The aussiedoodle, also known as the aussie-poo, is a relatively new designer mixed breed that continues to grow in popularity, and for good reason. Their loving demeanor combined with their fluffy, teddy-bear-like appearance captivates the hearts of many. In addition to their temperament and good looks, they're also hypoallergenic, making them a great dog for those who tend to be allergic.
Origin and History
The aussiedoodle is a mix between the Australian Shepherd and Poodle. Designer breeders began crossing Australian Shepherds and Poodles in the early 2000s to create a loving, intelligent mixed breed with fewer health problems. There are not yet any clubs established for this designer breed and it's not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
All "doodle" mixes have become quite popular, and the aussiedoodle is no exception. Their endearing personality combined with their adorable appearance, especially as puppies, has caught the public's attention.
Since this designer breed is relatively new, there is no standard. The size of your aussiedoodle ultimately depends on the size of the parent Poodle. The majority of them weigh between 25 and 70 pounds and stand between 10 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
Cinnamon, tan, silver, black, chocolate, white, and tan are some of the fur colors you might find on an aussiedoodle. Some of the puppies are an assortment of colors. Since this designer breed is a cross between two breeds, there isn't any way of telling what color or size your puppy will be, although you can get a rough estimate based on each parent's appearance.
Most dog lovers describe the aussiedoodle as an adventurous, loving breed. Aussiedoodles should never be kept outside or in kennels. Without continuous interaction, this designer dog can become depressed and develop destructive behaviors.
Aussiedoodle require early socialization and exposure to a wide range of people, sights, sounds, and experiences, ideally while they are still young. Regularly exposing them to different surroundings can help them develop into well-rounded adult dogs.
Both the Poodle and Australian Shepherd are extremely intelligent, making this breed easier to train. Since they are also eager to please, training using positive reinforcement should be relatively simple. Keep in mind, along with intelligence often comes a stubborn streak. Remaining positive and consistent in your training will help ease the process.
The aussiedoodle does not respond well to negative tones or punishment. If they think you are upset with them, they are likely to shut down. Keeping training fun and interactive. Patience will aid you in the training process. Instead of punishing your dog, positive training methods encourage dogs to follow your commands by rewarding them with praise or goodies when they behave well.
Aussiedoodles are active dogs who need 30 to 60 minutes of activity each day. This could consist of a daily walk or active playing. Aussiedoodles are athletic enough to compete in canine sports, such as agility, flyball, obedience, and rally. Their physical exercise isn't the only important factor in staying healthy. Mental health is important, as well. Grab some puzzles or interactive games to help stimulate their mind, especially if you're going to be away from them for any period of time.
While most are generally healthy, aussiedoodles may be prone to a few health issues:
- Progressive retinal atrophy: A degenerative eye disease that results in the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye, eventually leading to blindness.
- Hypothyroidism: A condition in which the thyroid gland produces too little hormone.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia: A crippling malformation of the ball and socket joints that is detectable by X-ray; surgery may be helpful in some cases.
Aussiedoodles have an average life expectancy of 11 to 12 years.
The aussiedoodle is low maintenance and requires little grooming. As a hypoallergenic dog breed, you can expect very little shedding, but it's still important to brush your dog at least three times per week. Daily brushing is recommended. Watch for tangles or mats throughout the fur, specifically behind the ears. Bathing should only be done as needed to avoid stripping the natural oils from your dog's fur.
Fun Facts About this Designer Dog
Dog lovers are still learning about this mixed breed, but here's what is known so far:
- They crave attention and will make you well aware if they don't believe they're getting enough of it.
- Cuddling is one of their favorite activities. They aren't fans of personal space and you may find them pushed up against you sleeping in bed.
- Aussiedoodles love swimming.
- They are known to be excellent therapy dogs.
- They love going on adventures, or basically anywhere, as long as they're by your side.
Purchasing or Adopting an Aussiedoodle
There aren't any clubs for this designer breed yet, but as they increase in popularity, you will begin to see more designer breeders pop up. Until then, you can ask those who have an aussiedoodle where they found theirs, or do a search to find reputable breeders in your area.
If you're considering purchasing an aussiedoodle, you are likely going to pay somewhere around $1,000 to $3,000 for a well-rounded puppy. To make sure the puppy you're purchasing is what you're looking for, meet both of the parents, if possible. If there's only one parent and the breeding was a result of stud service, at least request to meet one of the parents to get a feel for their temperament.
If you're searching for a rescue dog, because this is a designer mix, it may be more difficult to find. Begin your search on PetFinder and Save-a-Rescue. You can also search these breed-specific rescue organizations:
- Poodle Rescue of New England: A non-profit rescue organization adopting Poodles of all ages and sizes to the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and upstate New York.
- Australian Shepherds Furever: An organization dedicated to rescuing and re-homing Australian Shepherds and mixes.
- New Spirit 4 Aussie: This organization calls itself a doggy dating service. Dogs are placed in their homes temporarily to make sure there's a good fit prior to the official adoption.
Is this the Dog for You?
This mix may be the appropriate fit for you if you're looking for an adventurous, affectionate friend that is, in a sense, attached to your hip. These dogs are sociable, outgoing, intelligent, and hypoallergenic. If you do your research and choose a reputable breeder, your aussiedoodle will become a well-rounded adult dog who will be your best friend for the rest of their life.