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Nicole Cosgrove

Poodle and Shetland Sheepdog

The Sheltidoodle is a mix of the Poodle and the Shetland Sheepdog. She is a medium to large dog depending on the size of the Poodle used. Other names for her are a Sheltipoo, Sheltiedoodle or just a Shetland Sheepdog/Poodle Mix. She takes part in activities like watchdog and jogging and has a life span of 12 to 15 years. She is a very sweet and easy-going dog.

Owning a Sheltidoodle is going to bring you a lot of pleasure and joy. She is fun, loving and loyal, easy to train and easy to exercise. If you are looking for medium to large dog with a lot of energy and smarts this could be a great companion or family dog.

Here is the Sheltidoodle at a Glance
Average height 14 to 16 inches
Average weight 30 to 60 pounds
Coat type Coarse, thick, medium to long, wavy
Hypoallergenic? Can be as Poodle is, depends on type of coat
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Excellent with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good if at low end of weight range, otherwise too big and too energetic for a small living space
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Somewhat active
Tendency to get Fat Average to high
Major Health Concerns Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, CEA,
Other Health Concerns Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems, Dermatomyositis,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $585
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $800 to $1000

Where does the Sheltidoodle come from?

The Sheltidoodle is a designer dog which is a growing group of purposely bred mixed first generation dogs. Most like the Sheltidoodle have two purebred parents and have a name that is reflective of their parents somehow, either blending parts of their names, or blending sounds from their names. The popularity of such mixes has increased a lot over the last two decades and this has led to a lot of irresponsible breeders joining in so take care where you buy from. Keep in mind that this type of dog can have any mix of genes from their parents so you cannot have absolute guarantees in looks or temperament. For an idea about their background we look at the parents for more details.

The Poodle

You can find pictures of Poodle like dogs on old Roman and Egyptian artifacts and in tombs from as far back as the 1st century. Despite most regular people thinking the Poodle is a French dog, in fact he comes from Germany and was used for hunting ducks and other waterfowl. But he became a more distinct breed when he made it to France. There have been three sizes of Poodles for centuries, the Standard, the Miniature and the Toy. French aristocracy adopted the toy Poodles as companions to carry around with them. When the Poodle was adopted into traveling circuses to perform they clipped them into interesting shapes and the aristocracy copied. He was registered in the Kennel Club in England in 1874, and the American Kennel Club in 1886.

Today he is known for being super intelligent, eager to please and easy to train. He is very devoted and loving and while energetic, can be calmed with training, socialization and enough exercise. He may seem to be aloof but in fact when you talk to Poodle owners you discover he has a great sense of humor and loves to clown around and play.

The Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is also known as the Sheltie and he comes from the Shetland Islands which are north of Scotland by about 50 miles. His ancestor was known as the Toonie and he was bred to herd, guard and chase birds away from small sheep and farm land. In the 1800s the Sheltie came to the mainland where he was bred with smaller dogs to make it more attractive as small dogs were favored at the time. The original Toonie disappeared and the Sheltie as he is now was born.

Shelties today still have a great love for chasing birds or anything flying so watch out for passing planes and the like! He is very sensitive but also loyal and he can vary from being outgoing to more shy. He tends to be wary around strangers but he loves his family and prefers to be around them all the time.


The Sheltidoodle is a friendly and social dog who loves to get lots of attention and is happy to spend all day with you, every day! She is an intelligent animal and is very easy going and gentle which is why she is also successful as a therapy dog. She is energetic and loves to play but should not be overly hyper at all. She can be very entertaining and is very loyal. Some can be a little wary of strangers but in general because they are so level-headed they are relaxed around strangers.

What does the Sheltidoodle look like

This is a medium to large dog weighing 30 to 60 pounds and standing 14 to 16 inches tall. The Poodle comes in three sizes Standard, Miniature and Toy. With the Sheltidoodle it is common for the Standard or Miniature to be used. She has a coat that can be more like the Sheltie’s or more like the Poodle’s. It can be medium to long in length, silky, thick, wavy or even curly. Common colors are cream, grey, white, black and brown. She has long ears that hang down, a triangular nose, button eyes that are black and a sturdy body.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Sheltidoodle need to be?

The Sheltidoodle is a somewhat active dog, she does not need a lot of exercise but she does need daily outings. The smaller sized ones can adapt to apartment living but at the upper end she is best in a larger home with access to a yard. She can be energetic and loves to play so needs plenty of toys to rotate through, have enough mental stimulation and also go out twice a day for a couple of 15 minute walks. It is always a good idea to give your dog a chance to go off leash and run free in a safe area. Take her to a dog park where she can also socialize and play some doggy games with you.

Does she train quickly?

This is an easy dog to train as she is eager to please, intelligent, inclined to listen and obey and enjoys spending time with you for any reason. In most cases a Sheltidoodle is going to train a bit quicker than most dogs as she will need less repetition. It is still important to make the right approach though. Consistency, being firm but fair, keeping it positive with treats, praise and encouragement, staying patient. As well as carrying out early basic obedience training make sure you also give equal importance to early socialization. She will be a lot better, happier, more confident and trustworthy when she has been well socialized.

Living with a Sheltidoodle

How much grooming is needed?

The amount of care and grooming she will need is going to vary slightly depending on her coat. A more Poodle like coat is going to take daily brushing and need professional clipping every 6 weeks. It will also be more hypoallergenic and low shedding. A coat more like the Sheltie will need brushing perhaps 3 times a week, will shed more and the amount of care it needs at a groomers depends on how long you opt to keep the coat. Bathing should be just left to when she really needs it as doing it too often can damage her natural oils which can lead to skin problems.

She should have her teeth brushed at least two to three times a week. She should also have her ears checked for infection once a week, especially since they are ones that hang down. Give them a careful wipe clean at the same time but do not insert anything in them. Her nails if they do not get worn down naturally should be clipped but take care not to go too low down into the quick, this would cause bleeding and pain.

What is she like with children and other animals?

There is a definite great bond that occurs with the Sheltidoodle and children. She is energetic and playful with them, affectionate and loving and enjoys their presence. She is not a fragile dog but young ones should still be supervised and taught how to touch her properly. This dog also gets on well with other pets and other dogs.

General information

She can be alert and learn to bark to let you know if someone is breaking in. Some are more wary of strangers than others. She should be fed 2 to 3 cups of a good quality dry dog food and that should be divided into two meals. She barks occasionally.

Health Concerns

There are health concerns the Sheltidoodle can inherit from either parent so asking to see parental health clearances from the breeder before you buy is a good idea. Those issues include Addison’s, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Eye problems, Von Willebrand’s, CEA, Hip Dysplasia, Skin Problems and Dermatomyositis. It is always a good idea to visit a breeder in person and visit with the puppy before buying to check on healthy and living conditions so you know your dog has been well bred and cared for.

Costs involved in owning a Sheltidoodle

A Sheltidoodle puppy is going to cost somewhere between $200 to $500. Initial costs for medical concerns like blood tests, an exam, deworming, shots, micro chipping and spaying come to about $290. Other required items like a crate, carrier and leash and collar are going to cost another initial $220. Annual costs for the basics in medical terms come to $485 to $585 and that would just be for shots, check ups, pet insurance and flea prevention. Annual non-medical costs for things like grooming, training, license, toys, food and treats come to between $800 to $1000.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.