Are Sheepadoodles protective?
Sheepadoodles are naturally protective. The Old English Sheepdog was once bred to guard flocks of sheep, and these behaviors are very prevalent in this mixed breed. The Poodle is a very devoted canine. While they aren’t particularly known as guard dogs, they aren’t super friendly towards strangers either.
Because they are naturally protective, these dogs can sometimes be used as guard dogs. However, some of them are a bit too friendly towards people to accidentally do anything against an intruder. They do make good alert dogs, though, and are usually reactive towards anything that seems “suspicious” to them.
This makes them somewhat noisier than other dogs as well, so be sure to keep this in mind when deciding if this is the correct dog for you.
Are Sheepadoodles Aggressive?
These dogs are not known for being overly aggressive. They can be a bit protective towards their family, which can make them a bit suspicious around strangers. They don’t always warm up to strangers as quickly as other animals. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are aggressive.
Just like any dog, though, the Sheepadoodle can become aggressive if they are not socialized properly. Abuse and neglect can also trigger aggressive behaviors. It is important to socialize your dog from a young age so that they are not scared and unsure of strangers. Fear often leads to aggression, so you want your dog able to feel comfortable around a wide variety of people.
This isn’t necessarily a specific trait of the Sheepadoodle, though. All dogs require socialization to avoid aggression, even some of the friendliest dog breeds out there. If dogs aren’t introduced to a variety of people and situations, it is completely normal for them to become scared and show aggression.
Do Sheepadoodles Bite?
Sheepadoodles aren’t particularly more prone to biting than any other dog. They usually aren’t included in biting statistics, as they are a mixed breed. For purebred dogs, we typically have more specific biting statistics. Often, this breed is simply included with a bunch of other mixed breeds or written down as a Poodle-mix. This makes it difficult for us to determine the exact bite statistics of this breed, as they tend to be lumped in with other mixed breeds.
However, there is nothing about this breed that would make it bite more than others. They are protective, but this typically doesn’t lead to biting.
Socialization is essential for this breed if you’re looking to avoid biting. Most biting is fear-based. The dog becomes scared due to a new situation or person and then bites because of it. If you introduce your dog to a whole bunch of different people and situations at a young age, they are less likely to be scared of new things when they become older. This reduces the chance of biting.
With that said, these dogs do tend to be a bit nippy. These bites aren’t driven by fear and typically aren’t serious. They’re most common in playful puppies. Usually, puppies nip in an attempt to play. They simply haven’t learned that biting hands is not an appropriate way to play with people. They often try to play with people as they play with other puppies.
You’ll need to train your puppy not to nip. Luckily, these dogs are extremely smart, so they typically catch on quite fast. Still, it is important to put time into this training, as it can lead to your dog being a little too friendly with their mouth when they get older.