Things to Know Before Owning a Australian Shepherd
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The Australian Shepherd is commonly referred to as the ‘Aussie.’ Those that share their home with Australian Shepherds and Australian Shepherd mixes often describe them as intelligent, loyal, easygoing dogs that crave activity and human interaction. Aussies love to play and are usually excellent with children and happy to have canine companions. Aussies are herding dogs and are not content to lie around the house or wonder the yard without purpose. Aussies are not well suited for apartment life. This breed is usually best suited for people with a very active lifestyle that includes a great deal of outdoor activity.
Dog breeds that have the thick double coat such as Australian Shepherds will shed heavily at certain times of the year due to changing weather. This normally occurs in the spring and fall the coats will require frequent brushing and undercoat raking to minimize shedding.
All breeds of dogs are inclined to certain health problems. It does not mean that your Australian Shepherd or Australian Shepherd mix will have these problems. Australian Shepherds that are merle colored have an increased incidence of deafness and blindness. They may also be prone to cataracts, epilepsy, and spinal conditions.
5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Australian Shepherd for sale from a store, or Australian Shepherd Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Australian Shepherd dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Australian Shepherd breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Australian Shepherds. There are also Australian Shepherd rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Australian Shepherds. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Australian Shepherd rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
- Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
- Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Australian Shepherd dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Australian Shepherd dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Australian Shepherd Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Australian Shepherd focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Australian Shepherd focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!