The Aussiedor known for being mellow, intelligent, and playful, is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Australian Shepherd. It has a large, solid stature with a broad face, fairly broad head, expressive eyes, medium-large hanging ears, and a moderately long tail. Though the Australian Shepherd Lab mix is a relatively newish breed, it has gained popularity for its sweet and loving nature.
|Other Names||Aussie Sheprador, Australian Sheprador, Sheprador, Labrador-Australian Shepherd mix|
|Coat||Straight/slightly wavy, dense, water-repellent|
|Color||Tricolor, black and brown, black, light brown/golden, dark brown/chocolate, spotted/merle/brindle/speckled|
|Group of Breed||Sporting, Herding|
|Weight||40-80 lbs (18.14-36.28 kg)|
|Size/Height||Big; 25 inches (average)|
|Temperament||Affectionate, gentle, exuberant, devoted|
|Good with Children||Yes if trained|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, IDCR, ACHC, DDKC|
Temperament and Behavior
The Aussiedors are kind, loyal, and friendly to the people they know. They have the tendency to form close bonds with certain members of the family and cling to their owners, causing them to feel bored or neglected when left alone.
Because of their heritage as a herding dog, some Aussiedors may consider small children as their “flock members” and try to herd them. However, these smart pets will quickly learn to get along with kids once they are taught not to chase or nip at them.
Being protective of their home, they might show cautious or reserved behavior around strangers, and they sound occasional warning calls to alert their owner of danger.
An Aussie Sheprador enjoys working, running, playing, and engaging in any physically or mentally involving activity. Its high level of energy should be channelized in a proper way; otherwise, your Aussiedor may become very destructive. It needs at least 30-60 minutes of daily exercises, outdoor walks, fetching, and retrieving. High-energy activities such as playing with a Buster Cube or a Frisbee will also keep it focused and happy.
Brush your dog’s coat weekly, more often when it sheds, to prevent matting. Sprinkle its coat with a conditioner made for dogs to detangle its hair prior to brushing. You can then use a slicker brush to remove tangles as well as dead hairs. An Australian Sheprador that is frequently brushed is generally clean and does not need more than a few baths a year. Painful splintering can be prevented by trimming its nails that have grown too long.
There are certain health issues that an Aussiedor can have including eye problems such as collie eye anomaly, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts. Some dogs may show signs of bone and joint disorders.
Start training your Aussiedor puppy when it is young, and make it an enjoyable experience by using anything that best motivates your dog. It could be toys, treats, high-pitched happy voices, or dancing and playing.
- Socialization: Walk your dog on a leash to busy parks or take it on a leisurely stroll to meet strangers in your neighborhood.
- Obedience: This will teach your dog to respond to fundamental commands such as sit, stay, stand, drop, stop, and heel, helping in curbing its herding behavior.
- Tricks: You could teach your Aussiedor pet various tricks such as fetching different articles including slippers, newspapers, tennis balls, etc.
Since these are active dogs, their level of play and work is a decisive factor when it comes to providing the right amount of food. You could consider dry dog food that helps keep their teeth clean or a commercial frozen diet containing a combination of vegetables and raw meat. An adult Aussiedor typically needs 3-4 cups of dry food a day.