Breed Information
Is the Australian Shepherd the breed for you......


BREED CHARACTERISTICS

The Aussie, though a silent worker, but can be very vocal when playing with other dogs. When greeting their owners or  being praised they will often make a singing noise,
speaking to you in various tones ranging from a deep howl to a whine. All this "talking" is often done with a toy in their mouth. Some Aussies have the tendency to "grin",
(not to be mistaken for baring their teeth) when being silly or playful. They  like to give a  nudge to get your attention by using their nose to  bump you on the back of your
leg as you walk, nudging your hand, or pushing their way onto your lap. They like to constantly be
touching you, a paw on you, sitting up against you or on your feet. Aussies are quite handy in
using their front feet often amazing you with their abilities, watch as they maneuver a ball
or bone or just lay with them crossed.








AUSSIES  and GENERAL INFORMATION


Water and Aussies usually go hand in hand. If you have a pond, stream, kiddie pool or hose,  most Aussies will take advantage of getting wet. Some will chase after the
water from the hose or actually lay in the kiddie pool . Aussie  coats are wash and wear,  a good shake or two after drying and they are all clean.  Aussies DO shed and DO
require some brushing  and keeping the fine hair behind their ears free from mats.
A trip to the groomer once every couple of months is helpful along with a daily brushing.

The Aussie is a natural athlete making them excellent hiking partners, or a worthy advisory on the
agility course, and of course herding! Easy to train, very willing to learn, extremely loyal and known
as a Velcro dog

Get ready for a dog that follows you from room to room each time you get up.

Without proper training and socialization some Aussies can become overly protective.



Please remember this is a herding breed, these dogs have a herding instinct whether it comes from
strong working lines or show lines! Children, motorized vehicles, bicycles are all something they might try herding if untrained. Obedience training is a MUST! No
exceptions!!!

The Aussie is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world. They are loyal, protective. Intuitive and willing to please. Because of these traits I'm seeing more and more of
these dogs being used for service dogs and therapy dogs.
They love and protect children and  family members and  with their medium size they make an excellent house companion.


HEALTH

Australian Shepherds are generally a healthy breed. When purchased from a reputable breeder you should expect your puppy will be the offspring of parents who have
been examined annually by a certified licensed ophthalmologist for eye defects and rated by O.F.A. for hips and elbows, and to be clear of Hip Dysplasia. You want a  
well-socialized puppy raised in a loving, clean environment.

Discuss with your breeder about  health issues such as Epilepsy, Cataracts, and the MDR 1 sensitivity gene. If your veterinarian is unaware of the issue it is up to you to
educate them. A simple cheek swab DNA test for the MDR 1gene is now available to determine if your dog is n/n, m/n or m/m. Once you are aware of your dogs status it
is not a problem to live with a positive dog because alternative medicines and reduced doses are options however be warned if your vet is not familiar the possibility of
overdoses and toxic reactions  it can be fatal.