Australian Shepherd

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Breed Group: Herding
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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.
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
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2017

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How much do Australian Shepherd puppies cost?

The cost to buy an Australian Shepherd varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Australian Shepherd puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Australian Shepherds sold is $750.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for an Australian Shepherd with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,800 upwards to $10,000 or even more for an Australian Shepherd with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Australian Shepherds sold is $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $750.00
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $1,800.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 15976 Australian Shepherd puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning an Australian Shepherd puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an Australian Shepherds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Australian Shepherd Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 15976 Australian Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Caleb
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Kent
  • 4. Paul
  • 5. David
  • 6. Katie
  • 7. Patricia
  • 8. Bandit
  • 9. Daisy
  • 10. Jack
  • 11. Red
  • 12. Blue
  • 13. Jake
  • 14. Ringo
  • 15. Rusty
  • 16. Braden
  • 17. Rascal
  • 18. Buddy
  • 19. Bear
  • 20. Max

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Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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Our AKC Australian Shepherds are over twenty years in the making. They are guaranteed gorgeous specifically engineered through careful selective breeding with a shiny, silky slightly wavy coats black or red or blue Merle covers their eyes, ears, shoulders, back and down their legs, all the white trim so highly desired in perfect in even patterns blazes over nose, neck, chest down to their tummy then white again on all four even matched feet, with perfect even patterns of copper in all the desired places eyebrows, inside ears on cheeks knees and hind skirt. The males will look like lions with a big white lion manes and fluffy copper hind skirts. Our Australian Shepherds will absolutely be like cookie cutters offspring exactly the quality they are. Our Australian Shepherds took over 20 years of careful selective breeding to get this perfect quality of Australian Shepherd. Their lineage is out-bred using parents form across the Unites States featuring but not limited to Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, West Virginia, Missouri specifically chosen parents that posses only the perfect trusted health, superior confirmation, excellent temperament, agile dominant talent, strong color patterns that insure life long health. Our Australian Shepherds come with full breeding rights. Our Australian Shepherds are well socialized born into our hands, raised inside our home, on our farm, loving, happy, humble, calm always willing to go every step you take, they wait by the driveway for you to come home, they keep their eyes on you constantly and use you for a pillow when you rest. They like to snuggle, eat snacks, watch TV, take naps on your feet while you are at the computer, sleep next to you, they love children and elderly acting very humble and careful, they keep their feet on the ground and off of you with perfect manners. They smile when you scratch their belly and kick like they are playing a banjo. They like cats and other dogs and animals. Our Australian Shepherds like to work the horses back into the pasture if they have been out grazing in the yard. They move and hold the horses when its time to feed them, and enjoy following the horses or you on trails. Our Australian Shepherds are traffic savvy avoiding getting stepped on by workers, horses hooves, sitting hens, trucks and machinery here on the farm. They lead, tie, ride in or on the back of the trucks and trailers like champions. Our Australian Shepherds bark when strangers come to the farm but quickly wiggle their rumps and greet newcomers if you start talking to them. Our Australian Shepherds love family and friends, flip on their sides or back for a good petting. Occasionally we have Australian Shepherds available for sale to loving homes. If you are interested in one of our AKC Australian Shepherds please call or text.

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Anonymous asked:
My Australian Shepherd has seizure's. What should I do for this issue?

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If your dog is experiencing one or multiple seizures; it is time for you to take your dog to the vet. It could be a genetic reason, or it could be that your dog has a brain tumor or even epilepsy. Your vet is the only one you should be discussing treatment with for your dog. Your dog may need to be on anti-seizure medication for the rest of his/her life; or he/she may even need surgery. Again, this is only something your vet can answer for you.

Anonymous asked:
Do all Australian Shepherds have their fur coat like that? My Aussie, Chief, is a year old as of July 4 but he has the shaggy look but not like the photos above. My breeder said it takes up to a yeah to 2 years to get their full shaggy looking coat. Is that true? Please let me know. Either way I love Chief he's perfect to me (:

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It can take up to 2 years for dogs to loose all of their puppy fur and get the shaggy look of the classic Australian Shepherd. However, if you are worried it is best to ask your breeder for contacts of previous puppies. Contact those puppy owners and ask them how long it took their dogs to get the classic shaggy fur. You can also speak to a professional groomer about your dogs fur if you bring him in for them to look.

Anonymous asked:
Do Australian Shepherd dogs live inside or outside?

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Anonymous

All dogs should have the privilege of being able to live inside with their owners. The Australian Shepherd is a sweet, loyal companion dog that loves being with his/her people. They prefer to be with their owners compared to being left outside on their own.

Anonymous

All of my Aussies live inside the home.

Anonymous asked:
We got our Australian puppy at 6 weeks old with ears lying down. As the months went by (she's six months old now) the ears are now standing straight up. How common is this?

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Puppies should not leave their mothers until they are 8 - 10 weeks of age. Getting a puppy so early (right at weaning time) means that the puppy does not have the ability to learn how to be a well mannered dog by interacting with his/her mother and litter mates. Ears that stand up are not common at all in the Australian Shepherd breed and are not allowed in the standard. For this to happen, it is either a genetic fault in the breeding line or the dog is not purebred. Contact your breeder and ask for the information of the other puppy owners and contact them; ask if their pups' ears are standing up or not. If you do not have the paper work that says your puppy is a purebred, it means that it most likely isn't and is a mix.

Anonymous

When puppies start teething, their ears tend to do silly little things. But the ears on Aussies should not stand up like that, that is considered a fault in the breed and called "prick ears".

Anonymous asked:
Are these dogs okay being home for 6-8 hours a day?

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Anonymous

The main thing about owning this breed of dog is exercise, exercise, and more exercise. A tired dog is a good dog and a tired dog will be calm and quiet while their owner is away during the day. If they are exercised twice a day, an hour in the morning and an hour at night then they would be fine as an adult being home for that period of time. But you may want to look into something like a Doggy Day Care so your dog doesn't have to be alone all day and can have fun, play and socialize while you are at work.

Anonymous

Also make sure that you leave him/her toys to play with just in case. Mine loves tennis balls made by Kong.

Anonymous

The answer to your question is, most likely, yes. But as said above, they need more exercise than certain other breeds so you should be willing to give them exercise before you leave home and after you return. You will frequently hear that if they do not have a "job" to do, they will create one. That can be a problem if the job they create is destructive. But you can avoid that by not giving them free reign of your house when you're not home (until you are comfortable that they will be okay on their own). You can kennel them or give them a room to stay in (baby gates work wonders). If you can afford doggy day care that is certainly also an option, and it doesn't have to be daily. Also, if you can get involved in training with them, whether for obedience, rally, agility or some other sport, that is a great way for them to let off some steam and it's a great way for you to make new friends and socialize.

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Updated: 8/22/2017