Aussiedoodle: The Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix

Those of you who have had the pleasure of interacting with an Aussiedoodle called  would know by now just how cheerful and energetic these dogs are. As the name suggests, these dogs represent a fortunate cross between Australian Shepherds and Poodles.

Seeing how they bear many of the physical and mental characteristics of both breeds, you can expect Aussiedoodles to possess many of the personality traits that best describe both Poodles and Australian Shepherds.

Aussiedoodle Overview

These dogs are known not only for their playful personality but also for their distinctive looks, mainly the fact that they look just like teddy bears. Not just that but these energetic dogs are also very intelligent, making them suitable for anyone who has experience with smart dogs.

As you would expect from such an intelligent dog, you will have to dedicate a lot of time to provide the care and attention these dogs require.

It should be said that both Poodles and Australian Shepherds have a long ancestry that can be traced back for centuries. Interestingly enough, Australian Shepherds are not actually originated in Australia despite the name.

They are, in fact, descended from a breed of dog native to the Western US, a dog that was traditionally used for herding livestock. On the other hand, Poodles are categorized as non-sporting dogs and are seen more as personal companions rather than utilitarian dogs.

Aussiedoodle overview

Aussiedoodle Appearance

Given the fact that these dogs are crossbred, they can grow somewhat unpredictable physical traits. As usual with mixed breeds, they tend to showcase the traits of the strongest genes, be them from the mother or the father. In this respect, Aussiedoodles can look either like Australian Shepherds or as Poodles.

In some cases, the mixture is equally divided and the end-result is no short of magnificent, although there is no real way to know for a fact until the pup is fully grown. The only certainty you can have with these types of dogs is that they will more or less resemble teddy bears when they’re fully grown.

Height & Weight

Depending on what type of Poodle was bred to achieve the Aussiedoodle, the resulting pup can vary in both size and weight to some extent. While larger ones have a broader appearance, miniature Poodle parents will cause the pup to also be smaller in size.

Furthermore, a mini-poodle parent will most likely result in the same proportions being present in the pup.

We should point out that some of these dogs can grow up to 35 lbs in weight and 12-18 inches in height whereas a standard Aussiedoodle pup can grow up to 70 lbs in weight and up to 22 inches in height.

Color & Coat

We already discussed the fact that genes usually determine an Aussiedoodle’s physical appearance and this is no different when it comes to their color. For the most part, these dogs can vary on a fairly set color spectrum ranging from apricot, brown, and cream, to black, blue, white, and even red.

One thing to point out that darker colors tend to be more common in Aussiedoodles for unknown reasons but that their color doesn’t usually have any impact in regards to the thickness of their coat.

The coat of an Aussiedoodle can be quite unpredictable in many ways, but it usually falls into one of two categories – soft and curly or straight.

An Aussiedoodle’s coat usually results from the strength of the parent’s genes, in the sense that if the dog takes after the Poodle parent, then the coat will usually be soft and curly.

If, however, the pup takes after the Australian Shepherd parent, then the coat will most likely be straight or in rare cases, even grow out a double coat.

Aussiedoodle Personality and Temperament

Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix

These dogs are among the friendliest in existence, which is great considering how energetic and loving they are. Their friendly personality makes them perfect for families with young children, as they can match the children’s energy with their own.

Socially-orientated by nature, these dogs require lots of attention and are more than willing to give some back. Those who own Aussiedoodles swear by their affection and constant demand for cuddles.

Despite the fact that they aren’t exactly lap dogs on account of their size, these affectionate dogs will still try to cuddle with their owners even when they’re fully grown. Due to their friendly personality, they have no problems making friends and socializing with other dogs.

The fact that they are highly sociable, however, also means that they don’t do well on their own. As a matter of fact, these dogs are prone to depression if they don’t receive the attention and affection they require.

Even though Aussiedoodles aren’t aggressive by nature, they tend to get nervous whenever they encounter a stranger in the house. Interestingly enough, they do not exhibit any nervousness when encountering strangers outside the house, when they are actually rather playful and mellow.

This is because of the Aussiedoodle’s Australian Shepherd side of the mix, a dog that has traditionally been used to guard sheep and cattle for generations.

As we already pointed out, these are very sociable dogs and prefer to be around people at all times. Failure to engage them often may leed to behavioral problems and even to depression in some cases.

In fact, they are quite prone to separation anxiety so you would do well to spend as much time with the dog as you possibly can.

Furthermore, these dogs are very playful and they will never back down from a good old game of ‘chase’, nor will they shy away from any sort of physical activity.

Overall, the Aussiedoodle can be considered a perfect family dog on account of the breed’s gentleness and patience.

These jolly dogs love to spend time around people, especially around children who are often willing to play with them as often as time allows it.

Bear in mind, however, that they can get hyperactive and borderline destructive if you don’t engage them on a regular basis, or if you leave them isolated for extended periods of time.

Aussiedoodle Training

Aussiedoodle pup

Because of how smart they are, Aussiedoodles will pick up on what you’re trying to teach them rather quickly. This, of course, if you take your time with the training process and follow the proper procedure to ensure that the message you’re trying to convey isn’t lost on the pup.

Being as smart as they are, they respond well to treats and praise, so refrain from punishing the dog if you can help it as this can cause unexpected behavior issues as the dog matures.

Another thing to point out is that Aussiedoodles inherit a herding and sheltering instinct from their Australian Shepherd ancestry, so expect them to be overly protective of children.

In fact, the dogs will even try to herd the children around the house if this behavior isn’t corrected promptly.

Should you see them engage in a herding action, distract them with a toy or a ball as quickly as you can. Speaking of which, these dogs get distracted quickly by loud noises, so be sure to give them enough attention when loud music is played around the house or if the vacuum or washing machine causes them any distress.

You should also remember that because of how intelligent they are, they need regular mental stimulation, lest they become apathetic and/or frustrated.

Make a habit out of playing around with the dogs as often as you can and try to play hide and seek with their favorite toys to stimulate their seeking traits.

You should also do your best to socialize them properly, not just with people but with other dogs as well.

Caring for the Aussiedoodle

Due to how energetic both the parent breeds are, you can expect Aussiedoodles to be highly energetic by nature. As such, they require an average of 90 minutes of exercise on a daily basis, lest you want the dog to be hyperactive and potentially engage in destructive behavior around the house.

If you can, take them out running or even jog along with them. Worry not, you are unlikely to tire them out because of how strong their genes are; if anything, you will most definitely tire out before they do.

Because of how willing they are to engage in physical activities, it is likely that the dog will initiate playtime and intense socializing as often as possible.

This may be dealt with at home, of course, but not so much when you’re outside the house. You are advised to keep an Aussiedoodle on a stable leash whenever you take them out for a walk unless you are 100% confident that the dog will promptly heel every time you call.

Grooming

With mixed breeds, you always get a bit of a lottery in regards to not only color but coat type as well. On occasion, the pups can inherit a long double coat from the Shepherd side, which means that they will shed the undercoat ever spring and fall.

When this happens, the dog will need to be brushed every couple of days or so. If, however, they inherit a curly coat like the Poodle side of the mix, then you will need to trim the coat ever three months.

Aussiedoodle Diet

You are advised to feed your Aussiedoodle a balanced diet of fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein. As for the meals, you will need to feed the dog twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

The portions need to be equal in size and they should involve kibble or raw food depending on your pup’s preferences.

You are also advised to avoid ingredients like corn syrup and carbohydrate-rich foods as they can be harmful to your dog in the long run.

Aussiedoodle Health Problems

Being a crossbreed, Aussiedoodles have more genetic variation than pure breeds, which leads to unexpected health concerns from time to time.

For the most part, you need to know that these dogs are prone to suffer from hip dysplasia or luxating patella for the smaller ones.

At the same time, Aussiedoodles are prone to epilepsy and a wide range of eye disorders like cataracts, conditions that can be made worse by an improper diet or feeding schedule.

Getting a Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodle puppy

Given the nature of this mix breed, you want a pup from a reputable breeder if you can help it. This is because forced mixes can sometimes mature with not only health issues but questionable manners as well, a result of an unhealthy few weeks of life.

If possible, ask the breeder for medical certificates to prove that the parents are both healthy and well taken care of.

Because the mix is a result of two breeds recognized by the AKC, the breeder should have no problems providing you with registration or certificate for the parents.

As for the price, you can expect a pup to cost upwards of $1,000 or even $2,000 in some cases

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Information
Size 12-18 inches for a mini and 22 inches for a standard
Weight 15-35 lbs for a mini and 60-70 lbs for a standard
Lifespan 10-12 years
Color Varies between apricot, blue, black, brown, cream, white, and red
Coat Can be a double coat, curly, or wavy in some cases
Shedding & Grooming They can shed twice a year
Temperament Very friendly and cheerful
With Other Pets Gets along well with other pets
People Skills Very sociable, especially around children
With Children Very good with children
Exercise Needs A lot of activity, around 90 minutes every day
Food Kibble and raw food, avoid corn syrup
Known Health Problems Potential to develop dysplasia or luxating patella

All Things Considered

These energetic and friendly dogs are cheerful and always looking to play.

This recommends them for not only people who live an active lifestyle but also for families that have small children that can match their energy levels.

They are also very smart dogs that can be easily trained to perform fairly complex tasks provided that you take the time to train them properly.

These dogs also require a lot of toys and mental stimulation in the form of games and attention.

Caroline Jones

Caroline has been a dog lover since she was only 6 years old, when her parents got her a rescue Boxer. Since then her love for dogs has lead her to study Dog Behavior & Wellfare. She now educates people on how to properly raise and care for dogs, through her online site, Bark Friend. Now, she's a proud owner of a beautiful German Shepherd.

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