|Country of Origin||US|
|Breed Type||Working and Companion Dog|
|Other Names||German shepherd and Poodle mix|
|Coat||Curly, Wavy, Medium Length, Thick and dense|
|Color||Fawn, Black, Brown|
|With other Dogs||Good with proper training|
|Good for children||Very Good|
|As family Pet||Excellent|
|For first-time owners||Very Good|
|Behavioral Traits||Intelligent, Energetic breed|
|Life Span||12-14 years|
|Brushing||2-3 times a week|
|Ideal Brushes||Pin Brush, Comb|
|Tolerant to Aloneness||If left alone for the longer duration suffer from Anxiety|
|Tolerance to Heat||Medium|
|Tolerance to Cold||Medium|
|Good for Apartment Dwelling||Yes (will need|
|Tendency to Obese||High|
|Major Health problems||Allergies, Hip Dysplasia|
|Feeding||3 cups of dry food|
|Puppy Price||$600 – $1500|
|Medical Expense||$500- $1800|
Shepadoodle is a German shepherd and Poodle mix. The US Army originated it in the 1960s for military purposes. They are a mix of two working dog breeds and have high energy level.
They are very loyal and relaxed breed. They are calm and go perfectly well with children and other pets. They are family oriented and like to spend quality time with its family members. They can work so well in an apartment life but will require adequate space outside to play and exercise. They are keen to please their owners which make them easy to train.
It is highly energetic and requires adequate activity level to stay fit. Exercises like walking, playing, jogging and other training methods will keep it happy and healthy. They should be walked unless they are calm. Inactive dogs can suffer from obesity. Hence exercise is crucial for mental as well as physical stimulation. Visiting dog pars at regular intervals will not only provide them open space to play but will also socialize them at the same time.
Different dogs have different coats, few have curly, straight, or thick, and depending upon their coat grooming should be done. However, on an average one needs to brush their coat twice a week to prevent matting and to keep it clean and tidy. They tend to suffer from dry skin. Therefore, it is advisable to apply oil on their skin. Bath them when needed, clip their nails when they overgrow.
It is a healthy breed, but it tends to suffer from following problems.
- Hip dysplasia
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Gastric Dilution Volvulus
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Cervical Vertebral Instability
- Mitral Valve dysplasia
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Elbow dysplasia
- DNA test for the VWD
- Eye examinations
- Blood tests
- Full physical Examination
- MRI scan for the brain & spinal cord
- Hip and Elbow X-rays
Random Veterinarian visit will keep the dog healthy and fit.
They respond well to training, as they were bred for service. This breed is very easy to train, and positive reinforcement also eases the process. Socialization and obedience training at an early stage will discipline the pet at an old age. They tend to develop destructive behavior which can be reduced through proper training.
Three cups of dry dog food or protein-rich homemade food will be ideal for this breed. For better digestion divide meals into two halves.