Sheepadoodle is a designer dog breed made by crossing Old English Sheepdog and Poodle. This Sheepdog Poodle mix breed is a medium-large dog. There are many variations (F1/F1b/F2/F2b/F3) and sizes (standard/mini) of Sheepadoodles. The best way to forecast the personality of your sheepadoodle designer breed puppy is to look at the parents, their breed characteristics and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either parent’s breed type.
Sheepadoodle Size. How big is a Sheepadoodle?
The standard Sheepadoodle is 21-23 inches at the shoulder and weighs 60-70 pounds. Puppies bred with a less-than-average size are known as Mini or Miniature Sheepadoodle.
What is a mini Sheepadoodle? How big is a mini Sheepadoodle?
Mini Sheepadoodle is a term used by breeders to highlight little size in the designer breed. Smaller sized specimens are chosen from F1 Sheepadoodles and bred with small purebred miniature Poodles for achieving miniature size.
Sheepadoodle is a smart dog with lots of energy indoors. They may bark a bit too much at times. If bred from parents of sound temperament and adequately socialized in puppyhood, the Sheepadoodle is likely to be a confident, loving, playful companion. Hybrids of all generations are friendly with everyone including strangers and kids.
Is the Sheepadoodle Hypoallergenic? Do Sheepadoodles shed?
Sheepadoodle is a non-shedding breed. Although not all sheepadoodles exhibit the non-shedding hypoallergenic coat type of the poodle, some specimens do have a low to non-shedding coat. The degree of shedding will vary from dog to dog. In designer dogs, no two dogs are alike. An F1b hybrid puppy from one purebred Poodle and an F1 Sheepadoodle as parents has the maximum probability of being hypoallergenic.
What is an F1 Sheepadoodle? Do they shed?
F1 Sheepadoodle is the first generation of hybrids bred from purebred Old English Sheepdog and purebred Poodle as parents. F1 Sheepadoodle generation has a higher risk of shedding, but some do not shed. When they do shed, most shed lightly and some shed moderately.
What is an F1b Sheepadoodle? Do they shed?
The F1B hybrid is 75% Poodle (one purebred Poodle and an F1 Sheepadoodle as parents). F1B hybrids have beautiful curly plush coats and have the maximum chance of being non-shedding like a Poodle.
What is an F2/F2b Sheepadoodle? Do they shed?
The second generation Sheepadoodle (F2 or F2B) is produced by crossing the (F1 X F1 = F2) hybrid or an (F1B X F1 = F2B) hybrid. They also have a high success rate for non-shedding and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies.
Sheepadoodle coat colors include white, cream, apricot, gold, red, gray and black.
Picking a good Sheepadoodle puppy
Searching for physical confirmations will help you in picking up a good Sheepadoodle puppy. However, remember that this is a designer dog and a unique mix of characteristics can be observed in each designer breed. No two designer dogs are alike! Look for the following physical characteristics.
General Appearance: That of a well-balanced dog.
Coat: Quality and texture of the coat of prime importance. The hair may be glossy, silky, and fine in texture reflecting a certain brilliance and feels cool to the touch. F1b specimens have a curly but silky coat with less dander.
Head: Skull should be rather small and round.
Neck: Medium length, blending smoothly into the shoulders to create the elegant head carriage.
Forequarters: Legs quite straight, elbows neither in nor out.
Body: Topline must be level.
Hindquarters: Sturdy, well-muscled hindquarters with proper angulation.
Tail: Carried higher than the level of the back.
Gait: Smooth and flowing, moving in a straight line, with a free and easy stride.
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