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GENERALBreed group: Herding Type: Pure Breed
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 50-65 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Curly
Fur Color: Black, Black & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 8-12 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The German Sheeppoodle (also called Schafpudel) is a herding dog breed native to Germany. This medium size fluffy breed is believed to be the result of cross between Pulis and Komondor. It is an energetic and free-spirited breed that is practically extinct with only a very few dogs remaining. This dog stands between 19-24 inches and weighs 50-65 lbs. It has a strong head with broad skull and long muzzle. Almond shaped eyes are dark and medium in size while ears are broad, long and pendent. Nose comes in either black or coat colour. Slightly arched neck is medium in size and strong. Topline is level with deep and broad chest that comes with well sprung ribs. The back is strong and straight. Tail is carried low. The coat of the breed is long, shaggy and hard to touch. It comes in white, roan and pied colouring. This breed is not recognized by AKC.
This breed comes in different colours that include white, roan, fawn, red, brown and black as well as pied.
This rare herding breed has a unique corded coat that helps them blend in with the sheep. The coat is long and covers the entire body.
This rare herding breed is loyal, intelligent and energetic. They have temperament that can help these dogs be good family pets but this breed is not recommended as family pet for small children. Having strong herding instinct can mean the dog will get excited by squeals and running of the children and may try to herd them by nipping or biting. Early socialization and training is a must for this breed to make it more compatible with other dogs and pets in the family. Also the dog should be exposed to different people, places and environments to eradicate any possible shy to aggressive nature. As a herding dog, the breed is intelligent and may be a little stubborn. It will require an experienced owner to handle this dog well.
The long and shaggy coat needs less grooming. Brushing needs are all too low. Cords will form in the coat that will need to be parted. Bathe only when necessary.
Like many herding breeds, who develop an independent nature, this dog can also be stubborn and willful on occasions. It will need an experienced owner and handler to train this dog through positive, gentle yet firm training methods.
Like all working dogs, the German Sheeppoodle has high physical activity needs. It will need lots of exercise and playing time to be happy and content.