Honestly talking, Anyone who just wants a package of beauty and intelligence, he should go for the Shepadoodle. Reason?
Because it has everything a dog lover want’s in his pet. Cute, intelligent, honest, and adorable. Trust me, a dog couldn’t be more complete after that.
I mean, who wouldn’t want a dog which has the intelligence of extreme level just as the German shepherd and the beauty of a poodle, with a furry coat, that adds more to its cuteness.
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If we had to tell you in simple words, It’s just the most perfect crossbreed.
A quick view of characteristics
Now let’s move towards the details.
First of all, you need to know that this breed isn’t a cross between some ordinary dogs but a German shepherd and a Poodle, Which are both extremely intelligent and cute as well.
And do you know what this cross means? An inherently bright, eager to please, and a very easily trainable doggy.
Shepadoodle is very friendly and gentle to children, and so loyal to his family and owner.
Well, as it’s an alert breed just like its parent breeds, so it will take a while for them to calm down for strangers. But in addition, this quality makes Shepadoodle and awesome watchdog.
One thing, you need to keep in mind is that this breed is an energetic one, so it will need a lot of exercise activities daily, if not given the proper conditions it needs, it can be prone to obesity and boredom, which is indeed, not good for a dog buddy.
Height and weight, and life expectancy
The average height of a normal shepadoodle is 22-28 inches.
The normal weight of a shepadoodle is 50-90 lbs.
The average lifespan of a shepadoodle is 12 to 14 years.
Recognition of breed
- ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
- DBR = Designer Breed Registry
- DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry
- DRA = Dog Registry Of America
Well, in terms of color, shepapoodles can closely resemble their German Shepherd lineage. Although, they don’t shed like German shepherds.
Depending on the F1 or F1B generation: the F1 is wavier with a very light shed, while the F1B coat is curlier as compared to F1, Less dander and virtually, non-shed.
The coat may appear smooth, curly, or wavy, depending on the fact that towards which parent they just lean.
However, the color of almost every Shepapoodle will be greatly influenced by the German shepherd, with cream, black and bronze patterns.
They require periodic bathing, and daily brushing in order to avoid tangling and matting. AdJust cut off the hair a little in summer in order to let it’s skin breathe a bit. In winter, dry skin can occur.
However, a daily dose of cod liver oil helps to avoid this problem from occurring.
Origin of Shepadoodle
Shepadoodles actually find their origin in the U.S. as the U.S military developed these dogs in the 1960s as military police dogs.
Because of the basic reason that shepadoodle just came into being from two highly energetic and intelligent dogs, they have an energetic disposition and need regular and rigorous, daily exercise.
Basically, shepadoodle is a designer dog that has been bred for one simple reason, to incorporate the intelligence of the German Shephard with the non-shedding of a standard poodle.
As with the many hybrid dogs, lineage may be skewed if one or both of the parents are not purebred dogs.
In this instance, you would have a mixed breed dog versus a designer dog, which is probably not good.
One of the most important things about their temperament is, that they are devoted to their family up to an extreme level, making them best suited as a companion dog.
Shepadoodles, with their easygoing, friendly, and sweet nature, they are good with children as well as other pets.
As we said, they are extremely alert and are great watchdogs. Patient, Tender, and family oriented, they are always willing to make their owners happy.
One interesting thing about Shepadoodle is, that it does have a funny instinct, inherited from the parent poodle.
Diet of Shepadoodle
When we talk about diet and feeding of Shepadoodle, it’s important for you to know that the best quality dog food is preferred Because cheap dog food may cause a lot of problems in their digestive system as well as affecting their health in other bad ways.
An inherent trait from both breeds is slight gastric sensitivity and choosing a quality food is important.
When adult, Feeding shepadoodle 3-4 cups dry dog food a day would be enough. These dogs don’t overconsume and just stay lean. This simple fact, along with exercise, will contribute to their active lifespan and good health.
Training your Shepadoodle
As a smart breed by nature, Shepadoodle pickup commands and instructions much quickly as compared to any other dog breeds. Because of the highly intelligent parents, the shepadoodle is a quick study and easy to train.
They are very active dogs and respond well to a devoted and dominant pack leader.
So, it is recommended to start training your shepadoodle from its puppyhood. Socialization and discipline is also a part of training, which means they should be introduced to it at a young age also.
In order, if you don’t know how to train your shepadoodle, consult a professional because wrong training will result in destructive behavioral issues. These dogs do exceptionally well in agility and obedience training.
Things need to be cared about
Being very active and full of energy, it loves to play outdoors. So, it is not recommended to keep it in an apartment because it make’s it feel bored and retained, Which can be a cause of its harsh behavior.
Give your Shepadoodle a considerable amount of time and take your dog for long walks daily. Allow your buddy to play in the park or yard to keep it happy.
Exercise Requirements for Shepapoodle
As we have said, the Shepadoodle is a crossbreed to two extremely active and intelligent dogs. However, they require a lot of exercises compared to other dog breeds.
This exercise may be in the form of long walks, playing fetch or just running around, but it’s very important to keep them in form, otherwise, they can go destructive in their temperament.
Ensuring that he has a plenty of toys that can be incorporated into his human interactions and exercise routines will help him in being engaged and keeping him curious.
Sheepadoodle puppies are cute and adorable, and very small. However, they grow very quickly and require so much time and a lot of dedication when it comes to exercise, training, and socialization.
They would like to spend time indoors with you if you play with them.
However, if you are not gonna give it that much time, then we would recommend looking for another breed that can suit best your circumstances.
Some health problems
Sheepadoodles are prone to the same health problems as their parents, which means hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand’s disorder can be big problems.
However, they are healthy and in very rare cases, they are affected with such kind of diseases.