In spite of its name, Australian Shepherd is an American born breed. It was originally developed for helping the rancher and farmers to herd the livestock in the western U.S. there are several theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the most likely one Aussie’s ancestors as collie; and shepherd-type dogs which were imported from Australia along with shipment of sheep, hence they got the name. The breeders have strived to enhance the herding capability of the dog to make it diligent, clever and flexible. The popularity of the breed boomed in the post World War-II period; and they won a lot of applause when people saw them moving alongside the cowboys in the popular TV shows and western movies. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993.
The Australian Shepherd is an extremely active breed; it becomes restless and destructive when not given opportunities to exercise. It learns through training when given a lot of appreciation. If bored, it become loud and get involved in futile activities like chasing the cars. He gets along well with kids but don’t herd them unless taught to do so.
- Activity Level: 5/5 (extremely active)
- Intelligence Level: 5/5(very Intelligent)
- Curiosity: 5/5 (easily trainable)
- Friendliness: 3/5( loves to interact and socialize, very affectionate with the family)
- Vocal: 4/5 (tendency to bark)
The Aussie is a medium sized, robust, rustic dog. Its ears are triangular or slightly round at the tips; and are set high at the sides of the head. The coat is of moderate length with medium texture, straight to wavy. The hair is short and smooth. There is a moderate mane, which is more prominent among the males than females. It has a docked or natural bobtail. The eyes are usually oval in shape and are medium in size; the colour of eyes is usually brown, blue or amber or a bend of few colours. The coat colour varies from blue merle, red merle, black, solid red with or without white marking or copper points.
- Fur: Attractive medium length coat, straight or wavy hair.
- Eyes: Oval and medium sized eyes, are blue, yellow, amber or green in colour.
- Body Structure: Medium sized body.
- Facial Features: Triangular in shape and slightly rounded at tips.
- Weight: Males: 25-29 kg and Female: 18-25kg.
The major health concerns are cataract and CEA. The minor concerns are CHD, iris coloboma, Pelger – Huet syndrome, nasal solar dermatitis. The suggested test for the breed is the hip and eye test. The breed is sensitive to ivermectin; the dosage for preventing for heartworm is considered safe.
The breed needs a good workout in order to stay healthy, preferably a combination of physical exercise and mental challenges. The breed requires the emotional contact with the humans to live happily. Its coat requires regular brushing only once or twice a week.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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