Ah, the mini Sheepadoodle (also known as a miniature Sheepadoodle or micro Sheepadoodle in some cases)! A pint-sized version of a standard Sheepadoodle complete with that oh-so-adorable teddy-bear face.
A Sheepadoodle is a big hypoallergenic dog crossed between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle, whereas a mini Sheepadoodle is an Old English Sheepdog crossed with a Miniature Poodle and is usually less than 45 pounds.
Are you wondering whether a mini Sheepadoodle is right for you and your family?
First, read my comprehensive post all about Sheepadoodles to learn about their temperaments, grooming, energy levels and more! This post has a TON of great information in it, and clicking on the link will open a new browser window so you don’t need to worry about losing your post in this article.
Much of the information for a standard Sheepadoodle will translate over into a mini Sheepadoodle, so it’s a good idea to know about the standard Sheepadoodle as well, even if your heart is set on getting a mini or micro!
How Big Do Mini Sheepadoodles Get?
Generally, a mini Sheepadoodle can average around 20 pounds, however, some breeders classify a mini Sheepadoodle as less than 50 pounds.
It’s best to reach out to different mini Sheepadoodle breeders to get an idea of what they think their litter will be like, based on the parents.
Mini Sheepadoodle Warning
When I started searching Google for mini Sheepadoodles, one thing stood out to me.
Many of the photos I was viewing (both in articles and in Google images) were actually photos of standard size Sheepadoodles as puppies.
And the reason I know this is because I know the dogs from Facebook groups I’m a part of.
It’s quite misleading to think you are viewing a photo of a mini Sheepadoodle when in fact, it’s a photo of a regular Sheepadoodle as a puppy.
I’ve included some photos of some gorgeous, real mini Sheepadoodles (like Posie, below) so you know what a full-grown mini/micro Sheepadoodle will actually look like:
I thought this was a point worth mentioning as I’m sure a lot of people are hoping to buy a mini Sheepadoodle so they can preserve that adorable puppy-dog look forever, but just as other small dogs change as they become adults, so will a mini Sheepadoodle.
Regardless, a fully grown mini Sheepadoodle will still pull on your heartstrings because they are simply adorable.
Mini Sheepadoodle or Micro Sheepadoodle?
Some breeders use the term micro/mini interchangeably.
Some breeders have a distinction between mini and micro.
You will need to ask your potential breeder the weight and size of their mini/micro Sheepadoodles so that you can get an idea of what they offer.
Why Choose a Mini Sheepadoodle?
Sheepadoodles are great family dogs for those who are active and want a smart dog to accompany them on walks and different adventures.
Being that the Sheepadoodle is becoming so popular, people began looking for smaller options. Standard Sheepadoodles can weigh anywhere from 65-75+ pounds when fully grown, therefore, a miniature Sheepadoodle is perfect for those who want to have a dog with all the wonderful qualities of a Sheepadoodle in a smaller size.
Mini Sheepadoodle Grooming
Grooming a Sheepadoodle is extensive. They require lots of at-home grooming and frequent trips to the groomer to avoid matting.
Since they are small to medium hypoallergenic dogs and do not shed, you must brush and comb their hair often.
A standard sized Sheepadoodle requires upwards of 30 minutes per day of combing and brushing.
A Mini Sheepadoodle will still require daily brushing, but since they are medium-sized dogs, there will be less of them to brush. The coat, however, is still quite high-maintenance and will need regular brushing and trips to the groomer, which can get costly.
Mini Sheepadoodle Temperament
The mini Sheepadoodle has a loving temperament. They are very smart, easy to train and love to be around their families.
They can also be quite goofy and stubborn, much like their cousin, the Sheepadoodle. Life with a Sheepadoodle is never boring!
Mini Sheepadoodle Markings
Just like the standard sized Sheepadoodle, mini Sheepadoodle’s often have unique markings that can vary between white, black and brown. Their unique markings often set them apart from other doodle-type breeds.
Energy Levels of a Mini Sheepadoodle
Both a Sheepadoodle and a mini Sheepadoodle require lots of exercises and mental stimulation. They are very smart dogs and will need a lot of attention!
This is not the dog for someone who is looking for a lazy dog to lay around the house.
Where to Buy a Mini Sheepadoodle
When searching for Mini Sheepadoodles to buy, you can look for two things:
- Mini Sheepadoodles near you (so you can drive and pick up your puppy)
- Mini Sheepadoodle breeders out-of-state/province (where you will need to have your puppy flown in or fly to pick up your puppy)
You want to make sure you are buying your mini Sheepadoodle from a reputable Sheepadoodle breeder. Many breeders will sell both standard and miniature-sized Sheepadoodles and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the breed.
You also might be able to find a mini Sheepadoodle in a doodle rescue. Rescues are always worth checking out as you can find many loving dogs needing homes!
Why Mini Sheepadoodles aren’t for everybody
Mini Sheepadoodles require lots of grooming and demand lots of attention and exercise. A Mini Sheepadoodle is not for you if you would prefer a low-energy dog and do not wish to spend lots of time brushing and combing your dog.
Who is the Mini Sheepadoodle for?
If you want a medium-sized, high-energy dog that you can take on all of life’s adventures, the Mini Sheepadoodle may be the right companion for you!
What are your thoughts on the Mini Sheepadoodle? Leave a comment below!
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