Australian Shepherd - Things you NEED To Know
Everything You Would Want To Know About the Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd, with his exceptional markings and piercing blue eyes, can hardly be ignored. Not only are they intelligent, rambunctious, but they are also endowed with incredible endurance. Although called the Aussie, this dog breed is as American as an apple pie
Australian Shepherd Origin
The Australian Shepherd or popularly known as Aussie, is a medium-sized furred dog breed used mainly for herding. From its name Aussie, most people seem to believe that this breed is native to Australia; however, it may surprise you to learn that despite its name, this versatile, energetic, and handsome breed of dog has, in fact, been developed in the United States.
Though there are many curious theories related to its origin, it is generally accepted that this dog breed came to the west coast of the United States via Australia. It is believed that Basque settlers could have brought them from Spain to Australia. The race was then crossed with various local breeds in an attempt to enhance endurance and work capacity. Originally, it was unknown in the United States, but its popularity soared when it was featured in a series of Disney movies in the late 1950s, making it among the 17 most popular dog breeds in the United States.
Physical Traits of The Shepherd dog
The typical size of an adult male Australian Shepherd is between 20 and 23 inches and weighs between 50 and 65 pounds. The number changes dramatically for female shepherds who are generally 18 to 21 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 55 pounds.
The most significant physical trait of an Australian shepherd is his snout, which tapers slightly from the base to the top. Although many Aussies have bobbed tails, there are many who are born with long full tails. The coat is of medium length, and they can be straight or wavy. The thickness of the underlying coating can vary according to variations in climate.
Aussies are generally known to have black, merle blue, or red color coat and have distinctive eye colors. Further, it is crucial to remember that this dog breed often suffers from heterochromia.
The Australian Shepherd is both an intelligent and energetic dog breed requiring a considerable amount of physical and mental exercise. A strenuous walk on a leash or an active game is an absolute must for your Aussie’s happiness. It is strongly recommended to train your Aussie to be able to perform tricks, or a series of tasks as this helps to keep him/her in good physical shape and maintain his/her level of stamina.
Grooming your Australian shepherd 2 to 3 times a week should be more than sufficient to maintain its furry and luxurious coat. Do remember that they do lose a lot of hair, especially during the warmer season, when they shed their winter coat. Though Aussies do not require frequent baths as it may dry up their hair, making them rough and messy, it is highly suggested to regularly clean their ear, clip their nails, and brush their teeth.
The Australian Shepherd’s life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. Just like any other dog breed, Aussies do suffer from some genetic disorders that owners must check for, including vision problems, seizures, and congenital heart conditions. Puppies bred from merle-to-merle breeding have an elevated risk of having been born blind or deaf.
Aussie is a hardworking, cunning, and committed dog breed that requires a goal-oriented approach to be happy. It is a perfect breed for homeowners who can keep it occupied.
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