Everything You NEED TO KNOW About The AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD!
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Aussie’s were developed by the Basque people who were primarily shepherds in the Pyrenees Mountain range of Europe. They needed dogs with endless energy and sharp minds to help them move the flocks of sheep around the fertile pastureland. From that need, the original Aussie was developed and then refined with some English breeds in the 1800s in Australia. Upon arrival in the promising lands of California in the 1900s, local ranches fell in love with the intelligent working dog and they've been a staple in cowboy culture ever since. They have found great success in modern working roles as entertainers, service dogs, and even in scent detection work. They are extremely athletic, so they are usually top competition at agility events and demanding canine sports. POPULARITY RANK The breed popularity has remained steady in various club rankings for decades. Today, the Aussie is ranked 17th out of 196 breeds by The American Kennel Club, and part of the herding group. Keep in mind that while they are an exceptional breed, they are best for experienced canine leaders that are calm and consistent with boundaries. Aussies need 2 or more hours of exercise each day and even more when they are young, so be prepared for that commitment. They also don't do well alone for long periods of time where their desire for a job can quickly turn destructive boredom, so make sure you watch my other videos on these gorgeous dogs before bringing one into your home. HEIGHT Now let's get into the size of these agile dogs because make no mistake, they are very sturdy canines. The AKC standards dictate that male Aussie stand between 20 to 23 inches tall at the withers, while females can be slightly smaller and range from 18 to 21 inches tall. The breed is registered with the Kennel Club but the breed standards don’t indicate a specific weight range for either sex. It’s safe to assume that the AKC standards are quite similar to what would be accepted in the KC as well. WEIGHT The AKC standards dictate that a Aussie weight should be proportional to their height with males weighing between 50 to 65 pounds and females weighing between 40 to 55 pounds. The KC breed standard doesn’t list a weight range, but it’s safe to say that it will be close to the AKC parameters that are proportional to the breed. They are a lean and solidly muscled breed, so they need plenty of exercise every day along with a high quality diet. I suggest the raw diet and have a course that goes over everything you need to know when considering and transitioning to a raw diet for your canine’s health and longevity. HEALTH TESTS The most common health tests relate to hip and elbow dysplasia, which are quite common in working breeds like Aussies. You may also want to screen for heart defects though they can be hard to test accurately for depending on the potential condition and severity. Because of their fearless nature and high energy, you'll find that they may be prone to injury from pulled muscles so quality pet insurance would be a wise investment to consider as well. Other things to look for would be their potential for blindness and deafness which they can be born with or develop during their life. It’s important to consider this trait when getting an Aussie from a breeder and they should have tests and current knowledge of other litters as they age to prove the quality of their breeding stock. It can happen to any canine, but the Merle coloring that is common is the breed is a recessive gene linked to sight and hearing problems. AVERAGE COST You can expect to pay anywhere from $1000 to $3000 for a well-bred Aussie from a quality breeder. You'll find them outside of that range as well, depending on your location, the pedigree, and their registration status. Keep in mind that you'll likely need to invest in training, high-quality food, pet insurance, heartworm medication, and other things that tend to be more expensive given their size. Getting your new Aussie will be the lowest cost, so be prepared for the ongoing expenses. WRAP UP If you'd like more in-depth information about any of the things we talked about here today, keep watching the other videos on this channel to learn more. Don't forget we also have the Perfect Puppy training course, raw diet class, and Bootcamp course for adult canines. Make sure you do your research thoroughly before adding this intelligent and affectionate canine to your home.