Sheepadoodle

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50-75 lbs
18-23"
United States
Old English Sheepdog
Standard Poodle
Sheepdoodle, Sheeppoo, Sheep-A-Poo, Sheepapoo, Sheepdogdoodle, Sheepdogpoo

The Sheepadoodle is the product of a deliberate breeding that brings together the Old English Sheepdog, an outgoing and agreeable livestock guardian developed in England, and the Poodle, an intelligent and adaptable dog that was originally developed as a gun dog in Germany. This is a very popular crossbreed due to its friendly and enthusiastic attitude, despite its heavy grooming requirements, so it is important to do your due diligence when choosing a breeder if you choose to adopt a puppy. These dogs make excellent family animals and good watchdogs, but due to their energy levels and their large size, they don’t easily fit into an apartment setting. While this dog goes by many different names, it should not be confused with the similarly named Shepadoodle, the hybrid of a German Shepherd and a Poodle.

Purpose
Companion, Watchdog, Therapy Animal
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Old English Sheepdog and (Standard) Poodle

Sheepadoodle Health

Average Size
Male Sheepadoodle size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 60-85 lbs
Female Sheepadoodle size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Diabetes
  • Addison's Disease
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
  • Demodactic Mange
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Wobbler Syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye Examinations
  • BAER Testing
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Myelography (Dye And X-Ray to Assess The Spinal Cord)

Sheepadoodle Breed History

The Sheepadoodle is a popular designer dog, intentionally bred to combine the Old English Sheepdog, a large, shaggy dog employed to help guard livestock and to drive sheep and cows to market, and the Poodle, a versatile canine that was originally developed in Germany to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. The Old English Sheepdog was developed fairly recently, toward the end of the 18th century, as a flock guardian for both sheep and cattle in England, and although many experts speculate that they were derived from Bearded Collies or the Russian Ovtcharka breed, their true ancestry is still a mystery. They became quite popular in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly among the extremely wealthy, and Old English Sheepdogs could be found in the homes of the Goulds, the Vanderbilts, and the Guggenheims, among others. The Poodle is equally comfortable in lush surroundings, with Poodles accompanying such esteemed individuals as Robin Williams, Winston Churchill, Lucille Ball, and Elvis Presley, and although Tony Curtis did not own a Poodle himself, he did work alongside a white Standard Poodle playing the role of Monsieur Cognac in the 1964 film Wild and Wonderful. Despite their ability to blend into extravagant environments, these dogs were actually developed as a durable retriever of waterfowl in Germany, helping hunters to retrieve their catch, and are often still utilized for that purpose. Along with being a delightful companion and an excellent retriever, this breed's adaptability has allowed it to branch out into several different roles as well, and they have performed admirably as actors, circus dogs, truffle hunters, and therapy dogs. While the standard sized Poodle is the logical choice for this hybrid, some breeders may attempt to make the cross with miniature and possibly even toy Poodles, which would have an obvious effect on size, as well as changing the animal’s temperament and overall health concerns. 

Sheepadoodle Breed Appearance

Underneath their copious double or single layer coat, the Sheepadoodle is a medium to large hybrid with an athletic build that can range anywhere from thickset to slender and a head that can be either squarely built like that of the Old English Sheepdog or slightly domed like that of the Poodle. They also have a long muzzle that may, like the rest of the dog, be thick, slender, or anywhere in between. They have eyes that are oval in shape and generally come in shades of dark brown, but some Sheepadoodles may inherit either one or two bright blue eyes from the Old English Sheepdog breed. The ears are generally set right at or below eye level and hang down flat to the side of the head. They can come in many colors, but white with large patches of either black, brown, or gray appear to be the most common configuration. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Sheepadoodle eyes
Blue
brown Sheepadoodle eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheepadoodle nose
Black
brown Sheepadoodle nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Sheepadoodle coat
Cream
black Sheepadoodle coat
Black
blue Sheepadoodle coat
Blue
brown Sheepadoodle coat
Brown
cream Sheepadoodle coat
Cream
gray Sheepadoodle coat
Gray
red Sheepadoodle coat
Red
white Sheepadoodle coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Sheepadoodle curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheepadoodle Breed Maintenance

This canine requires a rather large commitment to grooming due to their copious curly or wavy coats. Sheepadoodles that inherit the Sheepdog coat will require a daily grooming regimen as they are prone to tangling and to heavy shedding, and while they may not require frequent bathing, when they do it can be a challenge to ensure all of the fur has gotten both clean and dry. Those that inherit the single-layer coat of ever-growing curly hair that is characteristic of the Poodle will require more frequent bathing and clipping, every three weeks to a month, but tend to shed very little and are less prone to dragging debris inside the house. If you are looking for a dog that is hypoallergenic, it may be wise to consider an adult Sheepadoodle rather than a puppy as the amount and quality of the dog’s coat may change considerably between puppyhood and adulthood. 

Brushes for Sheepadoodle
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Scissors
Brushing Frequency
Sheepadoodle requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheepadoodle Temperament

This is generally a very good-natured and sociable animal that is very attentive without being particularly needy. Although all interactions between younger children and dogs should be carefully supervised to prevent unexpected mishaps, these dogs are generally calm, trustworthy, and protective around kids, making them a suitable pet even for young families. Sheepadoodles are also fairly easygoing with other animals as well but while most of the herding instincts have been bred out of many Old English Sheepdog lines, some dogs may try and herd children and other animals by circling them, poking them with their nose, and occasionally even nipping at their heels. These dogs are very intelligent, but the trainability factor may vary somewhat. The Poodle parent breed is famously trainable, however, the Old English Sheepdog is very independently minded and while they are likely to understand what you want, it can be more challenging to convince them to follow your directions. 

Sheepadoodle Activity Requirements

These dogs were bred to be athletic working dogs and although they are generally mild-mannered and may not pester you to take them on walks, they will be much happier and healthier if they can get at least an hour of vigorous activity in each day. Fortunately, Sheepadoodles are multitalented and there are many activities that you can enjoy with this animal depending on which traits they inherit, including herding exercises, advanced obedience and trick training, agility training, or frisbee and flyball. Those hybrids that receive the thick insulating coat of the Old English Sheepdog may even enjoy winter sports like dog sledding and skijor.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Sheepadoodle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Sheepadoodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheepadoodle size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 51 lbs
Female Sheepadoodle size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 44 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheepadoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Sheepadoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 56 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheepadoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Female Sheepadoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 62 lbs

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