Australian Shepherd dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: U.S.A.
- Group: Shepherd and Cattle
- Weight: 1.8 - 2.7 kg
- Height: 15-25 cm
- Colors: blue-black, red, scarlet, black, brown
- Training: intelligent, easy trainable
- Grooming: regular brushing and exercises
- Temperament: active, intelligent, loyal
- Health: hip dysplasia and some eye problems
- Litter size: 7 puppies
- Lifespan: 11 - 13 years
- Other names: Australian Shepherd, Aussie, Australian shepherd
It is said that Australian shepherd dog breed originated in the Pyrenees, but the current form is completed in the US Australian Shepherd name comes from the fact that maybe hand and guard flocks of sheep and that the origins of the breed have gone through Australia.
The origin of this breed begins in 1800. It started to become popular after the 2nd World War with rodeo performances.
They called Aussie several years ago. After the point of view of labor skills managed to adapt to harsh conditions and today excels among the breeds of herding dogs.
In 1957 the American club form Australian shepherd, the largest Australian Shepherd Club of America. Because opinions were divided about enrollment in the AKC (American Kennel Club), the club split into two camps, those who wanted those who refused enrollment in AKC.
In 1993 AKC officially recognized the breed. The breed has a high popularity official because many copies are not registered. In 2006 he won the prize of "best-in-show" in the UK.
Food Australian Shepherd
The food must contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The feed should be divided into at least two servings per day, ideally three.
After lunch should be allowed 15-30 minutes to digest. There should be fed large amounts of food and under no circumstances do not have to leave food at your discretion because they are very greedy and can gain weight easily.
They are prone to obesity. Water should be at the discretion of the animal for their thirst whenever needed.
After each meal, and rest is recommended movement.
Description Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd is a dog of medium size which has a height of 48-50 cm and 50-56 cm in females to males weight is 20-32 kg. Females are lighter than males. The head is quite large compared to the body, and strong. Triangular ears are worn left.
Short tail is the size of 10 cm. The coat is double the lower layer is dense and slightly wavy exterior of medium length. The legs are strong, straight and perpendicular to the ground. Not prevail white head and eyes must be fully surrounded by color.
It can be found in different colors: black, blue, red, scarlet, black, brown. Can be with or without spots. The fur needs little more brushing during shedding, otherwise a regular brushing is enough. For a beautiful coat and bright recommend regular brushing.
Australian Shepherd is also known as ghost eyes due to eye color. The eyes may be blue, brown, combinations of blue and brown, hazel or amber. Copies can meet and squinting with one eye and the other eye color of a different color.
Behavior Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd is a dog who loves to take part in the daily activities of the family. Fulfills its tasks how well this breed is among the top in competitions and execution of orders. It has a very balanced temperament and has the power to work all day.
It is active, intelligent and likes to learn. As pet owners loves and tries to thank him as best you can. It is loyal and affectionate.
Tolerate children well, get along with other dogs and other pets especially if small they learned. He likes to play ball and would splash all day long.
Hunter instinct can create some problems with small animals if not learned or do not socialize a little time with them. They are dominant, will protect their territory as best they can and owners.
If you want an energetic dog, a dog that has a full time Australian Shepherd is the best solution.
Training Australian Shepherd
Like any Australian Shepherd dog and must socialize little with small animals and learn at least basic commands (sit, sleep, etc.).
Training is compulsory for dogs to communicate them in certain situations. A dog does not know when to stand if it is not learned and the best time is when the dog is small because then learn most quickly.
If we refer only to the Australian Shepherd we can say that is an intelligent dog who learns easily. The recommended training for it are flyball competitions and agility exercises.
He needs constant and consistent training of security controls that put it to use both muscles and mind.
They can be trained to detect drugs or narcotics or tracking.
Characteristics Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd dog needs exercise and daily exercise. He likes to be involved in various activities, including the family. It feels best with an active master who pays much attention.
Must have something to do all the time, so if you let yourself go, and make sure you have enough toys. Unless it can make daily walk can become bored and destructive.
Australian Shepherd is used as pets and guard and herded cattle. It can be used for guarding herds of cows. Can be used as companions for disabled people. It was raised on the farm as sheepdogs.
Life in the apartment is not recommended for this breed that needs room to move.
The high level of energy that you may consume it only has a yard where he can run and do different exercises.
Health Australian Shepherd
Difficult and arid areas of Australia and the United States have tested the strength of these dogs. In the end it turned out that the Australian Shepherd is a dog resistant to disease.
The most common illness seen in Australian Shepherd is hip dysplasia. It is a genetic disease that is transmitted and detected from the age of 9 months.
Apart from hip dysplasia, eye problems can occur that can go up to total or partial loss of eyesight.
Although most Australians living herding between 9 and 15 years, the average age is 12-13 years.