Australian Shepherd Breeders

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

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.

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These usually good tempered dogs are known for their sheep herding. However, they aren’t the favorite picks if you want to avoid large amounts of shedding around the house? These dogs are energetic, but they also can be strong-willed and are quick to bark at strangers. They make good pets because they love children, adapt well to change, learn quickly, and are said to be one of the most intelligent dogs in the world.


Contrary to popular belief, this dog did not come from Australia. It’s believed the dog received its name from the Basque sheepherders that can to the United States in the 1800s. It’s said these dogs got their name because of their past residence, though Australian shepherds today are born in the U.S. The breed gained popularity when a rodeo trick was featured on TV and one of these shepherds performed a trick. The dogs began to be featured on more television spots and films. While recognized by the National Stock Dog Registry since 1957, members of this group didn’t think recognition by the American Kennel Club was desirable. This may explain why this breed was not recognized by the AKC until 1993.

Breed characteristics as defined by the American Kennel Club

How can you tell if your Australian shepherd is show quality? Size and proportion: Males are 20-23 inches tall, 40 to 65 pounds; females are 18-21 inches tall, 35 to 55 pounds, and quality is not to be sacrificed for size. The Aussie is slightly longer than tall when measured from the breastbone to the rear of the thighs and from the withers to the ground. Substance: These dogs are solidly built with moderate bone. The males appear masculine without coarseness. The females are feminine. Head: An Australian shepherd’s head is clean-cut, dry and viewed as being strong feature of this dog. Muzzle: Equal in length or slightly shorter than the back of the skull. When viewed from the size, the muzzle and the back of the skull form parallel planes, divided by a moderate stop. It tapers from the base to the nose and is rounded at the time. Eyes: Any color of brown, blue, amber or a variation is acceptable. Eyes should be almond-shaped, but not shrunken in or protruding. Nose: Depending on the merles, a dog’s nose coloring will vary. Ears: The ears are triangle-shaped and set high atop the head. Some say the ears feel like leather. Teeth: It is fine if this dog’s teeth meet in at scissor cut or level bite. Body: This dog is deep and broad chested, but is not what is referred to as barrel-chested or side-chested. The chest at the lowest point should reach the dog’s elbow. Top line: When looking at the top of this dog, the back should be straight, level and firm. It should also be strong in a line that shows from the withers to the hip joints. Tail: The tail can be straight, docked or bobbed naturally. However, no more than four inches should be cut from the tail. Forequarters: The shoulders should be place firmly back. When looking at the shoulder blades, they should be close to the withers, and be long and flat. Legs: The dog’s legs should be strong, straight, and oval more than rounded-shaped in the bone, the pastern is sloped slightly and is medium length. Feet: This dog’s feet are oval-shaped and the A dog’s arches aren’t high-arched. They have toes that are arched perfectly and carry thick foot pads.

Hindquarters: Did you know the hindquarters are as wide as the length of the forequarters at the shoulders? The pelvis and the upper thigh are at the same angle as the dog’s upper arm and shoulder blade. When examined closely, owners can see this forms a right angle between the bones. The hocks are slightly bent and they are parallel to each other when you view them from the rear. The dew claws in the rear should be removed.

Color of Coat: This Aussie’s coat straight to wavy and medium haired. However, the hair is short on the head, ears, front of the forelegs, and below the hocks. Their proper coloring is blue or red merle, black, and red all over with or without white markings. They also may have tan or copper points in no particular order. The white from their collar shouldn’t go past their withers of skin and white are acceptable on the neck. White may also be on the chest, legs, muzzle and under parts. It may also be on the head as long as the white is not the prominent coloring. As these shepherds age, their merles will darken in color.