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The Shepadoodle is a cross between the German Shepherd and a Poodle.,The Shepadoodle originated in the United States when the US military developed this breed as a military police dog in the 1960s. Coming from two working breed dogs, they have an energetic disposition and need regular and rigorous exercise. Poodles were originally bred in Germany as a water dog for hunting waterfowl, while Shepherds were intended for herding sheep. It’s actually rare to know the exact origins of a hybrid dog, so even if these details aren’t exactly detailed, it’s still more than we know about most designer dogs.,This crossbreed was designed for service and as a result, the Shepadoodle is extremely responsive to training and has extremely good natural instincts. Because his lineage includes two very bright breeds, the Shepadoodle is a quick learner and easy to train. They are a very active breed of dog and respond well to a devoted and dominant pack leader so it is recommended that training, socialization and discipline be introduced at an early age (it is always important to take advantage of those early and impressionable days). It is also recommended that owners unfamiliar with training a larger dog defer to the experts and hire an experienced trainer to introduce the concept of dominance and discourage destructive behavior early on.,With a relaxed basic disposition, the Shepadoodle is loyal, so expect a strong attachment. This is a well-mannered, warm and loving breed that is great with children and other pets. They are very family oriented and while they need their outdoor space to work out boundless energy, they also enjoy attention indoors. Echoing their German Shepherd ancestry, they also want to please their leader and will respond well to instructions.,While they are generally a healthy breed, Shepadoodles can be prone to the same health issues as their parents which means hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand’s disease (a blood disease that prohibits easy clotting) and prone to ticks and flea bites if their long hair isn’t well taken care of. As always, it’s worth having regular scheduled vet checkups to ensure any health issues are identified and treated as early as possible.,While Shepadoodles may resemble their German Shepherd lineage in color and coarser, denser hair, they do not shed like a Shepherd due to the Poodle influence. This depends on whether the Shepadoodle is an F1 or F1B generation: the F1 coat is wavy with a very light shed, while the F1B coat is curly, producing less dander and virtually non-shedding. Their coats can appear smooth, wavy or curly. They should be brushed daily to prevent a dull coat and tangles.,The Shepadoodle is a cross between the German Shepherd and a Poodle.,