Sheepadoodles are fast becoming one of the most popular breeds on Instagram.
It’s no surprise given these dogs look like giant teddy bears with fluffy, long hair.
Not only do they have a friendly appearance, but these designer dogs are charming pooches.
Bertie the Sheepadoodle is a beautiful example of these hybrid dogs.
The Colorado dog has over 20,000 fans on Instagram who follow his daily adventures.
We spoke to Bertie’s mom Erin about her wonderful Sheepadoodle (@sheepadoodlebertie) to find out more about the cross breed and his popularity on Instagram.
1) Why did you decide to create your Instagram account for Bertie in 2018?
I created Bert’s Instagram account because I wanted a place to document all of the memories of him growing up. Plus, I didn’t want to annoy my friends with all the puppy spam!
2) How much time do you dedicate to building your Instagram page?
I probably spend about 4 hours a week taking, editing, and posting pictures and engaging with other people on Instagram.
3) What is Bertie’s personality like? How old is Bertie?
Bert is just over a year and definitely still has a puppy personality. He’s full of energy and loves to be with people. We joke that he’s a stage 5 clinger since he always follows us around from room to room. I like to think that he knows how to tell time since he will wake up from his nap, go sit on the couch, and stare out the window at 5pm on the dot on weekdays to watch for us to come home.
4) Your favourite memory with Bertie?
My favorite memory is when we took Bert on his first hike. Living in Colorado, I had high hopes he would be athletic and enjoy hiking and doing other active things. He was about 4 months old and we took him to an easy hike. He did great at first and we thought he was a natural… until he ended up getting some grass and twigs stuck in his hair! Once that happened, he refused to walk and we had to carry him a mile back to the car and brush all the brambles out of his hair! We figured it was a fluke but, on his next hike a week later, he stopped walking a quarter mile in – we could still see the parking lot! Luckily, he’s outgrown that and he loves hiking and running around getting filthy and is a great mountain pup!
5) You’ve got two Sheepadoodles now, what motivated that decision?
I just have Bert. But his coloring has changed so much from when he was a puppy that people often think I’m posting two different dogs on Instagram!
6) What’s the best thing about owning a Sheepadoodle?
The best thing about having a Sheepadoodle is their loyalty and goofy personality. Bert is all about “his people” and just wants to be with us. It’s super sweet.
7) Do Sheepadoodles shed a lot?
Bert doesn’t shed at all. Or, at least such a minimal amount that I don’t ever notice. I lose more hair than him!
8) Can Bertie swim?
He can! He loves splashing around in shallow water and does this funny thing where he dunks his whole head under. His doggy daycare has a pool that he gets to play in, but he typically stays in the shallow end. I’m going to take him to the lake this summer so he can gain some confidence swimming in deeper water.
9) Are Sheepadoodles good pets?
Sheepadoodles make great pets. They are loyal, loving, playful, and active but are also good watch dogs. Bert seems to take great pride in watching over the house. He will bark if he sees or hears anything he thinks is questionable. Unfortunately, we are still working on training him that the neighbors taking their garbage to the curb or another dog walking by is not anything we need to be notified over!
10) What advice would you have for people considering a Sheepadoodle as a pet?
Do your research when looking for a breeder. There are so many people out there who are just looking to money off the “designer dog” trend, so be sure to find someone reputable who truly loves and cares for the dogs. Also, since the Sheepadoodle is just a mix of a Standard Poodle and an Old English Sheepdog, it’s not guaranteed what type of coat or personality traits the pup might get. Some puppies end up with more Poodle characteristics and some seem more OES. Research both of those breeds and make sure that you like the temperaments and look of both and would be happy with either.
11) What advice would you give to pet owners who want to make their dogs Instagram stars?
I’m not sure there’s a magic formula. I think taking high quality pictures is helpful and I try to post every day. But just post what you enjoy and, chances are, other people will like it too!
12) What’s next for Bertie? Any exciting adventures coming up?
With summer just around the corner, we’re planning on taking Bert on his first camping trip!
13) What other Sheepadoodle account would you recommend helloBARK! readers check out?
There are so many cute pups, it’s hard to pick only a few! I love following along with Bert’s half sister @auggie_the_sheepadoodle on her adventures. I also love @boogie_the_sheepadoodle, @doctormollydoodle, @chloesheepadoodle, and @henrythesheepadoodle.
Sheepadoodles pros and cons
• Loyal – Bert is obsessed with his people and always wants to keep an eye on everyone.
• Silly – Bert is a giant goober and always keeps up laughing.
• Can be super lazy – I have to force Bert to get up every morning to go outside! He’d much rather stay in bed and cuddle.
• Not destructive – We’ve been super lucky with Bert and the only thing he ever chewed was his dog bed.
• Watch dog – Bert is very good at guarding the house and will bark if someone comes inside during the night or if he sees something suspicious.
• Social – Bert has never met a dog he didn’t like!
• Doesn’t shed – It’s so nice to not have to vacuum his hair.
• Watch dog – a pro and a con! It would be only a pro if we could teach him to stop barking at “suspicious” things – like the neighbors taking their trash out – on command.
• Needs to be entertained – Bert doesn’t do a good job of entertaining himself when we are home. He’d much rather have our undivided attention and play.
• Grooming – Sheepadoodles have some high maintenance hair. We have to make sure we brush his hair often, otherwise it will tangle. If he gets too many mats in his hair, we have to shave him shorter than I prefer.