What is an Aussiedoodle?
An Aussiedoodle is a mixed breed consisting of an Aussie Shephard and a Poodle. Combining these two breeds together creates a dog that has the intelligence, loyalty and energy of a Aussie Shephard with the intelligence and coat of a Poodle.
Aussie Shepherds and Border Collies rank number #1 as the smartest dog breeds. They are known for their athleticism, agility and cuddles, and are energetic, affectionate and playful.
Poodles are ranked number #7 most popular dog breed. They are intelligent, proud and active.
They are known as the national dog of France where they were first used as retrievers. They are easy to train, and are used to retrieve, hunt and obey commands.
Puppies Downunder combines the best traits of these two breeds to create a Aussiedoodle.
We mix intelligence with, well more intelligence!
This results in a very impressive breed that seems to have it all.
The Aussiedoodle's Temperament
Aussiedoodles are affectionate, intelligent, quirky, playful, friendly and loyal.
They get along well with people of all ages as well as animals when well socialized and trained properly.
Aussiedoodles are high energy which makes them perfect for the people who love to exercise. Aussiedoodles need more stimulation and exercise compared to less energetic breeds like the Cavoodles, Groodles and Labradoodles.
Aussiedoodles and Health
Aussiedoodles have diverse genetics due to being a mixed breed.
This makes them less likely to develop genetic disease when bred by a responsible breeder who genetically tests the parents.
The main genetic diseases that can appear in Aussiedoodles are:
PRA – Progressive Rod Cone degeneration of the eyes, this comes from the genes of the Poodle.
Multi-Drug Sensitivity – This causes the body to be unable to remove toxins and filter medications properly.
Von Willebrand’s Disease – A bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in the blood.
Degenerative Myelopathy – This disease causes a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord in older dogs, this occurs in both Poodles and Aussie Shephards.
Puppies Downunder conduct full breed profile genetic testing on all our sires and dams. We carefully select which dogs we breed together and only breed from Clear to Carrier or from Clear to Clear.
Aussiedoodles have long ears and can sometimes have fur growth inside which comes from the poodle making them more prone to dirty ears and ear infections.
Always check your Aussiedoodle’s ears for any foul smells or buildup of debris as well plucking out any fur that is growing inside the ear and clean them when needed.
If you suspect your Aussiedoodle has an ear infection take your Aussiedoodle to the Veterinarian for advice on treatment.
Aussiedoodles can develop cataracts or Progressive Rod Cone degeneration (PRA). Check your Aussiedoodle’s eyes on a regular basis and if you notice anything of concern, take your Aussiedoodle to your Veterinarian.
Aussiedoodles can develop Hip Dysplasia or Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease. Both can be either genetically inherited or due to hip trauma.
Seek veterinarian advice if you suspect you Aussiedoodle is suffering from this conditon.
Do Aussiedoodles Shed?
This varies depending on which breed/parent they take after as well as the individual puppy’s coat.
There are 3 coat variations as well as single and double coats.
A single coat of densely packed curls
A single or double coat with waves
.A double coat with a wiry top coat on top of a fuzzy undercoat.
Top coat and Undercoat
All dogs shed their old fur so new fur can grow in, and all dogs produce dander (dead skin cells). Depending on the kind of the coat the dog has deems it less or more likely to trigger allergies.
What is the Best Coat for Allergy Sufferers?
Dogs with a wool (curly) single coat are more suitable for those suffering with allergies. These coats have the lowest allergens due to curls that catch dander and are low shedding. Dogs with wool single coats shed slowly and their curls help trap hairs as they fall out.
These coats are high maintenance requiring daily brushing. This should be done with a high-quality slicker brush which helps detangle surface hair and remove dander, dirt and debris.
Low Maintenance Coats
If allergies are not an issue and a low maintenance coat, is preferred, a fleece or hair coat would be most suitable.
This type of coat is average to low shedding due to undercoat hairs falling out and new ones coming in.
What size Aussiedoodles grow to?
Aussiedoodles are a mixed breed so they don’t have a set breed standard of size; the size can vary due to the generation and the parents of the dog. If you’re unsure what size your puppy will grow to ask to see the parents to get an idea of the size.
Height: 35 - 45cms
Height: 45 - 55cms
How Active are Aussiedoodles?
Aussidoodles have a high activity level and require daily walks, playtime and mental enrichment.
One of the quirks of the Aussiedoodle is that due to it being bred from a working dog it has the instinct to herd. If you notice your Aussiedoodle nipping at the ankles of family members and trying to direct them into one area then your Aussiedoodle is herding.
This behavior can be curbed by training your Aussiedoodle or providing your Aussiedoodle with an opportunity to herd via a farm or by a herding ball.
Due to their athleticism, Aussiedoodle can be trained to compete in dog sports such as agility, obedience etc.
How To Give Your Aussiedoodle The Best Start To Life
Anyone with a new puppy is anxious to give it the very best start to life. If you’re welcoming a new fluffy friend into your home, you’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to take care of them. But with so many pieces of conflicting advice from people all over the world, how are you supposed to know which tips and tricks to follow and which to disregard? Well, at Puppies Downunder, we believe that the advice varies depending on the breed of puppy you’re adopting. If you’re adopting a pug or a Frenchie, the advice you’ll be given is very different to the advice you’d hear from Puppies Downunder, a leading Aussiedoodle breeder. However, if you are looking to bring an Aussiedoodle puppy home, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to give your new family member the best start to life.
Everything You’ll Need Before You Bring Your Aussiedoodle Home
The day you bring your Aussiedoodle home is probably going to be exciting and a bit overwhelming. You’ll want to spend every minute with your new puppy, so it’s a good idea to have everything ready to go before they arrive.
A collar, harness, and lead. While your puppy can’t explore the outside world until they’ve had all their vaccinations, you can still familiarise your puppy with their collar and lead. We recommend getting your puppy a harness, too, as it prevents them from choking while learning not to pull on the lead.
A car harness. If you plan on taking your dog in the car with you, you’ll need to invest in a car harness or restraint, so they’re 100% safe during the ride.
Waste bags. When your puppy is ready to go for walks to the park, you’ll need to have some waste bags ready to go. It’s also handy to have them in the house while you’re still toilet training.
Puppy shampoo and conditioner. If there’s one thing puppies love, it’s rolling in dirt, mud, and things that smell awful. Having shampoo and conditioner on hand will have them smelling fresh in no time.
A crate/pen. All puppies should be crate-trained to teach them independence and reduce attachment anxiety. Because Aussiedoodles are mixed with a working dog, the Aussie Shepard, they’ll really benefit from the discipline of crate training.
A bed. Get your new puppy a big comfy bed they’ll love napping in and place it inside their crate to make the space cosy and inviting.
Puppy pads/grass/dog door. If you have a yard, your dog can access, install a dog door and teach your puppy to use it to go to the bathroom. If you live in an apartment, you may want to invest in some puppy pee pads or a grass pad for toilet training.
Grooming tools. Aussiedoodle’s coat can range from low-maintenance fleece or hair to high-maintenance wool curls depending on the parent dogs. You’ll need to invest in a brush to keep them looking smooth and shiny. You’ll also need a pair of nail clippers to keep them from scratching accidentally. Your puppy probably won’t like getting their nails trimmed, but you can distract them with sugar-free peanut butter or their favourite treat while you get the job done.
A toothbrush and toothpaste. A lot of people think buying dental treats is enough to keep their dog’s teeth healthy and clean, but you’ll need to establish a regular routine that involves brushing.
Book their first vet visit. Try to organise their first visit a couple of days after bringing your puppy home. This appointment will give the vet a chance to meet your puppy, check that they’re developing healthily, and book their next vaccinations.
Parasite prevention. On their first vet visit, you’ll probably receive a recommendation for a parasite prevention tablet, which should cover fleas, ticks, and worms.
Toys. Every puppy needs toys to play with, so choose a few plush comfort toys to chew on throughout the day. Avoid choosing anything too tough or rubbery in the early weeks. Plush or rope toys are perfect.
Bowls. You’ll need a water bowl and food bowl for your puppy, plus a feeding mat if they’re particularly messy. If you have a highly intelligent breed, like the Aussiedoodle, you may want to look at stimulating feeding tools like a Kong toy or a snuffle mat.
Food. You’ll need to have puppy food ready to go from the minute your new family member steps into the home.
Treats. Choose some healthy training treats to encourage good behaviour and teach new tricks. Most training treats will specify whether or not they’re puppy-friendly, so double-check before you buy.
Registration and insurance. You need to register your new puppy with your local council, so try to do that as soon as you know when you’re bringing your new fur baby home. You should also consider investing in pet insurance, as the earlier, you invest, the more comprehensively your puppy is covered throughout its lifetime.
A Few Quick Facts About Aussiedoodles
At Puppies Downunder, we love being a leading Aussiedoodle breeder. We adore these bright, energetic, playful dogs, so we thought we’d share a few fun facts about the breed.
Aussiedoodles are super affectionate. If you’re looking for a cuddle-buddy, the Aussiedoodle will not disappoint. They’re a highly affectionate breed and can sometimes be demanding when they want attention. On the other hand, they’re very loyal to their families, likely a trait that goes back to their herding days, and they can get quite protective.
Aussiedoodles are one of the smartest breeds in the world. Australian Shepards and poodles are two brilliantly intelligent breeds of dogs, and their genetic combination creates an even smarter puppy.
Wool-coated Aussiedoodles barely shed. Allergy-sufferers out there will appreciate Aussiedoodles with curly wool coats that catch hair, debris, and dander.
They make terrific working dogs. Whether on a farm or as a therapy dog, Aussiedoodles are often sought after as working dogs for their affection, loyalty, responsiveness, and intelligence. Aussiedoodle working dogs are amongst the happiest of their breed, as they receive regular mental stimulation and exercise.
Aussiedoodles are very communicative. Like all dogs, Aussiedoodles communicate using their body language, tail movements, and barks. However, unlike some breeds, it’s very easy to know what an Aussiedoodle is thinking or feeling in the moment. They’re very expressive, which makes them a great dog for families with small kids.
What Should You Do To Make Sure Your Aussiedoodle Is Growing Into A Healthy Dog?
You should do a few things to ensure your furry little family member is growing up healthy and strong.
Maintain a good puppy diet. A well-balanced diet ensures your puppy is getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients they need to thrive. In addition, puppies typically need to be fed more often than adult dogs to support their growth. Here are a few things you can give your puppy to fuel their development.
Dry food. Give your puppy around 2-3 handfuls of dry food in a bowl each day around midday. If it goes uneaten for a day, discard it.
Raw chicken. From 16-20 weeks of age, feed your puppy one raw chicken wing or drumstick every couple of days. Be wary of bones, as they may become lodged in their throat or tummy or harbour bacteria that can make your puppy sick.
Vegetables. A small amount of finely-cut vegetables such as cooked pumpkin or carrots aid in healthy development.
Lactose-free milk. Some puppies are intolerant of lactose, so opt for lactose-free or oat milk instead. Give them 250-500ml of milk twice a day until your puppy is 12 months old.
Water. Your Aussiedoodle should always have access to clean drinking water in a separate bowl.
Chewable treats. Puppies teeth between four and six months old, and you may find their biting and chewing becomes more destructive. Give your puppy chewable treats to prevent gnawing on your shoes or household items.
Book regular vet appointments and put important medical dates in the calendar. The first six months of your puppy’s life is full of developmental milestones, and frequent trips to the vet will ensure your puppy is meeting each one. Write down dates for vaccinations, checkups, and parasite prevention reminders so you can keep on top of your puppy’s healthcare.
Crate train your Aussiedoodle. We get it; puppies are adorable, and you just want to snuggle with them every night in bed. While you can absolutely do this when your dog is a bit older, in the early stages of its life, it’s best to create routines and crate training is a routine that yields unbelievable results. As Aussiedoodles are highly intelligent dogs, they need discipline and training, otherwise, you can run the risk of raising a stubborn and cheeky dog. Crate training teaches dogs resilience and boundaries, and it helps minimise separation anxiety. If your puppy is crying the first few nights they’re with you, try putting one of your dirty shirts in there with them, so they have your scent. Alternatively, ask us for an item with the mother’s scent, so the puppy feels safe and secure.
Provide plenty of mental stimulation. Aussiedoodles are smart, and they can get bored very easily. They’ll need plenty of opportunities to play and explore, so we suggest having plenty of stimulating dog toys ready. You can either buy mentally stimulating toys (like Kongs or snuffle mats) or you can make your own! You’d be surprised at how entertaining a bottle full of treats attached to a dangling rope can be. Another great form of mental stimulation is training exercises. Aussiedoodles love learning, and they’ll quickly pick up on new tricks.
Puppy school. Not only is puppy school a chance for both you and your puppy to learn new things, but it’s also a great opportunity for your puppy to socialise with other dogs while waiting for their final vaccine. In addition, puppy school will help you train your puppy out of any problem behaviours such as toilet accidents, barking, whining, or aggression.
Exercise, exercise, exercise. Aussiedoodles are a combination of Australian Shepards and poodles, so they are very active. You’ll need to take your Aussiedoodle on at least one long walk per day as well as provide plenty of playtime and attention. Once you’ve taught your Aussiedoodle not to pull on the lead, try teaching them a command for sniff time, which allows them to explore and sniff the area. This tends to tire dogs out far more quickly than just a walk with no sniff time. Additionally, because Aussiedoodles are working dogs, they may instinctively display herding behaviours, such as nipping at the ankles to move you in a particular direction. You can curb this behaviour by taking your Aussiedoodle to a farm and letting them herd for real or buying a herding ball, which provides an outlet for their instinct.
Contact Puppies Downunder To Get In Touch With An Ethical Aussiedoodle Breeder
At Puppies Downunder, the health and wellbeing of our animals is our highest priority. Dogs are our passion, and we dedicate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to their care. We’re the experts in our field, and with over 45 years of experience in breeding, raising, and training dogs, you can rest assured that your puppy is coming from a place dedicated to its enrichment and care. We’re proud to say that Puppies Downunder is one of the only commercial dog breeders approved by the Minister for Agriculture due to our immensely high standards for professionalism and ethical behaviour. In fact, we have the highest ethical standards of any dog breeder in the world. We offer lifetime support for families adopting puppies from our facility, so you can always feel confident knowing that we’re here for you. So if you’re looking for an ethical Aussiedoodle breeder, get in touch with the team at Puppies Downunder today.