Aussiedoodle Overview

Parent Breeds:
Australian Shepherd & Poodle
Breed Nickname:
Medium to large
14 to 23 inches
25 to 70 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 13 years
Coat Colors:
Blue merle, red merle, black and red, black and tan, and sable

Aussiedoodle Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Aussiedoodle

What Is An Australian Shepherd Poodle Mix called?

A puppy born from an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle is called an Aussiedoodle. They are otherwise known as Aussiepoo or Aussiedoodle.

These dogs are largely loyal and intelligent, and many owners say that they inherit the best of both parent breeds. Paired with their cute looks, it’s no wonder that the Aussiedoodle is becoming such a popular mixed breed!

Our ultimate guide will tell you everything you need to know about the amazing Aussiedoodle.

Aussiedoodle Breed History

  • First originated in North America during the 1990s to 2000s.

  • Both parents have rich histories as working dogs.

  • Bred to create a hypoallergenic working dog.

While the Aussiedoodle might have been bred naturally for years, the first intentional breeding took place in North America between the late 1990s and the early 2000s.

Other than these facts, there isn’t much more to say about the limited history of the Aussiedoodle.

However, its parent breeds both have richer histories. Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd originated in the US.

It was named after its ancestors who arrived in America from Australia. The Australian Shepherd was used as a herding dog.

It wasn’t until the 1950s that this dog became popular thanks to it being used in rodeos and films. More recently, the Australian Shepherd is used as a herding dog, guide dog, therapy dog, drug-searching dog, and search and rescue dog.

The Poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever dog, although many people believe that it originated in France.

This belief comes from how popular the Poodle was in France – all noble families wanted to own one and they were even named the national dog of France.

Aussiedoodle Personality & Temperament

  • Great for single households or big families.

  • Can be goofy with plenty of energy!

  • Can suffer from separation anxiety.

The best way to describe an Aussiedoodle is loving, loyal, and goofy. They have plenty of energy, no matter what size they are.

Many think that Toy or Miniature Aussiedoodles will be more laid back than Standard Aussiedoodles, but the opposite is often the case!

Aussiedoodles love herding things thanks to their history, so they might try to direct you, children, and other dogs.

They’re very intelligent so they need lots of mental stimulation. If they get too bored, they might resort to destructive behaviors such as chewing or barking.

Aussiedoodles are very sociable in nature, so they love being around their owners. They can develop social anxiety if left alone for too long, so bear this in mind if you’ll be out all day.

You might need to hire a dog sitter to keep them company while you’re gone.

It’s not uncommon to see an Aussiedoodle get closer with one or two members of the family. While they might consider these to be their favorite humans, these dogs do still get on well with larger families.

Aussiedoodle Health

  • The main health concern is Hip Dysplasia, minor concerns include Bloat and Cataracts.

  • Mixed breeding minimizes the health issues of parent breeds.

  • Lifespan of 10 to 13 years.

Aussiedoodles, thanks to their mixed-bred status, are less at risk of inheriting illnesses from each parent breed. However, they are still at risk of developing some health concerns associated with the Poodle and Australian Shepherd.

The main concern is Hip Dysplasia, particularly in Standard Aussiedoodles. Both parent breeds are prone to this, so look out for limping and lameness of the limbs.

Take your dog to the vet immediately if they lose the function of one of their legs.

Other concerns include Sebaceous Adenitis, Cataracts, Nasal Solar Dermatitis, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Bloating, and Pelger-Huet Syndrome.

A regular checkup with the vet at least once a year will help get any illnesses treated as soon as possible, as well as ensure that your dog remains healthy throughout their lifespan.

Aussiedoodle Training

  • Early socialization is vital for this dog.

  • Highly trainable.

  • Their intelligence and athleticism make these dogs good for competitions.

Considering both parent breeds have rich histories as working dogs, it’s no surprise that the Aussiedoodle is a very trainable dog.

They’re eager to please and love positive reinforcement, so make sure you have plenty of treats to hand!

Keep training sessions short and snappy for the best results. Aussiedoodles are good contenders for agility and obedience training thanks to their intelligence. They might even be able to win some competitions!

Aussiedoodle Exercise Requirements

  • Early socialization is vital for this dog.

  • Highly trainable.

  • Their intelligence and athleticism make these dogs good for competitions.

Aussiedoodles need between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise a day.

This can be split into two exercise sessions to make it more manageable for your schedule, and some dogs even prefer this as they have two walks to get their energy out.

These dogs love hiking, running, playing fetch, and more. Toy and Miniature Poodles also need the same amount of exercise a day, but they might benefit from shorter bursts of exercise throughout the day.

Ideally, an Aussiedoodle needs to live somewhere with an enclosed yard where it can run throughout the day to burn energy. If an Aussiedoodle gets bored, it might turn to destructive behavior to entertain itself.

Aussiedoodle Diet & Feeding

  • Feed them only enough for their current weight.

  • Choose food formulated for their size with high energy levels.

Depending on the size of your Aussiedoodle, they should be fed a diet formulated for medium to large-sized dogs with high energy levels.

Both parent breeds are prone to gaining weight quickly, and the same can be said for the Aussiedoodle. So, only feed them enough for their weight. You can get this checked at your yearly vet checkup and alter their food intake accordingly.

An Aussiedoodle’s food should be high in protein and vitamins and minerals. It will also include some healthy fats and carbohydrates for energy.

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Aussiedoodle Cost

  • Costs between $750 and $3,000.

  • Shop around for a reputable breeder.

  • Ongoing costs include grooming, vet bills, and food.

Aussiedoodles are highly popular dogs, so it’s no surprise that they cost between $750 and $3,000.

You might be able to find a breeder offering them for as low as $500 but beware of backyard breeders. It pays to spend a little more on a reputable breeder who has used ethical breeding practices.

Ongoing costs for these dogs include food, toys, vet bills, insurance, and more. Grooming costs will be higher if your Aussiedoodle has a curly or wavy coat.