What is a Sheepadoodle?

Posted: March 23, 2022   |   Author: Jill Verduin, Poodle 2 Doodles' Owner
A beautiful standard sheepadoodle puppy with a black mask on half the face

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.

Call us for more information today!