Aussiedoodle

History/Evolution:

Also known as the Aussiepoo, the Aussiedoodle is a cross of the Miniature or Standard Australian Shepherd and the Toy, Miniature, or Standard Poodle. Although the Australian Shepherd is a heavy shedder, the Aussiedoodle may inherit the Poodle’s low-shedding, low-dander coat — a plus for people with allergies. Aussiedoodles may also retain the Australian Shepherd’s herding skills and merle coat colors.


Size:

Varies: A miniature Aussiedoodle is about 13 to 18 inches, 15 to 30 pounds; a medium or large Aussiedoodle is about 20 to 30 inches, 25 to 50 pounds.

Color:

A variety, including black, blue merle, red merle, and red.

Temperament:

Intelligent, even tempered, energetic, loyal. Reserved with strangers; patient with children when raised with them.

Energy level:

Active without being hyper.

Best owner:

Active family in a rural or suburban home.

Needs:

Daily exercise (brisk walk, agility), leash, fenced yard, socialization, regular grooming (shaggy or poodle clip), training, ear cleaning (removing hair).

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.