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Kack's Maltepoos and Aussiepoos

by Renee M. Kachenmeister, RVT, Owner of Kack's Dog Grooming

Photo slideshow of some of our Kack's Poos Aussiepoo pups    

  • blue merle adult
    blue merle adult
  • red merle adult
    red merle adult
  • black & white bi-color adult
    black & white bi-color adult

There are a few different spellings of the breed name for this visually stunning medium size dog which include: Aussiepoo, Aussi-Poo, and Aussiedoodle. The deliberate cross breeding of the Australian Shepherd and Standard Poodle, two of the most intelligent breeds in the world, creates a wonderful new hybrid known as the Aussiepoo.

The original reason behind crossing these two amazing breeds was to allow Australian Shepherd lovers that suffered from allergies or did not want the high maintenance of the double Aussie coat to be able to enjoy this beautiful breed. The added benefit to Standard Poodle lovers is that by crossing with the Aussie, it lifts the ear canal thereby reducing the risk of ear infections that many Poodle owners have to deal with. 

Aussiepoos, like their parent breeds, love children and other pets. The Aussie is well known for it's patience. They are extremely intelligent, loyal, sweet, and playful for life. Aussiepoos tend to love everyone they meet, and in fact most would say they have never met a stranger, only new friends! They have become very popular as assistance dogs to the handicapped and elderly, as well as being trained as top agility prospects. In general, they are known for being a rather quiet breed. However, they are not suited well to apartment life unless you lead an active lifestyle. They need a good 30 minutes of excercise daily, either running, brisk walking, swimming, or rigorous play with another dog or their human family. 

Unlike our Maltepoos which are considered a completely non-shedding or "hypo-allergenic" breed since both parent breeds do not shed, the Aussiepoo is considered low to non-shedding, and therefore may not be for a severe allergy sufferer. A person with mild allergies should not have any problem with an Aussiepoo. The first (F1) generation of an Aussiepoo, such as we produce, is a 50% Aussie and 50% Poodle. This means that they have a 50/50 chance of being a shedding breed or a non-shedding breed, right? WRONG. Actually, they are very low to non shedding in almost all cases. This is because the hair gene from the Poodle is a dominant gene over the double coated fur gene from the Aussie! To add the icing on the cake, so to speak, because of the Aussie genetics, it slows the hair growth down in the Aussiepoo. So unlike the Poodle which needs to be professionally groomed every 6-8 weeks, Aussiepoos usually can go almost twice as long between haircuts. In fact, a first generation Aussiepoo has a greater chance of being a non-shedding dog than any future generation. 

Okay, so what do they look like? The best answer that I can give you is in one word. Unique! They come in a variety of stunning color combinations, both in their coat and eye color, just like the Aussie. You won't find two that look exactly the same. An Aussiepoo puppy is sure to pull in a crowd of admirers everywhere you go. 

Our puppies range from 40-60 lbs as adults, as we breed the standard, or full size Aussiepoo. Occasionally we may have one as small as 30 lbs or as large as 70! This is considered to be a medium to large size breed. The Aussiepoo is available in a smaller size, however, we feel that the standard size is the only one that does this crossbreeding it's proper justice. "Toy" and "Miniature" Aussiepoos are not bred from the standard working/herding class dogs and therefore do NOT share the same traits as far as temper, disposition, etc. and have additional health concerns with regards to their breeding.   

Below is a photo (courtesy of Dreamydoodles) illustrating the TYPICAL size difference between an Aussiepoo and a Labradoodle or Goldendoodle. As you can see, the standard Aussiepoo is just over half the size, and a much more managable companion in the house. 

There are a lot of things to consider before breeding this hybrid. If done correctly, the results are absolutely outstanding. If a breeder is not educated and responsible about this crossbreeding however, the results can be catastrophic. There are a few big reasons for this. 

The first being the merle gene. It is a dilute gene that lightens splotchy or speckled areas of the hair coat, eyes, nose, and paw pads. As far as looks go, it is one of the highest sought looks amongst potential companion puppy famiies. The problem comes into play when an uneducated or irresponsible breeder doesn't do their homework. Unfortuately breeding two dogs that both carry that particular gene has truly awful consequences. It is called a "double merle" gene, and often results approximately 25% in puppies that are deaf, blind, or both.

The second is the MRd1 gene which makes some breeds, including the Aussie, highly sensitive to several common veterinary drugs. These drugs include Ivermectin, which is active ingredient in Heartguard, the leading heartworm preventative medication in the USA. This gene is passed from generation to generation if an Aussie carrying the gene is allowed to breed. 

I recommend you view my page on "choosing a breeder" before you continue your search for the perfect puppy, regardless of breed