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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.