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Aussie Doodle – The Complete Guide to the Poodle Australian Shepherd Mix Breed

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Highly intelligent and with tons of energy, the Aussiedoodle is one of the newest dogs to hit the scene. A combination of two purebred dogs – the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle – both known for their high trainability and keen sense of smarts, the Aussiedoodle is one lovable, smart, and good-looking canine package!

In this guide, we will cover the following topics about the Aussiedoodle:

  • Aussiedoodle history and origin
  • Its physical attributes
  • Temperament and personality of the Aussiedoodle
  • How much the Aussiedoodle costs

And a lot more…

What is an Aussiedoodle?

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The Aussiedoodle is what is known as a crossbreed, hybrid, or designer dog. It is the cross between two purebred dogs – in this case, a Standard or Miniature Australian Shepherd with a Standard, Mini, or Toy Poodle. The word Aussiedoodle reflects the combination of the two noble and highly popular purebred dogs although another name for the Aussiedoodle is Aussiepoo.

History and Origins

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As a relatively new dog, not much is known about the origins of the Aussiepoo. Crossing dogs with poodles began in the 1990s and the demand for ‘Doodle’ breeds (mixed breeds obtained by crossing Poodle with other dogs) grew. This is thanks to the Poodle’s high intelligence and low-shedding or hypoallergenic coat.

Although the Aussiedoodle does not have a long history to boast of, the parent dog breeds both have rich heritages. The Aussie Shepherd is often referred to as the “Einstein” of the canine world. This is a trait it shares with the Poodle breed which is known to rank 2nd in the list of most intelligent dog breeds. It is easy to see how combining these two smart dogs has created a powerhouse canine known for its fierce intelligence and good looks. In short: the Aussiedoodle is the perfect canine companion.

Today, the Aussiedoodle breed is so well-loved that it is bound to become a permanent fixture in the homes of dog lovers around the world.

Physical Attributes of Aussiepoo

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The size of Aussiedoodles is not consistent and there are no standards defined for it. The combination of Poodle and Australian Shepherd results in different sizes. As such, canine genetics is a random game that greatly depends on the parent breeds. Here is a table showing the approximate size and weight of the three types of Aussiedoodles:

How big will an Aussiedoodle puppy get

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Toy Aussiedoodle

Medium Aussiedoodle

Standard Aussiedoodle

Weight

10-15 lb. (4.5-6.8 kg)

15-45 lb. (6.8-20 kg)

45-70 lb. (20-31kg)

Height

Up to 10 in. (25.4 cm)

10-15 in. (25.4-38.1cm)

15 to 25 in. (38.1-63.5cm)

What coat will my Aussidoodle have?

Aussiedoodles could inherit either a curly and tight coat like the Poodle or a soft and wavy coat like the Aussie Shepherd. Dogs that inherit a coat like the Aussie Shepherd will need a lot of daily grooming and maintenance. Their coat also traps odours which is why you need to bathe them frequently. The colours seen in the breed are black, brown, white, cream, apricot, silver, beige, merle, chocolate, tri-colour, red, blue, cafe au lait, and combinations thereof.

Do Aussiedoodles shed?

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Aussiedoodles shed but they shed very little compared to average dogs. After all; this poodle mix is the product of crossing the non-shedding poodle with the Aussie Shepherd, so shedding won’t be as much as you’d have with some of the other double-coated, hairy dog breeds. The hybrid Aussiedoodle could inherit the Poodle’s no to low-shedding coat, or it could inherit the Australian Shepherd’s wavy and soft moderately shedding coat. It all depends on canine genetics. Generally speaking, F1b poodle mix crosses are less likely to shed than the first generation cross. 

Are Aussiedoodles hypoallergenic?

No dog, even the so-called 100% hypoallergenic dogs are completely hypoallergenic. Dogs produce allergens in multiple forms. Mostly, these allergens are proteins found in the dog’s dander (the skin cells that are shed with the fur) as well as their urine, drool, saliva, etc.

Note that even dust and pollen trapped in the dog’s fur could trigger allergies in sensitive people. So, even if your Aussiedoodle inherits the Poodle’s curly, low-shedding coat, it could still carry allergens that trigger allergy symptoms in susceptible individuals.

Aussiedoodle Temperament and Personality

What temperament is the Aussiedoodle? Are Aussiedoodles hyper?

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Aussiedoodles make excellent pets because of their happy and cheerful temperament. These deeply affectionate dogs love kids and make excellent companions for them.

Before you go on to purchase or adopt an Aussiedoodle, please note that this is a high-energy dog with an exuberant nature. This means it could get hyper-excited around young ones.

Your dog means no harm -it simply cannot control itself. Because of their high energy, they can be overwhelming for some owners – especially people with limited mobility or even for families with young kids. Their high excitability and energy mean that they often accidentally drop or break things. So, you might want to puppy-proof your house and also supervise all interactions between your dog and young kids.

It is also important that you begin “manners” training as soon as your pet comes home from the breeder. Obedience training combined with tons of physical activity can go a long way in helping your Aussiedoodle tone down its natural exuberance.

Are Aussiedoodles hard to train?

The smarter the dog, the more responsive it is to training. Since the Aussiedoodle is very smart, it is also highly trainable. Most Aussies are known to respond well to positive reinforcement training (reward, praise, etc.). It is important to be very consistent with the training. Keep the sessions short and end each session with plenty of playtime and fun. This will help you see results faster.

Can Aussiedoodles be left alone?

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Aussies love their humans and usually hate being left alone for prolonged periods. Some Aussiedoodles are also known to suffer from separation anxiety accompanied by symptoms like crying, excess barking, whining, chewing furniture, digging, urinating indoors, etc.

You need to train your dog to stay alone right since it is a puppy. As such, no dog should be left alone for more than 6-8 hours daily. If needed, hire a pet sitter to watch your pet or, if possible, get a companion dog to give it company.

Do Aussiedoodles like to cuddle?

Aussies love napping as much as they love to exercise. Sleeping beside you while you watch TV or cuddling with you are some of your Aussiedoodle’s favourite things. But your pet still needs exercise and without it, it could become destructive, bored, and even depressed.

Who should get an Aussiedoodle?

The ideal owner for an Aussiepoo is someone who can devote time to this fairly high-maintenance dog breed. This isn’t the right pet for inactive people or couch potatoes.

Also, Aussiedoodles require quite a bit of grooming including regular trips to a professional groomer. Since they are gifted with high intelligence, they need an owner who is willing to train using positive reinforcement, not punishment and also provide them with adequate mental stimulation.

How Much Does an Aussiedoodle Cost?

When searching for an Aussiedoodle puppy on sale, you must search for a reputable breeder. The best breeders spend a lot of time and money on finding the best dogs for their breeding programs. They conduct various health checks and only breed dogs that are cleared for eye problems and joint issues. This can raise the cost of Aussiedoodle puppies significantly – expect to pay anywhere between $1500 and $5000 for a healthy Aussiedoodle pup. This price can vary from breeder to breeder based on the location, size of the dog, and other factors like bloodline, coat type, level of shedding, colours, etc.

Unfortunately, due to their popularity, Aussiedoodles are popular dogs for puppy mills and backyard breeders. These breeders do not care about the dogs’ health and keep breeding their dogs just for profit. The puppies are often kept in horrific conditions and they end up with health issues and temperament problems. So, make sure you research your breeder and find a responsible one who raises the puppies at home.

What to Feed Your Aussiedoodle?

In the first few days after your Aussiepoo puppy comes home from the breeder, feed it the same food the breeder was feeding it. Puppies have sensitive digestion and you do not want to overwhelm them with drastic food changes.

Later on, your vet or breeder can guide you into selecting the right diet as your Aussie grows. Look for food that is sufficiently fortified to meet all of your dog’s nutritional needs at the particular life stage it is in.

If you plan to transition to a new food, make sure to do it slowly by mixing the old food with new food. Take the time to research your dog’s food thoroughly since the food you feed your Aussiepoo will impact its overall health and well-being.

In general, avoid commercial dog food containing preservatives, fillers, GMO soy, wheat, and other ingredients that do not contribute to ‘real’ canine nutrition.

Health Issues and Lifespan – What Problems do Aussiedoodles Have?

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If the parents of your Aussiedoodle are healthy, your pet should not have any health concerns. However, the breed is known to be sensitive to certain medications (just like its Australian Shepherd parent) and it is recommended to get MDR1 genetic testing. In addition to drug sensitivity, Aussiepoos are known to suffer from the following health problems:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia – in this condition, the affected joint gets worn out causing pain and lameness in the affected dog.
  • Colobomas – Iris coloboma is characterized by the lack of iris development in the puppy. The condition may be seen at birth and the dog’s vision may be partially or totally impacted.
  • Thyroid issues – These could include hyper or hypothyroidism. The affected dog might show symptoms like unexplained weight gain, mental dullness, cold intolerance, dull coat, and dark pigmentation on the skin.

With proper care and a healthy diet, most Aussiedoodles live for an average of 12-13 years.

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