Owning an Aussiedoodle pros and cons
Aussiedoodle dog is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. Potential Aussie Doodle dog owners need to be aware of the challenges as well as positive qualities of Australian Shepherd Poodle mix dogs. One of the reasons for creating an Aussiedoodle hybrid is because of the hypoallergenic and low shedding coat. Australian Shepherds produce a considerable amount of shedding that can add plenty of extra work around the home to keep the floors and furniture free from the shedded hair. Poodles, on the other hand shed minimally and produce less pet allergens than many other breeds. Crossing an Aussie with a Poodle results in offspring that can inherit the low-shedding quality as well as lower amounts of pet allergens. The lower shedding and less amounts of pet allergens is one of the pros to owning an Aussiedoodle dog.
Another reason why Aussiedoodle dogs are gaining popularity among pet owners is because this hybrid dog is highly intelligent, eager to please the owner and responds well to training. Half Poodle half Australian Shepherd dogs are among the smartest mixed breed dogs and very versatile. Aussiedoodle can be successfully trained for a range of different occupations that may include herding, hunting and just being a wonderful family dog. Not all Aussiedoodles have a strong herding instinct, but some certainly do and may even try to herd other pets in the household or even kids. Herding instinct is strongly present in Australian Shepherds as these dogs were specifically developed as a herding breed. As a result, this herding drive may be present in some Aussiedoodle dogs. Aussiedoodles are great with kids, which is another positive. There's one caveat, however, as Aussiedoodles are high energy dogs that require plenty of physical as well as mental stimulation throughout the day. Low energy people or people that dislike being active most of the day are not suitable owners for an Aussiedoodle dog. Families with very young children may not have the luxury of time that it takes to properly care for an Aussiedoodle dog.
What are some other cons associated with owning an Aussiedoodle dog? Aussiedoodle owners know that this dog needs plenty of attention throughout the day, making this hybrid not ideal for people who are unable to dedicate most of their day to actively spending time with a pet that is very demanding in terms of attention. Aussiedoodle puppies are especially hungry for your time. Young Aussiedoodles need to be socialized from an early age. Training should also start during the first months of the dog's life. Aussiedoodle pups need to be potty trained and that can take a lot of time on the owner's part. Not everyone has the time that it takes to properly take care of a highly intelligent and very active dog such as an Aussiedoodle. Aussiedoodles who live in apartments can be especially challenging as these clever dogs may easily get bored and start exploring different ways to keep themselves occupied. Finding healthy outlets for the dog's energy should not be difficult. Potential owners who enjoy dog sports such as obedience or tracking may find that an Aussiedoodle is the suitable pet that is always up for a long walk or some exciting playtime. Fetching and swimming are among favorite activities for many Aussiedoodle dogs. Aussiedoodles also like to chew on things, so investing in some chewable dental toys can be a great way to keep your dog busy while also helping to keep his teeth clean. Young Aussiedoodle pups that are going through a teething period are especially interested in finding something to chew on and may take an interest in your new leather shoes. In that case get plenty of chewable toys for dogs and don't forget to hide your favorite shoes and socks away from the dog's reach. Do you think you have the energy to keep up with this energetic dog?
How difficult are Aussiedoodles to groom? Although Aussiedoodle dogs shed less than many other dogs, their beautiful coat needs a lot of work and pampering in order to stay healthy and neat. Mats can be a problem, especially around the ears and around the belly area and these need to be removed promptly.
One of the great things about Aussiedoodles is that these dogs come in several sizes, and larger Standard Aussiedoodles may be more challenging to groom as there's more surface area with the coat that needs to be cared for. Miniature and Toy Aussiedoodles are smaller in size and may be easier to manage while grooming. They can fit into a bathtub easier in order to get bathed than larger Standard Aussiedoodles that may require special equipment in order to be groomed and washed, which can be a drawback especially for those who live in apartments. Taking an Aussiedoodle to a professional groomer is an option and the drawback is that dog grooming appointments can be expensive.
One of the advantages to Aussiedoodles is that this hybrid dog comes in an array of sizes and coat colors and people who have less living space such as an apartment can consider the smaller types of Aussiedoodles while potential owners who are fortunate to have a fenced yard may opt for a medium or larger sized Aussiedoodles that need more space to run and exercise during the day. Aussiedoodles of all sizes require plenty of exercise and may be challenging for people who live in apartments. Aussiedoodles who have an active lifestyle can burn their energy by doing productive activities with the owner throughout the day while Aussiedoodles who don't get to spend a lot of energy may be prone to various behavior problems as a result of a less active lifestyle. Behavior problems such as excessive barking or damaging furniture at home frequently stem from a lack of mental and physical engagement throughtout the day and the dog is simply trying to stay busy by inventing other things to do. In such cases, try to increase the time that the dog spends walking and playing during the day to burn that excessive energy.
Pros of an Aussiedoodle
Aussiedoodles are healthier as a result of their hybrid genes
Aussiedoodles have a very loyal temperament
Aussie Doodles are highly Intelligent thanks to their parents
Aussiedoodles aren't prone to much shedding
Aussiedoodle dogs are affectionate and get along well with everyone
Cons of an Aussiedoodle
Aussiedoodles have a tendency to easily learn bad habits
If left alone for extended periods of time, Australian Shepherd Poodle mix dogs get bored easily and may get into all sorts of trouble
Aussiedoodles are high maintenance in terms of grooming and coat care
Their high energy levels make Poodle Australian Shepherd mix dogs demand frequent exercise
Aussiedoodle health problems
Aussiedoodles are bound to go through similar health issues as those of their parents, the Poodle, and the Australian Shepherd. In most cases, Aussiedoodle dogs are healthy dogs, and their owners are advised to always maintain good health care routines as well as regular veterinary check-ups.
Here are some of the main health issues of Aussiedoodle dogs
Since Australian Shepherds as well as Poodles are prone to various eye conditions some eye diseases can be inherited by Aussiedoodle dogs and include cataracts as well as progressive retinal atrophy
Ivermectin sensitivity (Reactions to tick and flea medications)
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