Are you curious about Aussiedoodles? Asking yourself, “What is an Aussiedoodle?” or maybe you found yourself here because someone was talking about an Aussiedoodle and you’ve never heard of that type of dog breed before. So it made you curious and now you want to know more.
No matter why you found yourself here, you are in the right place to learn about Aussiedoodles. Keep reading to learn what an Aussiedoodle is and whether this dog breed will make a good pet for you.
Learn how to care for it and even where you can find this dog breed if you find yourself interested in getting one for you and your family.
What is an Aussiedoodle?
An Aussiedoodle is a mixed breed dog between an Australian Shepherd and a Standard Poodle. Aussiedoodles can also be a mix between a purebred Australian Shepherd and a Miniature or Toy Poodle.
The Aussiedoodle has several different name references depending on where you are, who you talk to, and whether the breeding took place between the Australian Shepherd and the standard, toy, or miniature-sized Poodle.
Despite the name of this dog breed, most breeding for this dog is done in North America.
Here are the different names for this mixed breed dog:
- Aussie Shepherd Poodle Cross
- Aussie Poodle
- Miniature Aussiedoodle
- Mini Aussiedoodle
- Toy Aussiedoodle
- Toy Aussiepoo
The Australian Shepherd and the Poodle are deliberately bred together to make the Aussiedoodle dog breed. Both the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle breed are considered to be among the smartest dog breeds and the Aussiedoodle inherits this from the two breeds.
Being that the Aussiedoodle is a very intelligent dog, it can be trained easily and quicker than most other dog breeds. This dog breed is light on barking and about average on the tendency to chase another animal.
Along with producing a smart dog breed, one of the other main reasons for cross-breeding the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle in the 1980s was to create a breed that was hypoallergenic.
While this mixed breed has been touted as being a hypoallergenic dog breed, no dog is 100% hypoallergenic. However, this dog will likely be better for you than most other breeds as it relates to your allergies.
This breed has a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years, which is pretty average among most mixed dog breeds.
How Big Do Aussiedoodles Get?
An Aussiedoodle is considered a small to medium-sized dog breed and its height can range anywhere from 10 to 15 inches. This breed can weigh anywhere from 25 to 70 pounds. I know what you’re thinking, that is a huge weight range and you are correct, it is.
Since the Aussiedoodle can be a mix with either the standard Poodle or the Miniature or Toy Poodles, the height and weight of the Aussiedoodles will have a wide range because of the size differences between the standard-sized Poodle and the Miniature and Toy Poodles.
This will vary from dog to dog so it really is hard to make an estimation on this mixed breed.
My common sense tells me that if an Australian Shepherd is mated with a Miniature or Toy Poodle, then the Aussiedoodle is likely to be smaller in height and weight, but that may not always be the case.
Is an Aussiedoodle a Good Pet for You?
Aussiedoodles are intelligent and are an easier dog breed to train, but they do tend to be very active dogs that will want exercise and play-time.
If you want a dog that is active and that can keep you moving, then the Aussiedoodle may be right for you. But if you prefer a less active dog that doesn’t require as much activity and play with less energy, then choosing another breed of dog is likely best for you.
This dog breed can be very loving and affectionate toward its owner, so expect it to greet you and be excited to see you when you walk back through the door of your home after being out.
Are Aussiedoodles Kid and Pet Friendly?
Yes, with the proper training and guidance, this dog breed can be very kid and pet-friendly.
This dog breed is playful and can have fun with kids of all ages, but it is important to have adult supervision present until the dog has time to get used to the new environment and the kids.
Kids should always be educated on any pet that is brought into the house based on the characteristics and personality of that pet no matter if it is a dog, cat, bird, or any other species.
So, training and guidance for the dog and the kids are of equal importance.
Since Aussiedoodles are smart and playful, they can make a great addition to the entire family, including any other pets you have.
This breed can get along with other pets as long as the introduction is as slow and as calm as possible to ensure the process goes smoothly and to give the animals time to socialize and get to know each other.
The Aussiedoodle has average tolerance for the following character traits:
- being left alone
- sensitivity level
- hot environments
- cold environments
This breed doesn’t usually lash out at strangers or your house guests either. It is generally an overall friendly dog breed.
How Do You Care for an Aussiedoodle?
It is important to get regular checkups for your dog at the vet, but to prevent unnecessary vet visits, here is some great information about caring for your pet.
Get dog food that is for a small to medium-size dog with lots of energy and get it for your specific dog’s age (puppy, adult, senior).
Food and treats should be limited to a regular feeding schedule because this breed can have a tendency to gain more weight if over-eating happens.
If you are unsure which one to get and want to make an informed decision, talk to your local vet and get specific recommendations for your dog.
This really is the best option because the vet you take your dog to will have much more information about that specific dog and can make recommendations based on that info.
Since this dog breed can have a variety of different coats, it is difficult to recommend any specific grooming practices, but you should practice grooming based on the coat of your dog or potential dog.
Depending on the coat type, your dog may shed very little or shed a lot.
Ensure that you are trimming your dog’s nails at least once a month.
Aussiedoodles typically have a lot of energy, so take your dog on long walks or a run, on a hiking trail, or just get out there and throw a frisbee or a stick and play fetch.
Your dog will be happy to expend the loads of energy it has by playing and running around.
How Is the Health of an Aussiedoodle?
Here are some potential health issues that an Aussiedoodle may face, which are inherited from the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle parents:
- Cataracts (blurriness that in severe cases, can lead to blindness)
- Hip Dysplasia (the abnormal function of the hip socket and in severe cases, can cause crippling and painful arthritis of the joints in the dog)
- Ivermectin Sensitivity (potential reactions to flea and tick medications)
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (bilateral degeneration of the retina potentially leading to blindness)
This doesn’t mean your dog or the dog you plan to get from this breed will have any of these health ailments.
It just means the dog has a predisposition to these ailments and has the potential to develop one of the ailments listed here.
Where Can I Rescue an Aussiedoodle?
Aussiedoodles can be found in mixed-breed shelters and breed-specific shelters. Since this is a mixed breed, Aussiedoodles will be harder to find at most rescues and shelters.
Here are two rescues I was able to find online:
You can also give social media a try and see if you can find rescues or local listings on a site like Facebook.
On Facebook, check for local groups to see if there are any groups for this dog breed. That may be the best bet to find one in your local.
Where Can I Buy an Aussiedoodle?
I will always recommend searching your local shelters and rescues first before ever paying for a dog as there are many in need of homes and you may just find an Aussiedoodle if you visit the right shelter.
Before you check out the sites below, I would like to point out that WE here at AlottaPets receive NO commission from any dog breeders or pet shops that are listed on AlottaPets.com for any sale or rescue of a dog or dogs.
We are also not affiliated with these dog breeders and are just giving you some places to start looking to give you an idea of the price range and the different dogs available in this breed.
We do not endorse any of these sites.
That being said, here are some places to look for an Aussiedoodle for sale:
Most listings for this dog breed can have a price range of $1,000 to $1,500 and in some listings, that amount can be as much as $5,000.
The price range can vary between dealers and the price can likely be so high in some cases due to this dog breed not being an easy one to find in many places.
8 Fun Facts About Aussiedoodles
Here are 8 fun facts about the Aussiedoodle you probably didn’t know:
- Toy Aussiedoodles can be as short as 10 inches and only weigh between 4 to 6 pounds.
- Some dogs in this breed may have different colored eyes (brown, amber, and blue are the most common eye colors in this dog breed). The eye colors can change as the dog gets older.
- The coat of this dog breed will vary and can be a medium-length coat, more of a Poodle-like coat, and even straight or wavy hair.
- Their coats can have a wide variety of colors inherited from the Australian Shepherd (black and tan, blue merle, red merle, sable, and others).
- This dog breed was made “by design” in the 1980s by designer breeders and the purebred parents don’t usually mate that often in a natural setting.
- They are known as the “Einstein” of the dog breeds because of their intelligent purebred parents.
- A dog from this breed can provide great fun and laughter because it can be silly and goofy at times.
- All pups in a litter usually look different from each other, no matter the litter size.
In this article, I’ve given you a lot of information on Aussiedoodles, including details about the dog breed, whether they are good for pets and kids, whether they fit your lifestyle, how much they cost, and where to typically find them.
I hope that I’ve helped you make an informed decision if you are thinking about getting an Aussiedoodle.
It is important to take as much time as you need to decide and if possible, be around the dog as much as possible before deciding if the dog is right for you.
Spending as much time with the dog as you can before getting it can help you get to know that specific dog and its character and temperament.
You can take everything I’ve written here and you can also find other information about this dog breed on other websites, but this does not mean your dog will follow all the common characteristics, personality traits, and demeanor of the typical dog from this breed.
All dogs are different and have their own personalities. This is just a general guide, but there are exceptions to any rule and your dog may be that exception. Just keep that in mind.
None of us want you or anybody to get a dog only to find out that the dog doesn’t fit something in your life and you end up having to get rid of it. So, please take some time and never make an impulse decision.
Breeders will say that many people are interested in the particular dog you are looking at to try and entice you into a purchase.
This sometimes may be true, but many times they are just trying to get you to make the purchase quickly, depending on the breeder (not all are bad, just some).
So, get out there and find your Aussiedoodle or check out our other dog articles found here to learn about other dog breeds.