Do All Aussiedoodles Have Curly Hair?

Aussiedoodles are a mixed canine breed, so fur coats can vary tremendously from one dog to the next. In fact, there are three principal types of coats attributable to this lovely designer breed.

Do All Aussiedoodles Have Curly Hair

The Aussiedoodle

This is a mixed breed dog that is the result of crossbreeding between a Poodle and an Australian Shepherd dog. It is also referred to as an Aussiepoodle or an Aussiepoo. 

While this breed can be playful and energetic, the genetic outcome is almost always a surprise. Each is unique with its own personality. One characteristic of the breed is that while they do bark, it will be less than other breeds. They are friendly and love their humans.

This particular mix is characterized by a medium to high energy level, so they require daily activity and are quite athletic. Both parent breeds are highly intelligent, so offspring will need activities that keep them occupied.

A bored Aussiedoodle will make mischief to keep itself entertained. They train easily, but due to their intelligence may decide to not follow commands.

The size of this dog is one of the principal variables and depending on the size of the Poodle involved in breeding, offspring can weigh anywhere from 25 to 70 pounds. They come in three sizes

      • Toy
      • Miniature which is medium-sized
      • Standard which is full-sized

Aussidoodle Coat Types

Aussiedoodles are not considered to have fur, as they have only one single coat of hair. In fact, they shed very little which partially explains their popularity. Fluffy coats add elegance to this canine’s appearance. 

Because Aussiedoodles are a mixed breed, fur coats will vary considerably. They may have a coat that is curly like a Poodle or have a coat similar to the other parent dog, the Australian Shepherd, or you get some type of mix of the two parents.

Much will depend on the dominant gene. As a result, coats cannot be determined before birth. There are four principal coat types:

1. Curly

This type of coat features tight curls similar to the Poodle parent coat and will resemble the Poodle more than the Australian Shepherd.

This is because the puppy will have inherited the KRT71 gene. This gene can account for both curly and fleece or wavy hair.

2. Fleece

This is probably the most common coat found on an Aussiedoodle. It is a soft coat featuring wavy hair. This coat sheds very little.

3. Straight or Flat Coat

This type of coat resembles the Australian Shepherd coat the most. It is soft and glossy but sheds more than the other two types. Dogs with this type of coat generally resemble the Australian Shepherd more closely.

So, as you can see, not all Aussiedoddles will have curly hair. If your puppy inherits a Poodle dominant gene, hair will most certainly be curly.

If instead, the newborn inherits an Australian Shepherd dominant gene, it may have straight hair. Many Aussidoodles will feature a combination of the two and have wavy hair.

Not all Aussiedoodle exemplars will fit strictly within these categories. You may find a combination such as a coat that is neither straight nor wavy. You will not be able to establish what type of coat your puppy will have at maturity.

Aussiedoodle Grooming

They do require grooming. They will need brushing, baths, ear cleaning, and nail trims as well as teeth brushing. The Aussiedoodle may need a haircut several times a year depending on the rate of hair growth.

Aussiedoodle Grooming

You can do home grooming, but it will require quite a number of different tools, so be prepared to invest in a de-matting rake comb, a clipper, detangling spray, grooming scissors, shampoo, conditioner, and nail clippers to get started.

See also: Are Aussiedoodles Good Guard Dogs?

Aussiedoodle Generations 

When considering an Aussiedoodle puppy, you may have noticed that there are identifying letters and numbers attached to a dg’s pedigree or general information. Labels such as F, F2, F2B, etc.

The numbers indicate the generation of an Aussiedoodle puppy. The letter B will indicate that a puppy is a result of backcrossing meaning that one parent is an Aussiedoodle and one is an original purebred dog, either Poodle or Australian Shepherd.

Generation Codes

The F stands for “filial” indicating it is a generation after the parental breeding

The number following an “F” indicates the generation. An F2 puppy is second generation Aussiedoodle

The “B” is included if only one parent is an Aussiedoodle and the other is a purebred Poodle or Australian Shepherd. It will usually be a Poodle.

Coat genetics have a fundamental role in determining the kind of coat you prefer.

Aussie doodle Parent N.1 Parent N.2 DNA Estimates Poodle-Australian Sheherd
F1 Poodle Australian Shepherd 50/50
F1B Poodle F1 Aussiedoodle 75/25
F1BB Poodle F1B Aussiedoodle 87.5/12.5
F2 F1 F1 50/50
F2B Poodle F2 62.5/37.5
F2BB Poodle F2B 81.25/18.75
F3 F2 F2 50/50
Multigen Variable Variable Variable

Aussiedoodle Coat Colors

Poodles come with ten basic coat colors, while Australian Shepherds boast unique combinations and blends. This translates into an endless supply of color variations found in Aussiedoodles. Nonetheless, there are some coat colors that are more common than others.

1.) Black

2.) Black and White

3.) Blue Merle

A mixture of blue-gray, tan, and white in the form of patches. Every Blue Merle coat is unique.

4.) Chocolate

Chocolate or brown Aussiedoodles may not be a solid color, but chocolate will be the dominant coat color.

5.) Red Merle

Red Merle Aussiedoodles features a combination of tan, white, and red. This coat color also comes with a variety of eye colors including blue, green, or brown.

6.) Tri-color or Bi-Color

Because Merle coats are so in demand, these coats may be overlooked. These coats feature two or three colors usually in patches on the neck or head, paws, or over the dog’s body but will not boast a Merle pattern.

7.) White

This is a genetically rare coat color, and most Aussiedoodles will not be entirely white.

Aussiedoodle Coat Colors

Can Aussiedoodle Coat Colors Change?

Generally speaking, no, they will not change especially in adult dogs. You may notice some changes during puppyhood. 

An exception to this may be a black Aussiedoodle because black purebred Poodles are likely to change their tint somewhat so this means that a black Aussiedoodle may be subject to this as well. A black Aussiedoodle puppy may become more silver grey with maturity.

It’s important to keep in mind that puppies will shed their puppy coats somewhere between 6 months and one year of age.

When the soft puppy coat is shed, Aussiedoodle coats will resemble hair or wool depending on the dominant genes.

Are Aussiedoodle Coats Hypoallergenic?

No coat is entirely hypoallergenic. Curly coats tend to be more friendly to allergy sufferers. 

Do Aussiedoodles Shed?

This mixed breed is low-shedding thanks to its Poodle forebearer, but no dog is completely non-shedding.

A Final Thought

This lovely mix breed between a poodle and an Australian Shepherd features three types of coat textures in endless color variations with very limited shedding.

Whether the coat will be curly, wavy, or straight will depend on which genes are inherited from the parent dogs, but all are beautiful options.

Susan R Elliston

I have over 11 years of experience as a vet working with a wonderful variety of species of innocent and lovely animals. Whilst I still work two days a week for a local practice, I realized that I could help more people by sharing my knowledge and experience with my readers.

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