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Australian Shepherd


Height Males

Height Females




Kennel club standards

United States

20–23 in (51–58 cm)

18–21 in (46–53 cm)

35–70 lb (16–32 kg)

Moderately long double coat

Blue or red merle, solid black or red, and/or white markings and/or tan points or a mixture of all

American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale

The Australian Shepherd is a breed of herding dog from the United States. The name of the breed is technically a misnomer, as it was developed in California in the 19th century. It is believe to have its origins in sheepdog breeds from northwest Spain, as well as collies imported, alongside sheep, from Australia and New Zealand; the breed reportedly took its name from this trade. Originally used solely as a herding dog, the Australian Shepherd has become one of the most popular companion dog breeds in North America.


Three Australian Shepherds

The Australian Shepherd descends in part from pastoral dogs brought to herd Spanish flocks in North America as early as the 1500s. There is some speculation that these dogs included the Carea Leonés, a mountain sheepdog that can display the eye color and merle coat found in many contemporary Australian Shepherds. It is sometimes claimed that the Basque Shepherd Dog and the Pyrenean Sheepdog were also among the ancestors of the breed. The breed as it is known today developed in California in the 19th century, as a sheep herding dog for Californian shepherds. The Australian Shepherd is also believed to be descended from a variety of herding dogs imported to California with imported sheep, including collies from Australia and New Zealand. It was from these ancestors that the breed took its name.

The Australian Shepherd spread from California throughout the Western United States where it became extremely popular with ranchers who valued the breed’s sheep working qualities, as well as their ability to handle cattle and other livestock. A purely working breed for over a century, the Australian Shepherd was virtually unknown outside of the livestock industry until the mid-20th century when the breed was popularised by Jay Lister, a rodeo performer, at rodeos across the western states with his Australian Shepherds performing all manner of tricks. A breed club was soon formed to promote the breed, the Australian Shepherd Club of America, and kennel club recognition followed in 1979 when the breed was recognised by the United Kennel Club. The breed was subsequently recognised by the American Kennel Club in the 1990s and later the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

From the late-20th century the Australian Shepherd has increasingly been seen in conformation shows and it has become an extremely popular companion dog. In 2019 it was ranked by the American Kennel Club as the 15th most popular breed of dog in the United States.

Why choose a Australian Shepherd with Quality Puppies USA

Are you looking for a Aussie puppy? Here at Quality Puppies we have Australian Shepherd puppies in all different colors. We have blue merle Australian shepherd puppies, black tri australian shepherd puppies, red tri australian shepherd puppies and red merle australian shepherd puppies.

All of our babies are farm raised, health certified, microchipped and go home with a 1 year health guarantee.

To be an Australian Shepherd breeder , you must be familiar with the temperament and needs of an Australian Shepherd puppy. At Quality Puppies, we bring over 10 years of collective experience raising Aussie Puppies.

In addition to being beloved family companions and one of the most popular dog breeds, they also work as service dogs, therapy dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, drug detection dogs, and more.

If you are on the search for your new puppy and you have been searching Australian Shepherd puppies for sale or Australian Shepherd breeder near me, you will receive a large amount of results. Be careful. There are many puppy scams and puppy mills out there. You want to be sure that you receive a family raised quality puppy from a reputable breeder. We pride ourselves in raising only Quality Puppies.

So feel free to Contact us today to come by and meet our Australian Shepherd puppies.

Aussies are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and athleticism. They are highly adaptable and can excel in a variety of roles, including as working dogs, performance dogs, and family pets. Here are a few reasons why Australian Shepherds can make great dogs:

1. Intelligence: Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent dogs that are known for their problem-solving abilities and trainability. They are quick learners and enjoy being challenged mentally, which makes them excellent candidates for obedience training, agility, and other dog sports.

2. Loyalty: Australian Shepherds are known for their loyalty to their owners and their families. They are affectionate dogs that thrive on human interaction, and they are often referred to as “velcro dogs” because they like to be always close to their owners.

3. Athleticism: Australian Shepherds are bred to be working dogs, which means that they have a lot of energy and stamina. They excel at activities such as hiking, running, and agility, and they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

4. Adaptability: While Australian Shepherds are often used as working dogs, they can also make excellent family pets. They are good with children and other pets, and they can adapt to a variety of living situations, including apartments (with proper exercise and stimulation) and rural properties.

5. Versatility: Australian Shepherds are versatile dogs that can excel in a variety of roles. They can be trained for herding, search and rescue, therapy work, and other jobs that require intelligence and athleticism.

6. Health: Australian Shepherds are generally healthy dogs with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. However, like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia and eye problems. It’s important to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder who performs health screenings on their breeding stock to reduce the risk of these issues.

Overall, Australian Shepherds are great dogs for active families or individuals who are looking for an intelligent and loyal companion. They require plenty of exercise and stimulation to stay happy and healthy, but with the right care and attention, they can make wonderful pets.


Common nicknames


Foundation stock

Breed status


Australia & United States

Golden Retriever & Poodle

Not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club.



Height Males

Height Females


Weight Males

Weight Females



Litter size

Typically 17–24 in (43–61 cm)

22 inches

20 inches

Typically 15–80 lb (6.8–36.3 kg)

55-75 Lbs

40-65 Lbs

Long haired

Cream, red, black, gold, apricot, brown, white or a combination


Dog (domestic dog)

The Goldendoodle is a designer dog created by crossbreeding a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. First widely bred in the 1990s, they are bred in three different sizes—each corresponding to the size of Poodle used as a parent. Goldendoodles often demonstrate Golden Retrievers’ intuitive and human-oriented nature in addition to the intelligent personality and “allergy-friendly” coat of a Poodle.


In the 1990s, designer dog breeders in Australia and the United States (Ryan Harvey) started to widely cross Golden Retrievers and Poodles, adopting the term goldendoodle to describe the cross. The name doodle is also used to describe this crossbreed. The name goldendoodle is derived from “golden” (from Golden Retriever) and “Labradoodle” (itself a portmanteau of Labrador Retriever and a Poodle). Deliberately breeding Poodles with Golden Retrievers actually preceded the 1990s. An example of this was done by Monica Dickens, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, who crossed the two breeds in 1969.The cross can result in a healthier animal than both parent breeds.

The original aim of the goldendoodle’s breeders was to produce an alternative to the popular labradoodle. Initially goldendoodles were only bred from standard-sized Poodles, but designer breeders also started using small varieties of Poodles to create a smaller crossbreed. As they are a crossbreed, they are not recognized by the AKC, FCI or British Kennel Clubs. Goldendoodles have been developed beyond the F1 (Golden Retriever crossed with a Poodle) and are now available in deeper generations created by crossing two goldendoodles. These are called multigenerational or multigen goldendoodles.



The appearance, size, and coat of goldendoodles can vary considerably according to their breeding generations and what type of Poodle parents they have. While most goldendoodles share common traits, each goldendoodle might have its own unique appearance and temperament.

Illustration detailing goldendoodles’ physical appearance

In general, goldendoodles have round skulls, broad muzzles, heavily feathered tail, drop ears, and oval-shaped eyes. Goldendoodles’ retriever parentage makes their body long and muscular, and likely to have a deep chest and wide stance.

The goldendoodle can be bred from any one of the Standard, Miniature or Toy-sized Poodles, the resultant offspring coming in several sizes: the standard, medium and miniature goldendoodles.The standard goldendoodle typically stands 20 to 25 inches (51 to 64 cm) and weighs 51 to 80 pounds (23 to 36 kg), the medium goldendoodle typically stands 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) and weighs 36 to 50 pounds (16 to 23 kg), and the miniature goldendoodle typically stands up to 20 inches (51 cm) and weighs 15 to 35 pounds (6.8 to 15.9 kg)

The goldendoodle is a long-haired dog breed and their coat can vary considerably, there are three main coat types: straight, wavy and curly. Wavy coated goldendoodles are a combination of the Poodle’s curly coat and the Golden Retriever’s straight coat. Their coat is wavy, with loose, shaggy curls. This type of coat is the most common amongst goldendoodles. Curly coated goldendoodles resemble the coat of a Poodle. Their coat is thick and curly.Goldendoodle coats come in varying colors, with the most common colors being cream, red, black, gold,
apricot, brown, or a combination (parti-colored).

Goldendoodles are often claimed to be ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘non-shedding’. However research has shown that hypoallergenicity can not be an official dog breed characteristic. AKC also asserts that “there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog”.

Cream goldendoodle

It used to be thought that the higher the percentage of Poodle is in a goldendoodle’s heritage, the less likely it is to shed. It was also thought that curlier coated goldendoodles tend to shed lighter and produce less dander.

Apricot goldendoodle
Red goldendoodle
Silver goldendoodle


Similar to most crossbreed dogs, goldendoodles tend not to have the same predictable temperament or patterning aspects that the constituent breeds have. Based on genetic theory, well-bred goldendoodle should express behaviors intermediate to their parent breeds.

In general, goldendoodles tend to take on Golden Retrievers’ friendly, affectionate, trustworthy and enthusiastic nature; whilst also demonstrating Poodles’ reputable intelligence, sociability and trainability. Goldendoodles predominantly exhibit high energy level, loyalty and playfulness; they are friendly with children and considered a good family pet. Because they are so friendly and loyal, however, they are prone to separation anxiety, especially as puppies The crossbreed often exhibits strong retriever instincts inherited from its gundog parent breeds, which make them have an active mouth and high tendency to retrieve objects.

A 2019 behavioral study compared goldendoodles to their parent breeds, on average Goldendoodles displayed greater dog-rivalry, dog-directed aggression, dog-directed fear, and stranger directed fear than purebred Golden Retrievers or Poodles.


Goldendoodles may avoid inheriting disease or health issues from parents, but may alternatively be susceptible to more health issues if the parents are unhealthy to begin with.
The goldendoodle has a predilection to megaesophagus.

Popularity and uses

Goldendoodle on the beach

Primarily bred as companion dogs, goldendoodles have been successfully trained as therapy dogs, guide dogs, nut-detection dogs detecting nuts in food for people with nut allergies,and other forms of assistance dogs.

In some regions of the United States it has become one of the most popular dog varieties. In Australia, it was named one of the top twenty most popular dog varieties in 2020where, due to the increased demand for pets during the COVID-19 pandemic, prices for a puppy have risen from around $3,500 AUD pre-pandemic, to as much as $15,000 AUD by September 2020.

In a 2012 charity auction, American musician Usher paid US$12,000 for a goldendoodle puppy.
Despite their growing popularity, goldendoodles remain unrecognized by prominent canine organizations such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) or British Kennel Clubs due to their hybrid status.

Why buy a goldendoodle with Quality Puppies USA

There are all different kinds of Goldendoodle puppies. F1, F1B & F2 . If you are looking for a goldendoodle puppy, we have the goldendoodle for you. We have standard goldendoodle puppies for sale, we have toy goldendoodle puppies for sale, we have cream goldendoodle puppies for sale, and we have red goldendoodle puppies for sale. As a goldendoodle breeder, we specialize in breeding all different kinds of goldendoodles but most importantly, we ensure that each puppy is health certified.

Come by our farm and meet each of our goldendoodle puppies today. You might just fall in love!

Golden Retriever

Other names


Foundation stock

Breed status

Flat-coated Retriever, Golden
Yellow or Golden Retriever


Flat-coated Retriever
Tweed Water Spaniel
Red Setter
Labrador Retriever

Not recognized as a breed by any major kennel club.


Height Males

Height Females




Litter size

Life span

56–61 cm (22–24 in)

51–56 cm (20–22 in)

25–34 kg (55–75 lb)

Flat or wavy double coat with good feathering, dense water-resistant undercoat

Any shade of gold or cream

7.2±2.7[1]: 4 

12–13 years

Dog (domestic dog)

The Golden Retriever is a Scottish breed of retriever dog of medium size. It is characterized by a gentle and affectionate nature and a striking golden coat. It is commonly kept as a pet and is among the most frequently registered breeds in several Western countries. It is a frequent competitor in dog shows and obedience trials; it is also used as a gun dog (a type of hunting dog for soft-mouthed retrieving of fowl) and may be trained for use as a guide dog.

The breed was created by Sir Dudley Marjoribanks at his Scottish estate Guisachan in the late nineteenth century. He cross-bred Flat-coated Retrievers with Tweed Water Spaniels, with some further infusions of Red Setter, Labrador Retriever and Bloodhound. The breed was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1913, and during the interwar period spread to many parts of the world.


The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland in the nineteenth century by Sir Dudley Marjoribanks (later to become Baron Tweedmouth) from Flat-coated Retrievers judiciously crossed with Tweed Water Spaniels and some other British dog breeds. Prior to the 1952 publication of the very detailed stud book which had been meticulously maintained by Marjoribanks, a number of romantic tales were published about the origins of the breed.

In the 1860s Marjoribanks set out to create what to his mind was the ultimate breed of retriever at his Scottish estate Guisachan. He started by acquiring a yellow-coloured Flat-coated Retriever dog called Nous; Nous had been whelped in June 1864 and was the only yellow pup in an otherwise all black-coloured litter. Whilst uncommon, occasionally liver, brown, golden or yellow-coloured purebred Flat-coated Retriever pups are whelped to matings of two black parents. It is the pedigree of Nous that was the source for the romantic tales of the heritage of the Golden Retriever. One early account claimed Nous was purchased from a Russian circus trainer in Brighton, another claimed he was bought from a cobbler, and yet another claimed a gypsy. The stud book states that Nous was a Flat-coated Retriever bred by Lord Chichester on his Stanmer Park estate near Brighton.

In 1868 Nous was mated to a Tweed Water Spaniel bitch named Belle, who is recorded in the stud book as being whelped in 1863 and being of “Ladykirk breeding”. The litter from this mating consisted of four yellow pups, Primrose, Ada, Cowslip and Crocus. The best bitch from this litter, Cowslip, was mated to a Tweed Water Spaniel called Tweed with the mating producing a bitch pup called Topsy. Cowslip was subsequently mated to a Red Setter called Sampson; that mating produced a dog pup called Jack. Topsy was mated with a black Flat-coated Retriever called Sambo and a bitch pup from that litter, Zoe, was mated back to Jack and two pups from that mating were retained, a dog called Nous II and a bitch called Gill. Gill was mated to a black Labrador Retriever called Tracer, and a bitch pup from that mating, Queenie, was mated back to Nous II; all Golden Retrievers descend from this mating. The progeny from these various matings varied in colour from pure black to light cream, but it was the golden-coloured ones that were retained and mated to each other, forming the foundation stock of the Golden Retriever breed. Marjoribanks is also known to have used a sandy-coloured Bloodhound and another Labrador in subsequent years of the breeding programme.

Why choose a Golden Retriever with Quality Puppies USA

Here at Quality Puppies, we have AKC Golden retriever puppies in all different colors. We have Red golden retriever puppies, English cream golden retriever puppies and standard Golden retriever puppies.

All of our babies are farm raised, health certified, microchipped and go home with a 1 year health guarantee. 

To be Golden retriever breeder, it’s imperative that you are familiar with the personality, the temperament and needs of a Golden retriever puppy. At Quality Puppies, we bring over 20 years of collective experience raising Golden puppies. 

If you are on the search for your new puppy and you have been searching Golden Retriever puppies for sale or Golden retriever breeder near me, you will receive a large amount of results. Be careful. There are many puppy scams and puppy mills out there. You want to be sure that you receive a family raised quality puppy from a reputable breeder. We pride ourselves in raising only Quality Puppies.

So feel free to Contact us today to come by and meet our Golden Retriever puppies.
You will be happy you did 


Common nicknames


Collie, Long-Haired Collie



Height Males

Height Females

Weight Males

Weight Females



Litter size

Life span

55.8 to 66 cm (22 to 26 in)

50.8 to 61 cm (21 to 26 in)

20–34 kg (44–75 lb)

15.8–29 kg (35–64 lb)

long double coat

sable, mahogany sable, shaded sable, tri-coloured, blue merle, sable merle, colour headed white, double merle.

8-12 up to 16

11 to 14+ years

Dog (domestic dog)

The Rough Collie (also known as the Long-Haired Collie) is a long-coated dog breedof medium to large size that, in its original form, was a type of collie used and bred for herding sheep in Scotland. More recent breeding has focused on the Collie as a show dog, and also companion. The breed specifications call for a distinctive long narrow tapered snout and tipped (semiprick) ears, so some dogs have their ears taped when young. Rough Collies generally come in shades of sable and white (sometimes mahogany), blue merle, tri-coloured, and colour-headed white.

Originating in the 19th century, the breed is now well known through the stories of author Albert Payson Terhune about his dog Lad, and later with Eric Knight’s character of Lassie and her novels, movies, and television shows.

There is a smooth-coated variety known as a Smooth Collie; some breed organisations, including both the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs, consider smooth-coat and rough-coat collies to be variations of the same breed. Rough Collies closely resemble the smaller Shetland Sheepdogs or “Shelties”, but the two breeds do not have an exclusive linear relationship.


Both Rough and Smooth collies are descended from a localised variety of herding dogoriginating in Scotland and Wales. The Scottish variety was a large, strong, aggressive dog, bred to herd highland sheep. The Welsh variety was small and nimble, domesticated and friendly, and also herded goats. When the English saw these dogs at the Birmingham market, they interbred them with their own variety of sheepdogs, producing a mixture of short- and long-haired varieties. After the industrial revolution, dog ownership became fashionable, and these early collies were believed to have been crossed with the Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) to get a more “noble” head (longer muzzle), which is today one of the true characteristics of the Rough Collie. It is not known conclusively if the Borzoi cross made it into the mainstream of the breed.

When Queen Victoria acquired a Rough Collie, after seeing one at Balmoral Castle, they were transformed into something of a fashion item. Continued breeding for show purposes drastically changed the appearance of the dogs; in the 1960s, it was a much taller dog than it is today (in the UK; in the US, the size standard has not been revised downward and dogs have remained between 24 and 26″). Earlier dogs were also more sturdy in build and reportedly capable of covering up to 100 miles in one day. In the UK the Rough Collie is no longer used for serious herding, having been replaced by the Border Collie, though in the United States and a number of European countries, there has been a resurgence in the use of the Collie as a working and performance dog.
The Collie Club of America is one of the oldest breed-specific clubs in existence in the United States (founded in 1886). The Collie Club in England dates from 1881.

Quoted from Collie Club of America:

Unfortunately, the Collie’s exact origins are shrouded in obscurity. It has been the subject of much research and speculation. The word “Collie” is as obscure as the breed itself. The name has been spelled many different ways: Coll, Colley, Coally and Coaly. Generally, the most accepted origin of the word is “Coll” – the Anglo-Saxon word for “black”.

In the 18th century, the Rough Collie’s natural home was in the highlands of Scotland, where he had been used for centuries as a sheepdog. The dogs were bred with great care in order to assist their masters in the herding and guarding of their flock.

Without a doubt, it is to the English fancy of the late 1800s that the breed owes its development as a popular show dog. Rough Collies were first exhibited in 1860 at the Birmingham, England dog show, in the generic class “Scotch Sheep-Dogs”.

    Sable Rough Collie

In 1879 the first English Rough Collie was imported to this country. It is from England that we find the famous pillars of the breed, from which the American fanciers sought not only their next big winner, but also their foundation stock.

By the turn of the century, the American Rough Collie was in a state of continued development. The breed continued to thrive in England. American show prizes were dominated by the British imports. As a result of the imports, the breed made rapid progress between 1900 to 1920. These dogs built the foundations upon which the present day Rough Collie is based and paved the way for the emergence of the great American kennels of the 1920s and 1930s.

Sable Recognized colours include:

  • Sable and white, where the “sable” ranges from pale tan to a mahogany.
  • Tricolour, which is primarily black edged in tan
  • Merle, Blue or Sable merle, which is mottled.
  • Colour-headed white, which is a mainly all-white coat, except for the head, which could be tri-, sable or blue.

Sable and white, where the “sable” ranges from pale tan to a mahogany
All have white coat areas, in the collar, parts of the leg, and usually the tail tip. Some may have white blazes on their faces. Note that the American Kennel Club accepts colour-headed white, where the dog is predominantly white with coloured markings of sable, tricolour, or blue merle on the head and sometimes body patches.The downy undercoat is covered by a long, dense, coarse outer coat with a notable ruff around the neck, feathers about the legs, a petticoat on the abdomen, and a frill on the hindquarters.

One of the characteristic features of the Rough Collie is its head.This is light in relation to the rest of the body, and resembles a blunted wedge tapering smoothly from ears to black nose, with a distinct stop and parallel head planes. The muzzle is well rounded, and never square. There is considerable variation in the colour of the head, however. The eyes are medium-sized and almond shaped. The ears are supposed to be semi-prick, or tipped, with the upper third folded over. Ears which do not “tip” properly, however, are common, and many collies have their ears taped as puppies (using medical adhesive or paper tape) to encourage them to lie properly – no cutting or surgery is involved.

Rough Collies have a more blunt, gradually tapering, face than the smaller, but otherwise very similar Shetland Sheepdog, which is partly descended from the Rough Collie. The planes of the muzzle and the top of the skull should be parallel in collies, with a slight but distinct stop. (In shelties, the planes are not parallel.) The ears of a Rough Collie are similar to a Shetland Sheepdog’s, but larger. Furthermore, once seen, the contrast between the Rough Collie head and that of a Border Collie is immediately apparent, the latter having a considerably shorter muzzle and a more distinct stop between muzzle and forehead. The ruff is also distinctive in distinguishing the two breeds.

The size and weight varies among breed standards; male collies can stand 55.8 to 66 cm (22 to 26 in) at the shoulder; the female averages 5 cm (2 in) shorter. The males are usually in the weight range (50–70 lbs), and the females are usually 5 to 10 lbs less. Collies in the US are sometimes reported to be over one hundred pounds, but a large collie typically weighs no more than 70 pounds. US and UK standards may different. The UK standard calls for dogs to be significantly smaller than those under the American Kennel Club.


Blue merle

Rough collies should show no nervousness or aggression, and are generally great with children and other animals. However, they must be well socialised to prevent shyness. They are medium to large sized dogs, and they generally need a house instead of being in a small apartment. Like many herding dogs, collies can be fairly vocal, and some are easily trained not to bark. The amount of herding instinct varies, with some dogs being quite drivey and others calmer.

Rough Collies are very loyal and may be one-family dogs (although most make exceptions for children), but are very rarely aggressive or protective beyond barking and providing a visual deterrent. They are typically excellent with kids. They are eager to learn and respond best to a gentle hand.

The rough collie’s long coat has made the breed successful on northern Midwest farms as an able herder and guardian of the farm during the winter. The dog needs to be gradually acclimated to the cold and a suitable insulated outdoor shelter must be provided for the dog along with ample quality food and a source of unfrozen water. The rough collie also relishes playing in the snow with children during the winter months. They guard the farm while the owner is away and are naturally protective of small children.


Colour-headed white

While Rough Collies are generally resilient and healthy, there are some health problems that can affect the breed.
Collie eye anomaly (CEA), a genetic disease which causes improper development of the eye and possible blindness, is a common ailment in the breed. More rarely, Rough Collies can be affected by progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), another genetic disease in which bilateral degeneration of the retina results in progressive vision loss culminating in blindness.Through genetic testing and careful screening program it would be theoretically possible to eradicate both of these problems in purebred lines, however, certainly in the UK, the Kennel Club does not require these tests to be done either for registration or showing. CEA is so prevalent that elimination of affected dogs except through very slow and careful breeding decisions to avoid shrinking the gene pool more than absolutely necessary. Rough Collie puppies should be screened at an early age (6–8 weeks) by a certified veterinaryophthalmologist to check for CEA. PRA has a later onset and can be detected by DNA test, but is much less widespread (in the US) than CEA. (In the UK, PRA is more common.) Note, the UK Kennel Club “Accredited Breeder Scheme” requires eye tests and recommends the genetic test for this class of members.

Canine cyclic neutropenia is a cyclic blood disorder that is usually fatal to affected puppies. The disease is also referred to as “gray collie syndrome”, due to affected puppies having a pale gray, pinkish/gray or beige colouring, none of which are normal Rough Collie colours. Puppies that survive through adulthood are plagued with immune disorders throughout their lives and rarely live more than three years. DNA testing can help detect carriers of the recessive gene that causes the disease.

Hip dysplasia: As with most of the larger breeds, hip dysplasia is a potential concern for Rough Collies. Although this disease appears to be “multigene”, careful selection by many breeders is reducing this problem. The UK Kennel Club “Accredited Breeder Scheme” requires hip-scores this class of members, however, a very small proportion of UK registered puppies are bred under this scheme. Hip dysplasia is rare in collies compared to their closest relatives and other breeds of the same size.

   Mahogany sable Rough Collie

Rough Collies may carry a mutant Mdr1 gene that results in a sensitivity to Ivermectin and related drugs. A screening test is used to determine if alternative medications are required. Overdoses from the proscribed medications can result in neurological impairment or even death, but preventative doses are usually safe. This faulty gene is present in several breeds, but is well known among collies.

In addition to these problems, all of which can be tested for, there are a number of problems which are thought to be genetic but for which no screening test exists. These include epilepsy, bloat, a tendency towards allergies, and thyroid disorders (primarily hypothyroidism.). Because no DNA tests exist for these disorders (and all can have causes other than genetic origins), breeders can only do their best to avoid producing them by removing affected dogs from the gene pool.

Ulcerative dermatosis of Shetland sheepdog and rough collie (UDSSC) is a disease that is believed to be a vesicular variant of discoid lupus erythematosus. It is an ulcerative dermatosis that affects the thigh, groin, axillae, and ventral abdomen.


The double-layered coat needs to be brushed frequently and thoroughly to keep it in a show condition. Pet dogs need less maintenance but still a significant amount to keep the dog healthy. The profuse coat picks up grass seeds and burrs, and many dogs tend to mat to some degree, particularly behind the ears, around the collar (if a collar is left on the dog), and in the pants. Spaying and neutering can alter coat texture, making it softer and more prone to matting.

Working life


In the 18th century, the Collie’s natural home was in the highlands of Scotland

In the 18th century, the Collie’s natural home was in the highlands of Scotland, where it had been used for centuries as a sheepdog. The dogs were bred with great care in order to assist their masters in the herding and guarding of their flock.

Collies are capable of being keen herders while remaining sensible, flexible family companions, whether as working dogs on a ranch or farm or helping out a suburban owner who keeps a few sheep, goats, or ducks as a hobby. Participation in herding helps preserve the special heritage of the Collie and opens up new opportunities for owner and dog. The qualities that make a good herding dog – trainability, adaptability, loyalty, soundness of body and character, agility, grace – are important in many areas, and contribute so much toward making the dog an outstanding companion as well.

Throughout the country there are local herding clubs that provide clinics, work days, trials and tests. Several organizations provide herding title programs in which Collies regularly participate. A Herding Instinct Test introduces Collies and their handlers to herding at the basic level. It is designed to show whether or not a Collie, who may have never had any exposure to livestock, still has the natural instinct to perform the function for which the breed was initially created. It is a non-competitive introduction to carefully selected and easily handled livestock under favorably controlled conditions.


Rough Collies can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, conformation, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Rough Collies exhibiting basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.The breed has also been known to work as search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs and guide dogs for the blind.

Why choose a Collie Puppy with Quality Puppies USA

While we do not have Collie puppies often, we only have the best. At least twice a year we do offer blue merle collie puppies for sale, sable collie puppies for sale and tri color collie puppies for sale. There are certain things that a Collie breeder needs to know, knowledge that can literally make a difference in the life or death of a newborn Collie puppy. Here at Quality Puppies, we a have acquired the expertise that allows us to raise happy healthy Collie puppies.



Common nicknames


German: Pudel
French: Caniche

Germany or France





Standard: 45–62 cm (18–24 in)
Medium: 35–45 cm (14–18 in)
Miniature: 28–35 cm (11–14 in)
Toy: 24–28 cm (9.4–11.0 in)

Standard: 20–32 kg (44–71 lb)
Medium: 9–13 kg (20–29 lb)
Miniature: 4.5–7 kg (9.9–15.4 lb)
Toy: 2–3 kg (4.4–6.6 lb)


Dog (domestic dog)

The Poodle, called the Pudel in German and the Caniche in French, is a breed of water dog. The breed is divided into four varieties based on size, the Standard Poodle, Medium Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle, although the Medium Poodle is not universally recognised. They have a distinctive thick, curly coat that comes in many colors and patterns, with only solid colors recognized by breed registries. Poodles are active and intelligent, and are particularly able to learn from humans. Poodles tend to live 10–18 years, with smaller varieties tending to live longer than larger ones.

The Poodle likely originated in Germany, although the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI, International Canine Federation) and a minority of cynologists believe it originated in France. Similar dogs date back to at least the 17th century. Larger Poodles were originally used by wildfowl hunters to retrieve game from water, while smaller varieties were once commonly used as circus performers. Poodles were recognized by both the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom and the American Kennel Club (AKC) soon after the clubs’ founding. Since the mid-20th century, Poodles have enjoyed enormous popularity as pets and show dogs – Poodles were the AKC’s most registered breed from 1960 to 1982, and are now the FCI’s third most registered breed. Poodles are also common at dog shows, where they often sport the popularly recognized Continental clip, with face and rear clipped close, and tufts of hair on the hocks and tail tip.


A 17th-century engraving of a Poodle

Most cynologists believe the Poodle originated in Germany in the Middle Ages, from a dog similar to today’s Standard Poodle. The Poodle was Germany’s water dog, just as England had the English Water Spaniel, France the Barbet, Ireland the Irish Water Spaniel and the Netherlands the Wetterhoun. Among the evidence used to support this theory is the Germanic name for the breed, Poodle or “Pudel” in German, which is derived from the Low German word “puddeln”, meaning “to splash”. Numerous works by various German artists from as early as the 17th century depict dogs of recognisably Poodle type. Some cynologists believe the Poodle originated in France, where it is known as the “Caniche” and that the breed descends from the Barbet. This view is shared by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI, International Canine Federation). Others argue that the breed originated in Russia, Piedmont or Northwest Africa.

Whatever the Poodle’s country of origin, both their German and French breed names indicate the modern Poodle’s ancestors were widely used by waterfowlers both to retrieve shot game and to recover lost arrows and bolts that had missed their mark.

Size Variants

Due to their intelligence, obedient nature, athleticism and looks poodles were frequently employed in circuses, particularly in France. In French circuses poodles were selectively bred down in size to create what is now known as the miniature poodle, which was known as the toy poodle until 1907, as a smaller sized dog is easier to handle and transport in a travelling circus. As circus performers the variety was frequently seen performing all manner of tricks including walking tightropes, acting out comedies and even performing magic and card tricks.

The Toy Poodle was created at the beginning of the 20th century when breeders again bred Miniature Poodles down in size to create a popular companion dog. Initially, these efforts resulted in disfigured or misshapen pups, as well as pups with behavioural problems, as a result of irresponsible breeding for dwarfed size only. As new breeding practices were adopted, the variety became set as a toy-sized replica of the original. Later attempts to create an even smaller variety, the Teacup Poodle, were unable to overcome serious genetic abnormalities and were abandoned.

The last of the Poodle varieties to be recognised was the Medium Poodle, which in size is mid way in between the Standard and the Miniature Poodle. Not universally recognised by the world’s kennel clubs, the Medium Poodle is recognised by the FCI and most Continental European kennel clubs. One of the reasons for creating this fourth size variety may have been a desire to reduce the number of entries of Poodles by variety at conformation shows.

Recent history

The Poodle was recognised by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom in 1874, and by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886, soon after the founding of both clubs. In the United States, poodles were unpopular until 1935, when the Poodle Nunsoe Duc de la Terrace won best in show at Westminster. Afterwards, they rapidly gained prominence, becoming the AKC’s most registered breed from 1960 to 1982. Since 1935, Poodles have won best in show at Westminster 10 times, the second-most of any breed. As of 2012, the Poodle was the third-most popular FCI registered breed worldwide, after the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd, with 118,653 new dogs registered per year from the 25 countries surveyed.




Black Standard Poodle

The Poodle is an active, athletic breed with the varieties differing mostly by size. The FCI’s breed standard states the Standard Poodle stands between 45 and 62 centimetres (18 and 24 in), the Medium Poodle between 35 and 45 centimetres (14 and 18 in), the Miniature Poodle between 28 and 35 centimetres (11 and 14 in) and the Toy Poodle 24 and 28 centimetres (9.4 and 11.0 in).

The kennel clubs which do not recognise the Medium Poodle variety typically have the Standard Poodle between 38 and 60 centimetres (15 and 24 in) and Miniature Poodle between 28 and 38 centimetres (11 and 15 in), with the toy variety remaining unchanged.

A healthy adult Standard Poodle typically weighs between 20 and 32 kilograms (44 and 71 lb), a Medium Poodle between 15 and 19 kilograms (33 and 42 lb), a Miniature Poodle between 12 and 14 kilograms (26 and 31 lb) and a Toy Poodle between 6.5 and 7.5 kilograms (14 and 17 lb).


Poodles have thick, curly coats with harsh fur. A pet owner can anticipate grooming a Poodle every four to eight weeks.
Poodles are often cited as a hypoallergenic dog breed. Their individual hair follicles have an active growth period that is longer than that of many other breeds; combined with the tightly curled coat, which slows the loss of dander and dead hair by trapping it in the curls, an individual Poodle may release less dander and hair into the environment. However, researchers have generally not found a difference in allergens across breeds.

Clips and grooming

Miniature Poodle with a Continental clip

The FCI and AKC allows Poodles to be shown in the Puppy, Continental (Lion in the FCI standard), English Saddle, or Sporting (Modern) clip. The FCI additionally recognizes the Scandinavian clip.The most popular in the show ring is the Continental clip, where the face and rear end of the body are clipped, leaving tufts on the hocks and tip of the tail and rosettes on the hips. A similar clip was historically used to prevent the poodle from getting weighted down by their fur when swimming to retrieve a bird, while still leaving their joints and vital organs covered. Pet poodles are most often clipped similarly to the Sporting clip —evenly over their entire body, with the face and paws cut shorter.

In most cases, whether a Poodle is in a pet or show clip, the hair is completely brushed out. Poodle hair can also be “corded” with rope-like mats similar to those of a Komondor or human dreadlocks. Though once as common as the curly Poodle, corded Poodles are now rare. Corded coats are difficult to keep clean and take a long time to dry after washing. Corded Poodles may be shown in all major kennel club shows.


The Poodle has a wide variety of colouring, including white, black, brown, blue, gray, silver, café au lait, silver beige, cream, apricot, and red, and patterns such as parti-, abstract, sable, brindle and phantom. Recognized FCI colourations are black, white, brown, gray, and fawn. Recognition of multi-colored Poodles varies by registry. They were common historically, but became less popular in the early 1900s, and are excluded from many registries. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes Poodles in either solid-coloured and multi-colored coats; however, only solid-colored poodles may compete in conformation.

A parti-Poodle has patches of any other solid colour over a primarily white coat. When a parti-coloured Poodle has black-and-white markings that resemble those of a tuxedo, it is called a “tuxedo” Poodle. An abstract Poodle is primarily solid-coloured, with patches of white. Phantom Poodles have a solid main color with a lighter colour appearing on their “eyebrows”, muzzle and throat, legs and feet and below their tail. Phantom Poodles may also have a full face of the secondary color.

White Poodles


Apricot and red Poodles


Black Poodle


Brown Standard Poodle at five weeks


Mature silver Poodle


Phantom Poodles


Miniature parti-Poodle


Poodles are a highly intelligent, energetic, and sociable breed. A 1994 book by Stanley Corey ranked them second out of 130 breeds in “working and obedience intelligence”, a measure of their ability to learn from humans. Shyness or sharpness is considered a serious fault in the breed.

Similar to most crossbreed dogs, goldendoodles tend not to have the same predictable temperament or patterning aspects that the constituent breeds have. Based on genetic theory, well-bred goldendoodle should express behaviors intermediate to their parent breeds.


The life expectancy of the Poodle varies based on size, as smaller dogs live longer than larger dogs. A study in Japan found the Toy Poodle to have a life expectancy of 12.7 years.

Poodles suffer from a number of hereditary diseases. The Poodle Health Registry lists over 50 major health disorders of Standard Poodles. Some of the worst common hereditary poodle diseases are the skin disease sebaceous adenitis (estimated prevalence 2.7%) and Addison’s disease, an endocrine system disorder. Both diseases became more prevalent in poodles after the 1960s burst in poodle popularity led to rapid breeding aimed at producing good show dogs. The breeding focused on a small number of popular bloodlines, creating a genetic bottleneck. One study estimated that two average Standard Poodles are about as closely related as the offspring of two full sibling village dogs.

The Poodle is predisposed to the following dermatological conditions: allergic skin disease, alopecia X or follicular arrest, hyperadrenocorticism, injection site alopecia, otitis externa, melanoma, and sebaceous adenitis.
The Poodle is predisposed to hypothyroidism.


Work and sport

Poodle retrieving a duck

Poodles were originally bred for waterfowl hunting. Despite this history, they are currently classified as companion dogs by the FCI. Since the late 1980s, some breeders in the United States and Canada have been selecting for dogs with drive for birds in order to revive the breed for hunting, with some success. Poodles are highly trainable dogs that typically excel in obedience training. Historically, they were a popular circus dog. In addition to hunt tests, they do well in agility and rally. They are among the most popular service dog breeds.

Poodles have been used as working dogs in the military since at least the 17th century, most likely because of their highly intelligent, trainable nature. Their background as a hunting dog makes them suitable to battlefields, and they can be trained to ignore gunfire. During the English Civil War, Prince Rupert of the Rhine had a famous hunting Poodle who would ride into battle with his master on horseback. Napoleon Bonaparte wrote in his memoirs about the faithfulness of a grenadier’s pet Poodle who stayed with the body of his master at the Battle of Marengo.

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Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Other names

Common nicknames


• Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées
• Great Pyrenees
• Pyrenean Herding Dog




Height Male

Height Female




70–80 cm (28–31 in)

65–75 cm (26–30 in)

55–75 kg (120–165 lb)

long, thick double coat

white with or without patches of badger, wolfgrey or reddish tan on the head and up to 1/3 of the body.

Dog (domestic dog)

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog or Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées is a French breedof livestock guardian dog; in France it is commonly called the Patou. It originates from the eastern or French side of the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France and Spain and is recognised as a separate breed from the Mastín del Pirineo or Pyrenean Mastiff from the Spanish side of the mountains, to which it is closely related.

The Patou is widely used throughout France as a livestock guardian, particularly in the French Alps and the Pyrenees, protecting flocks from predation by wolves and bears. It is known as the Great Pyrenees in the United States, where it is also used to protect flocks from various predators.


Pyrenean Mountain Dog at the beginning of the twentieth century

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is a traditional breed of the Pyrenees. In France it is usually called the ‘Patou’. It is sometimes claimed that its forebears – and those of the Pyrenean Mastiff – were white livestock guardian dogs brought to the area from Asia in Roman times, and thus that it is related to Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog of Italy and the Kuvasz of Hungary. Genomic data places it within the same genetic cladeas the Pharaoh Hound, Cirneco dell’Etna, and the Ibizan Hound.
In the seventeenth century, Madame de Maintenon and Louis, Dauphin of France, brought a dog of this type to the court of King Louis XIV, where they soon became in great demand, the King even naming it the Royal Dog of France. They came to be used by the French nobility to guard their châteaux, particularly in the south of the country. It is sometimes claimed that French settlers took these dogs with them to Canada and that they are among the forebears of the Newfoundland dog breed. In the 1830s, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs were used as one of the foundation breeds in the creation of the Leonberger.

After the extirpation of wolves from the Pyrenees in the nineteenth century, numbers of the dogs declined and by the beginning of the twentieth century the breed was on the verge of extinction. Local shepherds sold pups to eager tourists and some of these found their way to Britain, where several were registered with The Kennel Club at the beginning of the century; British interest in such a large breed declined during the First World War. The French aristocrat and dog authority Bernard Senac-Lagrange is credited with saving the breed from extinction at the beginning of the twentieth century, touring the mountains to collect the finest specimens available to form a breeding base. In 1923 Senac-Lagrange established a breed club, the Réunion des Amateurs de Chiens Pyrénées, and drew up the first breed standard; he also registered the breed as the Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées with the Société Centrale Canine in the same year. In 1946 the Real Sociedad Canina de España recognised the large white livestock guardian dogs on the western or Spanish side of the Pyrenees as the Mastín del Pirineo or Pyrenean Mastiff, with a slightly different breed standard. The Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées was definitively accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1955.

In the early 1930s the Pyrenean Mountain Dog was exported to North America, where it is known as the Great Pyrenees and became a favourite in the show ring in both Canada and the United States.[3][5] In 1935, the American Kennel Club adopted a new breed standard that had a number of deviations from the French original that would not have been permitted in France. This standard promoted the exaggeration of certain physical features at the expense of functional form, and was later adopted by The Kennel Clubof Great Britain. In 2011, to combat the perceived deterioration of show lines of the dog, the British Pyrenean Mountain Dog breed club released a brochure with instructions to show judges not to reward glamorous, heavy-bodied, short-muzzled examples of the breed over lean and muscular examples with weatherproof coats, capable of performing their original role in high mountainous regions.


White Pyrenean Mountain Dog


White and badger Pyrenean Mountain Dog

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is large and heavily built. According to the breed standard of the Société Centrale Canine, dogs stand from 70 to 80 cm (28 to 31 in) and bitches from 65 to 75 cm (26 to 30 in). Healthy adults typically weigh between 55 and 75 kg (120 and 165 lb). The head is not overly large in comparison to the body; the muzzle is long, broad and slightly pointed, the lips are not pendulous and the ears are small and triangular and hang flat to the head. The neck is short and strong, the chest broad and moderately deep, and the tail long, hanging low when the dog is at rest but curling over the back when the dog is roused. Unusually, the dewclaws on the hind legs are double; absence of these is considered a disqualifying fault for showing.

The coat is long, thick and double, providing protection from harsh weather; the long flat outer coat is particularly long around the neck, the tail and the backs of the legs, the under coat is fine and thick.The dogs are predominantly white in colour, with patches of black, badger, grey or various shades of tan found mostly on the head; badger is defined as a mixture of brown, black, grey and white hairs and is commonly seen in puppies but usually fades as the dog ages.Purebred examples of the breed with black patches are sometimes seen in litters; such colouration is considered a disqualifying fault for show dogs.


For millennia these dogs were used by shepherds throughout the Pyrenean region to protect their flocks from predation by wolves and bears; in this role they were usually fitted with a heavy iron wolf collar studded with long nails for protection when fighting off wolves. They were often used by shepherds in combination with the much smaller Pyrenean Sheepdog, the former guarding the flocks and the latter herding them. They were also used to smuggle contraband between France and Spain, carrying packs over the Pyrenees on routes impassable to humans to avoid detection by customs officials.

Pyrenean Mountain Dog guarding sheep


Pyrenean Mountain Dog with flock, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is today used in its original role as a livestock guardian for French shepherds in the French Pyrenees and the French Alps, as well as in the United States.


In the early 1980s farmers in the Massif Central and Lozère were experiencing problems with stray dogs attacking their flocks, so the French ITOVIC commenced an experiment with around 15 Pyrenean Mountain Dogs given to farmers.By the late 1980s the ITOVIC experiment had been completed and an association, APAP,had been formed with around 15 Pyrenean Mountain Dog breeders, with the objective of providing suitable livestock guardian dogs to potential farmers, and by 1991 around 100 dogs were working on farms.

In the early 1990s Italian wolves began to cross from Italy into France, where they have become established in approximately one third of its continental territories, particularly in the French Alps and Provence, but also throughout the Massif Central.Even before the presence of wolves was publicly reported in France, some farmers around the Mercantour National Park had reported unusual stock predation, which was, at the time, attributed by authorities to uncontrolled domestic dogs. Wolves are protected in France; in order to protect the livelihoods of farmers from wolf predation, since the late 1990s, the French government has subsidized various methods of protecting flocks from depredation, including electrified pasture fencing, secured electrified night pens, hiring of additional farm hands, and the purchase, training and upkeep of livestock guardian dogs. After the extirpation of wolves from France in the 1800s, livestock guardian dogs had been absent from the French Alps for over a century; when wolves resettled the country in the 1990s, the French Pyrenean Mountain Dog was the breed selected for use, as the ITOVIC trials had already been conducted with the breed, and within the country, the APAP was breeding Pyrenean Mountain Dogs specifically for the purpose.

In the mid-1990s the French government began importing European brown bears from Slovenia into the Pyrenees, in order to save the species from extirpation from the region by genetic inbreeding, as the local population had been reduced to an estimated six bears.With the increased numbers of bears in the region, local shepherds reported increases of stock losses to bear predation, particularly in the summer months, when shepherds move their flocks into the mountains to graze the summer alpine pastures.To assist the shepherds, government funding was provided to implement the same protection measures as those employed for wolves, and Pyrenean Mountain Dogs were given to farmers in the Pyrenees to guard flocks from predators.Studies conducted in the mid-2000s found shepherds who employed Pyrenean Mountain Dogs across the Pyrenees reported 90% fewer stock losses to predators than shepherds who did not employ the dogs. The re-employment of Pyrenean Mountain Dogs within the Pyrenees has not been without issues, with reports of hikers traversing the mountains being attacked by the livestock guardians protecting their flocks, leading to a bilingual pamphlet being produced to warn walkers and bikers against risky behaviours in order to decrease incidents.

In 2009 there were over 1000 Pyrenean Mountain Dogs being used to protect flocks against wolves in the Alps, and 500 protecting flocks in the Pyrenees.In 2019, French government funding was being provided for the upkeep of 4258 livestock guardian dogs throughout the country, 92% of which were in the French Alps and Provence, although it is estimated the total number of dogs being employed at the time was around 5000.

United States

Beginning in the late 1970s, sheep farmers in the United States began employing livestock guardian dogs to protect their flocks from various predators, particularly coyotes and black bears, but also cougars and grizzly bears.Several factors influenced the move to integrate livestock guardian dogs into farming operations, including federal restrictions on the use of poisons to control predator numbers.A 1986 survey of over 400 farmers employing 763 livestock guardian dogs in the United States found 57% of them used Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, with Komondors, Akbashs, Anatolians and Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdogs being employed in fewer numbers.

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The Aussiedoodle, also called the Aussiepoo, is a popular designer dog breed that is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and Poodle. Fans of the breed love these pups for their intelligence, friendly disposition, and striking appearance. Typically, the Aussiepoo inherits the Poodle’s allergy-friendly coat, which is low-shedding and comes in various colors and patterns. Their coats can be curly, wavy, or straight, and they often have expressive eyes and a charming, playful demeanor. Additionally, these charming dogs come in a number of sizes. The Mini Aussiedoodle, a cross between an Aussie and Miniature Poodle, is also recently popular. Similarly, an adult Toy Aussiedoodle reaches 15lbs in comparison to the larger Aussiedoodle at 40-70 pounds.

Because of their intelligence and adaptability, Aussiedoodles learn quickly and are highly trainable. They are often described as affectionate, loyal, and eager to please, making them great companions and even suitable for various dog sports and activities. However, they are an energetic breed and require regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

When considering a Aussiedoodle, it’s advisable to prioritize adopting from rescue organizations or shelters to provide a loving home to a dog in need. However, if you’re on the search for Aussiedoodle puppies and decide to purchase, it’s crucial to choose a reputable breeder. Conduct thorough research to ensure that the breeder follows ethical practices and prioritizes the well-being of their dogs. Reputable Aussiedoodle breeders prioritize the health and temperament of their dogs, conduct necessary health screenings, and provide a nurturing environment for the puppies. This active approach ensures that you bring home a healthy and happy pup while discouraging unethical breeding practices.

Are Aussiedoodles high maintenance?

Generally speaking, Aussiedoodles are high maintenance due to their high energy level and upkeep on their coats. Because of their high intelligence and energetic personalities, they will need more exercise than other dog breeds, even more than other types of Poodle mixes like the Bernedoodle or Newfypoo. Make sure these pups get plenty of mental and physical stimulation to ensure they don’t resort to destructive behaviors due to boredom.

Quick Facts

  • Origin: The Aussiedoodle is a designer dog breed that originated in the United States by crossing the Australian Shepherd with the Poodle. This crossbreeding was aimed at creating a smart and versatile companion.

  • Size: Aussiedoodles come in various sizes, ranging from small to medium. The Aussiedoodle size depends on the Poodle parent used in the breeding, with toy, miniature, and standard sizes available.

  • Aussiedoodle Lifespan: On average, Aussiedoodles have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.

  • Coat: Aussiedoodles can have a coat that ranges from wavy to curly, depending on the specific dog’s genetics. Coat colors and patterns vary widely, often inheriting a combination of traits from their Australian Shepherd and Poodle parents.

  • Temperament: Aussiedoodles are known for their intelligence, energy, and friendly nature. They are often social dogs that get along well with families, children, and other pets.

  • Exercise Needs: Aussiedoodles have moderate to high exercise requirements. Regular physical activity and mental stimulation are crucial to prevent boredom and ensure their well-being.

  • Training: These dogs are highly trainable, thanks to the intelligence of both parent breeds. Positive reinforcement training methods work well, as they respond eagerly to rewards and praise.

  • Grooming: The grooming needs of an Aussiedoodle can vary based on the coat type they inherit. Curlier coats may require more frequent brushing to prevent matting, although wavier coats might need less maintenance. Regular grooming sessions are essential to keep their coats healthy.

  • Health: Aussiedoodles, like all mixed breeds, can inherit health concerns from their parent breeds. While generally healthy, they may be prone to issues like hip dysplasia, eye problems, and allergies.

Aussiedoodle Pictures


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Labrador Retriever

Other names

Common nicknames


Foundation stock



United Kingdom

St. John's water dog


Height Males

Height Females

Weight Males

Weight Females



Life span

56–57 cm (22–22.5 in)

54–56 cm (21.5–22 in)

29–36 kg (65–80 lb)

25–32 kg (55–70 lb)

Short, dense, weather-resistant double coat

Black, chocolate, or yellow (ranges from pale yellow to fox red)

13.1 years

Dog (domestic dog)

The Labrador Retriever or simply Labrador is a British breed of retriever gun dog. It was developed in the United Kingdom from St. John’s water dogs imported from the colony of Newfoundland (now a province of Canada), and was named after the Labrador region of that colony. It is among the most commonly kept dogs in several countries, particularly in the European world.

The Labrador is friendly, energetic, and playful. It was bred as a sporting and hunting dog but is widely kept as a companion dog. It may also be trained as a guide or assistance dog, or for rescue or therapy work.

In the 1830s, the 10th Earl of Home and his nephews, the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and Lord John Scott, imported progenitors of the breed from Newfoundland to Europe for use as gun dogs. Another early advocate of these Newfoundland fishing dogs was the 2nd Earl of Malmesbury, who bred them for their expertise in waterfowling.

During the 1880s, the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, the 6th Duke of Buccleuch, and the 12th Earl of Home collaborated to develop and establish the Labrador Retriever breed. The dogs Buccleuch Avon and Buccleuch Ned, given by Malmesbury to Buccleuch, were mated with bitches carrying blood from those originally imported by the 5th Duke and the 10th Earl of Home. The offspring are the ancestors of all modern Labradors.


   Buccleuch Avon, whelped in 1885

The Labrador breed dates back to at least the 1830s, when St. John’s water dogs bred by European settlers in Newfoundland were first introduced to Britain from ships trading between Canada and Poole in Dorset. These were then bred with British hunting dogs to create what became known as the Labrador Retriever. Its early patrons included the Earl of Malmesbury, the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Home, and Sir John Scott. Early writers have confused the Labrador with the much larger Newfoundland and the Lesser Newfoundland, with Charles St. John even referring to the Lesser Newfoundland as the Newfoundland. Colonel Peter Hawker describes the first Labrador as being not larger than an English Pointer, more often black than other colours, long in its head and nose with a deep chest, fine legs, and short and smooth coat, and did not carry its tail as highly as the Newfoundland.Hawker distinguishes the Newfoundland from both the “proper Labrador” and St. John’s breed of these dogsin the fifth edition of his book Instructions to Young Sportsmen, published in 1846.

By 1870 the name Labrador Retriever had become common in England.The liver (now usually called chocolate) Labrador emerged in the late 1800s, with liver-coloured pups documented at the Buccleuch kennels in 1892;the first yellow Labrador on record was born in 1899 (Ben of Hyde, kennels of Major C.J. Radclyffe).The breed was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1903.The first American Kennel Club (AKC) registration was in 1917.


  The head is broad with a pronounced stop



There is a great deal of variety among Labradors. The following characteristics are typical of the conformation show bred (bench-bred) lines of this breed in the United States and are based on the American Kennel Club standard.Significant differences between UK and U.S. standards are noted.

  •  Size: Labradors are a medium-large breed. They should be as long from the withers to the base of the tail as they are from the floor to the withers. The AKC standard includes an ideal weight for dogs of 25–36 kg (55–80 lb) and for bitches as 25–32 kg (55–70 lb).The guidelines for height vary between the AKC, which gives 55 to 62 centimetres (21.5 to 24.5 in) for dogs and 55 to 60 centimetres (21.5 to 23.5 in) for bitches,The Kennel Club which advises that dogs should be 56 to 57 centimetres (22 to 22.5 in) with bitches between 55 and 56 centimetres (21.5 and 22 in),and the FCI which quotes a range of 56 to 57 centimetres (22 to 22.5 in) for dogs with bitches ideal at 54 to 56 centimetres (21.5 to 22 in).

  • Coat: The Labrador Retriever’s coat should be short and dense, but not wiry. The coat is water-resistant, so the dog does not get cold when taking to the water in the winter. That means that the dog naturally has a slightly dry, oily coat. Acceptable colours are black, yellow, and chocolate.

  • Head: The head should be broad with slightly pronounced eyebrows. The eyes should be kind and expressive. Appropriate eye colours are brown and hazel. The lining around the eyes should be black. The ears should hang close to the head and be set slightly above the eyes.

  • Jaws: The jaws should be strong and powerful. The muzzle should be of medium length and should not be too tapered. The jaws should hang slightly and curve gracefully back.

  • Body: The body should have a powerful and muscular build.

The tail and coat are designated “distinctive [or distinguishing] features” of the Labrador by both the Kennel Club and AKC. The AKC adds that the “true Labrador Retriever temperament is as much a hallmark of the breed as the ‘otter’ tail.


  The three colour varieties, from front to back: Yellow, black, and chocolate.

Labradors are registered in three colours: Solid black, yellow (anything from creamy white to fox-red), and chocolate (medium to dark brown; originally called “liver”).

Puppies of all colours can occur in the same litter. Coat colour is determined primarily by three genes, called MC1R, Agouti, and CBD103. If a dog carries wild type alleles at all three loci, the dog will have a yellow coat. If a dog has a loss-of-function mutation at MC1R, it will also have a yellow coat, regardless of the genotypes at the other two loci. Dogs carrying wild-type alleles for MC1R and Agouti, together with the black allele of CBD103, will have a black coat.

According to a 2011 study, 13 out of 245 Labradors studied were heterozygous for the M264V mutation responsible for the melanistic mask, and one was homozygous. Within this breed, the trait cannot be determined simply by appearance.

   The most common places where pigmentation is visible are the nose, lips, gums, and the rims of the eyes.

Show and field lines

Head and muzzle appearance: field (left), and show (right), showing the shorter muzzle length, more solid appearance head, and “pronounced” stop of the latter.

As a result of specialised breeding, there are significant differences between field and trial-bred and show-bred lines of Labradors. In the United States, the former are sometimes mistakenly referred to as “American” and the latter as “English”, in fact, both field and show types are bred in both countries and all Labrador Retrievers are descended from British lines.


Retrieving shot game, a common wood pigeon

Labrador Retrievers have proven to have a high success rate at becoming guide dogs. A study published in 2006, tested the suitability of four different breeds (Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Mix, and German Shepherds) as guide dogs. In this experiment, German Shepherds had the highest chance of not completing it. Labrador Retrievers and the Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever Crossbreeds had the highest success rate. However, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers had a higher success rate after going through longer training than the training required for Labrador Retrievers.

The Labrador Retriever is a gun dog bred to retrieve on land and water.As a dog specially bred for water retrieving, the Labrador has developed various traits for this job. For retrieving the Labrador Retriever has a soft mouth, a trait that allows it to carry game and waterfowl without damaging it. And for swimming, the Labrador is aided by fully webbed paws, an otter-like tail, and a waterproof coat.

The high intelligence, initiative and self-direction of Labradors in working roles is exemplified by dogs such as Endal, who was trained to, if need be, put his human who uses a wheelchair in the recovery position, cover him with a blanket, and activate an emergency phone.A number of Labradors have also been taught to assist their owner in removing money and credit cards from ATMs with prior training.

The breed is used in water rescue/lifesaving. It continues in that role today, along with the Leonberger, Newfoundland and Golden Retriever dogs; they are used at the Italian School of Canine Lifeguard.

In war

Labradors have been used as war dogs. During the Vietnam War they were used as scout dogs to track down dead or wounded soldiers or enemy positions.


It is a healthy breed with relatively few major problems. Notable issues related to health and well-being include inherited disorders and obesity (most are missing all or parts of the appetite-regulating POMC gene).

A UK study found the breed’s average life expectancy to be 13.1 years. A Royal Veterinary College study, and one conducted by The University of Sydney, have concluded that chocolate-coloured Labradors have a shorter average life expectancy than other colours of Labrador (by about 10%) and are more likely to suffer some health problems.

Labradors are somewhat prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, especially in larger dogs. Eye diseases may include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, corneal dystrophy and retinal dysplasia.They can suffer from exercise induced collapse, which causes hyperthermia, weakness, collapse, and disorientation after short bouts of exercise,or from obesity, which in some cases may be partly due to the absence of part or all of the proopiomelanocortin gene.


The Labrador is an exceptionally popular dog. As of 2006, it was widely considered the most popular breed in the world,[citation needed]and it is the most popular dog by ownership in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 2006 both the United Kingdom and the United States, there are well over twice as many registered Labradors as the next most popular breed.If the comparison is limited to dog breeds of a similar size, then there are around 3–5 times as many Labradors registered in both countries as the next most popular breeds, the German shepherd dog and Golden retriever.

They are the most popular breed of assistance dog in the United States, Australia, and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Approximately 60–70% of all guide dogs in the United States are Labradors.

In 2022 Labrador Retrievers were the second most popular breed in the United States.In 2020 the Labrador was the most popular registered dog breed in New Zealand.

Seven out of the thirteen “outstanding gundogs” of the Australian National Kennel Council’s 2000–2005 appointees to its ‘hall of fame’ are Labradors.

Famous Labradors

Endal wearing his PDSA Gold Medal
Notable labradors within various categories include:

Assistance dogs

  • Endal, a service dog[44] in Britain. Among other distinctions, “the most decorated dog in the world” (including “Dog of the Millennium” and the PDSA’s Gold Medal for Animal Gallantry and Devotion to Duty), the first dog to ride on the London Eye and the first dog known to work a ‘chip and pin’ ATM card. By Endal’s death in March 2009, he and his owner/handler Allen Parton had been filmed almost 350 times by crews from several countries, and a film of a year in Endal’s life was in production.

  • Sully, served with former US President George H. W. Bush during the last six months of his life; noted for his role during the president’s funeral. A form of Parkinson’s diseaseconfined the former president to a wheelchair or motorised scooter in the final years of his life. Among the services that Sully was able to perform for Bush were retrieving dropped items, opening and closing doors, pushing an emergency button and supporting him when standing.

Police, military, rescue and detection dogs

  • Frida (12 April 2009 – 15 November 2022) was a yellow Labrador Retriever who worked as a search and rescue dog for the Mexican Navy (SEMAR). She was deployed to help the rescue efforts in the aftermath of natural disasters.

  • Zanjeer (“Chain”, or “Shackles”), a detection dog who detected arms and ammunition used in the 1993 Mumbai (Bombay) serial explosions. During his service, he helped recover 57 country-made bombs, 175 petrol bombs, 11 military-grade armaments, 242 grenades and 600 detonators. His biggest contribution to the police force and the city was the detection of 3,329 kg of RDX. He also helped detect 18 Type 56 rifles and five 9 mm pistols.

  • Lucky and Flo, twin Black Labrador counterfeit-detection dogs who became famous in 2007 for “sniffing out nearly 2 million counterfeit DVDs” on a 6-month secondment to Malaysia in 2007. Following the multimillion-dollar, 6 arrest Malaysian detection, they became the first dogs to be awarded Malaysia’s “outstanding service award”[48] and software pirates were stated to have put a £30,000 contract out for their lives. Sarbi, an Australian special forces explosives detection dog that spent almost 14 months missing in action (MIA) in Afghanistan before being recovered safe and well in 2009.

  • Jake, an American black Labrador who served as a search and rescue dog following the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

  • Salty and Roselle, awarded the Dickin Medal for conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict. They led their blind owners down more than 70 flights of stairs to escape from the damaged World Trade Center on 11 September 2001

  • Sadie, awarded the Dickin Medal for conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict. She detected explosive devices, which were subsequently disarmed, while serving in Kabul, Afghanistan, in November 2005; she served with the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment

  • Sasha, awarded the Dickin Medal for conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict. Located 15 improvised explosive devices, mortars, mines, and weapons while serving in Afghanistan, with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. In July 2008 Sasha and her handler were killed in a Taliban ambush by a rocket-propelled grenade.


  • Former President of the United States Bill Clinton’s Labradors Buddy and Seamus.

    • Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Labrador ‘Konni’.

    • Marley, “The World’s Worst Dog”, featured in journalist John Grogan’s autobiographical book Marley & Me, adapted into a 2008 comedy drama film of the same name.

    • Global superstar Celine Dion’s labradors Charlie and Bear. They were represented in numerous magazines with the singer and her family, becoming pets celebrities in their own names.

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