This breed came to be around the Goldrush era as a herding dog for ranchers within the western US. The exact ancestral heritage of this breed isn’t precise per se. There are a lot of possible theories however, the Australian Shepherd likely has a collie as one of its ancestors.
This breed became popular after World War II. There were horse shows, rodeos and Disney movies which had one Australian Shepherd or the other. The crowd loved seeing athletic dogs and so the media promoted the Australian Shepherd.
However, it wasn’t until 1993 before this dog breed was AKC recognized. This is a dog breed that belongs to the herding category. Some modern-day Australian Shepherds are still used to herd livestock but they can be great companions as house pets.
This breed plays the dominant role pretty beautifully as they were developed to be assertive and firm when dealing with livestock. If a strong hand isn’t available at home, they will regain their dominant persona. This is one of the reasons why they aren’t so much of a recommended choice for first-time dog owners.
Just like other herding dogs in their niche, the Australian Shepherd is loyal to a fault. Their loyalty, however, doesn’t transcend to strangers as it only plays out with its owners. However, all of these qualities can be tweaked and adjusted during training especially when they’re still young. They are really loving dogs and are great for large families.
The Australian Shepherd is a herding dog breed, meaning that it’s in their genetic disposition to run, play and live in open lands. This is why they don’t particularly thrive in apartment buildings. These dogs are very sensitive to their owners and they can survive diverse weather conditions, either hot, warm or cold.
Feel free to pitch a dog house outside for this breed or let them run around the yard provided it’s fenced as they have high tendencies for wanderlust. The Australian Shepherd requires a great and spacious environment to fully actualize its purpose in the lives of its owners. If you don’t have a large property, not to worry, frequent visits to the park will satisfy its needs.
As expected, the Australian Shepherd has high exercise needs. You may need to take him walking, jogging or to the park every day as they can get destructive when they still have the energy to dispense. The intensity of their exercise is somewhat high and they’re very playful making them the perfect breed for kids and toddlers.
Dog sports like Frisbee or flyball will be their forte as they will excel without a doubt because it involves running and jumping. The Australian Shepherd is a very agile dog breed with a lot of energy too. Feel free to enroll your Aussie in dog competitions just for the fun of it, who knows you may just be taking home a trophy on their behalf. This breed is very smart and easy to train.
The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog breed that has a medium length coating. This coating so happens to be water-resistant and ensures that your furry friend is warm and comfortable during rainstorms and snow days.
Their fur could either be straight or wavy and it lengthens around the neck and chest regions. This breed sheds all year round but heavily during the spring season. In terms of grooming, the Australian Shepherd’s coat needs to be brushed weekly to prevent matting.
Because its fur is more hair-like, you may need to use dog hair conditioner on it before brushing. Regular brushing keeps the Australian Shepherd looking neat; however, you may give him a bath when it starts getting obvious. Also, whenever you hear scratching sounds on the floor as the dog walks by, it may be time for a nail trim.
Our Australian Shepherd puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country.
The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Australian Shepherd puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.