Both the Mini Aussiedoodle and the Mini Goldendoodle are adorable puppies. They are a great size for many people in smaller homes or people with children. Smaller dogs have so many benefits to them. But how are these two breeds different? And what are the possible pros and cons of owning either of them? Well, we are about to answer that question for you.
To understand any mixed breed, we need to understand the history of them first. All Doodles are half Poodle, which originated along the French and German border. Poodles originated as a watersport hunting dog. Their waterproof coats made them great for fishing and hunting ducks. Their loyalty struck the hearts of many nobles, and they soon became a common pet among the rich. With three sizes available, this is how we get most mini Doodles.
Aussiedoodles are also half Australian Shepherd. The original Aussies came from America as a herding dog and weighed about 55-70 pounds. But the Mini Aussiedoodle is half Mini Australian Shepherd who is relatively new. These small Aussies were perfect for herding small flocks of sheep. They have great stamina and the ability to focus. The Mini Aussiedoodle also originates in the USA during the big Doodle boom as a companion dog.
Mini Goldendoodles are half Mini Poodle and Golden Retriever. Since Golden Retrievers only come in one size, the Mini Goldendoodle inherits it’s smaller build from the Mini Poodle. Golden Retrievers were developed in Scotland to be a retriever of game. People trained them to fetch ducks and other wild birds that they shot from the sky in hunting. The Mini Goldendoodle is an excellent mixture of both the Poodle and Golden Retriever to make your next best friend.
Now that we know more about where these dogs come from, we can see how it affects their temperaments. We can even see the pros and cons of each Doodle, and what would make a better home for them.
Mini Aussiedoodles are loyal and loving dogs. They like spending time with their masters, and exploring is their passion. Mini Aussiedoodles love to play and meet new people. They might be go, go, go all day long, but at the end of it all they are the most loving dogs. Mini Aussiedoodles love kids and other pets as their own. They don’t want you to leave them at home but want to be apart of the fun.
Mini Goldendoodles are a carefree type. They enjoy doing whatever you love to do and never complain. Mini Goldendoodles are loyal and understanding of their family’s emotions. If you are down, your Doodle will try to cheer you up. But, Goldendoodles can also be very needy. They develop separation anxiety quickly if left alone too long.
Mini Aussiedoodle Pros And Cons
- Enjoy all people and animals
- Great for active people
- Not overly affectionate
- Gentle with all family members
- Need a lot of attention
Energy And Training
Everyone wants a dog that is easy to train and is low maintenance. The great news is that all Doodles are incredibly smart and love to learn. They are eager to please and learn fast with positive reinforcement. The bad news is that some of them can be very energetic.
Mini Aussiedoodles are considered a high energy breed. They will need to have a couple of walks a day with playtime in between. As puppies, they can be so energetic that they do not have the attention span to focus. This energy does go away in time. But until then, here are a few tips. Always have a 15-20 minute play session or walk before training. This will help them focus and take a break if they need it. Your Aussiedoodle will be learning all sorts of tricks in no time.
Mini Goldendoodles are moderately active. As puppies, they will want to play all the time, but this calms down after puberty. After puberty, you can expect one walk a day, followed by playtime to keep your Mini Goldendoodle happy. Goldendoodle puppies might have some of the same energy as a Mini Aussiedoodle so that it can make training a challenge. In that case, we recommend the same exercise before training sessions to keep your puppy from wandering off.
Mini Aussiedoodle Pros And Cons
- Enjoys training
- High focus levels as adults
- High energy
- Hard time focusing if not done properly
Mini Goldendoodle Pros And Cons
- Calmer as an adult
- Puppies have a hard time focusing
Coat Types And Grooming
When it comes to coat types, both the Mini Aussiedoodle and Mini Goldendoodle are very comparable. Each could have either straight, wavy, or curly hair. Because genetics is random, it is not always a guarantee of how these coats will come out. But, a reputable breeder will be able to tell how the coat will be by 12 weeks old.
If you are looking for a hypoallergenic coat, you will want to find a curly-coated puppy. These curly coats shed less than any other coat and sometimes don’t shed at all. Wavy coats are still hypoallergenic and are low-shedding, but straight coats shed a lot. You can also get each of these dogs in almost every color imaginable.
Grooming for both of these Doodles is the same as well. You will need to brush your dog every day to stop snarls from forming. It is also a good idea to purchase a variety of brushes, and dematting rakes in case tangles happen. They will also need to see a professional groomer every 6-12 weeks for a hair trim.
- Low to non-shedding coats
- Great for people with mild allergies
- Variety of colors
- Need to purchase a variety of brushes
- Needs brushing every day
- Grooming is required
Size And Lifespan
The Mini Aussiedoodle and Mini Goldendoodle are similar in size and lifespan. Both of these dogs only weigh 15-35 pounds, making them excellent options for small homes and apartments. The Mini Aussiedoodle has an average lifespan of 12-15 years, and the Mini Goldendoodle is 10-15. That means that you will have plenty of time to love your Doodle to the fullest. It also means that there are no cons to owning these mini sizes.
Pros Of Small Dogs
- Good for all living situations
- Cost less to feed
- Cost less to groom
- Live longer than large dogs
Since both of these breeds have a common parent, they can share some of the same medical conditions.
Both are prone to:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Eye diseases
- And skin conditions
Mini Aussiedoodles are also prone to:
- And Thyroid disease
Mini Goldendoodles are prone to:
- Heart disease
- Addison’s disease
None of these diseases are positive, but there are a few ways you can prevent them. Knowing what medical conditions your dog is prone to is the first step. Now you will be able to talk with your breeder and better examine the DNA testing that the parents have gone through. Reputable breeders make it their mission to breed healthy dogs and have the paperwork to prove it.
Once you get your puppy, you will be informed to look for any signs of these diseases from coming up. Even low chances of a dog passing on a syndrome is still a chance of your puppy getting it. No dog is 100% clear of all genetic mutations. That is why semiannual check-ups with a trusted vet are recommended. They can catch things that you might have missed. And the faster it is diagnosed, the better chances of survival with minimal effects on your dog.
Our last point to look at is the price point. While this is not a driving factor in what dog you get, it can make a difference. For instance, if you love both dogs and decide to go with a cheaper dog, that’s ok. But, if you are going for an inexpensive dog that does not fit into your lifestyle is wrong. Your puppy will not be happy, and you will become frustrated. It will set your dog up end up in the shelter.
Also, cheaper options will always be out there. But, you get what you pay for with dogs. Bob might have $100 puppies, but they are of questionable background and usually not healthy. The prices we use are a general average across the USA. No matter what price you pay, always do extensive interviews with breeders before making a decision.
Mini Aussiedoodles can cost you anywhere from $600-$1,800. Mini Goldendoodles are a bit more, ranging from $1,600-$2,600. These price ranges depend on where you live, and what color you get. Another note worth mentioning is checking your local shelter. If you prefer to adopt, shelters usually have plenty of Aussiedoodles and Goldendoodles. But shelter dogs could come with their issues and need a particular home to thrive.
Mini Aussiedoodle Pros
- Cost less
- Many backyard breeders have these
Mini Goldendoodle Pros
- Cost more
- Often come from mills and backyard breeders
Which Will You Choose?
Both of these Doodles are lovely pets. They are easy to care for and have benefits for every lifestyle. If you enjoy the outdoors, a Mini Aussiedoodle is best for you. If you love staying home and getting out every once in a while, Mini Goldendoodles have your back. No matter what your choice is, we trust that it is the best option for you and your family.