Toy Australian Shepherd – All About Australian Shepherds
Well, we are here to share some information with you about a relatively rare breed called Toy Australian Shepherd which is practically unheard of especially in Europe. This breed is called Toy Australian Shepherd. I hope I can transfer a good deal of information with you in this article which you can make use of, if you are looking for a new family member in a dog.
The Ancestry of Toy Australian Shepherd
To make things clear, Toy Australian Shepherds are the same shepherds as the standard – size in terms of their characteristics, it is only their size that differs. Therefore, when talking about the origins of this breed, we must first say a few words about the origins of the standard –size Australian shepherds. This breed was officially bred in the United States, although it’s said that its real origins can be traced back to the breeding work of Boorish then later on Australian farmers, who wanted to „create” a very intelligent, agile and durable shepherd dog who can take care of their herds. This all happened in the 1800s. Since then the Australian Shepherds were used as work dogs and so they are these days. Then later on in the Sixties, when smaller dogs have become popular someone has come up with the idea to recreate Aussie shepherds in a smaller form. The breeders have initially integrated 11 different breeds of dogs, in order to create the miniature breed of the Aussie Shepherd. These breeds vary from cupcake to miniature sizes, with „toy” size being right in between the former two. This is how the story of today’s Toy Australian Shepherd starts.
Toy Australian Shepherds Characteristics
We are talking about a shepherd dog which means it shares the genes of all shepherd dogs all around the world: this means a very agile, intelligent dog who is used to and want so to work. Being very creative, they always need stimulus to look for, to carry things, to herd animals or even people and to be alert when hearing sounds which they are not used to. The only characteristics which make them different is that they are way less loud than other shepherd dogs. Being very family oriented, a Toy shepherd needs an almost constant company, lots of love and care. They feel the best in a loving family circle, in a house with a garden, but not to be kept outside. They need walking, running and other activities but strictly in the company of their owner or owners. These dogs are not for those who are not at home or have an otherwise busy lifestyle.
Toy Australian Shepherd Home Care
Toy Australian Shepherds have a nice curly hair but it’s not too long to get it cut and it doesn’t need lots of cosmetics either. If they are combed once a week that’s more than enough. They change hair twice a year but it’s a decent process compared to other dogs.
Toy Australian Shepherd is a breed that’s been around since the Seventies however it is only starting to gain attention from potential and present dog owners, these times. Therefore I’m here and ready to share some information I find pretty important, when it comes to responsibly keep a dog, for him to really feel as being part of a family.
Key Characteristics and Origins
First let’s share a little bit of a core information on the breed itself. Toy Aussies are considered a rare breed still today as the breed is relatively young and lesser known than other lapdog sort of breeds simply because it’s characteristic simply doesn’t let him be a lapdog. Toy Shepherds are exactly like normal sized shepherds: this means they are very intelligent work dogs, who need their list of tasks to do, even in lack of active herding, in order for them to feel good. Luckily the dogs of this breed are not reckless, unless you can spend the daily 2-3 hours with active walking, hiking and running. Aussies are extremely family- oriented dogs, they love to be in company, love to travel and love a good walk and run too.
An interesting fact: This breed originates from the United States (despite its name) and this is still where it’s the most known.
The Best Type Of Home For A Toy Aussie Shepherds
The best sort of home all depends from finding the owner with the best suitable lifestyle. Aussies love outdoors recreations and they need someone who either works from home or who doesn’t work per se in order to be able to spend most of his/ her days with their owner. You need to keep an Aussie active with all sorts of exercises and playing and care. This is the core of making this breed very happy.
Aussie Shepherds have a light wavy hair which is not too long, therefore they do not need cosmetics to keep them look tidy. As in its look you can clearly see a heritage with Border Collies, these dogs are normally multi-colored with the colors black, white and red being the most prominent colors. It’s interesting that these „patches” are not dotted or faded by stripes or others, when talking about a full-blood Aussie Shepherd.
Durability and Breed – Specific Illnesses
Also, Aussies are durable dogs and they are not prone to illnesses: there is no breed- specific illness that I know of. As their backs are slightly longer than the normal proportion, some may develop an aching back, apart from this, there are no other hereditary or genetically illnesses that should affect these cute little dogs.
Before deciding to get a cute, intelligent Aussie as a new family member, please think through: these clever little dogs need almost fulltime care, attention and love. Only get one if you can take care of him or her in the most proper manner. I would also like to call your attention to always checking the shelters in your area before deciding to pay money for a breed and they can in fact even house a Toy Aussie Shepherd for you! I hope my article will help you in deciding whether this breed is the kind of dog you are looking for. Check out the websites of some official breeders and contact them for more information on Toy Aussies.