Sheepadoodle Breed Guide: Everything You Need to Know
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Sheepadoodle Breed Guide: Everything You Need to Know

by Andrew Ehlert

As the name suggests, Sheepadoodles are a mixed breed of Old English Sheepdog and Poodle. If you're considering adding a Sheepadoodle to your family, this breed has a medium to large build, and they are extremely friendly.

Sheepadoodle breeds are easy to train and very active. Keep reading to learn more about this rare designer breed and whether it will be an excellent addition to your family.

Different Sheepadoodle Varieties

As with most mixed breeds, there are different size varieties of the Sheepadoodle. The following types occur when specific sized Poodles breed with an Old English Sheepdog:

  • Mini Sheepadoodle: Miniature Poodle and Old English Sheepdog cross
  • Tiny Sheepadoodle: Toy Poodle and Old English Sheepdog cross
  • Standard Sheepadoodle: Standard Poodle and Old English Sheepdog cross

Sheepadoodle Weight and Size

A Sheepadoodle's weight can vary depending on which parent dominates the gene pool. So you're never quite sure what to expect. However, they can weigh around 50-90 pounds and grow to about 16 to 22 inches tall.

The size and weight will mostly depend on the poodle's parent. As Old English Sheepdog and a standard Poodle are both medium to large animals, you can expect a Sheepadoodle to be on the larger side.

Sheepadoodle Temperament and Personality

These fluffy cuties are lively and lovable. They are known for their high level of intelligence and loyalty to their family. Though they are very friendly with people, their loyalty makes them protective and good guard dogs. In general, Sheepadoodles get along just fine with other cats or dogs in the home if introduced at an early age.

Rewards with food and praises are vital for a successful training process. Punishing during training is not recommended as it can damage all your training efforts. Incorporating early socialization training and positive reinforcement will give your puppy guidance for desired behavior and obedience, but it really comes down to your pup's unique personality.

Sheepadoodles are affectionate and even-tempered and make perfect playmates for children and companions for seniors. Having a calm demeanor and a natural instinct to have an emotional connection with their owners makes this breed an excellent option for Emotional Support Animals.

Exercise and Grooming A Sheepadoodle

Considering their long curly fur, these breeds have low to no shedding and have gained popularity for allergy sufferers. Sheepadoodles require regular brushing to help keep their coats clean and tangle-free. Trimming your Sheepadoodle is vital, especially around their eye area. Also, check their floppy ears for debris to prevent infection.

As with most dogs, trim their nails regularly, about twice a month, so they don't click and slip on the floors. And, of course, it is always important to maintain good dental hygiene.

Sheepadoodle's fur coats can be anywhere between straight or curly. Their colors can range from pure black, black and white, or sometimes gray. Their coats are usually a mix of well-defined yet random spots that separate their colors, making them resemble panda bears.

They do well in cold months with their long fur, and in the summer months, it's best to keep their coats trimmed short.

Thanks to one of their parents, the sheepherder, these dogs have lots of energy and require daily walks and interactive games like fetch for exercise. Keep in mind that these highly intelligent animals thrive on mentally stimulating games, so ensure that you have the time and energy to dedicate to their needs.

Daily exercise will boost their overall health and well-being and help prevent major health issues like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and arthritis. They will need constant attention to avoid destructive behaviors from being left alone for too long.

Sheepadoodle breeds are fast eaters and are prone to weight gain and obesity. Divide their meal into two to three servings throughout the entire day. Get high-quality, dry kibble food formulated for a large breed with high energy. Limit the number of treats, and ask your vet about dietary needs that will change from puppyhood to adulthood.

Potential Health Concerns

Sheepadoodles can inherit similar health issues from their Old English Sheepdog and Poodle parents. Some of the most common health issues they suffer from are bloating, arthritis, hip dysplasia, Addison's disease, and skin disorders. Like any other animal, make sure your Sheepadoodle has regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early on. Ask your vet for a care routine that will help keep your dog fit and healthy.

Final Thoughts On Owning A Sheepadoodle

Each Sheepadoodle is unique. The ideal setting for this breed is out in broad open spaces since this breed is a natural fit for a rural setting. However, they can live in a suburban or urban environment with proper exercise and training. With inherited herding instincts and a sense of duty, these intelligent and social creatures need the warmth and companionship of people.

If you are looking for a calm, good-natured dog who is intelligent and energetic, then Sheepadoodles are for you. These big furry breeds will love you and your family unconditionally. With a life span of about 12-15 years, you'll have plenty of time to bond with your new fluffy friend.

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