The unique Doodle designer dogs are becoming more and more popular! So is the Aussiedoodle, a mix of purebred Australian Shepherd and Poodle. So far it has not been recognized as an independent breed by the FCI. Also in other breed clubs he is not yet documented. However, this will surely change soon due to its increasing popularity. Learn everything about these dogs and their distinctive appearance in the next sections.
The Aussiedoodle originated in the United States, with a specific breeding goal. It should combine the best character traits and features of Poodle and Australian Shepherd. These include the playful nature of the Australian Shepherd and the calm disposition of the Poodle. At the same time, both breeds are very eager to learn and smart. That is probably why the Aussiedoodle has an open and curious nature. He is always friendly towards people and other dogs and never seems aggressive. He loves long walks, games and sports activities.
Depending on which poodles were crossed in the breeding, there are three size classes. Toy Aussiedoodle, Mini Aussiedoodle and Standard Aussiedoodle. The Toy Aussiedoodle reaches 35 cm and the Mini Aussiedoodle 45 cm shoulder height. The Standard type, on the other hand, is a medium-sized dog with a shoulder height of 45 to 55 cm.
The weight in this case also differs greatly and ranges from 11 to 32 kg. His body looks very athletic and underlines his sporty character. The coat is either slightly wavy or completely curly and feels very soft.
In terms of color, the entire spectrum of Aussie and poodle colors is covered. Aussiedoodle are also considered hypoallergenic dogs, as their fur does not cause allergic reactions.
The Aussiedoodle is quite suitable as a beginner dog. For this, however, he needs an early socialization and consistent education. In general, however, he is easy to train and convinces with his high willingness to learn.
He quickly gets excited about new activities and wants to spend a lot of time with you. He is especially motivated when it comes to sports like dog dancing or agility. But he also comes into question as a companion dog for riding or cycling. As Family dog the Aussiedoodle is particularly well suited. He actively seeks contact with children and is always in a playful mood to their delight.
The right food
You don't really have to follow a special diet with the Aussiedoodle. Because the breed rarely develops a food allergy. Their digestive tract is very robust and tolerates dry, wet food and BARF. When choosing food, you should only consider the age of your dog. While puppies need special puppy food, a senior needs high-quality senior food.
Likewise plays the Activity level play a role. For example, particularly active dogs need high-energy food with a high nutrient density. In general, a food with a high meat content is recommended. To prevent a possible intolerance, you should remove grain from the diet. This can be digested by dogs only with difficulty or not at all and offers only few nutrients. This can lead to digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation. Unfortunately, grain is still a major ingredient in dry foods and treats. That's why you should take a closer look at the ingredients here.
Sugar also has no place in your Aussiedoodle's diet! It can lead to obesity, diabetes and of course dental problems.
In general, wet food and BARF are the higher quality food options. Meanwhile, dry food can be portioned more easily and is the less complicated choice when traveling.
As your dog gets older, make sure to have a high protein content with the food. This way, no muscles are broken down and your Aussiedoodle stays fit for a long time. Regularly check the vitamin and nutrient supply and optimize it if necessary. Also pay attention to the weight of your Aussiedoodle and adjust the amount of food accordingly.
For a long and healthy life, proper care is a crucial factor. Therefore, give it enough attention every day.
Check the claws regularly and trim them yourself or by the vet if necessary. Ear care is also important in this breed, as they are more prone to inflammation. Therefore, always keep the ears clean and dry. To prevent tartar, you should regularly offer dental bones or other chewing opportunities. It also makes sense to brush the teeth with a special dog toothpaste.
Since the Aussiedoodle itself does not shed fur, you should comb it regularly. Otherwise, it may become matted over time. Also, remove coarse dirt from the coat after each walk. Bath your Aussiedoodle about once a month or as needed, but not too often. Too frequent bathing damages the natural protection of the skin and coat. Also give him a visit to the groomer every few months. Dog groomer, to have the coat shortened. Especially in summer, this should not be too long, so that unnecessary heat does not accumulate.
Regular visits to the vet are mandatory when keeping an Aussiedoodle! It does not matter whether he is healthy or sick. As a precaution, have him regularly vaccinated, wormed and checked for possible diseases.
Since the Aussiedoodle is one of the medium-sized dogs, it requires a larger dog bed (L to XL). Also, when transporting him in the car, an appropriate dog crate is an advantage. Alternatively, you can strap him in the back seat with a special belt system.
In his reach should always be a larger bowl with fresh water. Its retreat should also be a quiet corner in the house, where he is not disturbed by drafts or noise. Harness, collar, leash, claw scissors, tick tongs and non-slip food bowl are an integral part of the equipment.
In addition, you should definitely have a good fur brush in the house. With this you remove coarse dirt from the fur and also prevent it from matting over time. A simple dog shampoo is suitable for the regular dog bath.
Your Aussiedoodle will certainly enjoy chewing bones or other toys. Make sure that all toys dog friendly are. At best, they withstand the bite force of this breed of dogs.
About a escape proof garden at the house your dog will also be very happy. Make sure that there are no poisonous plants within reach of your dog.
Origin & History
Just like the Labradoodle, the Aussiedoodle also belongs to the so called Designer dogs. Its origin is in America and Canada. There, the breed gained increasing popularity in recent years.
Initially, the Labradoodle went down in history as the first designer cross. Later, however, breeders increasingly looked for other designer crosses. This is how the Aussiedoodle came into being. His breeding goal is to combine the best features of Aussie and Poodle. But also the hypoallergenic coat was crucial in its creation. Because this makes the Aussiedoodle a allergy friendly dog.
Shortly after the first successful breeding attempts, the Aussiedoodle gained popularity. This went far beyond the borders of America and Canada. Thus he became also in the European countries a gladly seen representative of the designer dogs. It enjoys great popularity especially as a loyal companion and family dog.
With his clever nature he is also suitable as guide dog for the blind or therapy dog. His high willingness to learn and calm disposition are a decisive advantage here. With the hypoallergenic coat is also the use with allergy sufferers possible.