About Mini Aussies
Mini Aussies developed around 1968 from the Standard Australian Shepherd. Over time of breeding small sized standards, the mini was developed. A Standard size for a Mini Aussie is 13-17 inches tall at the shoulder. They can range from 15-35 pounds. They are an energetic dog and do require some daily activity. They are fast learners and do great as inside or outside dogs. Although little, they still have a strong herding instinct. They are great family pets and great with kids. They love to play and run around. They can be very protective of family and home. It's important to socialize these dogs as puppies to other dogs and people.
They have a longer coat and require daily brushing during shedding season. Out of shedding season the coat is long and healthy and will not require much attention. The life expectancy is that of the standard, 11-13 years. The mini aussie along with many of the herding breeds (collies ect.) of dogs can carry a genetic mutation called MDR1. It is a gene that 49% of mini aussies MAY carry. It makes their body resistant to certain drugs. If they get these drugs in their system, it can make the dog very sick or even be fatal. You may test your mini to see if they even carry the gene or simply make your vet aware of MRD1, and stay away from those drugs (this is the option MD-Mini Aussies preferes). This link will provide the drugs that can affect mini aussies. For more information and testing, browse the site for more information
To visit other information and health problmes of this breed visit: http://www.ashgi.org/articles/health_surveys_dirty_doz.htm
M-D Mini Aussies recommends Kinetic Performance Dog food. It is a product that has no corn, wheat, by-products or fillers. The dogs utilize the energy from the food rather than it going right through them. You will notice the dog using the bathroom less and actually utilizing the energy from the feed. They have great hair and skin coats while on Kinetic. It was designed by a local company and is made locally. We feed the 28K puppy to our mommas and puppies. Once they hit 1 year of age they can be moved to an adult formula, (we feed the 30K or the 26K). It can be purchased at your local Hubbard Feeds Dealer. Use the dealer locator to find one near you!
Here is a link to the Kinetic Website. http://kineticdogfood.com/
About the Mini Aussiedoodle
The aussiedoodle is a newer "designer" breed from very selective and diligent breeding. Both poodles and aussies are very good dogs. The poodle just like the aussie is very smart! We expect our puppies to get about 35 lbs and around 17 inches tall. Both have distinct jobs. The aussie coming from the herding category and the poodle coming from the non sporting group. They will still be fairly active dogs requiring moderate activity and room to run. Socialization is always important as both of these breeds can be very protective of their family. They can also be VERY social dogs. It all depends on how they are raised around people and other dogs from day one. They can live both in and outdoors. The hair coat will most likely be a combination of the aussie and the poodle however some puppies may tent to look more like one breed that the other. They will have long wavy coats. While the poodles do need hair cuts regularly, you do not want to shave the coat of an aussie since they are double coated dogs. We recommend taking your aussiedoodle to the groomer and letting them "trim" the coat to a medium length. They should not be shaved to the skin like the poodle but not left super long either. The benfit of this cross is that they "should" shed less than the aussie. I can not advertise them as non shedding but am encouraged they will have minimal shedding compared to the aussie. Just google Aussiedoodle, you will not be able to stop thinking about adding one to your family! UPDATE: So far our Miniaussiedoodles have been non shedding and are ranging 25-30 lbs. They have the shaggy poodle coat and will need groomed.