The Australian shepherd is a very active and intelligent dog which was originally used at herding sheep and cattle. When they are not used for these activities they love to be around children because they give it the same feeling of guiding. They are active dogs so they need lots of activities during the day especially outside, where they need to be surrounded by a secure fence.
Vaccine your dogs as soon as you purchase it and take it once a year to have its booster shots. Talk to your vet about what anti flea products are best for your dog. You should worm your Saint Bernard once every three months.
Avoid giving this dog a big meal once days instead give it two or three meals. Like most dogs you should give it only high quality of food. Do not feed it table scraps because they are not good for their health. The percentage that a meal must be respected for all dogs including the Australian Shepherd: no more than 4 % fiber, 20 % or more of crude fat and 30 % or more of crude protein.
The Australian shepherd has a sense of propriety very well developed so you have to make sure to socialize it from a very early age in order to prevent problems with strangers or visitors.
This shepherd needs exercise at least once a day. It needs daily activities in order to keep it busy and fit. If you neglect this part of its routine it will start digging holes into your yard and chewing.
This breed is a medium shedder so what you need to do is brush its coat every day in order to prevent heavy shedding. They shed a great deal twice a year. You only have to bathe it when you feel it is necessary but you do need to trim its nails once every three months.
They can reach up to 23 inches in height and weigh between 27 to 40 pounds. They can live up to the age of 12 if they are properly taken care of.
In order to prevent you from buying a dog which may develop in time some kind of diseases talk with a recognized breeder which is specialized in Australian shepherds. They can suffer from diseases such as: progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand disease or cataract.
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