Life with a Miniature Sheepadoodle: Classically Cute Chaos

Even though I’m a classic style blogger, one of my most frequently asked questions is always about my dog, Millie – a miniature Sheepadoodle. Whenever I post a photo of her, it’s guaranteed that I’ll get at least a few messages with questions about my fluffy best friend.

Now that Millie is nearly seven years old, I wanted to create a post all about what it’s like to have a miniature Sheepadoodle as a family member.

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And as a classic style lover is there anything more classic than black and white?

This post is all about mini Sheepadoodles.

When you have a dog that looks just like Snoopy, you are constantly getting stopped on the street.

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I now consider myself a Sheepadoodle expert since when we added Millie to our family seven years ago, most people had never even heard of the Sheepadoodle breed.

While Goldendoodles and Bernedoodles are popular main-stream dog breeds, I want to create a resource for anyone curious about what life is really like first-hand with a miniature Sheepadoodle.

I want to answer all of the questions I had while researching the breed nearly a decade ago.

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So what is a Sheepadoodle? And specifically – what constitutes a miniature Sheepadoodle?

Let’s get into it.

What is a Mini Sheepadoodle?

A miniature Sheepadoodle is a crossbreed between an Old English Sheepdog and a miniature Poodle typically weighing up to 40 pounds.

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The Sheepadoodle breed was actually created by the United States Army in the sixties as a potential military dog – combining the working dog characteristics of the Old English herding dogs and the intelligence of Poodles.

While extremely obedient and loyal, the dogs were too playful – hence why they are the ideal family dog and no longer military dogs.

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I like to think Millie has the best characteristics of both an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle as she’s super smart, yet playful and oh so snuggly.

Do Mini Sheepadoodles Shed?

No – mini Sheepadoodles typically don’t shed except while brushing their coat.

In fact, one of the advantages of having a mini Sheepadoodle is their hypoallergenic and low-shedding coat.

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Both breeds – Poodles and Old English Sheepdogs are no to low shedding making this mixed breed better than Goldendoodles and Bernedoodles in my opinion, as those doodles still may shed.

This makes them an excellent choice for those with allergies or who prefer a clean and tidy home with no pet hair.

How Big Does a Miniature Sheepadoodle Get?

On average, a miniature sheepadoodle full grown can reach a height of around 15 to 18 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 20 to 40 pounds.

The size of a miniature Sheepadoodle can vary depending on the parents and generation.

For a smaller size, search for micro or mini sheepadoodle puppies. If searching for a larger size, consider a moyen Sheepadoodle (“moyen” is French for medium) or standard Sheepadoodle.

mini sheepadoodle and mini labradoodle

Millie was estimated to be up to 40 pounds as a miniature Sheepadoodle, and now, fully grown, she’s about 47 pounds. This is a photo of her with her miniature Labradoodle best friend, Bijou.

Despite their smaller stature compared to standard Sheepadoodles who can be 70-90 pounds, mini Sheepadoodles still possess the same endearing qualities.

Their size makes them a great apartment dog or dog for families with small yards.

Are Mini Sheepadoodles Good Dogs?

Mini Sheepadoodles are not only adorable, but they also have a gentle and sociable temperament that makes them excellent family dogs – great for homes with children and other family pets.

They enjoy participating in high-energy athletic activities (fetch is Millie’s favorite and her eyes are always on the ball), going for walks, and engaging in non-stop playtime.

Are Sheepadoodles smart? Are Mini Sheepadoodles hard to potty train?

In addition to their friendly demeanor, Sheepadoodles are highly intelligent and eager to please. Like I mentioned, they were originally bred for the military.

sheepadoodle in glasses - MINIATURE SHEEPADOODLE

This makes them extremely easy to train as puppies, whether you’re teaching them basic commands or more advanced tricks.

Their intelligence combined with their willingness to learn makes them an excellent breed for both novice and experienced dog owners.

Potty training a Mini Sheepadoodle

When it comes to potty training, mini Sheepadoodles are known for their intelligence and eagerness to please, which makes them relatively easy to train.

Positive reinforcement methods work well with these pups, and they thrive on praise and rewards. They are very motivated by food and treats.

sheepadoodle potty training

I was able to train Millie by myself in about a week. For potty training I used the bell training method since we lived in a little studio apartment at the time.

She was eager to learn and caught on extremely quickly.

Miniature Sheepadoodle Health, Exercise, and Grooming:

It’s important to note that all Sheepadoodles require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

Be prepared to provide them with daily walks, play sessions, and interactive toys to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

We also have pet insurance for Millie and while we haven’t had to use it, it does give us peace of mind.

How often do Sheepadoodles need to be groomed?

Since their beautiful coats can be wavy or curly and are prone to matting, grooming is recommended at a minimum once every three months.

Thanks to their Poodle parentage, mini Sheepadoodles typically have a curly coat that requires regular brushing to prevent matting.

  • TIP: I like feeding Millie a salmon based diet as it helps keep her coat shiny and untangled.

Pros and Cons of Mini Sheepadoodles:

Pros:

  • Temperament is loving, playful, gentle, and loyal
  • Wonderful with children and other family pets
  • Extremely intelligent and easy to train
  • Non-shedding or very minimal shedding
  • Great guard dogs
  • Easy to travel with vs. standard size Sheepadoodles
  • Higher than average lifespan (12-15 years) for a dog
  • Not prone to excessive barking

Cons:

  • Coat upkeep – frequent brushing is required to maintain a tangle-free coat
  • Grooming costs are high (I’ve paid anywhere from $60-$200+)
  • High-energy and require a generous amount of exercise daily
  • Nipping/herding tendencies – since an OES is a herding dog, Sheepadoodles can inherit this instinct
  • Prone to separation anxiety
  • Can have resource guarding issues
miniature sheepadoodle full grown

This post was all about miniature sheepadoodles.

Ultimately, determining if a mini Sheepadoodle is the right fit for your family and lifestyle requires careful consideration.

Conducting further research and reaching out to other experienced Sheepadoodle owners or breeders can provide you with more first-hand, valuable information to help you make an informed decision.

girl and miniature sheepadoodle

With their charming personalities and adorable appearances, mini Sheepadoodles will add so much joy to your life – I know Millie has.

FAQ

How big do miniature Sheepadoodles get?

The size of a miniature Sheepadoodle can vary depending on the parents and generation, but typically can weigh up to 40 lbs.

Do black and white Sheepadoodles turn grey?

Not all Sheepadoodles will fade from black and white to grey, but lightening on their coat can happen over time. This breed has multiple coat colors that merge as they age. The fading likely comes from the Old English Sheepdog genes – who typically fade from having black fur as puppies to grey as they grow older.

Are mini Sheepadoodles good dogs?

Yes, mini Sheepadoodles make great family dogs. They have a friendly, gentle, and sociable nature, get along well with children and other pets, and are known for their intelligence and playfulness.

Are mini Sheepadoodles high maintenance?

While mini Sheepadoodles have gorgeous coats, they do require regular grooming to maintain it. Additionally, they need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

What are the cons of a Sheepadoodle?

While Sheepadoodles are wonderful dogs, they have exercise needs and may experience separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. These factors should be considered before bringing a sheepadoodle into your home.

Are Sheepadoodles easy to train?

Yes, Sheepadoodles are generally easy to train. They are intelligent and eager to please, which can make the training process smoother. Consistent positive reinforcement methods are often effective.

What is the price of a mini Sheepadoodle?

If working with a breeder, mini Sheepadoodles and standard Sheepadoodles vary by price. This is typically based on region and puppy characteristics – like their coat texture or eye color.

Can you adopt a Sheepadoodle?

Absolutely! There are many ways to adopt Sheepadoodles. My tip is to use PetFinder to search for Sheepadoodle puppies. Also, search Facebook groups such as this Sheepadoodle Rescue Facebook group – we found Millie through Facebook!

What is an F1 Sheepadoodle vs F1B Sheepadoodle?

An F1 Sheepadoodle is a Poodle bred with an Old English Sheepdog while an F1B is a Sheepadoodle bred with a Poodle making it 75% Poodle and 25% Old English Sheepdog.

How can I determine if a miniature Sheepadoodle is the right fit for me?

Consider their exercise needs, grooming requirements, and potential for separation anxiety. Use this to determine if a mini Sheepadoodle is the right fit for your lifestyle and family dynamics,

Additionally, speaking with experienced mini Sheepadoodle owners or breeders can provide valuable insights.

Feel free to contact me – happy to answer any questions about my experience with my miniature Sheepadoodle.

sheepadoodle puppy

Also, Millie is somewhat of a pupfluencer as I run her Instagram @sheepadoo where I highlight the daily (fun) chaos of having a Sheepadoodle – feel free to reach out there as well!


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