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A Short Haired Aussie?

by Alisa

I bought an Australian Shepherd puppy without seeing him first. His coat is short compared to the fluffy aussie pups I've seen online. Short and smooth with some longer hairs skimming the shorter ones. The man I bought him from assured me his coat will come in at around 6 months.

He has all the blue merle markings with tan and white, but I'm very concerned that he won't be the pretty long haired dog that I want. He has no papers and I bought him for $200.00.

What do you think? Will his coat come in?


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RE: coat
by: kym

It sometimes depends on the breeding. The working aussies will typically have shorter hair than the 'show' aussies. The males also take longer to grow a full coat than the females. Give your pup time and I'm sure he will grow the coat you desire,however, don't let his coat discourage you from having a wonderful aussie regardless! Good luck, hope this helps.

could be one of two posibilities
by: Anonymous

He could be a Cattle Australian, which tend to be more on the shorthair. regardless, I'm sure he will be a good loving dog, and you and he will have a great life together. You can look google both Australian shepherds, and Cattle shepherds and see which one he looks more likem this will help you have a better idea. Hope this helps.

I have one too
by: Anonymous

I too just bought an Aussie puppy, but she has short hair. And I'm hoping to see it grow out. Did your pups coat grow? or are we still waiting?

not alone
by: Anonymous

My sweet little aussie has short hair too! It must have something to do with being bred to work because she also has an extremely strong herding instinct that is on the verge of a murderous hunting drive. She's 7 months and is nowhere near as fluffy as other aussies! Her coat will probably never come in and I'm fine with that.

Aussie Short Hair
by: Cheryl


I also have a mixed breed, Aust.sheppard/Boarder Collie- she has short hair and I was just told that the short haired ones come from the Dingo. I do not know how true that is but it does make some sense

workers are dark colors
by: Anonymous

How would a line come from dingos? Aussie's are an american breed. I have a female who has a short coat... 100% working line. She isn't insanely rowdy like you would think being a worker. I wouldn't trade her for anything. She is great with my son perfect playmate for my rambunctious 3 yr old.

Mine has short hair too!
by: Anonymous

I rescued my sweet blue merel Aussie when she was 6mo shes now 10mo and her hair is short. Around her neck its a lttle thicker. People always comment on her short hair and that she MUST be mixed (she also has a lot of white, which really throws people off)

Regardless of her coat i love her to death! Shes amazing with my 18mo old. And yes her herding drive is pretty strong but we enjoy watching her at the park.

Short haired red merle
by: Anonymous

Our girl is 4 months old and has a short coat. We had a beautiful blue merle male for 12 years with a long gorgeous coat - which shed everywhere. I'd love to have a longer coat, but this pup is super smart, super loving, and winks! So I'll just be happy with whatever coat we get.

I'm in the same situation as you..
by: M. Cook

I have a almost 4 month old red tri female. She also has a shorter coat but her ears and towards the very back of her hind quarters are a tad fluffier. She's got everything an Aussie should be but she's just not fluffy. I bought her off a man in Salem, OH, I also live in PA. No papers. $200, but the man I bought her off of said that she could come with papers but just didn't need them if she was just going to be a family pet and a farm dog... Her one blue merle brother had a short coat like hers and her other two siblings (a brother and sister) had the fluffy coat... Anyways it doesn't matter because i don't have to deal with the shedding (: & she's a great pup!

Short hair
by: Joy

My aussie is black/tan/white short hair. My last dog was a full sized long hair same coloring. This mini is the sweetest little thing, and almost 2 yrs old. She is PERFECT!!! And, like the former commenter, I will not have to deal with as much shedding. I am very, VERY happy with my girl, and see no negative effects of this shorter coat. My friend has a very fluffy red tri mini and has to constantly brush him to avoid matting.

short hair on aussie
by: Anonymous

My male black tri was kind of short haired until he reached about a year. He is now six and he has a beautiful full coat.

Short Haired Aussie
by: Anonymous

I adopted 2 Aussie pups and they are both males. They both are short haired merles and they are absolutely beautiful. I was told they were bred to be short haired.

Texas Heeler?
by: Anonymous

I have an Australian Shepherd that I bought from a breeder for $1200. My husband picked her out due to her shorter hair, compared to the others. She is now 5 mos old and her hair is still short, which made me question what other breed is mixed in. She looks exactly like a blue merle aussie with short hair, long skinny legs (not big boned), has incredible herding instincts (nipping at our heels and our Border Collie's) and is smart. I discovered that she looks exactly like a Texas Heeler... Australian Cattle Dog & Australian Shepherd mix. She's awesome! We're completely crazy about her.

short hair
by: bear

So just BC they start out with short hair don't mean it will stay that way or that they ain't full blooded...I hope my pup is full

Short hair
by: Anonymous

Our mini Aussie is nine months old and still has short, soft hair that's rather fluffy. He's tricolored with a lot of white on his face and chest. The hair around his ears, ruff and bum are a bit longer but still very soft. He's a high energy little guy that herds everything, our 20 pound cat, bumble bees, ants and even earwigs in the garden. We love him!

Short Hair?
by: Anonymous

Now this is funny stuff. I named mine Dingo, and he's an amazing herder, running figure-8s around the yard with an amazing speed. His fur is literally "as soft as a bunny", as most who pet him discover. He has a long haired mane, as well as the rear legs, but otherwise he's as white as snow, with dappled ears, the classic shepherd face, one eye has a shepherd's brown "peanut" over the eye, half black, half white face.

His coat has wee spots like a dalmatian.

It makes sense that short hair is preferable for a working dog, as the coat is easier to maintain. Whatever the exact mix is, I love him to pieces.


Flat coat?
by: Julie

Ours is a 6-month old maled, red-tri. Buddys hair is much shorther, and flat compared to our last dog, a Black-tri. Buddy also has amber colored eyes which I have seen in many other red-tris. Besdies being a chewer, he is awsome. Very playful and smart. His hair is starting to get longer in the mane area, so we will have to see what happens with the rest.I have never seen a flat coat Aussie. Both parents had typical full coats.

short hair?
by: Anonymous

I have an 10 months old Australian Shepherd short hair. He's a blue merle. I tell you. They are not kidding when they said to keep them busy. No matter what I put away he always finds something to get into. It always looks like a tornado in my house. But short hair, long hair and mischief I love my blue just the same.

Dingoe's, Aussies, and Short Hair
by: Cathie

True, Australian Shepherds were developed in North America, BUT Australian Cattle Dogs were developed in Australia by crossing with dingoes. Australian Cattle Dogs have short hair.

Many people aren't don't pay attention to the distinction between the two breeds, which are very different, using the vernacular "aussie" when describing their dogs.

You might have an Australian Cattle Dog and not a Shepherd.

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