Facts & Origin
Belgian Shepadoodle - Belgian Shepherd and Poodle Mix
The Belgian Shepadoodle is a cross between a Belgian Shepherd and a Poodle. The Belgian Shepherd, a loyal and efficient working dog, originates from Belgium, as the name suggests, while the Poodle, known for its intelligence and hypoallergenic coat, has its origins in Germany and France. Both breeds are known for their intelligence, loyalty and working ability, traits they pass on to their Shepadoodle offspring.
Suitability and husbandry
Because of their intelligence and high energy level, Belgian Shepadoodles do best in a home that provides them with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation . They would fit well in an active family or single person home that enjoys spending time outdoors. Their eagerness to please and ability to learn also make them great candidates for dog sports like agility or obedience trials.
|Origin||Belgium - Germany|
|Life expectancy||10 - 15 years|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
Belgian Shepadoodles are known for their intelligence, energy and eagerness to please. They are very trainable and learn quickly, especially when training is done with positive reinforcement. They are also very loyal and loving dogs that bond closely with their people. They tend to get along well with children and other animals, provided they are properly socialized.
The Belgian Shepadoodle is an intelligent, energetic and loyal dog that is great for active families or individuals. With proper care, training and socialization, the Belgian Shepadoodle can be a wonderful companion and a valuable family member.
Care and health
The Belgian Shepadoodle's grooming needs depend largely on the type of coat he has. Poodle coats are hypoallergenic and shed little, but require regular trimming and brushing to prevent matting and mats. Belgian Shepherds, on the other hand, have a dense, short coat that requires more frequent brushing during molting seasons. Health-wise, Belgian Shepadoodles can be prone to the same conditions as their parent breeds, including hip and elbow dysplasia, eye problems and certain types of cancer. Regular vet visits and good nutrition can help minimize these risks .
What does this mixed breed look like?
As a mixed breed, the Belgian Shepadoodle can inherit a variety of physical characteristics from both parents . They are typically medium to large dogs, weighing between 18 and 34 kilograms, and ranging in height from about 45 to 66 centimeters. Their coats can be wavy or curly, with a variety of colors including black, brown, white and any combination thereof. They also often have the distinctive eyes and erect ears of the Belgian Shepherd.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
pathological changes in the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs
Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.
Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
These hybrids can grow between 45 to 66 cm tall.
Their coat can be wavy or curly.
A Belgian Shepadoodle is usually intelligent, energetic, affectionate and easy to train.