About Sheepadoodles & Me
Updated August 21, 2011
Welcome to My Sheepadoodles
I have put my heart and soul into these dogs and have been in love with both breeds for many years. Please read this entire page carefully if you are serious about owning a Sheepadoodle. They truly are the best dogs you will ever own. I have had so many people tell me that they unlike any other dogs they have ever owned. Now that they have one, they would never get any different kind of dog.
I'm Partial to My Babies
In 2004, God gave me the idea of crossing my Old English Sheepdog with a Standard Poodle to create a Sheepadoodle. At the time, there were no other breeders on the internet. I prayed about it for a year and consulted with my veterinarian about it. He thought it was a great idea. I purchased a Standard Poodle from a local breeder and the end result was amazing! These puppies are the cutest, most lovable puppies in the world... but I guess I'm a little partial to my babies.
Paw Prints Zoom-n-Groom
I have had a love for animals all my life and I couldn't imagine life with out them. I grew up with horses, cattle, pet sheep and baby goats. I am a nurturer by nature because this is just how God made me. I am a dog groomer and I own my own mobile dog grooming business in Oroville, California called Paw Prints Zoom-n-Groom.
I assist moms in birthing and raising their puppies. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into raising puppies. I don't mind though. Starting at a young age, I like to get the pups used to being groomed. Doing this makes it easier for you, the new owner, and their new groomers (once you get them home). There have been so many times that I am called to go groom a pup that is 6+ months old whom has never been professionally groomed and they are very frightened by the whole process. I want Grooming to be a good, relaxing experience for your dog. I also make sure to give them lots of kisses and hugs during the whole process so that they will not be frightened. I talk to them and hold them close to reassure them that they are safe so that by the time they leave here, they will know what the grooming process is all about. Your new groomer with thank you for this!
Not a Puppy Farm
I am not like most breeders, nor am I a puppy farm. I ONLY breed Sheepadoodles to ensure that these puppies have the best start in life that they can have. Puppy farms are dirty, smelly places that have too many dogs to really be able to take care of them. I don't cut corners by docking tails or removing dew claws myself, and I don't Medicate or vaccinate my puppies myself in order to save money. I want you to know that you are purchasing a puppy that has had the best medical care I can provide for him or her.
Breeding Practices and Health
I do not breed any other dog breeds other than Sheepadoodles. All puppies are birthed and raised inside my home in extremely clean conditions. They are not allowed outside until they have been vaccinated at 6 weeks. They will need a second vaccination at 9 weeks and every 3 weeks after that. Your Vet will determine when last shot should be given. This is for health reasons. I never take any chances with the health and well-being of my puppies. I suggest you wait until your pup has been given at least 3 sets of shots before you begin to take your pup to public places. I never let my pups walk on the ground unless they are at home. When going to the Vet's office, I always either carry them, have them in a basket, or in a crate because sick dogs are in and out of a Vet's office daily.
All puppies are socialized from birth with myself and my children. When the puppies are old enough they are allowed outside for short periods of time to play with each other and all the adult dogs. Important social skills are learned by being allowed to play with mom, dad, and siblings. This helps them to become better dogs when they are grown. I also introduce them to my other OE Sheepdogs and Standard Poodles. My adult dogs love all the animals I have ever introduced them to. The Sheepdogs just want to lick them all over because they are so loving by nature. In all the years I have been breeding, I have never had a pup turn out aggressive. They are very loving by nature and are happy to meet new people and make new friends at the dog park.
The pups are shipped at 8 weeks of age. This is the best time to transfer a young pup. If you take a pup away from its litter-mates before this time period, say at 5 or 6 weeks, it misses a very important part of its life where it learns to socialize and play with its litter-mates. This is the time in a puppy's life that it learns how to be a socially acceptable member of the animal kingdom. Pups that are separated from their litter-mates too soon, often grow up to be aggressive toward other dogs. My suggestion to you, the new owner, is that you also carry on the practice of socialization.
What do I feed them?
One of the most important things for a puppy is nutrition. I don't cut corners with their food. Trust me when I say that it would be so much cheaper for me to feed my adult dogs and puppies cheap dog food. I won't name any names, but if you can purchase it from your grocery store, it''s NOT a good dog food. Store-bought brands are full of fillers and non nutritional ingredients that are of no benefit to the health and well being of your dog. Store bought dog foods are equivalent to humans eating fast-food. Have you ever watched Fast Food Nation? If you have, it will make you think twice about eating it again or feeding it to your kids, whom you love! As a dog groomer, I constantly come across pets with skin problems and I believe that 95% of all skin conditions can be controlled and healed by good nutrition. When feeding cheap, store-bought dog food, you have to feed them more because they are empty in nutrition. Because of all the non-nutritious fillers, this causes large smelly poops. When feeding a highly nutritious food, such as Life's abundance, you will feed less and poops will be firm and smaller with less smell. Proper nutrition will also show in the condition of the coat. The coat will be soft and silky, which also helps to prevent their coats from matting as quickly.
I have chosen to feed my dogs the best food I have found. I want to give my dogs, and your puppies, the very best I can give them. This wonderful food is made by Life's Abundance. Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet's best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of pet food really contain. Life's Abundance was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks:
Dr. Jane Bicks is the Executive Director of New Product Development & Education for Life's Abundance
where she oversees all product development and consults with pet industry experts to ensure Life's
Abundance cutting-edge formulas meet the highest standards for quality and effectiveness.
She is one of the pioneers of veterinary nutritional/alternative medicine and is recognized nationally
as an authority in the natural treatment of animals.
LIST OF SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS BEYOND THE FIRST FIVE INGREDIENTS! While the first five ingredients play a significant role in the nutritional make-up of your dog's food, every single ingredient is important. For nearly a decade, tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been eating and thriving on Life's Abundance foods. We attribute this success to our painstaking attention to detail. Each and every ingredient in Life's Abundance food is carefully chosen to work with the other to supply your companion animal with a highly nutritious and perfectly balanced meal every day, every year over a lifetime.
HIGH-QUALITY PROTEINS Proteins are the building blocks of all living organisms. Protein is essential for all bodily functions including those of the brain, heart, skin, skeleton and many others. Life's Abundance dog food contains at least 26% of high-quality protein. Look for identifiable animal proteins such as "chicken meal" rather generic terms like "poultry meal," which can consist of any fowl (turkey, chicken, geese, etc.).
Chicken Meal Some foods contain chicken meat or chicken parts, which naturally hold a fair amount of water. We prefer to use chicken meal because most of the water has been removed, which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater "protein content" in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat. That's why high-quality chicken meal is a key ingredient in Life's Abundance foods.
Eggs Eggs are one of nature's most nutrient-dense foods and play an important role in a balanced diet. They are considered a complete protein source, providing essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, B, E, K, Biotin, and Sulfur). Eggs also provide healthy fats, such as omega-6 for healthy skin and a glossy coat.
Catfish Meal Our top-quality fish meal is made by drying the freshest catfish at a low temperature, creating a concentrated, highly-digestible protein source. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, catfish meal provides natural DHA and EPA, the most important of all the omega-3 fatty acids.
CHICKEN FAT - We believe the primary fat source in dog food should be animal based because these fats contain a profile of fatty acids that are easily metabolized and generally more available to the body. Animal fats can vary in quality, so look for a species-specific fat like "chicken fat" (versus "animal fat") to be certain of the kind of fat your dog is eating.
WHOLE GRAINS - Whole grains are an excellent source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other essential minerals. They also provide the kind of carbohydrates that deliver sustained energy to your dog. We include the natural goodness of Ground Brown Rice and Oat Groats in Life's Abundance Dog Food. Ground Brown Rice is the entire grain with only the inedible outer husk removed. This whole grain contains manganese, selenium, magnesium, as well as tryptophan and vitamins B1, B3 and B6. Oat Groats are whole oats that have been cleaned, toasted, hulled and cleaned again. Amazingly, they retain nearly all of their original nutrients after this process. Oat groats contain seven B vitamins, vitamin E, and nine minerals, including iron and calcium.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS - The proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals in Life's Abundance foods was carefully selected to work in concert with all of the other ingredients to enhance the overall nutritional value of the food.
Vitamins: Ascorbic Acid, vitamin E Supplement, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Citric Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid.
Minerals: Potassium Chloride, Salt, Calcium Carbonate Monosodium Phosphate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide. ANTIOXIDANT SYSTEM - Among other nutrients, our antioxidant system includes vitamins A, C and E plus vegetables and fruits. The colorful skin and flesh of different vegetables and fruits contain phytonutrients, essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Each vegetable and fruit was carefully selected for its unique nutritional properties.
Vegetables and Fruit:
Beets Beets contain folate, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, tryptophan, iron, copper and phosphorus. The phytonutrient called betacyanin is responsible for the purple-crimson color of the beet.
Broccoli Broccoli contains vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, dietary fiber, manganese, trytophan, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, phospshorus, magnesium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B5, iron, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, zinc and vitamin E. Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli contains the phytonutrients sulforaphane and indoles.
Carrots Carrots contain beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamins C, D, E, and K, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Iron.
Celery Celery contains fiber, potassium and vitamin C. It also contains some vitamin A, calcium, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
Lettuce Lettuce contains thiamin, vitamin B6, iron and potassium. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese.
Parsley Parsley contains vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and iron. It also contains antioxidant phytonutrients called flavonoids including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol and luteolin.
Watercress Watercress contains folate, pantothenic acid and copper. It is a very good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (Apha Tocopherol), vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
Blueberries Blueberries contain vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E and dietary fiber. The antioxidant phytonutrients called Anthocyanins are responsible for the blue-red pigments found in blueberries.
Pomegranate Pomegranate contains vitamin C and potassium. The polyphenols in pomegranate (hydrolyzable tannins called punicalagins) are responsible for the red color.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most extensively researched natural nutritional ingredients in the world. Among its many health benefits, the omega-3's in Life's Abundance help support healthy skin and a shiny coat. We also included flaxseed meal for its outstanding nutritional profile and its contribution to healthy skin and coat.
FLAX SEED MEAL Flaxseed meal is the richest plant source of antioxidant lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seed meal also has a very high level of highly-digestible protein and essential amino acids. In addition, flax seed meal contains significant amounts of fiber, vitamin E, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and is extremely rich in the minerals potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
BREWER'S DRIED YEAST Brewer's dried yeast is loaded with highly-digestible protein with an exceptional amino acid balance. It also contains an abundance of natural minerals and vitamins, featuring B complex vitamins (except B12).
BEET PULP (SUGAR REMOVED) Fiber is required in every diet to maintain healthy intestinal tract and proper nutrient absorption. We use beet pulp, which is the fiber from the gray sugar beet (sugar removed). Many studies have demonstrated that beet pulp performs better than many other types of fiber.
DIRECT-FED MICROBIALS These ingredients are similar to those found in supermarket yogurts. Direct-fed microbials help support healthy immune and digestive systems. Life's Abundance contains the following direct fed microbials: Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product.
Here is where you can order the same food your new pup has been eating I encourage you to take advantage of the auto ship so that it will arrive at your door for your convenience and you choose how often it arrives.
This food can not be purchased at your local stores and pet supply, there is also a link to compare dog foods you have used in the past. Just as it has been proven that good nutrition is a key factor in good human health, it is the same with animals.
Lower quality dog foods will lower your dogs immune system, which can allow serious illnesses and poor health to over take your animals. A healthy immune system is the key to fighting illnesses. Here is the link:http://www.lifesabundance.com/sheepadoodledotcom
My Standard size Sheepadoodle range from 50 to 85 lbs. They will need professional grooming, just as their parents do. Their coats are soft and they do not shed. No one has ever had a problem with allergies. These puppies are sold under the agreement they will be spayed or neutered and never used for breeding. If you ever decide you can no longer keep your pup, you must contact me and either make arrangements to send your pup back to me at your cost or let me help you find a suitable new home for him/her.
The cost of adopting one of my puppies is US $1,500.00. All shipping costs are extra,(averaging $400) including:
- Domestic Shipping
- Traveling Crate
- Health Check-up
- Health Certificate
If you do not need to have your pups shipped, and are close enough to pick your puppy up, the adoption cost is US $1,500.00.
All puppies are UTD on vaccinations and are De-wormed (if needed). Dew claws are removed by my veterinarian when they are just days old. I no longer dock tails because they are just too cute and have so much personality with their tail intact.
How Do I Adopt?
If you are interested in adopting one of my adorable puppies, then you must get on the waiting list. There is a $100.00 non-refundable deposit required, which will be applied toward the total purchase price of your pup. To place a deposit, please CONTACT me.
A WARNING to Buyers
BEWARE of Breeders that are breeding several different breeds and trying to sell their puppies at low prices. When I first started thinking about breeding Sheepadoodles there were no other Sheepadoodle breeders to be found on the Internet. Since I've started, there are more popping up every day... so keep in mind that you will get what you pay for as far as health and quality in a puppy.
Every customer is welcome to come to our facility to pick up their pups, but the majority of our customers live too far away and are too busy to do this. Therefore the majority (98%) of our pups are shipped to their new home by air freight. We have yet to experience our first serious problem in shipping our pups air freight.
If a pup stays with it's litter-mates too long (after 9 or 10 weeks), they become too dependent on other dogs instead of humans. This simply means that they do not bond as well to humans as they could have.
Occasionally a pup will have to stay longer than 8 weeks. This usually happens because the airlines will not accept dogs for shipping because of extreme temperatures. When it is below 10 degrees outside or above 85 degrees in the summer, they will not ship.
Occasionally, new owners need me to keep pup a little longer. When this happens, we separate the pups from other dogs and put them in a dog yard or a private dog kennel by themselves. These pups get additional daily attention. There is a daily fee of $15.00 for boarding. If you decide to board and too much time passes, shipping charges may increase as the puppy gets older and gains more weight. Should this happen, the additional shipping charges will be applied to the total cost.