We have completely fallen in love with breeding Sheepadoodles. The initial concept was to create a service or assistant dog for Kayla. But it has become a passion and we cannot imagine life without a house full of puppies.
Our goal is to breed the OES look. We plan to continue breeding the OES standard gray and white, black and white or the tri-color with the OES markings. We believe the purpose of this breed was to keep the distinctive OES look and we will not try to develop additional coloring in our pups to look like any of the other doodles.
Kayla’s Sheepadoodles will specialize in breeding Sheepadoodles and we have no desire to breed any other type of dogs. We will never have more dogs that we can love and/or handle at one time and none of them will be placed in other homes once they can no longer breed. We consider them as family members and will have a place in our home until they pass.
As a Sheepadoodle Breeder we want to breed only the best puppies possible all of our breeding dogs will have their hip and eye certificates and will be carefully selected for temperament, body type and coloring. Our dogs will be AKC and/ or CKC registered and our new litters will be registered with CKC.
We encourage our families to come to our home to see our beautiful parent dogs and puppies. We do take extra care when guests come to visit in order to protect our animal family members from disease.
Our goal and passion is to breed service/assistance/therapy dogs as well as family companion dogs and we strongly believe the F2b's will produce the best dogs for our ulimate goal. After careful consideration Kayla’s Sheepadoodles has decided to breed F1 and F2b Sheepadoodles. Our reasoning for this is as follows:
The F1 Sheepadoodle is first generation, resulting in healthier offspring; however they may still shed a little and may not be completely hypoallergenic. They make wonderful family companion pets and some will make great therapy dogs as well. I believe most F1’s will maintain a herding instinct, much like their OES parent which is not a good trait for service or assistance dogs.
The F2b Sheepadoodle is considered second generation and is MOST likely to be non-shedding and hypoallergenic in comparison to the F1’s and F2’s. They also have the easiest coat to maintain. I am hoping that the F2b’s will have more of the poodle personality and make a more suitable assistance or service dog yet maintain the OES look.
To explain the difference between F1, F2 and F2b Sheepadoodles I will call the first purebred "purebred-A", and the second "purebred-B". A Sheepadoodle is a cross between an Old English Sheepdog (OES) and the Standard Poodle. Note, the examples of the differences in coat only apply to the Sheepadoodle hybrid; all other hybrids will vary in their own way depending on what is in the cross.
F1 = 1st generation puppy - 50% purebred-A and 50% purebred-B - for example, an OES to Poodle cross, this is first generation, resulting in healthier offspring associated with the hybrid vigor. In this particular Sheepadoodle cross hair type can be smooth or slightly wavy like an OES, or extremely wavy and/or curly like a Poodle. They can shed or not shed, pups in the same litter can vary. This is not the best cross for people with severe allergies.
F1b = backcross puppy - 25% purebred-A and 75% purebred-B. For example, an F1 Sheepadoodle and a Poodle cross; this is Sheepadoodle bred back to a Standard Poodle. Wavy Curly shaggy doodle look very consistent in coat types. F1b is the MOST likely of any to be non-shedding and allergy friendly than ANY of the other doodles (poodle crosses) and is the easiest coat to take care of.
F2 = second generation puppy - F1 hybrid crossed with an F1 hybrid - for example, an F1 Sheepadoodle crossed with an F1 Sheepadoodle. This combination you can get a dog with a higher percentage/variable of OES or Poodle due to genetics. In the case of the Sheepadoodle, they can shed or not shed, may not be the best for people with allergies and may lose some of their hybrid vigor.
I have several friends who are Labradoodle and Goldendoodle breeders who have bred F1 to F1 which produced many pups who looked purebred (Lab or Retriever) rather than like a doodle.
Remember that the second generation is likely to be more variable and have less hybrid vigor than the F1, so breeding F1 to F1 is unwise unless the breeder is trying to create a new breed and doesn't mind breeding a lot of funny looking, and possibly unsatisfactory dogs on the way. Quote from a Labradoodle vet/breeder.
F2b = second generation backcross puppy = F1 bred to an F1b (hybrid backcross) 62.5% Poodle and 37.5% OES. With this breeding you have a better chance for a non-shedding and hypoallergenic dog. In speaking with other doodle breeders they have found the F2b pups tend to have more of the Poodle’s personality (purebred "B"), but more of the purebred “A” (OES) looks.