Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
Grooming Your Aussie
Aussies have beautiful coats, but if you neglect grooming that hair gets out of control pretty quickly. This chapter will cover the ins and outs of keeping your dog well-groomed.
Grooming is not just about looks, by the way. It's an important part of maintaining the dog's skin and overall health. Regular grooming gives you a chance to look out for infections or symptoms of disease, so you can catch health problems early and have them treated in time.
Show Dog Stock and Working Stock
There's something of a feud between the owners of working Australian Shepherds, and those who own Aussies from lines bred for dog shows. All breeding politics aside, there are a few differences when it comes to grooming, so it pays to know what the breeding history of your dog is.
Generally, Aussies from show dog lines will require a bit more grooming and may shed more. They're bred to accentuate a fluffy coat, which requires more maintenance. Working Aussie lines, where the breeding emphasis is on function rather than form, tend to require less maintenance in terms of brushing and clipping. (But, of course, a real working dog is a lot harder to keep clean!)
This is a general tip and is not meant to be a hard-and-fast rule.
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