- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: aware
Australian Mountain Doodle Breed Profile
The Australian Mountain Doodle is a cross between a Bernedoodle and an Aussiedoodle. Although they may take on any combination of traits from their parents, an Australian Mountain Doodle tends to be a friendly dog with a sweet disposition and a working dog nature.
Australian Mountain Doodles tend to have a friendly, playful, and upbeat personality and a sweet, gentle disposition. They are affectionate dogs that get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets.
They can have a high prey drive, so they will likely need some extra socialization with other smaller pets in the household. They may have a working dog instinct, but they are also fantastic family companions.
An Australian Mountain Doodle tends to be a highly adaptable dog breed. They do well in larger homes with room to run. And, they can also adapt to apartment living as long as plenty of time is dedicated to giving them enough exercise, attention, and mental stimulation.
As with any dog, they are sensitive to heat. These dogs may also wear out faster in the heat than less fluffy dog breeds. They tend to do well in cooler climates. Because they thrive on attention from their families and are devoted to them, they do not like to spend a lot of time alone.
Any mixed-breed dog can inherit health conditions common to one, both, or neither of the parent breeds. In the case of the Australian Mountain Doodle, potential health conditions to be aware of include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Addison’s Disease, hypothyroidism, deafness, and epilepsy.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to ask them about the health and genetic history of the parents. You can also ask to see any relevant health clearances or test results that have been done for the parents or the puppies.
The Australian Mountain Doodle is a highly intelligent dog that picks up on things quickly and is eager to please. They tend to be a good fit for owners of any experience level. But, they can sometimes be energetic and can also have a stubborn streak as puppies.
As such, it’s important to keep training consistent, focused on positive reward, and to also be prepared for puppy training classes. Obedience classes can be a good idea even if you don’t necessarily need them as they strengthen the bond you have with your puppy and also offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
Depending on the parents, an Australian Mountain Doodle can have a curly, straight, or wavy coat. Because both of their parents are doodles, they are likely to inherit a low-shedding coat. But, low-shedding is not always low-maintenance. This dog’s coat will require daily brushing and professional grooming every 6-8 weeks to stay healthy and to prevent tangles and mats.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Australian Mountain Doodle’s nails, ears, and teeth. Professional grooming may be able to help with some of this at times, but you will still need to take care of things between appointments. Cutting your dog’s nails monthly is usually enough to keep them from growing too long. But, you may need to trim them more often if their nails grow quickly or aren’t wearing down as much naturally between trims.
Weekly ear checks and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. Plus, if anything is starting to happen, you can catch it early and get to the vet before it becomes a bigger issue. It’s also important to practice good dental care for dogs to prevent painful dental diseases later in life. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal.
Australian Mountain Doodles tend to be mellow dogs with a moderate energy level. There is a small chance they will inherit a higher energy level from the Aussiedoodle side, but they tend to sit in the moderate range more often than not.
Daily walks plus some playtime or some time to run are usually enough for this dog. With working dog instincts, they need a job to do to be happy and need mental stimulation to keep from getting bored. They also tend to be athletic dogs, so don’t be afraid to try different activities once they have finished growing.
Depending on their parents, Australian Mountain Doodles can either be a standard or miniature size. A Standard Australian Mountain Doodle usually stands 23-25 inches and weighs 50-60 pounds. A Miniature Australian Mountain Doodle usually stands 19-22 inches tall and weighs 30-40 pounds.
Because these are average ranges, there can be some variation in the size of your Australian Mountain Doodle. Although it is not a guarantee, you can meet the parents in-person, especially the mother, to get a better idea of what size to expect in your Australian Mountain Doodle.
An Australian Mountain Doodle generally lives for 10-15 years.