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Australian Shepherd

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Weight
Male: 50-65; Female: 40-55 lbs
Height
Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
Color(s)
blue merle, black, red merle, or red, all with or without white markings and/or tan points
Overview
The exact origin of the Australian Shepherd is not known. The breed that is cherished and loved today was developed exclusively in the United States. The Australian Shepherd has an innate versatility that makes them useful on ranches and farms as a herding dog, retriever, and watchdog. They are typically referred to as "The Aussie".
Character
The Australian Shepherds most identifiable characteristic is the natural or docked bobtail. Their eyes are one of this breeds most commented on feature. Their eyes come in a variety of colors or color combinations and include blue, amber, hazel, and all shades of brown. The Aussie is a vigorous and athletic breed.
Temperament
Australian Shepherds are intelligent, delightful, and loyal. They are highly energetic and thrive on being given something to do. The Aussie has a high degree of intensity and a "no-quit" attitude. Their herding instinct may be problematic or annoying to their family, as this breed will often attempt to perform this task on everyone or anything that moves. They are reserved and cautious with strangers until the Aussie decides about them. They are confident and protective. Human companionship is crucial to this breed. They get along well with active, considerate older children. The Aussie is not typically aggressive to other dogs.
Care
The Australian Shepherd requires minimal grooming. An occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush will suffice. It is important to do more in depth grooming when they are going through their seasonal shedding. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. The Aussie is susceptible to a myriad of health issues and concerns. Their merle coloration carries a blind/deaf factor. Natural bobtails may have serious spinal defects. They are also prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, and cataracts.
Coat
The Australian Shepherd has a striking and varied coat. It is of moderate length, straight to wavy, and weather resistant. The under coat is shed twice a year; with moderate shedding between these periods. The coat comes in four accepted colors: black, blue merle, red, and red merle. A variety of white and tan markings may appear on the face, chest, front, and rear legs.
Training
Australian Shepherds are easy to train. They benefit from early socialization and very basic obedience. It is important that they know who the master is or they will attempt to take control. The Australian Shepherd requires firm, fair, consistent, and effective direction. Their high intelligence and keen learning ability make repetitive training boring.
Activity
The Australian Shepherd requires an inordinate amount of exercise. A mere walk is not sufficient. They thrive on running, herding, playing, and all family activities. They are at their best when they are given a great deal of social interaction and a task to do. Australian Shepherds are not recommended for apartment dwelling. They are moderately active indoors and require a non-sedentary owner and a large securely fenced yard or safe open area.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Australian Shepherd puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Old-Time Australian Shepherds
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Location: Mankato, Minnesota
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Anonymous asked:

9/4/2014 12:48:40 PM

9/4/2014 12:48:40 PM

How do Austrailian Shepherds fair with rabbits? I have a 2 year old Holland/Meissner mix lop earred rabbit. She is about 6.5 lbs and loves dogs! I recently had to put down my 16 year old lab/shepherd mix and was wondering if anyone has had any experiance raising an Austrailian Shepherd wih rabbits...

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Anonymous

First of all, I'm sorry for your loss. If your rabbit is a house rabbit and you allow her to run about the house, or have a room to herself, the first thing to do is to make sure she has a place to hide. Now, it's time to do some research. Understand that the Australian Shepherd is a herding dog and does have a prey drive. So, you will have to do some socializing and training with your new dog. If you decide to get a puppy, do introductions slowly, controlled and on the bunny's terms. However, if you decide to adopt/rescue an adult dog. Again, all the introductions must be slow and controlled. Using positive reinforcement training, you shouldn't have an issue. But please don't allow your new dog/puppy to be alone with the rabbit at anytime. Unless you trust the dog completely, you always want to put the safety of your rabbit first.
9/4/2014 3:50:41 PM

Anonymous asked:

6/21/2014 12:21:12 AM

6/21/2014 12:21:12 AM

What is the price of a 99 % Australian Shepherd white female w/blue eyes What is the price of a 99 % Australian Shepherd white female w/blue eyes and good hearing too

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Anonymous

Excessively white aussies are usually genetically messed up. White Aussies come from a result of breeding two Merle colored aussies together. 1/4 of white aussies are born blind and/or deaf. White is not a reconized coat pattern in aussies. They just aren't supposed to be that way! If you want to adopt one from the shelter that is great! You would be saving a life and your dog would be well priced. Never buy a white Aussie from a breeder! The breeder either doesn't know what they are doing, and breeding requires a LOT of knowledge so there are other big mistakes they have made. OR they don't care about the dog, knowing they can charge more and pretend they are some "rare type of Aussie"
6/24/2014 11:02:24 PM

Anonymous

One thing that was not mentioned in the other 2 answers is that not only is blindness and deafness a factor but most will have internal issues too. It's what you don't see that you should be concerned about. I had a friend who adopted one at 8 weeks and the dog had several health issues and had to be put to sleep before he was 2 years old. Also white Aussies with solid white ears on both the inside flap and outside flap of ear are almost always 100% deaf.
9/7/2014 8:54:40 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/21/2014 11:23:30 PM

3/21/2014 11:23:30 PM

What is the average cost of a mini Australian Shepherd? We are interested in buying a male miniature Australian Shepherd and we would like to know an average cost.

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Anonymous

The average cost of mini Australian shepherd is about $500
4/13/2014 10:15:17 PM

Anonymous

Most Mini's are around the $500 to $650. range. Please remember that MInis are not a recognized breed by the AKC standards. They have come about by breeding runt to runt to runt. In other words defect to defect to defect. The average life span of a full sized Aussie is 13 -15 years the Minis are considerable less at 9 years.
9/7/2014 8:57:55 PM

Anonymous asked:

8/18/2013 5:54:02 PM

8/18/2013 5:54:02 PM

miniature australian shepherds(: do miniature australian shepherds shed alot?

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All herding breeds shed year round, weekly brushing and a bath every few months helps. However understand they are not hypo allergenic, and a good lint roller is essential. Also ,They are not recognized by A.S.C.A. and are called the North American Shepherd or American Shepherd by A.K.C.
11/24/2013 10:58:02 PM

Anonymous asked:

3/1/2013 8:58:20 PM

3/1/2013 8:58:20 PM

I live in an area with foxtail grass. any problem with feet?

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Anonymous

No problems with feet, if any problems would occur, it might be with the eyes. Foxtail when headed out can be hard on any animals eyes. Aussy's are very hardy dogs and have few problems.
6/27/2013 5:49:34 PM

Anonymous

Foxtails can work their way in between toes of any breed, keep the hair on feet trimmed short so they can be checked easily.
11/24/2013 10:59:46 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/21/2013 10:15:55 PM

2/21/2013 10:15:55 PM

Size My Australian Shepherd puppy is 14 weeks old 13.3lbs. His mom is standrad, dad is min, how big do you think he will be? I have papers on him so I know he is full blood just trying see about how big he will be when grown

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Anonymous

Which registry is he regestered in? A reputable registry would not register him. A mini Aussie is not a true Aussie. A mini Aussie is a breed that just looks similar to the Aussie but smaller, like the American shepherd. Or a mix of breeds that look Aussie-like. A reputable registry like AKC or ASCA would not register him. Certain registeries would but it doesn't mean anything. They will register cross breeds and things.
6/24/2014 11:27:08 PM

Anonymous asked:

2/3/2013 9:17:22 AM

2/3/2013 9:17:22 AM

How long do Australian Shepherds live How long do Australian Shepherds live

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Anonymous

On average Aussies live 12-14 years. Most of mine have made it to 14-16, I did have one live 19 1/2 yrs.
11/24/2013 11:01:33 PM

Anonymous

Just as others have said the average Aussie life span is 12-15 years however I know of Aussie who have lived to 16 and 17 years. Again their health and the care and nutrition they receive is extremely important for a long life. I just wanted to add that the life expectancy of a Mini- Aussie is much shorter. 8-10 years is an average. Why anyone would want to make this fantastic breed small is beyond me. Remember to get a "Mini" people have bred runt to runt to runt... Unfortunately runts have health issues so those are also being passed. If you notice a lot of Toy or Mini Aussies look like a long haired Chihuahua. They don't resemble the true Australian Shepherd.
3/26/2014 2:55:11 PM

Anonymous asked:

1/7/2013 1:58:01 PM

1/7/2013 1:58:01 PM

I raise sm. to med. parrots. How "safe" is Aussie w/birds in total proximity? Both my G. Shep. and G. Retrievers have always been terrific (when trained), but I'm wanting a smaller dog...

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Anonymous

Some Aussies have a stronger prey drive that others. Aussies wouldn't nessesarily be any more likely to do anything to birds that a german shepherds or goldens. If you get a puppy, ask the breeder if the parents have a strong prey drive. Also you would need to socalize your puppy very well to your parrots. If you would adopt a adult dog, be sure to see if they know anything about it's background because it could of had a history of chasing or harming birds. If that dog has a history of a strong prey drive it could be almost immposible to fix. Like the other person said if you get an aussie, it needs to be the right one and should never be unatended. We have two cats and i toltally trust her with them...as long as there is not a bone around. Hope this helps.
1/26/2013 11:40:45 AM

Anonymous

Aussies have working drive, some more than others, the threat of bacterial infections from your birds to the dogs is also a concern. Crate your dogs when you can't be with them, and vacuum daily.
11/24/2013 11:03:45 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/27/2012 1:31:07 PM

12/27/2012 1:31:07 PM

What are the symptoms of thyroid disease in Aussies?

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Anonymous

My vet said a sign of the Aussie coat not growing back in normal is a big indicator... Hope that helps.
4/19/2013 7:06:17 PM

Anonymous

Coat not growing properly, thickening, or blackening of skin, odor, greasy coat. If you suspect anything have a blood test done by your vet.
11/24/2013 11:07:08 PM

Anonymous asked:

12/19/2012 2:25:10 PM

12/19/2012 2:25:10 PM

i have a 13 yr old aussie shepherd slowing down it that normal?

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Anonymous

All dogs slow down when there older! 13 is out standing for the Aussie to just start slowing down. They live usually till 15 so 13 isn't bad at all!! Just keep up with your check ups at the vet. Sounds like your doing a great job!
8/14/2013 1:08:32 PM

Anonymous

Yes, give him/her a thicker bed, maybe consider a supplement for joints, keep going for walks, just shorten the duration, and enjoy the golden years.
11/24/2013 11:05:36 PM

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