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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Adopted Australian Shepherd, How Do I Know For Sure?

by Rain
(Euless, Texas)

I adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy, but since it is a rescue how do I know for sure it is an Australian Shepherd and not a Border Collie or even an Aussie mix?

Note from Anton: You can get a dog DNA test done that will tell you the breed. For example, check out the Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Kit.

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physical traits
by: Rain

Isn't there a way to tell the difference by physical traits?

Adopted Aussie??
by: Marilyn

What a beautiful pup, congratulations!!! Looks alot like our lovely Border Collie, but as pups, these two breeds share alot of similarities. Does he/she have a tail? Ours doesn't, many don't but then many do. If it is of real concern to you, the DNA kit would be the way to go. We just did one on our new rescue dog and they seem very accurate. Perhaps you have a Border Collie/Aussie cross, which in my mind makes a wonderful intelligent dog. Regardless, just love that pup!

by: Rain

We love him no matter what, we have had him almost 3 months and he has been wonderful. He does have a tail but he has a wooly bottom as well, which I believe is exclusive to the Australian Shepherd and not the Boarder Collie. I will invest in the DNA test at a later date since we have invested quite a bit in him lately with his shots and neuter. In the meantime I was just wondering if there was any way we could tell without the test.

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