The Sheltidoodle is a medium-size crossbreed dog that has been developed mixing the Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog) and the Poodle (standard, miniature or toy). Covered with medium to long silky hair, these dogs often resemble its sheltie parent but with the curl of the poodle’s coat.
With their long hanging, floppy ears covered with long hair, round, black, button eyes, triangular nose, they are known to be having a funny appearance along with an amusing disposition. They have a sturdy body covered with a double coat. Being a low-shedding dog, they are good for people with allergies, and are perfect to be a family dog.
|Also known as||Sheltipoo, Sheltiedoodle, Sheltie Poodle Mix|
|Coat||Silky, thick, double, wavy, coarse|
|Colors||White, Cream, Black, Brown, Gray|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||40-60 pounds (for full grown male and female)|
|Personality Traits||Friendly, affectionate, intelligent, sweet, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, IDCR, DDKC, DBR|
Temperament and Behavior
The Sheltidoodle is funny and playful, and would love to spend hours in your company. They are very loyal and loving with every member of their family, just as they are with kids and other pets, including dogs. They would also exhibit a relaxed attitude while strangers are around. By virtue of their disposition inherited from both their parents, they are level-headed and have a well-rounded temperament.
They are social, smart and intelligent, and would learn quickly, especially with an intention to please its owner. With their loads of energy, they love to play with their loved ones, and would cherish going out for family trips and even indulge in indoor games. They love when you supply them with lots of toys to play with.
These dogs are never aggressive but are basically sober-natured and do not bark much. They have all the virtues of the modest poodle, and hence, make a good apartment dog as well, provided they get enough playtime and time to spend outdoors. They do not make good watchdogs.
The sheltidoodle needs a little more exercise than the small lapdogs. Because of their playful, zealous nature, they need to be taken out for a walk or jogging session at least once a day. This should keep them physically strong, as also balance their inborn need for activities, because a lack of proper exercise might develop psychological issues when the puppies would grow up.
It is also advisable to let them play outdoors without their leash, especially if you have an enclosed yard that would be safe for the dog to run around and play. Taking them to the dog park is also a great idea since this would certainly help them socialize with other dogs and people.
Their grooming requirement is moderate. Brush their coat twice to thrice a week so as to keep them in shape, retain the gloss and maintain hygiene. Keep their teeth clean and keep an eye on overgrown toenails. Give your dog a bath only when you think it needs one. But be sure to use a very mild dog soap. Seek help from professional groomers, if you would need one.
Like most other crosses, the sheltipoos are free from any breed-specific health problems because of their varied genetic makeup. However, you just can’t ward off possibilities of genetic issues, since most cross breeds are often susceptible to health issues affecting their parent breeds. General health hazards common to dogs, like dysplasia, dental or eye issues, allergies, etc. should not be ruled out. Consider annual medical checkup taking you dog to your vet.
Just like the Poodle, the sheltidoodles are fast learners. You wouldn’t need too much effort in educating your dog. They are quick to obey, and smart enough to pick up tricks, and learn commands and orders. However, training must consistently be done. This would effectively keep any possible issues at bay in the future.
Begin socializing and housebreaking your puppy at a very early age, as you bring it home from the breeders or rescues. This is very important. Help them get accustomed to your neighbors, friends, and pets, as also, teach them that, it’s you who is the true leader of its pack. However, never be rude to your pet. Praise them as and when they succeed in learning whatever you are teaching it. A positive reinforcement-based approach is recommended.
Never compromise with the quality of your dog’s food. They need the perfect nutrition, especially during its growing days. Be sure to provide it with a high protein diet. Also keep in mind that they are high-energy dogs. They need meals that provide them with the effective amount of energy that they need. Foods that are meant for dogs of its size and the same energy level are recommended. Though, you can always consult a professional veterinarian for any advice related to your dog’s diet.