Sheepadoodle - Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Once you buy or adopt a Sheepadoodle, your life will never be the same! Each time you walk down the road with your adorable teddy bear dog, people will stop by to ask you about it!

Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix is a giant ball of fluff with a large heart. This Doodle dog breed is smart and highly trainable. It also has a non-shedding coat, making it a great choice for people with pet allergies.

In this guide, we will cover the adorable Sheepadoodle’s origins, characteristics, and pretty much everything else you need to know before buying or adopting one.

What is a Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix?

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Sheepadoodles are hybrid or designer dogs bred using the standard, miniature or toy Poodle and Old English Sheepdogs. Sheepadoodles are also called Sheep-a-poo, sheepdoodles, or sheeppoos. The ones bred using toy or miniature Poodles are often referred to as mini Sheepadoodles.

The Sheepadoodle was first bred in the 1960s to be used as a military dog for the US Army. However, the handlers soon found that the Sheepadoodle was better suited to be a family dog or companion dog.

The interest in this crossbreed dog was once again rekindled in 2007 as more and more breeders started ‘creating’ Doodle dogs like Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, Cavoodles and Cockapoos – designer dogs having one Poodle parent.

Sheepadoodles became even more popular when celebrity figure skaters Meryl Davis and Fedor Andreev spoke about them in 2015. This led to a rise in the Sheepadoodle’s popularity and numbers.

Doodle dogs like Sheepadoodles are extremely popular today, thanks mainly to their Poodle genes. These designer dogs tend to have low-shedding and low-dander coats. Moreover, Poodles are considered to be a supremely intelligent dog breed and are also known for their easy trainability. There is no doubt that Doodle dog breeds inherit these traits as well.

To understand more about the Sheepadoodle, let us study the parent dog breeds in brief:

Old English Sheepdogs

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The Old English Sheepdog (or OES) is not too old, nor is it traditionally English, and neither is it a Sheepdog!

Firstly, it is only about 100 years old. Secondly, it may have originated from breeds like Scottish or Bearded Collies or even the Russian Ovcharka – not much is known about its ancestors. Thirdly, it was used as a drover for driving sheep and cattle to the market and not as a herding dog.

Old English Sheepdogs have thick wooly coats that make them look like sheep themselves!  OES are also fondly known as Bobtails.

Old English Sheepdogs are not known to bark a lot but their big beards can collect drool and when crossed with poodles, they like to swim.



Poodles have a German origin where they were mainly bred for hunting waterfowl. Their curly coat is water resistant and they are excellent swimmers which made them suitable for working around water.

Today, Poodles are proven to be one of the smartest dog breeds. They consistently rank in the top 10 intelligent dog breed lists. They also have hypoallergenic, low-shedding coats and all these qualities make them excellent to cross or mix with other dog breeds.

Physical Characteristics of the Sheepadoodle

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Since Sheepadoodles can be bred using toy, mini or standard Poodles, their sizes tend to vary greatly. And while their numbers are on the rise along with their popularity, they are still not recognised by the AKC/American Kennel Club. So, there are no standards for us to refer to.

A Sheepapoo’s height can vary between 13-27 inches (33-68 cm) at the shoulders and they could weigh between 45 and 80 pounds. (20-36kg). The mini Sheepadoodle is a smaller size dog, weighing less than 20kg.

They are fondly known as Panda Dogs since most Sheepadoodles develop black patches around their eyes. Many Sheepadoodles also sport red or brindle markings on their coats. These adorable dogs are often called giant teddy bears because of their lovable and downright irresistible appearance. Irrespective of their size, Sheepadoodles are strong and muscular dogs. Depending on genetics, they could develop curly, wool, shaggy or wispy coats.

Is the Sheepadoodle hypoallergenic?

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Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix breed is non-shedding and considered hypoallergenic. A Sheepadoodle will be considered particularly hypoallergenic if it develops a curly coat like its Poodle parent. Such Doodles shed minimally.

However, that does not mean any less grooming for you! Also, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, and even if a Sheepadoodle breeder claims their dogs to be low-shedding, low-dander producing 100% hypoallergenic dogs, please take it with a pinch of salt!

You must also brush your Sheepadoodle’s coat daily to remove trapped grass or pollen as these allergens could also trigger your symptoms.

Typical Breed Behavior – The Temperament of a Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Sheepadoodle - Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Just like the Poodle and Old English Sheepdog, Sheepadoodles are hardworking and intelligent. They are social, obedient, and affectionate dogs. Treat your Sheepadoodle like your kid and they will adore you. Because of their ability to bond and connect with humans, they make excellent therapy dogs.

It is easy to see why the popularity of the Sheepadoodle is on the rise. Happy, loving, playful, and cheerful, a Sheepadoodle has a lot to offer to its humans. Once you bring home a Sheepadoodle, your life will change for the better. Your pet will bring a smile to your face several times a day thanks to its sunshine personality.

Are Sheepadoodles good with kids?

Sheepadoodle - Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix

Energetic and fun-loving, the Sheepadoodle will fit in perfectly in a family having kids. They make excellent companion dogs for children as long as you train both of them to respect each other. However, they do have herding instincts and may nip at the heels of children or try and herd them.

You will need to train and encourage appropriate behaviours in your doodle. Dogs become more of what they do each day and if your Sheepadoodle is rehearsing bad behaviours, they will be difficult to manage.

Are Sheepadoodles good with other animals?

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Sheepadoodles get along with other dogs as long as they are introduced early and properly.

While they are very gentle dogs, as with kids, they could nip at the other animals’ heels. They obviously do not mean any harm but such behaviour could cause unnecessary stress in the other animal’s life. Through early obedience training, you can curb this behaviour in your Doodle.

Can Sheepadoodles be left alone?

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Sheepadoodles are extremely affectionate towards their human family. They love being around their humans and greatly value companionship. They also love being a part of all family activities and will gladly follow you around all day. For this reason, they tend to suffer from separation anxiety and dislike being left at home alone for prolonged periods.

Who is the best owner of a Sheepadoodle?

Sheepadoodles thrive in active, loving, households with kids although they make great pets for individuals as well. They are sensitive dogs and are people-oriented. This means they always like to be around their loved ones.

No doubt these crossbreed dogs are unique in personality and appearance. But they do need plenty of care and attention. If you or a family member has the time, patience, and energy to devote to this dog, then no doubt, a Sheepadoodle will make a perfect family companion for years to come.

How Much Does a Sheepadoodle Cost?

Once you have decided that a Sheepadoodle is right for you, you need to search for reputable Sheepadoodle breeders near you. Most breeders charge between $3000 and $5000 for this designer dog. This price depends on the dog’s bloodlines, health testing, the area the breeder is located in, and also the puppy’s age, coat type and colour, etc.

Adopting a Sheepadoodle is a great idea, but many rescued dogs tend to have special medical or social needs and may require a special home with an experienced dog handler.

An advantage of adopting an older Sheepadoodle is that the price might be a lot lower than buying a Sheepadoodle puppy from a breeder. However, while you might save on the purchase price, there is always a risk that you could spend a lot later on your Sheepadoodle’s medical bills or training costs.

Most rescue homes charge a rehoming fee of $500. This price depends on the area you live in as well as the rescue organisation and the kind of funds and grants they have.

Some shelters cover the cost of the dog’s desexing surgery, vaccinations, and other basic medical services in the fees.

What to Feed a Sheepadoodle?

In the beginning, you can feed the same dog food that your Doodle was eating at the breeder/rescue shelter. This is important to avoid digestive upsets in your dog while it is adjusting to its new environment. Later, you can bring your pet to the vet for a routine checkup.  Your vet can advise you about the right type of food your Sheepadoodle.

In general, you can feed your Doodle wet/canned dog food, dry dog food, or semi-moist food. Many Sheepadoodle parents also feed raw dog food to their pets with great results. Always consult your vet before making any dietary changes and also make these changes gradually for your Sheepadoodle to adjust.

If you opt to feed commercial dog food, choose one with minimal fillers (corn, wheat, soy), preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Look for food that meets or exceeds AAFCO guidelines.

Health Issues and Lifespan of Sheepadoodles

Sheepadoodles are usually healthy dogs since crossbreeding helps eliminate many genetic issues seen in the parent breeds by increasing genetic diversity. From time to time though, you could see issues like joint issues and heart ailments in these dogs. The best poodle mix breeders hip score and DNA test their breeding dogs.

The lifespan of Sheepadoodles is 12-15 years.

Sheepadoodle Pros and Cons

Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix Cons:

Sheepadoodles are big, strong dogs that could potentially knock over small children. With proper training that utilises positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviours, they can grow to be great family dogs. The mini sheepadoodle is a popular designer dog for families with small children and limited space.

Like most Poodle cross breeds, a common behaviour problem in Sheepadoodles is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety can create a dog that barks a lot, drools, chews, scratches, digs and escapes. The best puppy training to prevent separation anxiety is crate training

Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix Pros:

The biggest benefit of the Sheepadoodle breed is that they are non-shedding and hypoallergenic. They make good companions for many people with allergies, asthma etc. 

The Old English Sheepdog Poodle mix is highly trainable and generally has a long lifespan. 

Sheepadoodle – Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix puppies for sale and breeders

The Sheepadoodle is a rare designer dog breed in Australia and the Mini Sheepadoodle is even more so. If you’re having trouble finding Old English Dog Poodle Mix breeders or puppies for sale near you, consider looking for a rescue or other similar poodle mix breeds such as the Standard Schnoodle, Mini or Standard Bordoodle,  Roodle, Labradoodle, Aussiedoodle or Groodle.

The Old English Sheepdog poodle mix is particularly popular because of its cuddly and loyal temperament, non-shedding coat and high trainability. 

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