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Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Information

The Australian Shepherd breed is commonly called the Aussie. It is medium in size, well balanced and sturdy, a beautiful rustic looking dog. The dog has a slightly longer body than its height, from ground to withers.

Their head should be in proportion to the body, with the muzzle being slightly smaller than the back of the skull, teeth should be scissor bite or level bite. The eyes are oval and come in blue, amber or brown; this includes flecks of color in the eyes. This dog has triangular ears that are rounded at the tips.

Its chest is deep reaching down to their elbow. The front legs are straight and perpendicular to the ground. The tail should be no longer than four inches, and if it is longer then it is usually docked. The coat is of medium length with a wavy look. It has an undercoat that can vary with the climate.

Their forelegs have slight feathering, these dog’s have a mane and frill, more obvious in the male of the breed. Colors found in this breed are solid red, with or without white markings, and can have copper or tan points, red merle, black and blue merle.                   

The Australian shepherd has a reputation as a highly intelligent and versatile stock dog with a range of working styles. A good working Aussie is quick, thoughtful, and easy with its stock. The ability for the breed to adapt to the situation and think for itself makes it an excellent all around worker. 

The Australian Shepherd is prone to a multitude of diseases. The genes for the color merle carry a deaf/blind factor. Make sure to check the hearing on these puppies. It is important to have hip and eye exams, too. The offspring of a natural bobtail to natural bobtail breeds usually has serious spinal defects.

This breed is known for acquiring cataracts, CEA, CHD, Pelger Huet Syndrome, Nasal Solar dermatitis, lumbar sacral syndrome, distichiasis, and epilepsy. Some may be sensitive to ivermectin, but dosage for heartworm prevention is considered safe.work unusual livestock such as ducks, geese, and commercially raised rabbits.

History: The Australian Shepherd dog is not Australian at all but comes from the Pyrenean Mountains between France and Spain. This has been used as a herding dog on ranches throughout Australia. This dog is then thought to have crossed with the Collie breeds. Other names this dog has are Bob Tail, California Shepherd, New Mexican, Blue Heeler and Pastor Dog.

 

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Temperament: The Australian Shepherd dog breed stays puppy like even in its adult life. It is easy going and wonderful with children. They love to play and are very agile, it is a lovely dog that is affectionate and caring. They are highly intelligent and are easy to train. On saying this, the dog needs mental and physical exercise daily, or they get bored and then can become problematic.

They are not good dogs to leave on their own as they can get nervous and destructive. They need socialization to help them to accept strangers. They can be aggressive while at work but good with their human families. They make good watchdogs and can be very courageous.  Brushing will keep the coat in good condition. The only exception to this is when the undercoat is being shed.

Australian Shepherd dog training is part of the key of working towards a respectful and cooperative relationship between you and your dog. It’s also to do with controlling your dogs mind set not the dog itself. If you don’t show your dog who is boss, you may find a number of behavioral issues and they will start to control you.

Some behavioral traits that pop up are destructive chewing, barking, mouthing, begging, digging, instinctive controlling and herding of you and family members, Stool eating, and jumping up. or brushed to remove the loose hairs. The ears should be kept clean and dry, and if the dog has been in running through brushy areas, check for ticks and fleas.

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