Australian Shepherd Dogs 101 (Aussie) Facts

Australian Shepherd With its unusual markings and piercing blue
eyes, it’s hard to ignore the. Australian shepherd. He is smart, exuberant, and blessed with outlandish
amounts of stamina. While he’s called the Aussie, he’s as
American as Apple Pie. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we look at ten fun facts about the
eye-catching, bob-tailed herder, the Australian Shepherd. Let’s Get Started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more funa, fauna facts. Let us know about your doggie in the comments
below. 10. The history of the Australian shepherd may
be a bit cloudy and borderline mythical, but one thing is for sure: the Aussie is not from
Australia. In fact, the breed we know today is distinctly
American. The Scotch collie, Border collie, and English
shepherd are all believed to have contributed to the Australian shepherd bloodline as stockmen
worked to create an alert, intelligent, agile, and adaptable dog ideal for herding in varying
terrain, as herders from France and Spain settled the American West by way or Australia. The dogs are called Australian shepherds because
they were associated with Basque shepherds that came through Australia to the United
States in the 1800s. It was first recognized by the AKC in 1991. 9. Being a working dog, Australian shepherds
need a job to do. Aussies are bred to herd, and if you don’t
give yours a job to do he will find one on his own. Inadequate mental stimulation and exercise
causes destructive behavior and misbehaving. Be prepared to give him at least 30 minutes
of brisk exercise daily. 8. If your Aussie chooses you as his favorite
person in the family, you will find yourself with an extra shadow. He will follow you everywhere, from room to
room, indoors and out and even to the potty. The Australian shepherd loves to be close
to his family members. 7. Despite his love for HIS humans, the Australian
shepherd is very shy, apprehensive dogs around strangers. Because of this, it is important to socialize
your Aussie as a puppy and to expose them to as many people and situations as possible. 6. It’s all in the eyes. When people think of the Aussie, they normally
think of his crystal blue peepers. In fact, some Native American tribes called
the breed the ghost eye dog, because of his blue, phantom-like eyes. They were said to be considered sacred. His eyes may also be brown or hazel and it’s
not uncommon for his eyes to be heterochromatic, meaning that both his are are different colors. 5. Of course a hardworking westcoast dog is gonna
end up in Hollywood. Of notable celebrity Aussie owners are Mel
Gibson, Jennifer Connelly, Steven Spielberg, Alyssa Milano, and Trace Adkins. 4. They make great family pets for active families,
but there are a few things left over from being a herding dog you should know. They do tend to bark a lot, but thi can be
overcome with proper training. While Aussies do well with other pets they
may chase and nip them due to their herding instincts. Your kids may not be immune to this herding. 3. They love to learn and are eager to please,
so training an Aussie is usually a pleasant experience. They’re super responsive to positive feedback
and praise. Anyone interested in competitive dog sports
like flyball, agility, herding, Treibball, or obedience training. It’ll keep your Aussie happily employed
and they’ll easily be a top contender. 2. When you’re doing hard work like herding,
long ears and tails can get in the way or stepped on. To avoid injury, many workers would dock their
dogs’ ears and tails. The tail was somewhat bred out of this breed,
as one in five Aussies are born with a naturally bobbed tail. Show dogs are expected to have either docked
or naturally docked tails. 1. In the ’70s, Australian Shepherd Hyper Hank
and his owner Eldon McIntire found a lot of fame for their expert Frisbee routine. The talented disc duo won contests across
the country, performed at the pre-show of Super Bowl XII, and even spent some time with
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76 Responses

  1. Animal Facts says:

    Let us know about your Aussie!

  2. Mikayla guss says:

    I have an Aussie and his name is moose and he's a blue Merle

  3. SeymourPant says:

    What is the breed at 0:15?

  4. Jonathan Barmby says:

    I have 2 aussies. One is a tri red named miss molly picher who will be 12 on aug be 59 on the 9th we have the same other is a male blue merle 18 weeks old..his name in AHOTE which means restless one in hopi indian..and these are my furbabies..i have videos on youtube.please stop by and leave a comment..

  5. Addie Marie says:

    That white Aussie is a Merle mixed with Merle which is not good, they are blind, and will have hearing issues leading to deftness later in life.

  6. Bianca Gallagher says:

    Please learn to say aussie properly. Also looking at adopting a aussie one the weekend

  7. Trinity Prothro says:

    My Aussie is a blue merle named Ozzy. One of his eyes are two colors. He is literally a furry shadow. He's kinda dumb, but that's what makes him "special". He loves almost everyone and he's the best dog in the world.

  8. —-BŸĘ ŠĪŠTĒR—- says:

    my dog is so loud, I have a suspicion that he's a reincarnated chihuahua. Also, my dog makes a high pitched chewbacca sound when he misses us and we come back. He gets lonely really fast and both of his eyes are half blue and half brown he is a red merle and he is also massive for most aussies. His name is Louie and he will bark at new people in the house for at most an hour before he chills out.


    This is late but I have an Aussie mix that we got 6 months ago, he sticks to me like glue he's a sweetie names Shepp

  10. Rainer Clay says:

    I'm getting a little boy, and I have a question his daddy is a 'mini' aussie and his mum is a 'toy' aussie, so would he be a purebred aussie.

  11. Amber Determan says:

    The all white aussie is a double merle which isn't a good thing! I see several non aussies or aussie mixes in the video as well.

  12. Annika Vids says:

    i just got one yayyy

  13. Nikki Mendoza says:

    I love my Flinty boy he’s perfect 👌

  14. Abigail Tribby says:

    I have a gorgeous Red Merle Aussie named Clover she is naturally docked and herds my chickens back into their pen at the end of the day.

  15. Anita Hardesty says:

    I have a mini red tri Aussie named Marley. He's beautiful, smart, gentle, sweet, happy and more. Absolutely love this breed. One thing people need to be made aware of is this breed (the mini does but I'm not sure about the full size) needs heavy socialization with other people and dogs from the start. Otherwise they are fearful of people and dogs they don't know. I hear so many complaints from people about how thier Aussie freaks out on people and dogs they don't know. Just a tip for people. Best breed ever!!

  16. WalshedUp says:

    Aussie's are the best! Have you seen Super Aussie?…

  17. kora xD says:

    I have a aussie with one blue eye and one brown eye. He has a bobbed tail

  18. Furnbdbdhdh Fuhfhshsu says:

    Why is my Aussie hate everybody except family?!?

  19. Momkagudda King says:

    I have a beautiful blue mere Australian shepherd she is a hyper baby

  20. churriess YT says:

    I have an Aussie he is a Tri Color and he is very very hipper and cute

  21. Guillermo Saenz says:

    My Aussie is all black fur and brown eyes, his name is Vader (yes like Darth Vader) and he is such an amazing boy. He loves playing with other dogs and loves people

  22. Ragin Dawson says:

    My Aussie is black and brown with a title bit of white and her name is Briggs. she is such a pretty puppy and she loves meeting new people

  23. Quens says:

    I havent tested it yet with my aussie but is it also known as a good guard?

  24. davia sweatt says:

    My Aussie has a bad attitude and is bossy . She always gets her way in such a bad parent 😭❤️

  25. Iznaga1420 says:

    Thirty minutes of brisk exercise a day? That's a recipe for a trashed home. You have to see their stamina to believe it.

  26. AtoTheHey says:

    My aussie is a blue merle and he is my shadow.

  27. Rez-Kay says:

    My little Aussie 💕

  28. That Husky is Crazy says:

    I look like a Husky but I think like an Aussie, and I'm heterochromatic.

  29. micah griffen says:

    im working hard to get one, if anyone has one, any tips for the future?

  30. Niki Bartos says:

    Why are the facts numbered backwards? The first fact you say is the first one! Is it a classification? And if so, according to which parameter? From the "least what" to the "most what"? It is completely understated.

  31. TJnut says:

    Anyone have one and know how much they shed?

  32. God bless the shepherds says:

    I love aussies to death, I owned my first girl and I’d never go back! Aussies aren’t a dog for everyone and I’ve learned that after my sister thought she’d like one and it didn’t work the way she wanted. But me personally am a huge Aussie mom! I don’t use YouTube much but I do have an Instagram @god_bless_the_shepherds they’re an amazing breed! Anyone interested in an Aussie I’d recommend one in a heart beat! But you gotta know the Aussie to have an Aussie ; )

  33. Boltstar draws says:

    Aussies are my favorite breed 😀 I have a black tricolor aussie and she is full of energy. I gave this video a big thumbs up!

  34. Caitlin Spersonal says:

    I have a blue Merle named bluebelle and she is 10 years old

  35. Raymond Juancito says:

    Having raced 3 Aussies, memory eternal, you suck… Were you trying to impress people with your kid on the video? Anyone who is owned, love, Aussies as a breed of dog don't go to these things… Get a real job,

  36. KynsKitty Playz says:


    Genetically white Aussies can have issues like


    Being deaf

    Or other issues

    It can't be all white like that
    It has to be merle

    👌👌 Just saying if you have an all white aussie

  37. Michael Lubin says:

    When a video asks me to subscribe, etc., is when I stop playing it.

  38. Kara Bellamy says:

    My aussie is a medical alert service dog

  39. sugarcane*12 says:

    Wow so many Aussie owners and lovers 💜. Well I don’t exactly own an Aussie, but I do have a German Shepherd and she’s pretty sweet too. Sweet as pumpkin pie!! 🥧 💜♥️

  40. KIKI S says:

    I also believe that they can be good therapy dogs. Mine is very attuned to my feelings.

  41. Mybigbadwolf says:

    Rescued my Aussie from a shelter. That’s what my Chanel is about. He’s blessed my life.

  42. Kamora Warner says:

    Their eyes can also be a light green i know cause i seen it many times.

  43. Lydia Hartsfield says:

    I have a Australian shepherd named Duce

  44. Athena Grace says:

    Best dog I’ve ever owned
    Beautiful and very loyal. Extremely smart and great with people and other animals.

  45. Ayla Livingston says:

    Mine are still puppies

  46. Barbara Hagofsky says:

    Great dogs.

  47. Midnight Mist says:

    My fav dog breed…❤ them😘😻😝

  48. RaccoonWaffles says:

    I had a Shih Tzu poodle mix, named Louie. He died on the 30th of December, late at night from a seizure and I really miss him. It's the first time in 17 years we haven't had a dog. I've decided to get a female Aussie and name her Tika. It'll be a while before we can get her, but the house feels empty without a dog…

  49. patrick baker says:

    why you not cut the tails? been breeding aussies for many years and bobbed tails is part of the standard…

  50. mya1952 says:

    These are great dogs. I'm lucky ours has an off switch when in the house. Aussies tend to prefer their owners over other dogs. They are very smart, loyal, great with children and easy to train. We have a beautiful red merle. His mother and father were minis, but he turned out to be average sized. It doesn't often happen, but it did in our case. I'm actually happy that we ended up with an average size rather than a mini even though that wasn't what we expected. He is a stunner and true to the breed with a wonderful disposition.

  51. Yamile Gomez says:

    I have a lethal Aussie but unfortunately shes deaf but she’s like every other dog

  52. Pets And Stuff says:

    my dog is a yellow lab

  53. Kimberly Grant-Stuart says:

    I have a 8 year old mini australian shepherd. He's a blue merle who was born without a tail. He walks like a bear.

  54. Maddie Rickards says:

    He is an old fart. His name is Ozzy! He is an Australian Shepherd and also an Aussie

  55. theitalian556 says:

    I love my Aussie, she is incredibly smart and very fun and active. Like your video says, she fallows me everywhere.

  56. brent holladay says:

    My Aussie is not shy at all in fact she’s just the opposite. Because she was so adorable as a puppy hundreds of people have kissed her face in her first puppy year that she expects that everyone wants to love on her. This has become a problem when I’m not looking and she runs up to a stranger.
    Not all people thinks she’s running to them to get a kiss. Nor does she know that not all people are dog lovers. So it has been, and still is a trying time reversing that bad habit. (She runs at them to get love.). I’ve owned many Healers ( Australian cattle dogs ). This is my first Aussie. It was a big mistake letting people gloat over her. In fact I’ve seen more beautiful woman practically making out with her while sit there thinking, “ I sure wish that was me “ LoL. So if you have an Aussie pup teach her that it is your call whether the can go and greet anyone, especially a stranger

  57. brent holladay says:

    Good thing melissa Milano’s dog doesn’t know what a ____ she is

  58. spooky says:

    This may be a sorta old video but like,
    I have a 5 yr old Aussie and she is a jerk ! Though, she will die for us. She always herds us around but never our parents. She always tries to keep my parents apart when they hug ! It's really funny, But being the older sister and my older brother at college, I have failed to brush her and exercise her everyday. She is now getting to 65 pounds, But she always runs out back. She is very protective, Her coat is so beautiful though. When we go to places like out of our town, she is always recognized and complimented.
    She is just the most beautiful dog and most loyal companion our family can ever ask for.

  59. Tina Morrow says:

    I had a wonderful Aussie named Maggie who was smart as a whip, friendly to everyone, undocked tail (she came that way and I never saw the need to get her tail docked) followed me around from the time I got up to the time we went to sleep. I had to put her down 1 1/2 years ago after she developed congestive heart failure. She was 13 1/2 when she died and I got her when she was only 8 weeks old.
    I now have an Australian Cattle dog who isn't anywhere near as smart as Maggie but she does make me laugh so that's something.

  60. Greg M says:

    Good guide for 7 year old children. There is however some garbage "facts" in here for a serious prospective owner/handler.

  61. wayne atha says:

    I have an 8mo.old tri Aussie named Bindi. She is by far one of the most beautiful & smarter breeds I have ever had. She truly has a great personality too! Not to mention the natural role to work, herd, please & to be a puppy all at same time. I see a some formal training in her future for sure.

  62. Angie Nayyar says:

    You Dogs know how old they said

  63. The Beelzeboss says:

    Moving to New Zealand for college and want a dog since I will miss my family Golden Retriever, planning to get an Aussie. Hopefully they'll be great friends when back home!

  64. Shaquille Oatmeal says:

    I really want one but I want to know if I’m eligible to get one. I’m moving soon into a big house with a big backyard. There is most likely a park nearby so I can take him/her out. The thing is I’m in school for 8 hours a day so they would be home alone for quite a while. Is that okay or should I think about getting another dog? If so, what dog is best for my situation?

  65. Jeroen van Broekhoven says:

    My Aussie 'Rhett' is actually a mix with a Dutch Keeshond. She has a black and tan coat, a bit smaller than the standard Aussie and her coat type differs a bit, but the personality traits are all there. Rhett is three and a half years old now, and her hyper moods have settled down somehow. She's a medium active family dog now. I take her out for a couple of hours every day and she can go into the back garden whenever she wants to. However, when she sees ducks or any other kind of bird in the pond or grass she's gone like a bullet! Loves to chase them down until they fly away. Incredibly fast runner!
    Initially, we went to the kennel for a pure Aussie, but she just was the one. She's loyal to the bone, obedient and energetic. She's good with our cats, really visitor friendly and my buddy until the day she passes away. On a side note; I detest the American habit of docking as they have beautiful tails. Luckily that habit is banned in the EU!

  66. Addi Andrews says:

    I have a blue Merle Aussie and he is my world

  67. Carrina Murphy says:

    bark collar makes dog annoyed, dog will stop barking ob sessively. $20
    given the opportunity to excersize or sleep with her owner, my dog would chose to be near me.
    she chases all 4 of my cats. she never cared to do anything more than smell them DEEPLY lol.
    she never attacks anything.
    she never lets anything attack her 😛 (rises to the occasion if provoked)
    she doesn't like men around me unless she knows them.
    she is a working breed with less hair than expected.
    training sessions are VERY effective
    she has a long tail

  68. Martha Grace Winningham says:

    My Aussie, Milo will never leave my side 😁

  69. Hetty the noob says:

    We get our Aussi in 2 weeks and I'm sooo happy 😀 I waited one year for a dog and now we get one w her Name is Emma (it's a german name)

  70. Joel Edney says:

    What’s the song that starts at 0:35

  71. Kay Bowers says:

    Help! Does anyone know of a harness that fits a mini(ish) aussie? Both of mine are fabulous off leash but pull insistently while on. While I can find one that fits around the ribs they are always slack across the chest. Who else has an aussie that pulls like a slead dog?

  72. Kay Bowers says:

    They are loyal to a fault. I personally hike/walk my dogs twice a day for 5 miles +.they also need a job to do and will heard anything they can. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE know your breeder, meet the parents of your new puppy as you will get a blend of both personality traits and they are very headstrong! They are not lock up in an apartment and walk out the door dogs; nor should any dog be treated that way, as they are protectors. They will be by your side for everything and you will never go to the bathroom alone again.

  73. dana wallace says:

    I've kept Australian Shepherds for over 40 years and would recommend them for anyone who would take the time to train and exercise them. My second one (Buster) actually knew my kids by name and would drive whichever one of the three you sent him after home. Now in the country that is a bigger help than herding the goats.

  74. ReAcTioN. says:

    My aussie is puppy and his color is brown

  75. Tom Lomonte says:

    I have a Aussie border collie x with possible mix of husky. White except for some brown patches . Great dog fun loves to play catch fetch and yes a friend for life

  76. Star Wars Chronicler says:

    They're very similar to the Border Collie, I imagine just as energetic.

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