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Miniature Aussiedoodle (Miniature Poodle & Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix)

Nicole Cosgrove

Height: 12-18 inches
Weight: 15-45 pounds
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Colors: Cream, black and white, black and red, phantom black and tan, blue merle, red merle, red sable, red and white, cinnamon merle, tri-colored
Suitable for: Active families, families with children, allergy sufferers
Temperament: Intelligent, playful, loyal, loving

The Mini Aussiedoodle is a designer dog that is the miniature version of the more popular designer dog, the Aussiedoodle. Miniature Aussiedoodles, also known as Miniature Aussie-Poos, are a mix between a Miniature Poodle and a Miniature Australian Shepherd. Mini Aussiedoodles typically weigh between 15 and 45 pounds and reach anywhere from 12 to 18 inches in height. Size can vary greatly depending on their parents.

Mini Aussiedoodles are energetic, loving, affectionate, playful, and loyal. They can make excellent companions for children and families. Mini Aussiesdoodles tend to be very eager to please and are very emotionally responsive to their owners. This hybrid breed is extremely intelligent and tends to be easy to train.

The Mini Aussiedoodles will come in a wide variety of colors, including cream, black and white, black, and red, phantom black and tan, blue merle, red merle, red sable, red and white, cinnamon merle, and tri-colored variations. Their coats can vary due to mixed genetics, but they can be great for allergy sufferers.divider-dog

Mini Aussiedoodle Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Mini Aussiedoodle is a wonderful little breed that packs a lot of energy and love into its smaller stature. These dogs wouldn’t be ideal for individuals or families that do not have the time or activity level to keep up with their exercise needs.

They may not need as much exercise as a full-sized Aussiedoodle, but they will require regular daily exercise to keep them happy, healthy and to avoid obesity. Behavioral problems can surface in any dog that is not given enough mental or physical stimulation.

Since this hybrid gets its traits from both breeds, there is a chance they could exhibit separation anxiety since it is commonly seen in miniature poodles. They can become very dependent on your presence and become very anxious when left alone. Proper training from a young age is important to avoid this kind of behavior.

The Mini Aussiedoodle can have a high maintenance coat thanks to their poodle genetics. Each individual’s coat will vary but they typically require regular grooming.

Energy:
Trainability:
Health:
Lifespan:
Sociability:

What’s the Price of Mini Aussiedoodle Puppies?

The price of a Miniature Aussiedoodle puppy can vary. They are much harder to find than the regular Aussiedoodle and are typically much more expensive. On average, a Mini Aussiedoodle puppy will cost between $1,000 and $2,500.

You will want to ensure you are getting your puppy from a reputable breeder that has a lot of experience with this designer hybrid and its purebred parents. You may be required to travel to find a reputable Mini Aussiedoodle breeder.

You could have trouble finding a Mini Aussiedoodle at a rescue due to how rare they are. You’d want to seek out Doodle rescues or even reach out to your local animal shelter to inquire about rescues they work with. Avoiding backyard breeders and puppy mills is very important when you’re looking to purchase any dog.divider-dog

3 Little-Known Facts About Mini Aussiedoodles

1. Mini Aussiedoodles Can Have Two Different Colored Eyes

The genetics of the Australian Shepherd can pass along the condition called heterochromia, where one eye is colored differently than the other. The Australian Shepherd is one of a few dog breeds that commonly have two different colored eyes. If a Mini Aussiedoodle pulls this from their lineage, they can have a combination of brown, blue, hazel, amber, or green eyes. Interestingly, they can even display more than one color in the same eye.


2. Australian Shepherds Are Not from Australia

Contrary to popular belief and what their name implies, the Australian Shepherd is an American breed. They originated in the Western United States for the purpose of herding large flocks of sheep.


3. Poodles Originate in Germany

There is some controversy on where the Poodle breed originated. They are the national dog of France but according to the American Kennel Club, the Poodle originated in Germany. In fact, their name is derived from the German word “pudel,” which means “to splash in water.”

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Mini Aussiedoodle

The temperament of the Mini Aussiedoodle is dependent on which characteristics they get from their parent breeds and the training and socialization they receive as youngsters. Generally, the Mini Aussiedoodle is a very sociable and loving breed that genuinely enjoys the relationship it develops with its owners.

They become very attached to their families and do make wonderful family dogs. They are very playful and active so they will want to exercise and enjoy some playtime daily.

Miniature Australian Shepherds and Miniature Poodles are both highly intelligent, loyal, and outgoing, so you can expect this from your Mini Aussiedoodle.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Mini Aussiedoodle can make a great pet for families with children as they are generally great with kids and do not tend to exhibit aggressive tendencies, especially when properly trained. The Mini Aussiedoodle will need a lot of playtime and exercise, which is another reason they can make great family dogs.

It is very important to teach young children how to properly interact with any pets for their safety and that of the animal. This hybrid will do best with more active families that can devote time for play and exercise.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

Mini Aussiedoodles can get along great with any other pets as long as they are introduced properly. Their Australian Shepherd genetics may make them prone to herding tendencies and Miniature Poodles can enjoy the occasional chase, but this can easily be avoided with proper training.

Socializing your Mini Aussiedoodle with other animals starting during puppyhood will be a great way to ensure you have a well-behaved and well-rounded dog that gets along great with others.divider-dog

Things to Know When Owning a Mini Aussiedoodle:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

As with any dog, Mini Aussiedoodles will require high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their size, age, and activity level. This hybrid is prone to weight gain so you will need to take steps to ensure they are kept on a regular eating schedule and are not overfed.

It’s highly recommended that you consult your veterinarian for recommendations about your Mini Aussiedoodle’s diet.

Exercise 🐕

Mini Aussiedoodles will thoroughly enjoy exercise and will require it for their overall health and well-being. They are highly energetic and active like their parent breeds so getting an hour of daily exercise is necessary to keep this breed mentally and physically stimulated.

When Mini Aussiedoodles are lacking their needed amount of exercise, they can become destructive, exhibit behavioral problems, and could even become obese. Setting aside time each day for walks or playtime will be a must for owners of this designer dog.

Training 🎾

The Mini Aussiedoodle is very intelligent and eager to please. They may have a lot of energy, but they are typically easy to train if it is done in a way that keeps them from becoming bored too easily.

Repetitive training may not be the best approach for some individuals. You will want to keep training fun and interesting to keep their attention and to get the best results. They can be treat-motivated, play-motivated, or a combination of both.

Starting training from early puppyhood is essential to ensure that you have a well-behaved and well-mannered companion.

Grooming ✂️

The Miniature Poodle is a dog breed that does not shed. The Australian Shepherd, however, is a heavy shedder. Thanks to the Miniature Poodle genetics, many Mini Aussiedoodles are low-shedders and aren’t very harsh on allergy sufferers. Do keep in mind though that because they are mixed with a heavy-shedding breed, you are not guaranteed a low-shedding individual.

The Mini Aussiedoodle will have a high maintenance coat since both parent breeds do as well. They will require frequent brushing and regular grooming to keep their coat healthy and free of mats. If you are inexperienced with dog grooming, you may want to find groomers in your local area.

You’ll want to ensure healthy ears by checking them regularly and wiping any dirt or debris that builds up. Keeping their nails trimmed regularly to prevent overgrowth is essential as well. Teeth brushing and dental checkups will be needed, as with any dog but smaller dogs can be more prone to gum disease.

Health and Conditions 🏥

On average, the Mini Aussiedoodle is a generally healthy dog. They are expected to have a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years. Of course, proper care and nutrition are very important to the longevity of your dog.

Mini Aussiedoodles have a lower risk of some health conditions due to the genetic diversity but can still be prone to some health conditions or diseases that are passed down genetically from their parent breeds. Even if both parents appear to be healthy, issues can pop up at any time during a dog’s life, especially as they age.

Minor Conditions
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Drug Sensitivity

Male vs Female

When it comes to personality, there are generally no differences between the male and female Mini Aussiedoodle. Because this is a hybrid between two very different dog breeds, they can take on the traits of either or both parent breeds. Males and females make great companions and family members.

Females can be smaller than males in terms of size but again, being a mix between two breeds causes this to vary greatly. Unaltered males will mark their outdoor territory and females will begin heat cycles once they start to reach sexual maturity. A great way to avoid this is by spaying or neutering your dog, as it has many healthy and behavioral benefits.divider-dog

Final Thoughts

The Mini Aussiedoodle could make a great companion for the right individual or family. They are a unique designer dog that comes in a smaller package than the full-sized Aussiedoodle. Regardless of their small size, they will need their exercise needs to be met since they are so active, playful, and intelligent.

Mini Aussiedoodles are loyal and form strong bonds with their people. They have a wonderful variety of coat colors and patterns if you are up for the potential grooming challenges. Overall, they are a great-tempered, small-to-medium-sized hybrid that can win your heart pretty quickly.


Featured Image Credit: ariesa66, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.