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What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs?
I have been involved in the world of dogs all my life. Our kennel started out in the obedience world & progressed into the show ring.
What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?
Labradors, border collies and Australian shepherds (Aussies)
What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?
Labradors, border collies and Aussies
What would you consider to be your main Breed and the one people associate you with?
I have to say all three breeds. As I actively show all three breeds. But I started out with Labradors.
What attracted you to this breed?
I was attracted to the Aussie when I was asked to handle and campaign a blue mere female (Swizzle) for a friend whom lived in Scotland. Swizzle had done well during visits to Ireland and then came to stay with me until she finished her Irish show title. Aussies are the most affectionate dog with brains they are clowns but so easy to live with. I wouldn’t be without an Aussie now.
What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this Breed?
After having lived with Aussies for the past 4yrs I highly recommend that anyone interested in the breed, has the time to give them at least 3-4 mile walk daily. And also be prepared to go to obedience or agility classes, they are a working dog and need to be doing something daily. If you are prepared to do this you will have an amazing family pet.
Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?
The Aussie is a high energy dog and I have personally found them to be more high energy than the border collie. they need daily exercise, training and stimulation physical and mentally.
Grooming -I would recommend a good brushing once-twice weekly and the odd visit to a grooming parlour doesn’t go a miss. Aussies have large double coats, and will shed a lot of hair.
Does the Breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from?
Hip scoring and eye testing is required via kennel club recommendation. Also Merle to Merle matings are frowned upon.
Finally, how would you sum up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited too?
Clowns, eager to please, highly active. Fantastic family pets. Gentle, intelligent. The Aussie is best suited to an active person/family who like the out doors!
For more information on the Australian Shepherd, and the other dog breeds mentioned above check out the following Dog Website
Tracey will be representing the Australian Shepherd at this years Pet Expo as part of the breed village which is being held at the RDS on the 16th & 17th November.