About Aussie Doodle

The Aussiedoodle is a crossbreed, the result of a deliberate mating between two different breeds. It is a cross between the Australian Shepherd and Poodle dog breeds. Incredibly smart, playful, and loyal, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents. Aussie doodles go by several names, including Aussiepoo and Aussiepoodle. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you may find these mixed breed dogs in shelters and rescues. So please remember to adopt them!

These active dogs, often referred to as an “Einstein” breed for their smarts, do well in homes that can provide plenty of attention and exercise. The Aussiedoodle makes an excellent family dog, as long as smaller children know how to safely play with the pup. They are also incredible therapy dogs, given how quickly they bond to a specific human or two. Aussie doodles come in 3 main sizes: mini, medium, and standard. Their height ranges from 12 to 18 inches, and weight varies between 15 and 35 pounds. In general, the smaller the Aussie doodle the more money it will cost.

How To Feed Them

The Miniature American Shepherd should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

 

How to Groom Aussie Doodles

The Miniature American Shepherd has a double coat, with a longer outer coat and a wooly undercoat. The breed sheds a fair amount, even more so during shedding season, which can occur once or twice a year. Weekly brushing—daily during shedding season—will help to remove dirt and loose hairs and keep the dog looking his best. Mats or tangles can be worked out with a slicker brush or metal comb. As with all breeds, the nails should be trimmed regularly, as overly long nails can cause the dog discomfort.

Exercising Them

Miniature American Shepherds are active and athletic, and they need a moderate amount of exercise but are also very adaptable to their family’s way of life. They do well as city dogs as long as owners provide sufficient exercise. They enjoy outings with their people that will occupy both their mind and body. They enjoy and excel in many canine events, including obedience, agility, and tracking.

Their Health states

The Aussie doodle breed is predisposed to some of the same conditions that the Australian Shepherd and Poodle also face. While most are generally healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.

Some of the most common health ailments Aussie doodles suffer from include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Ivermectin sensitivity
  • Cataracts

Note:

Aussie doodles may be susceptible to the health problems of both the Australian Shepherd and Poodle, but there’s also a chance that the genetic diversity introduced by mixing two breeds may lower the chances of developing certain inherited diseases. The very nature of genetic variation makes this difficult to predict for a mixed breed dog.  Please refer to the breed guides on Australian Shepherd and Poodle for an overview of some of the inherited disease reported in these two breeds.

Not all of these conditions are detectable in a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict whether an animal will be free of these maladies, which is why you must find a reputable breeder who is committed to breeding the healthiest animals possible.  They should be able to produce independent certification that the parents of the dog (and grandparents, etc.) have been screened for common defects and deemed healthy for breeding. That’s where health registries come in.