An intelligent, athletic crossbreed with oodles of love to spare, Aussie doodles could be a terrific choice for active pet parents who want a low-allergen pooch.
What's an Aussiedoodle? She's a whip-smart crossbreed with Australian shepherd and poodle parents who's a bundle of energetic fun, devoted companionship, and glamorous good looks.
An Aussiedoodle's intelligence, loyal heart, and eagerness to please makes her a wonderful canine companion for families with children. Playful and outgoing, these genius pet pals need consistent positive reinforcement training and boundaries to ensure a happy, productive, and safe environment and a chance for them to live up to their potential.
Poodles are known for their curly coat, long pointed nose, and small dark eyes. They're also famously associated with one of the most ornate dog grooming styles ever—the topiary continental clip, which leaves curly pompons of hair carefully shaped around the joints and chest. Those unfamiliar with poodles might be surprised to find that the flamboyant continental clip is largely seen only on show dog poodles—family pet poodles usually go with the more subtle sporting clip, which is a short and fuss-free style. You'll most often find poodles with white, black, or brown coats, but they exist in a wide range of shades, from apricot to silver.
The height of a standard poodle is typically between 18 and 24 inches, although being over 15 inches specifically is what sets the standard poodle apart from miniature and toy poodles. (Miniature poodles are between 10 and 15 inches, and toy poodles are under 10 inches.) Standard poodles can weigh between 50 and 70 pounds, with female dogs tending to weigh less than the male ones. The standard is the largest and strongest of all the three poodle types.
Poodles are obedient, smart, and playful. They're far from an aggressive breed, but they do have watchdog tendencies and will bark to alert you to any noises or visitors. The breed's response to unfamiliar faces can range from friendly and engaging to shy and reserved.
"Although each dog should be viewed as an individual, poodles are known to be athletic, energetic, and motivated to learn," Joan Hunter Mayer, CBCC-KA, a California-based professional dog trainer and behavior consultant says. "As a trainer who has worked with poodles of all sizes, I would agree that in general, this breed commonly lives up to these breed traits."
The personable poodle loves interacting with his human and will do what he can to please you. These highly intelligent dogs also seem to have a sense for reading their owners' body language and expressions, making them intuitive companions. Their sensitivity doesn't stop there; they're also prone to getting pretty emotional themselves. Poodles are hypersensitive pooches who can be easily startled by touch or sound, so watch out for bouts of anxiety.
These happy, high-strung animals love to romp around, bounce, run, and play nearly non-stop as puppies and young dogs. Their activity levels do change with maturity however, and you can expect them to calm down a bit between 18 months and 2 years of age. Standard poodles are also generally more calm than miniature and toy poodles.
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