What is a Sheepadoodle?

by | Mar 23, 2022 | Sheepadoodle | 0 comments

What Is A Sheepadoodle?

Although the name may sound funny, there are few dog mixes that are more adorable than the sheepadoodle. As is the case with many other popular dog breeds, sheepadoodles share a fascinating origin: they were bred as early as the 1960’s by the US military to serve as a dependable service dog.

While sheepadoodles didn’t quite make the cut, the public fell in love with them for much more than their charming appearance. Energetic, loving, and playful, sheepadoodles are a perfect addition to any family. Wonder if the sheepadoodle is the right canine companion for you? Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have encountered during our time as professional poodle breeders.

What Mix Is A Sheepadoodle?

Crossbred between many different species in the early 1800’s, the Old English sheepdog was bred to be “drover dogs”, assisting working class families in day-to-day chores. Strong enough to lead and pull carts, they soon acquired their namesake because of their high intelligence and ability to remember and perform complex training regiments.

Combined with the loving nature of the poodle, it’s no wonder why the sheepadoodle has become one of the most beloved designer dog breeds in the world. For families searching for a gentle pet that works great with young children, sheepadoodles are an excellent choice. Combining the best traits of the poodle and the English sheepdog, sheepadoodles also make frequent appearances at dog shows and demonstrations. 

How Large Can Sheepadoodles Grow?

The size of an adult sheepadoodle actually varies quite a bit. In general, the more Old English sheepdog influence there is in the sheepadoodle puppies, the larger they will grow. For example, when sheepadoodle puppies are born, they can weigh anywhere from three to eleven pounds. Fortunately, the variation between males and females isn’t nearly as strong as the mix if you are looking for either one in particular.

Even for toy breeds, sheepadoodles carry on the large and sturdy traits of their sheepdog ancestry. A fully grown sheepadoodle can weigh between twenty-five and eight-five pounds, standing between twelve to twenty-seven inches tall on all fours.

Are Sheepadoodles Known For Barking?

Although English sheepdogs were raised for the hard work of farm life, they were never known for incessant barking. For those who are unaware, sheepdogs don’t need to bark much when herding, trained only to offer a quick warning bark to unruly sheep or cattle. Sheepadoodles are generally low-key and quiet for their size. Unlike more territorial and nervous breeds, sheepadoodles are less likely to start yapping.

Of course, dogs of all pedigrees will bark if improperly socialized and trained, so keep this in mind when you adopt a sheepadoodle of your own. Each sheepadoodle is an individual with their own personality. The family they call their own will determine much of their barking habits.

Do Sheepadoodles Shed A Lot?

This is one of the best traits of sheepadoodles for those who normally suffer from pet allergies. While English sheepdogs can be a wooly bunch, sheepadoodles have been bred for short hair and limited shedding. When kept clean, sheepadoodles are hypoallergenic, making them perfect for first-time dog owners who aren’t sure what pet dander and hair will do for their respiratory health.

How Do You Groom A Sheepadoodle?

Sheepadoodles are not only low maintenance in their fun personalities, their short hair and decreased shedding makes grooming them a breeze. Brush your sheepadoodle’s coat two or three times a week to remove any matting and loose fur, keep their nails trimmed with a gentle file, and be sure to give him or her a haircut when necessary.

If you prefer to pay a professional groomer to care for your sheepadoodle, you can expect to pay less for a short hair sheepadoodle.

Make A Sheepadoodle Part of Your Family With Poodles 2 Doodles

Searching for a new canine friend can be a little nerve-wracking, especially for anyone wanting to own one for the first time. That’s why Poodles 2 Doodles specialize in breeding adorable and friendly poodle mix dogs that are fantastic for just about everyone. If you don’t live in the area, we can travel by plane to your location to present you with your very own sheepadoodle puppy.

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Cut the Face

Now that your goldendoodle’s coat is clean and tangle-free, it’s time to trim the facial fur. Use grooming scissors or shears to carefully trim around the eyes, ensuring your dog has clear visibility. You can also give your goldendoodle a cute “teddy bear” look by trimming the hair around their muzzle and cheeks to create a rounded appearance.

Clip and Trim the Ears

Next, let’s tackle those adorable floppy ears! Gently hold your goldendoodle’s ear and use the thinning shears to remove excess hair, being cautious not to nick the skin. Trim any long hairs around the edges of the ears with grooming scissors for a neat appearance. Finish by cleaning the ears with a dog-safe ear cleaning solution and cotton balls.

Cut the Back

For the back, use electric clippers with a blade size appropriate for your goldendoodle’s coat length. Start at the neck and work your way down the back and sides, moving in the direction of hair growth. Be sure to hold the skin taut to avoid any nicks or uneven cuts.

Trim the Legs, Feet, and Paws

Now, let’s move on to the legs, feet, and paws. Use grooming scissors to trim the hair on the legs, following the natural contours of the limbs. Be cautious around the joints, as these areas can be sensitive. Use thinning shears to blend any harsh lines, creating a more natural look.

For the feet, trim the hair between the paw pads using a small pair of grooming scissors or clippers. Make sure to remove any debris or matted fur that might have accumulated there. Then, shape the hair around the paws for a neat, rounded appearance.

While you’re working on the paws, don’t forget to trim your goldendoodle’s nails. Use a nail clipper or grinder to trim the nails, taking care not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail that contains blood vessels). If you accidentally nick the quick, use styptic powder or gel to stop the bleeding.

Clip the Belly, Bum, and Tail

To groom the belly and bum area, carefully use electric clippers or grooming scissors to trim the hair. Make sure to keep the skin taut and be extra cautious around sensitive areas, like the genitals and anus.

When it comes to the tail, you can choose a style that suits your goldendoodle’s personality. Some owners prefer a fluffy, plume-like tail, while others opt for a more streamlined look. Trim the hair with grooming scissors or clippers, and use thinning shears to blend any harsh lines for a smooth, natural appearance.

One More Brush and You’re Finished!

After all that trimming and clipping, give your goldendoodle one final brush to remove any loose hairs and ensure their coat looks sleek and smooth. Stand back and admire your handiwork – you’ve just given your goldendoodle a fabulous at-home grooming!

By following these steps, you’ll keep your goldendoodle looking and feeling great between professional grooming appointments. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. Happy grooming, doodle lovers!