They do need some basic training to curb their herding instinct and learn their place in your family. Taking a local obedience class
with your dog is recommended. This can also be a great socialization tool for your puppy.
Early socialization is very important for a new Aussie puppy, as they can learn to become a bit "reserved" with strangers without it.
When raised with children, they love kids and quickly make it one of their "jobs" to watch and protect their family. They soon
become the family babysitter. When one of the kids gets into trouble, the Aussie will usually tell on them before one of their siblings
gets a chance too! The more that you teach an Aussie, the more that they will learn. There is no limit to the variety of different things
that you can teach them with patience and understanding. They do not need a large yard to run in, but they do need daily exercise
and attention and thrive best when able to get both. The use of a ball and/or Frisbee is a good source of exercise most Aussie's enjoy.
During bad weather a good game of Tug-of-War works well. They love to go for rides in the car and have the chance to spend that
time with you.
There are certain bloodlines that have more herding instinct than others. It is important to work with a reputable breeder that has a
good extended pedigree history on the dog that you are thinking of purchasing so that you get the type of personality that you are
HOW DID THE BREED GET STARTED?
The Australian Shepherds, or Aussies as many call them, that we know today come from the United States.
They get the name Australian Shepherd for the Basque Shepherds that brought them to the United States from Australia in the late
1800'S through early 1900'S. During this time a large number of sheep were being imported through the Basque regions of Spain to
Australia. When western American ranchers found out about the quality of these sheep, word spread fast and many were imported
to the United States from Australia. When these herds were shipped many of the same sheep of them on the trip. American
ranchers were very impressed with these dogs. At the time, Blue Merle's were the dominant color and were often referred to as
the "little blue dogs". Impressed with these dogs athletic ability, intelligence and herding instinct many were crossed with the
herding dogs the American ranchers were using such as the Scotch Collie, Border Collie and English Shepherd. Working and size
emerged. These "little blue dogs" were soon highly esteemed on ranches and farms throughout western America.
The Australian Shepherds gained popularity with the general public following the end of World War II with the upswing in rodeo
as a source of reasonable entertainment. Many Aussie's were used as "trick dogs" in rodeo acts due to their ability to learn
quick and the need to learn new acts on a regular basis. Many of these dogs were on the smaller end of the scale for easy
transporting and working out their acts. They were a natural to have along on a trail ride and to take to horse shows. American
cattle ranchers and farmers were drawn to the breed as well to work cattle. It was the American rancher that continued to
develop the breed, being careful to maintain the versatility, intelligence, herding instinct and loyalty the dog still has today. The
Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) was formed in 1957 to promote and preserve the breed. In 1991 The American
Kennel Club (AKC) granted recognition to the Australian Shepherd. Shortly following the stud books were closed. This means
only registered Australian Shepherd females could be bred to registered Australian Shepherd males to have registered