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Also known as an Aussie-Poo or AussiePoo. The Aussiedoodle is a hybrid breed that is a cross between the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle. This dog takes some of the best traits from each dog. This breed originated from an Australian Poodle, but Aussiedoodles are more commonly found in the United States today than in Australia. The size of an Aussiedoodle will depend upon the size of the poodle which was bred to produce the puppy. Toy poodles will naturally produce a smaller size dog than a regular size poodle, which will produce a larger Aussiedoodle. Aussiedoodles feature coats of a variety of colors including varying shades of black, grey and white. Compared to Australian Shepherds, Aussiedoodles are not large dogs, but owners will find they are quite muscular. Their build is somewhat slender, although their bones are strong. The coat on an Aussiedoodle is quite soft, which makes this dog popular as a cuddling companion.

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Character


The Aussiedoodle needs lots of exercise. They are a high energy dog and needs plenty of space to run or frequent, long walks. Training and socialization is key at a young age with the Aussiedoodle. Since Australian Shepard's are herding dogs, they bark, as do Aussiedoodle's. They are very excitable dogs who want to meet everywhere they encounter. If they get too excited they may bark until they calm down, this is why training is important at a young age.

While Aussiedoodles have become well known for their loving and sociable nature, they have also maintained their herding abilities that are inherited from the Australian Shepherd as well. This does not indicate they are suitable for herding as a job, but owners should be aware that without proper training an Aussiedoodle may still have a herding tendency. Overall, this is not a dog that will make a good watchdog, although it will certainly be devoted to its owners. The Aussiedoodle is known for its sociable and loving nature as well as its intelligence. This dog is quite easy to train because off its intelligence. Their endearing nature makes them an excellent pet, particularly for individuals who are looking for a loving companion. Training is essential with this breed not necessarily because the dog has behavior problems but rather because they love to have a job to do and may have a tendency to find one on their own if not provided with one, such as playing ball, etc. When trained, the Aussiedoodle will follow an owner’s directions quite well. They are very loyal and will be content playing with their owner or simply lying at their feet. The Aussiedoodle tends to get along well with children and will make a good family pet, particularly when well trained. In addition, this breed of dog is known to get along well with other animals, especially those that it has been raised with.

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Size

14-17 inches

14-23 inches
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Weight

25-40 pounds

25-70 pounds
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General Health


Aussiedoodles, because they are a cross breed , are typically not able to be registered with major kennel clubs due to the fact that they are not purebred animals. Even if both parents were registered purebred Australian Shepherds and Poodles, it would not be possible to register the dog. Recently smaller registries have developed specifically for hybrid dogs such as Aussiedoodles. Aussiedoodles do not experience a lot of serious health issues like other breeds. Due to the fact that Aussiedoodles tend to carry their ears higher than many other hybrid breeds they are often more resistant to ear infections. Like many other dog breeds, Aussiedoodles may be prone to hip dysplasia and prospective owners should research the parentage to determine whether this will be a problem. Aussiedoodles should be given a healthy diet in order to maintain their health. When provided with regular check-ups and a healthy diet, Aussiedoodles should enjoy an average lifespan of between twelve and fifteen years.

CKC or Continental Kenel Club have recognized doodles as breeds now. As long as both parents are registered.

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History


The Aussiedoodle is a newer designer breed, so the only history to be obtained is from the parent breeds; The Australian Shepherd and the Poodle. The Australian Shepherd is believed to originate in the U.S. as a herding dog. While the Poodle in it\'s infancy was used for water fowl retrieval - and still is today.

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Maintenance


Aussiedoodles will require regular grooming that includes having their nails clipped on a regular basis as well. Aussiedoodles will need to be taken to the veterinarian on a regular basis to receive vaccinations in order to ensure they remain healthy and avoid illness. Prospective owners should be prepared for the fact that this breed of dog will require regular grooming in order to maintain a tidy appearance.

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Ideal Environment


The ideal environment for an Aussiedoodle will be one in which the owner is committed to providing a loving home and is not bothered by providing regular grooming. The Aussiedoodle makes an excellent and loving companion and in return requires affection. Although the Aussiedoodle is not a large dog, it should receive exercise on a regular basis in order to maintain the health of this breed’s bones. A daily walk is an excellent idea for this breed. An Aussiedoodle can do fine in an apartment, provided that the owner is willing to provide a daily walk. Otherwise, the Aussiedoodle will best perform in an environment in which it has an opportunity for regular exercise.

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Aussiedoodle Q&A

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Do these dogs shed?

My Aussie shed very little. The only time he seems to shed is if he has not been brushed in a few days. But shedding is very minimum.

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Do Aussiedoodles lick a lot? Our first one constantly licks us. is this common to the breed?

My 2 year A-D licks all the time! Especially our other 10 month old pup. He is very responsive when we tell him not to lick.

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Do they bark alot?

My Aussie barks little during play especially when he is excited. During walks he does bark at passersby and other dogs out of excitement and sometimes it is hard to "snap" him out of it. Other than that he is a great dog!

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My Aussiedoodle is 10 months old and very loving. He always got along well with other dogs too. But, lately, he is very aggressive and mean to other dogs. When I’m waling him on a leash, and another dog on a leash approaches, he shows his teeth and starts growling, barking. He's met these dog's when he was younger and did well with them. All I can do to diffuse the situation is to jerk on his leash and command him to sit, which he does. But, I’m afraid he’ll attack another dog. I don’t know if it’s because he’s getting older and braver, or is he protecting me, his mother? Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions will help.

The Australian part of your dog works hard to keep every one in check. It can be difficult to rein them in but I would carry a can of air called Pet Corrector and when he goes to attack you press down once and give a one word command like "quiet". Your voice needs to be very authoritative. Then do it the next time the dog does this. Two things, do not let the dog see the can of air, and secondly, you can encourage the bad behavior in order to consistently use the air to correct the problem. These dogs are smart and very trainable. I would way the problem should correct after two to three tries. Lastly if your dog is not spayed or neutered you may want to consider this. That would also tone down the behavior. Hope this helps.

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