What is an Aussiedoodle, and what are all the F1’s and 2’s and bs about?
An F1 Aussiedoodle is a cross between a purebred Poodle, and a purebred Australian Shepherd. An F1b Aussiedoodle is a cross between an Aussiedoodle and a purebred Poodle, making it 3/4 Poodle. An F2 Aussiedoodle is a cross between two Aussiedoodles. An F2b is a cross between an F2 and a poodle.
Since Jane is now retired, are current Aussiedoodles will be/are F1bs.
F1b’s tend to have a tighter curl and even less shedding. Sometimes, however they take on more of the poodle, rather than doodle look. If you are wanting the no-shed, we will pick out a more curly and poodle coat type, if you want a more doodly puppy, and don’t mind minimal shedding, we will pick a puppy with more of a “slick” coat, which will eventually curl/wave and grow out into the normal doodle coat.
How big do your Aussiedoodles get?
Our Aussiedoodles will range in size from 40lbs to 60lbs full grown.
What color are they?
Our current Doodles range in colors from white/apricot to black to blue merle.
How in the world do you get blue merle from a red mom and white dad? (this question pertains to Jane’s past puppies)
The dad, although white in expression carries the dominant black gene. The mom carries two recessive red genes. She only produces red puppies when bred to a dog with one or two recessive red genes. Since the stud has no recessive red genes, the black gene is dominant and will express itself in all of her puppies from this particular cross.
Jane is homozygous merle, and so all of her puppies will have a merle pattern over their “base color” which in our case is black. The merle gene dilutes random patches of hair in no particular pattern or order. Although we call black merles “blue” because of the hue that the dilution gives, they are really just black dogs with diluted patches.
Most Aussies carry a white pattern (Irish pattern) that puts a big white collar on the dog, as well as a white blaze on the face. Think border collie. That pattern is more from show lines. Jane comes from working lines rather than show, and does not carry the Irish pattern, so most of her puppies have very little white.
What are your puppies’ temperaments and energy level?
Firstly, they are very very smart and trainable. They have a very strong desire to learn. They are fairly sensitive dogs, responding best to positive reinforcement. They are very perceptive, and can read your moods and body language better than most people. They tend toward the shy side as puppies, although they grow out of it rather quickly. They have a good play drive, and a desire to retrieve. Some carry the herding tendencies of their mom, although it is not very strong. Mostly they just want to be around their people, as they are very loyal and attentive.
Their energy level is on the higher end of medium. They would not thrive without daily exercise, and mental stimulation. They are great inside dogs, even great apartment dogs as long as you give them plenty of fresh air and exercise daily. They are great running/biking/hiking partners as they have plenty of endurance and speed. An active single person or family is IDEAL for these dogs. They love people, and they love activity. They would also thrive as therapy or service dogs.
Do they shed?
Yes, but not much. They shed less than a labradoodle. As long as you brush them every week, or twice a week, and bathe them every couple of weeks you should not find much hair anywhere. They are a great option for someone with mild dog allergies, but no dog is “hypoallergenic” because all dogs have skin, and it is the skin that people are allergic to. However, without all the shedding of a normal dog, a lot less dog allergens get spread all over your house, car, and clothes. It is also nice to be able to cuddle with your dog without immediately having to find your sticky roller to get all the hair off.
What about grooming?
The hair on these pups grows and grows, and unless you want a wild mop collecting stickers all summer, you may consider getting them groomed, or grooming them yourself. I have chosen to groom ours myself, and it has been great. She has been trained to be calm and confident from the beginning, and I actually clipped her (for an hour) with her up on a table with no restraint, not even a leash. You tube videos are great for learning how to groom :-).
You also need to keep an eye on those nails and make sure they and the dew claw aren’t getting too long. This applies to any dog.
Can I have one of these dogs if I work full time?
Yes, provided you have time to exercise and mentally stimulate the dog daily. If you don’t have time for that then it is not the right time to have a dog. A dog can learn your routine, and happily be kennel trained as long as it knows that you are indeed coming back and you will indeed give it the attention it needs. If you don’t give them (or any dog) proper exercise/mental stimulation they will end up driving you crazy, and developing behavioral issues. That being said, you don’t need to be with your dog every minute of the day in order for it to be a nice, well adjusted dog.
Are they good with kids?
Yes, they are WONDERFUL with kids. Jane, the mom has a really strong nurture/protective drive, and she seems to pass that along to her puppies. Lucy also has that wonderful personality, and is another Jane in a doodle coat. They are naturally care takers, and naturally nurturing and kind. That is one reason I love the Australian Shepherd cross- that shepherding instinct is very strong. I can fully trust my 6 month old Aussiedoodle with my 1 and 3 year old girls. She is very gentle, kind, does not jump on them, and follows them everywhere they go. They feed her by hand, pull on her legs, try to sit on her, etc, and she just wags her tail and happily takes it all in.
Do they make good guard dogs?
Probably not. They will bark at strangers and be a good alert, but they are a bit on the cute and friendly side to be very intimidating. However, if there is something they really feel the need to protect (like their person) they might muster up their courage and become intimidating. They are no German Shepherd or Rottweiler.
How will I deal with all the cuteness overload?
I can not help you there. Take lots of pictures and send them to me.