Australian Shepherds are FIERCELY loyal (sometimes to a fault), they have an adventurous spirit and a highly regarded work ethic. When you combine this with the less than serious personality and love of a Poodle, the result can be amazing! With this cross, we have been raising puppies that most are calling Extraordinary. They are up for an adventure, or a hike or they are good to just relax with you after a busy day of work. They are content to just be with you. Of all of our doodles, this is certainly the most sought after. With our attention to detail in genetics and parent pairings, we are regularly producing puppies with the coveted merle patterning.
Like the Aussie, The Old English Sheepdog or "Bobtail" is a herding dog. They are a little less serious than the Aussie and are more on the playful goofy side. This is often a sight to see because of their large lanky bodies. As a purebred, they are a big loveable cuddly teddy bear with A LOT of hair (also triple coated like the Aussie). When you add in the Poodle, their structure and confirmation changes and they become much more compact. Like all Shepherd type dogs, OES DO SHED fairly regularly. The introduction of the poodle, when managed correctly, can drastically change their coat. Not ALL Poodles are low shedding so knowing the coat types/traits of the parents will greatly improve your chance of getting a puppy with the correct Doodle Coat.
About 30 years ago I met a Bernedoodle that came to Canada from Europe with his family (yes, this cross breed has been around for much longer than most think!). They had purchased him from a breeder near their home in the Netherlands, who's family had raised Bernese Mountain dogs for decades. We always thought he had a really different personality, almost like a yearling colt who was refusing to grow up. The family that had him told us that they had always loved the Bernese Mountain dog, but they had awful luck when it came to health problems. They said lots of breeders in Europe who bred Bernese Mountain Dogs, would cross them with poodles to get a healthier dog. Fast forward to now, well lets just say we now completely understand why that dog was perpetually a puppy! Both JUNO & GLACIER were not a "treat" to train. It took months of work with both of them to get them crate trained. They both approached everything in life with all 4 paws, literally. They would knock over fully grown adults at the dog park because they weren't aware of their size and ability. They never knew when it was time to turn off the playfulness and be serious. Now, they are both several years old and are considered "adult dogs", they have matured into animals that are aware of themselves and the people they are accountable too.
This breed certainly requires a level of consistency and training that should be considered by all who want to adopt one!
This is where things get fun for us. We really have experienced a level of personality with Bernedoodles that we don't like- BUT, when crossed with the Aussiedoodle, all that craziness and playfulness from the Berner is met with the seriousness of the Aussie- not to mention the COLORS! We are VERY passionate about genetics and how DNA can be a great tool for pre planning and understanding what could be. We know from science and genetic accountability, that there is no such thing as a Purebred Merle Poodle*. So, when you merge the Aussiedoodle & Bernedoodle, you introduce this gorgeous ability for the merle pattern to be present!
*If you wish to dispute this, please show us 10 generations (both genetic and on paper) of a Registered Poodle that is merle. To date, no one has been able to do it because the merle pattern in poodles has been introduced to the breed from other canines and is NOT genetically appropriate to the breed.
The quintessential European Doodle. A mix of three breeds that have been loved and held in high regard by the people in their countries of origin- the berner, old english sheepdog and the poodle. Both the berner and the old english sheepdog are fun loving, jovial dogs- but again, merging the work ethic of the OES with the giddiness of the berner does make them more trainable and provides them with a better ability to focus. Given their size (some can get to 140 lbs) they are considered a specialty breed- because of this, we will only be offering these puppies every couple of years. If this breed sounds like what your family needs, please send us an email and we can begin the interview process.
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