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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.
Are you wondering whether a mini Sheepadoodle is right for you and your family? Keep reading!
What is a Mini/Micro Sheepadoodle?
A Standard 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.
Mini Sheepadoodles tend to inherit all the wonderful qualities of a standard-sized Sheepadoodle, just in pint-sized form.
Mini Sheepadoodle Size
Mini Sheepadoodles come in a variety of sizes depending on the breeder. You may find some breeders offering Micro Sheepadoodles, which are usually the smallest of the breed, but I’ve found that some breeders use the term Mini and Macro interchangeably, so it’s always best to check with the breeder as to what size they think the puppies will be!
Generally, Mini Sheepadoodles tend to be less than 35 pounds and stand around 15-18 inches tall. These are just average estimates, however. You should check with Miniature Sheepadoodle breeders in your area to get an estimated size for the puppies. Although breeders cannot confirm sizes, they can give you an educated guess based on the size of the Miniature Poodle and Old English Sheepdog parents.
I’ve included some photos of some gorgeous, mini Sheepadoodles (like Posie, below) so you know what a full-grown mini/micro Sheepadoodle will actually look like:
Or Bear, another gorgeous Miniature Sheepadoodle.
To say the least, a mini Sheepadoodle will pull on your heartstrings as they are simply adorable.
Mini Sheepadoodle Colors
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.
They can also be grey, just like their Old English Sheepdog parents. It’s impossible for a breeder to predict the color of the pups, although they may be able to make an educated guess based on the color and marking of the parent breeds.
Mini Sheepadoodle Temperament
To understand the temperament of Mini Sheepadoodles, let’s quickly learn about both parent breeds.
Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs (OES) are famously known for their roles in movies and T.V. I once heard an OES described as a long-haired clown and that couldn’t be more accurate.
Old English Sheepdogs are goofy, smart, and make amazing family dogs. As a working breed, they are intelligent and enjoy training or having jobs to do.
As a member of the herding breed family, OES tend to round up small children and other animals. In doing so, they have rightfully earned a babysitter’s badge of honor; they’ll keep a close eye on all your kids and make sure they stay together!
Unlike Poodles, Old English Sheepdogs are laid back and have medium energy. They are protective of the home and will bark to alert you to any intruders.
Whatever you call this dog, one thing is for sure: they’re cute, spunky, intelligent, and loveable! Intelligent and easy to train, the toy poodle is a favorite around the world.
Toy Poodles are energetic dogs that require roughly 60 minutes of exercise per day. They’ll also love training as they’re incredibly smart.
Now onto the Mini Sheepadoodle. The Mini Sheepadoodle has a loving temperament. They are very smart, easy to train, and love to be around their families.
Some inherit the herding desire and may nip or bite as puppies. Luckily, with the right training, your Miniature Sheepadoodle will grow out of any biting and nipping. (Please make sure to consult a trainer if you are having trouble preventing this behavior. )
Mini Sheepadoodles can also be quite goofy, just like their OES parent!
Overall, they make wonderful family dogs and inherit all the incredible qualities from the Old English Sheepadog and Poodle.
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 Mini Sheepadoodles 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.
Energy Levels of a Mini Sheepadoodle
Both a Sheepadoodle and a mini Sheepadoodle require lots of exercise 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 Mini Sheepadoodle Puppies
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.
Should you get a Mini Sheepadoodle?
Mini Sheepadoodles seem like the ultimate family dog. They’re friendly, smart, and love being around their family. However, like we’ve mentioned, they do require lots of grooming and exercise. These reasons might steer someone away from getting a Miniature Sheepadoodle.
But 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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