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Loyal, Intelligent, & Gentle

When a Poodle meets a German Shepherd...it’s magic!

First developed by the US Army in the 1960s, Shepadoodles were bred to be highly intelligent, gentle, and low-shedding service dogs. McCumberHaus has continued to preserve the breed with excellence.

Size and Energy

McCumberHaus Shepadoodles come in a variety of sizes, colors (black, blonde, apricot, variegated, GSD), and mixes (see below for details about F1 vs. F2 and F2b). Shepadoodles are curious and alert dogs that enjoy playing and working as much as relaxing.

Herding + Retrieving Breeds

Both the German Shepherd and the Standard Poodle are in the top ten most intelligent dog breeds. Their intelligence means they are easy to train and can learn new commandments and actions quickly. This is why they are ideal for roles as working dogs. McCumberhaus litters marry the best of these two amazing breeds.

Shepherds are, you guessed it, herding dogs that love to work. They are obedient, intelligent, direct and fearless. No wonder they became known for outstanding military and police service work.

Poodles are intelligent retrieving dogs, originally bred for a “soft mouth” and webbed toes that are good for gently retrieving ducks and are wonderful for families. The breed name comes from the German word, “pudel” or “pudelin,” which means “to splash in the water.” Poodles are often employed as service, therapy, and guide dogs due to their intelligence and sweet disposition.

Fun Facts

Flexible Yogis

Shepadoodles, like Poodles, are extremely flexible “Yoga masters”. You will often find your Shepadoodle twisted into silly positions and bending over backwards (literally!) to satisfy their curiosity.

Laugh Out Loud

Never short on humour and wit, your Shepadoodle will keep you laughing and on your toes waiting to see what silly game they create next.

Safety First

As herders and retrievers, Shepadoodles are safety oriented dogs. It is common to find them checking in on household members, ensuring their pack is safe and sound.

Sensitive to Your Needs

With an incredible ability to read and interpret emotions, McCumberHaus Shepadoodles love to please their families. Their high emotional intelligence allows them to know when to comfort, work, play, and relax. This sensitivity makes them easy to train and equips them to be outstanding emotional support and service animals.

Hypoallergenic

Poodles are hypoallergenic with dense, curly hair that dries very quickly and sheds very little. If you are looking for a breed that is kind towards allergies and house cleaning, a Shepadoodle may save your nose and your vacuum.

Varieties of Mixes

F1 Shepadoodle (50% Poodle, 50% German Shepherd)

An F1 Shepadoodle is a first generation Shepadoodle that is 50% Poodle and 50% German Shepherd and is bred between parent dogs that are 100% Poodle and 100% German Shepherd. F1s tend to have straight to wavy hair, more like a Shepherd.

F1b Shepadoodle (75% Poodle, 25% German Shepherd)

An F1b Shepadoodle is a cross between a, F1 Shepadoodle (50% Poodle, 50% German Shepherd) and a Poodle. Our F1Bs typically have a curly or very wavy coat, more like a Poodle than a German Shepherd. F1bs are especially hypoallergenic and shed very little. F1bs are the lowest shedding of all.

F2 Shepadoodle (50% poodle, 50% German Shepherd)

An F2 is the result of crossing two F1 Shepadoodles. Their coats are similar to an F1.

F2b Shepadoodle (62.5% Poodle, 37.5% German Shepherd)

An F2b is achieved by breeding an F1 Shepadoodle and an F1b Shepadoodle where the backcross was a Poodle. An F2b can also be an F2 Shepadoodle and Poodle mix.

Training & Adjusting

Due to their intelligence and intuitive emotional sensitivity, you can expect your McCumberHaus pup to respond best to training based on rewards and praise. Your McCumberHaus Shepadoodle will covet your affection and is eager to please.

All dogs need time to adjust to a new home, new people, and new rules, just like humans do! As your new family member adjusts here some of what you can expect the first three days, weeks, and months:

  • First 3 Days - be gentle and quiet!
  • • May be scared and timid
  • • Unsure of surroundings
  • • May not want to eat or drink
  • • Is not him or herself yet
  • First 3 Weeks - be patient and positive
  • • Starting to settle in
  • • May start to be playful and curious
  • • Will start to learn the “routine”
  • First 3 Months - stay consistent
  • • Will feel comfortable in new home
  • • Will start to bond with family
  • • Set in a routine

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