While most people may be familiar with the pristine coat of the poodle or the herding nature of the sheepdog, they may not know much about the Sheepadoodle. What is its temperament? Is it easy to train? What type of grooming does this breed require? Let’s take a moment to answer all of these questions and more. But first, let’s discuss the origin of the Sheepadoodle.
Origin of the Sheepadoodle
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The Sheepadoodle is a mixed breed. It is the result of a pairing of the Poodle and the Old English Sheepdog. This breed originated in the United States and is a mixed breed,
This breed is typically between 13 – 24 inches and weighs between 60 – 80 pounds. They have thick, scruffy hair which makes it easy for them to spend long periods of time outside, specifically in cold weather. However, it is recommended that this breed remain dry in low temperatures so as to avoid hypothermia. The color of its coat mimics that of a sheepdog, with black and white markings in various places.There are also cases in which the coat may be black and grey.
The Sheepadoodle is known for being very gentle in nature. They are also extremely sweet and can be playful. These are social dogs who prefer not to be left alone. Though they are rather calm in nature, this breed does have the instincts of a sheepdog which means that they have a tendency to heard other animals and possibly children. In some instances, the Sheepadoodle can become a bit aggressive when interacting with small children if they consider them to be a threat. This posture is what makes the Sheepadoodle an excellent form of home security.
Sheepadoodle Health Issues
Sheepadoodles may deal with a few health issues during the course of their life. For instance, many suffer from Patellar luxation. This is a condition in which the kneecap slips out of place and results in lameness, weakness and sometimes pain. It is usually be seen in the mini Sheepadoodle.
Some deal with Addisons. This is a condition in which the dog becomes lethargic, experiences loss of appetite, vomits, has diarrhea, has episodes in which they shake, has an increased frequency of urination, becomes dehydrated and much more.
There are those that struggle with cushings. This condition is another one that would most likely affect the mini Sheepadoodle. It usually leads to an increase in thirst and urination, hunger, panting a pot-bellied abdomen, fat pads on both the neck and the shoulders, loss of hair and energy and more. A few other common problems include eye problems, Legg-Perthes, bloat, hypothyroidism, deafness and hip dysplasia.
Sheepadoodles are of energy levels. And like many dogs, they typically need a lot of exercise in order to maintain a healthy and happy life. This is especially the case when it comes to Sheepadoodle puppies. Sheepadoodles are instinctual herders and are used to sharp turns and quick acceleration. So walking or running on the leash at constant, steady rates will not do much for them. They need a challenge. So if possible, the Sheepadoodle needs to be allowed to run free in order to get rid of all of their energy.
Feeding a Sheepadoodle
Because Sheepadoodles are scavengers, they tend to eat very quickly. Unfortunately, this can lead to possible choking, obesity and bloat. So it’s recommended that you take measures to slow the Sheepadoodle down at meal times. These techniques include stuffing a Kong toy with food, slow feeders or scattering the food on the ground.
Grooming a Sheepadoodle
Like most dogs, the Sheepadoodle often sheds, even more so than Goldendoodles or Labradoodles. Though the shedding is not overwhelming, it is very important that they are brushed regularly as their coat is curly and long. This makes them more susceptible matting. Grooming usually includes a lot of detangling and trimming. This is especially the case when it comes to the Sheepadoodle’s ears. The hair around the ears must be well-maintained in order to prevent ear infections.
Sheepadoodles often struggle with two things: constant jumping up and nipping. However, Sheepadoodles are very smart and their intelligence only increases as they age. So these habits should not be difficult to break with patience and consistency. It takes time to train the Sheepadoodle puppy as it has an extremely short memory span. They respond best to immediate consequences rather than punishments.
As you can see, there is a lot to learn about the Sheepadoodle. Though this breed is mixed, it has a personality of its own and demands special care. If you are interested in a sweet-tempered breed, then the Sheepadoodle may be just what you’re looking for.
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