We were attracted to Sheepadoodles when we were looking for our next dog. We’ve owned various breeds that I loved, but I wanted a dog that was easy to own (mellow and easily trained), cute, with a temperament that would allow me to possibly do therapy work with them. When I saw the description of the sheepadoodle as smart, but clown like, I thought “this is the dog for me”. Then I looked at pictures and was completely won over.
We have bred one breed of dogs in the past, but haven’t bred dogs in quite a few years. We are empty nesters and I had received so much interest in my two sheepadoodles and loved their temperament and personality so much that we decided that we wanted to develop a small kennel and raise sheepadoodles. We are expecting our first litter in late May 2016 and are very excited.
A sheepadoodle is a designer breed crossing an Old English Sheepdog with a Standard Poodle. A sheepadoodle is a great family pet, wonderful with children and with other dogs and animals. They are great with kids because they are playful, energetic and affectionate. Please note however, with the herding breed, they may try to herd younger children, so watch them and stop this behavior if you see it. For the sheepadoodles I have, I have not had any kind of herding problems; even as puppies they were very gentle with kids and did not jump or bite… even as puppies.
There are several “types” of Sheepadoodle:
F1 (sheepdog bred with standard poodle also known as first generation)
F1b (sheepadoodle bred back to poodle, also known as second generation) – these are the most hypoallergenic, although both are hypoallergenic.
There are other variations, but above are the typical…most don’t do a sheepadoodle to sheepadoodle (from my research you can’t be sure what traits from original breeds will come out) and I have never seen an F1b bred back again to a poodle (becomes essentially all poodle). This is very basic commentary :)
Mainly black and white as puppies and the black could fade to grey as an adult (like the sheepdogs do); some stay blacker while others go grey. I cannot guarantee whether the puppies will go grey or stay black. The sheepdogs almost always fade to grey, my male is a black and white parti poodle going back multiple generations, so puppies will likely stay darker, but again, I cannot guarantee coloring.
I also have a red/white parti poodle (Reba) that should have her first litter fall/winter 2017 – not sure if the red will come through on any of the puppies (black in dominant, but genetics can be tricky)…hoping for little red/brown/sable may come through on some of the pups.
F1bs that will be our first litters have parents that weight around 55 pounds, so the puppies should be in the 50-60 pound range . I am working to get some smaller dogs to allow me to get in the 40-45 pounds range).
F1 will generally be in the 55-60 pounds range, but again, I am trying to get some smaller dogs to try and get some smaller F1 dogs.
They are low to no shedding and hypoallergenic. Their coat can be anywhere from a curlier poodle type to straighter and fluffier like the sheepdog; one of my females has the more poodle and the other more sheepdog and they are both first generation sheepadoodles. The F1b will typically tend to be a little more curly. Any sheepadoodle generation will require grooming to keep their coat in good shape, so if you don’t want to do weekly brushing and periodic grooming (depending on the length you keep the coat a sheepadoodle needs to be groomed every 2-4 months), this hybrid is not for you. AND YOU (OR YOUR GROOMER) MUST PLUCK THEIR EARS OR THEY WILL GET INFECTED.