Poodle (Toy) / Toy Australian Shepherd Mix

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Female

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Highly intelligent breed, but can also be high maintenance


United States

Posted September 24, 2014

Maggie was obtained from a breeder as an older puppy. She was six months when we got her. We drove almost three hours to pick her up. We found out very quickly that she was extremely car sick. This surprised me because the breeder took her in the car almost every day running errands. She actually did very well for the first 30 minutes. So short trips were fine. Anything above the 30 minutes and we knew we would be cleaning up messes.

Maggie was extremely intelligent. She was eager to learn tricks and picked them up effortlessly. She was a very affectionate dog around people. Where we had issues is when other dogs were around her humans. She hated other dogs and wanted to be the center of attention at all times. No exceptions. Oddly, she loved our cat and would share attention with him. I worked extensively with her to try modify her behaviour and reaction to other dogs. She would be fine with other dogs out in the yard and even in the house as long as the other dogs stayed away from the family members. As soon as they came near, she would attack.

This breed also requires some maintenance and grooming. Daily brushing is the best. And we took her to get groomed monthly.

She had no food allergies and wasn't a picky eater.

She did suffer from pretty bad separation anxiety though. She didn't like being left alone for any length of time.

I can't speak about other aussie-poos, but my experience with this one was that she was the perfect dog for a one dog only household, or a household with cats, and for someone who was home most of the time.

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