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Training Games for the Australian Shepherd Puppy

February 7, 2013


Puppy games are a great way to entertain your Australian Shepherd and yourself, while subliminally teaching lessons in the course of having fun. Start with a game plan and a pocketful of tasty dog treats. Keep your games short so you don't push his attention span beyond puppy limits. Here are some examples of puppy games:






Australian Shepherd Breed History

February 14, 2013


While there are many theories as to the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States. The Australian Shepherd was given its name because of their association with the...






Australian Shepherd Temperament

February 28, 2013


The Australian Shepherd are an intelligent, medium-sized dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. They are also delightful and loyal companions and great family dogs. They love to be part of the daily hustle and bustle, and enjoy riding in the vehicle just to be with their beloved master. As farm dogs, they diligently carry out their responsibilities, be it bringing in the stock or finding the stray one that got tangled in the brush. They are easily trained, easily housebroken, because they are intelligent and eager to please.






Australian Shepherd Appearance - Black Tri

March 26, 2013


The Australian Shepherd comes in four acceptable colors, we will discuss each one in a separate Blog Post so stay tuned!

1) black
2) blue merle - a marbling of gray/silver and black, often creating a "blue" effect
3) red - ranging from light cinnamon to liver
4) red merle – a marbling of red and silver or buff

A variety of white and tan markings may appear on the face, chest, front and rear legs.






Australian Shepherd Appearance - Blue Merle

April 9, 2013


Blue merle is a striking color which is made up of black spots of various sizes on a gray background. Sometimes the overall effect is to give the dog a "blue" look, hence the name "blue merle." The shades of gray can range from light silver to dark smoke, and the black spots can be small specks to very large patches, creating a wide variety of interesting combinations.






Australian Shepherd Appearance - Red Tri

April 23, 2013


Red tri Aussies can range in color from light cinnamon to dark liver, but overall have a light to dark "red" aspect. They may also have white markings on the face, chest, legs, and under parts. Copper points are also commonly seen on the face and legs.






Australian Shepherd Appearance - Red Merle

May 7, 2013


Red merle is a combination of red patches or spots - i.e. light cinnamon to dark liver color, on a background that can range from buff to silver. Just as the background color can vary, so can the color and size of the red areas. Spots can be small speckles to patches that cover large areas of the dog.






Aussie Personality & Character

May 28, 2013


Those of us who love Aussies can't imagine a more perfect breed of dog. Unfortunately, the very characteristics we value in these dogs make them unsuitable for some homes and owners. Consider carefully if your lifestyle can accommodate the exuberance of a typical Aussie.




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