There are a few different spellings of the breed name for this visually stunning medium size dog which include: Aussiepoo, Aussi-Poo, and Aussiedoodle. The deliberate cross breeding of the Australian Shepherd and Standard Poodle, two of the most intelligent breeds in the world, creates a wonderful new hybrid known as the Aussiedoodle.
If you are looking for a quality pet, non to low shedding, great with kids and other animals that is super loving and easy to train then this is your breed. Once you meet an Aussiedoodle you'll be hooked for life.
The reason behind crossing the Australian Shepherd and the Standard Poodle was to produce a puppy that holds desired traits from both the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd. Crossing the two breeds gives you a dog that has the Aussie's beautiful color combinations and those amazing blue eyes as well as their human like intelligent brain mixed with the high intelligence of the Poodle and excellent conformation, low to non shedding coat you get an amazing dog. Period. Plus, Aussiedoodles are TOO CUTE!
Aussiedoodles are Loyal and Patient!
Aussiedoodle are also amazing with children and have more than your average amount of patience and loyalty. Unlike the Goldendoodle who will make friends with and "go" with basically anyone.. the Aussiedoodle is considered to be a more of a loyal dog and their "people" mean everything to them. I don't mean they are an unfriendly dog by any means.. for example.. an Aussiedoodles can be trusted off leash and be dependable to follow their owners in a crowd where a Goldendoodle may be just as happy to follow the next friendly person walking by. Nothing against the Goldendoodle. I love the overly friendly nature of the Goldendoodle. Just using them as a comparison.
The Aussie is well known for it's patience. They are extremely intelligent, loyal, sweet, and playful for life. They have become very popular as assistance dogs to the handicapped and elderly, as well as being trained as top agility prospects. In general, they are known for being a rather quiet breed. However, they are not suited well to apartment life unless you lead an active lifestyle. They need a good 30 minutes of exercise daily, either running, brisk walking, swimming, or rigorous play with another dog or their human family.
When cross breeding two purebred dogs you also get what is called hybrid vigor, resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution.
This is an attractive dog that comes in a variety of colors. The Australian Shepherd has traditionally been a herding type dog and believe it or not the working class Standard Poodle is a great hunting dog, these traits can also be passed onto the Aussiedoodle as well. The added benefit to Standard Poodle lovers is that by crossing with the Aussie, it lifts the ear canal thereby reducing the risk of ear infections that many Poodle owners have to deal with.
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Aussiedoodles are companion dogs. They love being with people and need to live in the house, never outdoors. They can however be indoor/outdoor dogs as long as they're not always outside or always inside the Aussiedoodle will thrive.
Size: The Aussiedoodle can vary in sizes depending upon the size of the parents used. It comes in a Standard, Moyen, Mini, and Toy size.
Coat: Due to the Poodle influence, the Aussiedoodle may have a wide variety of coats. The AussieDoodle coat length is generally moderate, they can be slightly wavy to very curly. No matter the amount of curl they most always have a VERY soft coat. They compare to other doodles like the Goldendoodle in coat texture.
Character: The Aussiedoodle is a highly intelligent and friendly dog. They are very family orientated and love spending time with their “People”. Aussiedoodles excel in agility and are often used as service or therapy dogs. They are a well rounded breed who love to play but can be content to lay at your feet as long as they also get adequate exercise.
Temperament: The Aussiedoodles are outstanding are extremely patient with small children. They are sweet and outgoing animals who are accepting of other family pets. Are very loyal and natural clowns. It is very important to properly train and socialize your Aussiedoodle starting at a young age.
Care: Depending on the coat type, The Aussiedoodle requires occasional brushing and professional clipping. AussieDoodles with a loose wave require monthly brushing and more often for the curly coats.
Training: Both of the breeds used to create Aussiedoodles are considered to be canine Einsteins. The AussieDoodle is an extremely intelligent breed of dog and is eager to learn. The AussieDoodle will not respond to harsh words, yelling or heavy handed methods. Training must be done early and with rewards, firmness, patience and consistency. They seem to thrive in an environment where they are challenged and do well in obedience, rally, and agility trials. Mixed breeds are now allowed to compete in AKC Obedience Trials.
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Activity: AussieDoodles require exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom. They will do well in an apartment provided that their needs are sufficiently met. AussieDoodles can live happily on a farm or a big city. Most enjoy swimming. Aussiedoodles have a moderate to high activity level. They need a good walk or active playtime each day, and they are athletic enough to participate in such dog sports as agility, flyball, obedience and rally. They can also be excellent therapy dogs.
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
The Aussiedoodle is considered low to non-shedding, and therefore may not be for a severe allergy sufferer. A person with mild allergies should not have any problem with an Aussiepoo. The first (F1) generation of an Aussiepoo, such as we produce, is a 50% Aussie and 50% Poodle. This means that they have a 50/50 chance of being a shedding breed or a non-shedding breed, right? WRONG. Actually, they are very low to non shedding in almost all cases. This is because the hair gene from the Poodle is a dominant gene over the double coated fur gene from the Aussie! To add the icing on the cake, so to speak, because of the Aussie genetics, it slows the hair growth down in the Aussiepoo. So unlike the Poodle which needs to be professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks, Aussiepoos usually can go almost twice as long between haircuts. In fact, a first generation Aussiedoodle has a greater chance of being a non-shedding dog than any future generation.
The Aussiedoodle is amazingly smart and are willing to work for you and are very easy to train! Sometimes only requiring to be shown once or twice what is expected to catch on, as they live to please you! They love kids and are an awesome choice as an all around patient family dog, they are great companions for camping, fishing, hiking or just hanging out around the house and lounging on the couch! Once you own an Aussiedoodle... you will wonder how you went through life with out one. Aussiedoodles make GREAT Family companions!
What's not to love? More Pictures of Teddy (worth the click)
This is Teddy our Aussiedoodle playing with our litter of F1 Goldendoodle puppies. He is such a lover.. even with puppies. Most male dogs are un-interested at best with puppies but Teddy just loves everyone and he knows when to be gentle and when to go full hilt.. he is extremely patient and intelligent.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTICE
Australian Shepherds can have a severe reaction to Ivermectin, which is in many of the Heartworm medications on the market. So far, Interceptor is the only safe Heartworm medication for Australian Shepherds, Collies, Border Collies, and other affected breeds.
What is MDR1? MDR1 is the abbreviated name of a gene called Multi-Drug Resistance 1. A mutation of this gene causes sensitivity to Ivermectin and a number of other drugs. Dogs with the mutation will react to those drugs. Having two copies of the mutation will lead to drug reactions, but having a single copy can also confer some sensitivity with some drugs. Dogs with this mutation have a transport defect - the drug goes in to their brains, fails to be transported out, and builds up to toxic levels. This causes serious neurological problems including seizures and sometimes death.
If both parents of a dog have tested Normal/Normal, they cannot pass on the gene and their offspring will not need to be tested. However, if a Normal/Normal dog is bred to one of unknown status or one that has even a single copy of the mutation, the offspring must be tested.
Fortunately, there is an extremely accurate DNA test that will let you know whether your dog has this mutation. All you have to do is provide a cheek swab. It isn't even necessary to go to the vet.
While Aussiedoodles are hybrids with Poodles, and therefore less likely to have the same issue as their parent breed, we recommend you take precautions against using any of the Heartworm medications containing Ivermectin. We are currently using a holistic approach to preventing and/or treating Heartworms-since the shut down of the Interceptor Heartworm Preventative manufacturer. This is working wonderfully for us, and several other breeders I know, and it is much safer for your Aussiedoodle. Our studs and their puppies have all tested negative for the MDR1 gene.
It is very important that you do not give Heartguard to your doodle! Please make sure that you discuss this with your vet, they should be well aware of the risk and be able to assist you with alternative options.
We recommend using HW Protect Herbal Formula is intended for use as part of a comprehensive heartworm control program.
For more information on testing and the MDR1 gene go to: http://www.ashgi.org/articles/mdr1.htm
Publication Date: February 6, 2013
The latest offering from award-winning and best-selling author Diane Klumb, Almost Everything You Need to Know About Aussiedoodles is the first book to shine a spotlight on this thoroughly delightful designer breed.
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