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Original Function: Ranch or stock dog
Modern Function: General all-rounder
Appearance: Well-balanced, slightly longer than tall, of medium size and bone, with colouring that offers variety and individuality. He is attentive and animated, lithe and agile, solid and muscular without cloddiness. Has a coat of moderate length and coarseness. Natual bobbed tail or natural long tail.
Weight/Height: Dogs: 51 - 58.5cm (20-23 ins) / 25 - 29kg (50-65 pounds). Bitches: 45.5 - 53.5cms (18-21ins) / 18 - 25kg (40-55 pounds)
Coat Colours/Texture: Blue merle, black, red merle, red – all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points, with no order of preference. White should not be predominate. Hair is of medium texture, straight to wavy, weather-resistant and of medium length. Undercoat varies in quantity with variations in climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, ears, front of forelegs and below the hock joints. Backs of forelegs and britches are moderately feathered. There is a moderate mane and frill, more pronounced in dogs than in bitches.
Grooming: Easy to groom and needs little attention. Bruch occassionally with a firm bristle brush and bath only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Character/Temperament: Intelligent, active dog with an even disposition, good-natured, seldom quarrelsome. Intelligent working dog of strong herding and guarding instincts. Loyal companon and has the stamina to work all day.
Compatibility with other animals/cats: This is not an aggressive breed and dogs generally get on well with others. Generally gets on with cats if raised with them.
Compatibility with people/children: Recommended for active people & families. Aussies are excellent with children, even with an active child, as they love to play. A devoted, loyal friend and guardian as they are naturally protective.
Indoors/Outdoors: Aussies aren't the kind of dog to lie around the living room all day or live happily in the backyard with only a 15 minute walk. They need much more exercise than that and something to occupy their minds daily or they will become bored, leading to serious behaviour problems. Without enough mental and physical exercise and/or a lack of a true pack leader, they can become nervous and destructive if left alone.
Exercise/Training: A very energetic working dog needing plenty of exercise to keep fit and the mind occupied. They are eager to please, with a sixth sense about what the owner wants – although they can be stubborn.
Longevity/Health: This is a hardy breed, although some can suffer from hip dysplasia, epilepsy and eye problems.10-14 years.
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