Last Updated on September 25, 2021 by Pets Feed
The Aussiedoodle is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the Australian Shepherd and Poodle breeds. Incredibly intelligent, playful, and loyal, these puppies inherit some of the best qualities from both parents.
Aussiedoodles have various names, such as Aussiepoo and Aussiepoodle. Despite their unfortunate designer breed status, you can find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and rescues. So think about adopting. Don’t buy.
These active dogs, often referred to as the “Einstein” breed for their intelligence, do well in homes that can provide them with plenty of attention and exercise. The Aussiedoodle is an excellent family dog, provided it is safe for young children to play with it. They are also amazing therapy dogs, given how quickly they bond with one or two specific humans.
History of the Aussiedoodle breed
The mixed breed of Aussiedoodle dogs may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing Australian Shepherds and Poodles in the late 1990s or early 2000s, probably in North America. .
It makes sense that the Aussiedoodle has started to gain popularity, given how smart, playful, and cute the Poodle and Australian Shepherd are. The breed is sometimes touted as a hypoallergenic dog option for allergy sufferers, but the truth is, no dog is completely hypoallergenic.
Although the Aussiedoodle mixed breed got its start as a designer breed, some ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. Consider adopting if you decide this breed is right for you.
Check local shelters, look for Aussiedoodle rescues, or check with Australian Shepherd or breed-specific Poodle rescues as they sometimes accept mixed breed dogs and find them homes.
Characteristics of the Aussiedoodle
Due to the fact that there are many variations within this designer breed, you can get an Aussiedoodle in many different sizes and colors. Normally, the Australian Shepherd will be the mother, especially if the father is a miniature or toy version of the poodle. This is to avoid complications during reading. However, if the poodle is of standard size, it doesn’t matter which parent is what breed.
Aussiedoodle puppies are one of the cheapest poodle mixes and typically cost between $ 700 and $ 1,200 each. You should always remember to buy from a reputable Aussiedoodle breeder.
As the Aussiedoodle is a relatively new breed – and there are size variations from toy to standard for the poodle – there are few size standards. That said, as a mix between Poodle and Australian Shepherd parents, Aussiepoodles can be expected to vary in size from small to medium.
Most weigh between 11 and 32 kg and vary in height from 25 to 40 cm at the withers. That said, many can be smaller or larger.
These dogs are tall and lean and generally quite muscular. They almost always inherit blue eyes from their Australian Shepherd father.
Typically, one of the reasons a Poodle is crossed with a purebred dog is to produce a dog with a hypoallergenic coat. Unfortunately, it is very rare for the Poodle’s submute coat to change to the Aussiedoodle. Most of the time, these dogs will move. This therefore means that they are not suitable for allergy sufferers.
The Aussiedoodle can inherit two types of coats: the smooth, graceful coat of the Australian Shepherd or the curly coat of the Poodle.
Aussiedoodles typically mistake their Australian Shepherd coat for color, and it will be a tricolor that includes black, red, black, and tan. They can also be a solid red or blue merle color. Sometimes the Aussiedoodle can also be similar in color to the Poodle and be black, white, tan, apricot, or red.
Character Traits and Temperament
To understand the temperament of the Aussiedoodle, we can take a look at the temperament of the parent breeds.
The poodle is a kind and affectionate dog who loves people. They don’t like to be left alone and will want to be by your side all the time. Very intelligent, the Poodle is easy to train and will want to please his master. They need to be mentally stimulated not to get bored and enjoy a good puzzle game! They also have a high energy level and love to take walks with you.
Another puppy that loves people is the Australian Shepherd. An excellent working dog, these puppies are often preferred by farmers and used for raising livestock. However, due to their friendly and fun nature, they also make excellent pets. They have a high activity level and a great need for exercise, so they benefit from being in a family that enjoys walking or running.
It is believed that the Aussiedoodle normally inherits traits from both parents, so your puppy likely has a mix of these two temperaments. Excellent family dogs, your Aussiedoodle will be affectionate and friendly. They are also very intelligent dogs which can contribute to good trainability, but they can also produce a rather stubborn dog, so care will have to be taken!
The Aussiedoodle needs a lot of love and attention and you need to make sure you can give it to them. If they are bored or don’t feel like they are receiving enough affection, they may start to show signs of destructive behavior. This can be helped with training and a lot of mental stimulation.
Aussiedoodles also like to be surrounded by their humans. Like the Australian Shepherd, Aussiedoodles will sometimes come and stay with one or two of their favorite humans. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t get along with multiple people or with larger families.
The Aussiedoodle breed is predisposed to suffer from some of the same illnesses as the Australian Shepherd and Poodle. While most are generally healthy, some can be prone to health problems, which is why good care and regular vet checkups are important.
Some of the most common health problems that Aussiedoodles suffer from are:
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Sensitivity to vermectin (reactions to flea and tick medications)
Remember: Buy from a reputable breeder and the chances of your dog suffering from health issues will be greatly reduced. Trusted breeders will perform health checks on both parent breeds and will not breed if there is a possibility of passing serious problems on to the offspring.
As with all dogs, you should perform regular veterinary exams of the Aussiedoodle to quickly detect any health issues. Your vet can help you develop a grooming routine that will keep your dog healthy.
Aussiedoodles tend to gain weight and have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least a good half hour to a good hour of walking per day, with a few active play sessions and shorter walks.
Check his ears daily for debris and parasites and clean them as recommended by your veterinarian. Trim your dog’s nails before they get too long, usually once or twice a month. They should not slam violently against the ground. Your hairdresser can help you with this.
If you have a smaller Aussiedoodle, one of your main concerns when it comes to their care will be maintaining their oral hygiene. Of course, you should brush your dog’s teeth regardless of their size, but smaller dogs with smaller mouths are more prone to dental and gum disease. Your vet can teach you how to properly brush your dog’s teeth.
Aussiedoodles coats are often a mix of their Australian Shepherd and Poodle parents. Their coat can be a variety of colors typical of Australian Shepherds, such as merle blue, merle red, black and sort red, black and tan (also known as ‘ghost’), party, sable or even a solid color in rare cases. . Some have denser fur, while others have tighter curls like their Poodle parents. Shorter haired Aussiedoodles may be better for allergy sufferers, but that’s no guarantee.
Given their variety of coats, it’s up to each Aussiedoodle how they tolerate extreme weather conditions. They are usually able to withstand colder temperatures than, say, a Chihuahua, but you should still be cautious and bundle up during the colder winter months.
We mentioned earlier that the Aussiedoodle is an active dog and therefore has high exercise needs. These puppies need about 90 minutes of exercise per day, which should be divided into several walks. They’ll love going with you on walks or runs, making them a great exercise companion and best suited for an active family. They also like to swim.
Remember that the Aussiedoodle is an intelligent breed and gets bored very easily. You will have to play with them to stimulate them both mentally and physically, otherwise they may display destructive behaviors out of frustration. You can also teach them tricks using their intelligence, which can be fun for the whole family and keep the dog entertained.
An ideal diet for the Aussiedoodle should be formulated for a small to medium breed with a lot of energy.
Like its two parent breeds, the Aussiedoodle tends to gain weight if overfed, so it should follow a regular feeding schedule and not leave food behind during the day. As with all dogs, the Aussiedoodle’s dietary requirements change from puppy age to adulthood and will continue to change until third age. You should ask your vet for recommendations on your Aussiedoodle’s diet, as there is too much variation between individual dogs – including weight, energy, and health – to make a specific recommendation.
Children and other pets
Due to their smart and courageous nature, the Aussiedoodle needs a lot of time to play and exercise, which makes them an excellent family dog. Still, it’s important to teach children who play with the Aussiedoodle how to safely interact with the dog.
When it comes to other pets, Aussiedoodles can get along well with other pets if you are introduced to them slowly and calmly, and early socialization will help keep this going well. It is best that they quickly get used to other pets. If there are smaller animals, your Aussiedoodle may even try to herd them.
Aussiedoodles can get along well with other cats and dogs, so it all comes down to training, socializing, and the luck of the draw.
Strengths of the breed
Aussiedoodles are mixed breed dogs. Many Aussiedoodle owners claim that they are hypoallergenic dogs and may be better for allergy sufferers, although no dog is completely hypoallergenic. Their fur can be colors typical of Australian Shepherds, such as merle blue, merle red, black and sort red, black and tan (also known as “ghost”), party, saber or even a solid color in some cases. Shorter haired Aussiedoodles may be better for allergy sufferers, but that’s no guarantee.