If you're interested in an Aussiedoodle, then take a look at the breed profile - description, height, weight, color, coats, temperament, grooming and history. Your commitment in purchasing a puppy may last over 10 years so it is best to learn about all stages in the life of your pet.
An Aussiedoodle is a relatively new crossbreed, as recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, of a Poodle and a Australian Shepherd and demonstrates any combination of traits from both breeds. Poodle hybrids have become popular in the last several years. They have a big role in the current designer dog trend. The idea of crossing with the Poodle is because of the their non-shedding coat and has gained much popularity, particularly with those who suffer from pet-related allergies. The American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club have not recognized the experimentation with these designer dogs. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding results in a healthier dog with superior common genetic disorders. The Aussiedoodles have low-shedding and low-dander characteristics and higher intelligence from the Poodle. The Aussiedoodle is an attractive dog that comes in a wide variety of colors with coats ranging from a silky texture to soft and wooly waves.
Colors: Colors can vary widely, ranging from solids and patterned to brilliantly-hued red merle (red and silver or buff marbled) and blue merles (marbled gray and black). Eye colors also vary, with golden brown eyes being most commin, but also appearing in shades such as dark brown and blue.
Coat: Medium length and wavy or straight, low shedding and low-dander. The Aussiedoodle coat is generally softer than that of a pure poodle, and their coats are often compared to soft textures, such as velour or rabbit fur.
Height: Male: 14-23 inches; Female: 14-23 inches
Temperament: Aussiedoodles are known for their amazing intelligence and their sweet, yet outgoing personalities. Interacting well with other pets, they are touted as being a wonderful family dog, with plenty of patience for even small children. They do not make good watch or guard dogs but are worthy companion animals who don't tend to play favorites.
Care: Depending on the coat type, the Aussiedoodle may require occasional brushing or professional clipping. Dogs with a loose wave do well with one or two combings a week, while curled Aussiedoodles may require more extensive combing or regular trips to the groomers. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears as they are a fold-eared dog and common for them to get dirt and wax build up in the ear.
Training: The Aussiedoodle is intelligent and eager to learn. They succeed in obedience and require early socialization. The Aussiedoodle will not respond to harsh words, yelling or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with reward, firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. They seem to thrive in an environment where they are challenged.
Activity: Needs area to roam and "herd." Very athletic and require a high degree of physical exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom. They will do well in an apartment provided that their needs are sufficiently met. Aussidoodles do best with a securely fenced yard where they have amble room to run.
Living Environment: Fenced yard, leash, socialization and training.
Health Issues: The Aussiedoodle is commonly much healthier and tends to live longer than his purebred ancestors. Hybrid breeds may be susceptible to some of the same hereditary diseases as their parent breeds, such as hip dysplasia, disorders of the patella or elbow and eye diseases