Both breeds love the snow and enjoy winter activities with all the family. All our puppies are born in our home in our bedroom where I attend all the births. They stay in there where I can closely watch them grow, handle them and keep an eye on everyone’s progress plus moms. At 4 weeks they move out to our living room where they are introduced to our other dogs, different sounds, objects, grooming, water baths, crate introduction, smells from outside, paper training and getting handled much more often and that includes full runs throughout the house with my younger son. It is important to us to do all this to allow the puppy to have an easy transition to their new homes.
Old english sheepdog
An Old English Sheepdog is originated in the early 19th century as a herd dog of cattle and sheep. They have the most wonderful nature, are laid back, very loyal to their families and love children. They get along well with other pets and are quick learners. They make great service and agility dogs. They are just big goof balls with a clown like personality. They love a good run but can do well in apartment living as they are very adaptable.
Old English Sheepdog coats are long beautiful and high maintenance. They have hair instead of fur which is a plus because they do not shed that much till they are brushed. They do however require a thorough proper brushing once or twice a week to maintain a beautiful full coat. Some people opt to have a professional groomer keep their coats in good condition. Some families opt to keep their Old English Sheepdogs in a puppy cut where not much maintenance is required. All puppies are born black and white but as they turn into adults their coats start to turn color, coat colors can be gray, grizzle, blue, blue merle, brown, and fawn mixed with white markings.
A Sheepadoodle is a cross between a pure bred Old English Sheepdog and a pure bred standard poodle and are considered a designer breed. Sheepadoodle have the best of both world and all though no dog is completely 100% hypoallergenic, they are consider to be very allergy friendly and low to non-shedding (they shed very little hair and mostly only when they are being brushed). They have calm, sweet, laid back, easy to please temperaments and are extremely intelligent and easy to train plus they make great service and agility dogs. For these reasons they make great family dogs especially in the ones with children or other animals (if raised correctly). They just prefer to be with their family to anything else.
The Sheepadoodle has a very hypoallergenic coat that can range from soft wavy to soft curly fleece and are consider allergenic friendly and low to non-shedding. When crossing an Old English Sheepdog with a poodle, you significantly increase the dog’s hypoallergenic factor to nearly 99%. Sheepadoodles require regular coat maintenance and grooming. I would recommend they visit the groomer often to keep their coats tangle free and clean. They have many stylish trims that look very good with this bred and are easier to maintenance. Sheepadoodle's coat colors range from, mostly white and black or mostly black and white. The black may or may not fade to more of a silver/ blueish color by the time the pup is a year old. They can also be tricolor, phantom or white, brown and Merle.
50 - 85 lbs
12 -15 years
most have dark eyes
some have blue eyes or one of each