The Shepadoodle is the German Shepherd Poodle mix. This breed is characterized by a pair of floppy ears, almond-shaped eyes, and a circular head. They are known to be muscular with an elongated appearance.
These multi-faceted dogs are often used as police and military dogs or for herding livestock.
They prefer to live in a cooler atmosphere.
Potential buyers of this breed should not get confused between the Shepadoodle and the Sheepadoodle, as both are different dogs.
Temperament & Personality
This breed is gentle and caring that makes them an ideal pet for any family. Its parents are known to be extremely loyal and devoted to their owners, and the Shepadoodle naturally inherits these traits. But there may be some dogs who with time become overly possessive of their owner.
They may show their destructive and unpleasing side if left alone for a prolonged period. They are also known to be always at loggerheads with other dogs in the house because of their territorial instincts. It inherits the intelligence from the German Shepherd.
These active and energetic dogs love outdoor activities. If the owner leaves the dog indoors for a prolonged period, the dog may feel restrained and bored. These dogs need a considerable amount of daily activities such as small jogs or a short running session.
The owner can allow the dog to play inside the fenced-in yard to satiate its need for exercise. The owner can also engage children and the dog in a playful session.
Most of the Shepadoodles resemble their German Shepherd parents with respect to the coat texture which may be smooth, wavy or curly. Thus grooming ranges from minimal to substantial. Some need regular brushing while others will need weekly brushing.
The owner can give a short buzz cut to the dog during the summer season so that its skin beneath the fur can breathe easily. These dogs can suffer from dry skin during winters, so apply Cod liver oil regularly.
Some health issues which are Panosteitis, Hip dysplasia, Pannus, Hemophilia, Degenerative Myelopathy, Gastric Dilution Volvulus, Sebaceous Adenitis, Elbow dysplasia, Demodecosis, Seborrhea, Diabetes, Von Willebrand's disease, Cervical Vertebral Instability, and Mitral Valve dysplasia can affect the dog.
Occasional tests which are DNA test for the VWD, Eye examinations, Blood tests, Full physical Examination, MRI scan for the brain & spinal cord, and Hip and Elbow X-rays will prevent the dog from getting various kind of diseases.
Considered a smart breed, these dogs pick up commands and instructions very quickly. To create an obedient and well-behaved dog, the trainer should start the training process as early as possible. A consistent, firm, and fair training is highly essential for this breed. The owner should train the dog on how to socialize with strangers and other animals properly.
The owner can give three to four cups of quality dry dog food on a daily basis. A diet rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins will complete their nutritional need.