Aussiedoodle: Guide to Owning an Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix

Last Updated on April 25, 2023

What would you get if you mixed two of the smartest, most adorable people-loving dogs out there? The adorable Aussiedoodle!

Also known as Aussie Poo or Aussie Poodle, the Australian Shepherd Poodle mix is a delightful crossbreed that has earned the title of one of the “Einstein” pups of the canine world. Ready to learn more? Stay with us and keep scrolling.

The adorable Aussiedoodle

The Aussiedoodle at a Glance

We’ve put together a table below to give you a quick overview of the Aussiedoodle.

Breed Summary Aussiedoodle Quick Facts
Breed Purpose Companion Dog;
Service, Therapy, and Emotional Support Dogs
Breed Size Large 
Height 19 to 25 inches (48 to 64 cm)
Weight 40 to 75 pounds (18 to 34 kg)
Coat Type Single Coat, Curly or Wavy
Shedding Low
Most Popular Coat Colors Red merle, Blue merle, Black and tan,
Black and red tricolor, Sable, Parti
Lifespan 10 to 13 years
Temperament Friendly, Playful, Gentle
Energy High 
Exercise Needs 1 to 1.5 hours per day
Average Price $1,500 to $2,500

Here’s what you should know about this brilliant dog

An Aussiedoodle is one of the so-called designer breeds that have been around longer than we know, but some say they were intentionally created since the 1990s in North America.

If you’re a fan of hybrids, you can find some puppies with both parents as Aussiedoodles, but most people look for F1 puppies – a mix of a purebred Australian Shepherd and a purebred Poodle.

But still, since this is a crossbreed, Aussiepoos can’t be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).

It’s a good thing that there are organizations that recognize mixed breeds like the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), and the Designer Breed Registry (DBR).

So what makes them such great dogs? This pooch is a combination of the best qualities of their parents – the energy and work ethic of an Aussie and the smarts and loyalty of the Poodle.

What does an Aussiedoodle look like?

As you’d expect, an Australian Shepherd Poodle mix may inherit its parents; appearance, but it’s not always 50/50.

This fido has floppy ears and eyes that can be a shade of brown or darker, while some can have blue eyes.

Their tails can be long and slightly curved like a Poodle, but it can also be docked and short like an Australian Shepherd.

Size: How big will an Aussiedoodle get?

Lloyd, the Aussiedoodle
Source: @auggiedoggiedood / IG

Generally, standard males and females are about the same size. They have an average weight of 40 to 75 pounds (18 to 34 kg) and are about 19 to 25 inches (48 to 64 cm) high at the shoulder.

Aussiedoodles have a wide range of sizes. That’s because an Aussie can be bred to any of the three Poodle sizes: toy, miniature, or standard.

Miniature Australian Shepherds can also be used to create a smaller version. However, some breeders aim to make toy or mini Aussie Poos that can weigh under 25 pounds (11 kg) and under 10 inches (25 cm) tall.

It’s hard to tell when they’ve reached their full-grown height and weight. The best way to know is to talk to their breeder and see what size the parents are.

If you adopt a puppy and don’t have any way of knowing, you have to be prepared for surprises.

If a puppy’s growth slows down dramatically at six months old, you can guess that they’ll probably stay medium to small.

But if they hit that six-month mark and show no signs of slowing down, you’ve got a medium to a large dog on your hands.

While any size of Aussie doodle can live in any type of house, if they get enough exercise, the smaller variations are ideal for apartment life because they can get their energy out in smaller spaces.

Are Aussiedoodles hypoallergenic?

Darby, the Aussiedoodle
Source: @aussiedoodle_darby / IG

Some owners say that their Aussiedoodles are hypoallergenic, but you can’t always guarantee a non-shedding pup if one of the parents sheds. That said, this hybrid can be non- to low-shedding.

Most of them are seasonal shedders with an undercoat that falls out during the spring and fall. So if you’re allergic, the Australian Shepherd Poodle mix might not be the best option for you.

Their coats can be a wide variety of textures, but it’s hard to predict what you’ll get when you breed a curly-coated breed to a straight coated breed.

Some have wavy, curly, or straight fur. They also come in different shades such as red merle, blue merle, black and tan (also known as phantom), black and red tricolor, sable, parti, or even a solid color in rare cases.

Temperament: Are Aussiedoodles good family dogs?

Yes, they are! While they may be an Einstein breed, these dogs aren’t afraid to goof around, and the whole pack will enjoy their silly antics. Their owners describe them as playful clowns that love to have fun.

You can watch this video of adorably cute and funny Aussiedoodles:

They might bring you a present only to yank it away as you reach for it and run away. They like to be chased, to chase, and to play tug-of-war.

If you want a dog that stays firmly and calmly on the ground, look elsewhere. These dogs are bouncy, boingy, springy jumpers. Watch out if you have a short fence!

No matter what they’re doing, they want to be with their people. Traveling? Bring your Aussiedoodle. Working? Take them to the office. Doctor appointment? Just kidding! Though, they’d join you if you let them.

The downside is that all that love gets frustrated when you’re gone, and the result can be separation anxiety.

If you think your Aussiepoo is going to sleep on the floor, think again. They’ll want to not only be on the bed with you, but also sleep on your pillow with their head (and sometimes butt) right in your face.

Of course, you can train them to sleep in a crate or another room, but they’re never happier than when they’re with their favorite human.

They’re perfect family dogs because they’re careful with children and will even help herd your little ones.

Of course, you should always teach kids how to interact with any dog, and vice versa, especially when your pet is a rambunctious canine.

Watch out, though. A larger Aussiedoodle could knock over a baby if they get too excited around a tot. You’ll definitely want to train your pooch to prevent this from happening.

Whether you’re teaching your Poodle & Australian Shepherd mix to let you leave from time to time or how to behave around kids, the key is consistency.

This is a smart breed that wants to please you, so all you have to do is reassure him when he’s doing the right thing.

For instance, when you leave, give your Aussiedoodle a treat and reward him if he’s calm.

When you come back, act like it was no big deal that you were away. Then, after some time, you can give him a treat for being so well-behaved.

Around little ones, you can give your doggo a treat when he’s respectful and calm. Discourage rambunctious behavior by teaching him to sit or down when he’s around kids.

Do Aussiedoodles bark a lot?

Ziggy - the Mini Aussiedoodle
Source: @southbayziggy / IG

This hybrid doesn’t tend to do a lot of barking, but as with any dog, it will depend on how they were raised and trained.

But because of its Aussie parent, one of your concerns may be your Aussiedoodle trying to herd your other pets.

They mean well, but it could be irritating to your smaller fur babies, like cats.

But don’t worry, if your pup is treated and taught properly, they don’t get protective or aggressive.

But another good thing that this fido inherited from its Poodle parent is their love of water and swimming. Their personality makes them not only amazing pets, but they’re also excellent therapy or service dogs.

Depending on their size, Aussiedoodles can provide mental health services like easing the struggle for people with PTSD, anxiety, or physical services like seeing eye assistance.

Their exuberant personality also makes them perfect for cheering up people in hospitals or care homes.

Here’s how to care for your Aussiepoo friend

Even if this designer dog loves water, that doesn’t mean that they can handle super cold water or weather. You don’t want them to be left alone outdoors during the winter. Other than that, grooming can be easy, depending on their coat.

Did you know that dogs who don’t shed need a lot more trimming and brushing? So we can say that this crossbreed isn’t low maintenance.

Have a routine of brushing your Aussiedoodles coat every other day, and trims every 8 to 12 weeks.

During shedding season, it’s best to brush his coat daily to prevent matting and to help get some of that hair out of their fur.

If you’re bringing your pooch to a groomer, you can request for different haircuts – from short, buzzed clips, long, flowing, to natural cuts.

This video has Maximus with a professional groomer showing how to groom or trim an Aussiedoodle:

Check their ears at least once a week and use a solution to clean and dry them. Smell their ears and look for redness. You want to watch out for signs of bacterial or yeast infections – something that Poodles struggle with.

During summer, when the grasses are going to seed, you’ll want to be sure to check their coat, as well as between their toes, their ears, and their tails for seedheads.

You especially want to watch for foxtails, which can be deadly if they work their way into a dog’s body.

Unfortunately, Aussiedoodles have the kind of coat that foxtails are attracted to – and they can easily hide in!

As with most dogs, you need to trim their nails once or twice a month. If you hear that clickity-clack on the tile or hardwood, it’s time for a trim.

You also need to keep an eye on your dog’s oral hygiene. All dogs should have their teeth brushed regularly.

However, toy or mini Aussiedoodles need daily brushing. Small dogs, in general, are prone to gum and dental problems.

If it’s a challenge to scrub your fur baby’s teeth, you can get dental toys or sticks to help with the task.

Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix
Source: @syb_and_ru / IG

Australian Shepherd Poodle mixes are high energy dogs. You need to give them 60 to 90 minutes of activity a day. Again, this will depend on your Aussiedoodle’s size – smaller pets require less exercise.

And they need real activities, too – not just gentle walks around the neighborhood. They also need to swim, run, jump, chase, fetch, and play.

You also want to keep an Aussiedoodle mentally exercised. Clever canines will always find something to do if you don’t give them a job – and you might not like what they decide to do!

When it comes to feeding time, Aussiedoodles are prone to weight gain, so don’t overfeed them. Limit treats and have a regular schedule. This can help limit any picky-eating tendencies as well.

Feed them high-quality dry kibble with meat as the first ingredient to keep them healthy. The amount of food and type of diet they eat should be based on their age, size, activity level, and health.

On average, an Aussiedoodle can consume 2 to 3 cups of dog food a day, and it should be divided into two meals.

Do they have any health problems?

All dogs have health problems, but Aussiedoodles have fewer than some other dogs. With luck and proper care, your adorable friend can enjoy a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.

There are a few health issues you’ll want to watch out for, including hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, ivermectin sensitivity, and cataracts.

We recommend that your furry pal visits the vet at least once a year, whether he likes it or not.

I want one! How do I get an Aussiedoodle?

Aussiedoodle Puppies
Source: @sunnyridgedoodles / IG

If you’re ready to bring an adorable Aussiedoodle home, it’s a good idea to look to adopt first, particularly since many mixed breeds end up in shelters.

If you decide to buy, make sure you’re dealing with a reputable breeder.

Any breeder who won’t let you visit has a PayPal button on their website or has dozens of litters a year, should be avoided.

These are just some of the signs of backyard breeders or those who get their pups from puppy mills.

You should also watch out for breeders who have multiple different breeds available all at one time. Check out their reviews, too.

Aussiedoodle rescues

It’s always good to check local rescues like the Humane Society to see if any Aussiedoodles have ended up there.

If you’ve already contacted a local rescue and asked about any dogs looking for homes, but you want more options, then you can browse these websites:

  • Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline (St. George, UT)
  • Carolina Poodle Rescue (Pacolet, SC)
  • Northwest Aussiedoodles (Malad City, ID)

Aussiedoodle breeders

Keep in mind that we don’t endorse any breeders, and you should definitely do your research before picking one.

A cheap dog might seem like a good deal, but the behavioral and physical problems you may have to deal with will be more expensive (and heartbreaking) in the long run.

If you’re decided on buying an Aussiedoodle puppy, a litter can have 6 to 7 pups, and each one has a price of $1,500 to $2,500.

The cost of each furball will be affected by the size, coat color, and generation of the Aussiepoo you’re interested in. Some can get as expensive as $10,000!

Here are some Aussiepoo breeders that you can check out:

  • Crockett Doodles (Greenville, SC)
  • Cottonwood Creek Doodles (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Double R Doodles (Stonefort, IL)

Some more prominent breeder resources include Cafe Au Lait (Reno, NV) and PuppySpot. You can also check local listings in CraigsList, Facebook, or newspapers, where you can find specific breeders.

More Doodles for you!

It’s understandable if you think that the Aussiedoodle is not a good match for you. No problem! There are a couple of other Doodles and Poos that you might want to consider.

They may have similarities in size and temperament, but they can have different coats, trainability, and care requirements.

Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle mix)

Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle mix)

Bordoodle (Border Collie and Poodle mix)

Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix)

Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix)

Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix)

Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix)

Pros & Cons: Should you get an Aussiedoodle?

That would be up to you and your lifestyle. Does an Aussiedoodle sound like the kind of dog you could add to your family? Their personality and lovability make them pretty hard to resist.

With the right haircut, these dogs tend to look like giant teddy bears, but don’t be fooled.

They’re super smart and full of excited energy. These aren’t dogs who will want to chill out on the sofa all day.

Instead, they want to be hiking, swimming, walking, playing, and fetching with their favorite people.

No matter where you take them, you’ll probably find tons of people who want to play and snuggle with these outgoing pooches.

You also have to think that even though they’re seasonal shedders, they require a lot of care and attention.

But if this crossbreed got you with its qualities – active, smart, quick to form tight bonds with their people, and full of endless love – they’re one to consider.

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