Sheepadoodle 101 An Intro to the Old English Sheepdog-Poodle Mix

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.

1st Parent2nd Parent% Old English Sheepdog*% Poodle*
F1 Sheepadoodle (first-generation)Old English SheepdogPoodle50%50%
F1B Sheepadoodle (first-generation backcross)F1 SheepadoodlePoodle25%75%
F1BB Sheepadoodle (first-generation backcross backcross)F1B SheepadoodlePoodle12.5%87.5%
F2 Sheepadoodle (second-generation)F1 SheepadoodleF1 Sheepadoodle50%50%
F2B Sheepadoodle (second-generation backcross)F1 SheepadoodleF1B Sheepadoodle37.5%62.5%
F2B Sheepadoodle (alternate cross)F2 SheepadoodlePoodle25%75%
F3 / Multigen SheepadoodleF1B Sheepadoodle or higherF1B Sheepadoodle or higherVariesVaries
*These are generic calculations only – genetics are rarely mathematically accurate.
Doodle Generations explained 2022

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. 

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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

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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
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Size and Weight

  • Standard Sheepadoodles are a cross between a Standard Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. They weigh about 55 to 85 pounds and stand at 22 to 27 inches tall. 
  • Mini or Medium Sheepadoodle is a mix of a Mini Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. They can weigh anywhere between 25 to 55 pounds and are usually less than 22 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/Medium SheepadoodleStandard Sheepadoodle
Weight10-25 pounds25-55 pounds55–85 pounds
Height*15 inches or less15-22 inches22-27 inches
Age at Full-Grown7.5-11 Months11-13 months12.5-16 Months
*A dog’s height is measured from their withers, which is the highest part of their shoulder blades.

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.

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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. 

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

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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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