While Sheepadoodles make great family pets, there are several reasons why someone might not want to get a Sheepadoodle.
As someone who owns a Sheepadoodle myself, I want to make sure that prospective doodle owners know exactly what they are getting into. Many Sheepadoodles and doodle-type dogs end up in Doodle rescues and shelters every year.
To avoid this, it’s important to be fully transparent about the Sheepadoodle so that if you decide they are the right dog for you, it will be for life!
So, what are some reasons why you might not want to get a Sheepadoodle?
1. Sheepadoodles Are Expensive
From the initial cost to future grooming and vet bills, Sheepadoodles are not a cheap dog, by any means.
Sheepadoodles cost upwards of $2,000 from a Sheepadoodle breeder. You can always adopt a dog from a doodle rescue if you’d like to provide a home for an adult Sheepadoodle and save on the initial cost.
2. Sheepadoodles Require Lots of At-Home Grooming
Sheepadoodles are generally a non-shedding dog and need to be combed and brushed often!
If you want to keep your Sheepadoodle’s hair long, you will need to set aside roughly 30 minutes per day to brush, comb and groom your Sheepie.
This is done to prevent the hair from matting. Mats can be very painful and unfortunately, groomers are often wary of doodles as their owners often bring them in full of mats.
I personally think it’s a lack of knowledge because most of us would never want our dogs to be in pain! This is why I always try to make future-doodle owners aware of the time commitment needed to keep their fur-babies knot-and-tangle free.
If you don’t have time to brush that often, your alternative is to send your pooch to the groomers every few weeks.
Each location is different for the price, but I’ve found that groomers usually charge $100-$150 for a full doodle groom and about $50-$100 for a tidy. It would be a great idea to call groomers in your area and see what the going rates are.
3. Sheepadoodles Require Frequent Trips to the Groomers
As I mentioned above, Sheepadoodles need frequent trips to the groomer.
Unlike dogs that shed, Sheepadoodles need to see a groomer often in order to keep them knot, mat and dirt free.
This can be quite costly depending on where you live, so it’s important to factor the cost of grooming into your budget when planning for a new puppy.
4. Sheepadoodles Are Usually Very High-Energy
The Sheepadoodle is a high-energy dog! Even though they can be quite cuddly, they still need to burn off their energy.
Dog daycare is a great option for tiring your dog out if you work away from home.
Most Sheepadoodles require a couple of hours of exercise (walks, fetch, runs) per day. Your new mantra after you get your Sheepadoodle is going to be, “a happy dog is a tired dog” which couldn’t be more true for the Sheepadoodle.
Like any dog, when a Sheepadoodle becomes restless from lack of stimulation and exercise, they can become destructive.
If you don’t have the time to properly exercise your Sheepadoodle (or the resources to send them to dog daycare) it might be a good idea to look into a low-energy dog breed.
You might also be interested in this comparison between Sheepadoodles and Bernedoodles. Bernedoodles tend to have a bit less energy than a Sheepadoodle. They still require lots of attention, but can be a bit calmer.
Should You Get a Sheepadoodle?
Like many other breeds of dogs, Sheepadoodles can be expensive. Between vet and grooming bills, the cost adds up. You can always lessen the cost of grooming by grooming your Sheepadoodle at home!
If a Sheepadoodle seems like the perfect dog for you, it’s time to find a Sheepadoodle breeder by searching through our list and looking up breeders in your area!
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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!