Sheepadoodles, a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Poodle, are considered hypoallergenic dogs. But does this mean they don’t shed? Sheepadoodles are mostly nonshedding and are an excellent option for someone with allergies. These pups make great additions to a family and are wonderful pets. Genetics and breeding choices make a difference in a Sheepadoodles coat, which affects their shedding potential. But don’t worry, we’ll get into all of that today.
How Much Do Sheepadoodles Shed?
You’ll hear that all doodle breeds are nonshedding or don’t shed at all. This is a misconception. Some doodles shed very little, while others will experience some shedding. Sheepadoodles shed based on their coat type and genetic makeup. However, regardless of their makeup, Sheepadoodles shed considerably less than their purebred Old English Sheepdog parents.
Type of coats
Like all doodles, the breeding of a pup can affect its coat type. If a Sheepadoodle’s genetic makeup has a higher percentage of Poodle, it’ll inherit a curlier, lower shedding coat. Sheepadoodles typically come in three different coats; the curly coat, wavy coat, and straight coat. Curly coat (or wool coat) pups inherit their fur from their Poodle parent. This pup sheds the least (almost not at all) and is the best choice for someone with allergies. The downside of a curly coat is that it requires a lot of maintenance to avoid matting. Daily brushing is a must. Curly coats are typically single-coated, like their Poodle parent. Wavy coat (or fleece coat) pups combine the Poodle curls and the Old English Sheepdog shag. These pups can sometimes be single-coated, while others can have an undercoat. Dogs with undercoats will shed more than the ones without. The benefit of having a Sheepadoodle with a wavy coat is that it is easy to maintain, and you don’t have to worry about matting as much. Wavy-coat Sheepadoodles are the most popular. Straight Coat Sheepadoodles look the most similar to the Old English Sheepdog. They have straight hair, are most likely double-coated, and will shed. However, they still shed considerably less than an Old English Sheepdog and are considered low-shedding.
What factors affect Sheepadoodle’s shedding?
While genetics and coat type are the leading causes of shedding, outside factors can affect your pup’s hair.
A proper diet is a huge factor in any dog’s overall health. A pup with a poor diet will lead to hair loss and hair breakage. Doodles need all of their micro and macronutrients from their diet to keep a healthy coat.
If your Sheepadoodle is excessively shedding, it may be from food allergies or skin allergies. Allergies and sensitivities are common among Doodles and often cause skin irritations. Pups can react to an allergy or sensitivity by showing skin rashes or dryness. Either of these can cause hair loss or shedding.
Fleas and ticks
Fleas, ticks, parasites, and pests can cause skin irritation, rashes, hair loss, and shedding. These bugs will cause your pup discomfort and will make them excessively itch. In extreme cases, itching can cause rashes, bald spots, open sores, and infection.
Anxiety and stress can also be a factor in excessive shedding. Pups experiencing higher levels of stress will lick themselves or scratch themselves more. Excessive licking and scratching will cause more hair to fall out.
Which Sheepadoodle generations shed the most?
As mentioned before, genetics play a huge role in a Sheepadoodle’s coat. We can estimate a Sheepadoodle’s potential for shedding by understanding its genetic makeup.
|1st Parent||2nd Parent||% Old English Sheepdog||% Poodle|
|F1 Sheepadoodle (first-generation)||Old English Sheepdog||Poodle||50%||50%|
|F1B Sheepadoodle (first-generation backcross)||F1 Sheepadoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|Reverse F1B Sheepadoodle||F1 Sheepadoodle||Old English Sheepdog||75%||25%|
|F1BB Sheepadoodle (first generation backcross backcross)||F1B Sheepadoodle||Poodle||12.5%||87.5%|
|F2 Sheepadoodle (second-generation)||F1 Sheepadoodle||F1 Sheepadoodle||50%||50%|
|F2B Sheepadoodle (second-generation backcross)||F1 Sheepadoodle||F1B Sheepadoodle||37.5%||62.5%|
|F2B Sheepadoodle (alternate cross)||F2 Sheepadoodle||Poodle||25%||75%|
|F2BB Sheepadoodle||F2B Sheepadoodle||Poodle||12.5%||87.5%|
|F3/multigen Sheepadoodle||F1B Sheepadoodle or higher||F1B Sheepadoodle or higher||Varies||Varies|
F1 vs. F1B Shedding
F1 Sheepdoodles are 50% Poodle and 50% Old English Sheepdog. Because of the higher percentage of Old English Sheepdog in an F1’s genetic makeup, it is more likely to shed than other generations. F1 Sheepadoodles tend to have wavy – straight coats and may shed. F1B Sheepadoodles are 75% Poodle and 25% Old English Sheepdogs. An F1B is less likely to shed compared to the F1 generations. F1B Sheepadoodles tend to have curly – wavy coats and are a better choice for someone with allergies.
F2 vs F2B Shedding
The F2 Sheepadoodle is very similar to the F1 Sheepadoodle. They are 50% Poodle and 50% Old English Sheepdog. It is possible for F2 Sheepadoodles to shed due to their wavy to straight coats. However, most breeders will do low-shedding selective breeding. This means they have a high chance of being low-shedding dogs. But it’s still risky for someone with allergies to get an F2 pup. F2b Doodles, on the other hand, are 75% Poodle and 25% Old English Sheepdog. They are a safer choice for someone with allergies. Compared to F1 or F2 Sheepadoodles, they shed less.
Do Mini Sheepadoodles Shed?
Mini Sheepadoodles (along with Micro and Toy) may shed based on their genetics, just like standard Sheepadoodles. The mini pup may shed if a breeder makes an F1 Mini Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog and Mini Poodle parents). However, most breeders chose to create F1b, F2b, F1bb, or F2bb Mini Sheepadoodles. This gives the breeder more control over the dog’s size. This means that most generations of Mini Sheepadoodles shed very minimally.
Can you prevent Sheepadoodle shedding?
You can’t change your pup’s coat, but you can help your Doodle control its shed. Brush your Sheepadoodles coat daily. This will help remove all the dead and loose fur from their coat and keep it contained to a brush. Feed your pup a proper diet to keep their skin and coat healthy. Make sure your Sheepadoodle has allergy-friendly food with no irritants. Groom your Sheepadoodle with bathing and hair regularly trimming to keep their coat healthy and shiny. While bathing, try an anti-shedding shampoo that helps release loose undercoats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my Sheepadoodle shedding?
Your Sheepadoodle may be experiencing high-stress levels, such as separation anxiety or sound sensitivity. They could also be allergic to something in their food or environment. Any irritant that causes your pup to scratch excessively will make your dog shed more.
Do Sheepadoodles shed more as puppies?
Sheepadoodle Puppies have a soft, thin coat of hair compared to when they are adults. As they get older, Sheeoadoodle’s hair will become longer and thicker. They lose their puppy coat at 5-12 months of age. Younger than that, puppies will shed very minimally.
What is the lifespan of a Sheepadoodle?
The life expectancy of a Standard Sheepadoodle is typically 12-15 years.
Are Sheepadoodles low maintenance?
Sheepadoodles need moderate maintenance in that they need daily brushing and occasional bathing. They will also need scheduled trips to the groomer to keep their hair trimmed.