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Australian Mountain Doodle: The perfect family dog

Australian Mountain Doodle: The perfect family dog

Sometimes it seems to me that all kinds of Doodle dogs have taken over the whole world. And I am not kidding! There are so many Doodle mixes nowadays, who can count them all? Recently we talked about the Golden Mountain Doodle, and today we’ll learn more about the Australian Mountain Doodle!

If you don’t know what a Doodle dog is, it’s basically any mix between one breed and a Standard Poodle. So when you cross a standard Poodle with any breed you’ll get some kind of Doodle. Now, Doodles are popular because of their amazing traits. They are loving, smart, devoted, and great with strangers. Basically, they make perfect family dogs and companions!

When it comes to the Australian Mountain Doodle it’s a tri cross between the Australian Shepherd, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Poodle. But, to get this mix breeders will usually cross two mixed breeds, the Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd and Poodle) and the Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle).

So, when crossing these two mixed breeds you’ll get the best traits of the Poodle, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Australian Shepherd!

While we’re talking about a tri cross, I also want to mention the Lycan Shepherd. Which is another stunning tri crossbreed between the Blue Bay Shepherds, working-line German Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois.

Australian Mountain Doodle – What makes them special

Every time we talk about crossbreeds we have to stress that it’s very hard to predict their personality and looks. Especially if it’s such a young crossbreed like the Australian Mountain Doodle.

For example, the Golden Mountain Doodle was developed in 2013. Such a new breed. But the Australian Mountain Doodle is even newer! There is information that the first intentionally bred Aussie Mountain Doodle was developed in 2015.!

Australian Mountain Doodle puppies

Now, with such young breeds, it’s not easy to say what they will be like or even look like. We can only look at the parent breeds and their traits and looks, and get a vague idea. You’ll read many times that mixes get the best traits of their parent breeds. And that is true, but the thing is that we don’t know which traits exactly they’ll inherit.

Parent breeds

Let’s take a look at the parent breeds and their traits to learn more about the Australian Mountain Doodle!

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent and persistent working dog. They are affectionate with their family and want to be with them always. The breed is balanced and friendly and loyal to its owner, but they are wary of strangers.

This breed is eager to learn and easy to train. They need a meaningful task that they’ll do independently. If you don’t give them a task, they will look for one on their own. Generally speaking, the Aussie Shepherd is an all-around dog!

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is fearless and watchful and is always friendly and open-minded. He feels most comfortable with his family and has no problem with other pets.

The patient Mountain dog is very loyal to his family and he needs constant contact with people. Training them isn’t hard, you just need to be consistent. This breed is fearless, but never aggressive.

They are self-confident and aloof, but nonetheless peaceful, towards strangers. They would never attack them.


The Poodle is a lively and playful breed, but the one thing they are most known for is their intelligence. Many people will choose the Poodle because they are affectionate and devoted to their family.

They are very devoted to them and can feel when their owner isn’t feeling well. When they sense their owner isn’t feeling well they will come and cuddle to make them feel better.

Due to the high intelligence of this breed, the puppy understands from a young age what you are asking of him. So, training them will be easy! Just make sure you keep the training sessions positive and consistent. You can even use treats as a reward.

What they look like

The Australian Mountain Doodle looks a lot like the Bernedoodle and they can have a straight, wavy, or even curly coat. It depends on the parents. But, we can tell you that they don’t shed or shed very little. That’s because they have Poodle genes in them.

If you want to learn more about the Poodle, you can check out our other articles on this breed:

Their coat is easy to keep up with and you shouldn’t have any trouble with them. It’s important that you brush them regularly, at least three times a week, and take them to the groomer every six to eight weeks.

They come in many coat colors. It can be merle, black and white, black tricolor, blue merle, and chocolate, with certain breeders focusing on particular color combinations. They can even be tri-colored!

When it comes to their size it depends on the size of the Poodle that was used to breed them.

If a Standard Poodle was used then the Standard Australian Mountain Doodle can be between 21 and 28 inches at the shoulder and weighs from 50 to 95 pounds.

There is also a smaller version which is called the Mini Australian Mountain Doodles, which is between 19 and 22 inches tall and weighs between 30 and 40 pounds.

Australian Mountain Doodle health

The Australian Mountain Doodle is a quite healthy dog, but it can still experience certain health issues. Crossbreeds are generally healthier than their purebred parents, but there are still a few to look out for.

So, to know more to which health problems they are susceptible, let’s take a look at their parent’s health problems.

Health issues of the Bernese Mountain Dog:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Cancer
  • Gastric Torsion

Health issues of the Poodle:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cancer
  • Addison’s disease
  • Gastric torsion
  • Thyroid issues
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Eye problems
  • Eyelid problems
  • Skin problems
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy

Health issues of the Australian Shepherd:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hereditary eye diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Drug sensitivity
  • Deafness

So, as you can see all three dogs tend to have Hip Dysplasia, which is also the most common hereditary health problem in dogs.

My name is Jackie and I am a veterinarian with a degree in veterinary medicine. With extensive experience in treating various animals, I am known for my compassionate and personalized approach to animal care.