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The Aussiedoodle is also known as the Aussie Poo or a Poodle/Australian Shepherd Mix. It has two purebred parents, the Poodle (usually the Standard or the Miniature) and the Australian Shepherd. It is a medium to large dog with a life span of 10 to 12 years. He is a very smart dog being the offspring of two of the smartest purebreds. He is also a very loyal, affectionate and adoring dog.
|Here is the Aussiedoodle at a Glance|
|Average height||14 to 23 inches|
|Average weight||25 to 70 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium to long, silky, thick, wavy to curly|
|Hypoallergenic?||Can be – Poodle is|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week for a wavy coat, daily for a curly one|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good to very good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Fairly high|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||The smaller sized can adapt to apartment living but the standard sized are too large|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good|
|Trainability||Easy to train|
|Exercise Needs||Very active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Epilepsy, Deafness, Eye problems, OCD, Hypothyroidism, Drug sensitivity, Cancer, Addisons, Bloat,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint Dysplasia, Allergies, Collie nose, Skin Problems,|
|Life Span||10 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$700 to $2500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$935 to $1035|
Where does the Aussiedoodle come from?
The Aussiedoodle originated in Canada and the U.S and is an example of a designer dog, which are purposely bred mixed dogs. Despite the name they are far more popular in America than Australia. Such crosses have become popular over the last twenty years especially ones that use Poodles in the mix because of their attractiveness and their low shedding coats. Most designer dogs are first generation puppies with two purebred parents, and they are given names that reflect their parents. While some breeders will try to suggest that their dogs only have the best of both parents, with this kind of breeding the gene mixes cannot be predicted or guaranteed. Puppies in the same litter can be very different in both looks and temperament. A good breeder can though ensure the dogs used in breeding are from good lines and have good temperaments themselves.
Aussiedoodles are a very popular designer dog and as a result for any good breeders out there, there are just as many if not more puppy mills and bad breeders. Take care where you buy from and spend time doing some research. With not much else known about the Aussiedoodle's origins we can look at the parents to get a feel for him.
The Poodle was bred to be a retriever of waterfowl originally in Germany. Over the years when he made it to France he was bred and refined further into the Poodle we are more familiar with now. There are and have been for hundreds of years three sizes. Standard used for waterfowl hunting, Miniature used for sniffing out truffles and Toy used as companions and often carried around in the sleeves of the French nobility. The circuses and traveling performers of the time also took a liking to the Poodle. He was easy to train because of his intelligence and learned tricks and routines quickly. They would sculpt his coat to make him look more interesting and the wealthy spectators saw this and copied it. In England he was first registered in 1874 and in the US in 1886.
Today he is a very popular dog because of his intelligence, affectionate nature, ability to entertain and how friendly he is. He is a very loyal dog, and his aloofness is more a wariness of strangers. He loves to play and is eager to please. He is protective of his home and his family and makes a good watchdog.
The Australian Shepherd
You might understandably think this is a dog from Australia, but in fact it is an American born purebred, first developed as a farm and ranch dog to herd livestock. The Australian part comes from the fact the many Aussies worked on those those ranches and likely used Australian dogs in the breeding like collies and shepherd like dogs. In the 19th century breeders wanted to create an intelligent, hard working and adaptable dog with excellent herding abilities. With the increased interest in Westerns and cowboys shows and rodeos the breed also became more popular but was not recognized by the AKC until 1993.
Today the Australian Shepherd is still intelligent, energetic, protective and dominant if you let him be. He therefore needs early socialization and training with a firm but fair handling. He is loyal but wary of strangers. He makes a great working dog still but is also a good family dog.
The Aussiedoodle is a very affectionate dog, he is happy and energetic, loving and loyal too. He loves to be social and have people around him and he is very responsive. Aussiedoodles are an alert dog and they are also very intelligent. He tends to have strong herding instincts which means he may try to herd people, pets and children with nipping or bumping. It is not an aggressive dog though and training can help curb it. It is important to correct the behavior straight away. He is an indoor dog not an outdoor one and will need lots of attention and interaction with you to be happy. As with any dog it is important he is given clear rules and boundaries to grow up with and also that you establish yourself clearly as his pack leader. He is a great companion for families, couples or single owners.Advertisement
What does the Aussiedoodle look like
He is a medium to large dog weighing 25 to 70 pounds standing 14 to 23 inches tall. He is slim but strong and has a coat that can be medium to long, silky, thick, wavy to curly. Common colors are black, tan, red, white, silver, blue, brown, grey and yellow.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Aussiedoodle need to be?
This is a very active dog so it is important to give him daily walks and exercise to keep him healthy and happy. The smaller sized Aussiedoodle can live in an apartment with enough exercise but the mid to large sizes need a yard and space. He should be kept by owners who are active themselves and are happy to be out with him running, jogging, walking and playing. He is athletic and will enjoy sports like flyball, rally and agility. He will need to be kept occupied and given physical and mental stimulation or he can start to act out. At least an hour a day of walking or jogging for example plus time in the yard and time out somewhere he can be safe off leash like a dog park. Remember he comes from a strong herding dog and that instinct is likely to remain.
Does he train quickly?
The Aussiedoodle is a very clever dog and training him is an easy job once you are clearly the pack leader. He listens to commands and tends to obey them though can sometimes have a stubborn side. Early socialization and training are very important in seeing he becomes a dog you can trust in any situation and one that is reliable and listens. Use positive training methods like offering treats to encourage him, rewards and praise for his successes. Be firm and consistent and stay patient with him. Avoid scolding or punishing him. Since he likes to be busy having a good training and socialization regime is a great way to give him the stimulation he needs, just try to avoid making the training boring!
Living with an Aussiedoodle
How much grooming is needed?
Grooming and maintenance is not too detailed but there is a certain amount that will be required. He sheds a low amount and can be hypoallergenic though if that is a top concern you should visit the puppy prior to buying to test for a reaction. He should be brushed two to three times a week at least, the curlier the coat the more often he needs to be combed or brushed. He will also needs regular trips to a professional groomer for his coat to be stripped. When he is smelling particularly strongly or is especially dirty give him a bath using just a dog shampoo. Dow owners who bathe their pets too often often find themselves dealing with skin issues as they are damaging the healthy oils in its skin.
Other needs will include brushing his teeth at least two to three times a week, cleaning his ears once a week and checking for infection and clipping his nails when they get too long. Dog nails should not be cut too short though, there are nerves and blood vessels there. If you are not familiar with them have a groomer or vet do it for you.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Aussiedoodle is good with children, other animals and dogs with early socialization. He likes to play with them and is affectionate and loving with them. He does try to herd them and training will help you control that. He should be supervised around younger children just because his energy means they can get bumped over. Also he may have a tendency to chase small animals.
As loyal as this dog it is not one that is likely to alert you to intruders or act as any kind of watchdog. He barks rarely too and will need to be fed 2 1/2 to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into two meals.Advertisement
If the Aussiedoodle is a dog you are interested in make sure you get it from a breeder who tests for health including genetic diseases and one who can show you parental health clearances. There are certain health problems and concerns he can be prone to some of which can be inherited, such as Epilepsy, Deafness, Eye problems, OCD, Hypothyroidism, Drug sensitivity, Cancer, Addisons, Bloat, Cushings, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Von Willebrands, Joint Dysplasia, Allergies, Collie nose and Skin Problems.
Costs involved in owning an Aussiedoodle
The Aussiedoodle can cost anywhere from $700 to $2500. It is a popular dog and so prices range widely as breeders compete and try to suggest their superior methods are worth spending thousands on a mixed dog. As well as the puppy you will have initial costs such as a collar and leash, carrier, crate, blood tests, vaccinations, exam, deworming, microchipping and neutering. These come to between $450 to $500. Annual costs for basic medical requirements like further shots, check ups, pet insurance and flea prevention come to between $485 to $585. Non-medical yearly costs for things like treats, food, toys, grooming, license and training come to between $935 to $1035.
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An Aussiedoodle is a great dog for active families, active singles or couples and people with yards and houses if it is a larger one. He is a playful, loving, smart and loyal dog. If given enough exercise, training and socialization he will be a great addition to the family.