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Owner: Dana Muskett, Photo: Jenna Hawk

Boo is a 1 ½ year old male Australian Shepherd. He loves paddle boarding, hiking, running, agility, swimming and anything outdoor pretty much! He is the light in my life and best friend! This photo was taken when he won Chilliwack Top Dog contest (Chilliwack is my home town). He is the sweetest boy you will meet, loves fetch and learning new tricks!

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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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Dog Quote of the Week

"The Perfect Dog is an enticing fantasy pooch. It's the dog that instantly learns to pee outdoors, never menaces or frightens children, plays gently with other dogs, won't jump on the UPS guy, never rolls in gross things, eats only the appropriate food at the right time, and never chews anything not meant for him. This dog does not exist."

~ Jon Katz




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