Shepadoodle

50-90 lbs
22-28"
United States
German Shepherd
Poodle
German Doodle, Shep-A-Poo, Shepdoodle, Sherdoodle
The Shepadoodle is a medium to large sized, hypoallergenic hybrid breed that is a combination of the German Shepherd and the Poodle. This stupendous, happy-go-lucky breed is one whose appearance can be from looking exactly like the poodle, to being a very shaggy haired version of the German Shepherd. Typically he will have floppy ears, large brown eyes, and a long tail; his fur can come in a range of different lengths and textures, but only the Poodle-type fur is truly hypoallergenic and sheds very little. When it comes to personality, it's hard to beat the sincerity of the Shepadoodle. He is loyal to a T, extremely loving, well-mannered, and gentle; making the Shepadoodle the perfect family companion with children and other pets. If you are looking for a breed that has enough energy to be fun, but not too much to cause issues, the Shepadoodle may be perfect for you. He is very family oriented and prefers to be with his people over all else. Easy to train and quick to adapt, there is no doubt that the Shepadoodle makes a great dog for any level of pet owner.
Purpose
Working and Companion Animal
Date of Origin
1960's
Ancestry
Poodle and German Shepherd

Shepadoodle Health

Average Size
Male Shepadoodle size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 50-90 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats
Height: 22-28 inches Weight: 50-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Panosteitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pannus
  • Hemophilia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
  • Sebaceous Adentitis
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Demodicosis
  • Seborrhea
  • Diabetes
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
Occasional Tests
  • Dna Test For Vwd
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Tests
  • Full Physical Examination
  • MRI scan of the spinal cord and brain
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Shepadoodle Breed History

The Shepadoodle is a younger breed that was created around the 1960's for the specific purpose of being a military police dog for the United States Army. While it may seem odd for such a combination to be used as a work dog, in reality, if we take a look at the background of the German Shepherd and the Poodle both we get a pretty good idea of why the Shepadoodle may have been created. For example, the German Shepherd has been used as a military and police dog for generations thanks to his intelligence, loyalty, and courageous nature. Created sometime around the 19th century, the German Shepherd hails from Germany. The genius behind the breed, Captain Max Von Stephanitz, wanted a dog that could be used specifically for work in the field and he got exactly that with the intelligent and handsome German Shepherd. People everywhere soon fell in love with this beautiful breed and the first German Shepherd made his way to the United States around the 1906. A few years later in 1912, the American Kennel Club registered the breed and the German Shepherd grew in popularity. Unfortunately, when World War I hit,  the dog took a step back as people associated him with the enemy. Even despite the distaste that now followed the German Shepherd, he pushed on and continued to do what he does best; help those who need him. Working through the war as delivery dogs and scouts for things like landmines, the German Shepherd proved his courageousness through and through. Once the war was over, German Shepherds began to rise in popularity again as their bravery carried them onto the big screen for films such as Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart. Ever since then, German Shepherds have been a favorite in the United States and continue to work as companions, showmen, military, and police dogs. While the Poodle may be known best as the fancy man's best friend, his elegant nature and grace were actually used for something very different at the beginning of his creation. These dogs come in three different sizes, miniature, toy, and standard, all of them very intelligent and excellent companion animals. The Poodle is thought to have been created in Germany and was used primarily as water retrievers for hunters. In fact, the extreme haircut that is associated with Poodles actually began as a way to keep their torso and joints warm in cold water, without the rest of their fur bogging them down. The miniature and toy breeds were even used for working jobs, specifically sniffing out truffles in the forest or entertainers in the circus. The Poodle developed into the breed that we know and love today thanks to the French. While this breed was popular in a lot of places, they were most adored in France. King Louis XVI's favorite was the Miniature Poodle and it was through this that Poodles became primarily, companion dogs. Ever since then, the Poodle has been a showman (accepted by the American Kennel Club) and family pet, beloved by people all over the world.

Shepadoodle Breed Appearance

As a hybrid breed, the Shepadoodle is going to vary in appearance significantly from dog to dog, even within the same litter. His fur can be a range from short to long, curly to straight, and a combination of a quite a few different colors. The Shepadoodle is a great breed for those who have allergies or don't want to deal with a lot of shedding fur, as the Poodle is used primarily in hybrids because of their hypoallergenic (low shedding) fur. Regardless of which fur type a Shepadoodle may have, he will always shed less than a regular German Shepherd would. He is a large sized breed, with floppy ears and intelligent brown eyes. His tail is typically long, and slightly feathered with the longer haired versions.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shepadoodle eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shepadoodle nose
Black
brown Shepadoodle nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
white Shepadoodle coat
White
fawn Shepadoodle coat
Fawn
brown Shepadoodle coat
Brown
gray Shepadoodle coat
Gray
black Shepadoodle coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shepadoodle curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shepadoodle Breed Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, the Shepadoodle is a low to moderate level. For the shorter coat, very little brushing is required as there is little to no chance of tangles or matts occurring in the fur. The longer version however, needs a bit more work as tangling will occur if left unmaintained. Brushing thoroughly a few times a month will be plenty to keep the fur looking nice and clean. Neither hair length will shed much, so this breed is great for those who don't want hair all over the house or who may have allergies. Bathing only needs to happen a few times a year as the fur does not have a bad doggy odor and cleans easily enough with a good shake from your dog. After bathing or swimming, a key maintenance step is to thoroughly check and dry the ears. Any debris or left over moisture within the ear canal can cause infection and irritation; so thoroughly drying the ears can help to decrease the chance greatly. Finally, trim your dog's nails every few weeks to keep the paws healthy and scratching to a minimum.
Brushes for Shepadoodle
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shepadoodle requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shepadoodle Temperament

With a well-mannered disposition, strong loyalty, and loving nature the Shepadoodle is definitely a family dog at heart. He loves playing with children and other pets, getting along with virtually everyone. While he will bark when needed to be heard and excited, the Shepadoodle does not bark incessantly; but don't be fooled by his quiet nature, this breed makes an excellent watch dog. His intelligence and loyalty to family causes him to be protective without aggression and more than willing to alert you to anything suspicious. The Shepadoodle does have a playful and energetic nature, but he does not need to be run silly every single day to get his energy out. This breed will be perfectly content to stay inside and spend time with his owners with an occasional play time for exercise. Because of this, the Shepadoodle adapts well to any type of living situation.

Shepadoodle Activity Requirements

This is a moderate to high energy breed that will require a decent amount of outdoor time to stay fit and happy. Although the Shepadoodle will be more than thrilled to stay inside with his pack and chill, he has a very active ancestry that will drive him to want to play and romp around outside all day if he can. It is important to remember that just because your dog loves you and enjoys being inside with you, he will be even more happy to spend time outside enjoying nature and burning off energy by your side. Some great activities to do with your Shepadoodle may be a jog, a long walk, playing fetch in the yard, and biking. Training is another great way to bond with your Shepadoodle while also tiring him out mentally. Intelligent dogs need the chance to work their mind in order to fight off boredom later on. Dogs who do not get this opportunity may become destructive when left alone, so it's better to spend a few minutes teaching some tricks and manners in order to learn more about your dog, and keep him using his energy for a positive purpose.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Shepadoodle Food Consumption

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

Shepadoodle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shepadoodle size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 50 lbs
12 Months
Male Shepadoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 65 lbs
18 Months
Male Shepadoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 82 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 82 lbs

Shepadoodle Owner Experiences

Howie
10 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Howie was a shelter rescue - his breeder surrendered him to shelter. He’s a smart, sweet and loving dog. I trust him as I have trusted none of my previous dogs. I know he will come when called and that he just won’t leave my side. He’s a wonderful dog!
6 months, 4 weeks ago
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