The Australian Shepherd usually catches the attention because of its bright and colourful fur and penetrating glance. There is no denying that it is a very beautiful and elegant dog, as well as intelligent and affectionate.
Although its origins are uncertain, it is known that it appeared during the 19th century in the United States. It is believed that from sheepdogs brought by Basque shepherds ((who in turn came from Australia or who went to Australia first and then went to the United States) ) who came with their sheep to the country, and who mixed with their dogs with other types of sheepdogs, such as Border Collie. It did not become popular until after the Second World War and it is in the 90s, when the Australian Shepherd was officially recognised.
Used as dogs to care for cattle at the beginning, the Australian Shepherd is a very intelligent and obedient dog. It learns quickly and if it is well educated it is very sociable. Like all dogs, it should start socialising between 2 and 3 months of age. Education, as in the human being, is also fundamental in our animal companions and requires dedication and a lot of patience.
With an energetic and non-aggressive character, it needs a lot of physical and mental exercise to channel this energy. It is curious, hardworking and loves to play. Loyal and loving, is an excellent companion for children and families.
Although it can adapt well to life in a flat and to the city, a house with a garden is preferable. It needs contact, both from other dogs or animals and human, it does not like to spend a lot of time alone and, obviously, it needs to go outside, preferably three times a day.
They can be of four colours: blackbird blue, blackbird red, tricolor black and tricolor red. They are medium size and short tail. Their rounded eyes and intense look can be hazel, blue, or have a total heterochromia (one eye of each color) or partial (more than one color in the same eye, which is usually a blue patch inside the brown color of the eye).
The Australian Shepherd is a strong and long-living dog, his life expectancy is about 15 years. The problems it may have are usually related to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and the Collie’s eye abnormality.
It should bathe only when it is dirty, usually every 21 days. Its brushing should be done twice a week. With the veterinarian (who must go at least once a year) you must agree on its deworming calendar (usually every month) and vaccination. And, of course, its diet must be of good quality.
As you can see, the Australian Shepherd is a wonderful dog, but what dog is not? We love all of them! Maybe you’re interested in learning about the Spanish Greyhound.