Australian Shepherd Dog. History and
Origins of the Australian Shepherd Dog
The history and origin of the Australian Shepherd breed is not as clear cut as we might like it to be.
The breed we now think of as the Australian Shepherd wasn't recognized until 1957 with the formation of the Australian Shepherd Club of America. At this time the National Stock Dog Registry served as the official breed registry until the ASCA took over in the 1970s.
In fact the current breed description wasn't written until 1977. This description of what an Australian Shepherd dog should look like is what breeders now strive to achieve in their breeding programs.
The Australian Shepherd breed was not recognized by the American Kennel Club until as late as 1993.
Even though the ASCA developed the first breed standard they decided against joining the AKC due to what was considered too much weight being given to issues of conformity and not enough to performance. The Australian Shepherd was bred to be a working dog after all.
If you are thinking of getting an Australian shepherd puppy be sure this the right breed of dog for you. Aussies need a lot of exercise and love to run flat out. You do not have to live on a ranch or farm to have an Aussie but be prepared for their boundless energy and to find activities you can enjoy together.
Australian Shepherd Training.
Dog agility training is catching on in popularity and is growing in leaps and bounds. Australian Sheps are ideal dogs for agility training and this is a great way for them to burn off some energy. It's also terrific way for both of you to have a lot of fun.
A healthy Aussie is a happy Aussie. So we have created an Aussie Health Issues section with valuable information about Hereditary Diseases, Viruses and Bacteria and Worms and Parasites. We will be adding Diet and Nutrition and Pet Health Insurance guides as well.
How To Choose an Australian Shepherd Breeder.
If you don't have an Aussie dog yet we provide information about dog breeding, and links to the best Australian Shepherd and Miniature Australian Shepherd breeders in our Breeders Directory. For important information about the difference between Aussies and Mini Aussies read our About Aussies page.
Rescue An Australian Shepherd Dog
Many Australian Shepherds are turned over to animal shelters or rescue organisations as a result of people simply not being aware of what they are getting into when they get an Aussie. Others have seen similar warnings but didn't believe them. Well, BELIEVE IT! Rescue dogs need loving homes like yours.
I don't want to turn you off of Aussies, because if your lifestyle and you are a good fit for an Australian Shepherd it will be the best dog you've ever owned or ever will own, but you have to go into this relationship with eyes wide open.
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