Australian Shepherd Info & Australian Shepherd Breeders

The Australian shepherd, despite its name, was not developed in Australia, but rather in the United States where they were seen in the West as early as the 1800s. The breed rose gradually in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War I. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and Disney movies made for television.

 

For many years, Austalian Shepherds have been valued by stockmen for their versatility and trainability. They have a similar look to the popular English Shepherd and Border Collie breeds. While they continue to work as stockdogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and drive, and usually needs a job to do. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, flyball, and frisbee. They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs.

 

The breed is typically highly energetic, requiring a great deal of exercise and attention, although some can be calm and easy-going. Aussies are also one of the few breeds known for "smiling" by baring their teeth. An Australian shepherd enjoys working, whether it is learning and practicing tricks, competing in dog agility, or engaging in any other physically and mentally involving activity.

 

Dogs may show reserved and cautious guarding behaviors. They are kind, loving, and devoted to those they know. They are very loyal to their owners, and are rewarding dogs if treated well. Because the breed was developed to serve on the ranch, a job which includes being protective of its property, it is inclined to bark warnings about neighborhood activity. It is not inclined toward obsessive barking.

 

The Australian shepherd has a reputation as a highly intelligent and versatile stock dog with a range of working styles. A good working Aussie is quick, thoughtful, and easy with its stock. The ability for the breed to adapt to the situation and think for itself makes it an excellent all-around worker. For this reason the Aussie is often chosen to work unusual livestock such as ducks, geese, and commercially raised rabbits.

 

These dogs require a minimum of 2–3 hours a day of play, exercise, and attention. They thrive in rural, ranch like conditions, and need space to run and play in an urban setting. The Australian shepherd is a high-spirited dog, that requires much attention and work. Teaching them tricks keeps them focused and happy, which also keeps their minds working. The breed also has great stamina and can live in a variety of terrain. That's why they are a popular pick as trail dogs and working dogs.

 

Source: Wikipedia

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Registered Australian Shepherd Breeders

Blulight Australian Shepherds - Australian Shepherd Breeder, South Australia
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Chamshep Kennels - Belgian, German, and Australian Shepherd, Australian Silky Terrier Breeder - South East QLD
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Clearun - Australian Shepherd & Saint Bernard Breeder - Buxton, VIC
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Crystaleye Australian Shepherds - Australian Shepherd Breeder - Bathurst, NSW
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Cuebiyar Aussies - Australian Shepherd Breeder - Hunter Valley, NSW
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Edensundown - Labrador Retriever & Australian Shepherd Breeder - Bingara, NSW
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Eyreabella Australian Shepherds -  Australian Shepherd Breeder - Whyalla, South Australia
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Lanbart - Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Shepherd Breeder - Yass, NSW
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Leesway Australian Shepherds - Australian Shepherd Breeder - Glenorie, NSW
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Myriahill Australian Shepherds - Australian Shepherd Breeder - Moonbi, NSW
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Ozzstyle Kennels - Australian Shepherd Breeder, NSW
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Red Ivory Kennels - Alaskan Malamute, Australian Shepherd & Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeder - Canberra.
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Sanpasho - Australian Shepherd Breeder - Kayena, TAS
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