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Sheepadoodle 101: Everything You Need to Know

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Sheepadoodle, Sheepapoo, Sheeppoo, Sheepdoodle, Sheepdogpoo. This breed sure has lots of cute names to choose from!

A Sheepadoodle is a mix of an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle. Thanks to its parents’ breeds, it is an excellent hybrid that sheds minimally. This breed is super friendly and loyal. Bonus that it also happens to look like a furry little teddy bear!

Sheepadoodle Generations

F1 Sheepadoodle, also called the first generation, is a mix of 50% Old English Sheepdog and 50% Poodle. This results in the healthiest combination of the two parent breeds. Because of hybrid vigor, this cross usually inherits the best bits from both its parents.

F1b Sheepadoodle results when an F1 Sheepadoodle and a purebred Poodle have been crossed. Because 75% of this mix is Poodle, it usually results in a much curlier and less shedding coat. 

F2 Sheepadoodle, or second generation, is a cross between two F1 Sheepadoodles. As with any other crossed breed, this is not the most favorable mix. If done over several generations, the genetic issues of both the Poodle and Old English Sheepdog may reappear.

Appearance of a Sheepadoodle

Colors

Most commonly, a Sheepadoodle has a black and white coat. You can also find them with a solid black or solid white coat. Or even red and white, solid brown, or grey! It all comes down to the parents’ coats. 

Coat, Shedding and Hypoallergenic Level

Likewise, the coat curliness can vary from straight to wavy to curly. If your doodle inherits most of the Poodle characteristics, it usually has very curly hair. Furthermore, the curlier its hair, the less it usually sheds. 

Sheepadoodles are considered rather low-shedding, hypoallergenic dogs. Thus, they’re great for people who suffer from a dog dander allergy.

On the other hand, Sheepadoodles have long hair. Therefore, you should brush your doodle’s coat at least a few times a week, and also have it groomed regularly.  

 F1F1bF2
Coat DescriptionCoats are usually more wavy than curly, which grows to a typical length of 3-5 inches. May or may not have an undercoat.Coats are more likely to be curly than wavy, and grows to a typical length of 3-5 inches. May or may not have an undercoat.Coats can vary greatly – curly, wavy, and anywhere in between – with varying lengths. May or may not have an undercoat.
Grooming/Coat Maintenance*High careVery high careModerate to very high care
SheddingSome to light-sheddingVery light to non-sheddingVery light to non-shedding
Allergy FriendlinessGreat for people or families with mild allergiesRecommended for people or families with moderate to severe allergiesRecommended for people or families with moderate to severe allergies

Size and Weight

  • Standard Sheepadoodles are a cross between a Standard Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. They weigh about 45 to 80 pounds and stand at 20 to 27 inches tall. 
  • Mini Sheepadoodle is a mix of a Mini Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. They can weigh anywhere between 25 to 45 pounds and are usually less than 20 inches in height.
  • Toy Sheepadoodle results from crossing a Toy Poodle with a Mini Sheepadoodle. As they’re tiny, they weigh around 10 to 25 pounds. 
 Toy SheepadoodleMini SheepadoodleMedium SheepadoodleStandard Sheepadoodle
Weight10-25 pounds25-35 pounds35-55 pounds55–85 pounds
Height15 or less inches tall at the shoulder15-18 inches tall at the shoulder19-22 inches tall at the shoulder23-27 inches tall at the shoulder
When Full-Grown?7.5-11 Months11-13 months11-13 Months12.5-16 Months

Of course, bigger Sheepadoodles need more living space and ideally a fenced backyard. In contrast, if you adopt a Toy Sheepadoodle, you can easily live in an apartment with them.

Sheepadoodle Personality and Temperament

Sheepapoos are usually playful, yet calm mannered. Because they inherit great intelligence levels from their parent breeds, they are easy to train. We recommend you start training your Sheepadoodle puppy at an early age. In addition, they need lots of mental stimulation. 

Sheepadoodles are active dogs who love running, hiking, swimming and playing fetch. If you have a pool, they will most certainly love it! Further, Sheepadoodles can inherit a strong herding drive from the Old English Sheepdog. In other words, you will have to make sure that they get a lot of playtime and activity hours. Otherwise, this can result in destructive behavior. 

Moreover, Sheepadoodles love being around their owners. They’re very friendly, cuddly, sociable and loyal. They are excellent for families and also make great therapy dogs.

Consequently, you should not leave your Sheepapoo alone for too long. An ideal solution would be having one family member staying home during the day. Or hire a dog walker, so your doodle gets the attention it needs!

Above all, Sheepadoodles are amazing companions. They are extremely loyal, well-behaved, very active and enjoy spending time with their owners. These cuddly teddy bears will most definitely melt your heart!

Where to Get Sheepadoodle Puppies

Due to the growing demand and competition for doodles, they are unfortunately rarely available to rescue from shelters or families (especially puppies), though it is possible.

That said, an infant puppy is easiest to buy from a breeder. There are many high-quality breeders out there who have been breeding healthy Sheepadoodles for years, and they all specialize in breeding different generations, sizes, and colors of them.

Find your perfect Sheepadoodle puppy from our Breeder Directory!

HOW TO CHOOSE A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER

By the way, a responsible breeder will make sure that both parent dogs have gone through vigorous health testing, ensuring that you get as many healthy years out of your doodle as possible.

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2 thoughts on “Sheepadoodle 101: Everything You Need to Know

  1. Both of my of my doodles are scratching ALOT. They are very healthy and active otherwise. We think it might be dry skin? No evidence of fleas, hot spots, biting feet etc.
    Chicken Allergy? I supplement their Dry food which is Science Diet (chicken and Rice) with a mix of carrots, sweet potatoes, ground chicken &cheese.
    Any ideas? Thank you for your help!

  2. Hi! We had our sheepadoodle just like that a couple months ago. We found that if you put Apple Cider Vinegar in their food (although they won’t really love it…) it really helps with it.

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