The Sheepadoodle (sometimes known as the Sheepapoo, Sheepadoo, and Sheepoodle) is a sought-after dog.
But Sheepadoodles aren’t for everybody! In this article, you’re going to learn everything there is about Sheepadoodles, including why they make great family dogs and why they might not be the right dog for you.
What’s a Sheepadoodle?
A Sheepadoodle is a member of the Doodle breed family and is a big hypoallergenic dog. Not to be confused with the Shepadoodle (a Shepherd Poodle mix), a Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle and the result is an incredibly cute-looking pooch!
Sheepadoodles have been rising in popularity, especially as more people look to find different breeds of dogs that are non-shedding and hypoallergenic.
Sheepadoodles can all look different, but the majority are colored black and white with Panda-like black circles around their eyes (giving them even more of a teddy bear look). They can also be grey, white, or brindle.
Different Sheepadoodle Generations
There are four different types of Sheepadoodles that we’re going to discuss today: F1, F1b, F2 and mini.
An F1 Sheepadoodle (first generation) is when a purebred Old English Sheepdog is bred with a purebred Standard Poodle.
An F1b Sheepadoodle is when an F1 Sheepadoodle (half Old English Sheepdog half Standard Poodle) is bred with a purebred Standard Poodle. F1b Sheepadoodles are 75% Poodle. F1b Sheepadoodles may shed less than F1 Sheepadoodles and are suitable for families with allergies.
An F2 Sheepadoodle is when two F1 Sheepadoodles are bred. They are generally less expensive than F1s and F2s.
Mirco, Toy, or Mini Sheepadoodles
What is the size of a Sheepadoodle?
A full grown adult Sheepadoodle weigh around 45-80 pounds and stands 13-28 inches tall.
Of course, if the parents are bigger, you might end up with a dog slightly on the larger side but it’s uncommon to find a giant Sheepadoodle.
Black and white Sheepadoodles are the most common, but you’ll also see pure white, pure grey, white and grey, tri-colored (brown, black, and white), and merle.
A Sheepadoodle’s color and markings depend largely on the Poodle parent.
What is the price of a Sheepadoodle?
Standard Sheepadoodle puppies are around $2,000-$4,000. Many Sheepadoodle breeders have waitlists that are over a year long. This is due to the high demand of the Sheepadoodle.
On top of the regular costs of owning a dog (vet bills, food, training) you can expect to pay quite a bit to keep your Sheepadoodle groomed. A visit to the groomers can cost upwards of $100 every 4-6 weeks, and as we will discuss later on, Sheepadoodles have a high-maintenance coat and require lots of grooming.
Are Sheepadoodles a lot of Work?
In short, yes. Sheepadoodles, like all Doodles, need frequent grooming. Since they are intelligent dogs, they need mental stimulation as well as daily walks and activities.
Our Sheepadoodle gets around 1.5-2 hours of activity a day, ranging from walks, runs, fetch and training. As for grooming, if you want to keep the coat long, aim for 30 minutes of combing and brushing every other day (and sometimes daily depending on your dog’s hair).
If you shave your Sheepadoodle down every several weeks, you will be able to forfeit the brushing sessions, but, as every Sheepadoodle has different hair, you’ll want to monitor it carefully to ensure no mats are forming.
To get a taste of what grooming a Sheepadoodle at home is like, check out this guide to Sheepadoodle grooming.
What is the Sheepadoodle’s temperament and personality?
A Sheepadoodle’s temperament is playful, intelligent, loyal and friendly! We also get remarks on how great our Sheepadoodle’s temperament is.
Of course, every dog is different. When you start speaking with breeders, make sure to ask what the parents are like and how their temperaments are.
Are Sheepadoodles good guard dogs?
The Old English Sheepdog is known for “sounding the alarm” when an intruder comes into their territory.
Sheepadoodles can inherit this trait and will let you know when a stranger is coming near your home.
Since Sheepadoodles are very smart, you can also train them to be good guard dogs.
Are Sheepadoodles cuddly?
Most Sheepadoodles are incredibly cuddly, but that doesn’t mean all dogs will want to snuggle up with you. The general consensus is that Sheepadoodles want to get as close as possible to their humans, and certainly won’t mind squishing themselves in between everyone!
Sheepadoodles are known to snuggle up to family members and guests! They are happy as long as they’re near people.
Are Sheepadoodles good with kids?
Sheepadoodles have an endless appetite to play! They love being around kids as it often means they will get lots of attention and can play for hours. They make great babysitters, but like any dog, they should be supervised around children.
Are Sheepadoodles playful?
Although they are playful, they also love to be mellow when it’s time to relax and have no problem laying at your feet (or on top of your lap).
Are Sheepadoodles hypoallergenic?
An F1 Sheepadoodle (meaning it is bred from an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle) is hypoallergenic (although, no dog can be 100% hypoallergenic).
Dust and other allergens from the outside world can get in their hair when kept long, so if you have allergies to grass, pollen, etc., you might notice yourself getting sniffly around your dog.
While this isn’t the dog that is causing your allergies technically, all you’ll need to do is give them a good bath for relief of any outdoor allergies you have.
Do Sheepadoodles shed?
Sheepadoodles are a non-shedding dog! Because they don’t shed, they need daily brushing and combing or they will be very matted. Mats can be very painful, and you want to do what you can to avoid them on your dog.
As mentioned above, aim to brush and groom your Sheepadoodle for 30-45 minutes a day. If you wish to avoid all that brushing, you can always keep your Sheepadoodle shaved down, which will require a visit to the groomers every 4-6 weeks.
Grooming can become very costly with any doodle, so keep that in mind!
Are Sheepadoodles smart?
The Poodle is one of the smartest dogs in the world and Sheepadoodles certainly inherit this trait! They are easily trainable due to being so smart!
And don’t be surprised if they outsmart you — Sheepadoodles are known to be funny and definitely have a devious side.
Is Grooming A Sheepadoodle High-Maintenence?
Sheepadoodle grooming should be its own Olympic sport!
Sheepadoodles (like all Doodle breeds) require lots of grooming to prevent mats. As mentioned above, you will need to take them to a groomer every 4-6 weeks and/or brush/comb them often.
It’s important to start brushing as soon as you get your Sheepadoodle puppy so they can get used to it. Our Sheepadoodle is so used to being brushed that she falls asleep as I brush her now.
On top of brushing, Sheepadoodles (being part Poodle) require regular ear cleaning. Some dogs also need the hair in their ears to be regularly plucked out or removed to prevent ear infections.
You will need to discuss this with your veterinarian as ear-hair-plucking differs from dog to dog.
Are Sheepadoodles Low Energy?
Sheepadoodles are medium to high energy.
If you feel the Sheepadoodle might not be right for you in terms of energy levels, you should consider a Bernedoodle. Bernedoodles are quite similar to Sheepadoodles but are less energetic. You can read my Sheepadoodles vs Bernedoodle comparison to compare the two breeds.
What health concerns do Sheepadoodles have?
When buying a Sheepadoodle, it’s essential to find a reputable breeder to decrease the chance of any health issues.
Sheepadoodles can potentially inherit any of the health issues from either parent and can suffer from:
- joint problems
- allergies/sensitive stomach
and others. It’s essential to speak with your breeder about your concerns in regards to health issues.
What is the life-expectancy of the Sheepdoodle?
As the Sheepadoodle is a newer breed, there isn’t a lot of information on their life expectancy just yet, however, Old English Sheepdogs live to be around 11 years old and Standard Poodles live to be approximately 12 years old. You can expect the Sheepadoodle to have a similar lifespan.
Other Sheepadoodle traits
Sheepadoodle puppies nip a lot. This is because they often inherit nipping and herding traits from the Old English Sheepdog. This exceeds normal puppy nipping and is quite painful with their sharp little teeth, so be prepared to nip that in the bud.
Sheepadoodles can sometimes inherit a strong-prey drive from the poodle. You might not know, but Poodles have high prey-drives and were used as duck-hunters!
Sheepadoodles are also amiable and social dogs. They love other animals and if appropriately socialized, will get along with any dog they come across! They also love people and make the best family dogs.
Where to buy a Sheepadoodle
Trying to find Sheepadoodle puppies near you can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
To help you find Sheepadoodle puppies for sale near you, you can go through this directory of Sheepadoodle breeders. It’s a good place to start, but you still need to do your own research.
There are also Doodle rescues where you can find a Sheepadoodle who needs a loving home.
Occassionally, Sheepadoodles that are up for adoption will also get posted in the following Sheepadoodle Facebook groups:
Should I get a Sheepadoodle?
Sheepadoodles are exceptionally smart, playful and make fantastic family dogs for active families. They sometimes use their wit to act like a goofball and can be described as a clown. With a Sheepadoodle, your life will never be boring.
Sheepadoodles are easy to train as pups but will be very nippy and could try to herd young children and small animals if not appropriately trained.
They are also quite stubborn and have a mind of their own. So while they might pick up their training right away, they might decide of a better way to do what you ask of them. 🙂
Also, our Sheepadoodle Spotlight page is full of Sheepadoodles. You can get to know different Standard Sheepadoodles around the world and see what they’re like.
Why You Shouldn’t Get a Sheepadoodle
There are a couple of reasons why you shouldn’t get a Sheepadoodle:
- Sheepadoodles are pricey: And I don’t just mean their initial cost. Keeping a non-shedding dog like the Sheepadoodle mat free requires either lots of trips to the groomers or lots of at home grooming (and usually both!)
- Sheepadoodles are high energy: Some people would prefer a dog that’s a bit more relaxed and generally, Sheepadoodles have lots of energy they need expelled through daily walks and training.
No, not all Sheepadoodles will turn grey. Some remain black and white.
With the right socialization and training, your Sheepadoodle should not bark a lot.
All Sheepadoodles are different, but generally, when they will calm down between the ages of 4-5. Read about Sheepadoodle energy-levels here.
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