Do you groom Australian shepherds?
Ideally, you should groom your Australian Shepherd at least once a week. Grooming your dog’s coat is extremely important for keeping his skin healthy and his body comfortable. Australian Shepherds are moderate to heavy shedders, and allowing the dead hair to accumulate will result in matting.
How much does it cost to stud an Australian Shepherd?
Have you found a quality male nearby for the breeding? Are you prepared to pay the stud fee? [Stud fees range widely- usually the price of one puppy $500-$1500 or pick of the litter] If doing pick of the litter, what if she doesn’t produce but one puppy?
What kind of Shears should I use on my Australian Shepherd?
There really isn’t much trimming needed to maintain a beautiful coat for your Australian Shepherd. I would recommend a good pair of thinning shears (I prefer 42-46 teeth) over regular shears as they are more forgiving and leave a more natural look.
How big does an adult Australian Shepherd get?
Australian Shepherd Puppy Weight Chart Adult male Australian Shepherds will end up weighing 51 to 64 pounds when they are fully grown. Their height will be between 20 and 23 inches. Female Australian Shepherds are smaller and weigh anything from 31 to 44 pounds with a height of 18 to 21 inches.
What makes an Australian Shepherd a protective dog?
Are Australian Shepherds Protective? Australian Shepherds are fiercely protective of their owners; these dogs form very solid bonds with their humans, where they end up being family rather than just a pet. Aussies are very cautious of strangers; This, coupled with their love for their owners, makes them a very protective dog.
Why do Australian Shepherds need their coat removed?
Australian Shepherds are moderate to heavy shedders and keeping the dead, shedding coat removed not only stimulates the skin to keep it healthy but also allows the coat to properly protect the dog from the weather.
Can a Australian Shepherd be evaluated for hip dysplasia?
Puppies cannot be evaluated for hip dysplasia, but once a dog turns two, the condition can be detected. Breeders should always have their Australian Shepherds evaluated for this condition by the Orthopedic Foundation of America. This foundation can tell you if there is a family history of hip dysplasia, and how often it occurs.
What happens if you have an Australian Shepherd with MDS?
When your dog has MDS, he is unable to pump these drugs out of his brain, which results in neurological toxicity. This is a serious condition, and Australian Shepherd puppies with MDS can have fatal reactions to commonly prescribed veterinary drugs. Although not very common, canine epilepsy can also occur in Australian Shepherds.
Is there such a thing as a white Australian Shepherd?
Sometimes an Aussie will have just a hint of white on their chest. Some may still classify such a dog as a solid black Australian Shepherd, despite the white marking.
Is there a screening test for Australian Shepherds?
Unfortunately, there’s currently no screening test available for seizure disorders in Australian Shepherds, but if your puppy comes from a reputable breeder with no history of epilepsy, you should be able to avoid encountering this condition. Like most dog breeds, Australian Shepherds can develop tumors and different forms of cancers.