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Australian Shepherd
Estados Unidos FCI 342 - Sheepdogs

Pastor australiano

The Australian Shepherd It has a stable temperament and is good in nature.



The Australian Shepherd It is a breed of dog of grazing which has developed on ranches in the West of United States. despite its name, the race, did not originate in Australia. It acquired its name because some of the dogs, Australian Shepherds arrived in United States with shipments of Australian sheep.

Race gradually rose in popularity with the rise of the riding following the first world war western. For many years, the Australian Shepherd, has been dog valued by farmers for its versatility and capacity of training inherent. The race has gained recognition, with its training capacity and the desire to please, and are highly respected for his skills in obedience. They became known to the general public through roundups, horse shows, and through Disney made-for-TV movies.

Physical characteristics

The Australian Shepherd is a dog from medium-sized and solid construction, known for its natural 'bob' or amputated tail. He is an active breed of grazing, generally very good with pets and other well-known people, but they can be reserved with strangers. They are not a fair race, tender, who prefer the company of their owners.

Its mantle is double layer, and the colors are black, red (sometimes called the liver), tricolor (black marble, White and grey), and the Red merle (red marble, White and beige), each of these colors may also have copper and / or white spots in various combinations in the face, the chest and legs.

The wide variety of color combinations comes from the interaction between the color of one allele, that is recessive, dominant or red black color, and the dominant allele marble. Together, They provide the color of the fur, and they can appear in any combination:

Negro, with spot color fire and / or white markings on the face, neck, legs, chest, belly. Copies of a black are equally valid as the Tan and / or white.

Red (liver), with or without points bronze and / or white markings on the face, neck, legs, chest, belly. White or Brown points are required.

Blue Merle (a mottled patchwork of black and grey) with or without stain color fire and / or white markings on the face, neck, legs, chest, belly.

Red Merle (a variegated mosaic of cream and liver red) with or without stain color fire and / or white markings on the face, neck, legs, chest, belly.

There is also great variety in the color of the eyes australian shepherd, they can be of any color or shade of brown or blue, You can have two different colored eyes, or even having “eyes split” or bicoloured (for example, Brown half, Blue half).

Character and skills

The race is usually is highly energetic, they require a large amount of exercise, education and care. The Australian Shepherd is playful, that is why it is good that training included days of games.

Like all races work, the Australian Shepherd you have considerable energy that you need to expend, therefore, need a job to do. Often stands in canine sports, such as agility, the flyball and the Frisbee . As well, are good as rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service and therapy dogs.

They are very loyal to their owners, and they are grateful when they receive a good deal, and love. Because the breed was developed to serve at the ranch, a work that includes being protective of its property, usually always alert and slope of the movements of the environment.

The Australian Shepherd, is a dog Intelligent, learn quickly and loves to play. It is important that whoever assumes the responsibility of having such a dog, values that detail, because if you do not receive the necessary daily exercise, When they get bored they can become very destructive.

They require a minimum of 2 or 3 game hours per day, exercise and attention. They need space to run and play, If living in an urban environment.

It is a hardy breed that, It can live in a wide variety of terrain. For this reason they are a very popular choice for Trail dogs and working dogs.

Dog health “Australian Shepherd”

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, do not walk, from any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee on puppies, to tell you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or tell you that your puppies are isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the breed's health problems and the incidence with which they occur in their lines..

The australian shepherds they are generally healthy dogs, but they can develop certain health problems, including hip dysplasia, various eye diseases, sensitivity to certain drugs and epilepsy. Here is a brief summary of what you should know.

The hip dysplasia is a genetic malformation of the hip socket. Dogs with hip dysplasia may appear perfectly normal, but because the head of the thigh bone does not fit properly in the hip socket, over time the cartilage on the surface of the bone begins to wear down. Constant inflammation leads to arthritis.

The Australians can be affected by a number of genetic eye problems. These include colobomas, in which part of the structure of the eye is missing. They can also suffer from different types of cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and retinal detachment. Another eye problem is persistent pupillary membrane, tiny threads of fetal tissue crossing over the iris. Australians are also among the races that can be affected by the Anomaly of the Collie Eye, a group of eye disorders ranging from mild to severe.

But, eye disease screening doesn't end with parents. All puppies should be examined by an ophthalmologist after six weeks of age and before you bring them home.. You should continue to have a veterinary ophthalmologist examine your eyes annually..

The Australians are also one of the breeds that can be affected by Multiple Drug Sensitivity (MDS). Dogs with MDS can have fatal reactions to a number of common veterinary medications., including preventive ivermectin against heartworm. Detection of these diseases not only in the parents of the puppy, but also in the dog, it's a life-saving need. The test is very simple and only requires a cheek smear.; information on how to test your dog is available here.

The epilepsy also occurs in the breed, but there is currently no screening test for seizure disorders in Australian Shepherds. A good breeder will be able to discuss the prevalence of all health problems, those who have and those without genetic testing, in the lines of their dogs, and help puppy buyers make an informed decision about your dog's health risks.

Not all of these conditions are detectable on a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict whether an animal will be free from these evils, so you need to find a reputable breeder who is committed to raising the healthiest animals possible. Must be able to produce independent certification that the dog's parents (and grandparents, etc.) have been examined for common defects and considered healthy for breeding. That's where health records come in..

Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest, best-looking specimens., but sometimes mother nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good husbandry practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you are going to have a puppy, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in their lines and what they died of.

Remember that after you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, has the power to protect you from one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a Australian Shepherd with a proper weight is one of the easiest ways to prolong your life. Make the most of your preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

Grooming “Australian Shepherd”

The Australian Shepherd he has a lot of hair and his grooming needs may seem daunting, but taking care of it is not as much work as you might think. Brush your coat regularly to remove dead hair that would otherwise fall on your clothing and furniture.

Frequent brushing, hot baths and thorough drying during molting time, Spring and autumn, will help keep handfuls of hair under control. Outside the molting season, bathe the Australian only when it gets dirty.

The rest is basic care. Active Australian Shepherds often wear down their nails naturally, but it's a good idea to check them weekly to see if they need a cut. Otherwise, just keep your ears clean and brush your teeth frequently for general good health and fresh breath.

Characteristics "Australian Shepherd"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Australian Shepherd" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION:Group –> Herding dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
    / Section –> Sheepdogs. Without working trial.
  • FCI 342


  • FCI – Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs
  • ANKC – Group 5 (working dogs)
  • CKC – Group 7 – Herding dogs
  • ​KC – Pastoral
  • NZKC – Working dog
  • UKC – Herding dogs

FCI breed standard "Australian Shepherd"

FCIFCI - Australian Shepherd

Alternative names:

1. Aussie (English).
2. Australian Shepherd (French).
3. Australian Shepherd (German).
4. Aussie (Portuguese).
5. Pastor ovejero australiano, Perro de pastor australiano (español).

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