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Australian Shepherd
This multi-purpose ranch-stock dog was actually developed (more than likely) in the United States.  Very popular with ranchers and the rodeo culture of the West, it quickly gained a following among a diverse group of people for its high trainability, happy nature and good looks.
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General Information
Group(s): Herding Height: 18-23 inches
Weight: 35-60 pounds Longevity: 12-16 years
Colors: Blue merle, black, red merle, red - all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points Coat type: depending on bloodline moderate to medium length, straight to wavy, does not require extensive grooming but does shed quite a bit.
Recognized Registries: ASCA, AKC
Overall Appearance: Athletic and agile, coat can create the illusion of a bigger more robust dog than is there. Intelligent, alert expression adds to the overall appearance of a canine superstar.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: An intelligent, active, good natured, somewhat protective dog that may be reserved with strangers but extremely loyal to their family.
  with Children: good, especially if socialized with children, may try to herd
  with other pets: usually good, especially if raised with other animals
  with dogs: usually good, have a strong sense of pack order
Socialization requirements: Need quite a bit of socialization especially through puppy hood. Aussies tend to be very aware of their surroundings and may be more reactive to their environment than other breeds.
Ideal home characteristics: Aussies love to be with
Temperament Notes: Temperaments vary with bloodline. Range from soft to more dominant, outgoing to more reserved. Some bloodlines can be more protective, which may not be best for a family with young children. It is very important that the owner seek out a dog with the app
Training requirement: Much like their cousin, the Border Collie, this is an intelligent, energetic breed with a strong work ethic. They will develop a routine and responsibilities (often undesirable ones like herding children or cars) without training and socialization.
Trainer notes: Aussies are easily trained and have a strong desire to please. Though they are highly intelligent, that doesn?t necessarily make them very easy to live with, as they may offer more of a challenge than some owners have time for. Aussies do well with positive training methods and excel at most dog sports (obedience, agility, tracking, herding). Socialization is important, especially for homes with young children.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: ASCA 1957 AKC 1991
Country of Origin: USA
Original Function: ranch/stock dog
History: Despite their name, the Australian Shepherd as we know it did not develop in Australia, but the United States. The breed most likely derived from a shepherd dog from the Basque region of France and was called the
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: Tail too long; ears from button to prick; excessive white; without any white; coat longer or shorter than usual; ticking
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, Eye Problems, Auto Immune Issues, Epilepsy, Excessive white merles may have hearing and vision problems
Health Testing: OFA or Penn Hip; CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How often has the dam been bred?
  • Why was the sire chosen?
  • Could I receive a list of references consisting of past puppy buyers?
  • Are you available to me as a resource for questions about my dog throughout their life?
  • Have the puppies temperament been evaluated and you help with choosing an appropriate match to the my family's lifestyle?
  • Will you take back or help rehome the dog if the placement is not suitable or if we were unable to keep them at any time?
  • Do you provide a written contract and guarantee?
  • Would you provide a copy of the pup's health record?
  • Will you provide copies of the sire and dam's health clearances?
Web Sites: - Great dogs like Donny, are available through rescue.  Housetrained and living in a foster home, you can find out a great deal about their personality and more prior to adoption





Other Resources
Breed standard: Standard as per the ASCA

Breeder Ethics: - important code of ethics from the Australian Shepherd Club of America 



Australian Shepherds in famous art + other unique Australian Shepherd
 by Artist Jean Fitzgerald.  Australian Shepherd ornaments are a
specialty and make wonderful gifts for you or a friend. 

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