9 Surprising Facts About the Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog Standard Poodle Mix)

Sheepadoodle in a room

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Hello people! I am back, and it’s a beautiful day outside. The birds are singing, the sun is up, it’s warm and relaxing. This makes it the perfect day for me to write about one of my favorite mixed breeds, the Sheepadoodle.

The Sheepadoodle is the cross between two of the sweetest dog breeds out there: The Old English Sheepdog and the Standard Poodle. As a result, the Sheepadoodle is a family-friendly dog with a friendly nature and an addiction to playtime and adventure. This makes them one of the most popular mixed breed right now, but, despite this, people don’t know much about them.

Because of this, we decided to write a comprehensive article about this breed, a sort of ultimate guide to help you understand the Sheepadoodle. So, get ready folks, because this is going to be a long ride!

Ready, set, go!

First, let’s learn more about the Sheepadoodle’s parent, shall we?

Who are the Sheepadoodle’s purebred parents?

As for every mixed breed, the Sheepadoodle is the result of crossing two purebred dogs, to end up with a better version of both. In the Sheepadoodle’s case, his purebred parents are the Old English Sheepdog and the Standard Poodle. So, let’s find out more about these two beautiful breeds.

The Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog

Look at this precious ball of fur!

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The Old English Sheepdog is a wonderfully shaggy breed, all fur and happiness. We have all seen him in cartoons as children, where his character is usually good-natured and extremely affable. Fun-loving, intelligent, and easy-going, the Old English Sheep dog (also nicknamed “Bobtail” because of his docked tail) is the perfect family dog, despite his big stature. His sense of humor makes him a favorite around children. He is usually comical and playful and will spend some fun time with you for as long as you want. But, this doesn’t mean that he’s not a good guardian either., as the Old English Sheepdog would do anything to protect the people he holds dear.

He is extremely large (one of the largest breeds around), usually weighing between 60 and 100 pounds. But, what makes him look this big is definitely his luxurious coat, a mix of blue, white, and grey. Saying that the English Sheepdog has a lot of hair would be quite the euphemism, as his coat needs more care than any other do’s coat. If the hair is not brushed daily, it might mat and create knots, which is painful for this beautiful gentle pooch. This is why, usually, English Sheepdog owners trim his hair short, unless he is a show dog.

This dog needs a lot of care and attention, which means that he is not made for people with little time. So, if you are too busy with life, don’t adopt an English Sheepdog.

The most surprising bit about this great pooch is how adaptable he is. He can be perfectly happy living in an apartment, as long as he is regularly walked and exercised. And, despite his working heritage (he used to be shepherd dog), he does not do well living outside the house. In the contrary, the Old English Sheepdog loves being around his people, and can suffer from a bad case of separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Being highly intelligent and not very stubborn, the English Sheepdog can be easy to train, as long as you are firm, consistent, and most importantly, kind. Due to his easygoing nature, he also gets along well with other animals and dogs, as well as with children of all ages and elderly people.

All in all, the Old English Sheepdog is a sweetheart that wants nothing more than to be loved.

To learn more about the Old English Sheepdog, click here.

The Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

This big boy looks majestic, doesn’t he?

If you imagine a Poodle, you think about a snobbish dog that has a life of leisure and luxury. But, you couldn’t be more wrong. These dogs have been bred to do real jobs, as they used to be used as water retrievers for hunter. Now, though, they are mostly used for companionship and as show dogs as well, probably because of how fancy and luxurious they look when they are properly groomed.

Even their coat styling was actually practical, those trimmed areas were not made for show, but to lighten the dog’s weight and make it easier for him to swim without snagging on debris usually found under the water.

The Poodle usually comes in three sizes, but it doesn’t mean it’s a different dog. They are considered the same breed, though the one we are more focused about here is the Standard Poodle, the biggest, and oldest variety. The other two are the Toy Poodle and the Miniature Poodle.

Poodles, no matter their size, are famous for having a playful personality and being extremely intelligent dogs. Intuitive, sensitive, and aware of the environment around them, they are some of the best dog breeds around, and can even be service dogs. They are extremely easy to train and excel at being show and performance dogs.

Because of their nature and the fact that they worked closely with human beings before, Poodles are very attached to their family, and, just like the Old English Sheepdog, might suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long. They want to spend time with you, play with you, and just make friends with everyone.

All in all, the Standard Poodle is an old, dignified dog breed, but it’s also one that loves nothing more than playing with its owner and making sure he is safe.

Learn more about the Standard Poodle here.

Now that we know more about the Sheepadoodle’s purebred parents, let’s learn more about the subject of my (and maybe later, your) adoration!

The Sheepadoodle

The Sheepadoodle is a unique mix of both the Standard Doodle and the Old English Sheepdog. Just like every other mixed breed, it is quite difficult to guess how your Sheepadoodle is going to end up being as an adult. But, since we know more about both of his parents, we can still know, approximately, how this beautiful mutt will behave.

So, here is a list of facts you should know about Sheepadoodles before trying to adopt one of those beautiful creatures.

1. The Sheepadoodle was first bred to be a designer dog

By combining an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle, breeders wanted a dog that would get the best bits of both the purebred parents’ genetic makeup. And they definitely succeeded to do so, as the Sheepadoodle became one of the most popular cross breeds in the United States of America, and even more so in the world.

Back in the 1980’s, designer dogs were very popular, and the Sheepadoodle was intentionally bred to be one. By mixing a Standard Poodle with an English Old Sheepdog, breeders were able to create an adorable, obedient, playful dog with a non-shedding coat and a beautiful face.

2. Being the owner of a Sheepadoodle is fun

“Fun” is definitely the world anyone would use to describe owning a dog as playful as the Sheepadoodle. As soon as you bring a puppy Sheepadoodle home, you will find out just how nice it is to be living with one. These dogs are curious and full of wonder, as well as highly intelligent. TA puppy might be difficult to take care of first, but as soon as your start training him, he will do what you say. Sheepadoodles are not only known for their smartness, but also for their obedience and good nature, which makes them quite easy to train.

But, the most fun part about owning a Sheepadoodle would definitely be playtime. They are insatiable, and have a lot of energy to spend, so they will always be on the lookout of fun time. As a puppy, a Sheepadoodle would love nothing more than playing with some puzzle toys or chew toys, so don’t hesitate to spoil your baby Sheepadoodle.

The real fun, though, doesn’t start until your crazy cute ball of fur gets a bit older. Just because a Sheepadoodle is an adult, it doesn’t mean that he will say no to infinite playtime. If he could, he would just play fetch with you all the time (sounds like the perfect dog for me, honestly). If you want to adopt a Sheepadoodle, be ready for some tiring playtime, because he will drag you around and make you play with him!

This also means that if you don’t give your Sheepadoodle enough attention, he might start suffering from separation anxiety. This means that your dog is going to get depressed and will show some destructive behavior (such as chewing on your furniture) just to catch your attention.

3. You can’t really categorize Sheepadoodles when it comes to size

Sheepadoodle in a house

Look at this cutie and tell me you’re not in love, I dare you!

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Even if you ask dog experts about the Sheepadoodle’s size, you will still have confusing answers. Some consider him a medium sized dog, while others are adamant on him being a large dog.

The truth is, though, Sheepadoodles can be both. They are way too big to be considered medium sized dogs, but also too small to be truly called big dogs. On average, a Sheepadoodle will weigh between 60 to 80 pounds when fully grown and reach up to 28 inches in height.

4. Sheepadoodles are low shedding, but they still need you to take care of their coat

As I already said earlier, the Sheepadoodle was bred with having a minimal amount of shedding in mind. This is a direct result of having Standard Poodle genes in him, which is a dog famous for his minimal shedding. This means that you won’t have to vacuum your dog’s hair every single day or pick it out of your clothes. But, that does not mean that your Sheepadoodle won’t shed at all. All dogs shed, so you will still see some dog hair around the house sometimes.

However, even though Sheepadoodles don’t shed, you will still have to devote quite an amount of time to keep your beautiful dog’s coat in a good condition. You will have to comb your dog’s hair at least 3 or 4 times a week, as well as bathe him once a month. Always use a shampoo specially made for dogs, since normal shampoo for humans will make your Sheepadoodle’s skin dry and itchy. If you don’t know what kind of shampoo to use, look up our review of the best dog shampoos, you might get an idea of what’s on the market.

When it comes to coat color, Sheepadoodles are usually born either white, black, or both. This makes some Sheepadoodle puppies look like baby panda bears, which makes them extremely cute and endearing. There are some Sheepadoodle that can also be white and red, though these are rarer to get by, and thus, more expensive to purchase.

5. The Sheepadoodle is the ultimate family breed

Gentle, loyal, and playful, Sheepadoodles get along with everyone, from children of all ages to elderly people. Being a very emotionally attached dog (a bit like a clingy girlfriend, or boyfriend, I don’t discriminate), the Sheepadoodle loves nothing more than to hang out with the family, either playing, or cuddling on the couch.

Because the Sheepadoodle is one of the least stubborn dog breeds in the world, they are very responsive to training, and will do what you tell them to (providing they understand your orders, of course). Because they are extremely intelligent, they need constant mental stimulation, or they might get easily bored. They need quite a lot of exercise, because of their high energy levels, so don’t hesitate to walk them or go for fun playtime daily.

6. A Sheepadoodle is quite easy to train

Puppy Sheepadoodle

My heart is melting right now.

Credit: Judi Knight / CC BY-SA

As I have already stated before, Sheepadoodles are some of the smartest dogs around. This means that this dog will have no trouble understanding and following your orders after a short amount of training. They are, maybe, the least stubborn dog breed in the world, and will always try to follow your orders to the letter and make you happy.

Unlike some other dog breeds that can only learn if you use positive reinforcement on them (such as the Chihuahua), a Sheepadoodle will need you to be reasonably firm when you are training him. A Sheepadoodle will not hate you for shouting at him, in the contrary, it will make it easier for the dog to learn what is acceptable for him to do and what isn’t. But, don’t take it too far, even Sheepadoodles need some praise and treats every once in a while.

As I already said earlier, the Sheepadoodle is an extremely social dog who wants to play with as many humans and dogs as possible. But, it is never bad to socialize your pooch at a very young age, this way, meeting other dogs will be a fun part of his life.

7. Sheepadoodles can be great guard dogs

Despite their friendly and easygoing nature, Sheepadoodles are still considered to be excellent guard dogs. Thanks to their quick wits, they have the amazing ability to see the difference between a real threat and a fake one. They will alert you to intruders and try to keep them at bay, and with proper training, they will not even bark while doing so.

8. Sheepadoodles can eat quite a lot

Sheepadoodle looking at the camera

I want to cry, he is too cute :’)

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Because they have so much energy, are big, and spend a lot of time running around, Sheepadoodles need quite a lot of food. Usually, you should feed your Sheepadoodle high quality kibble, at least 2 or 3 times a day. Feed him using proportionate portions, and try not to let your Sheepadoodle overeat, since this mixed breed has the tendency to get fat quite easily. Once a month, though, wet dog food can be a great idea, but don’t overdo it, since as I’ve said before, your pooch might become overweight.

If you don’t know what to feed your Sheepadoodle, I would recommend a high-quality brand such as Whole Earth Farms. You can also take a look at our website and find out more about different dog food brands.

9. Sheepadoodles might suffer from some health issues

Since cross breeds don’t usually suffer from their purebred parents’ genetic issues, they love longer than them. This is also true for the Sheepadoodle, who might live a completely healthy life up to 15 years. However, this doesn’t mean that your four-pawed best friend won’t suffer from some health problems. Here are the ones that might cause the biggest issue for a Sheepadoodle (they are mostly diseases that they could inherit from their pet parents):

But, all in all, a Sheepadoodle should live a long and happy life if you take enough care of him. So, please, if you have one or are thinking about adopting one, give him all the love and attention you can, because those are sensitive dogs.

Conclusion

The Sheepadoodle is one of the most beautiful and friendly cross breeds in the world. True, they need a lot of care, but they will reward you with unconditional love and plenty of fun!

About the Author Houda Laabadi

A dog lover!

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