The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie, is a medium size breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in Australia, but rather in the United States where they were seen in the West as early as the 1800s.
The Australian Shepherd was given its name because of the association with Basque Sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800’s.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video Link
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SCC Video Link
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See: The German Kennel Club (VDH) for information and video (if available).
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Other Names for Breed:
Perro pastor australiano
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: United States
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Research articles Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Four of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
ASCA ( The Australian Shepherd Club of America )
Please note: The US AKC club’s standard is recognized by both the KC and FCI. It differs somewhat from the ASCA standard.
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
The ASHGI website contains a wealth of information on Australian Shepherd breed health including health surveys; health survey links follow:
by C.A. Sharp and Peter Adolphson on behalf of the ASCA DNA & Genetics Committee
First printed in the Aussie Times, Jan-Feb 2002
by C.A. Sharp and Lizette Busquets
First published in The Aussie Times, Nov/Dec 2007
by C.A. Sharp
by C.A. Sharp
First published in the Aussie Times, Sep-Oct 2011
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
HEALTH & BREEDING RESOURCES
RESOURCE: The Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute (ASHGI) is an independent breed health organization.
ASHGI HEALTH TESTING PROTOCOLS
ASHGI: Current Research Studies
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA)
United States Australian Shepherd Association (USASA), member of the American Kennel Club
Sweden: Svenska australian shepherdklubben