Sheepadoodle puppy being kissed

Is a Sheepadoodle Right For You?

Dana Nicole Dogs, Sheepadoodle

The Sheepadoodle is one of the cutest dogs around, and if you find yourself wondering whether a Sheepadoodle is right for you and your family, there are a few things you’ll want to know.

What is a Sheepadoodle?

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)!

There are four different types of Sheepadoodles: F1, F1b, F2 and mini.

  • F1 Sheepadoodles are bred with a purebred Old English Sheepdog and a purebred Standard Poodle. As you are breeding two purebred dogs, F1’s generally come at a higher price.
  • F1b results when an F1 and a purebred are mated.
  • F2 is when two F1 dogs are bred. They are generally less expensive than F1s and F2s.
  • Mini Sheepadoodles are bred with an Old English Sheepdog and a Miniature Poodle. They are usually less than 45 pounds.

To make navigating this article on Sheepadoodles easier, I’ve created a table of contents so you can skip to the sections you wish to read:

  1. Sheepadoodle Size
  2. How Much Does a Sheepadoodle Cost?
  3. Are Sheepadoodles Lots of Work?
  4. Sheepadoodle Temperament
  5. Sheepadoodle Guard Dog Behaviour
  6. Are Sheepadoodles Cuddly?
  7. Is a Sheepadoodle Hypoallergenic?
  8. Do Sheepadoodles Shed?
  9. Sheepadoodle Intelligence Level
  10. Sheepadoodles and Kids
  11. Sheepadoodles Playfulness
  12. Grooming a Sheepadoodle
  13. Sheepadoodle Energy Level
  14. Sheepadoodle Health Concerns
  15. Sheepadoodle Life-Expectancy
  16. Other Sheepadoodle Facts

Sheepadoodle Size

Standard Sheepadoodles usually weigh around 45-80 pounds and are 13-28 inches tall. Many people wonder whether they can get a giant Sheepadoodle.  Of course, if the parents are bigger, you might end up with a dog slightly on the larger side. But will your Sheepadoodle look like my giant Sheepadoodle that I photoshopped? Most definitely not 🙂

A "giant" photoshopped Sheepadoodle

A photoshopped picture of a giant Sheepadoodle

How Much Do Sheepadoodles Cost?

Sheepadoodle puppies cost around $2,000-$3,000. Many Sheepadoodle breeders have waitlists that are over a year long. This is due to the high demand of the Sheepadoodle.

Sheepadoodles aren’t cheap to buy nor are they cheap to raise. 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 $120 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 require a lot of work in regards to exercise and grooming.

Our Sheepadoodle gets 2+ hours of activity a day ranging from walks, runs and fetch. If you want to keep the coat long, aim for 30-45 minutes of grooming (combing and brushing).

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.

I wrote this incredibly in-depth guide to Sheepadoodle grooming that you should read if you are curious about how to maintain their coat on your own.

What is a Sheepadoodle’s Temperament?

A Sheepadoodle’s temperament is playful, intelligent, loyal and friendly! We also get remarks on how great our Sheepadoodle’s temperament is.

Of course, each dog is going to differ. 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. They will let out a large and low bark, often accompanied by a mean growl.

Sheepadoodles often inherit this trait and make excellent watchdogs, which will let you know when a stranger is coming near your home.A sheepadoodle laying on the ground

However, past that, they are much too skittish to attack and will retreat if they feel threatened or in danger. But they will undoubtedly try to scare a stranger off with their intimidating bark!

When my Sheepadoodle and I were faced with a break-in a while ago, she stood her ground with a loud bark to try and scare off the intruder. When I got the chance to escape through the front door, she was right on my heels and wasn’t going to leave my side!

Are Sheepadoodles Cuddly?

Most Sheepadoodles are incredibly cuddly, but that doesn’t mean all dogs will want to snuggle up with you. Our Sheepadoodle is veeery cuddly and will always find a way to squish herself on the couch if it means a good cuddle!

A sheepadoodle and a girl on a couch

Our Sheepadoodle is no stranger to hopping up and getting settled on our laps. She’ll do the same with our guests (as long as they don’t mind, which they never do)! She’s happy as long as she’s near people!

Are Sheepadoodles Hypoallergenic?

Yes! An F1 Sheepadoodle (meaning it is bred from an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle) is hypoallergenic. What I’ve found is that dust and other allergens from the outside world can get stuck and trapped 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.

A sheepadoodle sitting

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! Just the other day, my husband was sitting in our Sheepadoodle’s (Kaya) favorite spot on the couch. Kaya scratched at the door to be let out, so he got up and went to open the door to let Kaya out. When he opened the door up, he looked, and Kaya was not there. He looked back at his spot on the couch, and she had taken her place back and was snuggled up!

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, should be supervised around children and introduced to them as a puppy.

Are Sheepadoodles Playful?

Sheepadoodles love to play and they won’t stop until someone else stops them! They are very active dogs and love to be surrounded by their family, so they make excellent companions for running, hiking, camping and any activity.

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).

Is Grooming A Sheepadoodle High-Maintenence?

Sheepadoodle grooming should be its own Olympic sport!

Sheepadoodles require lots of grooming. As mentioned above, you will need to take them to a groomer every 4-6 weeks and/or brush/comb them yourself for 30-45 minutes daily.

Sheepadoodle puppy laying on rocks

It’s important to start brushing as soon as you get your 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?

I get this question A LOT. Sheepadoodles are incredibly energetic. Kaya gets roughly 2 hours of exercise per day, and that seems to be standard among most Sheepadoodles.

And she is four years old. There’s no slowing down as she gets older!

If she doesn’t get her exercise (such as on freezing days when it’s -40 Celsius), she gets quite restless.

It’s also not uncommon for dogs to get destructive when they do not get enough exercise. And we aren’t just talking about 2 hours of walks. Kaya needs runs, fetch, socialization with other dogs, and mental stimulation.

We also sign her up for doggie daycare so she can play with other dogs once per week.

If you can’t commit to two hours a day, or cannot afford daily daycare, I do not recommend getting a Sheepadoodle.

Sheepadoodle Health Concerns

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:

  • bloat
  • seizures
  • joint problems
  • allergies/sensitive stomach

and others. It’s essential to speak with your breeder about your concerns in regards to health issues.

Sheepadoodle Life Expectancy

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

Some other things to keep in mind with Sheepadoodles is that 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!

Ours loves to chase squirrels and rabbits, so we’ve had to work very hard with her at recall. She does tend to chase cats, but I know many Sheepadoodle owners who also own cats and have no problems. Ours is still friendly with cats, but I think she is just more curious than anything and would never intentionally harm a cat. I think if we had introduced her to cats as a pup, she would be a lot more calm around them!

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.

My husband is a professional hockey player and often brings our Sheepadoodle to the rink with him to work out and hang out with the other players. She makes the greatest hockey-dog and is always well-behaved and enjoys getting to join her dad at work!

Where to Buy a Sheepadoodle

I’ve put together a list of the best Sheepadoodle breeders based upon recommendations from a group I am a part of. You need to make sure you are researching various reputable breeders.

There are also Doodle rescues where you can find a Sheepadoodle who needs a loving home.

What’s Owning a Sheepadoodle Like?

Sheepadoodles are exceptionally smart, playful and make fantastic family dogs. 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 also require lots of grooming!

A sheepadoodle dog sitting

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. 🙂

Personally, this is one of my favorite things about Kaya.

I love how being able to see her decision-making process and how she thinks for herself.

My entire family is always in stitches, laughing over some of the silly things Kaya does. She is undoubtedly a clown!

We love having Kaya in our lives. She keeps us active and makes the most excellent companion. She has traveled and lived across the world with us, and everywhere we go, we have people coming up to us asking if they can pet and take pictures with her.

She always makes us laugh with her goofy-ways and keeps me company when my husband is on the road for work.

Life would not be complete without her. We love having her part of our family!

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