If you are on the lookout for a furry friend that can keep you entertained for hours on end with its goofy antics, look no further. The Sheltiedoodle is the perfect pup for you. Highly affectionate and quite friendly, this pup is a cross between a Poodle and a Shetland Sheepdog. They usually grow up to be medium-sized and are great dogs for families. They love to be around their humans, so it’s best not to leave this pup alone for too long. These are incredibly loveable pups, and they also make great dogs for people with allergies due to their low-shedding coat. Bound to get along with just about anyone, these pups will make a wonderful addition to any loving home!
This pup originated in the United States and suffered from an acute lack of documentation due to its hybrid status. The Sheltiedoodle probably became a part of the Doodle Club some time during or after the 1980s, since that is the period when Doodle dog popularity saw a sharp rise. No breeder has as of yet claimed to have brought the Poodle and the Shetland Sheepdog together for the first time, and chances are this pup probably existed in nature through accidental mating long before any intentional efforts to bring the two breeds together began.
The Sheltiedoodle has a very high level of emotional intelligence and is very good at sensing changes in a person’s mood. This means they make wonderful therapy or emotional support dogs. This also means that they require quite a bit of attention, as being left alone for long periods may cause them to develop anxiety. This is a very intelligent dog overall, and they seek mental stimulation at all times. You can expect your Sheltiedoodle to constantly be pulling tricks and funny antics to make the people around them laugh. They are very social dogs and love to be around their human pack at all times. The Sheltiedoodle is also a very affectionate pup, which means they will be covering you in slobbery kisses the first chance they get. These dogs get along well with just about anybody, regardless of age. This makes them great pets for families with children. Early socialization is key when it comes to making sure your pup grows up to have a well-rounded personality.
This is generally a medium-sized breed, and the average Sheltiedoodle will grow up to weigh around 30 to 60 pounds. Due to the lack of standard sizes, a large variation can occur between one Sheltiedoodle and the next.
On average, the Sheltiedoodle will have a long and healthy life. These pups are generally better off in the health department as compared to their purebred parents, owing mainly to the larger gene pool that mixed breeding results in. However, the best guarantee for a healthy dog is healthy parents, so make sure to get health clearances of both parent dogs when you are getting your Sheltiedoodle from a breeder. Exercise caution when getting a puppy and do not buy from breeders that mate dogs younger than two years old since that is the age when most genetic illnesses begin to show symptoms. Be sure to schedule regular appointments at the vet’s clinic to monitor your pup’s health and to make sure any potential issues are caught early on and nipped in the bud. Some issues that your Sheltiedoodle may be predisposed to include epilepsy, skin conditions, eye-related issues, as well as hypothyroidism.
This is a very active pup fit for owners that love the outdoors and exercise. They make great companions on treks and hikes and love nothing more than to run around. The Sheltiedoodle needs rigorous daily exercise to ensure they stay happy and healthy. These are also very intelligent dogs, and when they aren’t sufficiently mentally or physically stimulated, they may resort to destructive behaviors to alleviate boredom and agitation. Keep your Sheltiedoodle engaged with lots of toys and trinkets. Due to their high intelligence and eager-to-please nature, these dogs are a delight when it comes to training. They are quick to pick up on commands and desired behaviors. A little positive reinforcement goes a very long way with the Sheltiedoodle.
Speak to your local veterinarian to have your dog’s nutritional needs assessed and design a meal plan accordingly. Steer clear of free-feeding as this may lead to unnecessary weight gain.
The Sheltiedoodle generally has a low-shedding coat thanks to the Poodle parent, and it is wavy and thick in nature. However, they may take after the Shetland Sheepdog and end up shedding a bit.
If the Sheltiedoodle takes after the Poodle parent, a fair bit of grooming will be necessary, including daily brushing and regular trims. If it takes after the Shetland Sheepdog parent, then while the coat may not require the same level of maintenance, it will shed quite a bit. Bathe them only when necessary.
A Sheltiedoodle puppy will cost anywhere between $200 to $550.
Here is a list of organizations that shelter Sheltiedoodles (among other breeds)