The Sheepadoodle: A Complete Guide

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Whenever you hear a dog breed that ends in -oodle, you can typically be sure that there are Poodle genes somewhere in there.

The Sheepadoodle is no exception to this rule, but why is the Poodle such a popular dog for cross-breeding purposes? There are several reasons for this.

For instance, Poodles have the benefit of hypoallergenic fur since their coat is much more similar to human hair than the fur that you will find on other dogs.

Poodles are also a brilliant dog breed, making them an excellent choice for owners who want a dog that can understand commands.

Let’s see if any of these qualities transferred over the Sheepadoodle since the English Sheepdog is also known as a very intelligent breed.

Bear with me as I cover every detail of this particular dog breed from A to Z.

A Sheepadoodle sitting on the floor looking upwards
An adorable Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

Of course, you can’t base your next dog purchase on how cute the puppies are, no matter how much every one of us would like to.

There are a few things that you will have to know before you decide to purchase Sheepadoodle puppies.

Judging a book by its cover (whether negatively or positively) is never a good idea, especially when it comes to puppies.

Some little dogs can be adorable on the exterior, and then the moment that you bring them home, they show their true colors, and you have a little monster on your hands for the next 14 years.

What Price are Sheepadoodle Puppies?

The first thing that you will want to determine before you purchase your Sheepadoodle is the price, and I have to warn you that these are one of the pricier breeds around.

Being a designer breed, you can expect a high asking price for them, and then some, as they start at around 2000 dollars.

The priciest Sheepadoodles will be available for around 3000 dollars, based on factors like pedigree, coat quality, and eye color.

There are some Sheepadoodles with blue eyes, though they are somewhat rare and you will find that they are typically priced even higher.

How to Find Reputable Sheepadoodle Breeders?

The ability to find Sheepadoodle breeders will depend on where you live, as cities and urban agglomerations will have a higher density of dog breeders than the countryside.

If you live in a rural area, you may find that you have to drive hours for a reputable breeder.

When you want to determine the best Sheepadoodle breeder, you will want to ask around the local breeding community, but you will also want to take matters into your own hands.

Ask your breeder if you can visit their home and see how the puppies are kept before they are sold.

We would recommend making multiple visits so that you can build up a bond with the puppy that you intend to buy, and this will also give you a better idea of breeding conditions.

3 Little Known Facts About Sheepadoodle Puppies

  1. These dogs feature fur that is hypoallergenic thanks to their Poodle parent. If you have people in the home with active allergies, they are an excellent breed. Keep in mind that some may not be entirely hypoallergenic depending on whether or not their Poodle parent was a pure breed.
  2. Sheepadoodles are one of the more intelligent designer dog breeds that you will come across thanks to the exceptional smartness of their parent breeds. Sheepadoodles can even be taught to do tricks.
  3. As long as the Sheepadoodle is exposed to plenty of socialization as a puppy, it will be one of the most friendly and caring dogs that you can ever hope for.

Physical Traits of the Sheepadoodle

A Sheepadoodle sitting in the snow
A Sheepadoodle is one of the friendliest dogs.

When it comes to how the Sheepadoodle looks, you will find some variation depending on the parents, as with any dog of mixed breeds.

If it is a proper designer Sheepadoodle, you should notice an even split between the characteristics of the two parents, though the Poodle may be recognizable.

These dogs often feature the trademark spots of the Sheepdog, but the fur tends to resemble the Poodle’s when it comes to texture.

Sheepadoodles also typically have the trademark obscured eyes of the Sheepdog, which helps further distinguish them from regular Poodles, though the spots are the most significant indicator.

Black and white are the most common colors that you will find in Sheepadoodle coats, but there are rare times when sable appears in the coat.

Dogs with this third color will often sell for more due to the rarity of finding that color in their coat, but it depends on the preferences of the local market too.

How Big is a Full-Grown Sheepadoodle?

So how big does a Sheepadoodle end up once they have grown to their full size?

These dogs are typically rather large, with a standard weight range of 60 pounds up to a maximum of 100. 21 to 22 inches tends to be the baselines for Sheepadoodle height, so you will need a good amount of room.

You may also come across mini Sheepadoodles, which are precisely what they sound like.

These smaller dogs tend to have a weight range of 25 to 50 pounds, so they are not necessarily small dogs, but they are smaller than the usual Sheepadoodles that you will come across.

What is the Life Expectancy of a Sheepadoodle?

Since Sheepadoodles are larger dogs, you can’t expect them to live as long as smaller breeds.

Depending on the number of health problems that your dog suffers from, a Sheepadoodle will typically live anywhere between 10 and 12 years, though outliers are not uncommon.

You will find that mini Sheepadoodles tend to live for around the same amount of time with perhaps a year more of life expectancy.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Sheepadoodle

You will find that this designer breed exhibits many of the qualities that are present in its parent breeds, which can cause for some wildly varying expectations.

Sheepdogs and Poodles tend to be entirely different when it comes to temperament, as the former is calm and collected while the latter is somewhat energetic and nervous.

Your Sheepadoodle can end up lounging around without a care in the world, or it may inherit more of its Poodle parent’s mannerisms, in which case it would be a little more energetic.

The decision to crossbreed these two dogs was a good one, however, as their behavior is typically somewhere in the middle.

Other than their energy levels, you will find that these dogs are incredibly smart since both of their parents have a reputation for high levels of intelligence.

These dogs are also very loving and caring, so they are an ideal choice for a family setting, much like their parent breeds.

The Sheepadoodle’s Diet

Being a larger dog, you will find that the Sheepadoodle needs quite a bit of food to sustain itself.

Keep in mind that this dog breed is prone to obesity, so you can’t trust them to be free-fed. Instead, you should focus on providing two or three smaller meals for your dog every day.

These smaller meals will allow you to reduce the chance of your dog getting bloated.

You will also want to avoid low quality food as this can exacerbate the bloat and make the dog eat more than it should. A high-quality diet is a cornerstone of a Sheepadoodle that will stay happy.

How Much Exercise Does a Sheepadoodle Need?

As with other large dogs, Sheepadoodles can get obese if they don’t get enough exercise, so you will need to ensure that you formulate a proper exercise schedule.

I would recommend bringing your Sheepadoodle to dog parks often so they can run free and socialize with other dogs.

Sheepadoodles also tend to be very active swimmers, so don’t be afraid to let your dog get wet now and then, though I understand that it can play havoc with their coat.

Keep in mind that mini Sheepadoodles will not need quite as much exercise, but they are still vulnerable to obesity.

A small Sheepadoodle sleeping
Sleepy Little Sheepadoodle

Sheepadoodle Health and Conditions

As I mentioned earlier, you will find that this dog breed is particularly susceptible to growing obese.

You will want to avoid overfeeding your Sheepadoodle since that will have negative repercussions for its cardiac health, its bones and joints, and much more.

Of course, as with any mixed-breed dog, you never really know what troubles a Sheepadoodle will inherit from its parent dog.

If you want to make sure that your new pet is perfectly healthy, you will have to take a look at the health of its specific parents.

Common Health Issues:

  • Bloat
  • Obesity
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Joint Problems

My Final Thoughts on the SheepadoodleA fluffy Sheepadoodle

The Sheepadoodle is an excellent choice for families who insist on a larger dog but would still like something convenient.

Unlike many other large dogs, Sheepadoodles don’t typically cause allergy problems, and they are incredibly friendly and smart.

All in all, Sheepadoodles are an excellent breed.