Aussiedoodle:Australian Shepherd and Poodle Mix

Hybrid Breed

Australian Shepherd + Poodle


Origin and History

Known affectionately as the "Aussiepoo" or "Aussie-Doodle", the Aussiedoodle is a delightful hybrid breed originating from an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. This charming mix is a relatively recent arrival to the designer dog scene, with its roots firmly planted in the United States.

Breeders had a clear goal in mind when creating the Aussiedoodle: to produce a smart, hypoallergenic dog perfectly suited for family life and capable of undertaking various tasks. The Australian Shepherd, celebrated for its intelligence and drive to work, often serves as a herding dog. The Poodle, on the other hand, is renowned for its hypoallergenic properties and reliable companionship.

Suitability and Disposition

The Aussiedoodle could be the perfect match for those who love outdoor activities or enjoy spending quality time with a lively dog. Their smarts and easy trainability also make them ideal for those seeking a versatile canine companion, capable of stepping up to various roles as needed.

Boasting an active disposition and high intelligence, Aussiedoodles make fantastic pets for families, seniors, or anyone in search of an engaging, fun, and loyal dog. Owing to their hypoallergenic properties, they're also an attractive option for those prone to allergies. Their flexible nature and ability to adapt to different situations make the Aussiedoodle a wonderful companion for all walks of life.

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Alternate Name Aussiepoo, Aussie doodle
Origin USA - Germany
Life expectancy 10 - 15 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character and Personality

Known for their bright and lively disposition, the Aussiedoodle is an incredibly responsive and attentive dog, always aware of their surroundings. Their hallmark trait is their deep affection for their family. The bonds they form with their owners are strong and enduring, marking them as genuine family pets. Their congeniality extends to other dogs and people, making them a truly exceptional companion and family dog.

With their Poodle lineage, Aussiedoodles are often hypoallergenic, shedding less hair than many other breeds. This attribute makes them a fitting choice for allergy sufferers, as it helps to minimize allergic reactions.

Energy and Activities

Possessing high energy levels, Aussiedoodles require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay content and healthy. This adaptable breed can thrive in various living situations, from spacious homes with sprawling gardens to compact urban apartments. From engaging in long walks to participating in agility training, to frolicking in the park, Aussiedoodles relish a range of activities.

Versatility and Trainability of the Aussiedoodle

Aussiedoodles exhibit an outstanding learning aptitude, a trait inherited from their parent breeds, the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd. Their intelligence shines through as they quickly grasp new commands and tricks, and their enthusiasm to master various tasks is simply remarkable.

Whether it's agility training, herding, or therapeutic roles, the Aussiedoodle approaches these tasks with impressive adaptability. Their intelligence combined with a strong desire to please their humans enables Aussiedoodles to excel in a multitude of roles.

Their high trainability, coupled with their versatile and enthusiastic disposition, makes Aussiedoodles an excellent choice for both first-time dog owners and seasoned dog enthusiasts alike. Their eager-to-please attitude and adaptable nature make life with an Aussiedoodle a truly joyful and rewarding experience.

11 Month Old Miniature Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix Puppy Sitting and Looking Away. Off-leash dog park in Northern California.

Health and Longevity of the Aussiedoodle

The Aussiedoodle is generally a healthy breed but, like all breeds, they may be prone to certain genetic health issues. These can include conditions commonly found in their parent breeds, the Poodle and the Australian Shepherd, such as cataracts, epilepsy, patella issues, hip dysplasia, multi-drug resistance, and Collie Eye Anomaly. It's crucial to maintain regular health check-ups, with special attention paid to their ears. Dogs with floppy ears, like Aussiedoodles, are more prone to ear infections.

In spite of these potential health concerns, Aussiedoodles often enjoy a remarkable lifespan. With proper care and maintenance, a healthy Aussiedoodle can expect a lifespan between 12 and 15 years, making them enduring companions for their families.

Responsible Aussiedoodle Breeding and Puppy Purchase

As the Aussiedoodle is not officially recognized as a standalone breed, there are no strict breeding standards in place. If you're planning to welcome an Aussiedoodle puppy into your family, it's advised to familiarize yourself with both parent dogs. This will provide you with an idea of what your puppy may look like when grown.

When purchasing an Aussiedoodle puppy, it's important to choose a reputable breeder. A responsible breeder takes steps to ensure the health of the parent animals and does not support unethical breeding practices. They should willingly provide health certificates and vaccination records for the parent dogs. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your new furry family member gets off to the best possible start in life.

Aussiedoodle profile picture of a dog

The Aussiedoodle, like any hybrid breed, can exhibit a wide array of physical traits depending on the unique combination of characteristics inherited from its Australian Shepherd and Poodle parentage. However, certain features tend to consistently emerge across the breed, contributing to their uniquely captivating charm.

An Array of Physiques

The Aussiedoodle can be found in an assortment of sizes:

  • Standard Aussiedoodle: 45cm and above
  • Mini Aussiedoodle: up to 45cm
  • Toy Aussiedoodle: up to 35cm

The weight of Aussiedoodles can vary significantly as well, ranging from 11 to 32 kilograms, depending on their size. Often, their physique will blend the athletic build of the Australian Shepherd with the more slender, refined form of the Poodle.

The face of an Aussiedoodle often showcases the breed's diverse heritage, with the round, inviting eyes of the Poodle and, frequently, the pointed ears of the Australian Shepherd. The result is an alert and engaging expression that reflects their friendly disposition.

A Coat of Many Colors

One of the standout features of an Aussiedoodle is its diverse and distinctive coat. It might manifest as either curly, reminiscent of their Poodle parent, or wavy as is common in Australian Shepherds. The color palette of their coat is equally varied, with potential hues ranging from black, brown, and white to cream and gray.

Poodles are recognized for their hypoallergenic, curly coat that demands regular trimming to prevent matting. Conversely, the Australian Shepherd undergoes a bi-annual coat change. As for Aussiedoodles, they tend to produce less dander, making them a better option for some individuals with allergies. However, as tolerance levels can vary, it is recommended to check individual compatibility.

While Aussiedoodles are generally considered a low-shedding breed, regular grooming is required to maintain a clean and healthy coat.

Each Aussiedoodle embodies a captivating mix of their parent breeds, offering a unique physical and personality blend. Their diverse traits and endearing characteristics make them not only a sight to behold but also an extraordinary companion.

Fur length long - medium
Fur flat coated - curly
Ear shape Standing Ears - Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out - lang
Anatomy sporty, slim, sporty
Size ♀ 40 - 60 cm
Weight ♀ 10 - 35 kg
Size ♂ 30 - 50 cm
Weight ♂ 10 - 35 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers


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11 Month Old Miniature Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix Puppy Sitting and Looking Away. Off-leash dog park in Northern California.
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • MDR1 defect

    The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

  • Numbness

    Often occurs in old age.

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Patellar problems

    Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • An Aussiedoodle is a good guard dog, companion dog and also family dog if the family is very active.

  • An Aussiedoodle is a hybrid dog breed and requires its own breeding for it. There are no recognized breeders from breed clubs, only established places where you can acquire this particular breed. Due to the fact that they are hypoallergenic and possibly have the great coloring of the Australian Shepherd, the dog costs 2400-4000 euros.

  • The Aussiedoodle is a hybrid dog breed of Australian Shepherd and Poodle.

  • Aussiedoodles usually reach an age of up to 14 years.

  • To estimate how heavy an Aussiedoodle will be one day, it is best to look at the parents. You can expect a weight of 11 - 32 kg approximately.

  • To determine if an Aussiedoodle is hypoallergenic, an individual test must be performed.

  • Overall, the Aussiedoodle is an extremely attractive dog that is often admired for its curly coat and friendly disposition.

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