Sheepadoodle Breed Summary
Happy, Outgoing, Loyal and Friendly
The Sheepadoodle is the product of a deliberate breeding that brings together the Old English Sheepdog, an outgoing and agreeable livestock guardian developed in England, and the Poodle, an intelligent and adaptable dog that was originally developed as a gun dog in Germany. This is a very popular crossbreed due to its friendly and enthusiastic attitude, despite its heavy grooming requirements, so it is important to do your due diligence when choosing a breeder if you choose to adopt a puppy. These dogs make excellent family animals and good watchdogs, but due to their energy levels and their large size, they don’t easily fit into an apartment setting. While this dog goes by many different names, it should not be confused with the similarly named Shepadoodle, the hybrid of a German Shepherd and a Poodle.
|Lifespan||12 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 13in - 28in|
|Weight||Males and Females 59lb - 79lb|
|Coat||Long, Curly and Normal Density|
|Color||Black, White, Blue, Brown, Cream and Gray|
|Common health issues||Canine Hip Dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis, Diabetes, Addison's Disease, Gastric Dilation Volvulus|
This is generally a very good-natured and sociable animal that is very attentive without being particularly needy. Although all interactions between younger children and dogs should be carefully supervised to prevent unexpected mishaps, these dogs are generally calm, trustworthy, and protective around kids, making them a suitable pet even for young families. Sheepadoodles are also fairly easygoing with other animals as well but while most of the herding instincts have been bred out of many Old English Sheepdog lines, some dogs may try and herd children and other animals by circling them, poking them with their nose, and occasionally even nipping at their heels. These dogs are very intelligent, but the trainability factor may vary somewhat. The Poodle parent breed is famously trainable, however, the Old English Sheepdog is very independently minded and while they are likely to understand what you want, it can be more challenging to convince them to follow your directions.
The Sheepadoodle is a popular designer dog, intentionally bred to combine the Old English Sheepdog, a large, shaggy dog employed to help guard livestock and to drive sheep and cows to market, and the Poodle, a versatile canine that was originally developed in Germany to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. The Old English Sheepdog was developed fairly recently, toward the end of the 18th century, as a flock guardian for both sheep and cattle in England, and although many experts speculate that they were derived from Bearded Collies or the Russian Ovtcharka breed, their true ancestry is still a mystery. They became quite popular in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly among the extremely wealthy, and Old English Sheepdogs could be found in the homes of the Goulds, the Vanderbilts, and the Guggenheims, among others. The Poodle is equally comfortable in lush surroundings, with Poodles accompanying such esteemed individuals as Robin Williams, Winston Churchill, Lucille Ball, and Elvis Presley, and although Tony Curtis did not own a Poodle himself, he did work alongside a white Standard Poodle playing the role of Monsieur Cognac in the 1964 film Wild and Wonderful. Despite their ability to blend into extravagant environments, these dogs were actually developed as a durable retriever of waterfowl in Germany, helping hunters to retrieve their catch, and are often still utilized for that purpose. Along with being a delightful companion and an excellent retriever, this breeds adaptability has allowed it to branch out into several different roles, and they have performed admirably as actors, circus dogs, truffle hunters, and therapy dogs. While the standard sized Poodle is the logical choice for this hybrid, some breeders may attempt to make the cross with miniature and possibly even toy Poodles, which would have an obvious effect on size, as well as changing the animal’s temperament and overall health concerns.