Why We Love Sheepadoodles
Today, I'm interviewing Megan Frazier with sheep of doodle ranch, and she's going to give us a few of her favorite things about sheep of doodles. And they've been in this world for a few years now and breed them at their ranch near Burney, Texas. And so, Megan, what, what is your first and favorite thing about these sheep of doodle puppies? Okay.
Um, the first thing that comes to my mind, um, when I think about sheep of doodles and I'm familiar with lots of doodles, um, but sheep, but doodles seem to take their cues from their owners. So, um, while, uh, they might be active, um, and athletic, um, and at the same time, calm and affectionate, um, if they're their main, their main thing they're focused on is their owner and what their owner is interested or their companion is interested in doing that day. So for example, if I need to have a day where I'm just at the computer all day, they're perfectly happy to just lay by my feet, um, and have a calm day, as long as they're with me. Um, they would love to go outside and play and play fetch and go on lots of walks. But if I can't do that on that particular day, they're okay with that.
And they aren't rowdy despite the fact that they weren't able to have an active day. So they're very, um, almost like chameleons in that they just adjust to whatever their person, um, is able to do that day. Um, which is really nice. So if you're sick, they'll just be fine being in bed, um, being stuck with you or on the floor, if you're not a dogs in the bed kind of person, um, or, uh, if you want to hike, they'll go hike with you. So, um, that, that's something that is just super unique about stupid doodles is how they just kind of adjust to the personality of their owner. Um, having said that, I would say that if you're a person who isn't home a lot or you're away for long periods of time as sheep, a doodle, probably isn't the best breed for you because they are so into their person.
Wow. Okay. That's really awesome. Exciting. Okay. Thanks. What's, what's something else that you love about owning and having Shiba doodles. I hear them.
Well, another thing I love, um, that, uh, I think all moms love is that they don't shed. Um, so they really truly don't shed. Um, you can pull on their hair and it's not coming out. Um, so when you get stressed about pets and the hair and extra things, cause you're already cleaning up after your kids in the family, you don't have that dog hair to worry about. They don't, they truly don't share. And my husband has allergies. And so, um, that's how we landed on the doodles. Um, anyway, is, is he's allergic to pet dander and with the doodles, he doesn't have the allergies cause they're hypoallergenic.
Wow. Okay. So they're very friendly for folks with allergies and they are, they produce no, uh, hair mess at all. That's really incredible. So those you've had produced, uh, you know, shed or,
Well, in general doodles don't shed in general, but I will have to say, um, you never really know. Um, but on, on some golden doodles we've had that have the golden retriever. They've had a little bit of shedding, not too bad. Um, nothing like an actual golden retriever because the poodle is mixed in, but there is a little bit of shedding, but w with our sheep of doodles, we have,
Wow. So there was kind of like the most, the most extreme, uh, non shedders in my
Opinion. Yeah. That's my experience.
Yeah. That's wonderful. What, what's something else that, that you love about having a sheep, a doodle?
Um, I love, and this is, this is also, um, kind of doodles in general, but I love how loving and affectionate they are and how they just want to be a part of whatever the family is doing. Um, so, uh, you don't want to, you don't want to like, you know, lock them up somewhere and then have a big family meal because they would really miss out, but they can be very obedient while you are having your dinner time and, and sit and all of that, but they want to be a part of the family.
Wow. Okay. That's amazing. Does it, does it seem like they take time to warm up or are they kind of like, you know, sort of instantly in love with their new families
Instantly, unless for sure,
That's amazing. So they can take them home day one and it just sort of, it's just magic almost. That's, that's incredible.
Bond varies. All right. So what's something else that you you think is amazing about, See,
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Um, I mean, I've got my list here. Um, they're compatible and another thing great about Shiva doodles is they are compatible really with all ages, um, from, from people with families, with, with children, um, all the way up to, um, my parents have a sheep, a doodle and they're, uh, elderly. Um, so they have been able their sheep, a doodle has been able to adjust to their pace. And so my dad takes, um, they are sheep of doodle on the golf course with them and is in his golf cart. And, um, and that she would doodle has a golf course, retired life. Um, whereas, you know, someone else with an active family, um, and kids, you know, that that dog would have a different life, but they, um, are really able to adjust to all sorts of,
Okay, so they're not too rambunctious for an older adult or
Definitely not. And that's something actually, I'm glad you said that. Um, they are so calm, um, in general, the very calm dogs. In fact, when I took our last litter of puppies to the bet, um, the, that, and all of his assistants made a comment about how this particular breed of puppies are just so calm and normally puppies are kind of bouncing off the walls and, and like you would expect from puppies. Um, but, but these are super, super
Wow. Okay. And yet they still have an energy level, um, at the right time for young, uh, people and then for anyone who wants to play. Okay. Definitely. Wow. That's, uh, that's really, that's really interesting. So, um, what, what's something else that, that everyone needs to know about? She blew up
Something else I would say. And this is something I've learned, um, from, um, my husband actually, uh, is that she would do doodles tend to be even the person who doesn't think they're a dog person's dog. So for example, um, my husband kind of resisted getting one thinking I'm not so sure I'm not so sure I want a dog in the house. He had grown up with, um, dogs only outside, not really part of the family, um, as far as including them in all the family gatherings and whatnot. And, um, that wasn't something I had ever had, but I had been researching the breed and it was something that I wanted. And, um, and so we went ahead and got one and it has totally changed my husband and his, um, perspective. Uh, in fact, I don't think he could have ever guessed we'd be breeding sheep of doodles. That he'd be so all in that we'd be a part of breeding. And he's just as involved as I am. In fact, when, when the puppies come, I call him Dr. Frazier.
Okay. So he's very involved in their care and then the maternity and things like that. Wow. Um, so we could say she could, doodles are great for people who are first-time dog owners or absolutely have a hesitation maybe from a prior experience with animals or,
Wow. So there's almost no physical risk in a sense to having this dog. I mean,
You know, and, and, and like I said, with my parents, I hesitated just a little bit wondering if they might be too old, um, especially with the size, but, um, they, their dog is doing great. And, um, and that, it kind of goes back to the whole taking the cues from the owner and the dog is so intelligent. They understand what their person is capable of. For example, if my teenagers come in the house, maybe some bad habits of jumping up on them and getting on their chest might happen, um, because they can foresee their Routy, you know, they just know this is my rowdy person and they are gonna play with me and they're going to wrestle with me. Um, and then, you know, when an older person comes in, they adjust and no, I can't jump on that.
Oh, wow. That's amazing. Wow. What's um, what's another, um, point we need to share with people.
Um, I, um, I know that they're used and trained to be therapy dogs. Um, we haven't had one do that yet, but people do purchase sheep of doodles, and then they do another certification to make them therapy dogs. Um, so that's, that's a possibility they make great therapy dogs because of their empathetic nature and their high sensitivity and intelligence, kind of all of those traits work together to make them great, great therapy dogs, especially for, um, anxiety and depression. Okay.
Okay. So, um, the, uh, sort of, you know, right. Uh, right when they're born, I mean, they, they can be natural, uh, anxiety reducers and, and provide calm inside the house even without, uh, you know, specialized training that for sure new a new family could sort of anticipate that general benefit in their home. Okay. For sure. Wow. What else would you tell?
Okay, cool. And just while Levi texting me, he's like, where are you?
Good job. Okay. Talk to you later. Okay. Thank you.