German Shepherd Poodle mix – The ultimate Shepadoodle guide

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German Shepherd Poodle mix dogs are also known as Shepadoodles.

You may have heard about this hybrid dog and you are interested in it. Then it may be important that you learn what it entails to own one of these dogs and how to take care of them.

You may also have a Shepadoodle and want to figure out how you can best live with this adorable dog.

In this guide, we will go through the basics and in-depth of the most important information that you need to know while adopting or buying this dog.

By the end of this article, you should have a clear understanding and be able to decide whether this dog is suitable for you and your living conditions.

Let’s get to the basics first:

About the German Shepherd Poodle mix

German Shepherd Poodle mix is a combination of the genes of a German Shepherd and a Poodle.

This dog is also known as the Shepadoodle, Shepherd Poodle, German Poodle, Shepapoo or the Shepherdpoo.

These are some of the names that you will see us use in this post.

You should however not confuse the Shepadoodle with a Sheepadoodle which is a mix between the Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle.

The German Shepherd Poodle mix is a designer dog. A designer dog or hybrid is a cross between two pure breeds to get the best traits from both of the dogs.

The 50/50 split is not always guaranteed.

Below are some variations:

  • A purebred German Shepherd mixed directly with a purebred Poodle gives you a Shepadoodle which is the F1 generation.
  • 2 F1 generations Shepadoodles bred together give you the F2 generation.
  • Breeding two F2 generations give you an F3 generation Shepadoodle and it goes on and on.
  •  A breeder can decide to mate any of the above generations with another a purebred Poodle or German shepherd to strengthen certain traits.

German Poodles have the attributes of both the dogs from which they were created.

This beautiful dog is smart easy to train and eager to please.

Shepadoodles are charming little dogs that are great with kids and are loyal to their families.

They can be wary of strangers a trait that makes them great watchdogs.

This dog is not recognized by the American Kennel Club but he is registered with the American Canines Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Shepherd Poodle general Characteristics

German Shepherd Poodle Mix summary table
Height Shepadoodles reach up to 22 to 28 inches depending on their overall build and nutrition
Weight German Shepherd Poodle Mix tends to weigh about 50 to 125 pounds

Depends on which of the parents is dominant

Lifespan 12 – 14 years
Breed Type Mixes and more
Purpose The family dog or Guard Dog
Suitable For Families with children, active singles, watchdogs, service dogs, houses with yards
Grooming requirements moderate
Color Variations black, tan, cream, solid black, solid white or solid sable.
Health concerns susceptible to arthritis, hip dysplasia, eye disease, gastric ailments, Panosteitis, Pannus, Hemophilia, Degenerative Myelopathy, Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat Sebaceous Adenitis
Temperament intelligent, loyal, loving, eager to please, Energetic, Wary of Strangers, Affectionate
Other Names Shepadoodle, Shepherd Poodle, German Poodle, Shepapoo or the Shepherdpoo.

German Poodle is a medium to large-sized dog.

This dog a height that ranges from 22 to 28 inches and weighs anywhere from 50 to 125 pounds but most of them weigh from 50 to 90 pounds.

German Shepherd Poodle mixes have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

The difference can be attributed to the contrast in the size of the parent breeds.

German Shepherds have one standard size while Poodles have 4 different sizes which are a toy, miniature, medium, and standard.

You, therefore, can have four breeding possibilities.

The ears are typically floppy, the eyes are generally large and brown and the tail is long.

Keep in mind that the Shepadoodle you get can look more like one of the parent breeds than the other or be a balance of both the parents.

German Poodle coat

As far as the coat goes there is usually a great variation in the appearance and the color.

German Shepherd Poodle mix dogs coats can vary in length and texture. Most of the time the coat is medium in length.

German Poodle may inherit the Poodle’s coat that is usually curly or the German Shepherd’s coat that is usually wavier.

The coat can vary depending on the F1 or F1b generation.

F1 coat is usually wavy with light shed while the F1B generation coat is curlier, produces less dander and is non-shedding.

The coat color can vary from black, tan, cream, solid black, solid white to solid sable.

Does the coat shed?

After reading about all these about the Shepadoodle’s coat you may now be wondering how much the coat sheds.

German Shepherd Poodle mix dogs that lean towards the side of the Poodle are more likely to have minimal shedding and produce less dander. This will make them hypoallergenic.

Learn more about hypoallergenic dogs.

German shepherd Poodle mix personality and temperament

Just like any other Doodle Shepadoodles make great family pets.

They are intelligent dogs with a well-mannered disposition, love, and exceptional loyalty in their blood. These dogs are easy to train and have a notable willingness to please their owners.

German Poodles love playing with children and other pets getting along with basically everyone. If you get one of these dogs yo will note that they have seemingly endless energy.

However, you should not let very small children play with this dog without your supervision just like any other medium to large-sized dogs.

They demand that you give them a lot of attention but have great stamina and are very sociable.

Although they are sociable dogs early training and socialization is still needed. You should also know they are wary of pets that they were not raised together with but this should not worry you as they do not respond aggressively towards them unless they feel threatened.

Shepherd Poodles can be wary of strangers and are alert.

This alertness means that they make pretty good watchdogs for the family home.

Shepadoodles are not known to bark a lot. They will only bark when it is necessary and when they need to be heard but are not aggressive.

You should note that they do not do great living in an apartment and will require a house with a yard. They adapt well to any living situation.


Some of the dogs can be super protective of their family to a point that they may look to be overly so.

There is also a problem that occurs when you leave the dog for long periods. This is because of their loyalty and devotion. They may suffer from separation anxiety.

Also if you don’t give them attention and exercise they may result in some bad behaviors that you may not like.

Shepadoodle History

Not much is known about this hybrid dog.

German shepherd Poodle mix is believed to have originated from the United States of America.

Shepherd Poodle was developed by the US army in the 1960s to be used in the military.

Both the German shepherd and Poodle originated from Germany.

To have a better understanding of this hybrid dog let’s look at both of his parent breeds.

German shepherd brief history

Deutsche Schäferhunds or German Shepherds are guarding dogs.

This is one of the most popular breeds in the US.

The German Shepherd is an intelligent dog that is capable of working and excelling in what you teach him.

German Shepherd can weigh up to 90 pounds with heights of about 5 inches. Males are usually larger than females.

In the late 1800s, a German captain by the name Max von Stephanitz decided to breed the perfect German herding dog.

After 35 years of working hard, the German shepherd that you know today was created.

As a result of herding sheep and other livestock German Shepherds got the famous qualities that you know for today. These qualities include versatility, intelligence, and other qualities.

Did you know the German shepherds were once known as Alsatians?

These dogs have a relatively small history. This is because they are a relatively new breed.

At the start of the 19th-century, German Shepherds became famous in the US mainly due to Hollywood stars like Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart.

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An adult German Shepherd

Although their use as herding dogs reduced as technology took over cunning nature and intelligence remained. They are now used as the first choice for police and the military.

Other popular German Shepherd mixes 

  • Shug is an odd mix of the two: German Shepherds and Pugs.
  • Siberian Shepherd. Also known as the Gerberian Shepsky, the German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky mixes both intelligent and obedient.
  • Shollie is a mix between the German Shepherd and a Collie.
  • Corman Shepherd is a mix between Corgies and German Shepherds.
  • Shepadoodle is a mix between Labradoodles and German Shepherds making together a very intelligent breed.
  • Wolf Shepherd is as close as you can get to a wild animal.
  • Shepkita is a mix between Akitas and German shepherds.
  • Shepherdpit is a cross between a Pitbull Terrier and a German Shepherd.
  • Labrashepherds is a combination of Labradors and German shepherds.
  • Golden Shepherds is a hybrid that combines the qualities of German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. 
  • Chow Shepherd is a mix between the Chow Chow and the German Shepherd.
  • German Shepherd Rottweiler mix

Poodle Brief History

It may come as a surprise to many that although Poodle is referred to as the French Poodle he is actually of German descent.

There is no French Poodle as Poodles originated from Germany about 400 years ago where they were bred to hunt waterfowls.

The poodle comes in three sizes:

  • Toy poodle
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Standard Poodle

Poodles were given fancy pompom haircuts which have now become part of the Poodle’s fashion statement.

This haircut aided in protecting the Poodle’s sensitive body while allowing him to have the agility in freezing water while he was hunting ducks.

Poodles were not only used to hunt ducks, but they were also used for entertainment where they would perform in street shows and circuses adding to his many talents.

Poodle continues to be one of the most intelligent dogs on the planet right now making him one of the most trainable dogs.

This dog is hypoallergenic and goods with kids.

He also has an elegant and athletic demeanor and is up to any obedience challenge that you may throw his way.

These dogs have high energy requirements, they make great watchdogs and are very protective of their owners.

With all these qualities it is no wonder that Poodles’ popularity continues to grow by the day.


Other popular Poodle mixes

Labradoodle is a hybrid that combines the genes of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle.

Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle.

Cockapoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel.

Bichon Poodle is a mix that combines the qualities of a Poodle and a Bichon Frise.

Maltipoo is a happy cross between a Poodle and a Maltese.

Westiepoo is the product of mixing the qualities of a Poodle and a West Highland Terrier.

Pamapoo is a mix between Poodle and Pomeranian.

Saint Berdoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Saint Bernard.

A Cavapoo is a  cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Newfypoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Newfoundland.

Whoodle is a cross between a Whiten terrier and a Poodle.

Bernedoodle is a sizable cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Poodle.

Rottle is a cross between a Rottweiler and a Poodle.

Bordoodle is a cross between a Border Collie and a Poodle.

Boxerdoodle is a hybrid that mixes the genes of a Boxer and a Poodle.

Yorkipoo is a beautiful cross between a Poodle and a Yorkshire Terrier.

Shihpoo is a mix between a Poodle a Shih Tzu.

Schnoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Schnauzer.

Peekapoo is an adorable cross between a Poodle and a Pekinese.

Chipoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Chihuahua.

Shepadoodle puppy

Getting a crossbreed puppy is more difficult than getting a purebred.

You must be careful when you are about to get a dog. Make sure that the dog you get is from a reputable and responsible breeder.

It is for this reason that you should do your research before deciding where you are going to get your German Poodle.

A responsible breeder should have the most important information about the breed.

Apart from getting a reputable breeder, you should also spend time with the parent breeds and get to know their traits. And if you are lucky enough and get a puppy or adult dog to adopt then also spending time with his is also crucial.

Do research prior to buying the puppy so that you can be sure of what type of questions to ask your breeder that would be helpful for what you want. It is also helpful that you meet the dog prior to buying him to know if you are compatible.

Getting a puppy from a breeder will cost anywhere from $500 to $1000 or more depending on the breeder.

And adopting one of these dogs will cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 which is a good deal considering that the initial vet cost will have been covered.

The advantage of getting a puppy from a breeder is that you get to ask questions regarding the puppy that you are about to pay for.

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Some of the popular breeders and adoption site are in the list below:

If you notice any of the issues below you should avoid buying the puppy:

  • Too many hereditary diseases in the puppy’s family history.
  • Signs of aggression from either of the mixes parents.
  • No certification was issued by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for both its parents.

All in all, we wish that you get a Shepadoodle with the qualities that you desire to have in your dog.

Grooming a German Shepherd Poodle mix dog

German Poodles generally have low grooming needs. The grooming needs will, however, vary depending on the coat that the German Shepherd Poodle mix inherits.

They also don’t shed as much as German Shepherds.

Shepadoodles shed lightly to moderately depending on the side that the genes lean towards.

Brushing is an essential part of grooming as it helps get rid of mats and tangles on the fur of the dog. It is also a chance for you to develop the bond between you and your dog.

You should brush the coat two to four times every week. This is because German Poodles lead an active lifestyle and in the process the coat easily unkempt.

You will need to brush the coat daily during the shedding season as the heps get off the excess fur preventing it from spreading in your house and on your clothes or car.

Some people prefer using a slicker brush to remove mats and tangles as it can penetrate the thick Shepadoodle’s coat.

During the Summer trim the coat into a buzz cut to help it breathe.

Bathing a Shepherd Poodle

You should only wash your Shepadoodle only when it is necessary.

These dogs don’t require regular bathing as it strips the coat of essential oils and minerals.

You can bath your pooch once every two or three months.

Never use human shampoo while bathing your dog.

Use a shampoo that is formulated for dogs. This shampoo should have a neutral pH and should be hypoallergenic.

During winter you must lather the coat using cod liver oil to prevent the skin from getting dry as temperatures drop.

Other grooming requirements

Apart from taking care of the dog’s coat, you should also check the ears for any chances of ear infections.

Dip a cotton bud into an ear cleaning solution after which you will use it to clean the Shepadoodle’s ears.

Make sure that you are cleaning the outer area as you do not want to damage the dog’s ears. Visit a groomer if you are not comfortable doing it by yourself.

Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming. If you are not sure of what to do you should visit a professional groomer.

Brush your German Shepherd Poodle mix teeth a few times every week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.

Some dogs may not want their teeth touched so make him get used to the process. Make it a gradual process. The process of brushing a dog’s teeth is just the same as how you would do it on your teeth.

German Shepherd Poodle mix

Feeding a Shepadoodle

To keep a Poodle shepherd in great health and physique you will need to make sure that he is fed in the right diet that meets his nutritional requirements.

Shepadoodles need about 1600-2000 calories of food in a day. That will translate to about 5 cups of kibble to make it easier for you to understand.

In general, the amount of food suitable for your German Shepherd Poodle mix is about 3-5 cups of kibble.

As a puppy, a Shepherd Poodle has high energy requirements due to their fast growth, you will need to give him about 4 meals in a day to avoid overstretching the stomach.

As the puppy grows reduce this to  2 meals in a day.

Small but frequent meals can help reduce the chances of bloat which is common in large dog breeds and can be fatal to your pooch.

Both the parent breeds are used to diets that are high in proteins from good meat sources. The more protein that is in your dog’s diet the healthier he will become.

So, as a puppy, the diet should be made up of about 25% protein and 8% fat. it should also be rich in minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.

The amount of protein and fat that you give to your dog will reduce as he grows to about 20% protein and 5% fat.

Many dog lovers try to avoid foods that have grains when they want to avoid allergies in their dogs.

Always make sure that you read the food label to make sure that it has the correct amount of fat, proteins and that it does not have too many carbohydrates.

Exercise and proper diet are required to keep the dog from getting obese which can bring some health complications.

Some high protein foods;

Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain Free – This dog food has turkey and chicken meal, dried eggs, pea starch, and peas. It is high in proteins and fat and low in carbs as compared to other dry foods.

Taste of the Wild Dog Food – This is a grain-free and affordable food for your dog. It is described as what dogs could eat in the wild and has a better flavor, provides digestible energy and natural antioxidants that assist in the immune system of the dog.

Canidae Grain-Free Pure Foundations Puppy – This food contains chicken, salmon, chicken broth, peas, dry eggs and many more. It is high in proteins and fat and low in carbs as compared to other wet foods.

You should consult your vet if you have any questions concerning your dog’s diet.

German shepherd Poodle mix exercise requirements

A Shepadoodle is a high energy dog and requires a lot of exercises to stay happy. Exercise is also important as it keeps the dog in shape and prevents it from becoming obese.

This is because both of the parent breeds are known for being historical workers.

To keep them in shape and their minds active you will need to exercise them for about 1 to 2 hours.

If you live in an apartment or have a small house that has no backyard living with a German Shepherd Poodle mix might prove to be hard as you may not be able to meet their daily exercise requirements.

They enjoy having a garden to run in but you should not leave them out by themselves for long.

Shepadoodles are not sensitive to extreme weather but that does not mean that you should exercise them when it gets too hot.

It is not advisable to leave your Rottie Shepherd on their own for long hours. He can suffer from separation anxiety and needs a great deal of physical and mental stimulation to be content.

Some of the activities that they like are going for long walks, ball games, and even swimming. They also love activities that challenge them for example dog sports like agility training and playing hide and seek.

Training requirements

The best way to train your Shepadoodle puppy is through positive reinforcement that is mainly reward-based training.

  • Never use negative methods such as punishment when training you Shepherd Poodle as it could turn out to be problematic.
  • Encourage the behavior that you want to see in your dog by praising and rewarding him with treats, toys or attention and ignore the dog when he behaves in a manner that you don’t want.

How you train your dog will always depend on what is your main intention for getting him.

Whether you want him as a guard dog or as a companion there are different ways that you can train your pooch.

But first, you have to begin with the basics that are house training. House training will include toilet training your dog or puppy and others.

Socialize your dog to get rid of those aggressive tendencies by introducing him to the outside world.

This will include other people and even other animals. The more the dog experiences what the world has to offer the more he will learn that it is nothing to be aggressive or wary about.


German Shepherd Poodle mix health concerns

There are always a few health concerns that you have to look out for even if the dog was crossed to outbreed any health issues.

The German shepherd Poodle mix is no exception to that as this dog is prone to inheriting some of the health problems from the parent breeds.

Luckily some of these problems can be treated as long as you keep a close eye on your dog.

You can schedule a test with your veterinarian to determine the possibility of any inherited health issues.

There are recommendations and diet requirements that you will require to follow to keep your pooch in a stable healthy state.

Some of the health concerns are;

Hip dysplasia

This is an inherited condition where the bone at the thigh fails to fit hip joint snugly.

Some dogs will show signs of pain on one or both of the rear legs but others may not show any sign that they are not comfortable.

To diagnose the best thing you can do is to get an x-ray screening. As the dog gets older he may develop arthritis.

Elbow Dysplasia

This condition is very similar to hip dysplasia but it affects the forelimbs of the dog.

Elbow dysplasia is an elbow joint malfunction that occurs at the connection between the ulna and the radius.

Just like hip dysplasia, this condition causes uneven wear and a loose connection at the cartilage that pads this two-move and rotate.

This results in severe arthritis and lameness as the dog ages and can be a really painful condition to your dog.

During the young stages of the dog, examinations should be carried out to determine if your dog has elbow dysplasia.


Dogs commonly suffer from allergies and the Shepherd Poodle is one of them.

The most common forms of allergies are food allergies. You can treat food allergies by stopping your dog from eating certain foods.

Inhalant allergies are also common. They are caused by airborne allergens such as mildew, dust and even pollen.

There are also contact allergies which are reactions to topical substances such as chemicals, dog shampoos, beddings, and powder to get rid of fleas.

Tick and flea infestations

Dogs many suffer from infestation from fleas mainly due to poor grooming habits.

This explains how important grooming is.

Perianal fistula

This is a health condition that mainly comes from the German shepherd line.

It occurs when the skin surrounding the anus drains and communicates with an internal cavity.

The wounds around the anus may cause the dog to get infections and produce a foul smell.


This is a condition that not only affects humans but dogs too.

It is the lead cause of death to dogs that are over the age of 10.

Rottie Shepherd’s parents make this dog even more prone to the disease. You should monitor your dog for any signs of cancer in the dog.

Pros and cons of having a German shepherd Poodle mix


Shepadoodle hybrids are intelligent and easy to train.

These dogs make great watchdogs.

German Shepherd Poodle mix dogs are good companion dogs.


The hypoallergenic quality of Poodle is not assured.

Early training is required which may not be great for first-time dog owners.

Shepadoodles are high-energy dogs that require al lot of exercise which is a disadvantage for people that are not always in the house or inactive people.

There you go WOOOF!!!!

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