If you’ve been researching on Doodles you have probably come across the Aussiedoodle.
They are a mix between the (Toy, Miniature or Standard) Poodle and the Australian Shepherd, both working dogs meaning that these little balls of fluff might not be for everybody.
Common Myths About Aussiedoodles
I didn’t know a lot about Aussiedoodles before getting my own and now I know what things were missing in other articles I read prior to getting my own. These are some of the common misbeliefs.
- Aussiedoodles are hypoallergenic.
No dog is hypoallergenic so why should Aussiedoodles be. Humans react to the dander (dead skin cells) found on dog’s saliva, hair or excrements and not every person with a dog allergy will react towards every dog.
It really depends on the individual dog which is why you should test if you react to the dog prior to adopting or buying. Just spend a few hours around him and if you don’t develop red spots on your skin (where the dog licked you), need to sneeze a lot or have swollen eyes you should be fine.
- Aussiedoodles don’t shed.
The parents of the Aussiedoodle are on opposite sides of the scale when it comes to shedding. The Poodle doesn’t shed at all because the hair gets caught in the curls and the Australian Shepherd sheds quite a bit. There is no way of knowing what kind of coat their offspring will have.
If you are looking for an Aussiedoodle that doesn’t shed read more here where I explain the different generations of Doodles and which has the least shedding potential.
- Aussiedoodles will have a herding instinct.
Yes, the Australian Shepherd is a herding breed and can also inherit this trait to their offspring but two things will determine if the Aussiedoodle will have a herding instinct. First, just like Poodles, the Australian Shepherd is often bred to suit city living or rather people that don’t need the dog to herd anything.
Because, realistically, how many people in the city will buy a Shepherd to herd their sheep?
The fact is that most Australian Shepherds don’t have a herding instinct IF you don’t teach them to herd. The other factor is that even if the Shepherd parent comes from a working dog lineage you don’t know if the pups will inherit it.
You can see in the picture that my Aussiedoodle sometimes looks like he’s herding from the way he walks but he doesn’t actually herd because he doesn’t know how to.
Who Is This Dog For?
The Aussiedoodle is meant for people that want a more shedding friendly Australian Shepherd, want an athletic and smart dog or want a dog that you can do anything with.
This dog loves to be close with their owner, being in the center of attention and doesn’t like being left behind. He’s really a do-anything and go-anywhere type of dog.
A Look At The Parents
Let’s have a look at the temperament, size, coat, and backstory of the parents of the Aussiedoodle.
The Poodle has three different sizes, the standard, miniature and toy varieties, each with their own benefits.
The Standard Poodle is the biggest of the three Poodles, one of the most popular dogs and generally also the most tolerant and kind to children.
If you want an Aussiedoodle for your children or that is going to be around children a lot the Aussiedoodle with a Standard Poodle parent is probably the best option for you.
They are easy to train, love being in the middle of the action as well as the centre of attention. They have a lot of energy and can be calmer than the smaller Poodles.
Because of their high intelligence and energy, they were originally hunting dogs. Yes, that may be hard to believe knowing their prissy reputation and participation in dog shows but the typical Poodle cut actually stems from hunters that wanted to keep their Poodle’s joints warm while hunting and retrieving in cold water.
The Standard Poodle will weigh between 44-70 pounds (15-30kg). Their coat is very curly and keeps loose hairs from falling off. Their coat comes in all sorts of colors but is mostly one color all over. They can live for 12-15 years.
The Miniature Poodle is a lot smaller weighing between 12-20 pounds (10-14kg). They are just as intelligent, attentive and easy to train but they are more suited for apartment living.
They are friendly and make quite good watchdogs. Even though you might think that they will need less exercise because they are smaller, they are actually the most active of the three and can be a better fit for small children. They are expected to live between 15-16 years.
The Toy Poodle is the smallest and only weighs 6-9 pounds (2-4kg). It may not be the right choice for you as a Doodle parent if you have young children. These dogs can make great tv watching buddies and lap warmers but don’t be fooled. They also need enough exercise.
Like all Poodles, they need to be cut and brushed regularly. The Miniature and Toy Poodles can be prone to teeth problems but frequent brushing of the teeth can help prevent future problems. These dogs can reach an age of 10-18 years.
The Australian Shepherd is also a very intelligent breed, well balanced and can concentrate for long periods of time. They are very athletic dogs and need a lot of exercise, some even three walks a day.
The term “velcro dog” was initially only used for herding dogs which always wanted to be with their owners and would happily follow you anywhere.
They weigh in at about 35-70 pounds (17-30kg) and have a medium-long coat that can have a variety of colors, from tricolor to black and white and red and blue merle. Merle is a coat that is speckled. The Australian Shepherd sheds a lot which is why they need regular brushing to get rid of dirt.
They live around 13-15 years.
A Look At The Aussiedoodle
Now that we’ve looked at the parents, let’s see how the resulting Doodle will be like.
It is always important to have a look at the parents’ temperament to know what the Doodles temperament will likely be like.
The Aussiedoodle is extremely intelligent which can make then tricky to train for first-time dog owners. They tend to try to outsmart their owners and test the rules.
My Aussiedoodle Teddy will often dig a hole outside when I wasn’t looking and then when I go check on him he’ll lie on top of the hole and pretend like he wasn’t doing anything.
He’ll also test if I really mean the things that I forbid him to do, like going upstairs. He’ll go up one step and I’ll say “no” and he’ll go up another and look to see what I’ll do now that he “broke” the rules.
This behavior can be difficult if you’ve never had a dog before and comes from the intelligence of Aussiedoodles.
The Aussiedoodle’s temperament is kind, calm but often looking for a job to do and very attentive of their surroundings. Just like the Poodle they love being in the midst of their family as well as being the center of attention.
They have no problem with other dogs, children or strangers but love meeting new people and are welcoming of everyone.
They can weigh between 22 to 77 pounds (10-35kg) depending on their Poodle parent and can live between 12-15 years.
The color of the coat often comes from the Aussie parent which is what makes these dogs so unique. A first-generation Aussiedoodle will have a mix of their parent’s coat, so wavy hair.
A really cool thing about Aussiedoodles is that they can often have different colored eyes (ex. one blue and one brown) or multiple colored eyes (multiple colors in one eye).
Their shedding can vary but is usually minimal but can vary between each Doodle depending on their genes.
Aussiedoodles are very athletic dogs and therefore a diet appropriate for active dogs is recommended.
The best way to find a brand that your dog will like and digest well is trial and error. I went through a few brands before I found the one that suited my dog the best.
Aussiedoodles will shed their puppy coat at around 6 months of age, meaning that you need to brush your pup frequently.
The puppy coat will be shed and you’ll have fewer hairs around your house and on your clothes when you brush these hairs out of your pup’s coat as often as you can.
Do They Need Daily Exercise?
Yes! They are very athletic dogs and need a lot of exercise.
Both of the Aussiedoodle parents are athletic dogs too and even working dogs meaning that they have a lot of energy at their disposal.
You cannot expect to only bring them outside to quickly pee and then have them spend all day inside.
They love being outside exploring the world and enjoying the weather.
Are Aussiedoodles “Velcro Dogs”?
Velcro dogs are dogs that always stick to their owners and want to be with them all the time and aren’t always too keen about being apart.
Of course, depending on how you raise your pup you can decrease how much they’ll cry and be upset when you leave them behind.
I started teaching my pup from when I first got him that I won’t constantly be around but will leave sometimes.
I started leaving the room at first to go to the bathroom, then would leave him alone for a little while longer grabbing a bit to eat downstairs and eventually left him alone for an hour or two getting groceries.
He today, at 19 weeks old, still gets upset sometimes (and cries) when I go outside to fetch something and don’t bring him along but I think that has less to do with me leaving and more with him wanting to go outside too.
So, yes they can be velcro dogs but with minimal amount of training you can teach them that it’s not a problem to be alone and that you’ll always come back.
Can I Get An Aussiedoodle For My Children?
Yes. Aussiedoodles make great family dogs and are good with children.
They have a lot of energy so that the children can play with him all day long and take him out for walks or to a lake to swim.
They are also great for cuddling and love being the center of attention.
Which Size Is Best Suited For Me?
All sizes need a lot of action and playtime outside.
The largest size (Aussiedoodle with a Standard Poodle parent) is probably the least suitable for apartment living due to its size. Going up and down stairs frequently can also cause joint issues.
The smaller sizes are more suited to living in an apartment but only if you get them a lot of time outside (at least twice a day). They generally also make better watchdogs than the bigger ones would.
Why Should I Get One?
Personally, I got one because they are an incredibly unique dog and you won’t likely find another one walking down the street.
They are athletic which is something I was looking for in a dog because I want to take him on bike rides as well as jogging and just be able to take him everywhere with me.
He loves being in the middle of the family and loves meeting new people, dogs, and any animal. He’s not aggressive towards anyone, not even birds that land in our yard.
I’ve always been in love with the Australian Shepherd and how you can teach them an infinite amount of tricks. My mum has always been prone to dog allergies so she didn’t want a dog that sheds a lot but the Aussiedoodle doesn’t shed as much because of their wavy coat.
So, summarized the Aussiedoodle was and is the perfect fit for me.
How Much Do They Cost?
The pups can cost between 1000-2000 Dollars depending on the breeder.
Usually, older dogs will cost less than puppies and sometimes you can even find one in a shelter, so it’s best to go check there first or give them a call.
Breeders that offer very cheap Aussiedoodles (below 700$) often don’t test the parents for genetic diseases that could be passed on to the pups so I don’t recommend buying from them.
The money that you save from a cheaper breeder you will most likely spend again in medical bills for your dog.
If you’re interested in buying an Aussiedoodle, this is the Breeder I recommend that does health tests, offers Aussiedoodles in all sizes and has a great support system for your questions and problems.
In Poodle Hybrids Hip Dysplasia, Skin Conditions and Cancer can be the case which is why it’s important to buy from a breeder that health checks all their parent dogs.
What Makes The Aussiedoodle “Better” Than Other Doodles?
Definitely their intelligence and color variety.
The Aussiedoodle is extremely intelligent and can often read your mind, which is so crazy.
I might think something like “Stop that” and I’m looking at him and he’ll stop or I’ll think of a command and not even have said it yet or even moved at all to indicate the command and he’ll do it.
Aussiedoodles are just so clever, it’s crazy in my opinion.
Yes, not everyone can deal with this amount of intelligence because that means that often they’ll be cheeky and try to outsmart you which is why they need consequent training.
Each Aussiedoodle has unique coloring and there are so many color options to choose from whereas the Goldendoodle, for example, will likely always be a similar color to gold.
Where Can I Get One?
There is one specific Aussiedoodle Breeder that I really love.
They are always in contact with you, have amazing Doodle parents, health check all their dogs, support their new Doodle parents and raise the puppies in their families (not in kennels).
They really care about where their Aussiedoodles go and won’t push you to buy one if it isn’t the right choice for you.
You can read more about them here.