Homeland and time of occurrence: USA, Australia, XX century; height 46-58 cm, weight 16-32 kg. australian-shepherd-01
Description: The Australian Shepherd Dog is often called the “little blue dog” because of the particular color of the breed (merle). This is a medium sized dog specially trained for guarding herds. She is distinguished by an attentive and lively disposition, as well as by exceptional physical strength. A specific feature of the breed is the naturally docked tail. Coat moderate length, harsh; Four main colors: black, blue merle, red and tan, red. The dog is ideally suited for living in the countryside and needs a qualified owner. She has a great acumen.
Breed history: The origin of the breed is not fully defined. It is believed that the Basques, who emigrated to Australia and the USA in the 19th century and kept similar dogs, were involved in its occurrence. In the USA, the Australian Shepherd is a symbol of reliability (like a herdsman of herds) and loyalty (as a member of a family). Dogs of this breed are often found in photos of the Wild West, taken at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. They tend to herd herds. In the 1950s and 1960s, Jay Sisler represented the Australian Shepherds at the American Rodeo. Between the numbers, Sisler and his dogs worked various wonders in the arena, hitting the viewers. However, it was only in 1991 that the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized this breed. In official competitions, the AKC breed has been participating since 1993.
Games, entertainment, recreation: The Australian Shepherd is a great partner for playing frisbee (“flying saucers”). In addition, she is also a great companion for the traveling family. It’s funny that sometimes, beyond measure, overwhelmed by shepherd instincts. a dog can tackle you and chase, almost missing his heels. australian-shepherd-02
Attractive features: The Australian Shepherd is not only an excellent shepherd, she also participates in programs for the deaf, helps the police in detecting drugs: usually this dog is part of the search and rescue parties.
Health problems: the Australian Shepherd may have problems with vision and kidneys. In addition, individuals with a red (or red and tan) color do not tolerate exposure to the open sun.
Features of the content: Since the Australian Shepherd is a shepherd by nature and is generally extremely frisky and agile, she needs serious physical exertion. Otherwise, unspent energy finds a way out (dog chews shoes, etc.). In addition, these dogs are distinguished by a high degree of reaction, they jump back to the side, just touch them. When working with a herd, it helps them avoid colliding with cattle, but inside the house it can cause problems. Remember that the Australian Shepherd pretty shed, as a result of which it needs to be combed daily.
Miscellaneous: If you wish to bring such a domestic dog, it would be better to avoid strictly working pines of this breed, since their inherent qualities are not quite suitable for staying at home.