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 2019

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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 $737.50. 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: $737.50
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $1,800.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 19615 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 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 19615 Australian Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Bella
  • 2. Caleb
  • 3. Daisy
  • 4. Bandit
  • 5. Kent
  • 6. Paul
  • 7. David
  • 8. Katie
  • 9. Patricia
  • 10. Jack
  • 11. Red
  • 12. Jake
  • 13. Max
  • 14. Rusty
  • 15. Blue
  • 16. Buddy
  • 17. Bear
  • 18. Lucy
  • 19. Ringo
  • 20. Rascal

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Anonymous asked:
I just got my Australian Shepherd puppy around 6wk old and he has this issue when he bites, he bites so hard even though we tell him no he just brushes us off and keeps biting. It’s not aggressive yet it’s more in a playing puppy way but we worry if we can’t stop it he will turn aggressive. Any suggestions?

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Anonymous

First off, the reason why your puppy is biting and ignoring you is that you got your puppy too early. Puppies are weaned at 6 weeks old, but should stay with their litter mates and mother until they are 8 - 10 weeks old. During this time, they learn what Bite Inhibition is, which is learning how hard they can play with another animal or person before they should stop. Once they learn this with their litter mates, it is very easy to teach a puppy not to bite by mimicking what the litter mate would do in the situation. However, since your puppy never got to socialize properly with their litter mates, you are going to have more trouble. Contact your local Positive Reinforcement trainer and have them work with you to stop the biting. The best thing to do is to replace your skin with something appropriate. Yelp when the puppy bites you too hard and then replace it with a toy and praise.

Anonymous

In addition to replacing your skin with an appropriate toy or chew stick for biting, try gently but firmly giving 2 swift tugs on the back of the nape of the puppy's neck when they start biting, saying "no" at the same time. If you are consistent in responding in this manner, we have seen the biting significantly declines or resolves itself altogether. This action mimics the actions of momma dog with her pups when she corrects them! Good luck

Anonymous

With most cow dogs you have to be stern and consistent. If you don't want him biting you, DO NOT PLAY WITH HIM WITH JUST YOUR HANDS (or any other body parts). Only play with toys and let him bite the toys not your hands. Cow dogs are obedient to a fault so if you don't want them doing something you make it apparent from the beginning and never let them do it or they'll think it's okay. You have to be consistent, no mixed messeges. Some people try redirecting behavior, some people use tools like clickers, treats, or shock collars to redirect, some people use good ole pop in the nose or spankings, sometimes just a really stern "No!" works. You just have to find what works for your pup. The point is redirection, so soon as you find the thing that gets him to release and pay attention or go somewhere else that is what works. Id like to try and blame this behavior on age but that really has nothing to do with it. There are plenty of pups that (in the past 6 weeks was the common age of rehoming) have no issues with being mouthy. I see it as a breed issue more than anything else, we breed these dogs to be mouthy and work so of course they are going to want to bite more than the average pup. It's perfectly normal and not due to age. And im sorry but I've watched my female dogs reprimand their pups and they do not grab them by the back of the nape and tug twice. They growl and bare teeth. If the pup still doesn't get the hint they with grab their muzzle with their mouth while barking at them. So every dog is different, it's just finding what works for your dog. Keep in mind as with all herding breeds you will need to assert your dominance or they will be in control and that's where the biting can get out of control. So make sure your dog looks to you, not you look to your dog for reassurance. Also expose your dog to as many things as humanly possible. By nature these dogs can fight a cow or bull and be the bravest when it comes to other animals or doing a job but with everything else they are the biggest chickens, especially with loud noises, kids, crowds, car rides etc.... so expose them to all that stuff so they will be well rounded and not working off of fear.

Anonymous asked:
I purchased a 6wk Aussie. Little did I know how sick he was. He was so malnourished due to worms that he was emaciated. After treatment from a vet he is now growing. He is now 9wks. I don't have any problems controlling his herding instincts, but he has quite a temper. I now know he was taken from his mother too young. My question is how to I bring his temper under control? Simple things like grooming brings on an aggressive biting.

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The main problem with getting a puppy at the age you got him at is that he did not have enough time to learn from his litter mates what is called bite inhibition. What bite inhibition is, is the way a puppy learns how hard he/she can play/nibble on their litter mates or mother until they get a negative reaction. When a puppy is properly socialized with bite inhibition by his/her litter mates and mother; the puppy learns quite quickly how to assess bite inhibition with you and other people. But because your puppy has not learned this, you've run the risk of having a dog with no bite inhibition. That is extremely dangerous as he is already showing aggressive tendencies at 9 weeks old. The best thing is to first and foremost, socialize your puppy. Get him to get in contact with as many dogs as you can. I try to strive for my puppies to meet 30 new dogs a month. Whether that be at the pet stores, dog parks, or even in my neighborhood. I will even stop while driving, ask them if my dog can meet theirs if they are walking down the street; pull over and let them meet. Then, contact your local positive reinforcement dog trainer and set your pup up for puppy classes a.s.a.p. Working with creating a bond and curbing the aggressive biting is key to helping your pup learn bite inhibition.

Anonymous

Some grooming brushes hurt, so be aware of the type of brush your using since you gave that as your first example im assuming that's when it happens most. Even my older dogs hate to be groomed if i use the brush with the small little wires in it. It's great to get all the hair from shedding dogs but mine hate it. Mine will whine or attempt to grab my hand with their mouth (not bite, but as to redirect me), but i have established early in their lives that they don't get a choice what i say goes because im in charge. So most of the time they hate it but they deal with it or tolerate it because they don't want to be in trouble. It's kind of like your kids, if you have kids then you understand. If he bites you make it super uncomfortable for him when he bites. The punishment must fit the crime, so if he's severe you must be the same. If he does these aggressive acts and you whine or whimper and walk away and do nothing you've just established he's in charge (he's alpha) and you follow him and that will lead to extreme bad behavior down the road. As much as we'd like to try and put dogs on our social level or treat them as human they are not and in a pack you still have a pecking order and you do not want to be at the bottom of that list. That is where all the ill mannered aggressive dogs live. If your not savvy on dog behavior and what to do, look it up on the internet. The are so many things at your finger tips with videos and shows etc.....

Anonymous asked:
Is it rare to have multiple Australian Shepherd pups blue eyes in a litter?

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No, it is not rare. The blue-eyes gene in the Australian Shepherd breed of dog comes from the Merle and White Trim gene of the breed. It just simply means that the dam and sire of the litter of puppies both had one or both recessive genes and they came out in the litter of puppies that was produced.

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

If the pup has started into a full coat he will need to be combed at least 4 times a week or you can end up with a matted mess, and please do not take him to a groomer and ask that he be shaved. His/Her coat may never grow back right. And a breeder can not tell you if the dog will have a full double coat. I have old school working lines with full double coats and showlines with thin coats.. you get what you get.. But Please use a gray hound style comb and not a brush. the comb will get down to the undercoat and pull up the dead hair, a brush only gets the top coat.. you can find this comb on Ebay for around 10.00 and it will last you for yrs. And if you have a shaggy double coated dog get ready for it to BLOW coat.. and believe me when it starts you will cuss him everyday.

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Updated: 11/22/2019