If you’re searching for a doodle that is incredibly smart and easy to train, but also makes a great companion and loves to be with people, an aussiedoodle is the perfect dog for you. Aussiedoodles are becoming more and more popular and for good reason. Here are some of the top questions and answers about aussiedoodles.
What are the parent breeds? Poodle + Australian shepherd
Do aussiedoodles shed? Yes, but not much.
How big do aussiedoodles get? Depends on the size, but generally between 40-70 pounds.
How much is an aussiedoodle? Between $1000-5000
How long do aussiedoodles live? Between 10-13 years
What’s an aussiedoodle’s temperament? Intelligent, sociable, athletic
Do aussiedoodles shed?
Because an aussiedoodle is a mix between a poodle and an Australian shepherd (a breed that sheds a lot), aussiedoodles do shed. However, they don’t shed nearly as much as purebred Australian shepherds, and compared to other dog breeds, they don’t shed as much.
Because there are different types of aussiedoodles (f1 aussiedoodles, f1b aussiedoodles, f2 aussiedoodles, etc.), your dog will shed according to the type of doodle you own. More specifically, it depends on the percentage of poodle vs. Australian shepherd in your dog. If your dog is more poodle, it won’t shed as much as if it was a higher percentage of Australian shepherd.
An aussiedoodle can have different coats depending on three factors: coat curl, coat length, and furnishings. Curl refers to whether or not their coat is curly; this gene is inherited from their parents. Coat length is exactly what it sounds like, and since both poodles and Australian shepherds both have relatively long coats. The absence or presence of the furnishing gene gives the greatest variation in aussiedoodles. The furnishing is often referred to as the “mustache”. Dogs with the furnishing gene tend to look like they have a fluffier snout and longer eyebrows.
Aussiedoodles come in 4 different coat types: straight, flat, wavy, and curly. A straight coat aussiedoodle has very straight hair. A flat coat is also straight hair, but these dogs usually do not have any furnishings. A wavy coat occurs when a dog gets one curl gene from one parent and one non-curl gene from the other. Lastly, when each parent contributes a curl gene, the aussiedoodle puppy ends up with a curly coat. Although this type of coat can be harder to brush, dogs with this coat are the least likely to shed.
Are aussiedoodles hypoallergenic?
No dog breed is ever truly 100% hypoallergenic. All dogs have fur that can shed, making it a potential issue for individuals with allergies. Despite being completely hypoallergenic, aussiedoodles are an allergy-friendly dog breed.
This is due to the incorporation of poodles into the breed mix. Pet dander, saliva, and urine are the three elements that produce allergic reaction symptoms in individuals who have allergies. Luckily, poodles have only a single coat with low dander, and their fur is non-shedding. Therefore, if your aussiedoodle is more poodle than aussiedoodle, your pet will be more allergy-friendly. In other words, a f1b aussiedoodle will be more allergy friendly than a f1 aussiedoodle.
For more information on f1b doodles, check out our comprehensive guide on f1b versus f2b.
How big do aussiedoodles get?
When it comes to aussiedoodle size, there are generally three classes: miniature aussiedoodles, medium aussiedoodles, and standard aussiedoodles.
Tiny aussiedoodles, sometimes called toy aussiedoodles, are between 4-6 pounds when they’re an aussiedoodle adult. They’ll stand around 10 inches tall. This is a great choice if you don’t have as much space for a large dog, or if you just prefer smaller dogs. Keep in mind, though, that regardless of their size, aussiedoodles have higher energy, so they still need to be able to run around and play.
Mini aussiedoodles are a bit bigger, and will generally weigh between 10-15 pounds when they’re full grown mini aussiedoodles. These dogs will usually stand at 10-15 inches tall.
Standard aussiedoodles are the most popular size of aussiedoodle, and they’re great for people who prefer the security of a bigger dog. Standard aussiedoodles weigh above 40 pounds, and will generally reach about 40-70 pounds when fully grown adults. Because this is the biggest type of aussiedoodle, these dogs require more space to run around and play.
How much does an aussiedoodle cost?
Pricing for aussiedoodles depends on a number of factors, although a general price tag will fall between $1000-5000.
Due to their hypoallergenic nature and their cute and fluffy looks, these breeds are more expensive than other dog breeds. There are also a number of factors that affect their price, such as:
Color: There are a number of different aussiedoodle colors. In addition to the typical black aussiedoodle or white aussiedoodle colors, you can find aussiedoodle breeders who specialize in breeding blue merle aussiedoodles, merle aussiedoodles, red merle aussiedoodles, or black and white aussiedoodles, among others. The more “exotic” the color, the higher the price tag.
Coat: Breeders charge different prices based on the coat. Essentially, the more “poodle” within the dog’s genetics, the more allergy-friendly the dog is. This can sometimes result in a higher price tag.
Size: Because the most common size of aussiedoodles is the standard size, you can expect to pay more money for a smaller version of an aussiedoodle.
Location & Demand: Prices can fluctuate based on where you live along with how high the demand is for an aussiedoodle. Bigger metropolitan cities will often have higher price tags, both because of the higher general cost of living, but also because these cities usually have a higher demand for allergy-friendly dogs.
Reputation of the Breeder: When it comes to purchasing an aussiedoodle from a breeder, you certainly want to do your research so that you purchase from a reputable, established breeder. While it may be cheaper to buy your doodle from an at-home breeder or from Craigslist, a good breeder can mean a world of difference. If you want a healthy, long-living dog, then it can certainly be worth spending the extra money on a reliable breeder who has done their due diligence in producing healthy pups. Keep in mind that you can also find aussiedoodles in shelters and other rescue centers!
How long do aussiedoodles live?
In general, aussiedoodles will live between 10-13 years. There are a few factors that can result in outliers, however. Smaller dogs, for example, usually live longer than larger dogs. Because of this, a mini aussiedoodle or a medium aussiedoodle will be expected to live longer than standard aussiedoodles. An increased lifespan can also be attributed to crossbreeding (crossbred dogs usually outlive their purebred counterparts) along with purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder.
What’s an aussiedoodle’s temperament?
Because of their loyal and companion-oriented personalities, aussiedoodles are perfect family dogs and are especially good around children. Aussiedoodles are very active and they like to “work”. Poodles are natural water retrieving dogs and Australian shepherds are shepherding dogs…so aussiedoodles like to feel like they have a “job” and love to learn. Because of this, aussiedoodles are easy to train and love learning new things. Beyond their intelligence, aussiedoodles are very companion oriented and thrive when they’re around people. They don’t like being alone. Lastly, aussiedoodles require lots of exercise…they love to run around and play!
When you think about the perfect dog, you probably think about a cute dog that’s also intelligent, loygal, and great around people. If that sounds like your kind of dog, then an aussiedoodle might be in your future. No matter if you’re an individual or you’re looking to bring a dog into a large family, you’re sure to enjoy the addition of your loyal, friendly new family member!