Meet Zammy, one of our favorite Thnks users:
(Zammy enjoying a refreshing summer treat)
When Todd Pitner started raising Zammy, he noticed something quite miraculous: when people who are hurting are in Zammy’s presence, they don’t feel pain, just joy and wonder!
Zammy is a big friendly GIANT complete with a thick white fur coat that is impossible to resist: you just have to run your fingers throughout (and he doesn’t shed!). Half English Sheepdog and half Poodle, he possesses the kindness and gentleness of an old English Sheepdog combined with the striking intelligence of a Poodle. These traits make Zammy a natural-born caretaker who brings happiness to anyone interacting with him.
(Todd and his GIANT puppy Zammy)
Just four months after Todd brought Zammy home, his neighbor, Jamal, decided to sponsor and host a 12-year old Bahamian girl named Shawnya as she underwent multiple surgeries at the nearby Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. Shawnya was born with a curved leg, making her the target of incessant teasing from her peers before she was flown to Tampa to receive surgical treatment for her leg.
When Todd learned of Shawnya’s story, he was deeply moved and decided to bring Zammy over for a visit with the hopes of cheering Shawnya up. Shawnya’s face erupted into a huge smile when she saw Zammy, despite being in pain from her surgery. Over the course of the next 6 months, Todd would bring Zammy over to Shawnya after her surgeries and it would consistently brighten her day. She never felt pain in those moments. When Shawnya eventually returned home, Todd could not stop thinking about the comforting effect that Zammy exudes, especially around people in pain, and he knew he had to get Zammy certified to be a therapy dog.
Todd recognized Zammy’s irresistible ability to spread joy and knew he would be able to make an enormous impact on the kids at Shriners Hospital, the same hospital that treated Shawnya. Despite being only 13 months old (the age requirement for most therapy dogs is 18 months), Zammy passed the therapy dog certification with flying colors. Now, Zammy makes weekly Monday rounds at Shriners where he has captured the hearts of kids, nurses, doctors, and parents alike.
(Spreading smiles and laughter at Shriners Hospital)
Zammy can best be described as ‘the world’s therapy dog.’ Along with weekly visits to Shriners, Zammy has amassed a worldwide fanbase, with 125k Instagram followers. What first started as a simple way for Todd to share photos of his beloved pup with his daughters, quickly went viral and turned into one of the most widely followed dog accounts on Instagram. Zammy was even voted “Floofiest Dog of Instagram” thanks to his trademark shaggy fur and adorably goofy smile.
Todd’s Instagram account is full of heartwarming photos and videos of Zammy interacting with patients, caregivers and members of the Greater Tampa community. Zammy’s Instagram comments are flooded with positive messages praising the work that Todd and Zammy do, with countless people proclaiming that Zammy’s Instagram videos are the highlight of their day. Follow his adventures @zammypup and you’ll quickly see why!
(A day in the life of Zammy and Todd)
Zammy’s love and kindness serves as an example for us all. Ever since meeting Zammy for the very first time, Todd has experienced the enormous impact of his pup’s unconditional love and kindness. No matter how busy life gets, it is vital to reflect on the people you are grateful for and practice acts of kindness every day.
(Zammy and Todd making the world a kinder place, one smile at a time! )
Written by: Camille Lopez-Silvero, Marketing at Thnks
Thank you for your interest in Flying B Sheepadoodles!
Flying B Sheepadoodles is proud to offer fat, healthy Sheepadoodle Puppies with great family friendly temperaments. Their puppies are cuddled, loved, nurtured, fed only the best (pawTree - during and after the weaning process), and socialized from the day they are born. They specialize in breeding uniquely colored* F1** and F1B*** Large Standard Sheepadoodles.
Flying B Sheepadoodles' puppies are sold as indoor family pets with the expectation that each will be loved and treated as a member of the family.
*Black-White, Sable, White-Black (Parti), White and Sable, Tri (Black-White-Sable) Red-White, White-Red, Red, and Red-White-Black/Silver.
**F1 - first generation Sheepadoodle; a pure-bred Poodle bred to a pure-bred Old English Sheepadoodle.
***F1b - first generation Sheepadoodle bred back to a pure-bred Poodle; these puppies are 75% Poodle and 25% Old English Sheepdog.
What is Giant Sheepadoodle
When a poodle (specifically a giant poodle) is bred with an old English sheep dog, then a giant sheepadoodle can be obtained. Poodle dog breed has an impact on the size of new born dog. So an XL poodle dog when bred with another dog, the new born puppy will be of same size of poodle. The specifications f giant sheepadoodle resembles with other sheepadoodle.
They are almost 2 feet tall but when they stand on their two feet, they can reach up to 5 feet 1 inches of height. Their weight is above 100 pounds i.e. 50 kg. They are very loving and joyful. They can entertain anyone and everyone around. They are choosy about people but mostly they try to get comfortable with anyone.
They love to socialize and move out in society. They love to make new friends. They are considered as “floofiest dog on instagram”. Giant sheepadoodle are voted on instagram, and then they are named as floofiest dogs. They are jolly in nature and know how to relax anyone. They love to cuddle with humans. They need attention of humans to make them love, and care for them. They are choosy about food but can compromise on food too. They are lovely but they need regular grooming. They require brushing on regular basis and shower on weekly basis.
White color giant sheepadoodle require more care and grooming as compare to black color giant sheepadoodle. Talking about the training of giant sheepadoodle, they can be trained easily because they are intelligent and smart. They pick up things fast. They learn new things on their own and they like to explore new things. They are low shedding dogs and also hypo allergenic in nature. They do not shed their fur on yearly basis or according to summer. They shed often but only a little amount.
As far as their caliber is concerned, they have a good sense and positive personality. They bark less and lick more. They like to lick their humans when they are in good mood. Kids usually do not play with them because they are bigger in size and kids demand a puppy of small size. Their growth is an important factor. They can become an adult with full height within a year. They are born with normal height but their height increases fast as compare to other characteristics.
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11 Things you Have to Know before Owning a Sheepadoodle
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The Sheepadoodle is a cross of the Old English Sheepdog and Poodle, also known as Sheeppoo or Sheepdog Poodle Mix. It’s a medium to large dog breed at about 16 to 22 inches tall, weighing between 60 to 80 pounds. The lifespan of the Sheepadoodle is around 12 to 15 years.
He’s a stunning dog breed who is becoming highly sought after for his remarkable personality, his serious good looks, and the fact that he’s exceptionally cuddly, like a big teddy bear. Let’s get ready to go on a Sheepadoodle journey, and find out all there is to know about this amazingly cute pooch!
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#1 So, What Are Sheepadoodles Exactly?
A Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle. There’s no doubt that Sheepadoodles are utterly gorgeous and will quickly get under your skin and into your heart.
The mix will vary from pup to pup depending on which of their parents they take after. So you’re never quite sure what to expect, but cute is one thing that’s a certainty.
They’re also extremely friendly and will love you and your family unconditionally. Sheepadoodles are designer dogs that breeders breed especially for dog lovers that are looking for an obedient dog that’s energetic, loving and kind.
They also tend to shed very little, which means they’re great for those of you that want indoor dogs without all the hair!
Sheepadoodles enjoyed a massive boost in popularity when Meryl Davis and her partner Fedor Andreev, both figure skaters, showed off their pet Sheepadoodle, Bilbo Tootie-Rose Baggins on social media.
Even though Sheepadoodles aren’t purebred dogs, they’re still extremely valuable.
They inherit the best of both parents, making for a remarkable pooch! The gorgeous suffix of ‘doodle’ came about in 1992, and wherever you find a Poodle crossbreed, you’ll come across the cute ‘doodle,’ in its name.
More about the Poodle
Poodles were extremely popular as pets in the past, especially for upper-class ladies. This was due to the small Poodle size which meant that carrying them around was incredibly easy.
Interestingly, they were first bred in Germany to help hunt waterfowl. Their popularity has led many dog breeders to conduct experimental crossbreeding, and one of those successful breeding programs was with the Old English Sheepdog a.k.a. Sheepadoodle.
More about the Old English Sheepdog
Just like the name suggests, Old English Sheepdogs became popular in the 1800s with farmers who used them to herd sheep and to help control other animals on the farm. For centuries training was for rather heavy tasks around the farm.
Sheepadoodles have a fascinating history, as do their parents!
But why this combination? Breeders are after the intelligence and activeness of the sheepdog, combined with the family-friendly and low shedding characteristics of the Poodle which when crossbred create something special – the Sheepadoodle that we just can’t help falling in love with.
#3 What can I Expect from my Sheepadoodle Temperament?
As mentioned above, first generation Sheepadoodles inherit the intelligence and active nature of sheepdogs, and the low shedding and friendly nature of the Poodle. All in all, they’re brilliantly well rounded as pets and would be a superb addition to your home.
They’re also super calm, sociable and obedient, which is why they’re often a favorite for families that have young children. They can be very gentle and also tend to be quiet around little ones, which is an excellent trait, especially if your baby needs a nap!
Sheepadoodles also get on well with other dogs and pets too, as they’re not overbearing or domineering.
Sheepadoodles are incredibly expressive, especially when they see you – so you know you’ll always have a happy buddy for life who will always look forward to you coming home!
One thing to remember is that it’s not a good idea to leave them home alone for a couple of days at a time, get them to a pet hotel or foster them out to a friend or family member if you go out of town.
The perfect pooch indeed!
#4 Am I going to have to move out of my home for my Sheepadoodle?
Even though they are large, you can make it work. If you live in an apartment, you might be pushing it, but if you commit to some serious exercise every day your new furry friend will be just fine!
However, if you’re in a house with a relatively large yard, you’ll be good to go, but they’ll still need exercise and stimulation, so get those sneakers on!
Standard Sheepadoodles are usually medium to large. As mentioned above the standard-sized Sheepadoodle grows to about 60 to 80 pounds (18 to 30 Kg) and a maximum of 16 to 22 inches (40 to 55 cm) in height.
Sometimes, if the Sheepdog parent is huge, then the Sheepadoodle pup can grow quite a bit larger than other pups.
One example is Zammy the therapy dog, which you can watch in this video:
Also thrown into the mix are Mini Sheepadoodles that are a mix of Mini Poodles and Standard Sheepdogs. They measure under 20 inches (51 cm) in height and weigh between 24 to 44 pounds (11 to 20 kg). Miniature Sheepadoodles are also sometimes called a Micro Sheepadoodle.
Mini Sheepadoodles are in demand far and wide due to their utterly adorable good looks and charismatic charm. It might not be as small as a toy poodle, but they are lovable and kind-hearted, and you’ll want to cuddle them all day.
#5 Hey Good Looking!
Sheepadoodles have sturdy and solid builds, with square or rounded faces and elongation at the snout. The skull has a broad look and appears dome shaped.
They also have signature gorgeous low hanging ears, and their eyes are small and set between medium length hair.
Coats can be anywhere between straight and curly. Sometimes, their fur can cover their eyes, so you might need to get those scissors out and do a bit of a trim occasionally to make sure they don’t go bumping into your furniture!
Their different colors also make them a hit with potential owners.
Sheepadoodles are born black, white or both. Their colors are separated in well-defined spots that can appear randomly on any part of the body. This makes for some adorable looking puppies, some of whom almost look like Panda bears, which make them even more endearing than they already are.
Some Sheepadoodles come in white and red, but these usually cost more. There are also Sheepadoodles that are entirely brown or grey, but these are relatively rare. The parents normally determine the color of the pups.
#6 How Long Will we be Friends for?
As mentioned in the first paragraph the Sheepadoodles have an average lifespan of about 12 to 15 years. So you’ll have plenty of time with your new furry friend.
How healthy are they?
In general, the Sheepadoodle is a robust dog since it comes from two different purebred dogs. They don’t tend to have many problems and have something called ‘hybrid vigor’ – which means they tend to have fewer health issues than their parents due to the crossbreeding.
However, they may inherit some tendencies from their parents genetically. These include bloating, joint swelling and pain, Cushings or Addison’s disease as well as certain types of cancer.
#7 You won’t be Living out your Days Taking Care of Them
Sheepadoodles are mostly hypoallergenic, which means that they don’t set off your sniffles and other allergy symptoms. However, not all Sheepadoodles are hypoallergenic as it depends on the genes they inherit from their parents.
You’ll have to verify the hypoallergenic status of your dog from the Sheepadoodle breeders that you buy your dog from.
They tend to have a short and curly coat like their Poodle parent and as we said before shed very minimally.
This means that you won’t have hair all over your home, but that doesn’t get you off brushing, sorry! You’ll still have to brush your Sheepadoodle at least once or twice a week to get rid of any matted fur.
In addition to brushing, you’ll have to check those gorgeous floppy ears out for any buildup of wax and dirt, which you will have to clean from time to time.
Cleaning out your dog’s ears will help prevent infection which can be costly for you and painful for your pooch. Trimming the hairs around their ears is also another thing you can do if you want to help prevent ear infections.
#8 Will they be Running Circles around me if I want to Train them?
Luckily not, as they’re very confident animals that always want the approval of Mom and Dad. They’re fast learners and obedient too. Watch how training takes place in this video:
They can also be taught to be watchdogs as they can recognize strangers and be trained to bark at them. However, there’s nothing to be alarmed about as they’re exceptionally gentle and will never hurt any family member. Training is pretty simple and easy to carry out.
One thing that’s important to remember is that you should do early socialization as well as training that includes positive reinforcement – this way you’ll get your Sheepadoodle on track to be a well-behaved member of your family.
#9 What’s for Dinner?
Sheepadoodles should have a diet that consists of high-quality kibbles. As they’re so active, they should be fed at least 2-3 times daily. Give them small portions and adjust the amount of food you’re giving them if you see they’re putting on or losing weight.
Don’t under any circumstances have a free flow of food in the home as they tend to lose all self-control and overeat, just like kids that have been let loose in a candy factory.
Once in a blue moon, some wet food is a great idea but take it easy on this one as it may lead to your Sheepadoodle becoming overweight.
#10 Are they recognized by any organizations?
As mentioned previously, Sheepadoodles are not purebred dogs and therefore aren’t eligible to be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) that only allows purebred dogs in.
However, being a designer dog, they are allowed into the following organizations:
#11 Where can I find Sheepadoodle puppies and what does a Sheepadoodle cost?
Sheepadoodle breeders can be found quite easily online, just like these: Best Sheepadoodles, Sheepadoodles By Design or Debs Doodles. Sheepadoodle puppies can cost anywhere between $1000 to $3000 depending on the color.
You’ll have to pay even more if you want specific traits like eye color.
The Micro Sheepadoodle we spoke about earlier, will set you back an extra $500 to $800 more than the Sheepadoodle.
You can always choose to adopt a Sheepadoodle instead of buying one. There aren’t any rescue organizations dedicated to this breed, but if you scour Petfinder, you may find one by chance and the price you can get your very own Sheepadoodle will be significantly lower than buying from a breeder.
Also, there are many Old English Sheepdog rescue organizations all over the world, Here are some of them:
Some may have Sheepdog crossbreeds. If you’re going to adopt, you can expect to pay anywhere between $75 and $200 as well as a dog license fee which is about $10. Whether you buy or adopt, make sure you do it with a responsible and legal organization.
Always be careful about where you get your Sheepadoodle from and make sure you visit breeders premises, meet the parents of the puppy and make sure the breeders know what they’re talking about. See how they interact with the puppies and if everything is clean and well looked after.
Also, ensure that the Sheepadoodle breeders you buy from have some certification or license and avoid buying from backyard breeders at all costs.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
🤔 What is a Sheepadoodle?
Sheepadoodles are the gorgeous mixed-breed offspring of a Standard Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog. Knowing its parents may give you an idea of what this crossbreed is, but hybrids are a surprise, so check out this section of our article to know what they really are.
🤧 Are Sheepadoodles hypoallergenic?
This designer dog is mostly hypoallergenic, but keep in mind that it’s possible for a mixed breed to inherit more traits from one parent. That means NOT all Sheepadoodles will be allergy-friendly. So, how do you deal with this type of coat? Read up here!
🐶 Are Sheepadoodles good dogs?
There’s a reason why they’re a family favorite. Sheepadoodles are calm and sociable canines and are extremely expressive. But those are not the only traits you can expect from this breed.
💰 How much is a Sheepadoodle?
A Sheepadoodle puppy has a price that can range from $1,000 to $3,000. If you prefer a cuter version, the Micro Sheepadoodle is hundred-more-bucks expensive. Find out how much that is and start your search for your own pup here!
Sheepadoodles are Oodles of Goodness, so Should I Buy One?
Sheepadoodles are happy, outgoing and will love you wholeheartedly. They’re also exceptionally smart and make excellent pets whether you’re a family, a couple or flying solo.
Once you have a Sheepadoodle, you’ll never look back.
They’re practical, dutiful and friendly and in my opinion, they’re probably one of the best breeds to have as companions, as long as you give them a forever home and lots and lots of love as well as plenty of cuddles!
What do you think about this breed? Comment below
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