Both Sheepdogs and Poodles have special grooming needs, so it’s no surprise that Sheepadoodles do too. It may seem a daunting task to keep your sheepadoodle looking his very best, but there’s no need to panic! A simple routine can take care of the most common grooming issues. The list below is a guide that will help you get started.
Daily – Plan on spending about 10 minutes a day brushing your dog out with a good de-shedding brush. Pin and bristle brushes are recommended for this. They can often be purchased as one two-sided brush.
Weekly – Brush your dog thoroughly from head to tail. This takes about 45 minutes. Several different brushes are often necessary for de-matting and detangling. These include a Pin Comb, a Slicker Brush, a Grooming Rake, and an Undercoat Rake. A detangling spray is helpful in getting out the tangles. Keeping your dog groomed will help keep mats from forming!
Monthly – Using a detangling spray, brush, and de-mat the dog. Bath the dog thoroughly. You can use a hairdryer on a low setting to dry her fur if you’d like her to dry faster. Some of the rakes might look like torture devices, but once your puppy gets used to the various brushes, she should enjoy the grooming process! Instructions should come with each brush to describe the proper way to use it, so don’t worry if they’re unfamiliar. Unless you’re very brave or very skilled (or both!), you’ll want to take your sheepadoodle to the groomer every 6 – 8 weeks. Their hair does grow quickly, and trim will keep him looking his best! For maximum health and safety, they’ll clip his nails and clean his ears and pads as well.
Grooming may seem like a lot of work, but once a routine is established, it’s time that both you and your dog will come to enjoy it!