Poodles, Maltepoos, and Aussiepoos bred by a Veterinary Technician/Groomer working with and breeding 
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Kack's Poos

by Renee M. Kachenmeister, RVT, Owner of Kack's Dog Grooming

Aussiepoos (Aussiedoodles)

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. 

Due to poor breeding management and lack of knowledge by breeders over years, most breeds have a very high incidence of genetic health issues that are inherent to their particular breed. Both the Australian Shepherd and Poodle breeds are no exception. That is why it is crucial to screen any animals being used for breeding to be certain that those genetic faults aren't in our bloodlines. Unfortunately many uneducated and irresponsible breeders are out there and producing puppies that grow up to have a multitude of expensive veterinary problems that impact the puppy's quality of life as it becomes an adult. I encourage you to take the time to look over our page on "choosing a breeder" before you continue your search for a puppy of ANY breed. VERIFIABLE genetic testing should be completed on any poodle that is used in a responsible and ethical breeding program to eliminate many of the diseases inherent to the breed. Genetic testing is the only testing available that cannot be manipulated and is not based upon individual interpretation.

Please check out the links below on choosing a breeder, our waiting list policies, photos and testimonials, and finally our puppies available! 

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.

Meet the parents of our Aussiepoo puppies!

Kack's Crimson Romeo

Variety: Moyen Poodle

Height: 16"

Weight: 25 lbs

Testing: Full genetic panel clear

OFA Hips - Good

OFA Elbows/shoulders - Normal

OFA Patellas - Normal

OFA Cardiac - Normal

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 VooDoo F1AD

Variety: Miniature Aussiepoo

Height: 16"

Weight: 28 lbs

Testing: Full genetic panel clear

Pups out of this dam are F1b
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