Is an AussieDoodle right for me?

Is an AussieDoodle right for me?

Our AussieDoodles are smart, happy go lucky dogs.  They love EVERYONE!  They are very low shedding, low allergenic dogs.  That said, the are NOT fit for every family.  We rarely send puppies home to homes where adults work out of the house, or families in apartments.  Aussiedoodles, especially ours, are incredibly smart dogs.  They are NOT HAPPY, sitting around for 8 hours, waiting for their master to come home.  They are too smart to sit there with nothing to do.  Just like a child, AussieDoodles can develop behavior problems, if they are not engaged in human interaction, and not exercised several times a day.  You should be realistic with yourself, and ensure you can make this commitment to such a smart and high energy dog.  If you’re more the “couch potato” type, you should choose a different breed, or a cat 🙂

RedMerleAussieDoodlePuppiesHere are a few reasons you should get an AussieDoodle, and a few reasons you should NOT get one:

The Good.

1.   AussieDoodles shed less, sometimes not at all.

2.  AussieDoodles are better for people with mild allergies.

3.  AussieDoodles are incredibly smart and easy to train. By 4 months old, they will already know several phrases, like “let’s get in the car,” and “time for bed,” and “let’s go for a walk.”

4.  AussieDoodles are fun, affectionate, happy-go-lucky dogs.  They love everyone.  They are not protective or aggressive.  They usually love other animals, dogs, cats, especially if introduced early.

5.  They are loyal to their owners and after some time and training, can walk off leash reliably.

The bad.

1.  With extreme smarts, can come bad things too.  Like kids, they learn to out-wit you to get what they want.  They learn how to get into the trash can and things like that.  If you do something once, they will expect it again.  Smart dogs get bored easily.  They are not content to sit there and stare at the wall.  They want to be doing something, and if you’re not entertaining them, they may find something to do on their own (something you don’t want them to do).

2.  Exercise is a must, to bleed off some of that energy.  And I don’t mean a 15 minute walk, once every 24 hours.  A couple walks a day, Frisbee sessions, training exercises, are essential to give them an outlet for that energy.

3.  They need to be groomed.  Dogs that don’t shed, their hair continues to grow, and will grow long, just like a poodle.  You will need to learn how to groom your AussieDoodle, or take it to be groomed.

BlackAndGrayAussieDoodleBefore getting an AussieDoodle, or any high energy dog, consider these things.

1.  If you live in an apartment…
Potty training a dog in an apartment is torture.  I’m not saying it can’t be done.  One of our previous owners lived in an 2nd floor apt.  She went up and down steps a dozen times a day.  Every time you THINK your dog might have to pee, you are out there with it on a leash.  Prepare for life as you know it, to change.

Dogs bark.  AussieDoodles are not known to be excessive barkers, but if yours decides to bark, you will have a problem with your neighbors.  Apartments are small, with not much room for puppies to romp around and play.
2.  Do you have a fenced in yard?
My sister has an AussieDoodle too.  She lives in a house but does not have a fence.  She managed, but with no fenced in yard, potty training was a nightmare.  Be prepared to get dressed and put your shoes on every time your dog needs to go outside.  And when they are little, that’s twice an hour.
With no fence, can you give your dog enough exercise?  How can your dog really RUN if you don’t have a fenced in yard.  Puppies have energy that needs to be burnt off.  If not, puppies can become destructive.
Even if you have dog park nearby, are you really going to take your dog there every day?

3.  Your work schedule…

Not many breeds will do well alone for 8 hours, especially an AussieDoodle.  Again, they are too smart and need some interaction.  On top of that, sometimes you have a rough day at work and just want to come home and chill.  SURPRISE!  You have a dog who has been waiting for you ALL DAY, and they are ready to bust.

Do you work 8 hours a day?  How long are you gone all day?  I usually tell people to NOT get a dog if they are away 9 hours a day.  Your dog just slept 7 hours all night, then it plays for a hour while you rush around to get ready for work, and then you expect it to sleep again for another 9 hours?  NOPE.
From 8 weeks old to 6 months old, puppy will need to be let outside, and get some exercise at LEAST every 3 hours.  Coming home once on your lunch hour will not be sufficient.  You will need to hire a dog walker / dog sitter to come give your dog some interaction.  A dog will go STIR crazy in a crate for 9 hours.  It will eliminate in the crate and develop behavior problems.

If you want a dog, and have these things working against you, I’m not saying it’s impossible.  I’m just asking you to consider what kind of life you can give your dog.  Can you afford to hire dog walkers when you are going to be gone for more than 3-4 hours at a time?  In the first month, forget about a full night’s sleep!  Puppies are, to say the least, challenging.  It is ALMOST like having a real baby.

Blue Merle Mini AussieDoodle Puppy