The Sheepadoodle

Say ‘sheepadoodle’ and a highly intelligent, calm, and playful panda bear comes to mind. Have you ever wondered why the nanny from Peter Pan was a sheepdog? The reason is likely due to their inherently bred herding capability. It’s not unheard of that one would herd children and watch over them. Regardless, they are known for being watchful, courageous, incredibly loyal to their owners, and therefore make brilliant family pets! Sheepadoodle puppies are described as calm tempered, playful, and intelligent. Their friendly nature makes them popular in families and some have even been successful service and guide dogs. Sheepadoodles also get along with other dogs and pets too as they’re not overbearing or domineering. Sheepadoodles are incredibly expressive, especially when they greet their family upon returning home. It’s important to note that though being brilliant family dogs and people pleasers, this breed (as with many intelligent doodle breeds) can develop destructive behaviors and barking if left alone or not properly stimulated. Not surprisingly, they frequently inherit the sheepdog’s herding genes and the poodle’s fowl hunting genes! Sheepadoodles love to herd and swim based on those same familial characteristics! Just keep in mind, that frequent swimming can cause coat issues.

The Poodle

Intelligent and joyful companion dogs, Poodles can be trained to a high degree and are very willing and happy to please. They are comical and clever and are often used as circus dogs, but what may come as surprise to some is that the Poodle was originally bred for hunting and is a supreme choice for hunters the world over and throughout time. It cannot be overstated that Poodles are a highly intelligent breed; they rate 2nd behind the Border Collie. The more intelligent a dog is the more it needs its mind occupied and needs its owner to be a firm pack leader to avoid unwanted behaviors and to stay mentally stimulated. Poodles cannot live outside in a kennel and need to be part of the family. They can be high-strung if not given proper exercise. It’s important to not allow the Poodle to develop Small Dog Syndrome (when the dog is led to believe it is alpha over humans). As smart as they are, they can push boundaries much as a child does. Proper training and leadership can prevent them from becoming sensitive, nervous, or distrusting of children or strangers, along with other behavior issues. On the flip-side, the Poodle’s ability to comprehend and behave much as a small child is one of their most endearing qualities. The key is to socialize them well along with proper physical and mental stimulation. They are very good watchdogs and seldom ever become aggressive. As with any dog, Poodles may start to bark a lot without a proper human to canine communication, rules to follow, and limits to what they are allowed to do. Poodles are preferential for and one of the most friendly dogs particularly with other canines and non-canine pets.

The Goldendoodle

Goldendoodles are gentle, affectionate, and easy-going. They are extremely intelligent and, according to the Goldendoodle Association of North America, they score in the top 4 of the 150 smartest breeds. They have an extremely social personality and love to be with their owner. As a watchdog, a Goldendoodle may not be the best choice as they are simply friendly to everyone and usually don’t bark at people they don’t recognize. The loving and social Goldendoodle personality makes them great family pets as they get along with kids and other pets. Keep in mind, because a Goldendoodle is a mix of two different breeds, sometimes you will get more of a Poodle’s personality, and sometimes you will get more of a Golden Retriever’s personality. Their overall temperament relies heavily on good breeding from parents of impeccable temperament and care and attention to proper socialization. Because they are so intelligent, Goldendoodles are easy to train and are often recommended for first-time or timid pet owners. Some even call Goldendoodles people pleasers because they always want to make their owners happy. If your Goldendoodle is a people pleaser, training will be a breeze. Good Goldendoodle behavior should be rewarded with positive reinforcements. Goldendoodles require 20-30 minutes of exercise each day to prevent them from getting bored and keep them in good health. If possible, take your Goldendoodle swimming. Both Golden Retrievers and Poodles are water dogs, making the Goldendoodle a swimming fanatic. It is recommended that you do not adopt a Goldendoodle if you live in an apartment because Goldendoodles need plenty of room to roam around and play.

The Bernedoodle

The Bernedoodle is a companion dog through and through. The breed inherits the intelligence of its Poodle parents and the charming, goofy, happy-go-lucky temperament of the Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernedoodles are happiest when they’re spending time with their families, children included, and are willing participants in playtime and cuddle fests alike. Sometimes they get more Poodle traits and other times they more closely resemble the Bernese. As with Goldendoodles, Bernedoodle temperaments rely heavily on good breeding from parents of impeccable temperament and care and attention to proper socialization. Bernedoodles are adored for their friendliness, playfulness, intelligence, and affection. They are equally happy playing outside as they are cuddling up with their favorite humans. Bernedoodles crave attention and are best suited to a home where they are not left alone for long periods of time. Bernedoodles are fairly adaptable and go with the flow. Smaller sized Bernedoodles make better apartment pets than Standard Bernedoodles, who do best with a yard to burn off energy. This breed has moderate exercise needs that are usually met with at least one long daily walk.