Aussiedor:Australian Shepherd and Labrador Retriever Mix
Facts & Origin
The Aussiedor is a mixed breed resulting from the crossing of the Australian Shepherd and the Labrador. They are known for their gentleness, playfulness and intelligence. This robust, large dog with a broad face and drooping ears is suitable for families with children of all ages due to its loving disposition. In general, it forms a strong bond with its family members. Because of its size, it is also considered a good watchdog and a deterrent to unwanted visitors.
The history of the hybrid Aussiedor breed
These hybrids are among the newer breeds bred by Aussiedor breeders, so their history cannot be traced back in detail, but that of their parents is. The breed of the Australian Shepherd originated in the USA, the name is based on the fact that its ancestors probably came from Australia. This herding dog gained popularity when it was shown in films and rodeos several times, today it is used as a guide dog, therapy dog, drug dog, search and rescue dog. The Labrador, however, originates in Newfoundland and is a variation of the Newfoundland dog, which makes it an excellent swimmer and drug dog.
- Parentage: Labrador, Australian Shepherd
- average size: 55-63 cm height
- average weight: 18-36 kg
- average age: 9-12 years
|Life expectancy||12 - 14 years|
|Activity level||average to high|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Training should start as early as possible, just like socialising your dog is equally important for your dog to feel comfortable with other dogs. Their temperament is known as being affectionate, loyal, soft and friendly towards those they recognise. They also don't tend to bark a lot.
What do you have to keep in mind with the Aussiedor?
The Aussiedor is a very active mixed breed, so before buying an Aussiedor you should make sure that you plan on doing a lot different activities with your dog, including mentally stimulating them. They tend to fixate on their owner, which may result in them feeling neglected when left alone for a long time. They are also very protective and cautious towards strangers and will warn their owner if they sense danger. Caution is advised with children, since their ancestors were hunting and shepherd dogs, they might feel responsible of keeping their "herd" together, which he does by gently biting them. Fortunately, they are very intelligent dogs, they learn quickly and are family dogs that are relatively easy to train.
Health and breeding information
Acquisition of an Aussiedor and health problems
If you want to buy an Aussiedor, you should of course look for a reputable Aussiedor breeder. The price range varies from 750 to 1500 euros. Aussiedor puppies are rather unsuitable for first-time dog owners. It is better to feed the puppies more often during the day to avoid bloating, adult dogs should be given two meals a day. Aussiedor puppies should not overexercise either, so that misalignments of their hips and elbows are avoided. Other genetically inherited health problems include epilepsy and drug resistance to multiple medications.
Attention is also required in regards to specimens with the colour MERLE.
Appearance and care of an Aussiedor
Their characteristics include a broad, strong build, lop ears and a relatively wide head. Their coat can have many colours: black, brown, golden, bi-coloured, tri-coloured, spotted, merle-coloured or striped. Their fur structure ranges from smooth to wavy, the hair is very dense and water-repellent. Aussiedors are pretty low-maintanance, you can ensure a healthy coat with regular, weekly grooming. Otherwise, these dogs don't really shed a lot and are considered to be easy to train.
|Ear shape||Floppy Ear|
|Anatomy||rugged, sporty, square|
|Size ♀||35 - 50 cm|
|Weight ♀||20 - 26 kg|
|Size ♂||25 - 50 cm|
|Weight ♂||20 - 26 kg|
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
The hip dysplasia or hip joint dysplasia of the dog (HD) is a maldevelopment of the hip joint.
The MDR1 defect is a defect in the MDR1 gene that can occur in some breeds of dogs and in humans. This results in the deficient or absent synthesis of a certain protein which is an important component of the blood-brain barrier, leading to hypersensitivity to some drugs.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
Often occurs in old age.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
In some breeds, joint damage can occur later in life, affecting the musculoskeletal system.
Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!
He lives to an average age of 13.
He can cost well and gladly over 2000 euros. It depends on the colouring. Merle colored dogs cost much more, because they are particularly rare.
Such a mongrel is also called a hybrid breed and can be called Aussiedor for short.
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