Labradoodles VS Sheepadoodles
Most people know that they want a doodle, but choosing which exact kind of doodle may get tricky. There are many similarities between them, but it's good to do your research and find out all the differences. Disclaimer: each dog is different and may not possess every quality pertaining to its breed, but in general the following are characteristics that apply to each breed.
In order to really find out about your potential puppy, we strongly recommend talking with its breeder and finding out the qualities of the puppies' parents. The puppies' parents will give you the best idea of how your puppy will behave and look.
Physical traits: although they share a "doodle" as a parent they can be different sizes and colors. The Sheepadoodle is usually larger as its full grown weight is 60-80 lbs and the Labradoodle is only 50-65 lbs. The Sheepadoodle can also get a bit taller as their max height is 24" while the Labradoodle's max height is 23". And in color the Sheepadoodle is typically a combination of black, white and sometimes gray. The Labradoodle can be any one of 14 different colors including; caramel, chocolate, chalk, golden apricot, and many others.
Grooming: the Labradoodle and Sheepadoodle have different coats. They are both high maintenance coats, but the Sheepadoodle will require even more regular brushing to keep mats at bay. The Labradoodle will need regular brushing at least once a week, while the Sheepadoodle will need a good brushing session every other day or every day. And both can be professionally groomed as often as needed, but we recommend at least every few months, the Sheepadoodle a touch more frequently as it has a combination of OES thick long hair combined with the poodle's curly hair.
Intelligence/personality: both breeds make wonderful family dogs because they have great temperaments. The Labradoodle will love to run and fetch and the Sheepadoodle will love to run and chase other dogs or small children (supervision is a must until your Sheepadoodle learns not to nip and herd your youngsters). Both breeds will require quite a bit of exercise to keep them healthy and happy. They are both very smart. The Labradoodle will pick up on training a bit quicker and earlier than the Sheepadoodle, but both are sensitive and wanting to please.
Love & affection: The Sheepadoodle is a bit more playful and happy go lucky with anyone or any dog around. The Labradoodle will typically take a little more time to warm up to strangers and new dogs. The Labradoodle is more protective of its family, but is never aggressive. The Sheepadoodle is a good watch dog to warn when a stranger is approaching, but doesn't act protective otherwise. Overall the Sheepadoodle will bark less than an average dog. The Sheepadoodle and Labradoodle are both very loving and affectionate of their owners and make amazing family dogs.