Breed Spotlight – Feel free to share

For the last while, the staff at Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton has been sharing their Breed Spotlights with breeds that we have had the pleasure of sharing our lives with. Now is the time to share your opinion of different breeds of dogs. We are asking all who read this blog to pitch in and share their Breed Spotlight.

It’s easy, write a story about a dog you have shared your life with and the experiences you had with them and then email it to us at Don’t forget to attach a picture or two or three.

Even if it’s about a breed we have already written about, we would love to hear your version.

Breed Spotlight; Australian Shepherd


Despite its name, the breed was developed in the United States in the early 1800s, not Australia. The Australian Shepherd is a medium size dog and was used on ranches in the Western United States.

Females weigh on average 30 – 45 lbs. While males weigh 50 – 65 lbs.

Their coat is medium to long in length and is typically straight but may have slight curls. Due to the thickness of their coat it repels rain and snow quite well. They do require frequent  brushing, especially in the spring, when they shed most of their winter coat.

They can come in a multitude of colours, ranging from tri-colored (black /red/white), bi-colored (black or red) with white, blue merle and red merle. Their average life span is 13 – 15 years. Some Aussie’s are born with naturally bobbed tails. While others have long tails.

Aussies were and are still valued by farmers for their versatility and trainability. They make an excellent herding dog for sheep and cattle ranches.

As pets, they also can compete in herding trials. Their eagerness to please has made them highly skilled in obedience and they also love to participate in sports such as Agility and Frisbee.

Because they are essentially a working dog, they thrive on exercise and challenges. They should have at least 60 minutes to 2 hours of good exercise. If not, just like any highly motivated dog they can have undesirable temperament changes. Their strong eagerness to please makes them wonderful family pets. They are typically good with children and other animals. They truly fulfill the meaning of man’s best friend. A true companion.

Aussies are well-known for requiring a lot of attention. Billie, my Aussie of 9 years, has the nickname “me me”. As soon as anyone shows any sign of giving her even the smallest amount of attention, she is there to soak it up. Billie is your typical Aussie, high energy and loves to accompany you with everything. She knows every schedule and chore perfectly. I love to switch things up to keep her on her toes as she is so attentive and second guesses everything I do.DSC_0064 (2)

Aussies are kind, loving and devoted to those they know. Sometimes showing reserved and cautious behavior until they feel safe. They are inclined to bark about warnings, yet are not obsessive barkers.

I highly recommend Australia Shepherds if you love to have a dog with you at all times. Jogging, bike riding, walking trails, frisbee, agility. They love it all.

Aussie’s love to ‘help’ with any and every chore. When not working with you they are close by watching and waiting to join in at a moments notice. When they are relaxed they love to lay right by your feet, ensuring that they don’t miss anything.

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