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Introducing my Aussie Shepherds
Meet the gang of five.


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#1 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

I have a thousand other things I should be doing, but Sundays are for procrastinating and putting things off until later.
Instead, I'd rather post pics of my dogs and introduce them to the EB pet loving community.

First cab of the rank (or dog off the couch) is Dusty. She is the longest serving resident here, she is 5 years of age and I've had her since she was 8 weeks old. She was my first show dog, but she turned out to be not good enough to show so now she's a princess. One of my hobbies is photographing groups of dogs and Dusty always gets to come on the photoshoots and be in the group. Dusty is very, very attached to me, and I'm very, very attached to her. She is also my nanna-nap buddy and she's very good in that role too.



This is Ripley, he is mostly my husbands dog but sometimes he acknowledges that I exist (mainly for the food I provide) although we don't always see eye to eye on where he should be sitting. He's a handsome lad though.
Ripley came to us last year after we lost our first Aussie to kidney disease. The people who had him thought we could give him a better life as he's very active and we have plenty of space. He fitted in well with the other dogs and planted himself firmly by my husbands side and they have a bit of a bromance happening (as in, this dog can do no wrong in my husbands eyes, and Ripley always understands this and knows how to align himself for his best advantage). Ripley is mostly obsessed with balls and running. And he can run like the wind. He is 5 years old.



Shae is my rescue dog, she came to us after she'd twice been returned to her breeder because her owners no longer wanted her. She has a home for life with me, I love her to the moon and back. Since I've had her, I've taught her to herd and she has two herding titles to her name. I have also shown her in neuter classes at dog shows and she has some points towards her neuter championship title, but she won't be shown anymore as she finds the atmosphere at a show a bit too stressful. She is the smallest Aussie I've ever seen, and one of the prettiest. She is a gorgeous little muppet and loves carrying toys around in her mouth. She is also a bit of a supermodel and this year, she's featured in an Aussie Shepherd calendar, and is also featured in advertising for a dog crate retailer. Shae is almost 7 years old and I've had her for 2 years.



This is Isaak, he's one of my current show dogs and my most successful one to date. He is 2 1/2, I've had him since he was an 8 week old puppy and he is very, very devoted to me. Isaak defies the description of the intelligent Aussie, he's as dumb as they come but my goodness he makes up for it with his good looks. He's also very sweet natured and such an easy dog to live with.



Our newest resident is Jessica. I wanted another black tri girl to show and I looked high and low for a suitable one. I was expecting to buy an 8 week old puppy but Jessica became available when she was 7 months old, and was offered to me as a show and breeding dog. She has a first class pedigree, a rock solid temperament and she's altogether a simply delightful little Miss. She will be the foundation to my breeding program as she has all the attributes I want to start with. She is 14 months old and we call her Very Naughty Jessica because she's always into something she shouldn't be. And she has more brains than any dog has a right to.




So, these are my lovely ones, they are my pride and joy and my life revolves around each and every one of them.

Please add your own dogs to the thread, I'd love to meet them!







#2 babatjie

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

They're so beautiful.

#3 rainycat

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

They are gorgeous!

#4 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

Gosh they're very good looking dogs!

#5 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

Thank you! They are a lovely and very handsome breed and easy to live with. There are lots of breeds I couldn't imagine having 5 of, but 5 Aussies is easy.

#6 Madeline's Mum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

They are gorgeous! I love Aussie Shephards original.gif

#7 DylJayBen's Mum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

They are beautiful doggies, I think that Dusty is just gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing.


I would put photos of mine up but I don't know how. They just never seem to work.

#8 CharliMarley

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

They are absolutely gorgeous and look a bit like border collies. unsure.gif

#9 CharliMarley

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

I would send you a photo of my beautiful border collie, but I don't know how to do pictures on E.B. cry1.gif

#10 greypink

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

They are all so gorgeous!

#11 Faradaye

Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:54 PM

They are gorgeous dogs.  Thanks for sharing.  original.gif

#12 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:10 PM

QUOTE (Winterdanceparty @ 02/12/2012, 01:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They are absolutely gorgeous and look a bit like border collies. unsure.gif



They often get mistaken for border collies, or border collie crosses, or collie crosses, and they do look a bit like them until you see them side by side. Mine are all missing one vital part, none of them have tails and they were all born that way (and that is something I intend to breed for). Aussies are generally larger, squarer and more upright than Borders, and when you see the two breeds working stock, they are nothing alike.
BC's work at a distance, low down and use their gaze to control the stock, as well as quick darting movements to bring errant stock back to the herd. Aussies work in close, upright and use their body movements to keep the flock together.
Both are beautiful breeds!

#13 *Ker*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:11 PM

From your dogs names, I realised I know you from DOL!

I've admired your crew many times on DOL and I was so sad for you when Benson died.

They are all very gorgeous. I'm a big aussie fan, but afraid the exercise requirements might kill me.


#14 lamarque

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:26 PM

What beautiful dogs!  wub.gif  Thanks for sharing.

#15 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

QUOTE (*Ker* @ 02/12/2012, 02:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From your dogs names, I realised I know you from DOL!

I've admired your crew many times on DOL and I was so sad for you when Benson died.

They are all very gorgeous. I'm a big aussie fan, but afraid the exercise requirements might kill me.



Thank you for your kind words about Benson. He is missed every minute of every day.

The exercise requirements haven't killed me yet. Dusty would be happy as a lamb if she never went for a walk and the rest are all content for me to throw a tennis ball. They aren't a high exercise breed, unless you get one like Ripley (and he's definitely a one-off!) who just doesn't bloody wear out.

I have a new one since I left DOL, my lovely Jessica. She is a sweetheart, and after I got her, I realised she reminds me very much of Benson...not in her looks but in other ways. And lo and behold, when I checked pedigrees, the same dogs that were his grandparents, are her great grandparents. So I feel like I have a bit of my special boy back in her. And I reckon he might have waved a paw and sent her to me.

#16 tres

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

Are these dogs best as working dogs or would they make a good family pet dog? Because I just fell in love five times over.



#17 eilca

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

What beautiful dogs!  Simply stunning!  And I can see you are clearly talented with your photography.



#18 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:07 PM

QUOTE (tres @ 02/12/2012, 02:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are these dogs best as working dogs or would they make a good family pet dog? Because I just fell in love five times over.



They make great pets. Despite their name they are an American breed, and they've only been in Australia since the early 1990's. They are still not well known here, but they're getting more popular each year.
Most of the ones bred in this country are bred as pets, show or performance dogs, not as working dogs although some do have a good work ethic.
But if you went to a good breeder, they would match your requirements with the right pup. In all honesty, all five of mine do brilliantly as family pets (and that's what they primarily are), and as long as they are with their people, they aren't terribly demanding of anything too energetic.

#19 librablonde

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

Your Aussies are so gorgeous, OP  wub.gif
Like another PP, I always imagine their exercise requirements would kill me and that they're so smart they'd do my taxes and round up the kids at dinner time after popping up to the shops for me  grin.gif  I could happily live in a pack of Aussies  original.gif

#20 tres

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

Ok thanks, I've just added another breed to my list of possibles. They are beautiful looking and I'm definitely after a smart dog (I think). There is the quandary of smart and highly trainable = huge potential naughtiness?





#21 caninestorm

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

Aussies are the best wink.gif biggrin.gif

Mine is very active but to be honest she just wants to be with us, and if she is, she's happy.

#22 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:22 PM

QUOTE (eilca @ 02/12/2012, 02:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What beautiful dogs!  Simply stunning!  And I can see you are clearly talented with your photography.



Thank you! Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years and dog photography is a breed all of it's own. It takes lots of patience, but the dogs usually get what I'm after eventually. The one of Jess peeping through the tree branches is an example.....I placed her there and gave her a treat. Then I started to take photos and she got down. So I put her back and gave her another treat and then she got the idea and stayed there for me.

I really love doing groups of dogs and I'm building up quite a collection of grouped Aussie photos.

#23 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE (tres @ 02/12/2012, 03:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok thanks, I've just added another breed to my list of possibles. They are beautiful looking and I'm definitely after a smart dog (I think). There is the quandary of smart and highly trainable = huge potential naughtiness?



To a degree, although Dusty, Ripley and Shae are all smart, trainable and would rather die than do something wrong. Jessica is smart and naughty, but she's only young. She's not destructive though.....her tricks include opening the back door and letting all of them into the house, opening the gate to the chook pen (when we had chooks) and chasing them. Now we've just discovered she can get into the paddock with our lamb and we're trying to figure out how she's doing it. She just goes in there to see him though, doesn't hurt him or chase him. She is the most stubborn and if I call her and she doesn't want to come, she just doesn't. The others all come when they're called whether they want to or not.

#24 FiveAus

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (caninestorm @ 02/12/2012, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Aussies are the best wink.gif biggrin.gif

Mine is very active but to be honest she just wants to be with us, and if she is, she's happy.



Which breeder is she from? Just interested in case she might be related to any of mine.

#25 *Ker*

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 02/12/2012, 02:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for your kind words about Benson. He is missed every minute of every day.

The exercise requirements haven't killed me yet. Dusty would be happy as a lamb if she never went for a walk and the rest are all content for me to throw a tennis ball. They aren't a high exercise breed, unless you get one like Ripley (and he's definitely a one-off!) who just doesn't bloody wear out.

I have a new one since I left DOL, my lovely Jessica. She is a sweetheart, and after I got her, I realised she reminds me very much of Benson...not in her looks but in other ways. And lo and behold, when I checked pedigrees, the same dogs that were his grandparents, are her great grandparents. So I feel like I have a bit of my special boy back in her. And I reckon he might have waved a paw and sent her to me.


I didn't actually realise you'd left DOL lol. I don't get on there too much anymore - just the odd occasion.

Sounds like their exercise requirements are on par with the lapphund. On the odd occasion you'll get a manic, really drivey one, but most are lazy. My girl will run around like a flipping loon when I take her to the offleash park, but then she sleeps for two days. A friend of mine (who is in love with my dog) wants her next two dogs to be a lapphund and an Aussie.

I LOVE the Merle ones! Ripley is exceptionally handsome. Why was Shae dumped twice? I don't get people!





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