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post #11 of 16 Old 12-08-2008, 07:16 PM
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What is an Aussie??? I live in Australia and I've never heard of it! From what they look like they are what we call a Koolie...

I have an Australian kelpie, Skip. This is her, and her as a pup. We bred her from two of my dad's working dogs, and she's absolutely bonkers, but I love her :]
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-08-2008, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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An Aussie is an Australian Shepherd. They were not actually developed in Australia. Here is some history that I pulled up.

The Australian Shepherd is known to have originated in the United States during the nineteenth century from a mixture of a number of different herding dogs, primarily from Europe, Latin America and to a lesser extent Australia. Throughout the 19th century, a large number of European herding dogs accompanied their owners to the East Coast of the United States. The East Coast climate was similar to the Spanish, Basque, and French areas many of the dogs had lived in previously, and the various breeds did well without having to make significant adjustments.

During the gold rush, the mass migration from East to West revealed that many of the European herding dogs were ill-suited to the hot, dry California climate. On the West Coast these newcomers were met by herding dogs from Latin America and Australia that had been brought to California to help in the gold harvest. European, Latin American and Australian dogs were interbred in an attempt to produce a competent herding dog that would fare well in a warm climate.

The result of this interbreeding, was a dog known today as the Australian Shepherd. The name Australian Shepherd, however, is a bit of mystery because the largest influx of Australian herding dogs did not take place until the 20th century, at which time the Australian Shepherd was already a well established type. Many of the Australian herding dogs on the West Coast of the United States were identified by a unique merle coloring, and it has been hypothesized that the term “Australian” may have simply been used to describe all dogs with merle markings.
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-08-2008, 08:40 PM
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Here's my girl - Willow, black tri (yes, there are a few copper hairs!), six months old.
*also, that jump was sort of an accident! She wouldn't usually go that high as we know it's not good for her bones. We were jumping our 3 y/o Golden at the time and she had a go, as I've been training her over low poles!

(--One second and I'll update with images... having troubles at the moment--)

Lovely dogs, everybody!! I originally wanted a blue merle male... however, her litter ended up having two black tri females! So technically she is the opposite of what I wanted... a plain black tri (practically a bi) female, but she is absolutely PERFECT.
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-08-2008, 10:41 PM
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I just found this pic of my Timber and just have to share it!
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-09-2008, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Pekoe View Post

(--One second and I'll update with images... having troubles at the moment--)
Okay, for some reason I can't edit but here is an album that has some of my favourite pictures of her in it -

Picasa Web Albums - Rachael - Meg & Willow ...

Also there are some pictures of my Golden, Meg.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-09-2008, 01:10 AM
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this is my aussie cowboy blue "blue", he's a great dog but being some what related to him self, he has his husband calls him hellen keller on four paws....
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