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Aussiepoo – The Aussiedoodle Breed Guide

  • October 5th, 2017
  • Dog Ownership
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  • Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz

Aussiepoo – Aussiedoodle Quick Facts

Dog Breed Group: Non-working/Herding Mix

Height: varies depending on the parent’s size

Weight: varies depending on the parent’s size

Coat colors: cream, black, merle, red, bicolor, or even tricolor.

Common health issues: hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy

Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle Breed History

The Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle breed is a cross between a purebred Australian Shepherd and a purebred Poodle and they have been quite popular, especially in the United States. With a small to medium size, many people find this breed to be perfect to live in an apartment.

Australian Shepherd:

Even though the name of this breed is Australian Shepherd, it is, in fact, an American bred dog. Also known as the Aussie, the history is not very clear. It is thought that the Australian Shepherd was developed around 1840, during the Gold Rush as a livestock herder, just like the Collie, for example. The name comes from the fact that their ancestors were imported from Australia.

Poodle:

Even though the Poodle originated in Germany, it was later developed in France. The purpose of the dog was to retrieve birds and game from the water. The history about the Poodle is not very clear either. While some people think their ancestors came from Iberia, others believe that they are the result of breeding different European water dogs.

Both the Australian Shepherd as the Poodle is considered to be brilliant dogs. Some people even call them canine Einsteins. This turns out to make the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle one very smart cross-breed.

Appearance

The Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle can have many coat colors and they tend to vary a lot in terms of the size. The Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle coat can be cream, black, merle, red, bicolor, or even tricolor.

Concerning size, you need to take a good look at the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle parents, especially the Poodle. Poodles can be Standard, Toy, and Miniature.

Since the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle appearance varies a lot, they are always unique and this is one of the reasons why they are so popular.

The Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle weight varies between the 25 and the 70 pounds, depending on the parent’s size.

Personality and Training

The Aussiepoos temperament and personality tend to vary a lot depending on the genetic contribution of each one of the parents. However, they are usually brilliant, loving, and playful dogs.

One of their main characteristics is that they are very devoted towards their owners and they are quite affectionate. This is one of the reasons why they should not be raised in kennels or outdoors. They need the constant human affection and interaction to be happy. Their personality is great and makes them excellent family pets. And in case you have children, you have nothing to worry about because they are usually very loving towards them as well. However, since they are very active, they should not be left alone with younger children since they can accidentally hurt them.

The Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle can often retain their herding instincts. Ii is imperative that they learn how to control them ever since they are still puppies. Both socialization and early training are essential to Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle. Just like any dog, it is crucial that the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle learn limitations, boundaries, and rules to become a balanced and well-behaved dog.

Training an Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle is a lot of fun since these dogs are always eager to please and they just love learning new things. The Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle usually responds a lot better to reward-based training methods than to harsh training techniques.

The best way to train your Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle is to be loving and, at the same time, have a firm hand.

One of the reasons why training Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle is so necessary is because they have a lot of energy. Unless you keep them busy, they will find something else to entertain him (which can be something destructive).

Grooming

The truth is that the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle can come in many different colors and patterns. Although they tend to have a curly coat, how curly depends on his parents.

The curlier the coat of the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle, the more often you need to groom him/her. Usually, more than once or twice a week. When the Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle does not have such a curly coat, grooming once or twice a week should be enough.

Health Issues

Traditionally, it is thought that a cross-bred tends to originate a healthier dog than a purebred. However, it is always important to know the health history of both parents to make sure you know what you can expect.

The Australian Shepherd most common health issues include:

– Hip dysplasia

Sensitivity to certain drugs

– Epilepsy

– Progressive retinal atrophy.

The Poodle most common health issues include:

– Hip dysplasia

– Cataracts

– Addison’s disease

– Progressive retinal atrophy

– Idiopathic epilepsy.

Even though you may expect any of these health issues to affect your Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle, it truly depends on the parents.

Obesity

Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle have lots of energy. This means that you need to make sure that you provide your Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle with a well-balanced diet that has all the nutritional requirements. However, they tend to overeat, and this is why it is so important to exercise them regularly. Besides helping them release all their energy, they just love having a job to do. Just train your dog to pick up some things or to help you around the house with some tasks. He/she will like it, and he/she will be spending energy at the same time. With regular physical activity, your dog will be less likely to become overweight or obese.

Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodles May Be Hypoallergenic

Poodles are known for being hypoallergenic. This means that people who have allergies to dogs are usually able to live around Poodles. While this may not be true for all Aussiepoo/Aussiedoodle, some can also have this characteristic. Unlike what most people think, allergies to dogs are not caused by their coats. Instead, they are caused by the dead skin cells that all dogs shed, called dander. Even though there is no evidence that a specific breed or crossbreed is more or less hypoallergenic than any other, some people who are allergic tend to react more or less severely to some dogs. However, note that no breeder can ever tell you for sure that a specific dog is hypoallergenic.

Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz

Dr. Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz practices mixed animal veterinary medicine and she has a special interest in shelter medicine and animal welfare. Stephanie enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters, reading, writing and traveling.

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