AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

The Australian Shepherd was actually developed in America, but there are many debates over the origins of the foundation stock. It is believed dogs travelled over with flocks of Merino sheep and the Basque shepherds who tended them. Some contend they came to Australia from Spain when the first Merino sheep arrived, and then travelled on to America. Others believe they were Australian Sheepdogs derived from the Smithfield and some type of Collie – possibly the German Coolie or its ancestor. The name came about because of the perceived link with this country and the herding of Australian Merino sheep. In Australia the breed is in its infancy, only having been introduced in 1990. Australian Shepherds were fully recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council on January 1, 1994. Since then, the dog has gained considerably in popularity, competing successfully in conformation, obedience and agility.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

The Australian Shepherd generally lives up to 13 years of age and with the proper care and fed the correct amounts of nutrition can often live up to 15 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

The Australian Shepherd is good-natured with an even disposition. It may be somewhat reserved when meeting people for the first time, but there should never be any display of shyness or aggression. This breed is primarily a working dog with strong herding and guarding instincts. It is very agile and works with style and enthusiasm. Although not couch potatoes, some are quite content to be lap dogs. Extremely intelligent and devoted to their families, they are quick to learn and very easy to train.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

Reserved, but good with animals they grow up with.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

A huge yard is not required for this breed, but daily exercise is a must. Please take note: "Grinning" is a characteristic of some Australian Shepherds and is not to be mistaken for snarling.

IDEAL OWNERS

The Australian Shepherd is perfect for the person wanting a highly trainable dog. If you have the time and commitment to take on an Aussie Shepherd, you won't be disappointed.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Australian Shepherd is the dog for you and you are prepared to exercise this dog for at least 30 minutes a day, contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)