There are a few different spellings of the breed name for this visually stunning medium size dog which include: Aussiepoo, Aussi-Poo, and Aussiedoodle. The deliberate cross breeding of the Australian Shepherd and Poodle, two of the most intelligent breeds in the world, creates a wonderful new hybrid known as the Aussiepoo.
The original reason behind crossing these two amazing breeds was to allow Australian Shepherd lovers that suffered from allergies or did not want the high maintenance of the double Aussie coat to be able to enjoy this beautiful breed. The added benefit to Poodle lovers is that by crossing with the Aussie, it lifts the ear canal thereby reducing the risk of ear infections that many Poodle owners have to deal with.
Aussiepoos, like their parent breeds, love children and other pets. The Aussie is well known for it's patience, intelligence, and intense loyalty. Poodles are extremely intelligent, sweet, and playful for life. Aussiepoos tend to love everyone they meet, and in fact most would say they have never met a stranger, only new friends! At the same time, they do tend to hang back a bit to evaluate new people and protect their family. They have become very popular as assistance dogs to the handicapped and elderly, as well as being trained as top agility prospects. In general, they are known for being a rather quiet breed. However, they are not suited well to apartment life unless you lead an active lifestyle. They need a good 30 minutes of excercise daily, either running, brisk walking, swimming, or rigorous play with another dog or their human family.
Unlike our Maltepoos which are considered a completely non-shedding or "hypo-allergenic" breed since both parent breeds do not shed, the Aussiepoo is considered low to non-shedding, and therefore may not be for a severe allergy sufferer. A person with mild allergies usually does not have any problem with an Aussiepoo. The first (F1) generation of an Aussiepoo, such as we produce, is a 50% Aussie and 50% Poodle. This means that they have a 50/50 chance of being a shedding breed or a non-shedding breed, right? Actually, they are very low to non shedding in almost all cases as reported by our puppy families. It is widely believed that this is because the hair gene from the Poodle is a dominant gene. In fact, as the owner of a grooming salon, I am a bit of an expert on the subject. I have found that almost every heavy shedding doodle that has come into my salon was a Multigen. To add the icing on the cake, so to speak, because of the Aussie genetics, it slows the hair growth down in the Aussiepoo. So unlike the Poodle which needs to be professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks, Aussiepoos usually can go almost twice as long between haircuts as long as the coat is kept in optimal condition. This does not mean they are less maintenance however as they still need a good weekly brushing/combing to keep their coat in optimal condition.
Okay, so what do they look like? The best answer that I can give you is in one word. Unique! They come in a variety of stunning color combinations, both in their coat and eye color, just like the Aussie. You won't find two that look exactly the same. An Aussiepoo puppy is sure to pull in a crowd of admirers everywhere you go.
Aussiepoos come in 4 generally accepted sizes. Keep in mind that the size varieties of purebred breeds goes by height rather than weight. In my experience, most puppy families have an acceptable weight range that they are looking for, and so I will give the examples in that format: Toys (Toy Aussie x Toy Poodle) range 5-15 lbs, Miniatures (Miniature Aussie x Miniature Poodle) range 10-25 lbs, Moyen ( Miniature Aussie x Moyen Poodle) range 20-35lbs, and Standards (Standard Aussie x Standard Poodle) are 45 lbs or more at maturity. Other combinations are produced and accepted by individual breeders to produce their own personal desired size. We began with standards however now only focus on the Moyen or medium variety.
Below is a video illustrating the size difference between a Standard and Miniature Aussiepoo and is a good representation of the playful energy of the breed.
There are a lot of things to consider before breeding this hybrid. If done correctly, the results are absolutely outstanding. If a breeder is not educated and responsible about this crossbreeding however, the results can be catastrophic. There are a few big reasons for this.
The first being the merle gene. It is a dilute gene that lightens splotchy or speckled areas of the hair coat, eyes, nose, and paw pads. The problem comes into play when an uneducated or irresponsible breeder doesn't do their homework. Unfortuately breeding two dogs that both carry that particular gene has truly awful consequences. It is called a "double merle" gene, and often results approximately 25% in puppies that are deaf, blind, or both.
The second is the MRd1 gene which makes some breeds, including the Aussie, highly sensitive to several common veterinary drugs. These drugs include Ivermectin, which is active ingredient in Heartguard, the leading heartworm preventative medication in the USA. This gene is passed from generation to generation if an Aussie carrying the gene is allowed to breed. Kack's Poos genetically tests all of our parent Aussies so that this is not a concern for any of our puppy families. However, many breeders do not do this.
We use the laboratories of Paw Print Genetics to complete full panel genetic testing on all of our breeding dogs. By completing full panel testing, we are electing to have our dogs screened for every test that has been developed for the breed by our lab of choice. Click on the Paw Print Pedigrees logo below to view the genetic testing results on our bloodlines. We also have every single one of our parent dogs microchipped for permanent identification as an additional means of verification. This means that we are able to scan the microchip of each of our dogs right in front of our puppy families so they know the results shown do in fact belong to that dog and aren't being used fraudulently on another dog. Please note that you may have to disable your pop-up blocker to allow the link to open in a new browser window.
Kack's Crimson Romeo
Variety: Moyen Poodle
Weight: 25 lbs
Testing: Full genetic panel clear
OFA Hips, Elbows, Shoulders, Patellas, & Cardiac certifications
AKC DNA Verified
D Locus (Dilute) D/D Non-dilute
E Locus (Yellow/Red) e/e Red
IC Locus (Improper Coat/Furnishings) F/F Furnishings
K Locus (Dominant Black) Ky/Ky Agouti expression allowed
S Locus (White Spotting, Parti, or Piebald) S/S None
Kack's Heterochromic Dally
Variety: Miniature Australian Shepherd
Weight: 22 lbs
Testing: Full genetic panel clear
Kack's VooDoo F1AD
Variety: Miniature Aussiepoo
Weight: 28 lbs
Testing: Full genetic panel clear
Photos of our puppies growing up sent in by our happy families:) Click on a photo to enlarge
A hybrid dog such as an Aussiepoo cannot be registered with the AKC, UKC, CKC, NSDR, ASDR, or other popular registries. There are "designer" or "hybrid" registries for crossbreed puppies. However, it is important to note that just because a puppy comes with "papers", it does not in any way verify the quality of the puppy and many times does not verify the parents are even purebreds. The paperwork required to register a dog with these crossbreed registries is very minimal to even non-existent! We provide a registration application with each of our puppies to the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) as we understand our puppy families enjoy having that registration whether it be for their records or for novelty. We also send a 3 generation certificate of pedigree home with each of our puppies. Our Aussiepoos have registered purebred parents of their breed. We welcome our puppy families to meet both parents and examine any and all paperwork available in person at any time! We also provide links on our website to verify genetic testing results of our parent dogs with the laboratory directly.
The mixes from purebred parents of different breeds has become very popular due to the outstanding health of the puppies if they are bred from healthy lines in the first place. Hybrid Vigor is a term that is used when you breed two purebreds of different breeds, the offspring are exceptionally healthy and first generation offspring from two purebred parents of different breeds don't carry the genetic problems common to that particular breed. Any genetic problems would start showing up in 2nd generation and beyond if one or both of the original parents are mixes themselves. It is for this reason that all hybrid puppies should be spayed or neutered to prevent any future offspring whether intentional or accidental. Multigeneration crossbreeding should ONLY be attempted by the most experienced and educated breeders that are willing and able to keep the strictest of records and possess the moral integrity to undertake such breedings (as noted below).
The terms "F1B", "F2", "F3", etc. indicate that puppies have been produced out of mixed parents. While this does give greater consistency in coat type, it increases the likelihood of health issues if the original purebred parents were not genetically screened and healthy representations of that breed. That is why we only encourage the F1 or first generation crossbreedings or F1b or first generation bred back into the poodle line (for extreme allergy sufferers or those wanting more of a curly look). It is our opinion that no responsible or ethical crossbreed breeder would produce anything other than true first generation F1 or F1b puppies in which BOTH parents are purebred, registered, AND genetically screened or in the case of F1b puppies, the F1 parent being DNA verified parentage to purebred, registered, AND genetically screened parents! The very rare exception being if strict and VERIFIABLE records are present and available for inspection by potential puppy families showing that health testing on the purebred lines of origination, proof of purebred registry of the originating parent canines, and DNA verification of parentage of each subsequent
generation to prove integrity of the bloodline. We also like to see breeders that permanently identify their breeding dogs by microchip prior to that testing so that the permanent identification is listed on all results. By breeding multi-generation, the breeder is attempting to create a new breed which produces consistent results and breeds true. Strict records must be kept for such an undertaking, otherwise they are breeding for profit only with no regard to breed integrity. Also, to take on something like that takes a LIFETIME as each generation must be raised far enough into maturity to evaluate the line. It takes at least 20 years to get 4 generations in if you are doing it responsibly!
The most important thing that can be done by any person choosing a breeder for their new puppy is to ask to see verification. A good breeder will appreciate your commitment to ensure you are not supporting a backyard breeder or puppymill and will be happy to provide verification to you. We recognize the unfortunate amount of fraud amongst breeders and even many shelter and rescue organizations and the lengths that these profit seekers will go to in an effort to deceive unsuspecting buyers.
Visit our "Choosing a Breeder" page to learn more.
Chloe's recordbreaking litter of 14 puppies born in 2014! Proud mama! Chloe retired after her last litter born in November 1017.
Chloe with their wonderful original Guardian mom, Kathy. This photo was taken in December 2015. Both of these girls have been retired.
Chloe (retired) celebrating
St. Patrick's Day 2017
Chloe (retired) with Carm 2017
Vixen and Juliet lounging around waiting for Vixen to begin labor any day! May 2017