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The Shepadoodle is mixed dog who's parents are the Poodle (Standard) and the German Shepherd. She is a large dog with a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. She is also called Shepapoo, Shepherdoodle and Shepherdpoo. She is known to be good as both a working dog and a companion and is naturally very protective but still social and outgoing.

Here is the Shepadoodle at a Glance
Average height 22 to 28 inches
Average weight 50 to 80 pounds
Coat type Varies, wavy to curly, medium, dense, thick
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding If takes after Poodle low, if like the German Shepherd moderate to high
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Low
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good - better with owners with experience
Trainability Easy to train if you establish yourself clearly as pack leader
Exercise Needs Very active
Tendency to get Fat Above average.
Major Health Concerns Bloat, Degenerative myelopathy, EPI, epilepsy, Addisons, Cushings, eye problems, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrands, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, allergies, skin problems
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $1800
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $920 to $1000

Where does the Shepadoodle come from?

The Shepadoodle is also called a Designer dog. Over the last thirty years or so there has been a growing demand and love for deliberately created mixed breeds that have been dubbed designer dogs. Breeders are putting together two purebreds together and the offspring are often given a name that blends the parents names. Sometimes these mixes have been seen before and sometimes it is something new. The intent with breeders who care is to get a cross who has the best of both parents in them. But this is not something that can be guaranteed in first generation breeding. There is also a great debate over designer dogs as some feel they are just an excuse for more and more bad breeders and puppy mills to make money off the unsuspecting or ignorant. It is important therefore to be careful where you buy from. All we know about her origins is that she was first bred in the USA. To get a better idea about her with no other history or origins known we look to the parents.

The Poodle

The Poodle originates from Germany and was first bred for collecting waterfowl for hunters. While there are three sizes of Poodle they are not individual breeds just small Poodles bred to get small poodles. They are hypo-allergenic so are good for families with allergies and are highly intelligent and eager to please which means they are good at training and learning. They are loyal and good natured dogs but highly energetic so need a lot of stimulation and exercise.

The German Shepherd

In the late 19th and early 20th century a German cavalry officer called von Stephanitz wanted to breed a superior herding dog, one with intelligence, ability and athleticism. While he succeeded with the German Shepherd it was at a time when demand for herding dogs was actually on the decline. Determined his breed would still be a successful and in demand working dog, Stephanitz used his connections to get the military and police to try the dog out. He was a complete success and he still is.

Today he is used as a working dog in many different areas. He is intelligent and easy to train, loyal to his owner and protective. He is not just a success as a working dog, he makes a great family dog too as long as you can give him the activity and mental stimulation he needs. He does not like being left alone for long periods and can suffer from separation anxiety. While he is wary around strangers he is affectionate and playful with his family.



The Shepadoodle is a very devoted and loyal companion who will likely follow you around the house and will bond closely with you. She can be very protective and in fact can sometimes be overly so. She is also friendly and more social like the Poodle rather than the German Shepherd. She likes to be active which is why she makes a good work dog too so be prepared for that. She is calm, intelligent, confident and eager to please. While friendly she is wary of strangers and alert making a good watchdog. She gets along well with everyone and is quite a well mannered dog! She loves to have fun and play too and will need some outdoor space to do this in. She is loving, reliable, brave and warm.

What does the Shepadoodle look like

She is a large dog weighing 50 to 80 pounds and standing 22 to 28 inches tall. She can look more like a Poodle or more like a German Shepherd, it varies. Her coat can be straight, wavy or curly and can be smooth, thick, dense and medium length. Colors could include gray, cream, tan, black and sable. She has a strong, athletic body, muscular with a narrow muzzle, ears that flop over and a tail that carries high, curves somewhat and is fringed.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Shepadoodle need to be?

The Shepadoodle is a very active dog, she has a lot of energy and needs to be with a family or owner who is also active and is happy to have an active dog. She is strong, agile and has a lot of stamina so expect to have a good couple of hours spent a day on physical activity like jogging, walking, hiking and then have some play time too. She needs access to a good sized yard to play in too so is not suited to apartment living. Under exercised Shepadoodles can get obese very easily and will behave poorly and act out.

Does she train quickly?

She is eager to please, obedient and intelligent so for an owner with some experience or someone who has no problem establishing leadership training will be easy. She will enjoy it too. Start training and socialization from a young age. Keep it positive and reward and encourage with treats, praise and so on. If you are not able to establish yourself as leader training will be harder and you may want to bring in an expert. Because she trains so well and is so smart she is used as a working dog like with the police.

Living with a Shepadoodle

How much grooming is needed?

The Shepadoodle can have a low shedding coat when it is more like the Poodle's and this can be hypo-allergenic. If allergies are an issue you should visit the puppy before buying though. Brush her daily to get rid of tangles and keep her coat healthy. Also check her ears once a week for infection and wipe them clean using an ear cleaning solution for dogs and cotton balls. She may need regular clipping if her coat gets too long at the groomers and while there she can also have her toe nails clipped if they are too long. Her teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She gets on well with children, especially older ones who know how to play and touch her. Younger ones she can sometimes accidentally bump over due to her energy levels and size. She is affectionate though and protective of them. She can also get along fine with other dogs and pets, especially if raised with them. Early socialization and training is a great way to ensure better responses to them.

General information

She is alert and protective and wary of strangers so she makes a good watchdog and will bark to alert you of intruders. She otherwise is a rare barker. She will need to be fed at least 3 to 4 cups of high quality dry dog food a day. This should be fed to her in two or three meals though not all at once.

Health Concerns


There are health issues that her parents are more at risk of that she is therefore more at risk of too. They include Bloat, Degenerative myelopathy, EPI, epilepsy, Addisons, Cushings, eye problems, Von Willebrands, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, Joint dysplasia, allergies and skin problems. Ask to see health clearances for both parents and visit the puppy before buying and you can reduce the chances on having a sickly dog.

Costs involved in owning a Shepadoodle

A Shepadoodle puppy could cost between $250 to $1800. Other costs for collar and leash, crate, chipping, blood tests, deworming, spaying and shots come to between $450 to $500. Ongoing costs each year for grooming, food, license, treats, toys and training come to between $920 to $1000. Other annual costs for medical basics like check ups, vaccinations, pet insurance and flea prevention come to between $485 to $600.


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  • The Shepadoodle is a great dog, intelligent and very active, protective and very loyal. She is suitable for anyone but needs you to be very active too and needs space and a yard so not best suited to apartment. She will need a lot of your time but will be worth it.

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