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The Australian Shepherd

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 by Mike Cronk

Country of Origin: United States
Group: Herding
Lifespan: 14-16 years
Height: 20-22 inches
Weight: 40-60 lbs
Color: Red, black, blue and red merle
AKC Rank 2006: 34

The Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is not an Australian breed in actuality but did come to America by way of Australia. It is believed that these dogs originated in the Barque region of Europe in the 1800s. As shepherds, they were used primarily in the rugged areas of Australia and the western United States. Selective breeding has developed a dog known to have “a great deal of stamina [who] is loving, bold, alert, confident, independent, smart, and responsive.”

The Aussies we’ve met certainly have that look of intelligence in their eyes. They tend to be wary of strangers and thus take a few minutes to get to know us before we can go to work. They are double-coated and require thorough brushing at least once a week. We occasionally clip them down to 1/4-1/2 of an inch all over, usually in hot weather and/or for ease of maintenance. Their coat really is gorgeous when it is maintained. We prefer to see them come in for a good brushing and bath every 4-6 weeks so that we can thin out the hair a little at a time.  They often become fussy for prolonged brushing and can occasionally be snappy.

Below, Karma Knaus sports a summer cut. The feathers on her chest, legs and rear are scissored short and blended to the sides.


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