Australian Shepherd Breed
This working class, herding dog is known as one of the most intelligent breeds in the world. They learn easily and adapt quickly, but that does not make them great dogs to keep in an apartment. They need room to run and play. However, they also are barkers and may bark too excessively if kept in an apartment. While they can be trained what is ordinary and not to be barked at, these dogs need owners who are firm and will lead them.
Size: These working dogs are constantly learning things and aim to please their humans. They like to exercise, so if you aren’t using them to herd cattle or sheep, it is good to give your Aussie something to herd. Otherwise, the dog may become frustrated and short-tempered because they need to be engaged and exercised regularly. They don’t like a sedentary lifestyle. Unless fed a large number of high-calorie treats with little exercise, these dogs (weighing between 35 and 60 pounds) aren’t likely to be overweight. However, they are likely to be very loyal to family and not friendly to strangers.
Characteristics of the breed: Called an Australian Shepherd, this dog did not originate in Australia. This dog originated from the western U.S., during the time of the 1840’s Gold Rush. Some theorize these dogs were imported with sheep from Australia in the 1840s. Whatever reasons these shepherds in the United States; they remain one of the hardest working dogs. What should you look for if you are looking for a perfect breed specimen? These dogs are slightly longer than they are taller. Standing between 20 to 23 inches at the shoulder, males weigh between 50 and 65 pounds. Females are smaller and lighter, at 18 to 21 inches at the shoulder and 40 to 55 pounds. If you see advertisements for miniature Australian Shepherds, these smaller varieties are generally not accepted by breeders, as there is one size for Australian Shepherds.
The eyes of an Aussie may win the most comments because they may be any color or a combination of colors. This includes amber, hazel, all shades of brown and various shades of glassy blue. Eyes can also have flecks and marbling. One of the best features of an Aussie is that from the side, the top line of the skull and muzzle form parallel planes that are divided by a stop that is moderate and well-defined. Their triangular ears set high on their head. The skull is flat-topped to slightly domed. Its muzzle is tampered from the base to its nose and its tip is rounded. . Its back, straight and firm, is level from the withers to the hips.
Color of coat: This shepherd with a smooth, easy, gait has agility and acceptable coat colors include: blue or red merle, black, or red all over with or without white markings. There dogs may also have copper or tan points. Their hair of medium length and texture is straight or wavy and is weather resistant. These dogs also have an undercoat of varying lengths, depending on the climate in which they live. Look for smooth hair on the head, ears, front of the forelegs and below the dog’s hocks.
Its coat does need special care to prevent matting. In addition to brushing three times a day, Aussies should also have their hair spritzed with conditioner. Brush and get down to the skin. This will prevent matting, To see a current list of Australian Shepherd puppies for sale see www.centralpapuppies.com
Feeding an Aussie: How much should you feed an Aussie Shepherd? Younger puppies may need to be fed three times a day with softened food that is part hot, water-soaked Kibble. Some owners use half a can of food with two tablespoons of cottage cheese. Once a puppy reaches three to six months old, feedings should be reduced from three to two feedings a day. Since the puppies are older, they do not need to have their food softened as much, or be eating canned dog food.
At six months old, owners of Aussies must decide to control food portions or allow their sheep herder to enjoy a free feeding schedule. Portion controls may desirable for owners who want to control appetite, digestion, and control weight gain and loss. Leaving food where a shepherd can reach it easily all day long may save a dog from bloating in the stomach, or gorging himself. Is a diet of frozen foods better for your hard worker? It may determine how well your dog takes to change.