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12 Australian Shepherd Mixed Breeds (With Pictures)

Australian Shepherds, or Aussies, are intelligent, friendly, and very eager to please their humans. Their smarts and biddability make them great therapy and guide dogs. Aussies are beloved by breeders because when their genetics are combined with other breeds, the result is often a more obedient and outgoing pup.  As with any hybrid dog, Australian Shepherd mixes are more uniquely colored and have more varied traits than purebreds. It is more difficult to predict hybrid dog personalities. That said, you have to live with one for a bit before you know what an Aussie mix is like. According to Sarah Wooten, a Veterinary Journalist at  PetMD , hybrid dogs tend to be healthier and tougher than purebreds. However, be sure to do your research on the breeder before purchasing any mixed-breed dog. With that in mind, below are some of my favorite Australian shepherd mixes. 1. American Bull-Aussie Source: Instagram The American Bull-Aussie is an offspring of a purebred American Bulldog and an Aus

Australian Shepherd vs. German Shepherd: Which Dog Breed Is Right For You?

The Australian Shepherd and the German Shepherd are both working dog breeds but not in the same sense. The Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is best known for its ability to control livestock. On the other hand, the German Shepherd Dog, or GSD, is best known for guarding livestock. In any case, both breeds are extremely good at what they do.  The Aussie and the GSD both make excellent pets for the right owners. In other words, owners who are well-versed about these dogs' care requirements. If you are considering getting either of these dogs, keep reading to find out which one is suitable for you. Size and Maintenance Level The Aussie is a medium-sized dog, weighing between 25 and 32 kg, with males being somewhat heavier than females. Conversely, the GSD is a large dog breed weighing from 30 to 40 kg. Like male Aussies, male GSDs are slightly heavier than females. So it is up to you whether you want a large or medium-sized dog. When it comes to maintenance levels, both breeds are deem

Why Does My Australian Shepherd Lick Me So Much?

To canines, licking is a natural and instinctive trait. That includes Australian Shepherds, also known as Aussies. To keep their puppies clean and comfortable, mother Aussies will often lick their puppies. Aussie puppies will also learn to groom themselves as they grow. In addition to being a good way to clean, licking is also a sign of love, greeting, and a great way to show affection.  With that in mind, being licked by your Australian Shepherd can be a sign of love or empathy. However, it can have several other meanings as well. So why does your Aussie lick you so much and what can you do if it ever becomes a problem? 1. Your Australian Shepherd is showing affection Aussies are known for being affectionate, loyal, and protective of their families. One way these dogs show affection is by licking. Puppies feel comfortable, calm, and happy when their mother licks them. As a result, your Aussie may instinctively lick you to make you feel comfortable and happy. Moreover, just as it feel

Australian Shepherd Colors and Coat Patterns: A Visual Guide

Only a few breeds of dogs have coats that are as gorgeous as Australian Shepherds'. The breed, nicknamed Aussie, comes in four acceptable coat colors, including red, black, blue merle, and red merle. However, purely black and red Australian Shepherds are quite rare, Albeit technically accepted by the breed standard.  Moreover, red and black Aussies are difficult to breed, plus most breeders are put off even trying. While solid black and red Aussies are rare , they do exist. And when you do find them, they are some of the best-looking dogs out there! Below, I have compiled a list of eight Aussie color combinations, recognized by the American Kennel Club. 1. Black Bi: Black and White Australian Shepherds with two coat color combinations are called Black Bi. The Black Bi Aussie, for the most part, is black but has white markings over their face, chest, and legs. Black Bi Aussies can have dark brown eyes, blue eyes, or two different colored eyes , aka heterochromia. They have black nos

7 Signs Your Australian Shepherd Loves You

Only a few dog breeds are as affectionate as the Australian Shepherd. Also called Aussies, Australian Shepherds form a strong to their owners and so can be overprotective of their property. It is worth noting, though, that every individual Aussie is different. For example, while many Aussies are clingy, some are independent. Likewise, while some Aussies are child-intolerant, many are child-friendly. But generally speaking, Australian Shepherds are among the most affectionate dog breeds. Like many other Aussie owners, you’ve probably wondered if your Australian Shepherd loves you or is just dependent on you. Of course, you show your Aussie love by giving them delicious treats, plenty of snuggles, and belly rubs. However, does your Aussie really love you back—and not because you feed them? The good news is that Australian Shepherds really love their humans and show that love in different ways, similar to humans. The following are some common, universal signs that your Australian Shepherd

What Are Australian Shepherds Good At?

In addition to being known for its smarts, the Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is also well known for its adaptability. Furthermore, Aussies are also known for their high energy levels. Thanks to their intelligence, high energy, and versatility, Australian Shepherds excel at various roles including: Herding Australian Shepherds' original purpose was to assist shepherds in herding livestock. The breed was developed in the U.S. from sheepdog breeds imported alongside sheep from Australia, or so I’ve read. Known as the cowboy's herding dog of choice, the Aussie is described by the AKC as a "worker with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye." Additionally, the AKC calls them "the picture of rugged and agile movers of stock." The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA), describes the Aussie as a "confident, authoritative worker with a unique style that differs from Strong-Eyed breeds." According to the ASCA, Aussies excel and are most valued for their

How to Crate Train Your Australian Shepherd Puppy

Crate training is an important part of teaching your Australian Shepherd how to enjoy being alone. A crate creates a safe environment for your dog and provides them with a feeling of security. When a dog is trained to use a crate from an early age, it can help calm anxiety. Australian Shepherds tend to form strong bonds with their owners and therefore can develop separation anxiety when left alone. However, with crate training, an Aussie can be calm and confident whenever they are by themselves. Selecting the Right Crate For Your Aussie The AKC recommends choosing a crate that’s durable, comfortable, and flexible for your puppy. A more enclosed crate is recommended for dogs that prefer to sleep in the dark while wire crates work best for other dogs. Furthermore, it is recommended that you buy a crate that is not too big for your dog. Australian Shepherds are medium-sized dogs that measure from 20 to 23 inches in height. So, it is advisable to buy the right crate for their adult size. I

Can Australian Shepherds Be Left Alone For 8 Hours?

The Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is an intelligent and energetic dog breed known for bonding strongly with their owners. In a multi-person household, Aussies sometimes tend to pick a favorite person . However, they are generally affectionate to their entire families.  Bred for obedience and interdependency, Aussies would follow their owners around every day, all day. They paid close attention to the shepherds that kept them and would listen to the directions they were given to herd the livestock. Today, Aussies are finding their way into family homes instead of the field. Most Aussies kept as family dogs tend to form strong attachments to their owners.  Wherever their owner is, there they want to be. Because they are pre-programmed to follow you around, Aussies don't typically do well when left alone for several hours at a time. Of course, every individual Aussie is different. For example, while some Aussies can be moderately active, many are extremely active. Likewise, while ma

Do Australian Shepherds Pick a Favorite Person?

Australian Shepherds, or Aussies, are sweet-natured dogs with lively personalities! Moreover, they are known as one of the most affectionate dog breeds in the world. As such, Aussies have a tendency to pick a favorite person. Nevertheless, they are very loyal and protective of their people. Understanding Australian Shepherd Behavior Australian Shepherds were originally bred to follow and obey a master. Wherever their master goes they go. They followed their master's command and were eager to please them. In addition, they were ready to give their lives for their master's cattle.  Though Aussies are predominantly bred for pets today, most of them retain this instinctual behavior. Aussies are known for being very protective of their families and territory and especially eager to please their owners. Sometimes, they may try to herd family members due to the strong herding instincts they retain. What's more,  Aussies are very smart dogs responsive to commands, and quick to lea

4 Rarest Australian Shepherd Colors

Australian Shepherds are smart dogs that come in four acceptable colors including black, red, blue merle, and red merle. However, these main colors can be combined to create further distinct color-marking combinations - including black tri, red bi, and red tri - all of which are recognized by the American Kennel Club. The most popular Australian Shepherd color is the blue merle . Australian Shepherds, or Aussies, do come in other colors too. However, they wouldn't be recognized by the AKC as purebreds. In this article, I have grouped my list of the four rarest Australian Shepherd colors. 1. Solid Red Source: Reddit Solid red is the rarest Australian Shepherd's color, albeit being officially recognized by the AKC. These precious Aussies range from light cinnamon to liver. The dog in the above picture is Ranger, a 4-month-old Australian shepherd with a solid red coat.  According to the dog's owners, all of Ranger's siblings were Merle but they fell in love with him when t

How Often Should You Bathe Your Australian Shepherd?

The Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is arguably the best-looking herding dog breed. The breed has a medium-length coat that comes in various colors that are strong, clear, and rich. If you are a new Aussie owner, it might be difficult to determine your puppy or adult dog's bathing frequency. In actuality, how frequently an Aussie needs a bath depends on a few factors. Factors that contribute to bathing frequency The Australian Shepherd is a breed of remarkable versatility. That means they can adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities. One factor to consider when determining your Aussies bathing frequency is your or your dog's lifestyle. For example, an Aussie kept as a farm dog may need to be bathed more frequently than an Aussie kept indoors. Another factor to consider is your dog's type of coat. Aussies have a thick, double-coat that naturally insulates them seasonally. As a result, they require occasional bath times, as overbathing could strip too muc