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When you think of a Sheepadoodle, you might think of the standard black and white pooch. But these cuddly puppies actually come in thirteen different color coats! Their lovable appearance will melt your heart for sure.
And although breeders cannot promise what color their litter will be, it’s worth learning about the different Sheepadoodle colors so you know what your potential pup might look like.
But before we dive into all the various colors of the Sheepadoodle, let’s quickly look at the characteristics and breed history to know this dog better.
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||15 to 80 lbs (varies based on the breed size)|
|Height||13 to 24 inches|
|Coat type||Long, soft, wavy, or curly coat|
|Colors||Black and white, brown, silver, red, blue gray, tricolor, and more.|
Sheepadoodle Dog Breed: A Brief History
Sheepadoodles are a designer breed. It’s a mix of Poodle and Old English Sheepdog. They are a part of the Poodle family, and like other dogs from the family, Sheepadoodles are also non-shedding and hypoallergenic breeds.
These cute fluffy Sheepadoodles come in all sizes: mini, medium, and a standard size. The height and weight will differ accordingly.
The Mini Sheepadoodle puppies weigh around 15 to 35lbs, and the standard ones can weigh between 35 to 80 lbs.
Interestingly, this cross-breed dog is known by various names like Sheepapoo, Sheep-a-poo, Sheeppoo, and Sheepdoodle.
If you want an intelligent, fun, active dog that can mix well with your family, Sheepadoodles are the best.
Now that you have some idea about the breed, let’s move ahead and talk about Sheepadoodle colors.
13 Different Colors Of Sheepadoodle
Following are the popular colors or color combinations you can find Sheepadoodles in.
1. Gray Sheepadoodle
Grey Sheepadoodles are one of the most popular coat colors for this dog. Sheepadoodles have inherited this color from their parent breed, the Old English Sheepdog, as they are mainly found in gray, white, blue-gray, and white combinations.
You can’t actually get a solid gray Sheepadoodle. You will find them mostly in a mixed coat color of blue, white, and gray.
2. Merle Sheepadoodle
Merle Sheepadoodle is a rare find, so most dog owners are not aware that such a coat exists. Want to know why these dogs are so rare? Merle is actually a genetic pattern that gives dogs patches of colors.
A merle Sheepadoodle can only be born if the parent breeds are the dominant carrier of the merle. For example, the Old English Sheepdog must be a carrier of the M locus gene, and the Poodle should also be a merle.
3. Black Sheepadoodle
You can easily find beautiful black and white Sheepadoodles from nearly every breeder. This color combo is most popular and will be the the most likely colors you’ll come across.
4. Brown Sheepadoodle
Brown is another popular Sheepadoodle color. These pups can either be entirely brown, or a mix or brown and white, like the photo below:
5. Cream Sheepadoodle
These playful puppies look super cute with a cream coat color. Cream Sheepadoodle is developed by breeding cream Poodles together with English Sheepdogs. Cream Sheepadoodles look quite the same as white and apricot Sheepadoodle puppies.
Keep in mind that with lighter colored dogs, you may need to wash their mouths often to prevent staining from dog food or tear stains around their eyes (as it will be more noticeable).
6. Red Sheepadoodle
Red Sheepadoodle colors are again a rare find, due to which they cost a lot. But the red Sheepadoodles look so stunning that it’s worth spending some extra bucks on them. Of course, it’s more about individual choices and your budget.
7. Blue Sheepadoodle
Blue is another famous Sheepadoodle color, refering to an icy grey. However, this dog breed is not completely blue. Instead, there are blue patches on the ears, the face and the back are blue, and the rest of the body is white.
Blue Sheepadoodles are quite playful, so handling them might seem like a task. They don’t like sitting ideal and need regular exercise.
8. Grizzle Sheepadoodle
Grizzle happens when you have a dog that has no discernable pattern with the colors throughout their coats. For Sheepadoodles, grizzle coats can appear in a mixture of white, tan, brown, grey, and black.
9. Silver Sheepadoodle
Silver Sheepadoodle is another popular pick among doodle lovers. But silver Sheepadoodles are usually a mix of colors (like black and white) rather than full silver.
Generally, a black and white Sheepadoodle can turn silver as they age.
10. Blue Merle Sheepadoodle
If you have got doodle fever, you can’t help admiring the blue merle Sheepadoodle. These cuties have got a diluted pigment of blue patches that will surely melt your heart.
11. White Sheepadoodle
White Sheepadoodle puppy is one of the widely found colors. These have an entirely white body or have white patches around their eyes, paws, ears, nose, back, and chest.
White Sheepadoodles look more like their poodle parents; they shed minimally, making them the perfect indoor puppies.
12. Solid Black Sheepadoodle
Have you ever imagined a black Sheepadoodle? Yes, these cuties come in a solid black coat color, too, but it’s one of the rarest finds. Sheepadoodles mainly inherit this color from their poodle parent.
Because black Sheepadoodles are extremely rare, they are also one of the most expensive ones. Moreover, it takes time to find a solid black Sheepadoodle; you can find one only if you are lucky enough.
13. Tri-Colored Sheepadoodle
The tri-color Sheepadoodle is another popular Sheepadoodle color to find. These dogs have a mix of black, white, and brown color coats. The brown coat color is not very visible, and you may only notice the black and white coats from afar.
Do Genetics Determine Sheepadoodle Colors?
Yes, genetics determine Sheepadoodle colors. Your Sheepadoodle puppy will carry the mixed genes of its parents- Poodle and Old English Sheepdog, and it determines the pup’s color, coat, shedding, etc.
It’s quite tricky to determine which parent’s genes will be more reflected in the new pup. But coat colors are usually inherited either by the mix of two dominant genes or a recessive and a dominant gene.
For example, if you breed two dogs with grizzle and solid colors, the newborn will have more chances of developing an interesting color.
What Is The Original Color Of Sheepadoodle Puppies?
The original color of this mixed dog breed is black and white, which they mostly get from the English Sheepdog. Black and white Sheepadoodles usually have a white face and white paws on the front, and the rest of the body is black.
But this may vary for each dog. Since black and white Sheepadoodle colors are quite common, these ones tend to be expensive than other colors. For instance, you can buy black and white Sheepadoodle puppies for $1,000 to $3,000.
If you are really looking forward to welcoming these little munchkins, adoption is a great option too. Browse through our list of Doodle rescue agencies or look through our directory of Sheepadoodle breeders to find some in your area.
What Are The Rarest Colors For A Sheepadoodle Puppy?
Solid colors like gray, black, or white Sheepadoodles are very rare. Other than that, the brindle, parti, and merle gene is very difficult to find.
The Sheepadoodle’s hair color will primarily depend on the genetics of their parents.
How To Care Of Your Sheepadoodle Dog?
Sheepadoodles are a designer dog breed, so you must invest proper time in caring for them. Here are some of the tips you must follow to ensure your Sheepadoodle lives a healthier and longer life.
Sheepadoodles are energetic, playful, and super active, and need a lot of exercise to keep healthy.
Keeping them always indoors isn’t the best thing to do, so make sure to add exercise to their everyday routine. Exercise prevents the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and other diseases.
Feed Good Quality Food
Both the purebred Old English Sheepdog and the Poodle (Standard, Miniature, and Toy varieties) have slight gastric sensitivity, and the Sheepadoodle can inherit the same from its parents. Feeding them good-quality dog food is essential.
Consult your vet for the best advice.
Sheepadoodles have a long, soft, wavy coat, and they don’t shed much, but to maintain the quality, make sure to groom them at home with regular brushing. Also, it’s always best to take them to professional groomers once in a while.
Vaccinations are what keep your dog protected from diseases and help them live a longer life. A good breeder will help you understand which vaccines are required.
Obedience training is again another vital thing that you must teach your dog. Your Sheepadoodle should know at least these five basic commands: sit, stay, come, heel, and down. But don’t just stop here; keep training your dog and make them learn more commands.
Give Them Enough Love & Affection
No toy or accessory can replace the love and affection you give to your dog. These puppies love to spend time with their owners, and a lack of it can make them depressed. Take some time out from your busy schedule and play with your Sheepadoodle.
Irrespective of the colors, Sheepadoodle puppies are extremely cute and will surely make your days better. Even if you don’t get your preferred color, the black and white ones will never disappoint you.
But of course, it comes down to your preference. If you are willing to spend some extra dollars (and don’t mind waiting) you may find a Sheepadoodle in one of the rare colors we’ve listed above.
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