This heart-melting Doodle combines the Old English Sheepdog and the Standard Poodle. You might also be familiar with this Doodle under its other names like Sheeppoo, Sheepdog Poo, and Sheep-a-poo.
While they’re still a relatively new designer breed, they’ve been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years. Part of this is that they’re an incredibly friendly breed with warm and fun personalities. Because of this, they’re wonderful dogs for families, friends, and more.
Their genial personality is not the only reason you should consider getting a Sheepdog Poodle mix. To know more, keep on reading.
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Little-Known Facts About the Sheepadoodle
To convince you a little bit more about why you should get a Sheepadoodle, here are some quirky facts that might persuade you:
- There is a famous Tik-Tok Sheepadoodle: Yep, that’s right. While the Sheepadoodles parents are both working dogs, their hard work does not stop there. One of the most famous Sheepadoodles is called Bunny, who has taken the internet by storm, communicating using buttons. Quite clever!
- Olympic figure skaters help made them famous: Two Olympic figure skaters, Fedor Andreev and Meryl Davis contributed to the popularity of this Doodle when they announced they were adopting this mini sheepadoodle, Bilbo.
- They have more than one coat color: When looking to bring a Sheepadoodle into your life, you’re not limited in choice. They come in several coat colors: brown, red, black, and blue.
What’s the Sheepadoodle Price?
On average, Sheepadoodle puppies can cost between $1,000-$3,000 in price. If you want a Micro Sheepadoodle, they can cost an additional $500-$800. However, many factors can influence their final costs, such as their coat color, eye color, location, and breeders’ reputation. You should also consider having other expenses like vaccinations, vet bills, microchips, food, and much more.
Are Sheepadoodles hypoallergenic?
When seeing if a dog sheds much, it’s essential to know that no dog is entirely hypoallergenic. However, regarding the Sheepadoodle, it’s a very low shedding dog, being great to own if you suffer from a lot of allergies. It is vital to know, though, that they sometimes can shed small amounts, which need to be kept on top with the proper grooming.
Temperament & Intelligence
The Old English Sheepdog is perfect to own if you’re looking for a laid-back dog. This is a well-rounded dog that’s friendly, playful, and energetic. Most of the time, these dogs are mellow and love to please any person they come into contact with.
They aren’t a yappy breed or one that likes to bark a lot. However, they can be known to sometimes bark at unknown noises, strangers, and situations, making them an ideal watchdog. But generally, most people fall for this breed as they tend to be playful, kind, and have a real sweet nature.
Other large doodle breeds I’ve covered and you should read are the Bernedoodle and the Cadoodle, so go ahead and check them out.
Are Sheepadoodles Good for Families?
If you’re looking for a family dog, then a Sheepadoodle can be great. Generally, they’re wonderful dogs that require a lot of attention and affection. They kind of thrive off human company.
If you’re a family who’s quite busy all the time and have quite busy kids, I wouldn’t recommend getting a Sheepadoodle.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
The Sheepdog Poodle mix is naturally a social animal that thrives off the company of other pets in their home. If socialized from a young age, they will get along well with other cats and dogs in your home.
Food & Diet Requirements
A Sheepadoodle’s diet should factor in its size and energy levels. They’re a big breed, so they can gain weight and eat quickly, becoming bloated. Because of this, you should break their meals into smaller portions across the day. Try and keep their diet balanced with high-quality dog food when doing so.
You’ll want to give them protein to ensure their body functions well, especially amino acids. Also, make sure to give them food with a lot of dietary fats that can help keep their coat shiny and healthy. However, just like other dogs, the dietary requirements of a Sheepdoodle will change from puppyhood to adulthood.
Therefore to get the best idea of what to feed a Sheepadoodle, you’ll want to speak to your local veterinarian, who will give recommendations about food based on their diet, weight, health, and energy levels.
The Sheepadoodle is a relatively new mixed dog breed, so it can come in a few different sizes. That’s all based on them having a Standard, Miniature, or Toy Poodle parent, influencing their size. However, with them mainly having a Standard Poodle parent, they can be slightly larger than most doodles.
On average, they can weigh between 60-80lbs/28-37kg and grow up to 16-22 inches/41-56cm. However, they will be much smaller if they have a toy or Miniature Poodle parent.
Sheepadoodle Life expectancy
The Sheepadoodle can live 12-15 years on average if fed a healthy diet and looked after well.
Due to their highly energetic Sheepdog parent, the Sheepadoodle is a hybrid that requires a lot of intense daily exercise. So you’ll need to give them at least 90 minutes a day of workout through either a walk or a run.
They can often make fantastic running companions as they have a natural herding background, making them chase and love to play games of fetch. Therefore, when you can try and mix up their exercises, you might also want to take them to a dog park, letting them socialize with other dogs out there.
However, if you don’t let them have enough exercise each day, they can quickly become boisterous and might chase other pets or children. You won’t want to forget their mental stimulation either. As they can inherit the smart nature from a Poodle, you’ll want to play brain games with them like using a Kong toy, puzzles, and more.
This is a highly intelligent dog that can learn a lot and quickly through training if done from a young age. Part of this is that both parents are working breeds and can pick up a lot of knowledge when required.
When training, you’ll want to do it while young in small periods to keep them entertained. Try and stick to positive reinforcement-based training, as this will produce the best results and less likely problematic behaviors.
You can’t skip their grooming if you plan on owning a Sheepadoodle. After all, they tend to have long coats that can be flat, curly, or wavy, requiring great care! When it comes to brushing their coat, you’ll want to do it every day. Doing this will be the easiest way to stop it from matting and will help remove any excess debris or dirt that gets stuck in their fur.
Alongside this, they should be groomed every eight weeks. If you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself, I recommend taking them to a professional groomer. It’s also important to note that these dogs have longer coats, making them a breed that does not handle hot weather well. Therefore, it’s better if their coats are trimmed shorter for the summer, as they could easily overheat.
Sheepadoodle Health Conditions
Most of the time, the Sheepadoodle is generally quite a healthy breed. If they get any health problems, they’re usually hereditary. It’s not always guaranteed, but they can be at risk of inheriting the following:
- Hip dysplasia
- Addison’s disease
- Skin disorders
It’s not guaranteed that these dogs will have major health problems; however, you must take them to a vet for regular checkups to rule them out.
Male vs. Female
Males tend to take a back seat, having a shadow-type mentality. At the same time, females are more family-oriented and are a lot more independent. They also like to watch over the family and take in their surroundings more. So if you want a Sheepadoodle better suited to children, you should opt for a female.
Overall, the Sheepadoodle is a friendly and gentle dog that is fantastic for families who can devote much time to it. It’s a high-energy breed requiring at least 90 minutes of intense exercise every day. If you’re not around to provide them with sufficient exercise, then they’re a bred that can easily get boisterous and bark from time to time.
The Sheepadoodle is a low shedding breed, being great for allergy sufferers. However, just because they’re low shedding does not mean you should neglect their coat grooming.
Is the Sheepadoodle a dog that would fit into your life? Let us know in the comments.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he leverages his expertise and passion. With three generations of poodles under his care, Marko is a lifelong enthusiast of the breed and all animals, bringing his love and appreciation to his work every day.