Shepadoodle History/Evolution:

With less than a decade of breeding, the Shepadoodle is a relatively new mix — a cross between the German Shepherd and the Poodle. The Poodle parentage may help reduce the shedding associated with German Shepherds. Both breeds are intelligent and do well with a dominant owner. Some believe the cross has potential as a working dog, perhaps in herding or as a therapy dog. Be aware of genetic problems such as eye disease and hip dysplasia.

Shepadoodle Size:

Varies: Standard size 20 to 28 inches, 50 to 90 pounds; Miniature 17 to 20 inches, 20 to 50 pounds.

Shepadoodle Color:

Black, chocolate, chalk, cream, apricot, silver, blue; may have markings.

Shepadoodle Temperament:

Energetic and sociable. Family oriented; may herd family members. Intelligent and highly trainable. Wary of strangers; better with older children.

Shepadoodle Energy level:

Medium to high.

Shepadoodle Best owner:

Active family or individual in a suburban or rural home.

Shepadoodle Needs:

Daily vigorous exercise, mental stimulation (herding trials), early socialization, firm training.

Shepadoodle Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.