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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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:
- 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.
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:
Our Sheepadoodle Spotlight page is full of different Sheepadoodles. View their pictures, bios and get to know different Sheepadoodles all over the world.
Here are a few other frequent questions I get about Sheepadoodles.
All Sheepadoodles are different, but generally, when they will calm down between the ages of 4-5.
Sheepadoodles are generally non-shedding dogs but there is no guarantee that your puppy will not shed.
No, not all Sheepadoodles will turn grey. Some remain black and white.
Many Sheepadoodles enjoy swimming so long as you take the proper precautions and train them how to swim.
With the right socialization and training, your Sheepadoodle should not bark a lot.
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About the Author:
Dana is a Sheepadoodle owner and expat in Germany. While living in Europe, Dana and her husband always make sure that when they go on road trips, their pup Kaya gets to come along. Dana loves to highlight dog-friendly places you can travel to with your pooch so that your entire family can have fun together!
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