The size of a dog is an important consideration. Purebreds have breed standards, which give you a fairly accurate idea of how big a dog will be when it’s fully grown. But if you’re looking at getting a cross-breed, like an Aussiedoodle, it’s not always super apparent.
How big do Aussiedoodles get?
- STANDARD Aussiedoodles – Measure from 19 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 40-70 pounds
- MINIATURE Aussiedoodles – Typically measure from 12 to 19 inches at the shoulder and weigh 15-35 pounds
- TINY Aussiedoodles – Measure from 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and weigh 6-12 pounds
|STANDARD||19 – 24 inches at the shoulder||40 – 70 Pounds|
|MINIATURE||12– 19 inches at the shoulder||15 – 35 Pounds|
|TINY||10 – 12 inches at the shoulder||6 – 12 Pounds|
Do you live in an apartment or house where space is at a premium? Or maybe you’re just looking for a pup that will fit on your lap and eat less food. Luck for you, like many Doodle dogs, Aussiedoodles can be found in a variety of sizes to fit your needs.
Now that you know the common size options for Aussiedoodles, lets look at when you can expect them to be fully grown and the different activity levels and temperaments they have depending on size.
How Breeding Affects Aussiedoodle Sizes
How large your Aussiedoodle becomes depends on its parents. A Standard Aussidoodle, that which is bred with a standard Poodle and Australian Shepherd, can reach the upper weight range of 70 pounds. It’s a mid-sized dog. However, if this is too large for you and the space that you can provide for the dog, there are other versions of the Aussiedoodle that are smaller.
It all has to do with the size of the Poodle that is used during the breeding process. A Toy Poodle, for example, is significantly smaller than the Standard Poodle. It stands at about 10 inches in height and can weigh up to 5 to 10 pounds. It’s rare for the Toy Poodle to reach a height beyond 10 inches.
Clearly, an Aussiedoodle that comes from a Toy Poodle is going to be smaller than the 70 pounds marker, even if the Australian Shepherd is a mid-sized dog. There are some Australian Shepherds who are also tiny. This preserves that tiny height and weight that many owners may desire in their pet dog.
Another variation of size can come from a Miniature or Mini Poodle. This dog is a bit larger than the Toy Poodle. It typically has a height of 12-15 inches and can weight around 15-20 pounds. There are Miniature Australian Shepherds, too.
When these two dogs are mixed, you can get something known as a Miniature Aussiedoodle. They are smaller than the standard Aussiedoodle but still a bit larger than the puppies that come from a Toy Poodle parent.
Clearly, there are many different outcomes that your dog can have based on its parents. If you know that you need a smaller dog to fit inside of your apartment, then the Miniature Aussiedoodle or an Aussiedoodle with a Toy Poodle parent may be the best option for you. If you have a lot of space, then the standard Aussiedoodle may find a happy home with you.
Common Aussiedoodle Sizes:
- Standard Aussiedoodle: 19-24 inches in height, 40-70 pounds
- Miniature Aussiedoodle: 12-19 inches in height, 15-35 pounds
- Tiny Aussiedoodle (Toy Poodle parent): 10-12 inches in height, 6-12 pounds
At What Age Is An Aussiedoodle Fully Grown?
Depending on what kind of Aussiedoodle they are, their development will differ in terms of time. Smaller breeds typically reach their fully grown size faster than larger breeds. That’s simply because they have less to grow. The age at which an Aussiedoodle reaches its maximum size is also determined by their parents.
Tiny Aussiedoodles typically reach their fully developed size at around eight months.
Miniature Aussiedoodles typically finish growing after 12 months.
Standard Aussiedoodles also tend to reach there maximum size around 12 months of age.
Obviously, there may be some variation if your Aussiedoodle is larger or smaller than the category it normally belongs to.
Generational Breeding And Its Benefits
If you happen to receive an Aussiedoodle that comes from Aussiedoodle parents, then you can likely experience quite a few benefits. For one, you should be able to know right off the bat what the expected size of your Aussiedoodle is going to be. That is if you use Aussiedoodle parents who are the same size themselves.
In terms of temperament, you’re also going to benefit. An Aussiedoodle puppy that comes from Aussiedoodle parents has the temperament of the mixed breed rather than the two separate breeds of its grandparents. Since Aussiedoodles are typically quite friendly and social, your puppy should be practically guaranteed that same temperament. Though it should also be noted that temperament is half genetics and half environment and training.
You’ll also find that your Aussiedoodle puppy is extremely intelligent. This also stems from their Aussiedoodle parentage. They are easily trainable and can be used in the workforce as shepherds, service dogs, or even work with the police.
You may even discover that the herding instinct that exists in Australian Shepherds has been decreased in your Aussiedoodle puppy. The more generations that your puppy comes from in the Aussiedoodle family, the more likely that herding instinct is to be weeded out of it. Since herding can be a problem with a family that has small children, it’s a great idea to try and find an Aussiedoodle puppy that has a long history of Aussiedoodles in its lineage.
Activity Levels And Temperament Based On Size
Although Aussiedoodles are fairly active due to its breed alone, its size may impact its activity levels. For example, Mini Poodles and Toy Poodles don’t typically need a lot of exercise because they’re not that active.
However, an Australian Shepherd is extremely active. So, while your smaller Aussiedoodle may not be as active as the Standard Aussiedoodle, you’ll likely find that it still wants to go outside and play more often than other breeds its size.
It’s not a bad idea to ask the breeders how active the Poodle part of parents is. Or, if you’re receiving a second or third generation Aussiedoodle, then you can ask them how active the parents were. It’s the Australian Shepherd part of the breed that makes the Aussiedoodle active and energetic.
Puppies tire much quicker than fully grown adults and require less exercise. Perhaps no longer than fifteen minutes for extremely young puppies is a good rule of thumb. However, you can expect to play with them a lot inside the home. Again, their activity level might be determined by the size of their Poodle parent and how active that parent was.
Fully grown Aussiedoodles need to be active outside anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Standard Aussiedoodles will need a lot of time outside and opportunities to be active.
As a dog grows older, its activity levels decrease. This is true even for active Aussiedoodles. No matter what size it might be, you’ll notice a decline in your dog’s energy once it reaches a certain age.
Temperament isn’t impacted by size as much as activity levels might be. Toy Poodles can be friendly but also can be quite shy. This may impact how your small Aussiedoodle does with other people and pets. Mini Poodles can also be shy but are extremely loyal and playful. Otherwise, your Standard Aussiedoodle can be lively, playful, intelligent, friendly, and loyal.
What is the life expectancy of an Aussiedoodle?
The average lifespan of an Aussiedoodle is 10 to 12 years. If you keep your pet fit and mentally stimulated throughout their life, then you may be able to extend their life by a few years past this mark. Aussiedoodles are subject to health risks from either of its parents. These can impact their life expectancy.
How much attention do Aussiedoodles need?
Because Aussiedoodles are considered among the Einsteins of canines, they require a lot of mental stimulation. They like to work. The Australian Shepherd in them likes to perform social work, in particular, be it herding or as a service dog. You should be prepared to give your Aussiedoodle at least two hours of play and plenty of affection.
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