Australian Shepherd (Aussie)
Despite the fact that the name of the breed literally sounds like an Australian Aussie shepherd, in fact, the breed originated in America. The name sounds that way, because the ancestors of the Aussi – the Scottish border collie – were brought from Australia. In the states, they were crossed with some other breeds, including naturally – through free crossbreeding between neighboring dogs.
The Aussie dog breed was introduced to America around the 1840s, and was widely used in the western states as a shepherd to help graze livestock in the vast expanses. American farmers and settlers greatly valued them for their amazing mind, great devotion and endurance. Thanks to these qualities, the Aussies could endure all the difficulties of life in semi-wild conditions, and provide the person with the necessary support.
During the Second World War, the population declined significantly, since Aussies were often used in the US Army for various purposes, usually in rescue and courier missions. However, then the breeders quickly quickly restored the normal population of these helpful and good-natured dogs.
Aussie dog has a long coat. The muzzle is elongated, the head is oval, ears of medium length, triangular, hanging down on the sides of the head, but sometimes you don’t notice this because of the coat. The chest is round, voluminous, limbs shorter than average, physique strong, muscular. The tail is long, fluffy.
The Aussi dog breed is open and very friendly, making it an ideal companion for humans. It doesn’t matter how old you are – this pet literally recognizes himself as your best friend and period. No more, no less. If you are an elderly person and need a companion who could facilitate everyday life, the Aussi breed will be an excellent choice.
If you have a large family with many children, Aussies will also perfectly integrate into your daily life. This is a hardworking breed that is happy in alliance with a person when it has the opportunity to be useful. If there are no walks or useful functions, the dog will begin to get bored, her appetite will deteriorate. She is wonderful for children, has a high level of intelligence and understands the situation in the family, feels the emotional state of the owners.
This allows the dog to literally guess your desires, as well as relieve tension, which from time to time appears in any family. The Aussi dog breed has a high level of energy, it is an axiom. So, she needs a daily walk for at least an hour, and if possible, then longer. Do not even hope that you can avoid this fate in the winter – regardless of the time of year, the Aussi breed must realize its energy potential, otherwise it will negatively affect the character of the dog.
These pets are well suited for living on the territory of a private house – the ability to be in the fresh air, have a certain level of activity for the whole day, and also a sufficiently thick coat allow the dog to not freeze even in winter frosts. Another thing is that it is not worth expecting from an Aussi dog to perform guard and protective functions on an equal footing with, say, Alabai.
This is not only a matter of physical data, but also of natural inclinations, because Aussies are much more friendly dogs, including towards strangers. Other animals are perceived normally, treats children very well, which is facilitated by the innate instinct of the shepherd who watches over herd and is ready to give her life for him. As a watchman who is able to raise an alarm and try to stop intruders, an Aussi dog can be used. Also, this is a great companion for a person of any age and marital status.
It’s easy to train and raise an Aussie dog – this is facilitated not only by innate intelligence, but also by an instinctive desire to please the owner. In addition, the dog needs activity not only for the body, but also for the mind, and training just provides the necessary food.
These pets can even be trained in complex teams, given the specifics of their content. That is, in other words, if the Aussie dog is a companion of a person with disabilities, it is quite reasonable to teach her teams that will greatly simplify the life of the owner.
The dog can bring a phone, slippers, can open the door if it is equipped with a special lock, can serve various items and can be used as a guide dog. In the learning process, it’s enough to maintain patience, a sense of humor, sincerity and kindness, and your four-legged friend will definitely reciprocate.
The Aussi dog breed has a thick coat that needs to be combed 2-3 times a week. Claws need to be trimmed three times a month, a dog needs to be bathed once every two weeks or more often, if necessary. Eyes are cleaned of deposits daily, ears are cleaned three times a week.