What Is A Miniature Aussiedoodle?

When it comes to designer dog breeds, the Miniature Aussiedoodle is hands down one of the cutest. Miniature Aussiedoodles are small dogs making them perfect for those who live in apartments. However, Miniature Aussiedoodles are also packed with tons of energy and love to play nearly all of the time. This makes the Mini Aussiedoodle perfect for those who have active lifestyles or have kids who love to play in the backyard. But what exactly is a Miniature Aussiedoodle?

Miniature Aussiedoodles were initially bred in the 1980s and are a mix between Miniature Australian Shepherd and a Miniature Poodle. Mating these two breeds produces a puppy that has the intelligence and hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle while also retaining the loyalty, playfulness, and energy of the Australian Shepherd. 

The Miniature Aussiedoodle has a maximum height of 18 inches and should not weigh more than 25 pounds. But do not let their size fool you. These little guys are packed to the brim with energy. Miniature Aussiedoodles will need an outlet for this energy, and playing with them or challenging their wits is the perfect way to tire them out. With that said, due to the sheer amount of energy that the Miniature Aussiedoodle inherits from their Australian Shepherd parents, this breed is not suited for relaxing and watching Netflix all night. 

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If your heart is set on adopting a Miniature Aussiedoodle, then you have come to the right place. As you continue to read this article, we will discuss the pedigree of the Miniature Aussiedoodle. Furthermore, we will go in-depth on how to best feed, train, and groom your Miniature Aussiedoodle. Finally, we will go over their behavior and temperament, common health issues, and life expectancy of this magnificent breed. 

Miniature Aussiedoodle Pedigree

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The Miniature Aussiedoodle is a mixed breed that is 50% Miniature Australian Shepherd and 50% Miniature Poodle. The true origins of the Miniature Aussiedoodle are unknown, but the breed first surfaced somewhere in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Miniature Aussiedoodle is a first-generation mix that should only inherit traits from its two purebred parents, and does not have any other breeds in its lineage. 

Something to remember is that every liter and every puppy can be different from each other. Therefore, it is impossible to tell which of the two parents will significantly impact the behavior, temperament, and how the puppy looks. For example, when it comes to Miniature Aussiedoodles, you can have one puppy with very curly hair, much like its Poodle parent. At the same time, another puppy in the same litter can have straight and flowy hair like its Australian Shepherd parent.

It is not uncommon for people to not appreciate the true uniqueness of a first-generation designer breed like the Miniature Aussiedoodle. To combat this, breeders have been known to breed two Miniature Aussiedoodles from separate litters together to produce more predictable coats, behavior, or traits in the puppies.

Miniature Aussiedoodle Size

Miniature Aussiedoodles fit perfectly into the medium dog category and have a maximum height of 12 to 18 inches, and should weigh around 15 to 25 pounds. However, the size of Miniature Aussiedoodles will vary from pup to pup and litter to litter. 

Due to the size of Miniature Aussiedoodles, they will be able to adapt to the size of their living space quite quickly. For example, they can make perfect apartment pets, but only if their exercise requirements are met. Obviously, no dog breed can live in a tiny home without adequate playtime and plenty of outdoor space. Due to the Australian Shepherd genes, your Miniature Aussiedoodle will need tons of exercise. So if you live in a small home-like an apartment, then you will need to spend quite a bit of time on walks and playtime outside or at dog parks.

Feeding Your Miniature Aussiedoodle 

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Miniature Aussiedoodles are very active dogs, but they still have the risk of becoming overweight. With that said, you should be feeding your Miniature Aussiedoodle high-quality kibble that is suited for their size, age, and activity level. Your Miniature Aussiedoodle should be fed two to three times per day, and the serving size will be listed on the back of the food you purchase. 

Miniature Aussiedoodles are known to have joint issues later in life. However, you can help combat this by providing them food with glucosamine.

If you are concerned about altering or establishing a proper diet for your Miniature Aussiedoodle, the best thing to do is consult with your puppy’s vet. Pet blogs and dog food manufacturers will provide you with helpful feeding guidelines, but they are only guidelines. All dogs are unique and thus will have their own unique needs. With that said, your puppy’s vet will know what is best for them, so listen to the first and take their advice above all others.

Training Your Miniature Aussiedoodle

Miniature Aussiedoodles are considered to be an intelligent breed. This is because Poodles are considered the second most intelligent pure dog breed in the world, second only to the border collie. However, Australian Shepherds are also in the top 10. With that said, the Miniature Aussiedoodle is very smart and will learn extremely quickly. 

As with any breed, the best way to teach tricks and manners is with positive reinforcement and rewards, like your puppy’s favorite treat. However, training with negative reinforcement is closer to animal abuse than actual training and should be avoided because it will never get you the results you want. Instead, negative reinforcement will make your dog end up fearing you instead of respecting you. 

Make sure you teach your dog socialization and obedience skills early, as it will save you a ton of hassle in the long run. All dog breeds are very impressionable when they are puppies, so the things you teach early will be easier for them to catch on to and be with them throughout their lives. Teaching and correcting behavior in adult dogs is a lot more complicated, so set the standards early on. 

Grooming Your Miniature Aussiedoodle

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One of the best things about a Miniature Aussiedoodle is its relatively low-maintenance coat. However, Miniature Aussiedoodles do shed seasonally, so it would be best if you groomed them for about 10 to 15 minutes two to three times per week. 

Other than the occasional short grooming session, it would be best if you were bathing your Miniature Aussiedoodle at least once every four weeks to keep their skin healthy. Furthermore, your Miniature Aussiedoodle should visit a professional groomer to get a trim once every two months. Following this grooming schedule will keep their coat looking fresh, their skin healthy, their nails trimmed appropriately, and prevent certain infections. 

While the Miniature Aussiedoodle is a low-maintenance dog, they are also hypoallergenic, making them perfect for people who have allergies or trouble breathing. 

Miniature Aussiedoodle Behavior and Temperament

The Miniature Aussiedoodle is thought to be a very intelligent dog. The Miniature Aussiedoodle is a friendly, loving, and confident dog that makes an excellent family pet. Despite their energetic personality, this breed enjoys cuddling and simply hanging out with his family at the end of the day. They are not the ideal pick for a watchdog because they are typically nice to strangers. The Miniature Aussiedoodle does not perform well when left alone for lengthy periods. With that said, a home with a family member who stays at home would be excellent. This is not a dog that should be left alone in a small apartment. To live a happy life, he requires regular affection and company.

Common Health Issues Associated with Miniature Aussiedoodles

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Mixed breeds can often avoid most of the common health risks associated with pure breeds. However, that is not always the case. You should be aware of the most common health risks associated with the parent breeds because some of those health issues can slip through the cracks. With that said, the most common health risks your Miniature Aussiedoodle can have include;

  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Drug Sensitivity

It is always important to schedule regular checkups for your dogs; this becomes even more important as your dog gets older. Taking your dog to regular checkups will ensure that any potential health issues are identified early. Identifying health risks early will allow you to help your pup combat them. Even if your dog seems perfectly happy and healthy, it is always worth getting a check-up just in case a problem is developing.

Miniature Aussiedoodle Life Expectancy

The average lifespan of a Miniature Aussidoodle is between 12 and 15 years. For most breeds, reaching the age of 15 is an achievement, and 15 is typically the oldest a dog will get. While this is not always the case, you must take care of your pup and keep them healthy so that they can live a full and happy life. 

Final Thoughts

The Miniature Aussiedoodle is a small, adorable, fantastic companion with tons of energy. If you can accommodate their high levels of energy, the Miniature Aussiedoodle may be the perfect fit for you. Miniature Aussiedoodles are fantastic for families and make excellent companions for your children as they will be playing all day long. Hopefully, this article has answered everything you wanted to know about this beautiful breed.

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