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Welcome to Black Sheep - Australian Shepherd Club

The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized breed of dog that was developed on the ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in Australia, but rather in the United States, where they were seen in the West as early as the 19th century. The breed rose gradually in popularity with the boom of Western riding after World War II. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and Disney movies made for television.

Australian Shepherd Breed

INTRODUCTION: First and foremost, the Australian Shepherd is a true working stockdog, and anything that detracts from his usefulness as such is undesirable. The most important breed characteristics are overall moderation in size and bone, balance with correct proportions, and sound movement

CHARACTER: The Australian Shepherd is primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an intelligent, exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained: performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. He is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness.

Australian Shepherd Temperament

The Aussie is intelligent, learns quickly, and loves to play. This means that a bored, neglected, unexercised Aussie may invent its own games, activities, and jobs, which to a busy owner might appear to be hyperactivity: for example, an Aussie may go from being at rest to running at top speed for several "laps" around the house before returning to rest. Without something to amuse them, Aussies can become destructive. Aussies also do best with plenty of human companionship: they are often called "Velcro dogs" for their strong desire to always be near their owners and for their tendency to form intense, devoted bonds with select people.

Basic Body Colors

This writing is meant to be as basic as possible with no use of technical terms. It is meant to answer some of the questions ASCA receives and to help the novice and beginning breeder. The information contained here is regarding the body color of Aussies without discussion of white or copper trim.

The basic body colors of Australian Shepherds are red and black. The blue merle is genetically a black dog carrying the merling gene (which breaks up the black color into a pattern of black patches on grey). The red merle is genetically a red dog carrying a merling gene (which breaks up the red color into a pattern of red patches on beige)