Popular Dog Breeds: Australian Shepards

About the Australian Shepard:

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Ted Male Miniature Merle Aussie Follow his Instagram @puppybuddy_ted

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the Australian Shepard is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the Australian Shepard breed.


Australian Shepards are a very popular dog breed because of their fur markings and eye color, size, and their intelligence.

Aussies are beautiful

– Fur 

Australian Shepards (Aussies) are well known for their beautiful fur markings. They are often bred with other types of dogs for their pretty markings. There are two known categories on how we describe an aussie’s fur marking. One of the categories would be merle colors and the other category would be tri-colors.

  • Merle Colors
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Orlov Male Cattle dog Aussie mix (with a blue merle coat)
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Maya Female Corgi Aussie mix (with a red merle coat)

According to an Oh Tiny Heart blog post, the proper way to create a merle colored aussie is to breed a tri colored aussie and a merle colored aussie. When you breed a merle colored aussie and a tri-colored aussie there is a 50% chance that each individual puppy will be merle colored or tri colored. “Common sense tells breeders: if merle is a dominant color gene, why don’t we breed 2 merle colored dogs and increase our odds? Sure, that could work.” – Oh Tiny Heart blog post

But when you breed to merle dogs genetic defects are more common for the puppies. Breeding to merle dogs is called a double merle, it possess both dominant merle genes. “Double merle dogs; while it is a gene and not a color per se, are typically described as mostly white, with light, sometimes minimal merling patterns. Due to this lack of pigment, the dog is prone to hearing and sight issues.” – Oh Tiny Heart blog post

  • Tri-Colors
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Hunter Male Red Tri-Colored Aussie

-Eyes

Aussies have a variety of different eye color combinations. For example one of Orlov’s eyes is blue and the other one is a very dark brown.

An Aussies size

Aussies come in miniature and standard sizes. Therefore they are great apartment dogs if trained well, and if they have a proper amount of exercise. If aussies do not get out their energy then they may knock over things and run around in the house.

They are focused and intelligent dogs

They take direction very well, and are very focused. They are energetic and therefore they can be great agility dogs. They love to run and jump.

History

According to AKC, “Although there are many theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States.” Aussies were bred as herding dogs. Since they were bred as herding dogs they need lots of exercise to minimize their energy levels. Therefore they are great agility dogs.

Sources:

Oh Tiny Heart blog post

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/australian-shepherd/

Most helpful link:

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/australian-shepherd/detail/

 

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The Dogist is an Instagram that posts about 3 dog photos a day. The dog photos are based in New York but he sometimes goes to other places too. This is the Instagram account that inspired my account @thetweendogist

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Photography: Camera VS iPhone 6s

📸 Camera:

✅Pros

  • Great quality
  • Professional
  • Usually has more photo storage than an iPhone

❎Cons

  • Sometimes the photos get blurry when they are uploaded onto instagram
  • It is harder to hold a squeaky ball in one hand and a large camera in the other

    Dog photos I’ve taken with a Nikon camera:

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Phone:

✅Pros:

  • Great quality
  • More convenient weight wise

❎Cons:

  • Not professional
  • Photos take up way to much storage on the iPhone

Photos I’ve taken with my iPhone 6s

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I think personally it is easier for me to use my iPhone because I have it all the time with me and it is much lighter than a camera. 

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Oh Tiny Heart Pet Accessories ❤️

All photos below are taken by Oh Tiny Heart:

Oh Tiny Heart (OTH) is an online dog store where you can buy your pup a cute and stylish scarf. They also sell leashes and collars.

The Scarves

Photos by Oh Tiny Heart

OTH scarves come in all different colors and patterns. The designs are very unique.

I ordered a blue one called the ROBIN (yes I know I don’t have a dog yet, but still it was too cute and pretty not to purchase.)

The price for one scarf is between 19 to 48 dollars depending on which one you choose. There is free shipping in the US for orders over $150. Through it is a bit pricey the scarves are high quality, limited, and take time to make even through they are sewn with a machine. The handmade fringe ones are usually more money because that takes even more time.

The Collars and Leashes

Photos by Oh Tiny Heart

Oh Tiny Heart teamed up with Mattie + Margot and they now have collars and leashes available!

They currently have three different colors available: “Jade, Plum, and Sand”

Collars are $42, and leashes are $58.

All of there products are high quality, and beautiful.

Site: Oh Tiny Heart Shop

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How to take the best dog photos

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How to take the best dog photos/How I take photos on my @thetweendogist instagram account


🐾The best dog photos when taken need patience.


🐩 Step 1: Have some thing the dog wants for instance a squeaky toy or treat.

🐶 Step 2: Move this object around your camera’s lens. This way  the dog will be looking the lens. Tip: If the dog is a bit jumpy at first wait for it to calm down and then take a/the photo when they are calm. I guarantee that photo will come out great.

🐕 Step 3: Well… There is no step three. It’s as easy as that all you need is patience, and a camera.


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