What is an AussiePoo?

The Aussiepoo is a mixed breed dog that is a hybrid between the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle dog breeds. It is one of the most popular trending doodle dogs today. Aussie Poo, Aussiedoodle, Aussie Poodle, and Aussie Shepherd Poodle Cross are some of the many names given to an Aussiepoo. These fluffy-haired canines usually range in size from small to large. Their height is approximately 19 inches, and they weigh around 40 pounds.

Following the trend for Poodle Cross Breed, breeders in the United States began breeding Aussie Shepherd Poodle Cross in the early 2000s. They planned to create a new breed of multicolored indoor dogs that would be ideal for allergy sufferers.

Because its parent breeds are two completely distinct breeds, the Aussiepoodle may have a wide range of personalities. Although most AusiePoos have positive characteristics, this is not a promise that your AussiePoo, if you are considering adopting one, will have them all as well.

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Aussiepoo’s Different Sizes

AussiPoo comes in 3 sizes: Toy Aussiedoodle, Miniature Aussiedoodle, and Standard Aussiedoodle.

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A Toy Aussiedoodle is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Toy Poodle. These Aussiepoodles are ideal for folks who live in an apartment. They stand about 15 inches tall and weigh between 15 and 20 pounds on average. These Aussiepoos are incredibly rare, making them the most desired size of Aussiepoodle.

The Mini Aussiedoodle is the second smallest size of the Australian Shepherd and Poodle mix.  These dogs are the most popular of their breed, and they are a cross between an Australian Sheperd and a Mini Poodle. They stand between 17 and 18 inches tall and weigh between 20 and 30 pounds.

The standard Aussiedoodle weighs about 30 pounds and reaches between 20 and 22 inches tall. They are the largest Aussiedoodle breed. They demand a lot of physical activity and an active lifestyle. These dogs will do well in a large home with a yard.

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Aussiepoo’s Appearance, Color, and Coat

Appearance

Aussiepoos are cuddly teddy bears with floppy ears and shaggy fur that come in a variety of sizes. Their look varies greatly since they can have features that are similar to those of their Poodle parent or they can have features that are similar to those of their Australian Shepherd parent. They usually resemble a combination of the two.

Color

The majority of Aussiepoos are multicolored. Their coats can be blue merle, red merle, black and red tri, black and tan (AKA “phantom”), parti, sable, or even a solid color in rare cases. Because merle coloring is a prominent feature, many Aussiepoos are multicolored in a merle pattern, such as a blue merle Aussiedoodle and a red merle Aussiedoodle. The Blue Merle Aussiedoodle is a cross between a Blue Merle Australian Sheperd and a White or Cream Poodle, resulting in a dog with a blue, white, and tan coat. The red merle Aussiedoodle is a mix of Red Merle Aussiedoodle and a white or cream-colored Poodle producing an offspring that is multicolored: red, white, and tan. 

Coat 

Wavy coats are common in Aussiepoos, but they can also have tighter curls like poodles. Their coat protects them from extreme weather conditions.

Aussiepoos have a low shedding coat and are hypoallergenic. Because Australian Shepherds are known for shedding, combining them with a Poodle, who has a gorgeous coat but does not shed, is a great option. This makes Aussiepoo a favorite among allergy-prone pet owners.

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Aussiepoo’s Temperament and Personality

Pros:

  • High Intelligence: Ausiepoos are called Einstein Canines because they are real genius compared to most Canine Breed. They are highly trainable, very observant, and can follow rules easily. It won’t be a surprise for an Aussiepoo to be able to follow instructions like go to bed or time to bath at a very young age.  They require regular mental stimulation to be mentally fit. Aussiepoodle tends to act our destructively if they get bored. 
  • High Energy Level: Aussie Shepherd Poodle Cross are energy balls. They have a lot of energy to give and they can keep up with extreme physical activities like long hikes, jogging, and retrieval games.
  • Non-Aggressive: Aussiedoodle gets along fine with canines and other animals alike. Although they are usually closer and stick with one or two people, they love to be around humans in general too. Despite being a herding dog, Aussiepoo has not been reported to be aggressive to children, adult,s or other animals.
  • Herding Capabilities: From their Australian Shepherd lineage, Aussiepoos have herding tendencies making them great babysitters. Their high energy means they can keep up and spend hours playing with your children. 
  • Goofy and Loving: Aussiepoo is great at making people laugh. They love to share and don’t at the same time. They love playing chase, teasing you by offering their toy as a gift but then running away with it. They’ll eventually give it up, but not before starting an intense game of tug-of-war.
  • Sensitive Dogs: Aussiepoos level of empathy is superb. They can easily sense when you are having a rough day and they’ll know how to act on it accordingly. They make great therapy and emotional support pets too. 

Cons: 

  • High Demand for Attention: Aussiepoo requires tons of attention in terms of physical and mental activities. They like to run, walk, and kept busy. Aussiepoos are known to act out when not given the love they need.
  • Separation Anxiety: Aussiepoos may have separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They love being with their family at all times and they’d rather be around new faces than be left alone. If you have a daily 8-hour job that requires you to be away from home, having an Aussiepoo might be problematic. 
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Aussiepoo’s Health Issues

All hybrids including Aussiepoo are known to develop common heath issues from their lineage. There is no way to guarantee that your Aussiepoo will not develop these genetic diseases. Here are some of the common health issues of Aussiepoo you need to watch out for: 

  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a painful disorder that occurs when the hip joint loosens. Limping, difficulty standing, unusual seating positions, and unexplained lameness are all common symptoms. Early detection can assist to prevent the onset of arthritis.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy: Aussiepoos become blind as a result of this condition. Unfortunately, this is inherited from purebred parents who are also suffering from the same issue.
  • Ivermectin sensitivity: The Aussiepoo’s drug sensitivity was passed down through its Australian Shepherd ancestors. Some of them are unable to prevent any medication from entering their brain and spinal cord, resulting in severe drug responses. Before any drug is given to them, they must be examined by blood testing.
  • Cataracts: Cataracts cause the eye lens to become cloudy, resulting in vision loss. An evident cloudiness of the eye, as well as evidence of severe vision loss such as inability to detect items and knocking into objects, are common symptoms.

Caring for AussiePoo

  • Regular grooming and bathing are required for all dogs not only for Aussiepoodle. Make sure to brush their hair on a daily basis or at least 3 times a week to prevent tangles and mattes, especially during the spring and fall season when they are switching from their summer to winter coat. Aussiepoodle is sensitive to Ivermectin Sensitivity, a condition that results from flea and ticks medication so it is best to ensure that they dont get parasites on their coat. Aussiepoo also needs a haircut every 8 to 12 weeks. For curlier coats, Aussiepoos need more frequent trimming. 
  • Check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your vet. Floppy ear dogs are prone to bacterial and yeast infections, so keeping your dog’s ears clean and dry is of utmost importance. To maintain fresh breath and good oral health, frequent tooth brushing is also essential. 
  • As mentioned above, Aussiepoos needs both physical and mental stimulation. They require at least 1 hour of walk or jog time and 30 minutes of playtime every day. Additionally, they will need mental stimulation activities like puzzles, hide and seek, and other cognitive games.
  • Regular visits to your Aussiepoo’s veterinarian for health and care reasons is also important. As soon as you adopt a Mini Cavapoo, visit your vet for an overall check-up. Before letting your Mini Cavapoo Puppy socialize especially with other canines, get them fully vaccinated first. Poodle offsprings are susceptible to food and environmental allergens so ask your vet to check for allergies. 

Did You Know…

  • Toy Aussiedoodle tends to have more underlying health issues compared to other sizes of Aussiepoo because of its genetic “toy” defect. 
  • Red Merle Aussiedoodle, the 2nd most sought-after coloring of Aussiepoo after Blue Merle Aussiedoodle can have all sorts of eye coloring: brown, green, blue, and sometimes two different colors. 
  • Aussiedoodle should live well over 10 years.
  • Aussiepoos love water. They love to swim in the ocean or play with garden hose or sprinklers. 
  • There is just one hybrid between Australian Sheperd and Poodle. Aussiepoo is the same with Aussiedoodle. AussiePoodle and Aussie Shepherd Poodle Cross. 

To summarize, Aussiepoos are excellent companions for folks who lead an active lifestyle. Unless you want to get yourself inspired to be physically active, they are not for you if you have a laid-back personality. The Aussiepoo is a wonderful family dog who gets along with everyone if properly socialized as a puppy. Because they have exceptional genetic qualities such as multicolored, fluffy, friendly, and intellectual, they are one of the fastest-growing doodle dogs. They’re also great for people with allergies and anyone who doesn’t want dog hair flying throughout the house.

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