Aussiedoodles are a fairly new doodle breed. Most often the standard variety of Poodle is crossed with an Australian Shepherd to make Aussiedoodles.
Are Aussiedoodles Barkers?
Aussiedoodles generally have a low barking tendency but it also depends on the individual upbringing and training of the dog. They tend to enjoy the company of all other animals and are not aggressive or protective especially if raised right.
I have an Aussiedoodle and he rarely barks at all, especially compared to my Yorkshire Terrier who will bark at absolutely everything.
The only reason my Doodle ever barks is if he’s impatient about something, wants my attention when I leave him alone in a room (puppy separation anxiety) or when we run around and play.
Standard/ Miniature/ Toy Poodle Barking Potential
Standard Poodles can make good watchdogs but are in no way an aggressive breed. They make at most mild watchdogs.
Miniature Poodles are very observant and will bark at any unusual noises in the house which can be annoying but it also means they make great watchdogs.
Toy Poodles have the reputation to be big barkers as they are the smallest of the three Poodle varieties but they don’t have more potential than the other two.
Depending on which Poodle the Aussie was crossed with, your pup might be more or less of a barker but early socialization can help decrease this potential.
All poodles (especially females) can become quite protective of their owner which can make them barkers but with training, you can decrease their barking.
Why Do They Bark?
Dogs can bark for a variety of reasons including:
- You’re making him wait too long for a treat or food and he’s getting impatient
- They are left alone in a room or alone entirely
- You are playing with your dog and he is “play barking”
- There are birds, cats, dogs or other animals in the yard and your dog is protecting his territory
- People are entering your house and he wants to defend his territory
- Some dogs tend to bark during thunderstorms or fireworks
- You meet strangers on the street or he hears noises that he doesn’t yet know and your dog wants to protect you
With the right upbringing and training, you can teach your dog not to chase and bark at other animals and be less territorial.
Although, there are some breeds like terriers that are more likely to chase small animals.
Are Aussiedoodles Hyper?
Aussiedoodles have a lot of energy which they get most from their herding Shepherd parent. Some of these Doodles may have the same amount of energy and if not exercised regularly they can (but don’t have to) become hyperactive or even destructive.
Temperament: the Aussiedoodle is intelligent and needs to be kept occupied as well as enough exercise. They are also kind, calm, attentive to their surroundings and love to be surrounded by family. They, therefore, have no problem with children or other animals but rather are very friendly towards strangers.
Backstory: they were first created in the United States.
Size and Weight: 50-55cm in height and weigh 10-35kg
Colour, Coat and Care: the colour of their hair largely depends on the parents as well as the genetics but mostly have long wavy hair. Colours that can be possible are black, brown, white and blue or red merle.
The one thing that I find really interesting about these dogs is that they can have amazing eye colours: blue, black, green and even combinations of different colours are possible.
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Shedding: little but can vary (not all Aussiedoodles have to be born with hair but could have the fur from the Australian Shepherd)
Should I get one?
The temperament really depends on the type of Poodle that the pup was mixed with but the biggest difference between all the Poodles is the size of the resulting Doodle.
You need to be sure that you can handle a dog with a lot of energy and that wants to be with you all the time if you want an Aussiedoodle.
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You also need to consider that the dog might shed a little regardless of the Poodle parent.
If shedding is your concern I would recommend that you get a second-generation Aussiedoodle which has far less shedding. The second generation is an Aussiedoodle mixed with a Poodle, resulting in puppies that are 75% Poodle and 25% Aussie. They also have a coat that is far more curly than the first generation.