About the Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd(Aussie) is an American dog breed that is well known to many as the “Cowboys’ herding dog”. He is a medium-sized worker. Aussies are keen dogs that have a distinct gaze in the eye. Aussie’s portray a great impulse to herd anything. This can make him too much of a dog to a regular dog owner. The Australian Shepherd is dedicated to its owners. He wants to be around them as much as possible.
Aussies have a medium-length coat that is lush, straight and can also be slightly wavy. Aussies have a generous mane around the neck. Coat colors can vary from blue, red merle, red or black tricolor, all with white and tan markings.
If you want to own an Aussie you must be prepared to keep them busy with dog games. A couple of hour-long daily walks, jogs or hikes, plus some home training sessions will also help to meet his need for activity. But if you’re ready to provide loving leadership to your dog, train him consistently and fairly. This is one of the smartest dog breeds. Owners need to pay attention lest they would find themselves outsmarted.
The Australian Shepherd can also make a super search and rescue dog, detection dog, hearing dog, assistance dog or therapy dog.
The breed was initially called by many names that included Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail, New Mexican Shepherd, California Shepherd, and Austrian Shepherd. It is believed by some that the breed has Basque origins in Spain and was used there by shepherds. Those shepherds might then have emigrated to the West Coast of the United States via Australia. The Australian Shepherd was a particularly tireless sheepherder in the Rocky Mountains. That is because it is relatively unaffected by altitude. A theory suggests that they were named for the imported sheep that they herded.
Height: Males 20 – 23 inches (52 – 58cm) Females 18 – 21 inches (46 – 53 cm)
Weight: Males 50 – 65 pounds (25 – 29 kg) Females 40 – 55 pounds (18 – 25 kg)
Bark Factor: Moderate
Lifespan: 12-15 years
The tendency to Drool: Moderate
Characteristics: Double coat, straight
Colors: Black, red, blue merle, red merle, all with or without a tan, and with or without white.
The Australian Shepherd ears are high set, are triangular and have slightly rounded tips. They have a weather-resistant coat that has a moderate texture. Their hair is short and soft around the head, ears and front legs. Overall, Australian Shepherds have strong, square, balanced frames.
Food and dieting the Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd should do well on high-quality dog food. It can be commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity.
Australian Shepherds are mostly healthy breeds. But they have some health concerns that include epilepsy, hip dysplasia, cataracts and some forms of cancers. Be sure to check the hearing on merle puppies. This breed is often sensitive to ivermectin; however, the dosage for heartworm preventive is considered safe.
The coat is easily groomed and needs minimum attention. Brush on occasion with a firm bristle brush. Bathe the dog only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder. During shedding season, they require more brushing with an undercoat rake to remove dead hair.
Quick facts about the Australian Shepherd
Aussie’s popularity boomed after WW2 and was often featured on TV, rodeos, and shows.
The Australian Shepherd does not have docked tails for cosmetic reasons.
Aussies are not registered as Australian dog breeds.
After reaching full maturity they are great running partners.
There we go; WOOFF!!!