Know Your Dog: Australian Shepherd

March 4, 2020

If you’re a busy bee and appreciate a hard worker, you’ll love our featured dog this month. They have been known to serve as herding dogs, seeing eye dogs, hearing dogs, search and rescue dogs, and drug sniffing dogs due to their high intelligence level. We’re talking, of course, about the Australian Shepherd.

The Aussie, which actually originated in Spain, not Australia, shares something with a previous Click Treat Play highlighted dog; the Husky. Both dogs are popular for having two different colored eyes. Australian Shepherds can have any combination of blue, brown, hazel, green, or amber eyes. It is said that Native Americans consider these dogs sacred because of their “ghost eye.” This refers to the pale blue, “ghostly” eyes the breed can sometimes have.

As mentioned above, the Aussie actually originated in Spain then made its way to the United States by way of Australia. These dogs are very smart, agile, and ready to work. They are not for the sit-on-the-couch dog owner, but if you’re looking for a dog that’s full of smarts, energy, and eagerness, this very may well be the pet for you.

Aussies are full of energy and require a good amount of exercise. They love to accompany their owners on walks and hikes and will benefit from lots of exercise and outdoor activity. Aussies also love having a job to do, whether it be herding or even running through an agility course.

Early socialization is a must for this breed. One big reason these dogs end up in shelters is because the owner is unable or unwilling to to channel the dog’s energy level through training and socialization. Aussies are also very loyal and protective of their families, so they can become territorial. The breed thrives on companionship and should not be left alone for extended periods of time.

The Australian Shepherd is generally a healthy dog, but they should have their ears checked regularly for debris and wax build up. They should also have their teeth brushed often.

If you’re looking for a smart dog with a good work ethic that will keep you active, then the Australian Shepherd is the dog for you!