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The Mini Aussiedoodle is a mixed breed the result of crossing a toy or miniature Australian Shepherd with a Miniature Poodle. She is small to medium and has a life span of 10 to 15 years. She is also known as a Mini Aussiedoodle, Toy Aussiedoodle, Mini Aussie-Poo, Miniature Aussie-Poo, Toy Aussiepoo and Toy Aussie-Poo. She is a very clever and attentive dog and is a great family pet.
|Here is the Mini Aussiedoodleat a Glance|
|Average height||12 to 18 inches|
|Average weight||15 to 30 pounds|
|Coat type||Wavy to curly, silky, soft|
|Grooming Needs||Low to Moderate|
|Brushing||Two to three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good|
|Good with other Dogs?||Very good|
|Good with other Pets?||Very good|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||High|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good to very good|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good|
|Trainability||Easy to train|
|Exercise Needs||Quite active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Addison's, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Deafness, OCD, drug sensitivity, cancer,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, skin problems, allergies, collie nose,|
|Life Span||10 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$600 to $1800|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $550|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$535 to $650|
Where does the Mini Aussiedoodle come from?
The Miniature Aussiedoodle is just a smaller version of the Aussiedoodle. This is a designer dog breed developed in the US sometimes in the last 20 to 30 years. Designer dogs are an extremely popular thing at the moment, with many celebrities jumping on the trend too. Though some purist dog fans are not supportive of designer breeds, there is nothing wrong with wanting a mixed breed as your pet. The issue for most is that there are a lot of breeds being created with no thought or care just to make money by puppy mills and other poor breeders. Do your research before you buy. To get a feel for the dog and what goes into her since we have no information about her we can take a quick look at the parents breeds.
The Miniature 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 Miniature Poodle
The Poodle originates from Germany and was first bred for collecting waterfowl for hunters. While there are three sizes of Poodle they are not individual breeds just small Poodles bred to get small poodles. They are hypo-allergenic so are good for families with allergies and are highly intelligent and eager to please which means they are good at training and learning. They are loyal and good natured dogs but highly energetic so need a lot of stimulation and exercise.
The Mini Aussiedoodle is loyal and loving dog, intelligent too and easy to train. She is an excellent family dog as she gets on well with children and other pets too especially when raised with them and with early socialization. She loves to cuddle and very affectionate but also enjoys being active and play time. She is protective but not aggressive, can be quite easy going and surprisingly attentive. She is often in tune with your own emotions and will react accordingly. She does get bored easily and without toys to keep her happy, play time and enough exercise she will quickly become destructive. She does not do well either if left alone for a long time. She is quite a confident dog, friendly and enthusiastic. She can sometimes be quite entertaining and she is very cheerful and happy.
What does the Mini Aussiedoodle look like
The Mini Aussiedoodle is smaller than the Aussiedoodle. She is a small to medium dog weighing 15 to 30 pounds and measuring 12 to 18 inches tall. She is made to be small by breeding the smaller version of the Poodle with the smaller versions of the Australian Shepherd! She has ears that hang down, small black almond shaped eyes, and a medium sized muzzle. Her coat can be more like the Australian Shepherd or more like a Poodle or a mix. From straight to curly, and a texture of soft and silky. Colors include white, blue, black, yellow, brown, red, silver and gray.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Mini Aussiedoodle need to be?
She is quite an active dog, she loves to be outdoors playing, running, jogging, walking or visiting a dog park. Do remember that she should be over aged one before she starts doing anything that has high impact. You should expect to take her for two brisk walks a day as well as some other play opportunities. Access to a yard is preferred though she can adapt to an apartment with enough activity included in her days. Also make sure to give her some mental stimulation each day too.
Does she train quickly?
Early socialization and training are a key responsibility of all dog owners, with too many underestimating how important they are. She is smart and eager to please and she can learn quite quickly. Make sure you are firm, consistent and clear in your role as pack leader. Use positive training methods to encourage her. In general the Mini Aussiedoodle needs less time in training as she will not need as much repetition before being able to move on to the next stage of training.
Living with a Mini Aussiedoodle
How much grooming is needed?
She can be good for people with allergies and she has a low shedding coat so there is a lot less clear up to be done. Her coat will need brushing two to three times week and will need trimming depending if you are using her a show dog or how you are keeping her coat. She may need regular trips to the professional groomers to have it trimmed and have her nails clipped when they get too long. Bathing can be done just when she needs it or you can dry shampoo. Check her ears for infection once a week and wipe clean with a dampened cotton ball or cloth. There are ear cleaning solutions for dogs you can use too, just do not insert anything into the ear. Her teeth will need brushing at least two to three times a week.
What is she like with children and other animals?
She is a great dog to have around kids, other pets and other dogs. She is friendly, loving, gentle and playful all the things you would want your dog to be around the children. Early socialization really helps bring out great qualities in her. Teach the children too how to act with her, not to tease her or hurt her, not ear pull or tail pull and so on.
General informationShe is not a dog to get if you want one to act as a watchdog. She is friendly with strangers is not always guaranteed to bark should one enter the home. She is not a big barker and will need 1 to 2 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day. This should be split between two meals.
Buying from trustworthy breeders means you can visit the puppy before you buy to check on the facilities and health of the dogs. You can also expect to see health clearances for parents as well the puppy herself. These are two key ways to ensure your puppy is a healthy one. She could be prone to the health issues her parents are at risk of. For the Aussiedoodle that includes Addison's, Bloat, Cushings, Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Deafness, OCD, drug sensitivity, cancer, Joint dysplasia, skin problems, allergies and collie nose.
Costs involved in owning a Mini Aussiedoodle
A puppy could cost between $600 and $1800 and then you will need to pay for a crate too, a carrier, bowls, collar and leash, blood tests, shots, spaying, micro chipping and deworming. These costs would come to another $455 to $500. Yearly essential costs for health basics covering pet insurance, check ups, flea prevention and vaccinations come to $460 to $550. Yearly essential costs for other basics like food, training, license, toys, treats and long hair grooming comes to between $535 and $650.
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The Mini Aussiedoodle needs an owner who can commit to a certain amount of physical activity a day, who can provide love, training and companionship. She is a loving dog who will be attentive to your needs and will bring energy and joy to your home.