50-90 lbs
United States
German Shepherd
German Doodle, Shep-A-Poo, Shepdoodle, Sherdoodle
The Shepadoodle dog breed is a medium to large-sized, hypoallergenic hybrid dog breed that is a combination of the German Shepherd and the Poodle. This stupendous, happy-go-lucky dog breed is one whose appearance can vary from looking exactly like the Poodle, to being a very shaggy-haired version of the German Shepherd. Typically, they will have floppy ears, large brown eyes, and a long tail. Their 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 this special dog. They are loyal to a T, extremely loving, well-mannered, and gentle making them the perfect family companion for children and other pets. If you are looking for a dog breed that has enough energy to be fun, but not too much to cause issues, this pup may be perfect for you. They are very family-oriented and prefer to be with their 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 parent.

Working, Companion
Date of Origin
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 dog breed that was created around the 1960s 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 their intelligence, loyalty, and courageous nature.

Created sometime around the 19th century, the German Shepherd hail from Germany. The genius behind the dog 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 dog breed and the first dog of this type made their way to the United States around 1906. A few years later in 1912, the American Kennel Club registered the dog breed and the German Shepherd grew in popularity. Unfortunately, when World War I hit,  the dog took a step back as people associated them with the enemy. Even despite the distaste that now followed the German Shepherd, they pushed on and continued to do what they do best; help those who need them. Working through the war as delivery dogs and scouts for things like landmines, they proved their 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, they 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, their elegant nature and grace were actually used for something very different at the beginning of their 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 dog breeds were even used for working jobs, specifically sniffing out truffles in the forest or entertainers in the circus. The Poodle developed into the dog breed that we know and love today thanks to the French. While this dog 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 dog breed, the Shepadoodle is going to vary in appearance significantly from dog to dog, even within the same litter. Their fur can be a range from short to long, curly to straight, and a combination of quite a few different colors. They are a great dog 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 this attractive hybrid may have, they will always shed less than a regular German Shepherd would. They are a large sized dog breed, with floppy ears and intelligent brown eyes. Their tail is typically long, and slightly feathered with the longer haired versions.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shepadoodle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shepadoodle nose
brown Shepadoodle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shepadoodle coat
brown Shepadoodle coat
fawn Shepadoodle coat
white Shepadoodle coat
gray Shepadoodle coat
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 has a low to moderate level requirement. 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 dog 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 leftover 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
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. They love playing with children and other pets, getting along with virtually everyone. While they will bark when needing to be heard and excited, the Shepadoodle does not bark incessantly. But, don't be fooled by their quiet nature, as this dog breed makes an excellent watchdog. Their intelligence and loyalty to family cause them to be protective without aggression and more than willing to alert you to anything suspicious. This active pup does have a playful and energetic nature, but they do not need to be run silly every single day to get their energy out. This dog breed will be perfectly content to stay inside and spend time with their pet parents, with an occasional play time for exercise. Because of this, this canine adapts well to any type of living situation.

Shepadoodle Activity Requirements

This is a moderate to high-energy dog 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 the pack and chill, they have a very active ancestry that will drive them to want to play and romp around outside all day if they can. It is important to remember that even though your dog loves you and enjoys being inside with you, they will be even happier 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 dog walk, playing fetch in the yard, and biking. Dog training is another great way to bond with your furry companion while also tiring them 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 them using their energy for a positive purpose.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 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: 15.0 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats at six months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Shepadoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Shepadoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 82.5 lbs
Female Shepadoodle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 82.5 lbs

Shepadoodle Owner Experiences

10 Months
2 People
House & Yard
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!
3 years, 3 months ago
12 month's ......'............averylivelyfunloving
5 People
Excellent companion great watchdog bundle s of energy..
1 year, 11 months ago
2 Months
5 People
Great with young children!
1 year, 5 months ago
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Playing catch in the yard
Walking the park.
She is very affectionate and still learning to control her biting. Has been good in house training.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
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1. what are shepadoddles most allergic to 2. my 2 yrs old female still pees a lot when people come near her and does the same with my wife on occasions. she loves people.

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