Aussies water resistant coat of medium length, it provides the comfort of a dog in the rain and snow. The Australians, who live in cold climates, have a heavy undercoat, than those that live in sunnier regions.
Australian Shepherd on foto surprises with elegant, mottled color and beautiful thick vegetation. The body covers straight or wavy hair, short and smooth on the head and ears, the outside of the front legs, below the heel. Moderate feathering, longer bangs, covering the back of the front legs and pants, fur-like trousers, decorates the upper part of the hind legs. Long, abundant hair, especially dense and volume in dogs covers the chest and neck.
The Australian Shepherd colors are divided into:
- blue merle;
- red merle;
- tri-color (white, black, yellow-brown);
- the black.
Merle different variegated dark spots on a lighter background. So blue merle – a black spot on a gray and red merle – red stains on the beige. Merle color darkens with age. White Australian Shepherd – is an anomaly, this color coat is allowed on the face, chest and neck, extremities. At the bottom of the housing is permissible white strip up to 10 cm in length. At the head this color should not dominate.
Comb Australians each week, during molting as often as possible, to prevent the formation of tangles. Before you begin, you need to sprinkle coat conditioner for dogs, diluted with water. So it can not be confused. Then, using slicker brush, move in the direction of hair growth. Make sure to comb down to the skin, not just run on the top coat.
If you regularly comb the Australian, he will need to make the bathroom a few times a year, when he will very stained. Use a special shampoo to prevent dry skin and coat.
Grooming procedures – a good reason to check the overall condition of your favorite. Before you start combing check whether he has ulcers, rash, dry skin, signs of infection, such as inflammation or sensitivity. Look at the eyes on mucosal secretions and foreign objects in the ear, such as foxtail seeds or thistle. The coat should be shiny, not dull. Dim cover may indicate the need to improve the diet, or more frequently engage in grooming.
Regularly cut the claws to prevent a painful split. If you hear a clatter on the floor it means is too long claws.
You can save a tidy look to your companion, carefully trimming the hair on the ears, around them, on the feet, between the toes, in the tail. If have problems with any care other than the basics of grooming, try to turn to a professional groomer.
Communication Aussie with children and other pets
Australian Shepherd perceive children as part of their “flock”, so you have to let them know that the pursuit and biting baby is not allowed. When the Australians take it for granted, they make excellent companions for families with children. Children also need to learn to treat animals.
Prevent interaction between Australians and very young kids to prevent bites. Kids were treated with shaggy friends in my own way, pulling the tail and ears that are not satisfied with the Australians. Teach your child not to approach any dog when it is eating or sleeping. No matter how good friends child with dog, they can not leave unattended.
Herding instincts Aussie transferred to other animals, such as cats, could try to chase them. Follow Australian Shepherd, when there are other pets, as long as he does not understand that they are not members of his flock.