I would divide the behavioral attributes of Aussiedoodles into three distinct parts: 1. Mind, 2. Energy, and 3. Heart. My information comes from what I have read and from what I have experienced with Koda and Summer since we got them at eight weeks old. They are almost sixteen weeks old as I write this.
Aussiedoodles are known to be extremely intelligent dogs. They supposedly train quickly and more easily than other breeds. This keen ability to learn and follow commands is also why the aussidoodles often take part in agility training and competition. Their minds are alert and attuned to what is being asked of them. Koda and Summer have shown high intelligence (ie. escaping from crate, learning sit commands, and housebreaking). They also can differentiate between which human lets what happen. So my teenage son plops down on the sofa, Summer immediately jump up onto his lap (and chest). But when it is my husband who sits down in that same spot, she just nuzzles up to his knees excitedly. The puppies can predict when we go around the dining room from where they see us at the front foyer over the gate, so they go running around the kitchen island over to wait at the door to the dining room that they expect us to come through. Genius, right? Well, maybe not yet. But I am hoping that this breed we chose partly for it’s intelligence does not disappoint us. Time and training will tell…
The energy of the aussiedoodle is widely known to be high. Anyone who has a friend with a doodle knows about the happy energy (aka bounce off the walls). The australian shepherd’s working mentality is supposed to kind of balance out the hyper poodle part. So you end up with a dog needing a lot of exercise and playtime who will then work for you and follow you around the yard. Koda and Summer are showing their doodle part more than their aussie part these early days. They run and play hard, racing around the backyard, rolling around on the lawn, and in and around the outdoor furniture. If it is raining, that crazy energy is burnt by the same run, chase and roll game in the kitchen and family room. Summer is faster than Koda, but Koda gets on his hind legs like a bear and clobbers her. She is agile and skirts under and away from his big fluffy body. They both bare teeth and bark little barks as they mouth each other, never any kind of mean growling. Once in a while one will high pitch yelp letting the other know that their bite was too hard. Koda also sneezes during play, which means, “I’m just playing around.” They do not show any signs of jealousy or aggression towards one another (or anyone for that matter).
Aussidoodles can be sweet loving dogs. This, like with all breeds, depends on the environment in which they are raised. The aussidoodle is known for their steadfast loyalty to his family. This can mean protectiveness, so socialization with other dogs and people is important when they are puppies. Koda and Summer are big love bugs! It begins in the morning when I take them out of their separate crates after going outside to potty. We come back into the house and spend a good twenty minutes snuggling, kissing, and licking each other (the two dogs). I sit on the floor and run my hands through their long soft curls as they rub up against me. It’s a calm sweet period before their energy picks up and they begin crazy time. Koda is a big teddy bear who loves his sister, but also shows attachment to me, and the rest of his human family. He barks at the gate when I leave the room to go change laundry. Summer wants to be around Koda and do whatever he is doing. But she is kind about it. If I am brushing out Koda’s thick coat, Summer slides in behind my back to feel my warmth. They frequently nap on the hardwood floor or the cool marble fireplace with some part of their bodies touching, looking like one solid black furry blob.
Mind, energy, and heart are what make up these aussiedoodles. While we still have a ways to go with their training and growth, I love the sweetness of their personalities. It makes the torn up decorative pillow, the stained area rug, and the gnawed down table leg easier to accept. Stuff is just stuff, it can be cleaned, repaired or replaced. What really matters is how they act, how they respond to us, and how they continue to learn.