Australian Shepherd Dog Training & Care

Known as an Aussie, the Australian shepherd dog is a type of herding dog that is being bred in the Western United States.  Their popularity began through rodeos, horse shows and Disney movies.  The Australian shepherd dog is commended for their innate versatility and trainability.  They are always obedient and keen in pleasing their owners.  They are also highly energetic and driven that is why they stand out in dog sports.  Unlike other dogs, Australian Shepherds need more physical and mental activities.  It is possible that they can acquire serious behavior problems if they become bored or even self-destructive.  Due to this energy, they would always want to have a task at hand, making them very efficient as search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs.  In addition, they can be a good watchdog even for children because they love to play.  They are very even-tempered and puppy-like even if they are already adults.

The Australian shepherd dog has a medium-sized built and a strong, well-balanced, rustic body.  It is important that the whole size of the head is proportional to the body.  Along with this, the muzzle should be equal or somewhat shorter than the back of the skull.  Moreover, their teeth should be forming a scissors or level bite.  The ears of an Australian shepherd are triangle in shape but its tip is slightly rounded and their eyes are shaped as a medium-sized oval with colors brown, blue, amber or any variations of these colors.  Their coat is medium in texture and is straight to slightly wavy.  It is also weather-resistant and moderately long with an undercoat.  The colors of the coats vary from blue merle, black, red merle and solid red.  They can come either with or without white markings and copper points.  The texture of the hair varies on each part of its body.  The hairs on the head, outside the ears, front of the forelegs and below the hocks are short and smooth.  On the other hand, the hair are the back of the forelegs are somewhat feathered.  The breeches at this area are also sort of full.  Moreover, male Australian shepherd has more obvious moderate mane and frill.  As for its tail, Australian shepherd has a bobtail that is docked and straight.  Their chests are deep that its lowest point can already reach the elbow.   In addition, they have straight front legs that are perpendicular to the ground and oval feet and well-arched toes.

An Australian Shepherd dog is prone to several inherited health problems, such as problems in the back, hip, vision and hearing.  Serious health problems among Australian Shepherds are cataract and Collie eye anomaly, whereas, minor health problems of this breed include coronary heart disease, nasal solar dermatitis, Pelger-Huet syndrome and iris coloboma.  There are also other health conditions that sometimes affect the Australian Shepherd dog and these are lumbar sacral syndrome, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrand disease, distichiasis, patent ductus arteriosus, and persistent papillary membranes.

Australian Shepherd Puppies

The Australian shepherd is one of the herding dog breeds around, first developed in ranches found in the western portions of the US and not in Australia as its name implies. Commonly referred to as an Aussie, Australian shepherd puppies got their name because some Australian sheepdogs came into the country with a lot of Australian sheep. There was gradual increase in popularity for this dog breed, what with western riding experiencing a growth after the First World War. They became more popular with the general public through horse shows, rodeos, and some Disney movies that were made for television.

For a lot of years, Australian shepherd puppies were valued by stockmen when they grew up because they are naturally easy to train and are very versatile. While they are competing in herding trials, the Aussies were continuing their work as stockdogs, earning recognition for other roles because they are eager to please and highly obedient as well. Like other working breeds, this dog has considerable drive and energy, excelling at dog sports like Frisbee, flyball, and dog agility. Other occupations that Australian shepherds may find themselves excelling in includes as disaster dogs, search and rescue dogs, detection dogs, therapy dogs, and as guides.

When you have Australian Shepherd puppies, you can expect to have a breed that is highly energetic, looking to get a lot of attention and exercise from you, although they can also just as easily be easy-going and calm. Australian shepherds enjoy working, whether they are competing in dog sports or are learning tricks or pretty much any other activity where the dog is mentally and physically involved.

When Australian Shepherd puppies grow up, they are known to be devoted and kind and loving to the people they know. Very loyal, you can reap a lot of rewards if you simply treat this dog well. Since the breed is primarily developed to be part of a ranch, it is natural for the dog to be protective of its home, which inclines it to bark out warnings regarding neighborhood activity. While not obsessive about barking, an Aussie does have the tendency to bark in an unpleasant and annoying manner.

Since an Australian Shepherd has fondness for being around its human as much as possible, this dog is typically known as Velcro dog, forming very devoted intense bonds with their favorite people. If they are not given something to do, Australian shepherd puppies may grow out to be destructive so it is best to have your dog engaged in activities regularly. If they’re not doing anything, sometimes they’ll invent games, like running around the house, which is something that a lot of owners can mistake to be hyperactivity. This shows you too that the Aussie is able to adapt to various situations so they are best for all-around duties.

To prevent an Australian shepherd from having too much pent up energy, make sure that it gets at least two hours of attention and exercise every day. They need space to run around in so they’re not the best dogs for you to get if you are living in an apartment setting.