The Shepadoodle is a hybrid dog which is a cross between the intelligent German Shepherd and the intuitive Poodle. Other common names for the designer dog include German shepherd-poodle mix, Shep-a-poo, Shepherdoodle, and Shepherdpoo. The hybrid’s country of origin is the United States of America. It was first recognized and registered by the American Canines Hybrid Club.
Appearance: Shepadoodles are medium to large, muscular, robust, agile, elongated, and dignified in appearance. They have almond-shaped ears, large floppy ears, and a rounded head. Shepadoodles usually grow to 22-28 inches tall and can weigh between 85-95 pounds. Shepadoodle’s most common colors are black, brown, gray, solid sable and solid white. They have a dense, thick, stiff, flat, rough and harsh coat.
Shepadoodles are ideal companion dogs. They are extremely loyal, faithful, affectionate, and devoted to their families. They are also versatile, calm, self-confident, reliable, intelligent, responsive and aloof. Due to their focus, alertness, courageousness and protective disposition, Shepadoodles can adequately protect their families. In the case of intrusions, they can efficiently deal with the situation. Shepadoodles are also tender, sweet, easy-going, patient, friendly and family-oriented. They love pleasing their owners. However, they require supervision when they are with kids. It’s important to expose their puppies to children and provide them with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with kids. For their temperament, Shepadoodles are usually good for herding, police work, and companionship.
Health Concerns and Care
Designer dogs are vulnerable to their parents’ health problems. Shepadoodles are susceptible to conditions such as Von Willebrand’s disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia, skin issues, eye disease, and gastric ailments.The mixed breed has a life span of 12-15 years.
This mixed breed loves outdoor activities. Too much confinement can make the dog feel restrained or bored and can induce unwanted behavior. Take the dog for a walk or allow it to play inside a fenced yard. Shepadoodles are intelligent and obedient. They can pick up commands and instructions relatively quickly. Training the hybrid is relatively easy. However, to adequately train them, you need to use firm, fair and consistent dog training methods. Discipline, patience, and perseverance are the keys to effective training. Early training and professional obedience schools are also helpful. A Shepadoodle’s coat has a tendency to get tangled and matted. Daily brushing is essential to keep the pet neat, clean and free from tick and mite infestations. A weekly washing of the dog’s ears can also help prevent ear infections.