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Why You Shouldn’t Get a Sheepadoodle

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Sheepadoodles and Mini Sheepadoodles are an incredibly cute type of Doodle and are hypoallergenic dogs, but they certainly aren’t for everybody.

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 if you decide they are the right dog for you, it will be for life!

And as I am not a breeder, you can be sure that my advice has absolutely no bias whatsoever.

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Our sweet dog, Kaya

So, what are some reasons why you might not want to get a Sheepadoodle?

1. Sheepadoodles Are Expensive

Sheepadoodles cost upwards of $2,000 from a Sheepadoodle breeder.

From the initial cost to future grooming and vet bills, Sheepadoodles are not an affordable dog, by any means.

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.

Sheepadoodle on bridge outside

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.

Sheepadoodle in the mountains

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.

5. Sheepadoodle puppies tend to nip more than other breeds

Sheepadoodle puppies have earned the nickname “land sharks” for their nipping and puppy biting. As Sheepadoodles are part Old English Sheepdog (which is a herding breed) they want to nip and herd anything and everything! It requires patience and training to teach them to stop.

Lots of puppies nip, so this isn’t unique to Sheepadoodles, but Sheepadoodles seem to nip more than other breeds.

We ended up hiring a private trainer to help us with our pup’s nipping, and with his advice, we were able to get it under control; it just took some time and a lot of patience from us.

If you have the patience and you can deal with the nipping, then it isn’t too bad. Sheepadoodles grow up to be very loving dogs if they have the right training and guidance when they are puppies!

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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  1. I am currently shopping for a sheepadoodle which seems like a hopeless task. Everyone has a long wait list or they are located far away. Im 75 years old and want a buddy in the worst way .

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