Beyond the initial money output, there are certain additional expenses you need to consider if you are thinking of purchasing or adopting one of these precious hounds. Here we will take a look at Aussiedoodle price – exactly how much it costs to welcome an Aussiedoodle into your home.
Aussiedoodles, currently one of the most popular Doodles in the States, are a fab mix of intelligence, fun, beauty, and energy. They make wonderful family dogs and thrive within active households. It really is not surprising that these incredible dogs are much in demand. However, this has its drawbacks in terms of price.
While mixed breeds are generally cheaper to buy than their pedigree cousins, Doodles seem to be getting to be an ever more pricey canine option. This is in part because of their unfortunate designer dog label but also because of the money that goes into ensuring the best health of these darling pups.
Factors that Determine Aussiedoodle Price
On average most breeders will charge somewhere in the region of $2,500 for an Aussiedoodle puppy. However, you could find these dogs available for as little as $500. Conversely, you could find yourself forking out up to $5000! That’s quite a big difference.
Let’s look at the various factors contributing to the cost of Aussiedoodle puppies and exactly how much you should be looking to pay for one.
Suppose you are buying your puppy from a reputable breeder (more on this below). In that case, there are certain genetic guarantees they can offer so you can be sure you are getting a truly happy, healthy hound.
However, such guarantees increase the purchase price for two key reasons:
- Parent dog health testing can cost the breeder a significant amount. OFA’s Hips and Elbows Xray, for instance, is upwards of $200, and a CERF exam can be more than $140.
- Health guarantees, offered by most high-quality breeders, make it a condition of purchase that if any health conditions are discovered within a certain period (usually two years), the puppy can be returned for a full refund. This can be a risk for breeders.
While health testing and guarantees may seem overkill, you have to keep in mind that they could save you a considerable amount in future vet fees (not to mention, heartache).
An advantage of Doodles increasing in popularity is that more breeders are focusing on these dogs. This often means you can find a facility reasonably close to you. The benefit of this is that you will be able to pick up your puppy yourself.
However, you may opt to go with a breeder further afield if the ones close to you don’t have any puppies available, if they don’t offer the right kind of health guarantees, or simply because of a higher price. (A breeder in New York is going to charge more than one in the Midwest).
When doing this, you will need to factor in the cost of transporting the dog. This could be considerable – especially if you are looking to have them flown in. You will need to pay for flight tickets, an in-flight cabin nanny (two-ways), and additional procedural costs such as quarantine. This could add up to hundreds of dollars on top of the purchase fee.
Another considerable expense for responsible breeders is the parent pups. Not only do they need to be in the best of health, but in the case of F1 Aussiedoodles, they will need to be AKC or CKC registered. Such dogs could cost anywhere between $750 to $3000. For latter-generation Doods, breeders will require health-tested Aussiedoodles, which, again, can be very expensive indeed!
Besides this, breeding costs can add up. If the facility only has a bitch, they will need to pay a stud fee. Then they will need to factor in the cost of taking care of the mother when she is pregnant. She will require a special kind of food – as will the puppies when they are born. Then there are vaccinations, deworming, vet checks to pay for, among other things.
Aside from breeder costs, the demand for these remarkable dogs is also going to impact how much facilities sell them for. Breeders are naturally going to take advantage of the scarcity principle (limited supply – high demand) when working out their prices.
Aussiedoodles are relatively recent Doods, but they are beloved for their friendly characters and unique coloring. As more people discover these cool canines, more people want them, but, as seen above, the work that goes into breeding them means that there often aren’t as many puppies available as there are families looking to adopt them. This currently puts them at the pricier end of the Doodle spectrum.
Size & Coat Type
Aussiedoodles, just like their Poodle parents, come in three distinct sizes: Mini, Medium, and Standard. Generally speaking, the smaller the dog, the higher the price. This is simply because smaller Doods are currently more desirable than larger ones. People perceive them as more manageable, especially if they have a smaller living space.
You can often get a good-quality Standard Aussiedoodle for around $1,500, but a Miniature one will likely set you back $3,000 or more. Any initial savings should be offset against later maintenance costs, though, with larger pups obviously being more expensive to feed and maintain.
On a side note, be wary of breeders offering Toy Aussiedoodles. These will be the most expensive of all at $5,000 or more. Yet such dogs are often the result of dangerous breeding practices that could result in sickly, unhealthy puppies.
Coat types and coloring will also have a role in determining the price of Aussie puppies. Poodle coats, known for their low-shedding, ‘hypoallergenic’ properties, are the most desirable and so the most expensive. Although not always the easiest to care for.
Beyond that, Aussiedoodles come in a variety of hues, including black, red merle, blue merle, silver, chocolate, or red sable, and interesting patterns such as blue merle parti, brindle, phantom, abstract, or red merle tri. The rarer the coat color, the more the dog will cost. Solid red and solid blue merle are the rarest possible colorings, these alongside tri-colored pups will be the most expensive.
Finally, as we have covered above, quality matters. Breeders that have good reputations through either producing the healthiest or most unique puppies or the best added value for money will be able to set higher prices.
It’s not all about profit, though; these facilities will have invested a great deal of money into their breeding programs. Not only will they have sourced the very best parent dogs, but they will also have the most extensive array of genetic testing. They will also often include shots, deworming, microchipping, basic training, and socialization – all of which will make your life as a new pet parent that much easier but, sadly, also adds to the price.
Different Types of Aussiedoodle Breeders and How Price Varies
It goes without saying that not every Aussiedoodle breeding facility is on a similar level. As there is no official regulating body for these dogs (but plenty of unofficial ones), standards can range from very good to very bad. Broadly speaking, there are three different types of breeders:
Professional breeders are the ones to be on the lookout for. Any puppy you buy here is going to be of the best quality in terms of health, temperament, and more. You can identify these kinds of operations by their online presence, willingness to provide information about genetic testing, and third-party reviews. Puppies from a reputable breeder will be more expensive – but trust us, it’s absolutely worth it!
Backyard breeders are often small-scale facilities where individuals breed their pet(s) for profit. While these may seem harmless and even preferable as the parent pups are family dogs, such breeders have little-to-no knowledge about ethical breeding or the kind of genetic standards needed to create healthy Doodle puppies. These dogs will be cheaper but are less likely to thrive.
Puppy Mills are large-scale commercial operations where the animals are simply a way for the breeders to make money. Dogs are overbred, not health tested, and often kept in cramped, dirty kennels and fed low-quality food. Needless to say, puppies from puppy mills are susceptible to all kinds of health conditions. If an Aussie costs less than $2,500, chances are you’re dealing with a puppy mill.
Beware of pet stores, as well, as they often source their puppies from puppy mills.
Aussiedoodle Costs of Ownership
Aside from the initial costs of buying an Aussiedoodle, you need to also think of their care and maintenance. Experts suggest that the average lifetime cost of raising one of these special dogs could be as much as $20,000.
The first year will generally be the most expensive in terms of accessories and training (if you decide to go down that route). In the final years, you will have to think more about veterinary care. Aside from that, $1,500 is a good yearly average to work with. This includes:
Food and Treats
Naturally, expenses here will be higher for larger dogs. You might expect to pay over $450 per year for high-quality dog food. Here are our favorite kibbles for Aussiedoodles.
Training and Boarding
Professional obedience training and socialization could benefit your Dood, especially if you don’t have the time or expertise to tackle this task yourself. You may also have to think about boarding for your pet if you plan on taking vacations abroad – this could cost as much as $100 – $150 per night.
Doing your homework and buying your puppy from a high-quality breeding facility will save you $$$ in healthcare costs. However, you will still need to ensure your pal has regular check-ups to prevent the development of any non-genetic diseases or other health issues.
How much you spend on this will depend greatly on the type of coat your Aussidoodle has and how much time you have to dedicate to brushing and trimming their hair. Doodle owners recommend sending your pal to a professional groomer every 12 weeks to keep them in top condition.
Aside from these expenses, there are a whole lot of both one-off and ongoing costs. The former includes a crate, bed, leash, collar, grooming tools, and ID, and the latter training treats shampoo and chew toys.
Where Can you Buy an Aussiedoodle?
Searching out a reputable breeder is no easy task but certainly worth the work. To start you off, we have come up with a breeder directory that lists our top choices by state.
If nothing works for you here, take a look at our dedicated article: How To Choose A Responsible Breeder for top tips on finding a suitable facility near you.
Adopting an Aussiedoodle
An alternative option to purchasing a puppy is to find an Aussiedoodle in a shelter or humane society. It’s a lovely feeling to give a rescue dog a second chance at a loving home, and adopting rather than shopping could save you thousands. Most places will charge you somewhere in the region of $50 – $200.
You might be out of luck, though, if you have your heart set on an Aussiedoodle. Such popular hounds are rarely seen in rescue centers. Any that end up there will do so because people underestimate the cost of their upkeep or how much energy these happy hounds have. However, they will quickly be snapped up.
Frequently Asked Questions on Aussiedoodles
Why are Aussiedoodles Expensive?
Despite being hybrid dogs, Aussiedoodles are often on the expensive side because of the work that goes into breeding high-quality, healthy puppies. This can be especially tricky when combining two very different breeds. Be very wary of facilities offering cheaper ones – they may have neglected necessary genetic tests and health procedures.
Are Aussiedoodles High Maintenance?
Aussiedoodles aren’t particularly high-maintenance dogs, but neither are they a breeze to look after. Like every pet, you need to be able to set aside a certain amount of time to feed, care for and exercise these dogs. The larger the Dood, the more time this will need to be, but the rewards of having one of these pups as part of the family are great indeed.
Aussiedoodles make excellent pets – especially for families. However, if you are thinking about getting one of these gorgeous dogs, you will need to think long and hard about the financial ramifications. As covered in the article, they stretch far beyond the initial price of the dog. Ask any owner lucky enough to have one of these pups, though, and they will undoubtedly tell you they are worth every single cent.
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