The Australian Shepherd is a working dog breed that is loyal and loving. It’s no surprise that any Aussie mix will inherit this bold heart. The Aussie mix makes a loyal companion, and they have a great deal of energy. The Aussie mix will definitely keep you on your toes! Let’s take a look at seven Australian Shepherd mixes that are wildly popular and see if one of them is the best dog breed for you.
1. The Augi
The Augi is an Australian Shepherd mixed with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These two breeds are both working dogs. The Australian Shepherd is traditionally a cattle dog; so is the Welsh Pembroke Corgi. The Augi is a very loving dog. They are protective of their family members, but they seem to be especially protective of any children in the family.
The Augi loves to be busy. In the best of circumstances, the Augi will have a lot of land to run around on – preferably enough for a wireless dog fence. However, the Augi makes a great indoor dog too. You’ll need to commit to plenty of exercises for this little firecracker of a pup. She will love games of fetch or tug of war; you can also provide food puzzle toys or “smart” toys that will interact with the dog as he plays.
The Augi is typically a medium-sized dog, but it may run on the smaller side as well. He will likely have long hair, and some pet parents will clip this hair in order to prevent matting if the Augi is outdoors often. Frequent brushing will prevent this in Augis that live indoors.
The Augi is very easy to train, and she will want to please her humans. Remember, she is a herding dog at heart, so don’t be surprised if you find the Augi “herding” you if she feels you are in danger.
2. The Aussiedoodle
The Aussiedoodle is a combination of an Australian Shepherd parent and a Poodle parent. This is a highly popular hybrid breed that is as gorgeous as any mix you’ll ever meet.
The Aussiedoodle may be paired with a standard Poodle or a mini Poodle. This will affect the future size of the Aussiedoodle. The standard Poodle mix will be larger than the mini Poodle mix. In order to know what your future puppy will grow to, it is a good idea to get pictures of both parents if you can’t see them in person.
The Aussiedoodle typically has longish hair, but, unfortunately, the Aussiedoodle may not be hypoallergenic as the Poodle parent is. The Aussiedoodle may have a long, wavy coat of hair (although some Aussiedoodles have been known to possess a curly coat). Some Aussiedoodle parents clip their dog’s coat so as to prevent tangling or matting if the dog stays outdoors a good bit. The color of the Aussiedoodle varies. Much of this will depend upon the parents of the pup. However, you can expect the Aussiedoodle to sport a multi-colored coat that may be white, merle, or brown. Some Aussiedoodles will also have one blue eye and one brown or green eye. This typically already adds to the beauty of the dog.
The Aussiedoodle is a great companion dog. They love children, and they are highly protective of little ones. They are also productive of their adult humans as well. They are easy to train, and they live to please their humans.
3. The Australian Retriever
The Australian Retriever is a mixture of an Australian Shepherd and a Golden Retriever. The resulting pup is a beautiful, loving dog that is extremely intelligent.
The Australian Retriever tends to be a large dog. They often have the furry, floppy ears of the Golden Retriever parent as well as a long, bushy tail. Some Australian Retrievers may look like a larger Australian Shepherd, featuring the color and pattern of the Australian Shepherd parent with the height and weight of the Golden Retriever parent.
This is definitely a people-oriented dog, and both parents are working dogs. You can bet this pup will be an easy dog to train and eager to please you. They make good watchdogs, but they accept strangers readily, so they’ll alert you to the presence of someone even though they will make friends with the individual rather than intimidate strangers.
The Australian Retriever will need work (by that, we mean lots of play!). You’ll want to provide at least an hour of exercise daily to the Australian Retriever or risk bad behavior due to boredom. You can invest in some interactive toys that will keep an indoor Australian Retriever rather busy as well.
You should also know that the Australian Retriever loves water, and if left to his own devices, he will find a watering hole any time he can. His long hair should be brushed weekly, and some pet parents clip the coat because of the Retriever’s love of swimming. He shouldn’t be bathed more than once a month (or even every six weeks), but those swimming trips may necessitate extra baths.
4. The Baussie
The Baussie is a Boston Terrier and an Australian Shepherd mix. These two dog breeds couldn’t be more different, but the Baussie truly is a mixture of the best of both worlds.
Many times the Baussie will be a medium-sized dog with long hair. Often, the Baussie will take the coloring of the Boston Terrier parent (black back, legs, and tummy as well as the ears and around the eyes with some white accents around the muzzle and tummy; they may have “sock” feet as well).
The Baussie will have a zany personality that everyone will love. These dogs are naturally kid-friendly. In fact, they may be a little protective of their pint-sized family members. They may present some challenges in training, however, as Boston can be a little stubborn. Make training fun and praise positive behavior, and training will go much easier— don’t forget the treats!
The Baussie will need regular brushing and a monthly bath. The Baussie will actually prefer to be indoors whereas other Aussie mixes love the outdoors.
One thing to note regarding the Baussie – they can suffer from separation anxiety, so they should not be left alone for many hours at a time. If your work schedule prevents you from staying home with the Baussie, he can easily be trained to love his dog crate so that he feels secure while you’re away (and doesn’t become destructive).
5. The Border-Aussie
Perhaps one of the most popular Australian Shepherd mix breeds is already a closely related breed— the Border Collie mixed with an Aussie. These beautiful dogs are adventurous, but they are also loving and quite calm for a dog with high energy.
The Border Aussie will have long hair, and many of these gorgeous pups have a reddish-brown coat with tan markings on the face and white accents on the muzzle and legs. Their flowing hair should be brushed every few days to prevent tangles and possible matting.
The Border Aussie is easily trained, and she loves to please her human family. You’ll find she is protective of all her human family as well. The Border Aussie is also prone to separation anxiety. She’ll need lots of “work” to keep her busy, so, if she’ll chiefly be indoors, invest in some interactive toys (such as food puzzle toys) that will keep her mind active. If outdoors, make sure to give her plenty of interaction with her humans as she craves it.
The Border Aussie will require regular grooming whether she lives primarily indoors or outside. Her flowing hair may pick up burrs and other debris as she ventures over your property, so daily brushing may be necessary.
6. The Ausky
The Ausky is an Australian Shepherd mixed with a Siberian Husky. The resulting pup will be extremely intelligent and highly energetic too! Be prepared to keep this working dog busy, or you may have a destructive canine on your hands.
The Ausky often takes the colors and markings of the Siberian Husky parent. Like the Aussiedoodle, this dog may have two different colored eyes. These traits add to the beauty of this unique pup.
The Ausky will have a double coat that will “blow” twice a year. This is a major shedding event that will result in, well, hair everywhere! If your Ausky is kept outdoors, this won’t require much clean-up from you, but, if the Ausky lives indoors, you’ll feel as if you’ll never eradicate the fur. One way to prepare for this is to increase brushing in the spring and fall from weekly to daily, and you should use a brush that will reach the undercoat of the Ausky and help to release the extra fur in a more controlled environment.
You should note that Ausky loves his family, but he can be a bit headstrong. He can be trained fairly easily, but you’ll want to utilize positive reinforcement for good behavior rather than punishing negative behavior. Some owners recommend obedience training for maximum benefit.
7. The Boxherd
The Boxherd is a Boxer and an Australian Shepherd mix. These sweet and somewhat comical dogs are loving members of the family. They play well with children and adults, and they may be more accepting of other pets than some Aussie mixes.
The Boxherd will often have slightly longer floppy ears than a traditional Boxer. The coloring of the Boxherd is also variable; this will depend on the exact genetics of the parents.
The Boxherd is somewhat easy to train, and you’ll need to keep this sweet pup busy or he could become destructive.
1. What is the best breed to mix with an Australian Shepherd?
This is really a personal preference, but the Border Collie shares many physical and personality traits with the Australian Shepherd, making the pair a great mix. The Aussiedoodle is also wildly popular as the mix is intelligent and easy to care for.
2. What is an Australian Shepherd mix?
This is any purebred dog mixed with a purebred Australian Shepherd. Virtually any purebred dog mixed with an Australian Shepherd can be considered an Australian Shepherd mix. Some of the most popular Aussie mixes include the Border Aussie (a Border Collie – also a herding dog – mixed with the Australian Shepherd) and the Aussiedoodle (a Poodle – any variation from the Standard Poodle to the Miniature Poodle – mixed with an Australian Shepherd).
3. Do Australian Shepherd mixes shed?
This depends on the other pet parent, but, yes, most Australian Shepherd mix breeds do shed. Even the Aussiedoodle will shed slightly. The key is to keep the Aussie mix brushed regularly to prevent matting and tangles.
4. Is an Australian Shepherd a good family dog?
Very much so! The Aussies love their family, and love to play energetically. They love to please their humans, so prepare for lots of fun interaction with Australian Shepherds.