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Pros of Sheepadoodles
- Wonderful temperament - they are known for being playful, sweet, smart and gentle.
- Non-shedding - they shed a minimal amount.
- Hypoallergenic - An F1 Sheepadoodle meaning a puppy from a Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog is hypoallergenic and they don't drool.
- Quiet dogs - they are gentle and don't usually bark at other dogs or people. But they do make excellent watch dogs and will bark when someone approaches your home.
- Night time potty training is easier as they are smart and big, they can sleep through the night from a pretty early age.
- Training - they are smart and non-dominant making them easy to train as long as you consistently work with them.
- Family friendly - they can get along with other pets and are great with children and adults. (Please be sure to read the Nip and Herding section below as many of them will do these things to other pets and small children).
- Sensitive - this also makes them easy to train as a strong "no" or words of praise have an appropriate effect on them.
- Good tolerance for cold - they have lots of thick hair so they do well being outside in the cold if they can remain dry. Make sure they stay dry if they are going to remain outside in the cold for long periods of time. If they get wet and cold they can get hypothermia.
- Exercise - they need a good amount of exercise. This will keep you in shape as your dog will be happier with a good amount of exercise. They do well with at least 30 minutes of exercise per day which will vary depending on your dog and their age.
Cons of Sheepadoodles
- Nip - because the Old English Sheepdog is a herding dog, many still have strong instincts to nip and bite. They can be taught to not do this, but you have to work with them consistently and frequently.
- Grooming - Sheepadoodles have long hair from the OES and curly from the Poodle that combination can develop mats easily. They need consistent brushing at least every day, depending on how long you keep their coat. And because of their long hair they need their ears cleaned, dried and kept short to prevent ear infections. They also need a sanitary trim (a close shave from the belly to the anus) about every five to eight weeks. And in the winter time their hair collects snow and once they're wet and frozen it can be tough to thaw until they warm up inside. Maintaining a Sheepadoodle's coat can be pricey unless you learn to do most of it yourself. Refer to our grooming tips for tools and basics.
- Low tolerance for being alone. It's important for your puppy to spend time alone often so they can get used to it. It is also important to keep your goodbyes and hellos short and sweet. Don't fuss over your puppy when leaving or arriving. If you fuss over them, this can increase their anxiety of separation and being alone. When your departures are kept to a quick calm routine your puppy can learn to be happy alone for regular periods of time.
- Chewing - this applies to almost any puppy and a Sheepadoodle is no different. They love to chew things, almost anything, furniture, rugs, shoes, etc. There are many techniques to help prevent and minimize this as discussed in this article.
- Herding - they have those herding instincts from the Old English Sheepdog in them. So beware that many will herd other animals and small children. They love to chase and be chased, but keep an eye out when they're playing with kids as they can be more aggressive and scary for small children.