Australian Shepherd Lab Mix - Aussiedor
The Australian Shepherd Lab Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Australian Shepherd and the Labrador Retriever. It is also known as an Aussiedor. Both of these dogs have very sweet personalities and will probably have a much higher than average energy level. The Aussie is a herding breed that was bred to literally run up and down mountains all day long. The Lab was bred to retrieve and swim all day. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Australian Shepherd or the Lab? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Lab Australian Shepherd Mix.
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Australian Shepherd Lab Mix - Aussiedor History:
All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Labrador Retriever History:
The Labrador Retriever has consistently ranked as the most popular purebred dog in the United States and the United Kingdom for more than 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club. They make great family pets as well as a companion, show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue dog, and therapy dog. They are very active dogs that need daily exercise and mental stimulation. When they start to become bored and destructive is when they miss their exercise.
People who research this stuff have a couple of different theories about how the breed came to be called the Labrador. The first is that it was borrowed from the Spanish word for laborer — labrador — which is certainly a fitting description. The second is that it is related to the dogs that accompanied Portuguese fishermen who trawled the Grand Banks off the coast of Labrador and its neighbor Newfoundland. The British who visited Newfoundland appreciated the dogs’ abilities - swimmer, easygoing, hard worker, and brought them back to England. They then made their way back to North America in the early 1900’s. American sportsmen who admired their positive traits brought them back over.
Australian Shepherd History:
Despite it’s name, the Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the "Aussie", is a medium-sized breed of dog that was, developed on ranches in the Western United States during the 1800’s. They were bred to be rough and tough herding dogs that could work extremely hard.
Australian Shepherd and Lab Mix - Aussiedor Size and Weight
Height: 20-24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 75 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Australian Shepherd Black Lab Mix - Aussiedor Personality
Both the Australian Shepherd and the Lab are great dogs, they are happy, energetic, clever and affectionate. They are also friendly and loyal. It should be easy to train due to their retrieving backgrounds (working with handlers), and their intellect. Due to their hunting and retrieving backgrounds, they will certainly be higher energy so please plan on setting aside a lot of time to exercise them. This won’t be a good dog for a couch potato. This is also not the best guard dog, she might alert you that someone is coming, but they might hold the door open for them.
Australian Shepherd Lab Mix - Aussiedor Health
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Chocolate lab mixed with the Australian Shepherd might be prone to PRA , diabetes, eye problems, elbow and hip dysplasia
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
Australian Shepherd Lab Mix - Aussiedor Care:
What are the grooming requirements?
The Australian Shepherd and the Lab both shed A LOT. Be prepared to brush them a few times a week. A couple of times a year they are going to shed much more profusely than others. This is when they “blow” their coat. Get ready to have a lot of hair around the house then. Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely bounce off the walls so they are going to need a lot of exercise. This will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. If you are not an active person and don’t spend a lot of your free time being active and exercising this might not be the best dog for you.
What are the training requirements?
All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. This will probably be an extremely intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. Virtually all herding breeds are known for their intellect. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
Australian Shepherd Lab Mix Feeding
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight, so keep that in mind when feeding them. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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