Aussiedoodles are a cross between a Poodle and an Australian Shepherd. Both of these parent breeds have an incredible amount of variety in their size. For this reason, Aussiedoodles – or Aussiepoos – will also come in a wide variety of sizes. So how big will an Aussiedoodle get?
A full-grown Aussiedoodle can be anywhere from 10 to 70 pounds, or about 5 to 32 kilograms. They can also be anywhere from 10 to 25 inches, or 25 to 64 centimeters, tall. The reasons for these differences are largely due to the genetics of the parents.
In this article, we’ll break down the different sizes of Aussiedoodles. We will also address how certain factors, such as generation and age, can affect the size of your dog. Hopefully, this will allow you to better estimate how big your Aussiedoodle will get!
Aussiedoodle Growth By Size
As mentioned above, Poodles and Australian Shepherds come in a variety of different sizes. Poodles can be standard, medium, miniature, and toy sized. While Australian Shepherds come in standard size, miniature – often referred to as the Miniature American Shepherd – and toy size.
Depending on the genetics of the parents, there are several different sizes that your Aussiedoodle can be.
|Toy Aussiedoodle||Under 10 inches (25 cm)||10-15 pounds (4.5 to 7 kg)|
|Mini Aussiedoodle||10-15 inches (24 to 38 cm)||15-40 pounds (7 to 18 kg)|
|Standard Aussiedoodle||15-25 inches (38 to 64 cm)||40-70 pounds (18 to 32 kg)|
Toy Aussiedoodle Size and Weight
Toy Aussiepoos are the smallest of them all. These are often produced by breeding a Toy Poodle, with a Mini or Toy Australian Shepherd.
These may be about 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 7 kg) and measure under 10 inches (25 cm) at the shoulder.
Their small size makes them ideal for those who live in smaller spaces. But they are definitely not suitable for those with sedentary lifestyles. So don’t forget to exercise these cute little balls of fluff.
Mini Aussiedoodle Size and Weight
The next biggest size of Aussiedoodle is the Miniature or Mini Aussiedoodle. These can be achieved in a variety of different ways. Usually, it is done by mixing a purebred Mini Australian Shepherd, and a purebred Miniature Poodle.
Breeding a miniature with a toy may also get you a miniature Aussiepoo, albeit one on the smaller side.
Mini Aussiedoodles are usually 10 to 15 inches (24 to 38 cm) tall. They are also a lot heavier than the Toy Aussiepoo at 15 to 40 pounds (7 to 18 kg).
These dogs may be able to live in larger apartments, but it can be difficult for them. Instead, a home with a small garden would provide sufficient space for a Mini Aussiedoodle.
Standard Aussiedoodle Size and Weight
The standard Aussiedoodle is created by mixing a standard or medium Poodle with a standard Australian Shepherd. This is the size that people most often associate with Aussiedoodles.
They are rather large at 40 to 70 pounds (18 to 32 kg) and 15 to 25 inches (38 to 64 cm).
It is very rare to find an Aussiepoo much larger than these, although it does still occur.
These dogs are ideal for those who spend a great deal of time outdoors in nature and want a larger dog who is able to keep up. Ideally, these need a large backyard where they can get plenty of exercise.
F1b Aussiedoodles Size Differences
Poodles and Aussiedoodles vary a lot amongst their own breeds in terms of size. But, there is also some variation between what is considered Toy-sized in one breed and Toy-sized in the other. Likewise, Mini and Standard do not necessarily correlate.
This plays a big role in how big an Aussiedoodle will get when backcrossing is introduced.
Essentially, backcrossing is when you take an Aussiepoo and cross it with one of the parent breeds. Usually, this is an Aussiedoodle crossed with a Poodle.
In cases like this, the genetics of the Poodle is stronger in the resulting puppies at 75% instead of 50%. This means that their size may be affected.
Let’s look at some of the different sizes of backcrossed Aussiedoodles, also known as F1b Aussiedoodles, assuming they were backcrossed with a Poodle almost identical in size to the initial parent Poodle.
|F1b Toy Aussiedoodle||Under 10 inches (25 cm)||5-10 pounds (2.3 to 4.5 kg)|
|F1b Mini Aussiedoodle||10-15 inches (24 to 38 cm)||10-40 pounds (4.5 to 13.6 kg)|
|F1b Standard Aussiedoodle||15-25 inches (38 to 64 cm)||40-70 pounds (18 to 32 kg)|
Toy F1b Aussiedoodle Size and Weight
The Toy Poodle (10 pounds, or 4.5 kg) is significantly smaller than the Toy Australian Shepherd (up to 17 pounds, or 8 kg). As the backcrossing will often occur with the Poodle variant, this would mean that the Toy F1b Aussiedoodle would be smaller than the Toy F1 Aussiepoo.
It may only be lighter by a pound or so and maybe only an inch shorter at the most, but considering the already small size of these Aussiepoos, it seems to make a substantial difference.
Mini F1b Aussiedoodle Size and Weight
Miniature Poodles are also smaller than Miniature Australian Shepherds. When they are backcrossed, the result would be smaller than the F1 generation. This only applies to their weight though.
They are roughly 10 to 30 pounds (4.5 to 13.6 kg).
But they are more or less the same height as the F1 generation, standing at 10 to 15 inches (24 to 38 cm).
Standard F1b Aussiedoodle Size and Weight
When it comes to the size of a medium or standard F1b Aussiedoodle, it is pretty much the same as that of the F1 Aussiepoo. This is because the medium and standard Poodle both fall into the weight and height category expected for F1 Aussiedoodles.
However, it is important to note that Medium Poodles are slightly smaller, at roughly 30 to 40 pounds (15 to 19 kg), and 15 to 18 inches tall (35 to 45 cm)
Meanwhile, Standard Poodles are the largest Poodles officially considered. They are between 44 and 70 pounds (20 to 32 kg) in weight. They are also between 18 and 25 inches tall (46 and 64 cm).
If a medium Poodle is used for backcrossing then the Aussiedoodle will be on the smaller side of the size range. If a Standard Poodle is used then it would be on the larger side.
These are often categorized together, but it is important to note the difference.
When Does an Aussiedoodle Stop Growing
Toy Aussiedoodles reach maturity much faster than some of the larger varieties. A Toy Aussiepoo will probably stop growing around the 8 to the 11-month mark.
If you would like to estimate their total weight early on, they should be approximately half their weight at 3 to 4 months of age.
If you are unsure what size your Aussiedoodle is, it may be a toy if you get to the 3 or 4-month mark and it weighs about 5 pounds (2.3 kg).
Although Mini Aussiedoodles are still quite small, they are considered to be medium dogs. They will usually reach maturity at around 12 months, or just after.
There may be some small changes in the Aussiepoo after this point, but they are negligible.
Standard Aussiedoodles are considered to be medium-large dogs. They take a lot longer than their smaller counterparts to grow and may only reach their full weight and height at the 16-month mark.
In my experience, dogs this size will reach their full height between 9 and 12 months, and then continue to fill out. This additional weight may be prevented if you desex your dog before it reaches maturity and prevents further development.
How Gender Affects Aussiedoodle Size
On average, male dogs tend to be a fair bit bigger than female dogs. For this reason, it is important that you consider the gender of your Aussiepoo when you consider any specific size requirements that you might have.
As a general rule, they still remain within the weight and height ranges given in the tables above. Female Aussiedoodles are more likely to be in the lower half of the weight and height range. Male Aussiedoodles are more likely to be in the upper half.
Aussiedoodle Size and Desexing
As mentioned above, if you desex your dog before it reaches maturity, you may prevent additional weight gain.
Desexing will not affect height a great deal, although this may be due to the fact that a great amount of height growth occurs while your Ausseidoodle puppy is very young. Instead, the Aussiepoo does not fill out as well as it would otherwise.
This can be attributed to a change in the hormones produced within the dog which may otherwise promote this growth.
If you do desex your Aussiedoodle before it is finished growing, and still notice a drastic increase in weight, make sure that you are not overfeeding your Aussiepoo.
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