10 Things Only Aussiedoodle People Understand

When an Aussiedoodle catches your eye, you fall in love instantly. I know because it happened to me! The Aussiedoodle, also known as the Aussiepoo, Aussiepoodle or “Big Ball of Fluff” (a term I coined) is a mix of an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. Adult dogs weigh between 20 and 70 pounds depending on whether they are “Toy”, “Mini” or “Standard”. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, but the most popular is the blackbird.

Regardless of color, all Aussiedoodles are playful. They are bred to be companion dogs like other Doodle dogs.

It’s important to learn more about their temperament and quirks before committing to adding an Aussiedoodle into your life. As many current owners will tell you, these are the top 10 things to know about these furry dogs.

1. They Like to Share (Except When They Don’t)

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Aussiedoodles are very playful and love to bring you presents. But they are also great jokers: they show their toy to another dog, but then run away with it. Hunting is actually one of his favorite games. Eventually they will give up, but not before an intense tug of war begins.

2. Aussiepoos are inflatable

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Just like Tigger, they’re feisty, feisty, and fun! No wonder they are masters of agility training. They can jump like they have no bones in their bodies, and will fearlessly pounce on anything and everything that gets in their way (just for play, of course).

If you decide to teach them agility, keep an eye out for them as they learn to jump fences. If only dogs could play soccer…

3. They want their family to be close by at all times

A common trait of the Australian Shepherd is the development of separation anxiety, and Aussiedoodles can share this trait.

The benefit of this is that they make friends easily and everyone they meet becomes part of their pack instantly. They are loyal companions who want to expand their family, so it’s obvious that they love people!

4. Aussiedoodles need constant attention

But that’s not so bad, is it? Because what’s better than unconditional love? They whine sometimes, but just so you know they’re there and available for kisses and hugs if you’re willing to give them some.

Speaking of…

5. Don’t be surprised if you wake up with someone sleeping on your head.

No matter how small they are, they will want to cuddle with you. If you do allow Aussiedoodles in bed, be prepared to make it a nightly tradition. Once you invite them over, they’ll find a comfortable spot, even if it means hogging the sheets.

This is the ideal situation when it is cold outside as there is no need to turn on the heating. This gives you extra funds to buy more dog toys, so it’s a win-win for both of you.

6. You like to work

Both Aussies and Poodles are working breeds. Poodles are water eaters and Australian Shepherds are famous herders. Because of their status as a working dog, Aussiedoodles are considered a very active breed.

Aussiepoos live to please and love to be given chores, so learning tricks can be just as important for these busy little dogs as running can keep their mind and body busy.

7. Aussiepoos Look Like Stuffed Animals (And Their Coats Are Challenging)

Poodles are hypoallergenic dogs, but Australian Shepherds have a soft double coat. Because of this, the Aussiedoodle’s hair is soft but doesn’t typically shed much. They can be taken care of in different ways depending on your preferences.

His coat can be shaggy and fluffy (requiring daily brushing and monthly grooming) or short with soft curls, which is ideal for summer. They are not low maintenance dogs when it comes to hairstyles, but a dog that looks like a cartoon character is worth having.

8. Watch out for drops

When Aussiedoodles drink water, it gets into their beards and drips onto the ground. You can’t hide easily, just follow the trail of water drops around the house.

A Doodle beard is always clean because it’s always wet! You certainly can’t call Aussiedoodles “picky drinkers.”

9. They are very fond of swimming.

Sometimes a dog just needs a cool down. Or maybe they like to show off their Olympic skills? Either way, a trip to the beach and a dip in the ocean are great times for you and your pup.

If you don’t live near water, a hose or sprinkler will do. Aussiedoodles will happily help out with gardening by grabbing the hose and waving it around, and will sometimes even stick their faces and paws in the water bowls. It might not be the best way to swim, but at least they know how to improvise.

10. Aussiepoos make wonderful therapy dogs.

About Christ’s Health

They listen to your needs and know when you’re having a rough day, which is why many Aussiedoodles are used as companion, therapy and emotional support dogs. Kind to all people and animals, they know you need them as much as they need you. And it’s the best feeling in the world.

Learn about Beau, a therapy Aussiedoodle in Kansas who regularly brings comfort to hospitals.

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