Aussiedoodles are a popular hybrid dog breed. They are a Poodle crossed with an Australia Shepherd.
They are also sometimes known as an Aussiepoo or Aussiepoodle.
Aussiedoodles are a friendly, energetic and smart dog. They make great family pets and can also be trained to work as therapy dogs.
Aussiedoodle – A Mixed Breed Dog
The Aussiedoodle is a relatively new breed. It is not recorded who the first person was to purposely cross breed a Poodle and Australia Shepherd or when they first did it.
In the 1980’s, breeders first began crossing Poodles with a limited number of other breeds to create the first designer dogs.
Mixing breeds gives owners the power to achieve a certain temperament or look in a dog.
Poodles are the most popular dog breed to mix with as they are low shedding and therefore classed as a hypoallergenic breed.
Another major benefit of mixed breed dogs is that they have fewer health issues or inherited diseases than dogs with two purebred parents.
In the early 2000’s, Poodle crossbreeds became wildly popular as companion dogs.
Breeders began mixing them with even more breeds and creating a huge range of Oodle hybrids. This is likely when the first Aussiedoodle was created.
They have grown significantly in popularity in the last 10 years.
The purebred Australian Shepherd is an extremely intelligent dog breed. They are well known for their unique coat colours and happy-go-lucky personality.
Despite what their name may suggest, this breed was actually first created in the Western United States.
They were first bred in the mid-1800’s and developed using various sheep herding dog breeds.
These included Collies imported from Australia, which is where their name came from.
They were originally bred to work as herding dogs on farms. This means that compared to other dogs they naturally have a lot of energy and are extremely loyal to their owners.
What are F1 / F1B / F2 Mixed Dog Breeds?
When you hear terms like F1, F1B and F2, these refer to what generation your hybrid breed is.
This is important as the generation can impact your dog’s appearance, coat type, temperament and health.
Click here for an explanation on what the differences are and how they can impact your mixed breed dog.
One of the reasons Aussiedoodles are so popular is because they are so cute! They look like a teddy bear version of the Australian Shepherd breed.
They have short, floppy ears and a long snout. They have a perky tail and long, slender legs.
A standard Aussiedoodle is crossed with a standard Poodle.
They should weigh between 20-30kg. They are around 40cm tall.
They typically take 16 months to grow to their full size.
A miniature Aussiedoodle is bred with a miniature poodle. They are sometimes called ‘medium Aussiedoodles’.
Mini Aussiedoodles weigh between 7-20kg. They are between 25-39cm tall.
They usually take 13 months to reach their full size.
A toy Aussiedoodle is mixed with a toy Poodle.
They weigh 4.5-6kg. They grow no taller than 25cm.
They only take 11 months to reach their maximum size.
An Aussiedoodle’s coat type will depend on the puppy’s parents.
If your pup has more Poodle in its genetics, its coat will be curly. It will shed less but is more prone to getting tangled.
If your pup has more Australian Shepherd in its genetics, its coat will be wavy and shed more.
Aussiedoodles come in a wide variety of colours and patterns.
This is because Poodles’ coats can come in 10 different block colours. Australian Shepherds’ coats are known for their unique colour blends, with merle and tri-colour being the most common.
When combining the Australian Shepherd tri-colour pattern with the 10 possible Poodles’ colours, there is an endless combination of unique coats your Aussiedoodle pup may have.
Common Aussiedoodle coat colours include: blue merle, red merle, black, white, black/white, chocolate, bi-colour or tri-colour.
Like many different animals, a puppy’s coat colour may change slightly as it grows colder, particularly if it is patterned.
Aussiedoodles are friendly dogs and make the perfect companion breed. They are very loyal and love nothing more than spending time with their humans.
They are smart dogs which makes them easier to train. They are naturally confident and sociable, even with other breeds of dog or other animals.
They are a high energy dog breed, getting this trait from both their Poodle and Australian Shepherd parents.
They love to play and require regular outdoor exercise to keep them happy and well behaved.
Temperaments can vary from individual dog to dog. A dog’s personality is determined partly by its breeding and partly by its environment.
Hybrid Dog Breeds
Hybrid dog breeds are overall very healthy and have few health issues.
A puppy bred from two breeds has greater genetic diversity and therefore less genetic defects that can lead to health problems.
This is one major benefit of having a mixed dog breed.
While the Aussiedoodle breed has very few genetic health problems, they can still be susceptible to illnesses, particularly those that affect both the Australian Shepherd and Poodle parent breeds.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs for common health concerns to determine that they are healthy for breeding.
This will lower the chance of your new puppy having health problems.
Despite being healthy dogs, Aussiedoodles can be prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, epilepsy, pancreatitis, Cushing’s disease, hypoglycemia, ear infections and sebaceous adenitis.
No matter what breed type, weight gain and obesity are a common cause of illnesses in dogs.
It is your responsibility to keep your dogs at an appropriate weight through diet and exercise.
Feed your dogs a high quality diet and control their portions. Limits treats for training or special occasions only.
Also avoid feeding them human foods as they can be very high in calories for your dogs.
Aussiedoodles as Pets
Aussiedoodles are low maintenance dogs. They are extremely intelligent and therefore relatively easy to train.
Whilst they can live outdoors (in a nice comfy kennel), they much prefer to sleep inside with their humans.
They make great family pets and love to play with your kids!
They are best suited to families who will commit to walking them daily and have a backyard big enough for them to run around in.
A standard Aussiedoodle will need more exercise than a toy Aussiedoodle.
The general rule is: the bigger the dogs, the more exercise they need and the bigger backyard you have to provide.
Feed your Aussiepoodle a high quality diet to keep it happy and healthy!
It can tempting to buy your dogs low quality food as it can be very cheap. However, it is not as nutritious and can lead to health problems (including obesity and tooth decay) in the long term.
Are Aussiedoodles Hypoallergenic?
Poodles are classed as hypoallergenic dogs because they barely shed any dog hair. People with mild allergies sometimes don’t have reactions to particular dogs including Poodles.
Because Aussiedoodles have Poodle parents, they are also hypoallergenic. The more Poodle parents they have in their genetics, the less likely people with allergies are to react to them.
F1 Aussiedoodle puppies have one Aussiedoodle parent and one Poodle parent. Therefore, they have more Poodle heritage and are the most allergy friendly option.
People with severe dog allergies may still react to Aussiedoodles or Poodles. This is because, like other dogs, they still produce saliva and dander which some people may react to. For this reason, no breeder is able to 100% guarantee you that any dog will be completely hypoallergenic.
An Aussiedoodle’s grooming requirements will depend on what their coat is like.
A dog with more Poodle’s genes will have a curly coat. They are prone to tangles so will need to be brushed at home a couple of times per week.
It is recommended you visit a professional groomer every 6-12 weeks for a wash and clip. It can be difficult to do it by yourself at home with a curly coat.
A dog with more Australian Shepherd genes will have a wavy coat. They will also need to be brushed regularly at home to remove loose hair.
You may be able to wash and clip their fur yourself at home or you can still choose to visit a professional.
Many Aussiedoodle’s coats will fall somewhere in the middle with loose curls.
Their floppy ears make them prone to ear infections so keep their ears clean and check them regularly.
You will have to keep your dog’s nails trimmed. You can do this yourself at home or take them to a groomer or vet to assist.
Both Poodles and Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs so it is no surprise that Aussiedoodles are also a high energy breed.
They should be exercised at least once per day. They need enough exercise to leave them tired, usually between 30 and 60 minutes.
The best exercises will not only wear them out physically but also provide mental stimulation.
Fun ideas your Aussiedoodle will love include going for a walk outside somewhere new, visiting the dog park, playing on a dog friendly beach, agility training or dog sports such as flyball.
Many busy owners now hire dog walkers to walk their dog, if they can’t find the time everyday.
Aussiedoodles are an incredibly smart breed so are relatively easy to train. This is because both the Australia Shepherd and the Poodle are intelligent dogs that were bred to work with humans (either on farms or for hunting).
However, you will still need to dedicate time to training your Aussiedoodle. The key rules are always being consistent and patient with them.
Use positive reinforcement techniques when the dog does something right (such as a high pitched praise or a small food treat).
Using punishments is less effective and is likely to stress out your dog. It may even make your dog scared of you and create aggressive behaviours.
Australian Shepherds were bred to work on farms herding cattle. They may instinctively begin to try herd young children or other pets.
This can include purposely bumping into them and nipping at them. If your dog does this, teach it not to as it could lead to unwanted biting behaviours.
Teaching your Aussiedoodle breed new tricks regularly will keep it occupied and provide great mental stimulation.
The earlier you begin training, the easier it will be. Training early is a great way to bond with your new pup! However, it is never too late to teach your dog.
Puppy preschools and obedience classes are a great way to socialise your dog and get advice for training.
Expose your dog to other pets, different animals and noises. Praise it when it reacts appropriately.
Aussiedoodles love to be around your family and are therefore prone to separation anxiety. This can lead to excessive barking, destructive behaviour and a stressed out dog.
Teach your pup to be alone from a young age. Leave them alone for short periods at first then longer and longer periods.
Don’t allow them to follow you around the house from room to room the entire time you are home either. This is them being overly attached to you.
Teach them being alone isn’t a bad thing and your dog will be happier within itself.
Aussiedoodles for Sale
How exciting that you are looking to welcome an Aussiedoodle into your home!
Where to Buy and Price
When you decide to buy a dog, there are two options – purchase a puppy from a breeder or adopt an adult dog from a rescue organisation or animal shelter.
There are pro’s and con’s to each so it is important to consider what is best for you and your family.
Where you buy your Aussiedoodle from will significantly impact the price.
Before buying a dog, also consider the long term costs. You will need to be able to regularly afford to pay for food, vet bills, monthly worm and tick prevention, grooming, beds, toys, leashes and any other needs it may have.
Buying an Aussiedoodle puppy from a breeder allows you to choose the dog you want. You can select the breed, generation, coat type and colour that you prefer.
The main negative of buying a puppy is that they are a lot more work than an older dog. They require much more time and effort.
Always do lots of research to find a reputable breeder. Ask them lots of questions and make sure you feel comfortable with them.
A reputable breeder will treat their puppies well and health test their dogs to ensure they don’t have genetic diseases. They will have a thorough understanding of the dog’s family members and family tree.
You ideally want a family-based breeder who is concerned about placing their puppies in the best homes they can.
Mixed breed dogs such as Aussiedoodles are in high demand. This means you will likely have to go on a waitlist before you can get a dog.
Buying an Aussiedoodle puppy from a breeder in Australia currently costs between $1,000-4,000. Prices may change based on demand, availability, location and coat colour.
Avoid buying from pet stores as they often get their dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are irresponsible breeders.
They don’t provide their dogs with the best care and don’t test for health problems.
Also avoid buying puppies through the internet. While it is normal to find a breeder online, you should then speak with them on the phone and visit them in person before purchasing.
Sadly, there are people online who try to scam people looking for dogs and will steal your money. Use your common sense and never send money online without seeing the dog.
If they are offering a dog very quickly and conveniently, beware. Buying a dog should take some time.
Adopting an Aussiedoodle from a rescue organisation or animal shelter is a great way to give an adult dog a second chance at a happy home life.
An adult dog may suit you better as they are less active, less demanding and may already be trained.
You can also get to know their personality to decide if they are a suitable fit for you and your family.
However, adopting from a shelter gives you less options. It may be hard to find an Aussiedoodle or any other designer dogs that you are after.
This means you will have to wait longer for the dog you want to become available and then you will have to act very quickly to avoid missing out.
You may also have to travel further to collect the dog or pay extra for it to be transported to where you are.
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