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Australian Shepherd dog breed - photos and description

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Australian Shepherd

Main characteristics of the breed

Care:Need regular care
Size:Large
Molt:Shed moderately
Need for activity:Need vigorous daily exercise
Domination:Lowest level
Tolerance of loneliness:They really need people
Type of wool:Long - haired
Temperament:Phlegmatic
Friendly to strangers:Warning
Intellect:Working intelligence
Learnability:Very easy to learn
Specialization:Companions, Watch dogs
Tendency to bark:They love to bark

The Australian Shepherd  probably came from the Basque region of Spain. Basque shepherds first took their dogs to Australia and then to the United States, so Americans called the dogs Australian Shepherds. As we know it today, the breed was developed solely in the United States. It is classified as a large breed in the herding group, and its name is popularly abbreviated to Aussie.

In addition to herding dogs, Australian Shepherds serve as Seeing Eye dogs, hearing dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Because of their high intelligence, Aussies are well suited to do a wide variety of jobs. Australian Shepherds can live for 12 to 14 years, and the females have 6 to 9 puppies per litter once per year.

The Australian Shepherd breed is a model dog with a good sense of diligence and self-control, as long as its loyal and energetic behavior is put to good use. The Aussie's patient demeanor makes it a great therapy dog, drug detector, and search and rescue dog. Toy and Mini Aussies both exhibit similar behaviors as the standard breed. Australian Shepherds may do better eating a limited ingredient or allergy care dog food considering their propensity for allergies and epilepsy and sensitivities.

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