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Everything You Need to Know About Sheepadoodles (Poodle/Old English Sheepdog Cross)

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The Sheepadoodle is one of the cutest dogs around, although I might be biased because I’ve had a Sheepadoodle for over 5 years now and she is the absolute best.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Poodle/Sheepdog cross to make sure you are getting the right dog for yourself and your family.

What is a Sheepadoodle?

A Sheepadoodle is a member of the Doodle breed family and is a big hypoallergenic dog. Not be 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)!

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.
  • 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 small hypoallergenic dogs born from an Old English Sheepdog and a Miniature Poodle. They are usually less than 45 pounds.

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.

How Much Do Sheepadoodles Cost?

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 $120 every 4-6 weeks, and as we will discuss later on, Sheepadoodles have a high-maintenance coat and require lots of grooming.

Shaved Sheepadoodle dog with half-timber houses in the background

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. But all the work is worth it, in my opinion.

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 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, 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.

A sheepadoodle laying on the ground

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!

A sheepadoodle and a girl on a couch

Sheepadoodles are known to snuggle up to family members and guests! They are happy as long as they’re near people!

Are Sheepadoodles Hypoallergenic?

Yes! An F1 Sheepadoodle (meaning it is bred from an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle) is 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.

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 — Sheepadoodles are known to be funny and definitely have a devious side.

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! 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 (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.

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?

Sheepadoodles are medium to high energy.

If you want a dog with lower energy levels, you might want to 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.

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!

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 make things a bit easier, 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.

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.

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. 🙂

This intelligence is what draws many people to this breed.

If you still aren’t sure whether or not a Sheepadoodle is the right dog for you, consider reading these reasons on why you shouldn’t get a Sheepadoodle.

List of Sheepadoodle Breeders

If you are convinced that a Sheepadoodle is the right dog for you and your family, you should take a look at this list of Sheepadoodle breeders. These breeders were recommended to me from a Sheepadoodle Facebook group I am in. They were people who were happy with their experience.

Where Can I Find a Sheepadoodle Rescue?

If you’d prefer to adopt a Sheepadoodle, there are a few different places you can start looking for one.

First, you should check out this list of Doodle rescues. While these rescues carry all types of Doodle dogs (Goldendoodle, Labradoodle) there are Sheepadoodles as well.

Occassionally, Sheepadoodles that are up for adoption will also get posted in the following Sheepadoodle Facebook groups:

Sheepadoodle Pictures

Our Sheepadoodle Spotlight page is full of different Sheepadoodles. View their pictures, bios and get to know different Sheepadoodles all over the world.

Sheepadoodle FAQ

Here are a few other frequent questions I get about Sheepadoodles.

When do Sheepadoodles calm down?

All Sheepadoodles are different, but generally, when they will calm down between the ages of 4-5.

Do Sheepadoodles shed?

Sheepadoodles are generally non-shedding dogs but there is no guarantee that your puppy will not shed.

Do all Sheepadoodles turn grey?

No, not all Sheepadoodles will turn grey. Some remain black and white.

Do Sheepadoodles like to swim?

Many Sheepadoodles enjoy swimming so long as you take the proper precautions and train them how to swim.

Do Sheepadoodles bark a lot?

With the right socialization and training, your Sheepadoodle should not bark a lot.

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  1. i’ve been reading your articles lately as i adopted an adorable sheepadoodle about six months ago after we saw him roaming around my neighborhood for a couple of weeks. i’m from indonesia btw and I also own two pomeranian brothers. what you’ve written about its traits are so true, however, Oggie (from doggy), is very cautious with any strangers and sudden movements or sounds around him, probably due to his previous life on the streets as most people here are afraid of dogs (or hate them). i suspect he was either lost while looking for a female companion, thrown away by his previous owner because of his age, or the worst, escaped from a restaurant that serves dog meat. my neighbors and friends love his calm temper, even people who have seen us jogging every afternoon (off-leash) notice that. i don’t know who is luckier here, to have him or him finding us :).

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      What a sweet story with such a happy ending! It sounds like you have a lovely family and I’m very happy that Oggie found you! If you want to connect with other Sheepadoodle members to ask questions, feel free to join the Sheepadoodle Facebook group I run. We’d love to have you!

  2. Great article. Two Questions but a little about my sheepadoodle. We have a wonderful 9 month old male mini-Sheepadoodle and he is awesome. He is the first dog we have ever owned and he is a wonderful addition to our family (sons are both 11 and they love their younger brother). Everything you say is right on. If Devin don’t get enough exercise will act crazy and run around the inside of the house and then when you let him out, he will continue running and will want to dig. So, they do need exercise. But if you love walks or hikes or even jog a little or even just play fetch in the backyard, Devin can keep up with whatever you want to do (we did a 4-mile/1500-ft climb round trip hike and Devin was still pulling leash at the end). But at the same time, he is very, very mellow during the day and at night, just note that he will rip up stuffed if you let him.
    So in terms of questions:
    1. How do I get him to let me bush him? He hates it and I have restrain him just to brush him every couple of days. Then when he gets matts, the wife has to help me restrain so I can use the dematting tool.
    2. We r thinking of getting a second dog in about a year and wanted to get your opinion on if a second mini Sheepadoodle makes sense? Devin is very chill for 22 of the 24 hours in the day but he doesn’t like to go outside by himself and I wtas wondering if having a playmate will help with that.

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      Hi there! I’m not a certified dog trainer so my advice should be taken with a grain of salt. However, I can offer some tips.
      1. You’ll want to make brushing an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience for your pup. You might want to start by giving your dog treats whenever you pull the brush out (but don’t brush him, just associate the brush with treats). Eventually, Devin, will see the brush and will get excited because that means treat time. After he is excited to see the brush, you can try brushing him in small amounts (for very short periods of time) while giving him treats throughout! It can take a while, but the goal is to get Devin in a happy state of mind when you bring the brush out. This is what we did for our Sheepadoodle and she now sleeps while we brush her. I’d also recommend speaking with your groomer to see what they have to say!
      2. We only have the one dog so I can’t comment on two, but you should join my Facebook group for Sheepadoodle owners and ask the question in there. You can join here!

  3. Great article that’s “right on the money”. We love our Sheepadoodle (Poppy, “Pops”). Close to 2 yrs old now, she has been everything described in above article. As a puppy she was extremely mouthy with needle-sharp teeth. She didn’t nip as much as she would just softly mouth fingers, forearms, ears etc. She would also engage in what I termed “bashing”…with mouth slightly open she’d just bash into a bare leg, or forearm, hand and even the face. The needle teeth left many little puncture marks on my wife and I, and for the first 6 mos I carried around some paper towel in my pocket to deal with the little puncture wounds! We’d gently correct her and she eventually grew out of it. I began brushing both her coat and her teeth as well as cleaning her ears at 10 weeks. Most of the time she’ll jump up on the grooming table when called….but sometimes she’ll just refuse! lol…they can be willful. I’ve seen quite a few other Sheepadoodles and they all seem to be absolutely fabulous. Fun-loving, affectionate, smart, intuitive, very playful and enjoy being the clown…oh! and watch out coming down a flight of stairs because they LOVE to go between the legs, whoa! I think someday I’m getting a ride to the bottom! lol. Seriously though, these dogs are the best. fyi and if this is allowed: We went to Gladstone MI to get Pops. The breeder is Happy Rock and they are excellent! We have a deposit down on a 2nd, although I’m attempting to convince my wife to slow down and consider the amount of extra work a 2nd Sheepadoodle will entail…I think I’m going to lose this one.

  4. I think Sheepadoodles are incredibly sensitive, intelligent and numerous!
    She is our 4th dog (the 3 previous were sheepdogs). When either my husband or I am ill she stays with us almost velcroed. I am a mediator and have had her with me on a several occasions now for family mediations and she has determined to quietly place herself between people who get agitated and just quietly sit there. Most typically the agitated person simmers down and you see a hand reach down and start patting her back. Last of all, she provides us with so many chuckles at home – from believing there is always room to squeeze between us on the couch ( she is 85 lbs) to bringing us her leash when SHE believes it is time for us to take her for a walk. It is such a pleasure having her as part of our family – almost every day is a new story!

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