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Sheepadoodle Temperament: What to Expect from this Big, Shaggy Goofball

The Sheepadoodle Temperament is joyful, intelligent, enthusiastic and loyal. It's a popular designer breed that is created by crossing a Standard Poodle with an Old English Sheepdog.

Sheepadoodles are sometimes also known as the Sheepdoodle, Sheep-a-poo, Sheepapoo, Sheepdogdoodle, and Sheepdogpoo.

However, they are not to be confused with the Shepadoodle which is an entirely different designer dog.

Sheepadoodles are very cute, especially when they are puppies, but think carefully before you bring one home.

They are energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise. Their large size and rambunctious natures make them a poor choice for apartment living.

They also have significant grooming requirements, which will be discussed later in this article.

This article will help you learn more about Sheepadoodle behaviors and traits to make sure that this is the right breed for you.

5 Most Common Sheepadoodle Temperament Traits

This section will provide an introduction to the Sheepadoodle personality.

However, please remember that not all Sheepadoodles will be exactly alike.

1. Very Smart

One component of the Sheepadoodle temperament is high intelligence.

Both Poodles and Old English Sheepdogs are very smart.

Therefore, it makes sense that a Sheepadoodle would be a very clever and trainable dog.

Sheepadoodles love to use their minds to solve problems.

It is important to keep their brains channeled towards constructive outlets such as training and mental stimulation

Otherwise, your Sheepadoodle may easily become bored and destructive.

Keep your Sheepadoodle focused by providing plenty of toys and puzzles.

2. High Energy

The active Sheepadoodle temperament makes this a high energy breed.

This dog is not a couch potato.

If you bring one into your life, you need to be prepared to provide it with daily exercise.

Sheepadoodle exercise can take the form of jogging, biking, hiking or swimming. They even enjoy winter weather sports such as skijor or dog sledding.

Sheepadoodle owners should expect to devote at least one hour per day to vigorous outdoor activity.

If you work long hours, consider a dog walker or a doggie daycare. Alternatively, you might do better adopting an older Sheepadoodle (or even a senior)!

Without enough daily exercise, you will have a destructive bundle of energy on your hands.

If you dog is displaying unwanted behaviors such barking, digging, chewing or hyperactivity, you need to increase your dog’s exercise.

3. Not Ideal for Apartments

Due to their large size and their high energy-level, the Sheepadoodle is not ideal for apartment living.

These dogs do better when they have more space to romp. A fenced in backyard is ideal for daily play sessions, although they do not like to live outdoors fulltime.

4. Attentive, Protective

The alert Sheepadoodle temperament makes this breed a good watch dog.

Sheepadoodles are naturally alert and protective over their families.

They will bark to alert you of any unusual behavior on your property.

5. May Retain Some Herding Instincts

Since the Old English Sheepdog was bred to herd sheep, some of those genes may get passed down to your Sheepadoodle.

It is not unusual for herding dogs to attempt to herd moving objects such as other dogs, cats, bi