The Shepadoodle is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. Both parent breeds, however, are well known and loved.
The Poodle is one of the oldest breeds developed specifically for hunting waterfowl. Most historians agree that the Poodle originated in Germany, but developed into their own breed in France. Many believe that the breed is the result of crosses between several European water dogs, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hungarian, and Russian water dogs. Some say that the Miniature and Toy Poodles emerged shortly after the Standard, but many believe it wasn’t until the 1400s that breeders began intentionally creating smaller versions of the Poodle — first the Miniature, then the Toy — to delight the Parisian bourgeoise. Although the Standard was used for duck hunting, the smaller varieties had use as well – while many kept them as lapdogs, they were also talented truffle hunters. It’s not known for sure when Poodles arrived in the U.S., but the American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1886. The Poodle Club of America was founded in 1896, but disbanded shortly thereafter. Poodle enthusiasts reestablished the club in 1931.
The German Shepherd Dog, also known as the Alsatian in Great Britain and parts of Europe, is one of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S., and they remain one of the most easily recognizable breeds worldwide. Skyrocketed to fame by the still-revered Rin Tin Tin series, today the German Shepherd is almost hard to avoid in American media, from the children’s Paw Patrol Series, to All Dogs Go To Heaven, to endless movies and TV shows about war dogs and K9 units starring GSDs. Despite all this, the German Shepherd is a relatively new breed, dating back to 1899. The breed was primarily developed by Captain Max von Stephanitz, a captain in the German cavalry who was dedicated to creating a German breed that would be unmatched as a herding dog. After World War II, American- and German-bred German Shepherds began to diverge dramatically. These differences can still be seen today when comparing American and German lines. Eventually, the U.S. police and military began importing German Shepherd working dogs, because U.S originated German Shepherds were failing performance tests and were consistently plagued by genetic health conditions.
In the past few decades, some dedicated American breeders have begun to strive to work more on the breed’s abilities rather than just appearance, importing working dogs from Germany to add to their breeding program. This has led to a decrease of some consistent health issues, like hip dysplasia, from quality breeders.