Aussiedoodle Ultimate Guide: Pictures, Characteristics, & Facts

A gentle, genius, adoring companion with a slight goofiness that’ll surely put a smile on your face, what else can you ask for? Aussiedoodles or the “Einstein” of crossbreeds is a smart, energetic dog that came from mixing Australian Shepherd and Poodle.

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History

The Aussiedoodle is a crossbreed from Australian Shepherd and Poodle. Although it may have existed over the years, it was intentionally bred in the late 1990s to early 2000s in North America.

Given how smart, affectionate, and playful this dog is, it is no question why it grows into popularity over the years. Plus, most Aussiedoodle owners consider this dog hypoallergenic, which is why they are good for allergy sufferers, although no dog is considered fully hypoallergenic.

Appearance

Depending on its parents, Aussidoodles may vary in coat textures and colors. Some have wavy coats, while some have tighter curls just like their Poodle parents. Its color may be blue merle, red merle, black and red tri, black and tan, parti, or sable. In some cases, this breed may also have a solid color!

Many consider Aussiedoodles as hypoallergenic dogs, especially those with shorter coats, although a completely hypoallergenic dog does not exist.

In general, this breed is said to be able to handle colder temperatures better compared to other similar breeds, just like Chihuahua, although you should always prepare a warm area for him during extreme weather conditions.

Size

Because it’s Poodle parent may be Toy, Miniature, or Standard, Aussiedoodle also varies in three size categories.

Toy Aussiedoodles, the tiniest of all, stands at 10 inches tall, with weight scaling between 4 to 6 kilos.

The Miniature variety stands between 10 to 15 inches in height, with weight varying between 10 to 15 kilos.

Standard size Aussiedoodles stand from 15 up to 22 inches in height, with a weight between 24 to 28 kilos.

Life Span

A happy, well-cared Aussiedoodle may live an enjoyable life for up to 12 years. While there is no guaranteed life expectancy for every dog, make sure he receives the care and love he needs to stay healthy and strong – living a happy and peaceful life.

Shedding

While its coat may vary, the Aussiedoodle has a generally soft coat and doesn’t shed much. Brushing should be done every other day while trimming should be done every 8 to 12 weeks.

Regular baths and nail clipping should be done, regardless of its coat.

Temperament

Goofy, loving, and adorable – that’s how Aussiedoodle fans describe this breed. Because it is a crossbreed, this dog inherited some of the best qualities from its Aussie and Poodle parents! It is smart, playful, and devoted to its family.

Regardless of their size, Aussiedoodles have a huge amount of energy which makes them your best companion for long hikes, strolls, or beach days. They also enjoy retrieval games.

Because of its Aussie parent, this cross may also tend to become dominant. It may try to “herd” you and your kids, so make sure you teach him well what or what not to do as part of the family.

Intelligence

This dog is not called “Einstein” for nothing. Both of its parents are known for being intelligent breeds, making this dog incredibly smart. Mental stimulation is highly essential, or else he will act on it in destructive ways.

Aussiedoodles thrive in families that can provide them with adequate amounts of mental and physical stimulation. Remember, the combination of intelligence and high-energy level can lead to the development of bad behavior if not well taken care of.

Agility

Because this cross is highly athletic, it can be your best buddy for hikes and daily walks. It also loves water! So going for a swim with your Aussiedoodle will always be fun. This dog also excels in canine sports and agility training.

Exercise

A high energy level means that plenty of exercises is a must for Aussiedoodle. At least get him a 30 minute to 1-hour exercise per day, or he will become hyperactive and release his energy inside your home.

Aussiedoodles are also prone to gaining excessive weight, so make sure that they get active play sessions such as running, swimming, a game of fetch, or other vigorous games aside from walking.

Aside from physical exercise, mental stimulation should be provided as well. Being fast learners, this dog can easily excel in learning small tasks such as bringing something to you or carrying the groceries. It is also used for more professional canine careers such as therapy dogs for sick people and elders.

Trainability

Because Aussidoodles loves to learn and is eager to please its owner, it will be able to understand most basic to complex commands in just a few training sessions. This breed wants to be busy and is happiest when given a job to do, such as retrieving mails or carrying groceries.

Training should be fun and pleasurable for both the owner and the Aussiedoodle, therefore positive reinforcement techniques should be used.

This breed, however, has a strong urge to herd. When you see such behavior developing from your dog, quickly divert its attention by making him do some commands.

Good With Family

Aussiedoodles love to be around their human family and would want to stick with them wherever they are. Because of it, they make an excellent family companion.

With their high energy level, they can quickly keep up with children’s energy, making this breed the best playmate for them. However, it is important that children know how to play and interact safely with any dog. Because of their extroverted nature and capability to bond well with humans, Aussiedoodles make incredible therapy dogs.

If the dog is properly socialized during its puppyhood, getting along with other animals is not a problem.

While it can get along well with almost any type of family, this breed thrives with an active family. They are bright, enthusiastic dogs with lots of energy! Therefore, someone who can take them out for a walk and active play sessions is important to keep this dog happy.

Apartment Living

Aussiedoodles can live in both apartments and homes, provided that they have enough area to run and release their energy. They should be kept indoors, and not live in the kennel or outside.

This breed has no aggressive tendencies, so don’t expect them to be an excellent protector from intruders. They are actually very accepting and gentle, even with small animals.

Separation Anxiety

This breed does not tolerate isolation or boredom. If separated from the owner for long periods, they may suffer from separation anxiety, this will quickly become destructive at home.

By properly training and providing him with the needs to keep him busy while you’re gone will help him from keeping calm and occupied.

Health Issues

Although cross breeds like Aussiedoodles are said to be healthier than pure breeds, they may still inherit some of the same conditions from their parents.

Some of the most common ailments and conditions to look out for in Aussiedoodles are:

  • Hip dysplasia;
  • Progressive retinal atrophy;
  • Ivermectin sensitivity, which is a reaction to tick and flea medications;
  • Cataracts;
  • Cushing’s Disease; and
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture.

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