This page contains information about the Aussiedoodle. A lot of the information on this page is my personal opinion as a breeder and Aussiedoodle owner. If you’re also an Aussiedoodle owner or breeder and have something you would like to add or even disagree with.. I welcome your feedback. Contact me.
Aussiedoodles are an intentional hybrid mix between two purebred breeds which is the AKC registered Australian Shepherd and the Poodle and they come in the toy, mini and standard size.
When cross breeding two purebred dogs you also get what is called hybrid vigor, resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution.
Aussiedoodles are companion dogs. They love being with people and need to live in the house, never exclusively 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 wavy or wool like the poodle. 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 however, a person with mild to moderate allergies should not have any problem with an Aussiedoodle. The first (F1) generation of an Aussiedoodle, 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 Aussiedoodle. 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!
American Canine Hybrid Club = Australian Shepherd / Poodle Hybrid = Aussie-Poo
American Canine Hybrid Club = Toy/Miniature Australian Shepherd / Poodle = Aussie-Poo (also known as Miniature Aussiedoodles).
Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Aussiedoodle
International Designer Canine Registry® = Aussiedoodle
Designer Breed Registry = Aussiedoodle
There are a few different spellings for for this medium size hybrid dog which include: Aussiedoodle and AussiePoo (aussie-poo). This is a deliberate cross breeding of the Australian Shepherd and 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 goal of 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 and for their non-shedding results. Crossing the two breeds gives you a dog that has the flashy Australian Shepherd color combinations and those amazing human like eyes in both dogs. Australian Shepherds are perceptive and bright as well as easy to train working dogs mixed with the high intelligence and humor of the Poodle coupled with the Poodles excellent conformation and non-shedding coats you get this amazing dog called an Aussiedoodle. Period. Plus, lets be honest the Aussiedoodles are just REALLY CUTE!
If you do choose to add an Aussiedoodle to your family, select a breeder who has done the health testing to ensure that her puppies won’t carry the genetic diseases common to both Australian Shepherds and Poodles. And while there are no guarantees in life, it’s also a good way to minimize the possibility of big veterinary bills in the future.
Aussiedoodles are Loyal and Patient!
Aussiedoodle are amazing with children and have more than your average amount of patience and loyalty. Unlike the Goldendoodle who will make friends with and possibly even “go” with other people.. the Aussiedoodle is considered to be a more of a loyal dog and their “people” mean everything to them. I don’t mean they’re an unfriendly dog by any means.. for example.. an well trained 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.
Aussiedoodles 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 also known for being a rather quiet breed. They are however Alert barkers and will let you know if someone is on your property and their bark can scare off intruders but I would not call them a watch dog type because I am not sure if they would actually attack an intruder maybe just scare them but this all depends on the individual dog.
This is a FALSE perception that ALL Aussiedoodles are SUPER ACTIVE because they come from the Australian Shepherd. As a breeder and owner of Aussiedoodles I have found that this statement is UN-TRUE! My Aussiedoodles have mainly been medium energy dogs.
Not every Aussiedoodle is bouncing off the walls. There are some that are higher energy just like in every dog breed but……
The Truth is Aussiedoodles are on average a medium energy dog that is also a highly intelligent dog so they’re desire for mental stimulation may be higher then other dogs and if left alone or sedentary for long periods of time can become bored and may even begin to act out or have higher bursts of energy simply out of PURE BOREDOM but I find this to be true with most dogs not just the super smart ones and a good walk or run can easily cure this… but if you can’t take them out on on a walk or run due to bad weather or you’re not physically able to do so… then even a nice car ride where they can hang their head out the window and see and smell new stuff will usually help out immensely or a just a 20 minute long training session in or outdoors where you can go over some simple obedience commands with lots of praise and challenges or a ball throwing session in the backyard or even in the house.
Basically ANY ACTIVITY where they get to use their brains and interact with their favorite person… YOU!
You don’t have to be a super active person to own an Aussiedoodle. They have proven to be great service dogs for people who are incapable to do a whole lot of activity as long as you keep them mentally stimulated and take them for a walk or some activity once a day.
If you begin socialization and training early and use positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play and food rewards, you will be rewarded with a wonderful companion for life that will make you laugh and smile and also lay at your feet when it’s time to relax. Aussiedoodles absolutely do have an on/off switch and are very perceptive about when it’s time to just chill. They come from the Australian Shepherd which is a working dog breed so they just want a JOB IN LIFE and if their job is to care for you then they will do it with PURE JOY!
ON THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM if you’re a very active family and YOU enjoy doing lots of activities with your dog…. then these dogs can make you look like a super star when it comes to obedience and dog sports!
Here is a video of one of our MINI AUSSIEDOODLES participating in Agility!!
Make sure you pick a good breeder who can help you pick out the puppy with the energy level that best suits your families activity level and also remember the number one rule what you put into your puppy is exactly what your going to get out of your dog!
Almost all dogs go through a stage of higher energy where they chew and dig and act “naughty”. This usually lasts for the first year to year and a half but with some BASIC training and a good devoted family environment it passes and they grow up and start acting more obedient.
PUPPIES ARE JUST LIKE HUMAN CHILDREN. They have their stages in life too.. They even go through their rebellious adolescent stage! The Brat Stage! Between 4-8 months.
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.
To view our current litters please visit our nursery page:
Nash – F1 Mini Aussiedoodle from Dreamydoodles.com
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. A Lot of adult dogs are not interested with puppies and will tend to avoid them at best…. but Teddy just loves our puppies and he knows when to be gentle and when how playful he can actually be with them depending on their size/age.. he is extremely patient, perceptive and intelligent. I decided the Aussiedoodle was one of the breeds I wanted to breed after raising Teddy for the first 4 years of his life.
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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. You can do it through the mail.
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.
Dreamydoodles Australian Shepherd studs have all tested negative and cleared for the MDR1 gene which includes their offspring.
Make sure your Aussiedoodle breeder has tested their Australian Shepherd parents and if not then you should have the test done on your Aussiedoodle puppy before using any of the mentioned drugs.
It is very important that you do not give Heartguard to your un-tested Aussiedoodle! 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 also 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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