Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Aussie
The exuberant, outgoing Australian Shepherd is one of the most beautiful dogs. Like all herding dogs, it was developed for its high intelligence, its alertness, and its eagerness to work-- traits that make for a wonderful pet for active families. The combination of beauty and brains means that these dogs can be one of the most attractive choices around, especially for active owners who are willing to provide plenty of training and mental as well as physical exercise.
This breed won't find contentment as a powder puff sitting on a cushion. You need to be able to channel that energy into jogging, playing ball or frisbee, or other outdoor activities. Some owners report that a bored Australian Shepherd could dominate or chase other family pets.
Breeders in the United States are currently focused on developed a smaller version of this breed called the Miniature American Shepherd.
Appearance / health:
The Aussie is a well-balanced, vigorous, country-style dog, standing squarely on all four legs, having a body somewhat longer than her height at her withers, and possessed of a deep chest. Her slightly tapering muzzle is about the same length as the top of her head; ears are triangular-shaped with a slight rounding at the tip and are at the side of her head, set high; eyes are oval-shaped, medium-sized and come in a myriad of colors, including brown, amber, blue or any combination/variation thereof including flecks and marbling; the stop is moderate; the bite is scissored. If she is not born with a naturally bobbed tail, as is typical, her tail is customarily docked to not exceed four inches in length. She has a weather-resistant, straight to somewhat wavy coat of medium length and texture with an undercoat; her hair is smooth on all areas except where feathered on the back of her forelegs, as breeches under her tail, and in her moderate frill and mane (though the frill and mane are more apparent in males). Gender is clearly defined in the features of the individual dog.
Because the Aussie is both an average shedder and, seasonally, a heavy shedder, regular brushing is recommended to control shedding. Bathing is recommended only as needed in order to avoid removing naturally occurring oils from the dog’s skin. Do take the time to carefully remove sticks and burs from the coat regularly.
Not only does this breed need significant, vigorous daily exercise, but she should be given a job to do within the family. Adding the teaching of challenging tricks to her regimen will keep her mentally stimulated and aide in her overall good mental health. Take her on a jog or let her run beside you as you bicycle; get the kids out in the yard to throw the Frisbee or a ball for her – the more you exercise her body and challenge her intelligence, the happier, healthier and well-adjusted she will be!
Though it is unfortunate, the Australian Shepherd is beset with many congenital health issues, including:
Behavior / temperament:
Australian Shepherds can easily be said to be the "perpetual puppy;" they never stop loving to play. They are an amicable, loyal, courageous and loving companion with a natural tendency to please that extends to anticipating what their owner wants before it is asked of them and makes them highly trainable. They are instinctively protective, but tend toward wariness with strangers rather than aggressiveness when properly trained. Because of this natural suspicion of outsiders, early and frequent socialization is a very necessary part of their puppyhood (and continuing) training. An isolated and bored Aussie is likely to become destructive and anxiety-ridden, so make sure your Aussie is an indoor dog that spends most of his time with the family and gets plenty of exercise or, even better, given a job to do. Keep in mind, when searching for your companion Aussie, that some lines have been bred with a strong focus on working (herding); Aussies from these lines truly need work, and may be best left to an appropriate working home where their herding drive can be used on livestock. Aussies bred for the show ring are often a better choice for a companion position, and are often referred to as "softer" dogs for their less ambitious outlook on life. But even they need socialization and structure, to avoid misunderstandings. The optimum family situation for the Aussie would be an active family residing in a suburban or rural setting.
The Australian Shepherd is rated high in learning rate, obedience and problem solving. The Aussie is easy to train because he enjoys it and, as a result, he learns very quickly. Early and frequent socialization to people and other animals is best began in puppyhood and continued throughout his lifetime.
Australian Shepherds only bark when necessary, having been developed to herd with swift, responsive, and quiet maneuvering rather than utilization of vocal ability.
terrific watchdog, agility, energetic working dog, ADORE kids, smart dog, great family pet
Energy level, stubborn streak, good brushing, barking, sedentary households, apartment dog, sheds
Super high energy, mental stimulation, obedience training, medium sized dogs, heavy early socialization
My "Unicorn" Aussie - One of the Best Breeds - My Bestfriend
Since Aussies are a herding breed, they are typically regarded as intelligent, high energy, and very active. Which is typically true, however my boy Bandit didn't read the Australian Shepherd handbook. He is still extremely intelligent and easily trained because of his food motivation, however he has never been high energy and loves being a cuddling couch potato. He doesn't care to go on runs, he'd rather sit around and eat 20 times a day! Although his brain still needs to be kept busy with training sessions and interactive dog toys, etc. Not all Australian Shepherds are wild and super high energy, it truly depends on the dog! Overall they are my favorite breed for many reasons..
From BayleeCVT Jan 10 2019 3:56AM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 8 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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