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Australian Shepherd dog (or Aussie, Aussie) was originally bred as a working dog for farmers, as well as a good companion for the owner and his family. And now it is at the same time a great shepherd and a wonderful companion. She loves to work and is happy just to be near the host.
Puppies Australian Shepherd turned by a complex mating collie and shepherd Pyrenean Shepherd and Australia had nothing to do. The breed was developed in the US in the 20th century.
These fully developed working sheep dogs across America are actively used for work with cattle, goats, sheep and even poultry. Very popular among farmers with small farms enjoying this breed, as they need a dog-mate and at the same time they do not have enough work to occupy it continuously larger dogs, such as the Caucasian shepherd dog or Alabai. That’s because an Australian Shepherd has a dual purpose: a shepherd and a companion. In America and many other countries, the Shepherd is in the service of rescue.
It is a well balanced, strong dog, muscular, but supple, medium size. Growth reaches its maximum of 58 cm, weight up to 32 kg.
The head of her powerful muzzle slightly short nose can be liver or black depending on coat color.
Eyes almond can be any combination of colors, with marble or speckles.
Ears are semi-erect, of moderate size.
Tail straight Australian Shepherd or the nature of the short-docked.
Australian Shepherd is also called blue dog because of its color. Its coat of moderate length and stiffness. The color can be black, red and tan, blue merle, red. All colors can be copper or white markings, and possibly both.
The nature of the Australian Shepherd
These dogs are famously managed with livestock, and for this they need to know a lot of teams. Because “the Australians” very smart and well trained, loves to please his master and at the same time as all the shepherds are able to make independent decisions.
It is friendly with all dogs are well behaved at shows, friendly with other dogs and pets, get along well with children.
Nevertheless, with strangers Australian Shepherd will behave with restraint and caution.
If such a dog is not used to working with livestock, it is necessary that its energy and mind were somewhere involved.
Therefore, when the Aussie content in the home, it is necessary to train obedience, regular weight training with a variety of missiles, to hold exhibition activities, games, sports (frisbee, ski- and bike-dzhoringom). In their company, you can go jogging, cycling, swimming, hiking and picnics.
If the dog is growing in the house with the children, it quickly becomes their partner in games.
Young dog in the first year of life requires more training than adults.
Care and Maintenance
Coat Australian Shepherd has a moderate length, and therefore needs regular brushing, to avoid tangles. Bathing can be no more than once in two or three months. Regularly need nails cut and clean the ears.
When the content of the dogs in the apartment, it is necessary to provide about 2-3 hours of walking per day of active games and sports training. When the content of an Australian Shepherd in a country house it is necessary to give the possibility to move freely over a large area.
Keep in mind that dogs with red coloration or markings do not tolerate exposure to direct sunlight and should be carried out exercises in the shade or when the sun is inclined to decline.