STANDARD AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS 18" - 23" TALL
guardian instincts. They make themselves a loyal companion to their owners and are a great family dog. Because of their
intelligence, they want to be included in whatever you are doing. The Australian Shepherd is a sensitive dog. They thrive in
attitude and learning capability makes them fun to teach.
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 looking for.
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
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