Should I get an Aussiedoodle? (Temperament, Size)

The Aussiedoodle is a hybrid of a Poodle and the Australian Shepherd and is super cute and fluffy.

To know how the temperament of your Aussiedoodle might be you need to look at the temperament of the parents.

A standard, miniature or toy Poodle can be cross-bred with an Aussie meaning that they come in all sizes.

Related: Check out my recommended doodle breeders!

Standard Poodle

Temperament: they are easy to train, love their family (and doesn’t like being excluded from family activities) and are one of the most popular dogs throughout the world. They can be very funny and being the centre of attention makes them happy. They are energetic and can be a little calmer than the smaller sizes and enjoy haven given tasks to do. The intelligence of the poodle can show in the form of stubbornness.

Backstory: the country of origin is unknown but it is believed to be descendent of the Barbet and Hungarian Water Hound. Poodles were used to retrieve waterfowl for hunters and search for truffles. The poodle was later downsized from the standard to the miniature and toy poodle which were especially popular among royalty in the 18th century.

Size and Weight: 45-60cm in height and weigh around 15-30kg

Colour, Coat and Care: grooming needs to be done regularly and since they also enjoy playing in the water and mud washing is an important aspect of keeping your pooch clean and smell-free. Since the coat is very curly they can easily form knots so brushing is important as well.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Shedding: minimal

Miniature Poodle

Temperament: the Miniature Poodle is generally nice to strangers, very intelligent and attentive and quite easy to train. They are a medium size which can make them perfect as apartment dogs. They can also be stress sensitive. Even though they are friendly to strangers they will bark when they hear weird noises which can get frustrating if they do it too often. They are friendly with other dogs and pets if socialised well as puppies. They also enjoy playing in water as well as daily walks. This is the most active of the three poodles. They can follow their owners around and are a better size for small children.

Size and Weight: 28-35cm in height and weigh 10-14kg

Colour, Coat and Care: the miniature poodle comes in a variety of colours and with its short and curly hair it basically doesn’t shed at all. The hair has to be clipped/cut regularly to ensure that your dog can see or isn’t too warm in summer.

Life Expectancy: 15-16 years

Shedding: minimal

Toy Poodle

Temperament: the toy poodle is the smallest of the three varieties. Since they are so small it is safer not to consider this dog if you have young children. The Toy Poodle is a great companion dog. The smaller poodles need less exercise and can make great TV watching buds and lap warmers but also still need a good amount of exercise.

Size and Weight: 24-28cm in height and weigh 2-4kg

Colour, Coat and Care: they can have all kinds of different colours: black, apricot, white, black/white, silver, brown, grey, red and others. Like the other poodles, they need to be cut frequently as well as brushed regularly. Especially the Miniature and Toy Poodles need dental care. Brushing their teeth regularly can help prevent future problems. Make sure the toothpaste used is approved by a veterinarian.

Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

Shedding: minimal

Australian Shepherd

Temperament: the Australian Shepherd is extremely intelligent, well balanced and good at heart. He can stay concentrated for a long time and is easy to train but also needs a lot of exercises. They love their owners and would follow them everywhere if he could.

Size and Weight: 51-58cm in height and weigh 17-27kg

Colour, Coat and Care: their cost is a medium length and comes in many colours. Some are tricolour (white, black and brown), only black and white or blue or red merle. Merle means that their coat is white with black (blue merle) or brown (red merle) speckles. Brushing their coat once or twice a week will get rid of any dirt in their fur.

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Shedding: quite a lot of shedding


My own Aussiedoodle puppy in blue merle (12 weeks)

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 the 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.

Related: Check out my recommended doodle breeders!

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.

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.

If you want to read more about Aussiedoodles, check out my complete guide to the Aussiedoodle from the view of an owner.

Do you have an Aussiedoodle? What’s his temperament like? Let me know in the comments..


I'm Lisa. I grew up with a Yorkshire Terrier, recently got an Aussiedoodle puppy and have learned a lot of things over the many years. I created this website to help you with your puppy and dog-related troubles and share the information I learned about my dogs Fluffy and Teddy.

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