With a teddy bear face and a cuddly personality, Sheepadoodles are a dream for many people.
But they’re not for all people.
If you’re considering getting a sheepadoodle, you’ll need to know a few things before deciding if it’s the right breed for you.
In this guide, we’ll go over the sheepadoodle’s personality, stats, their mini breed, pros and cons and what you need to ask yourself before getting one.
About Sheepadoodles: An Overview
Sheepadoodles are a cross between a Poodle an Old English Sheepdog. Depending on which traits they inherited from their parents, they make take on a variety of looks and personality characteristics.
They tend to be super friendly, obedient and high-energy.
Luckily, they don’t shed a lot. Their coats can be curly or straight, depending on which they take after more: the poodle side or the old English sheepdog. Still, you’ll need to do a bit of grooming. Since their hair can cover their eyes, you’ll need to cut around that area once it grows in. Their coat can be black or white or a combination of both with spots. Because of this pattern, puppies can tend to look like little panda bears. Some sheepadoodles can have red, brown or grey color; however, this is less common.
They also tend to be good for people who usually have allergies to dogs. Runny nose and watery eyes are less likely to be triggered with this hypoallergenic dog breed.
Sheepadoodles have a shorter lifespan than some breeds, living until 12 years on average. Although, some may surpass that until 15 years.
They are relatively healthy dogs and aren’t prone to many diseases. Although they are genetically more at risk for joint swelling and Addison’s disease and some cancers.
As with every other dog, they need daily exercise. A backyard is best, but if not, daily walks will suffice.
Sheepadoodles are costly if you purchase a pup from a breeder. However, if you rescue a dog from a shelter, you’ll only need to pay the adoption and other relevant fees.
When you purchase any puppy, you should learn about the breeder and what conditions the dogs are raised in. Unfortunately, puppy mills are still popular and you don’t want to support them. If you don’t know what puppy mills are, you should learn about them here.
If you want to rescue a dog, you can check to see if any local shelters have sheepadoodles. If they don’t, you can always ask if they can contact you if they ever have one available for adoption. You can also check sites such as Petfinder and Rescue Dogs Match.
A sheepadoodle’s personality depends on the individual dog and can vary based on the temperament of their parents and on how you raise them.
They can be great in families with children because they’re generally really friendly and calm with low aggression. They also are sociable and like being around people. They are obedient, so they shouldn’t be overly difficult to train as long as you’re consistent.
They also tend to be intelligent, so they should be quick to learn. Their obedience also can make training easier than other breeds.
Sheepadoodles are usually quite playful and love to run around the yard, take a long walk in the country or swim in the lake. But they’ll also need some mental stimulation too—so make sure you make them use their brains.
Weight: 45-80 lbs.
Height: 13-27 inches
Coat: Straight or curly
Grooming: May have to trim hair
Color: Black or white or a combination
Lifespan: Avg. 12 years
Health: Less genetically prone to diseases than many other breeds
Cost: $1,000-$3,000 but you can also adopt!
Mini sheepadoodles are a mix between a mini poodle and sheepdog. So how much smaller are they? They typically stay under 20 inches tall and weigh between 24-44 lbs. So that makes them quite a bit smaller. Similar to regular sheepadoodles, the mini breed has a cute face and kind personality.
Mini sheepadoodles cost an extra $500 or more if you purchase one from a breeder.
Sheepadooles Pros and Cons
- Shed very little
- Good temperament
- Really cute (but aren’t all dogs?)
- Probably not good for an apartment
- Lifespan is 12 years (fewer years than many breeds)
- Not good for lazy people (sheepadoodles are active)
Should You Get a Sheepadoole?
Before you go ahead and get a sheepadoodle, think about these questions below.
- Do you live in an apartment or house?—If you live in a small apartment or condo, you may want to consider a smaller breed. Although a sheepadoodle might be okay in an apartment, they will enjoy more room to move around exercise. They will benefit most from a house with a backyard.
- Do you have a family?—Since sheepadoodles are friendly and social, they are a good dog to have if you have a large family or tend to have a lot of friends over. They also have low aggression levels.
- Do you have allergies?—If so, the sheepadoodle can be a good choice. They are mostly hypoallergenic and don’t shed a lot. However, check with the specific breeder how hypoallergenic the dog will be based on their parents.
- Want a clean-ish house?—If you’re one that wants to keep your house really clean, sheepadoodles can be a good choice because they don’t shed as much as other breeds.
- Are you active?— Sheepadoodles aren’t the highest energy breed, but they sure love their exercise and are very playful. If you’re someone that enjoys long walks, you’ll be a good fit for the sheepadoodle.
If you’re reading this and have decided that Sheepadoole is the right dog breed for your home, you should consider adopting or rescuing a dog in need.
4-week old sheepadoodle puppies