Herding Group. Aussies are very active, intelligent dogs. They are of the herding group and are built for work. They are very intelligent, loyal, and devoted to their family. The Australian Shepherd is a great companion for children and other pets, especially if socialized as a puppy. It can be shy around strangers, as it is territorial by nature. Australian Shepherds are affectionate and kindhearted. They are easily bored. The Australian Shepherd can become nervous and destructive without frequent socialization and proper exercise. These traits do tend to create a dog that could develop separation anxiety. They need to be trained, given plenty of exercise, and kept both physically and mentally busy to reach their full potential. Aussies are confident and and lively; they are known to behave like puppies. They are great in obedience type competitions and agility. The Australian Shepherd is fun to train because it learns quickly and easily. Aussies are unusually eager to please and adept at a wide variety of sports and games, such as herding, Flyball, and agility competitions. The Australian Shepherd is an excellent companion for people that are active, particularly those who recreate outdoors. Aussies will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.
The Australian Shepherd has highly set, triangular ears, a moderately defined stop (point at which the muzzle meets the forehead), a scissors bite, and brown, blue, or amber eyes (or a combination thereof). It has a flat back, natural or docked bobtail, and oval feet. The Australian Shepherd is slightly longer than it is tall. The Australian Shepherd’s coat ranges from medium to long, with a dense undercoat. It can be straight or slightly wavy, and is highly weather resistant. The coat is short and soft on the head and legs, with a thick mane around the neck.
Country of Origin: United States
Weight of Males: 50-75 lbs
Weight of Females: 35-55 lbs
Height of Males: 20-23 in
Height of Females: 18-21 in
Coat texture: Straight or moderately wavy, with dense under coat, weather resistant little grooming
Coat color: Black, Black Bi-color, Black Tri-color, Red, Red Bi-color, Red Tri-color, Red Merle, Blue Merle. May have tan points, white markings, or white markings with tan points
Live span: 13-15 year
She is so beautiful. She has such a unique little pattern and her copper is so dark, it really pops. She is absolutely wonderful and is really starting to learn a lot. She is a spunky little girl, so full of life. She is from Ohio
Genetic Testing Collie Eye Anomaly = Normal
Cone Degeneration = Normal
Degenerative Myelopathy = Normal
Hereditary Cataracts (Australian Shepherd Type) = Normal
Hyperuricosuria = Normal
Multidrug Resistance 1 = Carrier
Multifocal Retinopathy 1 = Normal
Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 6 = Normal
Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration = Normal
Weight: 45 LB
Date of Birth: 10/22/2017
Registration: AKC Sophie's Haven Little Rustic Ainslee, DN51491004
Raising Australian Shepherds and Aussie Doodles is like opening a present, you never know what you are going to get. It is so exciting to sit next to the momma and wait to see what little surprises she has waiting to meet the world. Not only do you have to match sire and dame for personality and size, but you have to also think about color, patterns, hair texture... The list is endless. Even with this knowledge it always has me on the edge of my seat just waiting to seek a peek at the wonders God has in store for us. I absolutely love and crave the exciting unknowns of this wonderful breed.
There are 4 main colors in the Australian Shepherd breed, Blue Merle, Black, Red Merle, and Red. These colors can come with or without white and/or copper trim. Black, Black Bi (black and white), (black and tan), Black Tri (black, white, and tan), Blue Merle, Blue Merle with white, Blue Merle with white and tan, Red, Red Bi (red and white), (red and tan), Red Tri (red, white, and tan), Red Merle, Red Merle with white, and Red Merle with white and tan.
Even though there are other colors that seem rare and desirable, they should be avoided in pure breed Australian Shepherds. These colors are dilute (Maltese and Isabella), yellow, sable, sable merle, and white or too much white. The dilute, yellow, sable, and sable merle colors are less concerning, these result from a recessive gene. If desired by buyer these puppies should be a pet only, and not used for breeding and the puppy's parents should not be mated again. The mostly white or pure white color results from the breeding of a merle (blue or red) to a merle (blue or red), resulting in the double M gene mutation. This breeding can result in puppies who are born with health problems and can be either blind, deaf, or both. DO NOT BUY A PUPPY WHOSE PARENTS ARE BOTH MERLES, OR BREED A MERLE TO A MERLE.
The excitement in breeding Aussies!!! Breeding: Tri + Tri = all Tris Red Tri + Red Tri = all Red Tris Black Tri + Red Tri = Black Tri or possible Red Tri if parents are both red factor Blue Merle + Black Tri = Blue Merle/Black Tri or possible Red tri/Red Merle if parents are both red factor Red Merle + Red Tri = Red Merle/Red Tri Red Merle + Black Tri = Blue Merle/Black Tri or possible Red tri/Red Merle if parents are both red factor Blue Merle + Red Tri = Blue Merle/Black Tri or possible Red tri/Red Merle if parents are both red factor Merle + Merle = unacceptable, as each puppy has a chance of being born blind and/or deaf WE DO NOT OWN A MERLE MALE SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ACCIDENTAL MERLE TO MERLE BREEDINGS.
Preferred color crosses are blue merle to black tri, blue merle to red tri, red merle to black tri, and red merle to red tri.
Then to further complicate things, we add copper trim!!! Copper trim + Copper trim = Copper trim (tri) Copper trim + none = some puppies will have copper trim (bi) and some without none + none = no copper trim (bi)
Then lets throw one more ingredient into the mix, Blue Eyes!!! We do NOT place puppies based on eye color or charge for it. Because we cannot control Mother Nature and they may change throughout the dogs life. For example, Charlee used to have two blue eyes and now she has one blue and one light brown. Merles are more likely to have blue eyes, or a variation of blue eyes. However, once again it can not be guaranteed and if someone says it can make sure you get it in writing, so if it changes you can get your money back.