Country of Origin US
Breed Group Crossbreed
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
Height 22-28 inches
Weight 50-90 lb
Size Medium
With pets Good
With other Dogs Good with proper training
Good for children Very Good
As family Pet Excellent
For first-time owners Very Good
Intelligence High
Barking Moderate
Hypoallergenic Yes
Behavioral Traits Intelligent, Energetic breed
Life Span 12-14 years
Grooming Requirements Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing 2-3 times a week
Ideal Brushes Pin Brush, Comb
Sensitivity(Touchiness) Not Known
Tolerant to Aloneness If left alone for the longer duration suffer from Anxiety
Tolerance to Heat Medium
Tolerance to Cold Medium
A Roamer Low
A Chaser Low
Good for Apartment Dwelling Yes (will need
Exercise Needs High
Trainability Fast Learners
Tendency to Obese High
Major Health problems Allergies, Hip Dysplasia
Appetite Moderate
Feeding 3 cups of dry food
Puppy Price $600 – $1500
Medical Expense $500- $1800
Non-Medical Expense $1000-$2000


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.

Major Problems

  • Panosteitis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Pannus
  • Hemophilia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Gastric Dilution Volvulus
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Mitral Valve dysplasia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Demodicosis
  • Seborrhea
  • Diabetes

Occasional Test

  • 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.


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