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AUGUST 06, 2021

German Shepherd Poodle Mix: 21 Facts You Won’t Believe!

German Shepherd Poodle mix facts, like they are not recognized at the American Kennel Club due to their designer dog status, are interesting

Shepadoodles are a mixed breed between two purebred dogs, the German Shepherd and the standard Poodle. The Shepadoodle breed is commonly sized from medium to large. Whether the German Shepherd Poodle mixes dogs are of medium length or large, depends on which parents breeds’ attributes the Shepadoodle puppies have mostly received. Shepadoodles were bred by the United States Army in the 1960s as police dogs for the military. They needed a dog breed that would be highly intelligent, would not shed much, and would make ideal service dogs. Shepadoodles served as guard dogs as well as police dogs due to the German Shepherd’s loyal, vigilant and watchful nature.

Shepadoodles are intelligent dog breeds owing to the superior attributes of their purebred parents. Poodles were used for herding, hunting waterfowl, and retrieving water. They are known for their intelligence and appealing looks. Although Poodles are commonly paraded as show dogs they are as formidable as German Shepherds, only more intelligent.  

Shepadoodles have other names like German Doodle, Shepdoodle, Shepherdoodle, Shepapoo, Shep-A-Poo, and Shepherdpoo. They are bred as working dogs since both the parents of the breed have high utility scope. German Shepherds are still used in police investigative operations due to their sense of smell and alertness.

Read on to learn all about this breed. For more relatable content, check out these Dutch Shepherd facts and toy Poodle facts for kids.

German Shepherd Poodle Mix Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a German Shepherd Poodle mix?

A German Shepherd Poodle mix is a mixed breed dog developed with two purebred dogs - German Shepherd and standard Poodle. They are usually trained as working dogs.  

What class of animal does a German Shepherd Poodle mix belong to?

The German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles belong to the class of mammals.  

How many German Shepherd Poodle mixes are there in the world?

Shepadoodle or German Shepherd Poodle mix dogs are not endangered. They are found in plenty where they are bred.

Where does a German Shepherd Poodle mix live?

German Shepherd Poodle mix dogs or Shepadoodles are tolerant to both heat and cooler climates.

What is a German Shepherd Poodle mix's habitat?

Shepadoodles are mixed-bred for the purpose of domestication. They live with the dog owners in their houses. Although, they do not like to stay in enclosed spaces like houses or apartments for a long time. They require plenty of room to play and jump around.  

Who do German Shepherd Poodle mixes live with?

German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles live with people since this dog breed is raised for domestication and other utilities.

How long does a German Shepherd Poodle mix live?

German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles live for about 12-15 years.

How do they reproduce?

A Shepadoodle can mate with another Shepadoodle. The process of reproduction is similar across the breed and they reproduce in the same manner.  

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of Shepadoodles is Least Concern. This dog breed as well as the parent breeds, German Shepherds and Poodles are not endangered. This is not expected to occur in the near future eith. So, they are bred in adequate numbers depending on their demand and uses.

German Shepherd Poodle Mix Fun Facts

What do German Shepherd Poodle mixes look like?

The German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles are mixed breed dogs. They are birthed by bringing together parent breeds of two purebred dogs - the standard Poodle and German Shepherds. The physical attributes or mixed appearance of Shepadoodles cannot be ascertained definitely. Their looks depend on which parent they resemble the most. Classically, Shepadoodles inherit the gloriously rugged coat and charm of their German Shepherd parent. Since both the parents have strong builds, Shepadoodles tend to have an athletic physique. Even though they tend to look more like German Shepherd, Shepadoodles look less intimidating due to the endearing personality traits of the Poodle parent.  

Poodles are always found in solid colors like white whereas German Shepherds are found in dual shades like black and brown or tan. Shepadoodles could inherit either one of the qualities. The coat could be of multiple shades or single hued like Poodles. Shepadoodles have brown eyes and noses. The nose could also be black. They have a small round head and medium-sized muzzle.  

Shepadoodles have thick furry coats that grow to medium size. One of the positive attributes that the German Doodle has inherited from its Poodle parent is its nonshedding tendency. German Shepherds are infamous for the very opposite. They tend to shed amply and frequently if not maintained, but this is not passed on to Shepadoodles. Their coat color could be any of the following - fawn, black, gray, brown, white, and cream. The coat of Shepadoodles is generally long and moderately dense. The texture of their coat is usually wavy or curly like Poodles. Overall, they have a muscular and elongated look.  

German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles are prone to developing obesity as they grow up.

*Please note that this is an image of a Poodle, one of the parent breeds of the Shepadoodle. If you have an image of a Shepadoodle please let us know at [email protected]

How cute are they?

Shepadoodles obtain their physically alluring, cute, and charming looks primarily because of the standard Poodle parent. Poodles are renowned widely for their uber adorable looks and for being a popular show dog. The furry mates have a curly and wavy coat of different shades along with floppy ears. Overall, it makes them winsome, cute, and perfectly cute companions.  

How do they communicate?

Owing to the attribute of sharpness in the parents of this dog breed, Shepadoodles are known for their high intelligence. They grasp and learn the training quickly and are easy to train as well. They catch up on whatever the dog owner or the dog trainer teaches them and it enables them to communicate smoothly with humans.  

How big is a German Shepherd Poodle mix?

The German Shepherd Poodle mix grows up to be as tall as 22-28 in (55.9-71.1 cm). The weight ranges around 50-90 lb (22.7-40.8 kg) in its entire maturity period. It is as big as the dog breeds of Golden Irish, Poitevin dog, and Australian Shepherd.

How fast can a German Shepherd Poodle mix run?

German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles are given training as working dogs. Both the parents are active, athletic, and alert breeds. So, Shepadoodles have hyper-energetic and vigilant conduct naturally. They run quite fast and have an active lifestyle that needs to be catered with regular playtime, walks, and exercise.

How much does a German Shepherd Poodle mix weigh?

German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepapoodles have a weight of around 50-90 lb (22.7-40.8 kg) in their entire lifetime. They are medium to large-sized dogs. They are as big as Golden Retriever.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no specific terms for the males and females of the dog breed of German Shepherd Poodle mix.  

What would you call a baby German Shepherd Poodle mix?

There is no particular term for baby German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodle puppy. But in general, Shepadoodles come in three sizes. They have different terms for the sizes, which are teacup, miniature, and standard. They develop fully in about 15-18 months.

What do they eat?

The German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles have different dietary requirements according to their different sizes. The diet must be according to the caloric needs. They can be fed with high-quality dry food for dogs. Miniature Shepadoodles may need two cups of kibble daily whereas grown-up dogs may need up to four cups. It is recommended that the dog must be not fed chocolates, onions, or raw meat, among some other items, without the consultation of vet doctors.  

Are they slobbery?

Shepadoodles do not drool very often.

Would they make a good pet?

The German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles were bred primarily to create intelligent, loyal, and athletic working dogs. They are excellent guard dogs as well as have superior sensory features that make them an asset in investigative purposes for the police as well as the military. Even among dog owners, this attribute makes them a popular pick. They make a loyal, furry companion for families as well as protect them. Shepadoodles inherit the quality of fierce loyalty from their German Shepherd parent. They are always protective of the owner and family.

Other advantages of having them as pets are that they are easy to train, they are not high maintenance, and are hypoallergenic. The breed makes an ideal family dog.  

Did you know...

German Shepherds were the first guide dogs for the blind.

Both the breeds of Poodles and German Shepherds have been originally bred in Germany.

Shepadoodles have a mild temperament and are quite well-mannered. They are confident and courageous.

Shepadoodles get along with children very well and love to cuddle and play. Shepadoodles get along with cats too.

F1b Shepadoodles are ¾ standard Poodle and ¼ German Shepherds. This variant has the quality of nonshedding and they are hypoallergenic.

German Shepherds and teacup Poodles are used to breed Shepadoodles too. But in this case, the Poodle parent is not considered purebred.

Shepadoodles are not suited for indoor life. They are energetic and hyperactive dogs, and they enjoy being outdoors for the majority of the time. Also, they require ample room to move around, for training and play.  

Lack of physical activity, dog training, and exercise is not ideal for the health of Shepadoodles. They must be engaged in outdoor activities from a young age.

Shepadoodles have strong preying instincts. They may become prone to herding. Dogs that are prone to herding may chase after smaller animals and children.

Shepadoodles can be given training to hunt and swim.

They cost from $3,200-$6,500 or even more for a top line of the breed.

Are Shepadoodles hypoallergenic?

Shepadoodles are hypoallergenic dogs. Although its German Shepherd parent has the tendency to shed copiously and requires strict grooming and maintenance, Shepadoodles have inherited the non-shedding quality from their Poodle parent. Since they do not shed much, it is very unlikely for them to cause an allergic reaction to people exposed to them.  

Are German Shepherd Poodle mixes high maintenance?

The German Shepherd Poodle mix or Shepadoodles do not have strict maintenance and grooming schedules. They require the standard grooming procedures that are necessary for any family dog to keep them orderly. The medium, as well as long coat of a Shepadoodle, require brushing daily since the curly fur gets tangled easily. Apart from fur grooming, their nails must be clipped from time to time.

Shepadoodles are high-energy dogs. Therefore they have exercise requirements, training, and regular outdoor time for other playful activities. Intelligent dogs like Shepadoodles must be provided with mental exercise too. This could help them in whetting their sharpness and mental stimulation. Some amount of time of dog training can also help you bond with your furry friend.

Shepadoodles have certain health concerns and related health problems that would require attention. One of the most common health problems is hip and elbow dysplasia. Other health problems include hemophilia, bloating, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, and Addison’s disease. Hip dysplasia is common in this breed.    

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our woolly mammoth facts and leopard cat facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our German Shepherd coloring pages.

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