Is Aussiedoodle Right Choice for You?
The Aussiedoodle is another famous designer crossbreeds that are exploding to the canine scene. It is a mix between the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle, which can easily be concluded by their name. These dogs are quite charming, but just like with other designer breeds, many things need to be unpacked before becoming a fully registered member of other world-known breeds.
We bring you the list of 7 essential things you need to know if you are thinking about getting an Aussiedoodle.
They are known by different names
Most designer dog breeds whose parent breed is the Poodle have a similar name that includes -doodle at the end of it (Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Irish Doodle). The Aussiedoodle is one of these “breeds,” and their Poodle heritage is clearly defined within their name. That isn’t their only name; they are also known as Aussiepoo and Aussiepoodle.
These dogs are incredibly intelligent
Both parent breeds of the Aussiedoodle are remarkably intelligent, and it shouldn’t come as a massive surprise that they make smart puppies. This designer breed usually shows great intelligence, making it one of the most trainable dogs out there.
Being so intelligent will make the Aussiedoodle a handful to entertain and train. They can get bored with repetitive training sessions, and you will need to make up new things constantly, so your dog is entertained. Smart pups like this one are often used as service dogs, and a high percentage of the Aussiepoos finish and graduate to become great service dogs.
One of the most significant advantages Poodle mixes get is their low-shedding low-maintenance coats. That trait comes from the Poodle side of the family, making most Poodle mixes excellent for people with allergies. Less shedding means less allergen production. However, Aussiedoodles are not one of those breeds. Their breed is also partly inherited from the Australian Shepherd, and they have beautiful, medium-long, double coats that are not the easiest to maintain.
Aussies are heavy shedders, which means that their Poodle-mixed offspring might inherit a coat that is more like the Shepherd side of the family. Their coats won’t likely shed much, and regular brushing will keep dead hair (and the mess) in check.
Aussiedoodles can be a low-shedding breed, but only because the dead hair stays tangled in their curly coats. You will have to brush it out to keep their coat healthy and good-looking. The FURminator Dog Grooming Rake will do the job really well.
Photo by: Michael Bradshaw
Coat color and combinations
When it comes to crossbreeds or designer breeds that are first-generation mixes, no one can tell you exactly what type of coat future puppies will have. Even the most experienced breeders won’t guess right every time. Genes are unpredictable and different puppies from the same litter can have different coat textures and colors.
Some Aussiedoodle puppies might inherit coats with tight curls, like the Poodle, and some might inherit straighter, double coats like the Australian Shepherds. Most of these dogs have some sort of mix between these two coats that ends up looking medium-long and wavy.
Aussie Shepherds come in many different colors and color combinations such as blue merle, sable, red merle, tricolored, bicolored, etc. All of those combinations, plus solid colors from the Poodle side, can be displayed on these adorable mixed puppies. Trying to accurately guess the puppies’ exact colors before they are born is nearly an impossible mission.
These dogs’ temperament is a mix of the two parent breeds’ temperaments, as you might expect. All designer breeds were carefully crossed to inherit the best traits from both breeds, but unfortunately, genes don’t work that way. It is quite possible that bad habits come through, and Aussiedoodle has some behavioral problems. The best way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to breed two stable, well-behaved, and healthy dogs.
What we can conclude after looking at hundreds of these dogs and talking to their owners is that most of the Aussiedoodle owners describe these dogs as;
- Highly trainable
- Extremely active
These traits can be heavily influenced by different things, such as hereditary, training, and socialization. Trained dogs tend to be happier because their occupied minds won’t have so much time to get into trouble. Dogs often misbehave because of boredom, so make sure your active, curious, and intelligent dog always has something to do.
Socialized dogs are also mostly well-behaved. They have experienced different situations and environments you exposed them to, so they know how to react in each and every one of them. Socialized dogs most likely won’t react badly or aggressively to strangers and other dogs. They can accurately assess the situation and decide what the proper reaction should be. It is vital that you properly socialize your Aussiedoodle.
Your Aussiedoodle may be energetic, so get them enough toys they can play with. Fetch is one of our favorite dog games, and we are sure your new dog will love it. These orange-blue fetch balls will be an awesome playing tool.
Aussidoodles are an Australian Shepherd Poodle mix, and as such, they can be different sizes. The size is determined by the Poodle used for breeding. Most common Aussiepoo’s are the result of mixing Aussies and Standard or Miniature Poodles. Toy Poodles are rarely used because the size difference is too big, creating possibilities for different health complications.
Aussiedoodles are most often between 10 and 15 inches tall and weigh between 25 and 70 pounds. Some dogs can be significantly smaller or larger, depending on their parents’ size, but most dogs fall in this category.
Aussiepoo health issues
Like with any other designer breed, there is yet much to discover, and we might have to spend quite some time studying this breed before we fully understand potential health problems associated with them. First-generation dogs might be perfectly healthy, but some diseases can manifest themselves after a couple of healthy generations. What we noticed so far is that these dogs are often connected to these health problems:
- Hip dysplasia
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Ivermectin sensitivity (allergic reactions to tick and flea medicine)
Ausidoodle puppies for sale
If you like what you read about these dogs and think this might just be the next breed you take home, you will most likely search for Ausidoodle puppies for sale. You must find a good breeder who takes care of their dogs and doesn’t only breed them for money. This might be a designer breed without a standard, but that doesn’t mean that you should compromise and get a dog that has questionable quality.
Getting in touch with a good breeder might be a problem for designer breeds, but take your time and do proper research that will enable you to get the best possible dog. If you are interested in one of these puppies, be prepared to pay $2.500 on average. Some dogs can be found in the $1.500 - $5.000 range, depending on the quality of breeding and their parents’ pedigree.
World Dog Finder team