2017 when they figure skaters Fedor Andreev and Meryl Davis gave the breed a boost!

As time passes, this dog breed gains more and more popularity.

Sheepadoodles are a cross between the Standard Poodle (Sire) and the Old English Sheepdog (Dam).

Dogs are crossbred to create a breed which removes the less desirable traits of a particular dog breed while handpicking the beneficial characteristics.

Sheepadoodle - All You Need to Know About the Cute Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Let’s Take A Closer Look at the Sheepadoodle’s Personality

One of the biggest things that Sheepadoodle owners from all over the globe rave about is the dog’s personality.

Since these dogs are a result of breeding the Standard Poodle with the Old English Sheepdog, they are bound to have good personality traits or the best of both worlds.

In this section of the blog post, we will go through some of the dog’s personality traits.

Take a look.

Excellent Family Dogs

Sheepadoodles make excellent family pets as these dogs are loving and playful.

These dogs love to cuddle up with their family and being indoors. However, they don’t do well when left alone for longer periods of time. When properly trained, Sheepadoodles are excellent companions for children and shower them with love and affection while being protective and watchful.

And, they love being cuddled!

Extremely intelligent

Sheepadoodles are highly intelligent animals and are always eager to learn new things. Training a Sheepadoodle is extremely easy since the dogs catch onto things effortlessly.

Since Sheepadoodles are a cross between Poodles and Old English Sheepdogs—two breeds known for their intelligence, they love getting challenged to stay sharp. So, you do need to teach them new things now and again to keep them mentally occupied.

Energetic

Another important thing to note about Sheepadoodles is that these dogs are extremely energetic and needs lots of exercise. They do well with people that are active and love being outdoors.

You can take your doggy out on treks, long walks, and adventures which is amazing!

Loving

Sheepadoodles are known to be loving and affectionate dogs that love and crave your affection. These dogs enjoy spending lazy days cuddled up with the people they love and are friendly in nature.

They get along well with other children, humans, and animals and care deeply about the people they love.

In fact, Sheepadoodles are gentle with children—even while playing with them which makes them a perfect addition for families with small children.

Loyal

For Sheepadoodles, loyalty comes naturally.

These dogs are protective of their families and would do just about anything to keep their loved ones safe—even if it means putting themselves in the path of danger! These dogs are quite expressive and let you know how they are feeling.

Excellent with Kids

If you have small children or multiple kids, Sheepadoodles will be an excellent addition to your family as these dogs are loving and gentle with children. They love to play with kids and are protective of children.

And, they love to nap with their favorite tiny humans as well!

All these dogs need is affection and attention—which they reciprocate!

If Looks Could Kill: All About the Physical Appearance

Since the Sheepadoodle is a mixed breed dog, it’s appearance is somewhat complicated as it depends on which side of the family the dog takes after the most. So, a Sheepadoodle can:

  • Take after the Poodle side of the family
  • Take after the Old English Sheepdog side of the family
  • Be a mixture of both

In any case, Sheepadoodles are known to be one of the best-looking dog breeds in the world. Let’s take a look at the breed’s physical appearance.

Size and Coat

The Sheepadoodle is a medium to large sized dog and features a soft yet curly coat. You can find the Sheepadoodle in the following colors:

  • A mixture of black and white
  • All black
  • All white

In some cases, you can find Sheepadoodles with a patch of color around certain regions such as the eyes which makes them look cute as hell!

Just like the  Old English Sheepdogs, some Sheepadoodles get a grayish tint on their fur as they age. However, this is very unlikely to happen. In some rare cases, Sheepadoodles have also developed shades of sable on their coat which gives the dog a unique look.

Height and Weight

Since Sheepadoodles are a designer breed, the size of these dogs isn’t something that is set in stone. Sheepadoodles are categorized as medium to large dogs. Take a look at the statistics:

  • Male Sheepadoodles are between 18 to 23 inches in height with a maximum weight of 50 to 80 lbs
  • Female Sheepadoodles are between 17 to 20 inches in height with a maximum weight of 45 to 70 lbs

The height or size of a Sheepadoodle has to more with that of the old English Sheepdog parent. Your Sheepadoodle can be a bit smaller in size—or even larger if the puppy’s parents are smaller or larger in size.

It all depends on the genes!

There is a lot of variation when it comes to the size of a Sheepadoodle because it mainly depends on the type of the poodle the cross-breeding is done with.

  • You get tiny Sheepadoodles when you cross an Old English Sheepdog with a Toy Poodle
  • You get mini Sheepadoodles when you cross an Old English Sheepdog with a Miniature Poodle
  • Standard Sheepadoodles are obtained by crossing a when you cross an Old English Sheepdog with a Standard Poodle

Also Known As: Different Name of the Sheepadoodle

Since the Sheepadoodle is a designer dog, it is known by several different names across different regions. In this section of the blog, I wanted to settle some of the confusion and share this cute dog’s aliases with you.

Take a look.

  • Sheepapoo
  • Sheep-A Poo
  • PoodleSheepdog
  • Sheepdogdoodle
  • Sheepdoo
  • Sheeppoo

A Quick Note on Breed Recognition

Hybrid or designer breeds aren’t recognized by major clubs such as the American Kennel Club or The Kennel Club. However, the following are some clubs that have recognized the Sheepadoodle.

Take a look.

  • American Canine Hybrid Club – ACHC
  • Dog Registry of America, Inc. – DRA
  • International Designer Canine Registry. – IDCR

Keep in mind that you cannot have your Sheepadoodle participate in various dog shows all over the globe.

Sheepadoodle - All You Need to Know About the Cute Sheepdog Poodle Mix

The Best Dog Food for Sheepadoodles: A Quick Peek

Sheepadoodles are medium to large dogs that need a large number of calories throughout the day.

However, people often don’t understand just how much food they should give to their furry friend.

Most Sheepadoodles that I’ve come across are either overweight or underweight which is why it is essential to know the number of calories you should feed your dog during the day to ensure that you meet all of your dog’s dietary needs.

So, how can you ensure that?

Let’s Talk About Calories

As I’ve mentioned before, you should provide your dog with the right amount of food he needs to ensure that he maintains a healthy weight and is neither too thin nor too fat.

There are a few things to keep in mind when determining the number of calories your dog needs per day:

  • The size of the dog
  • Current weight
  • Ideal weight
  • Exercise needs
  • Medical issues

The best way to figure out the number of calories your dog needs is to ask your vet as they’re the expert in the situation.

Even if you have multiple Sheepadoodles, you shouldn’t assume that what works for one dog may work for the other. Generally, adult Sheepadoodles need 1300 kcals per day to maintain their weight.

Here are some excellent dog foods for Sheepadoodles:

Grooming a Sheepadoodle, Health, and Exercise!

There’s more to owning a dog than just the price that you pay to the kennel to purchase your pup!

Dogs are a long-term investment and, as the owner, it is your responsibility to take care of your furry friend—which also includes meeting your dog’s needs and requirements. This includes grooming, exercise, health issues, etc.

In this section of the blog post, I will go through some of the Sheepadoodle’s maintenance needs.

Let’s begin.

Further Reading: How to Train A Dog

Here’s A Note on the Sheepadoodle’s Health

Did you know that designer breed dogs are generally healthier than purebred ones?

This is because hybrid dogs have a greater genetic variation which makes them resistant to certain genetic diseases. Sheepadoodles are generally healthy dogs and have minimal diseases.

However, like all dog breeds, they are prone to getting certain diseases, such as:

  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Skin problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Renal disorders
  • Tricuspid dysplasia
  • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Patellar luxation
  • Mitral dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Bloat

We recommend you take your dog to the vet at regular intervals and check for symptoms to ensure that your doggy is healthy and happy.

Grooming Your Sheepadoodle

One of the best things about Sheepadoodles is the fact that they don’t shed.

However, these dogs do need to get brushed on a regular basis to maintain their long and wavy coat as they’re prone to getting mats and knots. Since Sheepadoodles are mixed dogs, they can have straight or curly—both of which require you to brush them at least three times a week.

Here are some dog brushes that we recommend for your Sheepadoodle:

You can also trim your dog’s coat as necessary—especially when it covers your dog’s eyes and compromises his vision!

It is also essential that you clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis to avoid infections.

Further Reading:  How to Groom a Dog

Life Expectancy of Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodles have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. This, of course, depends on your dog’s diet and lifestyle.

Summing Up: All You Need to Know About the Cute Sheepadoodle!

Sheepadoodles are adorable little dogs that are a cross between a Standard Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog.

However, as with all designer dog breeds, the looks, personality, and temperament of the Sheepadoodle vary depending on which side of the family this dog takes after. So, a Sheepadoodle can:

  • Take after the Poodle side of the family
  • Take after the Old English Sheepdog side of the family
  • Be a mixture of both

Whatever the case may be, one this is for sure, though.

Sheepadoodles have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. This, of course, depends on your dog’s diet and lifestyle.

Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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