What is an F1 Aussiedoodle?

What is an F1 Aussiedoodle?

F1 Aussiedoodles are a mix between a purebred Poodle and a purebred Australian Shepherd Dog. The result is a very playful, friendly, and super intelligent crossbreed that gets along great with children. If you are thinking about getting an F1 Aussiedoodle or have recently gotten one, you might wonder how large the dog will be when your F1 Aussiedoodle is full grown.

Best Aussiedoodle Generations
Best Aussiedoodle Generations

A full-grown F1 standard Aussiedoodle will weigh about 50 pounds and stand more than 15 inches at 12 months. The size of the parents dictates the size of the dog. There are exceptions to this rule, but those are rare enough that the 50 pounds and 15-plus inches estimate is a reliable way to estimate the eventual size of your puppy.

Aussiedoodle Generations Guide
Aussiedoodle Generations Guide

Remember, there are also F1 miniature Aussiedoodles which tend to be around 25 pounds and stand around 13 inches tall. It’s highly dependent on how big the parent breeding dogs are. In general, Aussiedoodles are 95% of their body weight at 12 months old. They are going to be 100% of their body weight at 2 years old. Here are the specifics that back up the numbers.

What is an F1 Aussiedoodle?
What is an F1 Aussiedoodle?

What Is an F1 Aussiedoodle?

An F1 Aussiedoodle is a first-generation mixture of a purebred Poodle and a purebred Australian Shepherd Dog. The dogs get bred from two purebred parents. As far as a bloodline, this is as pure of a Poodle and Australian Shepherd Dog mix as it gets.

The attraction of an F1 Aussiedoodle is the demeanor and intelligence of the offspring. While Aussiedoodles tend to have the same health issues as both breeds, they also come with all the benefits. Those include:

  • Extremely intelligent
  • They are “happy” dogs usually
  • Very strong and agile
  • Obedient
  • Very friendly
  • Loyal and protective, but not overly protective
  • They are a very attractive-looking dog
  • Amazing patience, especially around children, including young children
  • Shedding resistant coat

An F1b Aussiedoodle full grown could end up having no difference from an F1. The same goes for F2 and on. The generation of dog doesn’t really have a large effect on the size of the Aussiedoodle.

The Parents Drive the Size

One of the inherited traits of an Aussiedoodle is the relative size of the animal. With F1 Aussiedoodles (all types), the parents’ size determines the offspring’s size. If your F1 Aussiedoodle has larger parents, the chances are better than not that your dog will be larger. If the parents were smaller, your dog would be smaller.

Of course, their living environment affects the overall size of an Aussiedoodle. If the Aussiedoodle is fed a nutritious diet and exercised regularly, it will resemble the parents in terms of size.

Australian Shepherd Size

An Australian Shepherd dog is similar in size and weight to a Poodle but slightly smaller. Fully grown, an Australian Shepherd will stand between 18 to 23 inches. A healthy male Australian Shepherd weighs between 50 and 65 pounds, and a fully grown female weighs between 40 and 55 pounds.

Poodle Size

A full-grown Standard Poodle will stand over 15 inches at the shoulder, and most come between 22 and 27 inches. A healthy, Standard Poodle, after one year, will weigh between 60 and 70 pounds for a male and up to 50 pounds for a female.

The Poodle Size Drives It

Australian Shepherd dogs have a typical weight and height that does not vary much from dog to dog or male to female. A Poodle, however, can come in three sizes: Miniature, Standard, and Toy. All can mate with an Australian Shepherd dog.

The size disparity means a fully grown Australian Shepherd dog could mate with a much smaller animal, which would drive the typical offspring size. An Australian Shepherd dog and a Miniature Poodle could mate, for instance, and the offspring would be smaller than if an Australian Shepherd dog and Standard Poodle produced offspring.

If you are trying to guess how big an Aussiedoodle would be before conception, the best approach is to look at the size of the Poodle involved. From that, you can ascertain the dog will most likely be between the height and weight of the Poodle and the height and weight of the Australian Shepherd dog.

Another way to estimate how large your Aussiedoodle will grow is to have a DNA test on the puppy’s blood. That will give you an indication of the makeup of the parents, and from there, you can project the likely size of your Aussiedoodle.

One Disclaimer

As with humans, not every Aussiedoodle will follow the general rule of parents driving its size. The type of Poodle used will determine the size further. Some Aussiedoodles will be larger and some smaller, even if the Poodle is a smaller-sized dog. Additionally, some Aussiedoodles will be smaller, even when the parents are large.

Genetics are weird that way.

Using Projections to Decide On Ownership

So, if you decide whether to get an Aussiedoodle and the dog’s size is a significant factor, you may want to err on the side of caution. Envision three dogs when you are trying to estimate the ultimate size of your Aussiedoodle:

  • Average
  • Larger than average
  • Smaller than average

After that, consider how much of an issue it would be to have an animal that exceeds the maximum projected size and weight of the animal and exceeds the smaller side of the equation. If either of the outlying sizes are unacceptable to you, that does not rule out getting an Aussiedoodle, but it is a risk that you should consider before deciding on ownership.

F1 Aussiedoodles Follow a Growth Curve

Your F1 Aussiedoodle(s) will reach adulthood in about two years. At that point, they will also have achieved about 95% of their full body height and weight, which will not vary much from their height and weight at around one year. Even the much smaller Moyen Aussiedoodles follow this growth pattern.

Exceptions to Growth Curve Averages

There are, of course, F1 Aussiedoodles that are larger and smaller than usual, and how their care in the first year does make a difference in growth patterns, as does their parents’ size. If the dog receives the proper diet and exercise, the averages for an F1 or any Aussiedoodle will hold.

Regardless of the quality of their care, an F1 Aussiedoodle will have reached most of its growth potential by the end of the first year and certainly by a few months into the second year. Aussiedoodles rarely get major growth spurts after one year unless they lived in a neglected situation and that situation was corrected, jump-starting a natural growth cycle due to better care.

F1 Aussiedoodle Height

Standard F1 Aussiedoodles will stand more than 15 inches at the “withers,” which are the highest point between their shoulder blades at the base of the neck. Aussiedoodles can exceed this height if their parents were both larger dogs, and if the Poodle was smaller than 15 inches, there is a good chance your Aussiedoodle will stand less than 15 inches at the withers.

A Mini F1 Aussiedoodle at full grown size will range between 10 and 15 inches at the withers, while Toy Aussiedoodles will only get to about 10 inches.

F1 Aussiedoodle Weight

A Standard F1 Aussiedoodle should be around 20 pounds by three months, and by six months, it should weigh around 36 pounds. At one year, a Standard F1 Aussiedoodle should weigh around 50 pounds. Males are usually heavier than females and often exceed the 50-pound mark by a few pounds by the end of 2 years.

For comparison, an F1 Mini Aussiedoodle full-grown will top out at 45 pounds, and a toy Aussiedoodle will be between 10 and 15 pounds.

Should You Base Ownership on Aussiedoodle Size?

Having established how to estimate the average height and weight of an Aussiedoodle, one question that arises in many prospective dog owners’ minds is whether the dog’s size matters. The answer to that largely depends on the following:

  • The projected size of the Aussiedoodle
  • The lifestyle of the caretakers
  • The living situation of the dog’s caretakers
  • How often is the dog walked and played with

Standard Aussiedoodles are larger dogs that have an amazing amount of energy. They must be exercised regularly, or their size and energy will pose a problem in a smaller living space. If a caretaker’s living space is tiny, a Standard Aussiedoodle might not be a good idea, but a Mini Aussiedoodle or Toy Aussiedoodle might be perfect.

The trick is to balance the desire for a dog with the dog’s well-being and the caretaker’s living situation.

Energy and Size Together Matter

Additionally, just like the size of the animal might factor into what type of Aussiedoodle to get, the energy level also plays a major role. A Toy Aussiedoodle or Mini Aussiedoodle both have a lot of energy but do not have the girth to do a lot of damage in close confines.

A standard Aussiedoodle, however, is another story. The amount of energy the average Aussiedoodle possesses as it grows, plus its size, make it an accident waiting to happen in a smaller space. While the other two dogs are not as cumbersome, they also have an immense amount of energy.

Final Thoughts

An Aussiedoodle is a mix of Poodle and Australian Shepherd dogs that take the amazing traits of each animal to create a very intelligent, loyal, and energetic dog that is great around kids. The size of its parents determines its final size. If you balance the size and energy of your Aussiedoodle with your living space, you have a loyal dog that is a lot of fun.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.