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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.

Does your Australian Shepherd bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Australian Shepherd puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
Male: 50-65; Female: 40-55 lbs
Height
Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
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blue merle, black, red merle, or red, all with or without white markings and/or tan points
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Ridgehaven Farms
Member Since: October 2007
Location: N/A
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Since 2006 we've been raising, showing, and LOVING Australian Shepherd adults & puppies. We have excellent bloodlines for working and show stock (& of course the family pet). Our Aussies have earned great reviews from folks: "one of the best herding dogs we've ever had". Two of my adults have strong Las Rocosa (one of the founding Aussie breeders) stock, with herding and conformation titles in their pedigrees. My other stock includes an AKC Confmtn Champion, & working dogs from Texas or Georgia ranches. Our dogs are raised with love & care on our 300+ acre farm, where we run and play daily, as well as interact with livestock (chickens, horses, sheep). I am a hobby breeder - normally only breeding one or two litters a year. We run a small business in town which takes over half our time. I started breeding because NO ONE in a 300+ mile radius was raising Aussies! I believe this breed to be the best for a farm or active family. Their intelligence is superior, and their companionship is PRICELESS.

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Anonymous asked:
I have been looking into getting an Australian Shepard. I have read that they need a job and I understand that they are not couch potatoes. However, I was wondering how much time and activities they would need. I understand that dogs have different personalities and dispositions. If I did indeed get an Aussie, I would have a fenced in yard and I would train it to be out near the barn with me. I show a horse and I also show boer goats, I spend 1/2-1 hour night and morning doing chores and some time in between, it would be out at this time. So it would not be the center of attention the full time I was with it, but I would be able to give it full attention at other times. I understand it would have to be trained to suit my needs. Do you think this type of environment would suit an Aussie or would it be better to pick a different breed of dog or perhaps a mix?

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The Australian Shepherd would do perfectly fine on your farm, hanging out with you while doing chores. As long as you worked with the dog not to chase your animals and to keep his/her prey drive in check. The Australian Shepherd needs an average of 2 - 2 1/2 of running exercise a day. So if you go on trail rides, your dog can trot along with you. However, throwing a ball with a chuck-it while you are out doing chores throughout the day is also a good way to exercise your dog. Just make sure that the dog is well trained around your animals, and he/she will do fine.

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I am thinking about buying a puppy and a kitten for my fiance to raise both of them together. Is this a good idea in general and if so is the Australian Shepherd a good breed to consider?

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Raising one baby is hard enough, raising two can be extremely difficult/tiresome. Unless your fiance does not work or has an extreme amount of free-time, I would suggest bringing one in first and the other in later on when the animal has already settled in. The Australian Shepherd is a wonderful breed of dog, however, they are known for having an extreme prey drive. Since they are a herding breed, they tend to chase after small animals such as cats. But if the pup is socialized to cats at an early age, then the dog should be fine. I would suggest getting the kitten first and then the pup. Or getting the pup and socializing the pup to cats as much as possible and then bringing in the kitten when the dog is about 6 months old.

Anonymous asked:
We have had Aussies for over 60 years. We had one mini and he was so vicious that we had to have him put down by a court order. It was when they were first developing the breed. Do they still have that vicious tendency?

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I'm sorry to hear about your dog. The mini's I have come in contact with have not been aggressive in any way. However, a friend of mine whom is a breeder of mini's has told me that because of their popularity, some lines can be aggressive because some breeders just want a dog to make puppies and are not breeding for the right reasons. Look for a reputable, responsible, and knowledgeable breeder and meet the dogs face to face, ask to meet previous puppies and get to know the sire and dam. That should help you with your comfort level when it comes to the breed.

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I read on this site that Blue & Purina Dog Food is not as Healthy as claimed so then what foods are recommended? The last dog we had was a Siberian Husky that we fed California Natural that we got from our vet and I don't think he carries that anymore and he doesn't carry puppy food so what puppy foods are the best?

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A high quality, grain-free puppy food is the best thing to feed your puppy. Brands to look into are Acana, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Wild Callings, Evo, Blue Bluffalo Grain-Free, Merrick, Wellness Core and Wysong are all great brands to look into. Here is a link that will help you in finding the best quality food for your dog. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-grain-free-dog-foods/best-grain-free-dog-foods-dry/

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I would disagree on Blue Buffalo being a great brand like they advertise it. A friend of mine is an animal nutritionist and feed scientist from K-State. She did research on Blue Buffalo. Not only with they charge you an arm and a leg for their product, there are actually, nutritionally speaking, better brands out there. Diamond is a really good one and if you have a co-op somewhere near you, Hunters Special is excellent, one of the best. Regardless of what brand you go with, make sure the first ingredient on the bag is a bone-meal base or meat base, this is the source of protein. Active dogs need this protein to stay healthy. Try to stay away from dog food whose main ingredients are plant-based or grain-based.

Anonymous asked:
At what age does one replace puppy food with an adult form? We have an Australian Shepherd that was born June 18th 2014 and we have fed him Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy Formula with Life Source Bits (which is cold pressed probiotics) but can't remember when we should start mixing with adult food. Can you please shed some light on this for us?

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On average you will change a dog from puppy food to adult food at one year of age. Small breeds can be moved over at 8 months and giant breeds need puppy food until they are about a year and a half to two years old. For your Australian Shepherd, when he turns a year old, he can be switched over.

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Updated: 8/31/2015