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It’s hard to pick a favorite Doodle dog, but many Doodle owners absolutely adore the Aussiedoodle.
If you’re planning on getting an Aussie doodle as your family pet, below is everything you need to know before committing to adding an Aussiedoo to your family, including why they aren’t the right dog for everybody.
What is an Aussiedoodle?
The Aussiedoodle, also known as an “ozzydoodle”, Aussie poo, or Aussie doo, is a crossbreed between two breeds: the Poodle with the Australian Shepherd (also known as Doodle dog breeds). Both are highly intelligent breeds of dogs and this intelligence translates over to the Aussiedoodle.
As well as being highly smart, Aussiedoodles are loyal, playful, love spending time with their humans, and reportedly make excellent therapy dogs. What more could you want?!
Let’s dive a bit deeper into this dog because, even though Aussiedoodles seem to be the perfect dog, they certainly aren’t for everybody.
What Does An Aussiedoodle Look Like?
Because Aussiedoodles are mixed dogs, each one may look slightly different than the rest! Even pups from the same litter can have different and unique markings.
Most commonly, Aussiedoodles are tall-ish dogs with a slim build, have a teddy bear appearance and when you let their hair grow long, they will be fluffy and shaggy looking.
Their coats tend to vary between pups. Some may have very soft hair, similar to an Australian Shepherd, or curly & wirey like a Poodle.
Aussie poo dogs are usually found in the Australian Shepherd’s traditional colors, such as tri-coloring involving red, black, black & tan, or even solid pigments of red and blue Merle.
On the other hand, these dogs can also have colors similar to that of their Poodle parent; white, tan, black, apricot, etc.
Aussiedoodle’s Coat & Colors
Just like their size, you cannot determine their coat & colors either. Given that their parents have many color variations, it’s challenging to tell the exact color the puppy would be.
The Australian Shepherd dogs can be red or red merle, black, blue merle, and can also have white markings and tan points around their body.
Poodles, on the other hand, have more variations than the Australian Shepherd. They come in brown, blue, black, apricot, cream, white, and red colors.
Aussiedoodle dogs can have two coat types: Curly from the Standard Poodle or straight/wavy from the Australian Shepherd.
Aussie doodle Generations: Australian Shepherd And Poodle’s Hybrid
Are all Aussiedoodle dogs completely the same in terms of coat type, being non-shedding, and hypoallergenic? No. Aussie doodles come in various generations namely F1, F1B, F1BB, F2, F2B, F2BB, F3.
If you do not understand the numbers, you won’t correctly know how grown-up dog breeds would look, what type of personality would it cherish, and whether it will shed or not?
Below is a quick reference to help you understand different Aussiedoodle generations:
- F1 Aussiedoodle dogs: An Australian Shepherd bred with a Poodle
- F1B Aussiedoodle dogs: An Aussiedoodle bred with a Poodle
- F2 Aussiedoodle dogs: Two F1 Aussiedoodles are bred together
- F2B Aussiedoodle dogs: An F1 and an F1B Aussiedoodle are bred together
If you want to ensure your Aussiedoodle won’t shed, you may want to look at getting an F1B as genetically, they are 75% Poodle and there is a greater chance they won’t shed.
What’s the Aussie Doodle’s Size And Weight?
Most Aussiedoodles are medium-sized with long legs and a slim and athletic build.
Standard Aussie Doodle dogs can weigh anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds, depending on the weight of the parents. Your breeder should be able to give you an estimated size they believe their pups will be based on how big the parents are.
In terms of height, Aussiepoos stand between 15 and 24 inches tall, but again, this depends on the parents!
For example, a Miniature Poodle parent will give you a Mini Aussiedoodle that is as small as 12 inches, weighing 45 pounds or less.
Alternatively, a Standard Australian Shepherd will give you Aussiepoos that stand tall. Here is a quick reference for the different types of Aussiedoos along with their respective heights and weights:
- Toy Aussiedoodle:
- 10-15 pounds
- Height: 10 inches, tall at the shoulders.
- Mini Aussiedoodls’s weight: 15-45 pounds
- Height: 10-15 inches
- Standard Aussiedoodle’s weight: 40 to 70 pounds.
- Height: 15+ inches.
What Is Aussiedoodle Puppy’s Temperament And Characteristics?
No matter what size an Aussiedoodle puppy grows into, this designer dog will always have a goofy & loving temperament!
Many people love the Aussiedoodle for their high levels of energy. They will love to accompany you on walks, hikes, swimming, and even agility training.
However, Aussiedoodles can be known as a “velcro dog” who never wants to leave your side and enjoys constant attention and affection. They can be prone to separation anxiety, so it’s important that as a puppy, you work with them to be confident when you aren’t around.
Aussiedoodles also love people and will want to make friends with everyone they encounter.
Is This Cross Breed Good With Families?
If you’re an active family, yes!
Aussiedoodle puppies are great with kids and people; they are gentle and patient. This dog breed loves to play, and children share the same energy with them. Just make sure you supervise children with your dog. Since Australian Shepherds are herding dogs, Aussiedoodles may inherit that instinct and can be known to herd up small children and small animals (similar to the Sheepadoodle)
As both parent breeds are highly smart, your Aussie doodle will benefit from mental stimulation such as learning new tricks and being put to work!
Do Aussiedoodle Dogs require exercise?
Both parent breeds are high-energy breed. Therefore, the Aussiedoodle cross breed will be equally as active. Aussiedoodles require at least 60 to 90 minutes of exercise per day to live a healthy life. Otherwise, you’ll have a bored dog that will become destructive in nature (think chewing up your baseboards, ripping apart your couch, and eating your shoes)!
This designer dog is a highly athletic breed and loves all kinds of physical activities. You can take it out on multiple runs and walks, for a jog, to the beach, and for hikes.
Other than that, Aussiedoodles are great swimmers, and therefore, taking them to somewhere they can swim safely can become a fun day for the whole family.
Training the Aussiedoodle Puppy
Aussiedoos will require basic obedience training right from the top. They are brilliant dogs but that comes with a catch—they may try to outsmart you at some point!
Luckily, since Aussiedoos are eager to please, they will happily follow along with your training. Just make sure you do not yell at them. Dogs respond best to positive training. Avoid punishment as it might lead to problematic behavior. They love praises and many treats (either food or toys), but will unusually prefer one over another.
How to Take Care Of An Aussiedoodle Dog?
Just like it’s needed to be done with all the dogs, make sure to keep up with your pup’s regular veterinary checkups to help prevent disease and illness.
An Aussiedoodle’s coat is most often a mix of their parents. They can also be in various textures; some may have wavier coats, while others may have tighter curls.
Thus, their grooming requirements depend on the coat type they inherit.
If they have a wavy double coat from the Aussie Shepherd, they will possibly shred their undercoat every spring and fall.
Alternatively, if they have the Poodle’s curly coat, they will need regular grooming (daily brushing to prevent mats) and frequent trips to the groomers (usually every 6-8 weeks).
Other essential grooming includes nail clipping and teeth brushing. You’ll have to clip your puppy’s nails regularly to keep them at comfortable lengths. Brush their teeth every once a week and clean their ears regularly too.
An adult Aussiedoodle is susceptible to the same conditions that Poodles and Australian Shepherds face.
Some common health problems for Aussiedoodles include:
- Hip dysplasia: Keep them at a healthy weight and feed them a nutritious diet to prevent this from the start.
- Ivermectin sensitivity
- Luxating Patella: This is where the kneecap dislodges.
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Cushing’s Disease
Unfortunately, it’s close to impossible to detect these health problems in a growing Aussiedoodle puppy. The best you can do is find reputable breeders who can give you the healthiest dog possible. Breeders should also provide you with health certifications that prove that the parents have been tested and do not have any diseases that may be passed down to the pup.
Aussiedoodles tend to have a similar lifespan to their parent’s dog breeds and live for 10-12 years.
Buyer’s Guide: What You Need To Know?
Since Aussiedoodles have been growing in popularity, there’s a good chance you’ll find them through adoption organizations and at even dog shelters or rescues for Doodles.
The best way to find this breed is by looking for reputable breeders to ensure you come home with a healthy pup. You should familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a puppy mill so you can avoid purchasing your dog from unethical breeders.
What to look for in a genuine breeder?
Here’s what you can look for when trying to find a breeder:
- They will allow you to come visit the puppies.
- They will allow you to meet the parents to see how they behave and interact with their pups.
- They’ll provide you with medical certifications.
- They will ask you questions and screen you as a potential buyer.
Make sure you ask your breeder lots of questions; they are there to help you!
If you feel your breeder is pushing you to put down a deposit, leave. You should also be wary of breeders who claim their dogs are 100% hypoallergenic and won’t shed; it’s impossible to predict this. You can also ask your veterinarian to refer you to a reputable breeder, breed rescue, dog adoption organization, or a reliable source for healthy breeds.
How Much Does An Aussiedoodle cost?
Initially, you should expect to pay anywhere around $1000-$2000 for a healthy dog. A standard family-friendly Doodle will cost you $1100; on the other hand, a miniature will cost you as much as $1800. The price depends on where you live. It’s also common for good breeders to have waitlists, and you may find yourself waiting up to a year for your pup.
On top of the initial cost of Aussiedoos, the first year can be expensive! There are initial vet visits, grooming, and training needed.
Adopting Adult Aussiedoodle
If you’d like to forgo the initial cost of Aussiedoodle puppies, you can often find an adult Aussiedoodle dog available for adoption.
Here are a few different ways:
- AnimalShelter.org can help you look for an animal rescue group in your area.
- There are many different Facebook groups specific for Aussiedoodle owners and potential owners. Join a few groups and ask if anyone knows of any up for adoption.
- A reputable breeder will require unwanted dogs to be returned to them where they will place them up for adoption. Check with your local breeders to see if they do this and if so, if they can put you on a list as a potential adopter.
- Join Aussiedoodle Facebook groups to see if there are any current postings of adoptable Aussiedoodles.
Why the Aussiedoodle might not be right for you
Aussiedoodles make great pets, but they aren’t for everybody:
- Aussiedoodles are expensive: from their initial cost to grooming, Aussiedoodles are expensive.
- Aussiedoodles have high energy: these dogs need lots of daily walks and activity. If you aren’t an active person, they might not be the right dog for you.
- Aussiedoodles require lots of at-home-grooming: again, if you don’t think you’ll be up to daily brushing, you may not want to get an Aussiedoo.
The Aussiedoodle makes a wonderful dog breed for someone who wants an active and faithful friend.
If you’re an amazingly active person or your family loves pets that are super involved and affectionate, this is the perfect dog for you! Do you have a doodle as well? What is your experience, let us know in the comment section down below to help people choose their pet.
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