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Australian Shepherd Bible And the Australian Shepherd is your definitive Australian Shepherd Bible! Everything is covered: from Australian Shepherd Puppies, Australian Shepherd Breeders, Australian Shepherd Variations including Merle, Australian Shepherd Training, bringing your Australian Shepherd home, Australian Shepherd Dogs as Adults, Australian Shepherd Health & Nutrition, Australian Shepherd Temperament, and all the proven INSIDER tips you’ll need to have the very best experience with your Australian Shepherd!The Australian Shepherd is a lively companion and extremely rewarding breed which is also quite unique, as you will learn within. Everything is covered from Australian Shepherd Breed history, finding the best Australian Shepherd for your particular household, Australian Shepherd Puppies and how to pick the best- and avoid the worst!Mini Australian Shepherds -are they a good idea? Australian Shepherd Prices- what can you expect to pay? Australian Shepherd Care and keeping your Australian Shepherd healthy, is all covered. Importantly, Australian Shepherd life stages are covered from Australian Shepherd Adolescence, through to Adulthood and how to maximize each stage along the way. How to care for your AustralianShepherd in old age, and even how to slow down the process! Mark Manfield covers in detail Australian Shepherd Vaccinations, Size, Lifespan, and much, much more!Whether you are considering an Australian Shepherd for the first time, or a seasoned Australian Shepherd owner and lover, the tricks and tips within this guide will prove invaluable. This book is the must-have guide for anybody passionate about Australian Shepherds! The book is written in an easy to read and understandable style. In a straight forward, no-nonsense fashion, Mark Manfield illustrates vividly all aspects of your life with your Australian Shepherd and the journey you're about to take together!

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 — Australian Shepherd History

Australian Shepherd History

Dogs Like Australian Shepherds: Comparing the Australian Shepherd and Shetland Sheepdogs – What are the Similarities and Differences?

Dogs Like Australian Shepherds: Comparing the Australian Shepherd and Border Collies – What are the Similarities and Differences?

Chapter 2 — The Characteristics of the Australian Shepherd

How to Spot a Purebred Australian Shepherd

Make sure you do your research.

Know how to spot an Australian Shepherd.

Only do business with a reputable breeder.

If a deal is too good to be true, it is more likely too good to be true.

Australian Shepherd Types - Australian Shepherd Colors: Black Australian Shepherd and Red Australian Shepherd, Tan and White

Black and Liver (Red)

Tan

White

The Merle Australian Shepherd: The Blue Merle Australian Shepherd and Red Merle Australian Shepherd, and Double Merles

The Blue Merle Australian Shepherd and Red Merle Australian Shepherd

Double Merles

Size of Australian Shepherd and Physical Characteristics: What Does an Australian Shepherd Look Like, Australian Shepherd Average Weight and Other Features

Understanding the Australian Shepherd Temperament

Miniature Australian Shepherd and Teacup Australian Shepherd – Do They Exist?

Chapter 3 — Committing to Owning the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed

Is the Australian Shepherd a Good Fit for You or Your Family?

The Australian Shepherd’s temperament.

Australian Shepherds need ongoing training and daily exercise.

Australian Shepherds can become clingy.

The Australian Shepherd is not a starter dog.

Is Your Home Suitable for an Australian Shepherd?

Are Australian Shepherds Aggressive Towards People?

Are Australian Shepherds Aggressive Towards Other Dogs?

Are Australian Shepherds Aggressive Towards Other Animals?

How Big Do Australian Shepherds Get?

Does the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Have Any Serious Genetic Health Issues?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Having an Australian Shepherd?

Am I Truly Ready to Own an Australian Shepherd?

Chapter 4 — Australian Shepherd Breeders

Australian Shepherd for Sale: Buying an Australian Shepherd from a Breeder vs. Other Options – Which Should You Choose?

Buying from a Breeder

Adopting a Dog from a Shelter or Rescue Group

Breeding Australian Shepherds: How to Find and Recognize Good Australian Shepherd Breeders

1. Loves his or her dogs and the breed, and makes dog breeding his or her life work.

2. Only breeds Australian Shepherds, or breeds Aussies plus one other breed.

3. Asks you as much questions as you ask him or her, and makes sure you can provide his or her puppy with a good home.

4. Will provide a written contract and health guarantee.

5. Can show you pedigrees for both parents usually for at least three generations of healthy Australian Shepherds.

6. Can refer you to a good local vet, and can get you in touch with other families who have adopted his or her puppies.

7. Has a waiting list.

8. Is registered with organizations such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) or Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA).

The Telltale Signs of Bad Australian Shepherd Breeders

1. Concern for profit over the well-being of the dogs.

2. Will sell you any breed.

3. Do not have policies when it comes to refunds or replacements.

4. Does not make you sign a contract.

5. Does not want you to visit his or her facility.

6. Can’t guarantee the health of the puppy.

7. Has no papers for the puppy.

8. Cannot provide references and referrals.

Australian Shepherd Adoption: Australian Shepherd Rescue Myths and Misconceptions

1. Dogs from shelters and rescue groups are mutts.

2. Dogs are placed in shelters and given to rescue groups because there is something wrong with them.

3. Dogs in shelters are too old.

4. Dogs in shelters are dirty.

Chapter 5 — Choosing an Australian Shepherd for Your Family

Australian Shepherd Puppies versus Australian Shepherd Adult?

1. How much time and energy can you dedicate to your Australian Shepherd?

2. How important is it for you to be able to raise your dog and mold his or her personality?

3. Is cost an issue?

Should You Choose a Male or Female?

Should You Choose a Purebred or Australian Shepherd Mix?

Predictability

Cost

Health

How Much are Australian Shepherds? How Much are Australian Shepherd Puppies?

What Other Costs Will I Need to Account For If I Acquire an Australian Shepherd?

Chapter 6 — Preparing Your Home for an Australian Shepherd

The Essential Items That are a Must for Your Australian Shepherd

1. Food, bowls and treats.

2. Collar and leash.

3. Microchip and ID tag.

4. Grooming materials and tools.

5. First aid kit.

6. Dog toys.

7. Cleaning supplies.

8. Crate.

The Value of the Dog Crate for Your Australian Shepherd

Choosing Toys for Australian Shepherd

Chapter 7 — Bringing Home Your Australian Shepherd

1. Give your dog the time to adjust.

2. Introduce your pet to other members of your household, which includes other pets if you have any.

3. Train your dog.

4. Enforce rules and be the boss.

Your Australian Shepherd’s First Night

House Training Your Australian Shepherd

1. Remember that your Australian Shepherd has a den instinct.

2. Pay close attention to your puppy most of the time.

3. Consistency is key to success when it comes to house training.

4. Don’t punish your dog when he is not successful.

Chapter 8 — Caring for Your Australian Shepherd

Properly Exercising Your Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd Brush Types

1. Slicker brush

2. Pin brush

3. Rubber grooming brush

4. Comb

5. De-shedding brush

Grooming Australian Shepherds

Bathing

Brushing the coat

Cleaning sensitive areas and trimming hair around it

Cutting nails

Hair cut or hair trim

Brushing teeth

Chapter 9 — Feeding Your Australian Shepherd

The Value of the Nutritional Needs of Australian Shepherds – What is Important to Consider?

Your Australian Shepherd’s Nutritional Needs

Your Australian Shepherd’s Special Health Issues

Hip or elbow dysplasia

Cancer

Hyperthyroidism

Epilepsy

How do I choose the right dog food for my Australian Shepherd?

Protein

Fat

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

Proper Ratio of Calcium to Phosphorus

Chapter 10 —Australian Shepherd Training for Beginners

How to Train Australian Shepherds

1. Socialize your pet as soon as you bring him or her home.

2. Housebreak your Australian Shepherd as early as possible.

3. Teach basic obedience early.

4. Get your Australian Shepherd involved in a sport or regular play.

Australian Shepherd Training - How to Sit

1. Find a quiet spot to train your Australian Shepherd.

2. Put his or her leash on and tell him to sit.

3. Repeat.

Australian Shepherd Training - Calling Your Australian Shepherd with a Whistle

Australian Shepherd Training - How to Stay

Australian Shepherd Training - Go to Crate Command and Your Australian Shepherd

1. Introduce your Australian Shepherd to the crate.

2. Feed your dog inside or near the crate

3. Practice for longer periods.

4. Crate when you leave…

5. …And crate at night.

Teaching Your Dog to Herd

How to Join a Dog Show

Chapter 11 —Australian Shepherd Lifespan and Health

Australian Shepherd Health Issues and Tests

1. Hip Dysplasia

2. Eye Diseases

3. Hyperthyroidism

4. Epilepsy

5. Cancer

6. Sensitivity to Drugs

The Lethal White/Double Merle

1. Audio Impairment or Deafness

2. Visual Impairment or Blindness

Australian Shepherd Lifespan and Dealing with Grief

Chapter 12 – Conclusion

Bonus Chapter: Your Trusted Resource List

Introduction

As the saying goes, a dog is man’s best friend; but ask any dog lover, and he or she will say that dogs are more than that. Dogs can teach humans a thing or two about unconditional love, loyalty and positivity. They have the unique ability to lift our spirits without saying a word, and have the patience to be there for us when things are most difficult.

Having a dog is more than about ownership – it is about creating a relationship that will last for years and years to come. It is about love, nurturing and responsibility. It is about realizing that having a dog as a companion means that he or she becomes more than just a friend to you – he or she becomes part of your family.

The Australian Shepherd is one of the most loyal, most energetic and smartest dog breeds out there.

If you’ve ever considered taking in a dog as part of your family, you may have come across one of the smartest, most loyal, most energetic and most adventurous breeds out there – the Australian Shepherd or Aussie, for short.

Bred originally to herd livestock, the Australian Shepherd is the happiest when he has a lot of work to do. An Australian Shepherd rounding up a flock of sheep is certainly a marvelous sight to behold. The dog moves with the surety of a professional athlete, directing the flock with barks, nips and a penetrating gaze that send the message to sheep that the Australian Shepherd is the boss.

Loyal to his family but aloof towards strangers, Australian Shepherds thrive in homes that put his smarts and energy to good use. Of course, this does not mean that you have to own a flock of sheep if you want to welcome an Australian Shepherd into your family. What this does mean is that owning an Australian Shepherd means that you must keep him busy. The antithesis of a cat, this high-energy, spirited and hardworking dog would hate being stuck on the couch, sleeping and waking up just to eat before sleeping again.

Bred to herd, the Australian Shepherd thrives when he or she has a job to do.

This breed has certainly a lot of energy to burn – so much so that a simple walk around the block might not cut it. The Australian Shepherd needs at least a small yard to run around and go crazy in. Without the space and without activities to do, this breed can become bored, loud and even destructive. Charmingly, this dog might create a job for himself if you have none lined up for him. He may take on jobs such as herding the kids, chasing other animals or even destroying the house if he feels like it. On the upside, the Australian Shepherd can be trained with some perseverance and patience, and can even be taught to do chores around the house such as picking up trash from the floor and putting it in the bin (you will still have to do the laundry yourself though).

While an energetic and lively dog certainly sounds like a positive, remember that you must have the time and energy to train and exercise the Australian Shepherd every day should you opt for this breed. If you would rather veg out in front of the television and sleep in all day during weekends, the Australian Shepherd will not be a good match for you.

However, while couch potatoes certainly won’t find their spirit animal in the Australian Shepherd, those who are considering competitive dog shows may discover that this breed is the one for them. The Australian Shepherd is a stunner – with mid-length fur and eye color which range from dark brown yellow green, blue and even amber. Naturally athletic and agile, the Australian Shepherd is an awesome contender when it comes to obedience, flyball, herding and agility competitions. The breed has also proven to thrive in canine careers such as policing, search and rescue work, and guiding.

The Australian Shepherd is the perfect match for those with love adventure and physical activity.

Owning an Australian Shepherd can be both rewarding and challenging even for the most adventurous and active of people. What this book aims to do is to fully equip you with the necessary information so that you know what is entailed when it comes to owning a dog, much more owning an Australian Shepherd.

Aside from informing you where the Australian Shepherd originated and how a typical dog of this breed looks, succeeding chapters will educate you on: how to get ready for this new member of your family, how to deal with this breed’s temperament, how to train your Australian Shepherd, how to properly nurture him, and so much more.

Read on and get to know more about the intelligent and spirited Australian Shepherd.

CHAPTER 1

Australian Shepherd History

W ith the Australian Shepherd’s natural agility, energy and penchant for hard work, this dog is a desirable breed for adventurers and highly active individuals and families. Aside from its spirited nature, the Australian Shepherd’s striking physicality and features also make this breed an attractive option for those seeking to welcome a dog into their family.

The history and origin of the Australian Shepherd is not quite as clear as other breeds.

But while the reasons people opt for this breed is certainly apparent, the history of the Australian Shepherd isn’t quite as direct and clear. As a matter of fact, the Australian Shepherd shouldn’t even be referred to as an “Australian” or “Aussie”.

In this chapter, not only will you learn why the Australian Shepherd shouldn’t even be referred to as an “Australian”, you will discover other breeds similar to the Australian – namely the Shetland Sheepdog and the Border Collie. Chapter 1 will help you get a bit more acquainted with the Australian Shepherd as well as learn their similarities and differences with the Shetland Sheepdog and Border Collie so you can make a better determination of whether the Aussie is the right breed for you and your family.

Australian Shepherd History

As mentioned, the origin and history of the Australian Shepherd are not quite as clear as other breeds. As a matter of fact, the breed was not recognized until the creation of the Australian Shepherd Club of America in 1957. The description of the breed and the basic features of the Australian Shepherd were not written until 1977. Moreover, the Australian Shepherd was not officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (SKC) until January 1, 1993.

The “Australian” in Australian Shepherd is a misnomer. The breed is actually an American creation.