So you are looking for a Sheepadoodle Rescue.
Well you have come to the right place.
We will show you some of the best places to look for a Sheepadoodle to adopt.
While the common place to look is a rescue that focus on doodle type dogs, many breed specific rescues will also help mixed breed dogs that are part of their beloved breeds.
In the case of the Sheepadoodle this would include Old English Sheepdog and Poodle Rescues.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any Old English Sheepdog Rescues that indicated they helped mix breeds. But many of the large Poodle Rescues do.
Join us as we show you 8 Poodle and Doodle breed rescues to look for a Sheepadoodle Rescue.
What You Should Know About a Sheepadoodle Rescue
When deciding to get a rescue dog it’s important to know as much about the breed as possible before you adopt. The last thing you want to do with a dog is to have to rehome them. This is why so many rescue groups are very strict when it comes to the placement of their dogs.
To get you started we have provided some basic information on the Sheepadoodle. But this is just a start, you should do additional research on your own.
You may even want to consider volunteering at a rescue that has these dogs to fully understand what living with one of them is like.
What is a Sheepadoodle?
If you are looking for one you probably already know that a Sheepadoodle is a designer cross breed between an Old English Sheepdog (OES) and a Poodle. It is a relatively new crossbreed, which makes finding one at a rescue harder.
Since the Sheepadoodle is a new crossbreed, there are no standards for the dog’s size, coloring, appearance, or temperament. However there are commonalities among them and reputable breeders will have an idea on what to expect.
How big are Sheepadoodles?
Just like the Goldendoodle, Labradoodle and Bernedoodle they come in different sizes; Standard, Mini doodle and Micro Mini. Size is determined by the poodle that is used in breeding and of course which genes they inherit.
A standard sized Sheepadoodle is a cross with a standard sized poodle. They can be large dogs weighing between 50 and 90 pounds and standing 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder.
A Mini Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a mini Poodle. Keep in mind that “mini” is a relative term and is based on the size of a standard. They generally fall between 25 and 45 pounds and stand 16 to 18 inches at the shoulder.
Micro Mini or tiny Sheepadoodles are rare. They are bred using a toy poodle. They grow to be around the 15 to 30 pound range and stand 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder.
How much exercise does a Sheepadoodle rescue need?
Sheepadoodles are lively dogs, especially a standard sized one. Which makes sense when you look at the two parent breeds.
The Old English Sheepdog was bred to defend the flocks in the English countryside and to drive the herds to market. They are used to being active. Poodles were bred to be waterfowl retrievers so they also have a good amount of energy to burn off each day. This results in a crossbreed that will need an active lifestyle to be happy.
Just remember when thinking about getting a Sheepadoodle rescue it’s important to evaluate your own lifestyle to make sure it meets the needs of the dog.
How much care does a Sheepadoodle need?
Like all doodles they are high maintenance dogs. The time you save picking up fur will be doubled by the amount of time needed to brush and groom your dog. Long haired Sheepadoodles need to be brushed everyday to keep their fur from matting. You can get around this by keeping their fur short but you also lose the fluffy look.
Where to Find a Sheepadoodle Rescue?
Since the Sheepadoodle is a relatively new cross breed they are not easy to find at a rescue, but some still find themselves in need of a home. Listed below are the places we found during our research that have the best potential to have a Sheepadoodle rescue. But keep in mind there is no guarantee they will.
Also we do not endorse any of the groups listed in this post. It is your responsibility to ensure that the rescue is a place you want to work with. Also while every attempt was made to provide accurate information we are not responsible for typos or incorrect information. Please confirm all information with the rescue.
1. Carolina Poodle Rescue
Service Area: They allow out of state adoptions but require that you come to Dreamweaver Farm to meet with staff and dogs.
The Carolina Poodle Rescue describes themselves as a no-kill/limited entry private rescue group. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that started out as Poodle Rescue but has since opened their doors to poodle cross breeds and other dogs in need.
Located in the northern part of South Carolina, the Carolina Poodle Rescue maintains a physical location called Dreamweaver Farm where most of their available dogs reside. They can house over 150 animals there. However some of their dogs are kept in foster homes when the need arises.
In addition to housing available dogs, Dreamweaver Farms serves as a sanctuary for senior or special needs dogs.
If you go over to their website you will see that they have a large number of dogs available including (at the time of this writing anyway) a Sheepadoodle named Lemon.
You are required to fill out an Adoption Application and go through a screening process before you can visit the farm to meet their dogs. They do not adopt to families with children under age 5. Check out their website for more information on the process.
2. NorCal Poodle Rescue
NorCal Poodle Rescue is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 by a poodle breeder when they saw the need. Although they started with poodles they have since opened their doors to poodle mix breeds too.
NorCal Poodle Rescue chooses to board most of their rescues instead of using foster homes. Although there are few dogs that are in foster care.
When you find a dog on their website that you are interested in meeting you need to complete their online adoption application first. Then one of their volunteers will get in touch with you if they feel that it is a good fit.
3. IDOG Rescue
Service Area: US and parts of Canada
IDOG is a national, not-for-profit dog rescue based in Houston, Texas. They specialize in all types of doodles, including Sheepadoodles, Bernedoodles, Goldendoodles and Labradoodles.
IDOG volunteers work with shelters around the country to pull doodles as quickly as possible. Once rescued from the shelters the dogs are placed in a foster home.
IDOG Rescue requires that you complete their adoption screening process prior to meeting a dog. Their adoption screening process includes an adoption application, phone interview, veterinarian and personal reference checks and a home visit. The adoption process can take between 2 to 4+ weeks to complete.
Applicants must live within a reasonable distance to where the dog is fostered. To learn more about their adoption process please visit their website.
4. Doodle Rock Rescue
Service Area: 350 miles of Dallas, TX.
Doodle Rock Rescue (DRR) is a nonprofit rescue located in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. They help all types of doodles in need of rescue including Sheepadoodles, Labradoodles and Goldendoodles.
They offer rescue and rehoming services across the United States. But their main focus is on helping dogs in South Texas shelters, where there are high euthanasia rates.
In addition to offering rescue and rehoming services, DRR also opened the CHEW Animal Clinic. The goal of this clinic is to provide high quality, yet affordable veterinarian care.
CHEW offers their services to local shelters, animal rescues groups and qualified families within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They also provide on-site group training to assist families and rescue partners with mild behavioral concerns.
A separate adoption application is required for each dog you are interested in. A home visit is required as part of the process. Once the application has been reviewed you will be notified if you are selected. All others will receive an automatic response within 3 weeks.
5. Florida Poodle Rescue Inc.
Service Area: Florida
Florida Poodle Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit rescue specializing in the rehoming of Poodles and Doodles. The rescue was started by two women who care deeply about the plight of unwanted dogs and decided to do something about it.
While they are in the Tampa Bay, FL area they use foster homes throughout Florida to rescue and care for dogs in need. All dogs are kept at foster homes while they wait for their new homes.
To begin the application process you must complete the adoption application. Volunteers will process the application and check references. You will have an interview and home visit. If you pass the home visit and they have a match, you will be able to meet the dog.
6. Doodle Dandy Rescue
Service Area: 5 hour drive of the main location outside of Dallas.
Doodle Dandy Rescue (DDR) is a nonprofit rescue located in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area.
They have over 500 active volunteers that provide rescue, and foster services. These volunteers help abandoned and abused Doodles in San Antonio, Houston, Austin and the DFW area.
It can take 1 to 3 weeks to complete the adoption process at Doodle Dandy Rescue. A separate application must be completed for each dog you are interested in. Home visits are required. To learn more checkout their website.
7. Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue
Service Area: Northern Virginia
The Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue specializes in Poodles; Poodle mixes and other non-shedding hypoallergenic companion dogs. Located in Fairfax, Virginia they use foster homes in the Northern Virginia area to house and evaluate dogs in their care before putting them up for adoption.
An application is required. You can only meet the dog after your application has been approved. To learn more visit their website.
8. Doodle Rescue Collective
Service Area: National
The Doodle Rescue Collective specializes in rehoming all types of Doodles. Based in Warwick, RI, the Doodle Rescue Collective specializes in rescuing doodles from shelters. They also run a rehoming program for doodle owners that need to find a new home for their dog.
The collective consists of over 800 registered volunteers in the USA and parts of Canada. Volunteers work with local shelters to place doodles in need of a safe home in foster homes until a permanent home can be found.
You must complete the online application to start the process. In addition to the application DRC requires multiple phone interviews, reference and vet checks and a home visit when possible. To learn more please visit their website.
In addition to the rescues listed above another place to look for a Sheepadoodle rescue is on Petfinder.com. Unlike individual rescue sites that only list their available dogs, Petfinder.com lists 1,000’s of dogs from all different types of rescues and local shelters making it a easy to look for your future best friend.
Petfinder allows you to search by breed and some common cross breeds like the Sheepadoodle. Plus you can search by location to look for dogs near you.
Note: Not all rescues use petfinder.
Alternatives to the Aussiedoodle
At this point you may be wondering if an Aussiedoodle is right for you. If that is the case you can check out our other rescue posts; Goldendoodle Rescues, Labradoodle Rescues, Bernedoodle Rescues, Aussiedoodle Rescue, Doodle Rescues, and Poodle Rescues to see if one of the other poodle crossbreeds is a better fit.
Looking for a Smaller Doodle
Wishing you all a happy ending by finding your prefect pup like we did.
Please share your happy tails with us. Also if you have experience with any of the rescues listed or have other useful tips please share them in the comments.
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Sheepadoodle Rescue Resources
- AKC – Old English Sheepdog